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Recreational Cannabis Legalization: Are your HR policies ready?

October 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Recreational Cannabis Legalization: Are your HR policies ready?


Source: Canadian Underwrite October 11, 2018   by David Smagata, DAS

Did you know, medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 1999? Since then there have been numerous amendments to the laws, as well as a significant increase in Canadians who have purchased medical cannabis. According to Health Canada – approximately 167,000 Canadians were recipients of medical cannabis during the last quarter of 2016/2017. The number of cannabis users will only continue to rise with the legalization of marijuana.

The legalization of marijuana creates new challenges for Canadian employers. As a result, there is an increased need for finalizing regulation in so far as its impact in the workplace. In 2017, the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) conducted a survey of approximately 650 HRPA members between June 1, 2017 and June 9, 2017. This survey found that approximately 45% of respondents did not conclude that their existing workplace policies address issues that may arise with the legalization of cannabis in the workplace.

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