Cannabis in the Workplace
By Barbara J. Bowes
Clearing the Haze
As you know, the long awaited cannabis legislation is finally here. However, not only is there excitement in the air for users but there is also plenty of confusion and frankly, downright fear on the part of many small business employers.
Many are asking about the nature of potential employee challenges that cannabis may bring to small operators such as the readers of Convenience and Carwash Canada. There are questions regarding cannabis prescription medication in the workplace and how this should be handled. There are questions about the level of extra work required to monitor cannabis use and frankly, many small business owners are asking what is cannabis versus marijuana?
In my opinion, this so called cannabis revolution does indeed have several elements of implementation that do bear addressing. This is because an employer’s most important focus must be on the safety and productivity of employees and the safety of customers.
So let’s start with a definition. First of all, cannabis is simply another name for marijuana, all of which comes from the cannabis plant. The plant contains hundreds of chemicals but the one paid most attention is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is a psychoactive drug that causes users to experience a high or stoned feeling. Smokers will feel the effects immediately and if eaten, users will feel the effects in approximately 30 minutes. The feelings last approximately two to six hours and may well impact one’s ability to work.