Is a drug-free workplace a thing of the past?

Medical marijuana creates a buzz for employers
By Lisa Bolton
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/17/2014

Marijuana use for recreational purposes is currently illegal in Canada. However, for the more than 40,000 Canadians who legally use the drug for medical purposes, obtaining it has recently become a lot easier. Effective April 1, 2014, medical marijuana users no longer require a license from Health Canada and can secure the drug from an authorized distributor with only a doctor’s prescription. According to Health Canada, this change is likely to increase the number of medical marijuana users across the country to more than 450,000 in the next 10 years. For employers, this creates many new and challenging issues as marijuana use creeps further and further into the workplace.

Accommodating the user