Are employers ready?
By Amy Groothuis, Miller Thomson LLP
The start of a new year is often a time for setting objectives and preparing for the year ahead. One item that ought to be on all employers’ 2018 planning agendas is the expected legalization of cannabis and what that means for their workplace.
Although the proposed Cannabis Act may be revised prior to its anticipated passage into law in July 2018, it is expected to create a legal framework for the sale and possession of cannabis for recreational purposes. Much remains unknown about how growing, marketing and selling cannabis will occur on a province-by-province basis, but provinces will be responsible for licensing and overseeing the distribution and sale of cannabis, subject to federal conditions. In Saskatchewan, sales will be handled by private retailers and regulated by the provincial government. Plans are being developed for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority to issue about 60 retail permits to private operators in as many as 40 municipalities and First Nations communities.
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