Cannabis in the Workplace
Cannabis in the Workplace
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Field Law develops tailored solutions for organizational, policy and other issues that impact your business and workforce following the legalization of cannabis. We understand how the federal and provincial laws may impact your business and can help you prepare for the impending changes that the legislation could have on your workforce and workplace safety. We offer training on how to deal effectively and legally with cannabis use by employees, whether off duty or on duty and whether medical or recreational, through our completely customizable workshops, seminars and lunch and learn sessions. We also provide contract and policy creation and review in order to ensure that you promote a fit for work culture and ensure safety in the workplace to the fullest extent.

To request a workshop, or get an initial assessment of your drug and alcohol policy, contact Christin Elawny.


In addition to their already arduous obligations regarding workplace health and safety, employers must now add the hazards of cannabis in the workplace. Canada’s changing cannabis laws, along with existing legislation for medical use, make for a complicated legal landscape in the employment context. 

How do you fulfill human rights' obligations while still adhering to difficult and costly OHS obligations? We understand how the federal and provincial laws may affect your business and are available to help you understand these legal changes. We also provide advice on developing practical policies and procedures to meet the demands of the changing cannabis laws.

To learn more about how the cannabis legislation impacts your OHS policies, contact Steve Eichler.

September 2020 - 3 min read
Update: Medical Cannabis + the Duty to Accommodate
Keeping Up With Cannabis
The Newfoundland Court of Appeal recently handed down a decision that appears to inject uncertainty into employers’ attempts to accommodate workers in safety-sensitive positions who consume medical cannabis. While the case was decided in Newfound...
February 10, 2020
Human Rights Obligations Following a Positive Drug Test
Keeping Up With Cannabis
In Maude v NOV Enerflow ULC, 2019 AHRC 54, the Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta provided some helpful reminders to employers on the intersection of drug test results and human rights.      In March, 2016, Mr. Maude tested non-n...
November 20, 2019
Edible Cannabis in the Workplace
It has been over a year since Canada legalized cannabis.  Although individuals could make cannabis food and drink for personal use under the legislation, such products were initially not able to be produced or sold commercially.  As of Octobe...
February 6, 2019
2018 Year in Review for Northern Employers
Join Field Law for a review of the most important legal cases from 2018. Topics covered will include: Labour Employment Human Rights Occupational Health + Safety Privacy Immigration Cannabis This seminar will be broadcast live via ...
November 2018
Buildex Calgary Seminar Talks Cannabis in the Workplace
Journal of Commerce
October 2018
"Did You Roll That Yourself?": Travelling Tips Now that Cannabis is Legal in Canada
Keeping Up With Cannabis Legislation
Today’s the day! Cannabis has become legal in Canada for adult use, possession, purchase and distribution. As an important reminder, it remains illegal to take cannabis across any international border by any means, (land, water or air).  The...
October 3 + 10, 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace: Implications for Employers
Recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. Join Field Law’s Labour and Employment Group for a detailed, scenario-based half-day workshop providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situat...
July 2018
Legal Cannabis: Coming to Canada on October 17, 2018
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
On June 20, 2018, the federal government announced that Canadians will be able to possess and consume cannabis recreationally under the Cannabis Act as of October 17, 2018. Until that date, cannabis possession and consumption remains illegal, other tha...
June 5, 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace - Implications for Northern Employers
What Northern Employers Need to Know About Cannabis in the Workplace Join Field Law’s Labour and Employment Group for a detailed, scenario-based half-day workshop providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situ...
May 2018
Good News for Employers: No Unfettered Right to Use Cannabis at Work  
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
As the cloud of recreational cannabis legalization looms on the horizon, employers will face difficult situations pertaining to cannabis and the workplace. It is important to remember that just because recreational cannabis will be legal, and medically...
April 19, 2018
Weed at Work: Preparing for the Upcoming Legalization of Cannabis in Canada
Join Trojan Safety, SIX Safety Systems and Field Law for a detailed half-day seminar providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situations involving cannabis in the workplace. During this comprehensive half-day semin...
March 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace: A Few Things Employers Might Get a Taste of
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
At this point, employers in Alberta are acutely aware that cannabis or marijuana is about to become a legal substance. However, they might not yet have a full understanding of how this legalization will impact them, their employees or their workplace. ...
October 2017
Legalized Recreational Marijuana in Alberta - Is Your Workplace Prepared?
The Advisor
On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis-related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts and Bill C-46: An Act to ame...