Long-service Saskatchewan welder disciplined for violating drug policy with medical marijuana

Steelworkers alleges discrimination because of worker's medical prescription
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/12/2016

A long-service journeyman welder with Mosaic Potash Colonsay’s Saskatchewan mine site was disciplined for his use of medical marijuana as a violation of the employer’s drug and alcohol policy.

The man suffered from an anxiety disorder and headaches. He obtained a prescription for medical marijuana and authorization from the federal government for that prescription. He testified he did not use the medical marijuana at work, but used it in his personal time. He disclosed this information to the employer’s workplace occupational health registered nurse.

Following that disclosure, the welder was suspended from the workplace and placed on paid leave because his prescription was prohibited under the employer’s drug and alcohol policy.