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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Legal Pot


One of my friends with my former employers just texted me. Awhile back they hired a tech for the lab. We'd had such a turnover during my employment with them that the second I met a new employee, I'd profile him or her and tell The Crack or Big Al what that person's hang up was and how long they would make it with us.

For example, the last tech they hired: unshaven skinny 30-something kid with a toque; with the hipster look - "Hey Al, why'jya hire a pot head?" A month later, the kid smells like weed, shows up at work high as a kite - and home he goes.

The last one was a pot head too - this time a mousey looking lady in her fourties. "He Al - why'djya hire another pot head after having to fire the last one?" Poor Al grit his teeth and told us to FOAD, or we could hire the next one with his compliments. Sure enough, one day she shows up high as a kite, stinking of weed, and gets sent home.

The next day she shows up at work with a note from her doctor. It's medical pot!!!

I personally don't care as far as my former employers go; their shop could burn to the ground and I could care less (except for my friends there, of course). But... what about a regular business? What are the legal ramifications of this? How is an honest employer supposed to cope with legal pot heads in the workplace now? Will it be legal to fire "medicated patients" from work? How can you be expected to hire somebody like that and be productive and responsible?

Interesting times are ahead.


9 comments:

  1. their shop could burn to the ground and I could care less...

    I think you mean to say that 'I couldn't care less', as in 'I could not possibly care less'. Ignorant beer slurping, hockey playing Canuk.

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    1. Hey! I don't play hockey...!!!

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    2. Oh.

      Shit, sorry Glen. I really thought you did. Had I known, I'd never have said that. No fooling, sorry about that.

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  2. The pot situation has been around the U.S. of A. for years, and it comes down to the same answer you'd give a drunk.

    If you want to go home every night and get hammered, it's your liver, your home, and your divorce. Do it at work, and you might, might, get one warning along with a talking-to. After that, it's sayonara, arrivederci, hasta la vista pendejo. The same thing is true of pot, although I'd make allowances for someone undergoing chemotherapy.

    Oddly, there are all kinds of programs that many companies will pay for, as addiction is now considered a disease rather then just a plain old screw up.

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    1. You might be right, Jack. But here in Canada, screw ups are celebrated and protected and portrayed as victims. Drunks are still legally 'screw ups' and will get fired for abusing their intoxicant at company expense. There is now a viable legal vector on pot for medical victims and I can see the employer getting the shaft by it.

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  3. once hired it may be impossible to fire them. then another non addict will be hired to do the work and the addict will draw a check for sitting in the break room irritating the real work force.

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    1. Truth. My brother, California Dave, works for the city of Culver in CA. He got handed an employee that was a major problem, and had been transferred out of every department in the city. She was a middle aged black female, partially deaf, and lazier than a Tennessee hound dog in August. California Dave started taking notes. Six months later, he fired her. Two weeks after her termination, the director of personnel came by to play 20 questions.

      "I don't suppose you have any documentation about her incompetence and insubordination?" he asked, without any trace of hope.

      California Dave wordlessly opened a drawer and placed a three inch thick stack of paper on his desk. The man's eyes widened, and he started to smile.

      "For me?"

      Dave nodded.

      "Documentation?"

      Dave nodded.

      "Incompetence? Insubordination?"

      "And passive aggression, and possible sabotage."

      "Yes! Oh Hell Yes!"

      The man had tears of joy in his eyes.

      The case went to trial. Possibly the shortest trial of the year. The bitch lost her case and stayed gone.

      It's nice to win one every once in a while. Most cases, you can't win. But this one was different.

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  5. What about Canada's public service, or the teachers or any other unionized federal, provincial or municipal public service where the Canada Human Rights Tribunal states employers have duty to accommodate employees with medical limitations/disabilities? I mean everyone is hopped up or drugged down on pills already, so who cares if they're high? Not that productivity is an issue in the pubic service.

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