Yes, you need a prescription for medical marijuana at work

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Originally posted in Civilized by Alison McMahon

Although there is little case law on medical cannabis use in the Canadian workplace, there are a few cases that can guide both employees and employers on this topic.

Last week, we looked at the case of a man who was fired for using marijuana to relieve back pain and migraine headaches. Today we will examine the case of French vs. Selkin Logging.

In 2014, John French was an equipment operator for Selkin Logging in northern British Columbia and used cannabis to treat pain from cancer. He had spoken with his doctor about cannabis as a treatment but did not have a valid medical cannabis prescription.

French was caught smoking cannabis at work and Selkin Logging enacted their zero tolerance drug policy requiring he stop consuming cannabis in the workplace. French was subsequently terminated for breach of this policy.


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