Getting out of the Weeds: A High-Level Analysis of the Implications of Cannabis Legalization for the Workplace

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Now that cannabis can be legally purchased and used by adults across Canada, many managers are concerned with how cannabis use may affect their workplace. This paper examines the implications of the legalization of cannabis for different groups of cannabis users in the workplace, in order to identify the distinct legal ramifications for each set of users. It makes recommendations, based on Canadian human rights legislation, regarding managerial policies for dealing with recreational cannabis users, and for accommodating both addicted users and medical users while not jeopardizing a company’s viability and peoples safety.

About the author

Steven Tomlins

Steven Tomlins

Senior Researcher

Steven Tomlins is a Senior Researcher at the Institute on Governance. In 2016, he obtained his Doctorate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa, and he is co-editor of two international academic volumes (Springer 2015; Brill International, 2017), pertaining to religion, irreligion, identity, and expression.

Steven’s experience at the IOG includes project coordination, primary research, secondary research, communications, and report writing. Much of his work at the IOG involves research, writing, and logistical support for public sector projects. These projects include mandate reviews, governance reviews, strategic planning processes, policy research, distributed governance research, models of multilevel/inter-jurisdictional governance, and nation-to-nation (Indigenous/Federal government) relations. His recent projects include comparative case studies on international infrastructure and building code regulatory processes and two projects for the New Fiscal Relationship Working Group shared by the Assembly of First Nations and the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.


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