Increasing use of marijuana could cause problems on the job

But imperfections around testing, legalities challenge employers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

With more relaxed rules around medical marijuana, along with federal legislation looking to legalize marijuana in Canada in 2017, employers might be wondering if the drug could become more of an issue when it comes to pre-employment or on-the-job drug testing.

To some degree, we’re heading into uncharted waters, said Georg Reuter, a partner at Richards Buell Sutton in Vancouver.

“Once marijuana becomes legal, how do we test for impairment by marijuana in the same way we do for driving under the influence of alcohol? What are the legal limits? So, yes, we’re heading into new territory.”