Learning about marijuana in the workplace
Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 06:00 am
The Airdrie Chamber of Commerce is hosting an educational workshop for local business owners to learn about how the use of marijuana in the workplace could impact their business and what rights businesses have.
With the federal government to legalize the recreational use of marijuana July 1, chamber president Linda Bruce said it’s important for business owners to be in the know.
“It’s really to help businesses understand their responsibilities – what do you do to accommodate? What legislation is, what the present rules are and what the future ones will be,” she said.
“This will be, I think, just a great opportunity for (business owners) to, A, get educated and, B, actually have policies ready to deal with the new legislation that’s coming forward this summer.”
The Marijuana and the Workplace Workshop will be held Jan. 18 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Airdrie Hampton Inn & Suites. Bruce said there are two components to the workshop – an information session in the morning and a session about developing policy in the afternoon.
“I think this is absolutely one of the most valuable things for our local businesses. Especially our small- to medium-sized businesses,” she said.
Larger businesses likely have human resource departments already preparing for the new legislation, but most small businesses don’t, according to Bruce.
“We have a very high number of small businesses in our community so this is where we can step in and certainly provide some guidance for them,” she said.
Presenters at the workshop will be coming from Cannabis at Work, a nationwide staffing agency that focuses on the cannabis sector, as well as DD West LLP, a local business that provides legal services and advice to other businesses and organizations.
If business owners are unable to attend the workshop, Bruce recommends sending someone else from the business that can.
“Right now there’s medical marijuana that people tend to utilize and so what does that mean for your workplace if somebody is utilizing medical marijuana for conditions or issues that they have? And then the next piece will be the recreational marijuana that will be legalized – they’re saying July 1 – so that adds a whole second layer to the issues of marijuana in the workplace,” she said.
Tickets for the Marijuana and the Workplace Workshop are available online at airdriechamber.ab.ca until Jan. 12. Those interested in attending can also register at the event.
Tickets are $110.25 for chamber members or $126 for non-chamber members.