The legalization of marijuana for recreational (non-medical) purposes across Canada not only affects the general public, but it also has a sweeping influence on how employers manage their workforce. As such, it’s crucial that employers adopt clear policies on the use of drugs and alcohol to prevent workplace accidents, increases in sick claims and decreases in employee productivity.
Those operating in the legal marijuana sector face innumerable exposures related to things like motor vehicle accidents, bodily injuries and property damage. Of all the risks associated with the cannabis industry, product liability is one of most substantial. A seller, distributor or manufacturer of a defective product is often the one liable to a person injured by that product, regardless of whether the defendant did everything possible to ensure the defect never happened.
Cultivating and selling cannabis can be a lucrative business, particularly as the industry continues to grow. However, because marijuana is highly sought after, cannabis businesses have elevated security risks. What’s more, product theft can come from both inside and outside of an organization, complicating theft prevention practices.
Given that Canada operates under a federated system, it can be difficult to understand the complexities of cannabis legislation and regulation throughout the various levels of government. However, by being aware of the roles and responsibilities at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal level, cannabis retail owners can arm themselves with the knowledge needed to make informed business decisions throughout the application process.