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Marijuana in the Workplace: What’s the Diagnosis? (On-demand)

Location: Online

Program Summary:

(Original broadcast date: December 5, 2017.)

A key component of the Federal Liberal party’s election mandate was the legalization of recreational marijuana. While it is believed that a fully functional legislative and regulatory scheme ending the prohibition of cannabis will not be ready for some time, the prospects of legalized cannabis in the workplace has some companies feeling more than a little dazed and confused. But cannabis, at least in some instances, is already legal and is already in our workplaces. In fact, in 2014 it was estimated that there were 40,000 people in Canada with valid "authorizations to possess" – a number that has been growing rapidly. All of this begs the question: what are the risks and challenges that cannabis presents to the workplace in a changing legislative and cultural landscape?
In this program, you will learn:
  • All Weed is not Created Equal
  • Human Rights are not Going up in Smoke
  • It's a Brave New World: Legal Weed and Work
  • Suggestions for Policy and Contract Development
Who should take this course:
  • Business Owners
  • HR Professionals
  • Disability Managers

David Brown David Brown is an individualist. His nonconformist mindset and passion for transformation set him apart in a profession steeped (and sometimes mired) in tradition. Where others spot problems, David sees possibility and promise. He understands and appreciates not just the practice but the business of law. Add to all this his disarming wit, bellowing voice, and lofty stature, and there’s no mistaking him in a crowd.

A trusted workplace advisor to both companies and individuals in BC's Interior, David was the ideal choice to break new ground with our Kelowna office. Firm in his belief that a successful business is not one based on "zero sum" relationships (where one person suffers so that the other may thrive), he looks forward to supporting Okanagan employers and employees in the practice of sustainable employment and to surrounding himself with like-minded clients.

A prolific and plain language legal writer, David is the founder of a thought-leading employment law blog that covers timely and novel topics in an accessible and engaging way. He is also a dedicated community contributor, with active memberships in an extensive network of local professional and philanthropic endeavours including Junior Chamber International (Kelowna), Pathways Abilities Society, Kelowna Community Resources and Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of BC & Yukon and executive positions on the Human Rights and Employment Law Sections of the Canadian Bar Association (BC).

Registration Fees


Member $19.99
Non-Member $39.99
• Both registration and payment are required for every person accessing this course. You must provide your CPHR BC & Yukon Member ID to receive member pricing.

• Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to pd@cphrbc.ca.

CPD hours
1.5 • Labour & Employee Relations
• Health, Wellness, and Safe Workplace
All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714