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Blazing the Trail: What the Legalization of Cannabis Means for Canadian Employers

The Conference Board of Canada, 48 pages, June 19, 2018
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Blazing the Trail summarizes literature on cannabis and its potential impacts on the workplace—outlining the top areas employers should consider addressing leading up to and following legalization. It also integrates recent Conference Board survey research on organizational concerns surrounding the legalization of recreational cannabis.

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With the legalization of recreational cannabis on the horizon in Canada, Blazing the Trail discusses some of the major areas of concern for employers related to the impacts of legalization on the workplace.

The report explores the landscape of legalization, and sets the stage for further research into the workplace implications of cannabis use in Canada. In particular, this report discusses the challenge of establishing criteria for cannabis impairment, concerns around workplace alcohol and drug (A&D) policies, problematic cannabis use and dependence, and steps for prevention in the workplace and education related to use. It also integrates recent Conference Board survey research on organizational concerns surrounding the legalization of recreational cannabis, and offers some considerations for employers looking to ensure they are prepared for what is to come.

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Introduction
  • Impairment
  • Workplace Alcohol and Drug Policies
  • Adapting A&D Policies to Address and Prevent Impairment
  • A&D Policies in Safety-Sensitive Workplaces
  • Managing Problematic Cannabis Use and Dependence in the Workplace
  • Education and Prevention
  • Education and Stigma Reduction
  • Conclusions
  • Blazing the Trail

Appendix A–Bibliography

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