As patients, we understand the effects of cannabis and we can all learn how much we can consume before the effect of impairment are felt. Consumption does not directly imply impairment or intoxication. It’s amazing to hear that 1 in 10 Canadian employers have already grasped this little tidbit of truth. Medicine is medicine and it should be treated as such, but these companies understand that recreational use is still medical use as well. Hats off to them!
A woman smokes marijuana while celebrating the legalization of recreational cannabis, in Vancouver, on Wednesday October 17, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck)
TORONTO — Nearly 10 per cent of Canadians say their employers allow cannabis use at work – and, according to a new poll, about half of those who can, do.
The survey from Ipsos, which was commissioned by human resources firm ADP Canada, found that 8 per cent of respondents said their employer permits recreational cannabis use in the workplace, versus 86 per cent who said their employer does not.
Forty-seven per cent of the respondents who said their workplace allows cannabis consumption reported consuming it during work hours, with 63 per cent saying they used cannabis before work and 72 per cent doing so after work.
Overall, those numbers translate to 5 per cent of Canadian workers using cannabis before work, 4 per cent doing it during work hours and 6 per cent using it after work.
Ipsos and ADP Canada conducted a similar survey one year ago, shortly before personal possession of cannabis was decriminalized.