The legalization of marijuana is a long way away in Canada, but the Workers’ Compensation Board wants businesses in Saskatchewan to start preparing a policy for their workplace to ensure safety in maintained.
The WCB held a breakout session on the topic during their convention on Tuesday.
Ed Secondiak with ECS Safety Services spoke at the event.
He noted even with medical marijuana, the word medical doesn’t change the substance.
He used alcohol as the example.
“Medical wine, medical beer, medical scotch, and I like it because you can drink as much as you want and still drive. I say that jokingly because if you drink enough you’re going to think that, but we know that’s not true. Just because I’ve added the term medical doesn’t make the alcohol any different, it still causes impairement,” Secondiak said.
Secondiak added the best thing businesses can do is develop testing provisions so if someone is suspected to be using marijuana at work or came to work high they can be tested through a urine sample.
Legalization legislation was expected to be brought forward April 20th, but Secondiak says there is still no level of impairment for law enforcement to follow and no one knows exactly what marijuana is beneficial for.