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HRM CA | 28 Apr 2015, 08:00 AM Agree 0
One expert has spoken out about the obligation employers have to accommodate workers with a medicinal marijuana prescription.
  • Larry Dawson | 28 Apr 2015, 11:22 AM Agree 0
    This will be interesting. Medical marijuana still causes impairment. Safety sensitive industries can discharge any workers who are found to be impaired by alcohol or drugs, or refuse to hire. Will the courts and arbitrators trump individual rights over safety? I think not.
  • Charlie | 30 Apr 2015, 01:14 PM Agree 0
    Larry, all painkillers cause impairment, until the person is on a steady dose for a certain time. After that, they no longer get impaired, it just kills the pain. A prescription from a Dr, that causes any impairment, at any dose, always has a warning label on the package....'do not drive heavy machinery" or "can cause drowsiness". Is everyone whom is prescribed any medication ineligible to work or drive? No. So, why single out Cannabis?
  • Larry Dawson | 04 May 2015, 05:28 PM Agree 0
    "After that they no longer get impaired it just kills the pain"?? Where are you getting your medical information?? If you are using painkillers - or marijuana - long term, it means you are addicted, and you are still getting high and are still impaired.If it's in your bloodstream you are impaired. No insurance company will accept liability for workers who have impairing substances in their blood. None. And employers will not accept that liability. So whether it's oxy or pot - impaired means no job.
  • doug t | 16 May 2015, 06:04 PM Agree 0
    And what about non-prescription medicines such as graval and cough-syrup which also cause drowzyness and imparement? Why are they given a blind eye Larry? Sleep deprivation will cause you to act inibriated, yet no employer will look their workers in the face and say, "you are too impared to work." Do you know what addiction is? Because long term use does not equal addiction, dependance equals addiction. 1 beer does not in most cases equate to imparment. Why is that drug different? By your logic the alcohol that enters my system through my mouthwash every morning is leaving me too impared to work. It is beyond all aspects of reality that i am not able to go home after work and medicate with a medicine my doctor perscribed, because my job requires me to stay sober while at work. Should people work high? Absolutely not. Should people be forced to decide between medicine that allows them to forgoe destroying their livers with pain pills, or being able to work? Absolutely not.
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