Survey: Canadians uncertain about cannabis

The results of a new survey carried out by researchers at Dalhousie University show that the attitudes of Canadians towards recreational cannabis have changed since 2017, with its legalization on October 17, 2018. The survey involved collecting responses from a total of 1,051 adults in April, and was designed to follow up on a 2017 … Continued

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Second Canadian sentenced to death for drug smuggling in China

A court in China has sentenced Fan Wei to death for producing and trafficking methamphetamine. Wei is the second Canadian sentenced to death this year, and his verdict was announced amid escalating tensions between Canada and China over the arrest of a Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, in December 2018. According to the statement released by … Continued

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The impact of cannabis legalization on employers 6 months later

A recent article in Canadian HR Reporter examines the workplace concerns around legalization of cannabis 6 months after its implementation. According to Jason Fleming, strategic adviser at Cannabis at Work, in Toronto, the hype associated with the legalization of cannabis in Canada was “overblown.” “A lot of time and attention and paranoia and fear existed … Continued

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Legalization: Has it impacted the black market?

Since the legalization of Cannabis on October 17, 2018, many Canadian experts have been carefully observing the consequences in order to evaluate its efficacy in decreasing drug trafficking by organized crime. Business columnist Don Pittis discussed insights acquired from legalization of cannabis which could be extended to legalizing other drugs in a recent article published … Continued

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Importance of reasonable suspicion training

A Vancouver employer recently learned that testing an employee for drug impairment on top of alcohol impairment without a reasonable cause is not allowed. On March 13, 2017, a unionized employee “C.L.” working in a safety-sensitive position at Vancouver Drydock Co. reported for work as a labourer smelling of alcohol, but did not display any … Continued

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Canada’s hidden issue with fetal alcohol syndrome

A recent article published in the National Post examines the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Canada, concluding that the existing underlying drinking problem among women needs to be addressed. FASD is an general term used to describe a range of effects which can result from drinking alcohol during pregnancy, and can have … Continued

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Dangerous drugs detected in Canada

Earlier in April, two dangerous and potentially-deadly drugs were found in Canada. In the first instance, carfentanil, a synthetic opioid approximately 100 times stronger than fentanyl, and 10000 times stronger than morphine, was discovered in Ottawa. In the second instance, a synthetic cannabinoid called AMB-FUBINACA was found in Kamloops, B.C. Carfentanil was detected in the … Continued

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FMCSA prepares to launch Clearinghouse database

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created a website which provides answers for frequently asked questions regarding the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a national online database which will list, in real time, the names of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who have failed drug and alcohol tests. The website lists a fact sheet … Continued

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Review: Clearing the smoke on cannabis

A research report released by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction entitled “Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis – Regular Use and Cognitive Functioning” evaluates a large number of scientific studies on the effects of cannabis use on cognitive functions and intelligence. The report is the first in its series and reviews the effects … Continued

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Synthetic urine use on the rise

With more companies and organizations implementing drug testing, the market for synthetic urine is undergoing a rapid growth. Synthetic urine can be created in a laboratory using a mixture of urea, water, creatinine and/or uric acid. Urinalysis testing employs two methods called chromatography and mass spectrometry to test urine for drugs. These methods make it … Continued

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