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What will legal marijuana mean for safety sensitive jobs and drug testing?

Discussion in 'Legalization Of Marijuana' started by ThcGuy, Jul 16, 2017 at 1:57 PM.

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    ThcGuy

    ThcGuy Well-Known Member

    As everyone is aware Canada plans on making recreational marijuana use legal by July 2018. However as hard as I try, I cannot find any info about how this will affect current rules and regulations regarding it's use by people who hold jobs that are "safety sensitive" and are required to submit to drug testing as a condition of employment.

    The only articles I can find are about medicinal use at work or on the job recreational use. But what I am trying to find out, is can a worker be tested and suspended or fired for testing positive for marijuana after recreational marijuana is legalized if the worker is only using marijuana off company premises while not on company time?

    Can companies say you are never allowed to use marijuana (in Canada) once it becomes legal?
     
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    OldMedUser

    OldMedUser Well-Known Member

    Some companies already get rid of cigarette smokers and won't hire smokers so I imagine they can do the same with pot smokers too if they want. Like a lot of the oil companies in Alberta here they had to back off on testing as most of their best rig-pigs toked off the clock and finding good guys was hard to do. Not so busy now so they can afford to be choosier about who they employ.

    Just another aspect of re-legalization that will have to be fought over in the courts making the lawyers richer yet. :)
     
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    ThcGuy

    ThcGuy Well-Known Member

    Yeah the oil patch is a dying industry here. I worked everything from lease hand to drilling consultant over the past 20 years. Enform, Alberta's leading oilfield training center is pushing the government to allow oil companies to continue using a positive thc drug test as a reason not to hire new employees and suspend or fire existing employees even after marijuana becomes legal. It pisses me off how the corporate world thinks they can dictate what we do in our personal lives.
     
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    greg nr

    greg nr Well-Known Member

    Same thing south of the border. The feds aren't hard to understand; hell no, no way, prescription or not, no.

    But private employers also will fire you if you test positive while employed, and won't hire you in a pre-employment screen if you test positive.

    Again, it doesn't matter whether or not you have a prescription. They just say no......
     
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    ThcGuy

    ThcGuy Well-Known Member

    It's unfortunate that even in legal states, all a company has to do to persecute marijuana users is follow Federal laws as marijuana is still an illegal drug nation wide at the federal level in the U.S..

    However in Canada it will be 100% legal at all levels of government nation wide but corporations don't care and want the right to disregard the law to suit their ass backward views on marijuana use. But I can go home drink myself into a stupor, beat my wife, kick my dog and the corporations don't give a shit about that. It's fucked up and I think the fight won't be over for a long time even after full legalization.
     
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    OldMedUser

    OldMedUser Well-Known Member

    I worked as a water hauler for 10 years and always drove other guys trucks as a contractor so they never tested me. I'd be having a toke while filling the rig tank and listening to good tunes in the cab. :)

    I'd park the truck, shut off the motor and climb up on the roof to smoke a bowl while watching and listening to the northern lights in the middle of nowhere. The far north is pretty trippy even without the pot. :)

    Can't work no more so just work for myself growing pot and would never get myself tested as I know what the results will show.

    Even worse is the new impaired driving laws our gov't is trying to push through now. Be able to demand a test even if there is no hint of impairment or reasonable cause. Talk about Big Brotherism that our current dictator is trying to force on us.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-impaired-driving-changes-1.4069889
     
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    ThcGuy

    ThcGuy Well-Known Member

    Check out the northern lights tonight, they are supposed to really be rocking tonight.
     
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    OldMedUser

    OldMedUser Well-Known Member

    Heard about that and hoping for clear skies tonight but not looking good atm.

    Every evening the big clouds roll in and the thunderstorms start scaring my 16 year old dog half to death. lol

    He went and hid down in the basement a few days ago and we had to carry his 100lb ass back up the stairs as he can't do stairs very well any more. Tried some hi-CBD oil on a Milk Bone but that didn't seem to help after a few days of dosing him with it.

    I've seen lots of pretty spectacular northern lights when working up near the territories so not too worried if I miss them tonight.
     

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