by Geoffrey Howard
Originally published: March 14, 2017
Several major societal trends are converging to make marijuana in the workplace one of the biggest challenges facing Canadian employers.
It started with widespread increased tolerance of marijuana consumption and low-level dealing by police in some regions, as well as court rulings upholding the right of patients to grow and use medical marijuana. At the same time, recreational use expanded to a broader age demographic, including “boomers.”
Over the past decade or so, marijuana has emerged as a common treatment for chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety and a number of other diseases, although it is also used for many conditions without solid medical research to back up its medical efficacy. The number of Canadians holding legitimate medical marijuana prescriptions has exploded. Some cities like Vancouver have seen the spread of convenience-store-like marijuana dispensaries where medical marijuana is routinely “prescribed” at the request of the customer for a host of complaints.