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Articles in this section are of general information and in every situation are subject to the application and interpretation of a law, rule or factual situation that may differ. Consult us for any specific question.

New Cannabis Act: The Impacts of Consumption and Your Rights

5 June 2018

With the imminent passage of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, many people are worried about the impact it will have.

Cannabis in the Workplace

Employers are concerned about the productivity and safety of their employees. Although cannabis becomes legal, it will still be illegal to use cannabis in the workplace because of the impact on work performance. Also, employers will be able to implement a policy to limit the use of cannabis by their employees. This policy must be clear, precise, applied in a rigorous manner and be known to employees.

Cannabis at Home

Many landlords and tenants worry about the impact of cannabis legalization on second-hand smoke. However, this year, the Régie du logement issued a decision expelling a tenant from his dwelling because the smoke produced by his medical cannabis use infringed the building’s other tenants’ right to quiet enjoyment of the premises. This decision confirms that it is not allowed to upset neighbours with second-hand smoke simply because cannabis use is not illegal.

Cannabis While Driving

With respect to driving concerns, it is important to note that it is already prohibited to drive after using drugs and that police officers are trained to determine if someone is under their influence. In addition, impaired driving is a criminal offence that can lead to the loss of a driver’s license, fines and even incarceration. The legalization of cannabis will not relax the rules for driving a car.

In conclusion, although cannabis use will soon be legalized, in many environments it will still be prohibited or limited. If you have fears, suffer consequences or have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.