This article is an update to a previous article on the Cannabis at Work Website titled “Denial of Cannabis Coverage Found to be Discriminatory”.
In Canada medical cannabis was legalized in 2001 when the federal Government introduced the Medical Marihuana Access Regulations. In 2002 there were only 455 Canadians authorized to possess medical cannabis. The impact on the workplace at that time was fairly minimal but the impact has increased as there are now around 270,000 registered patients.
If you are a child of the 80s, there is a good chance the movie Police Academy (and its sequels) played a role in your upbringing. It was funny, somewhat relatable and ubiquitous. Also, who didn’t want to make amazingly realistic sounds like Cadet Larvell Jones.) Well, sometimes life imitates art like it did last week in Toronto.
Danyluk was a long-service journeyman welder employed at the Colonsay potash mine site. He obtained a prescription for medical marijuana under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Danyluk disclosed his prescription to the employer and explained that his medical cannabis was not used in the workplace but in the evenings, away from work.