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Legal cannabis doesn’t hurt productivity, but not encouraged : Survey 

A new online survey suggests that recreational cannabis hasn’t negatively affected workplace productivity as some Canadians expected, however it may be the case because organisations don’t allow it at work. Conducted by Ipsos on behalf of ADP Canada, the survey suggests that most Canadians believe recreational cannabis has had little to no impact at work.

Researchers surveyed 1160 working Canadians 18 years and older between August and September. The results were weighed to reflect a representative sampling of working Canadians. 19 times out of 20, a randomised sample of this size would yield a margin of error +/- 3.3 percentage points.

Hendrik Steenkamp, HR advisory director for ADP Canada, said, “The expectation was that there would be a huge impact on the workplace, and yet the data shows this time around that it’s much, much smaller than we anticipated. I think that Canadians are very good, law-abiding citizens, and I think they have respect for the workplace.” The survey also found that 86 per cent of respondents say their employers do not permit recreational cannabis use at work. Just eight per cent said their employers allow recreational marijuana use during the workday, and seven per cent said they didn’t know.

Five per cent of those who partake of the drug said they’ve used cannabis recreationally before work, four per cent during work and six per cent with colleagues after work. Steenkamp said that in most cases, employers have likely updated their existing substance use policies to include recreational cannabis and to put an emphasis on impairment.

He said, “If, for argument’s sake, you’re not allowed to use alcohol during your workday, or come to work impaired, then the same would apply to cannabis.”

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