Drug Testing? Do We Need It in the Workplace?

Marijuana becomes legal in Canada in 2018 and some have expressed concern over the fact that this will almost certainly increase the number of people doing things while impaired. Many people automatically think about driving, and operating a vehicle while high on pot is certainly not a good plan as your reaction time can be significantly reduced.

However, many business owners and supervisors are worried that employees will show up for work high and not be able to do tasks to the best of their abilities. Working in such a state can also lead to accidents for these people, their fellow employees, and members of the public.


So what is the solution? Drug testing is commonly done by some businesses in this country as a preventative measure. These include such procedures as the marijuana hair test, blood drug testing, and more. The idea is usually not doing this as a way of punishing people so much as a method of helping to prevent accidents.

So do we need drug testing in the workplace? If your job is something where a cannabis impairment is unlikely to produce any sort of harm, then probably not. However, if your vocational responsibility involves operating heavy machinery, then perhaps it is fair and valid for your employer to test workers. Personal rights are important, but these can sometimes be superseded by the safety of those around them and the public at large.

What is your take on this issue? Are you a pot consumer or do you plan to be when it becomes legal next year? If so, would you be offended if asked to take a drug test? Would you consider no longer working for an employer who insisted on such tests? Let us know in the Comments section!


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Secrets To Success

Have you always wondered how successful people got to where they are?  We got a chance to interview a successful CEO boss, Erica, who at the young age of 27 is already running an empire.  Read on to see her secrets to success.

What’s some advice you would give that you wish was given to you?

I’ve always wanted to tell young girls to never give up on something they believe in.  But they have to really believe in it.  It can’t be half-assed – that’s not going to work.  But let’s say you have a particular skill or a passion, you really have to want it and believe in yourself if it’s going to work.  And as a woman who started her company at a young age – I was 22 at the time – I always had people who kept telling me I wasn’t being realistic, that my “dream” was never going to become a reality.  That only pushed me to work harder.  It was also harder to get people to take you seriously especially if you’re a young woman.  Investors tend to trust older people, unrelated to whether you’re a male or female.  But being young AND a female, well that only made things harder for me.

Tell us about your morning routine.

birdI’m definitely an early bird.  I wasn’t until I started my company though.  In university, I would go to bed no earlier than 5 am and wake up generally after noon each day.  It was such a bad schedule, and I never got anything done.  Once I started my company, I learned the beauty of routine.  I usually wake up at 5 am now – huge 180 right?! – then do a hot yoga class, then I’ll come back home to shower and get ready.  After that I make myself breakfast and go through emails for about an hour to hour and a half.  Then I give myself plenty of time to get to work.  My morning routine really helps give me a bright start to the day because I love being up early and going through emails knowing nobody else is up.

What is your key to success?

I can’t give you one answer to that.  It’s a combination of  hard work, determination, luck and being in the right place at the right time.  The hard work and determination is obvious.  You can’t get anywhere without those qualities.  But you really want luck on your side.  Same with being in the right place at the right time.  That’s why I always tell people, if it fails, try again.  And then try again and try again.  If you keep trying, you’ll eventually end up in the right place at the right time.  Might take a couple months, might take 10 years.

Thank you for being with us and giving us the inside scoop, Erica!
No problem!  Anytime!  Thanks for having me.

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