What employers need to know about the legalization of cannabis


With the legalization of cannabis, employers face the challenges of creating boundaries for its use, both on the job and off the clock.

Employers should ensure that they have fulsome policies in place to address issues including:

  • rules around the use of medicinal and recreational cannabis in the workplace;
  • fitness for work;
  • accommodation; and
  • testing of employees in safety-sensitive positions.

A well-drafted and comprehensive workplace policy allows employers to ensure that health and safety rules are respected. It also sets clear expectations for employees about their obligation to come to work unimpaired by any substance that affects their ability to safely perform their job.

Our Employment & Labour Group is available to answer any questions that employers have regarding cannabis in the workplace.