If marijuana is legal, why can’t I bring it to the work site?
*Work while under its influence*
All site staff must be fit for duty at all times – that is, you need to be able to do your job without any limitations due to drugs or alcohol. Being under the influence of marijuana during work hours is considered impairment on the job. The employer is to provide a safe workplace for all employees, workers and contractors.
You may be removed from the job site and face disciplinary action from your employer if:
– you have illegal drugs, marijuana and/or alcohol on you;
– report to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs; or
– refuse to submit to a search or test.
If you use marijuana, it can remain in your body and cling to your personal belongings well past your time spent away from the job site.
How would you tell if you are still impaired or under the influence of marijuana?
Marijuana is different from alcohol. It stays in your body for a longer period of time after you have consumed it or used it.
Marijuana may show up on a drug test days after you have consumed/used it. Even for frequent users, marijuana can stay in your body for many days depending on your:
How long does marijuana show in my system?
If you use marijuana it can remain in your body and cling to your personal possessions well past your time spent away from the job site.
Again, marijuana is different from alcohol. It stays in your body for a longer period of time after you have consumed or used it. Marijuana may show up on a drug test days after you have consumed or used it. Depending on age, weight, gender and/or diet, marijuana lasts in everyone’s system for a different amount of time.
There is no magic number of days to stop using before you report to work. To ensure you do not test positive, the safest course of action is to stop using.
Will employees be tested for marijuana use?
In general, all workers should be aware that the current policy you have been working under previously in regards to drug & alcohol testing shall remain going forward, even though marijuana use is legal.
Will I be evicted from the job site if I test positive?
You may be removed from the job site and face disciplinary action from your employer if you test positive for alcohol or drugs, including marijuana.
If I suspect a co-worker is under the influence of marijuana, how can I report it?
Report any concerns to your supervisor and union representative.
I have a prescription for medicinal marijuana; can I bring/use it on the job site?
Employees must inform their supervisor of any prescription or non-prescription medications that may affect their ability to work.
Use of any prescription that could impact a worker’s ability to work safely must be reviewed by the prescribing physician. The prescribing physician must review the workplace hazards and risks of medication, and determine if that prescription is safe to use in the workplace.
For full information, inquire with your supervisor or designated contractor representative about fitness-for-duty paperwork that your physician can fill out for you to return to your employer.
What is the difference between marijuana, cannabis, THS and CBD?
Plants can be grown to maximize different compounds:
CBD v THC, which have different properties, effects when ingested; THC produces the psychoactive effect which creates a risk to safety. However it is not possible to fully remove THC from CBD, so smoking any type of marijuana/cannabis is still a risk.
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