Are employers ready?

Legal marijuana is raising many questions, but the answers may not be that difficult
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/20/2018
Despite the hype and confusion around marijuana, employers can always expect employees to be sober at work, say experts. Credit: Shawn Goldberg (Shutterstock)

The legalization of recreational marijuana through Bill C-45, Cannabis Act, is set to occur this summer in Canada. But are employers ready for what comes next?

The implications for the workplace have HR practitioners around the country scrambling to update drug and alcohol policies ahead of the impending legislation, according to Jason Fleming, director of HR at MedReleaf in Markham, Ont.

“It’s safe to say it’s definitely sinking in,” he said. “I think there’s a bit of a clock set for a lot of workforces and heads of HR, saying that ‘My priority to start off 2018 is to tackle this and build a plan.’”