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Cannabis Legalization

  • DRUGS, ALCOHOL & WORK
Are you an employer with workers who may perform safety sensitive activities, but without a drug and alcohol policy and testing regime in place? Do you work with one or more colleagues who may perform safety sensitive activities? If so, and...

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In December, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in R. v. Boudreault that the mandatory surcharge under the Criminal Code is "of no force and effect immediately." The surcharge was provided for in section 737 of the Criminal Code. It...

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Last week, we looked at the 1992 Westray mine disaster, and the subsequent amendments to the Criminal Code regarding workplace safety. The intent underlying the Westray provisions was to facilitate prosecuting corporate criminal negligence for workplace disasters. One tragic case in which...

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  • Prescription for Medical Marijuana on a desktop.
Do you use medicinal cannabis, to manage a medical condition? Are you an employer with an employee that uses medicinal cannabis? Do you wonder what your rights are? It is not as simple as an employee providing a doctor’s note, and then expecting...

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Justice Canada states that “impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada. In 2016, there were more than 70,000 impaired driving incidents reported by the police, including almost 3,000 drug-impaired driving incidents.” Getting behind the wheel...

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  • A simulation of driving stoned on marijuana; image courtesy U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Earlier this year, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction concluded that within our country “a substantial proportion of drug impaired drivers are going undetected.” Do you wonder if priority is being given to maintaining an election promise, or to...

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When you hear about cannabis legalization, do you mutter “I don't care?” The stereotype would have us expect that this mindset may be more prevalent in British Columbia than elsewhere. We have a Prime Minister who is delivering on an election promise...

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