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Conference hopes to clear smoke on legal cannabis issues in the workplace

More than 100 organizations are attending a conference in Halifax to flag potential issues and come up with possible solutions
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Employers say there are a lot more questions than answers when it comes to the impact of recreational cannabis on the workplace after the product become legal next summer.

More than 100 organizations are attending a conference in Halifax Monday and Tuesday put on by the Office of the Employer Advisor Nova Scotia to flag potential issues and come up with possible solutions.

Board member and Atlantic vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Jordi Morgan, said when the province did public consultations earlier this year, workplace issues weren't addressed.

"Group health plans and whether or not they'll be covering cannabis, there's medical cannabis assessment issues in the workplace, inspection, compliance, there's all sorts of stuff around impairment and addiction, what the rights are of both the employers and workers in this new environment," he said.

Morgan told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show there are also concerns surrounding drug testing of employees, the setting of an official impairment level, and the potential difference between recreational and medical use when it comes to zero-tolerance policies.

He said both employers and employees deserve to have clear guidelines before July 1st.
 



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