Yesterday was the day cannabis was legalized in Canada. While I think it is largely a good idea, I never thought I’d see the day. What really drove it home was when I came into work this morning. Attached to my pay cheque, was a company cannabis use policy. The first paragraph is:
This memo is being provided to remind all employees that possession or use of recreational cannabis and cannabis products in the workplace is prohibited. Although recreational cannabis is legal, impairment on the job can pose serious health and safety risks. Cannabis at work can become a distraction to others; therefore, employees should refrain from bringing cannabis into the workplace and keep their cannabis products at home to store and consume. To ensure a safe and healthy work environment, [company name] reserves the right to restrict what items and substances are being brought on to company premises.
It is entirely reasonable, but having such a document applying to me certainly makes the whole thing more real!
Another indicator of the reality of the situation is this tweet from my MP:
Legislation made law by any party but his Conservatives is a terrible idea, of course. I asked him to post his proof that legal cannabis will be a disaster for children, but of course he won’t because he would rather pedal fear than have a fact-based discussion about an issue.
Wait, what am I saying? He won’t even answer.
2019-10-05: He didn’t answer. I prodded him with continued messages on the topic at intervals between a week and a month and he still didn’t answer. I stopped after I had written about fifteen messages. I am so glad he decided to retire. Perhaps his successor with stand behind his or her words.