Oil and gas express concern over marijuana

But lawyers say old rules will still apply with legalized pot
By John Dujay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/10/2016

It was an announcement that reverberated beyond Canada’s borders when the federal Liberals announced plans to legalize marijuana last spring.

But Enform, a safety group representing western Canada’s oil and gas industries, has concerns about the move. It recently sent a letter to the federal government’s task force on marijuana legalization, warning that its members work in a highly safety-sensitive industry and allowing them full access to weed is not a wise idea.

“Marijuana use is incompatible with working in a safety-sensitive environment. Therefore, at a minimum, there must be an express prohibition on the use of marijuana in safety-sensitive workplaces,” said Cameron MacGillivray, president and CEO of Enform in Calgary.