A pot primer for plan sponsors

… More than anything, employers need to be proactive about governance issues as they prepare for legalization, says Gregory Clooney, a senior legal consultant at Morneau Shepell Ltd. “I would suggest that all employers need to review their policies and procedures. Whether or not that requires amendment or clarification will rely on the individual situation, but they do need to take a look at it,” he says, noting reviews will go beyond drug and alcohol or substance abuse policies to include other issues that may emerge. “You may also have an accommodation or an equity policy. You want to take that into consideration as well. You might actually have a marijuana accommodation policy, so you want to make sure that differentiates between medical marijuana and recreational cannabis,” says Clooney, adding that companies with provisions like a scent-free policy will need to consider those issues as well.

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