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Online course to educate on policies of cannabis at work


June 9, 2020
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Responsible Cannabis Use (RCU) has developed an e-learning course to educate workers about policies of cannabis in the workplace.

This CannEd course educates employers and employees about addressing cannabis at work in an inclusive way. It outlines employee rights in using cannabis recreationally or medically, while also providing workplace safety and impairment policies.

Newest updates to the course include courses for the transportation industry, specifically companies governed by the Department of Transportation.

“Cannabis is legal and we must prioritize safety while remaining inclusive to those who consume cannabis recreationally or medically,” said RCU chief executive Afshin Mousavian in a statement. “We understand that each organization has unique needs. A combination of our sample policy and the e-learning helps address needs across all industries.”

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Based on a survey conducted by RCU, it found that about 80 per cent of employees surveyed expressed interest in cannabis policies in the workplace. The project was developed in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).

CannEd comes months after RCU became a founding member of the Ontario Cannabis Policy Council, created by OCC and Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. in September 2019.

“The OCC represents businesses in a variety of industries who are navigating how to handle cannabis in the workplace, and there is a demand for better education” said Daniel Safayeni, co-chair of the Ontario Cannabis Policy Council and director of policy at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re excited to bring CannEd to our membership to help teach businesses how to have informed conversations about safety and impairment in the workplace, underpinned by facts and evidence,” Safayeni said in a statement.

CannEd is available to employers across Canada and the United States. Chamber members can access the course at an exclusive rate.