Pubdate: Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2017 Postmedia Network
Author: Larry Comeau
Page: A17


Re: "Booze, drugs 'profound' woes, Suncor says," Nov. 28.

There has been little concern expressed during its committee study by
the Trudeau government, in its rush to legalize marijuana, about the
real possibility of an increase in accidents in the workplace, once it
becomes legal.

Unlike alcohol, which is excreted from one's body in about 12 hours,
THC remains in the system for many, many days. This means workers can
show up on the job still partially stoned.

There is also the real likelihood more workers will be using marijuana
on the job, thereby placing themselves and co-workers at an increased
risk of injury or death.

I have been very surprised labour unions and companies have not been
more vocal on this issue, as worker safety should be the top priority.
I assume there will need to be much more drug testing in the workplace
and marijuana education to keep workers safe.

Larry Comeau, Ottawa
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