The current Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) was repealed on March 31, 2014 in its place the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation has been introduced. Health Canada has introduced changes to address the manner in which medical marijuana is accessed. The goal of the change is one of enhancement over the current state, however, the implications of this change is increased access to medically issued authorizations to use a controlled substance with approval from Health Canada. [1,2,3,4] Although the change is aimed at addressing a number of very serious issues, the consequences of decentralization is a structure that has fewer barriers to entry – increasing the challenges to safety in safety sensitive industries. This session is aimed at helping employers understand the current state, the implications and provide guidance and messaging on how to manage it in the workplace.
1. Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Statutes of Canada, S.C. 1996, c. 19. Canada. Department of Justice. 2013. Department of Justice. Web. 15 Aug 2012.
2. Criminal Code. Statutes of Canada, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-34, s. 199, s. 217.1. Canada. Department of Justice. 2012. Department of Justice.Web. 15 Aug 2012.
3. “Information for Health Care Professionals”. Health Canada. February 2013. N.p. Web. 20 August 2013
4. “Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations”. Health Canada. 10 June 2013. N.p. Web. 20 August 2013