The Estevan Chamber of Commerce ran a Cannabis Workshop Thursday afternoon. They talked about employees having a policy set up by their employers about cannabis in the workplace.

"This morning's session was with Miller Thompson and they were going through the legal aspects of the legalization of cannabis and how it associates with the workplace," stated Jackie Wall the Executive Director with the Estevan Chamber of Commerce.

"This afternoon we have MNP who is here to basically do a hands on policy workshop so the attendees will leave this afternoon with a draft policy to take back to their businesses."

"The legalization has kind of been evolving, we've been getting bits and pieces here and there and there are real pillars already in place. Basically this is opening up a dialogue with employers to let them know what they're due diligence and what the expectation is in the workplace," explained Jackie.

"Now they can take that back to their work environments and talk to their employees and go through their policy and procedures manual so that they have things in place so that when everything is legalized and you are able to enjoy cannabis recreation-ally you will know how that dictates in the workplace."

"The Chamber has had quite a few phone calls and our members are wondering what exactly their legal responsibility's are. We try to make it a priority to make sure that we have current information for our membership and the business community as a whole," she shared.

"We have members here and non-members at today's workshop and it's a full room, we're really excited that we have that kind of turn out and that we know that this is top of mind in the community. We wanted to make sure that we were addressing the situation." 

"There already are Human Rights Policies in place as far as privacy in the workplace but now it's taking it one step further and looking specifically in the case of cannabis." 

"We just really appreciate the support from Miller Thompson and MNP. The Saskatchewan Chamber is here as well and so it the Workplace Safety so that's fantastic to be able to have all those organizations come together and be able to bring this to our community." 

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