Should you be able to smoke marijuana at work? That’s just one of the questions due to be discussed by the Surrey Board of Trade at a public event on pot this Friday.
The move to begin openly talking about marijuana on the job and off – whether for medical purposes or just for the high – comes ahead of possible legalization next year.
In April, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced in an address to the U.N. that a bill to legalize marijuana in Canada will be introduced to parliament as soon as spring of 2017.
“What are the implications for business?” says a release from the board. “What policies and regulations currently exist for our workplaces and how will those change with the new legislation?”
It also comes as the City of Vancouver continues to enforce its new bylaws for marijuana dispensaries, with only one cannabis dispensary so far granted a business licence.
The board’s discussion, The Business of Legalizing Marijuana, is open to the public and will take place at the Eaglequest Golf Course at 7:30 am Friday.
Experts due to speak at the discussion include Dr. Shelley Perlman,with WorkSafeBC, employment lawyer Cindy Zheng and Dr. Amrish Joshi, with Peace Arch Hospital.
Other questions to be addressed include what current regulations apply to drug use and employment standards and what policies businesses may need to review if weed is legalized.
The Business of Legalizing Marijuana
Where: Eaglequest Golf Course – 7778 152 Street, Surrey
When: Friday, June 10, registration 7:30 am, program runs from 8 to 9:30 am
More info: Contact Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, at 604-340-3899