With two weeks to go until recreational cannabis use is legal, companies operating in the emerging sector will encounter risks as they strive to meet regulations, but so will all businesses with staff members who might be potential users of marijuana.
“Every business owner runs the risk of having employees who may be cannabis users, whether recreational or medicinal, and issues with regard to use may directly affect their employment performance,” said Katherine Ferrante, vice president of sales and business development at ARAG. “An employer can’t risk having their staff impaired or under the influence of cannabis – it presents the same risk as alcohol use in the workplace. As an employer you wouldn’t want your staff serving clients and/or responsible for driving the company vehicle while under the influence. It’s unlikely they’ll be capable of properly performing their duties.”
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