At present, Health Canada states that dried marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine: “The Government of Canada does not endorse the use of marijuana, but the courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana when authorized by a physician."
But, Roycroft told HRM that it’s possible for trained physicians to create personalised plans that suit a patient’s lifestyle, therefore reducing risk in the workplace – “For instance, they can suggest a strain low in THC for daytime use or a form of administration that will not give any psychotropic effects.”
Roycroft says its time employers were properly educated on medical marijuana so they can make an informed decision on their workplace policies.
Employment lawyer David Whitten agrees, and said there was still a lot of stigmatization around the drug.
"A lot of people are basing their thoughts and ideas on movies that came out in the '80s,” he said. “We've come a long way since then and it's recognized just like any other medication.”
On June 16, Terry Roycroft will be dispelling the myths surrounding medical marijuana in the workplace and filling HR professionals in with all they need to know. He is joined by a bevy of other influential industry leaders who will be sharing their insights at the HR Masterclass
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