Is Zero Tolerance Realistic with Legalized Cannabis?

With medical and recreational cannabis slated to become legal across Canada in July 2018, employers are now struggling with how they will regulate its use in the workplace. The reality being dealt with is that drug tests such as urinalysis and oral fluid swabs cannot determine impairment from cannabis, but can only detect traces in … Continued

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North America Advised to Ignore Federal Drug Laws

Following an unprecedented number of overdose related deaths in North America in 2016, the so called Opioid Crisis, in a report published on Oct. 2nd, the Global Commission on Drug Policy is urging the USA and Canada to take an unconventional stance in its fight to limit the harm of substance abuse: stop trying to … Continued

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Cannabis 102 – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Tetrahydrocannabinol – What the heck is that? When cannabis is used the tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) in the plant is broken down, or converted, into tetrahydrocannabinol or THC which is psychoactive. Almost right away the body starts metabolizing, or breaking down, the THC to it’s primary metabolite 11-hydroxy-THC (11-OH-THC) “hydroxy THC” which is also psychoactive. The … Continued

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Carfentanil

What is it? Originally developed in 1974 and manufactured as Wildnil, a tranquilizer for large animals, carfentanil is a synthetic opioid produced from morphine. Not suitable or intended for human use, Carfentanil is 1,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.1 Carfentanil is used to enhance the potency of other … Continued

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Issues With The Use of Drug Sniffing Dogs at AVCO

The workers’ union at Agrium Vanscoy Potash Operations (AVCO) in Saskatchewan claims that AVCO violated its employees’ fundamental right to privacy. As part of its drug and alcohol testing program and mandatory entry requirement, Saskatchewan based mining company AVCO employed drug sniffing dogs at its gatehouse on random days to test workers for substances upon … Continued

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Trucking Industry Weighs in on Marijuana

As marijuana is set to be legalized in Canada by July 2018, and in spite of the employment laws and human rights legislation currently supported by the federal government and its proposed standards for legal marijuana use, Canada’s trucking industry is pushing for a zero-tolerance for marijuana impairment while driving.   [Professional drivers] are sharing … Continued

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Canada and Global Drug Policy

Though the upcoming legalization of cannabis and the upsurge of community-led initiatives for safe injection sites throughout the country has put Canada at the centre of the global drug policy debate, Canada’s efforts only address the tip of the iceberg as its own national overdose crisis continues and prohibition and treatment remain hotly debated on … Continued

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Court of Appeal Rules in Favour of Suncor

The legal battle over random drug testing in its northeastern Alberta oilsands facilities has ended for Suncor Energy, with a ruling in favour of the company. Since 2012, when Suncor began randomly testing its safety-sensitive employees for drug and alcohol workplace impairment, the energy giant has been in dispute with Unifor, the union representative for … Continued

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Fentanyl Update: Vancouver

On August 21st of this year, drug overdoses in Vancouver surpassed the number of overdoses recorded throughout the city in all of 2016. Largely the result of fentanyl, a potentially fatal opiate, these deaths have prompted Vancouver Coastal Health to open more drug-checking sites across the city. Originally launched in July of 2016, VCH’s drug-checking … Continued

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