Bill C-45 Passes in the Senate, Making Cannabis Legal in Canada. What Does This Mean for Employers?

By way of a 52-29 vote, the Canadian Senate has now passed the federal government’s bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada. It is now up to the federal government to set a date for formal legalization, with provincial governments receiving an eight to twelve week period to prepare for the sale of the drug within their province. The Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent within a matter of days.

Employers across the country have expressed uncertainty regarding the impact of legalized recreational marijuana on their workplaces, with a particular focus on productivity and safety concerns. To read a list of recommendations for employers in regards to Bill C-45, please visit the Cassels Brock Employer Law Blog or click here.