January 10, 2019 – Considering Cannabis: Cannabis Legalization and Impacts in the Workplace
The legalization of recreational cannabis brings with it a multitude of issues for employers to address. Experienced labour and employment lawyer Tracey L. Epp, Pitblado LLP, will provide a fascinating review of the legal status of cannabis in Canada from its criminalization early in the last century, to the introduction of medical cannabis in 2001, to the recent legalization of recreational cannabis under the federal Cannabis Act. She will also briefly describe the provincial framework for regulating retail cannabis sales in Manitoba.
The program will explore key issues from an employment perspective particularly with respect to the need for workplace policies that address the use of recreational cannabis both on and off-duty, fitness for work, impairment and the designation of safety sensitive positions. Ms. Epp will also provide a refresher on medical cannabis and relevant employer considerations such as the duty to accommodate and health benefits plan coverage.
If you are an employer or you provide legal advice to employers, this program is not to be missed.
The federal government’s legalization of non-medical (recreational) cannabis on October 17, 2018, marks the end of a 95-year prohibition in Canada. The magnitude of this change on a societal level is yet to be determined and understood, but lawyers are already grappling with the legal rules and ramifications of legalization. In its continuing professional development (CPD) series Considering Cannabis, the Law Society of Manitoba will offer programs addressing the legalization of cannabis from a variety of legal perspectives.
Our first program in the series features RCMP Sergeant Mark Hume who will speak about the extensive changes to the transportation provisions of the Criminal Code, with a focus on the sections relating to drug-impaired driving. This CPD Reforms to Transportation Offences and Drug-Impaired Driving Offences takes place this Thursday, November 22, and registration for in-person or webinar attendance is still available.
Coming up next in the series, on January 10, 2019, Tracey L. Epp, Pitblado LLP will review the workplace impacts of cannabis legalization, including the need for employers to amend existing policies to address the use of recreational cannabis.
Please watch for further updates about Considering Cannabis programs to come in 2019.
With the official legalization of cannabis across Canada on October 17, 2018 we decided to compile some resources to help you and your clients navigate the new and important changes to the Provincial and Federal Legislation.
*This is a small list of recent legislation changes that have changed with the legalization of Cannabis in Canada. This is not a complete list of legislation changes and is current to October 17, 2018.