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Most of us believe legal weed hasn’t impacted the work place

Almost a year since the legalization of marijuana, most Canadian workplaces have prohibited recreational use of the drug before, during and after work.

A new study from ADP Canada reported that 86 per cent of Canadians’ employers do not permit recreational cannabis use. Only eight per cent disclosed that cannabis use was allowed at their place of work.

The study also found that the majority of Canadians believe recreational cannabis has had no impact at work on health and safety (75 per cent), productivity (74 per cent), absenteeism (71 per cent) or quality of work (70 per cent).

However there’s a disconnect between managers and non-managers’ attitudes towards cannabis. While 80 per cent of Canadians said they are fully or somewhat aware of workplace expectations surrounding cannabis use, 86 per cent of managers were more likely to understand their organization’s policies than non-managers (74 per cent).

A regional analysis also found that respondents in Atlantic Canada (72 per cent) were most likely to be aware of workplace expectations on cannabis with Quebecers being the least aware (56 per cent).

And although the laws have changed, it appears Canadian opinions on recreational cannabis have not. Forty-six per cent of participants said their perception has stayed the same while 22 per cent said they have more a positive outlook. Positive views on cannabis were reported to be the highest in Ontario (27 per cent) and Atlantic Canada (22 per cent).