There are few topics more timely, significant and crucial than roadside safety in the context of cannabis consumption. As more and more jurisdictions, states and countries move to legalize medical and recreational cannabis, so too have those reforms called into question the need to protect citizens from drug-impaired driving. These important measures haven’t been realized without challenges.
When it comes to the topic of cannabis in the workplace, the waters are murky. By virtue of the name, work means many things to many people, and trades and roles range from heavy-equipment operator to office administrator, and everything in between. With the recent legalization of cannabis for adult use in Canada, employers and employees must now consider both the recreational and medical ramifications of consuming and medicating in the workplace.
Cannabis and pain management have shared a long and rich history. In 2737 B.C., legendary Chinese emperor Shen Nung officially prescribed cannabis for a variety of ailments. For over 10,000 years, humans have used the plant and it's extracts to treat a multitude of conditions, including headaches, gout, rheumatism, and chronic pain.
This post will look at the issue of impairment through three respective lenses: employers, employees and human resources. We hope to lend unique perspectives on the theme, and also examine the challenges and potential solutions to the issue.
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