Managing Marijuana in the Workplace, Marijuana in the workplace, Cannabis in the Workplace



This online course offers one of the most extensive employer training programs in Canada for managing medical marijuana in the workplace. You will learn the regulations governing medical marijuana and will provide clear direction on how to manage this challenging topic in your workplace.

The legalization of marijuana has created unforeseen challenges in the workplace, especially in safety sensitive environments. For you to manage medical marijuana in your workplace you need to learn how to balance the duty to accommodate with the responsibility to maintain a safe work environment.

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Course Outline – Marijuana in the Workplace Training

  • Medical marijuana history in Canada
  • Government regulations for medical marijuana
  • Existing laws for medical marijuana in the workplace
  • Employer’s duties and responsibilities
  • How to accommodate medical marijuana and maintain a safe work environment
  • How to develop an effective workplace policy on medical marijuana
  • The impact of the legalization of marijuana in the workplace

Course Duration

Approximately 90 minutes

Course Assessment

Testing conducted in this online Marijuana in the Workplace training course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A final mark of 80% must be achieved to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course two additional times if the 80% pass mark is not achieved.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this Marijuana in the Workplace training course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.

Click here for a general video about Marijuana in the workplace.

Visit the Government of Canada website to learn more about the legalization and regulation of Marijuana.

Ontario Preparing for Federal Cannabis Legalization

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has introduced legislation that would, if passed, safely regulate the use and distribution of recreational cannabis when it is legalized by the federal government in July 2018.

Ontario’s proposed Cannabis Act, 2017 would support the province’s safe and sensible transition to the federal legalization of cannabis.

The proposed legislation would:

  • Create a new provincial retailer, overseen by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), to ensure safe and socially responsible distribution of recreational cannabis through stand-alone stores and an online order service. Under the proposed approach, approximately 150 standalone stores will be opened by 2020, including 40 stores by July 2018 and rising to 80 by July 2019. Online distribution will also be available to service all regions of the province.
  • Protect youth by setting a minimum age of 19 to use, buy, possess and cultivate cannabis in Ontario.
  • Focus on harm reduction by allowing for the diversion of people under the age of 19 from the justice system into programs focused on education and prevention, avoiding unnecessary contact with the justice system.
  • Ban the use of cannabis in public places, workplaces and motor vehicles, similar to alcohol.
  • Regulate the smoking and vaping of medical cannabis under the proposed new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.
  • Help eliminate the illicit market including illegal storefront dispensaries, by introducing new provincial offences with strict, escalating penalties.
  • Keep Ontario roads safe by establishing even tougher drug-impaired driving laws, including a zero-tolerance approach for young, novice and commercial drivers.

Other details of Ontario’s approach would be set by regulation after passage of the legislation, and following consultation with municipalities, Indigenous communities, and other stakeholders.

The province will continue moving forward with its plans to support youth, young adults and other vulnerable populations through an integrated prevention and harm reduction approach. Ontario is also planning a public information campaign, coordinated with the federal government, to raise awareness of this transition and the new measures that will take effect.

Quick Facts

  • The LCBO will be engaging with municipalities to discuss the process for siting stores. Updates are available at:
  • This legislation would include a proposed new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, which, if passed, would provide clarity on where medical cannabis can be smoked or vaped.
  • The new Smoke-Free Ontario Act would also address vaping and the use of e-cigarettes to better protect people from second-hand smoke.
  • Ontario’s tough new measures to protect road safety would be in addition to penalties for impaired driving convictions under the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • The province recently made changes allowing police to immediately remove drivers from the road who they believe are impaired by drugs, including cannabis.
  • According to a 2015 report by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 45 per cent of Ontario adults have used cannabis at least once in their lifetime, while about 15 per cent have used cannabis in the past year.

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