Prepare workplaces for cannabis reformsPosted by On


If cannabis is legalised following the referendum, it will become regulated and more widely accessible. Photo / 123RF

OPINION:

Many employers are hazy on how the cannabis law reform referendum could affect workplaces.

Can staff smoke a spliff at work? Can you drug test staff if they are stoned? Will workplaces be able to enforce drug testing procedures for a lawful substance?

If New Zealand legalises the recreational use of cannabis, workplaces should review drug and alcohol policies and testing procedures.

Reduce risk of impairment

Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in New Zealand. If cannabis is legalised following the referendum, it will become regulated and more widely accessible.

Studies have proven that both short-term and long-term use of cannabis can impair staff performance and impact on health and safety.

“Cannabis particularly affects people operating machinery and tools and driving vehicles,” said Kirk Hardy, CEO of The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA).

“Drug-impaired…

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