Do you know your cannabis rules at work?

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Cannabis is now legal in Canada. Adults (19 years old and above) are allowed to use it. Do you know if it’s ok to use it at work?

Can you use cannabis at work?

No. Employees cannot use it at work. Also, don’t use it before work. Cannabis has THC, a chemical that affects the brain. It can make you react slower and lose focus. You won’t be able to work properly. You can’t drive or operate machinery when high.

Read your company’s alcohol and drug policy. Ask your employer if the rules are not clear to you.

What other rules should you know about cannabis in the workplace?

Most workplaces do not allow employees to carry cannabis at work. It is not allowed even if the employee does not intend to use it. Others encourage their employees to tell a manager if they or a co-worker is high on the job. Your workplace may have similar rules. If they don’t, learn about impairment at work from Safe Work Manitoba. Go to this page: Impairment in the workplace.

Keeping your workplace safe is also your responsibility. You don’t have to be a cannabis user to ask about safety rules and regulations.

Watch the video below: Is weed good or bad for you? Everything we know about the health effects of cannabis (Global News):


Sources: Impairment and work safety, Safe Work Manitoba; We warned them this was as rushed job, Manitoba says some pot rules still unclear, Ian Froese, CBC; and Five ways cannabis will impact the workplace, The Chamber Blog; and The legalization of cannabis and the workplace: What employees need to know, WRHA. Retrieved on October 15, 2018.

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