Employers need to become aware of recent developments to the sale of cannabis rules and should note that Ontarians will only be allowed to use recreational cannabis in a private residence, including the outdoor space of a home. Recreational cannabis use will not be allowed in any public spaces, workplaces or motorized vehicles.
The intersection of issues surrounding cannabis at the workplace including health and safety considerations, the duty to accommodate, and the complex area of drug testing can result in the need for legal advice on how to create a reasonable and enforceable drug and alcohol policy.
In regards to cannabis in the workplace, employers are recommended to respond by proactively having appropriate policies and procedures in place, and training employees on these policies and procedures. Much will change in the coming months as cannabis becomes legal in Canada. Employers need to be prepared.