Cannabis in NL: Your Cannabis Questions Answered

Non-medical cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018.

To prepare for the legalization of non-medical cannabis, the Provincial Government has implemented provincial laws and regulations that have been developed with the best interests of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in mind. The goals for cannabis legalization in this province are:

  • Protecting public health by providing access to a safe supply of legal cannabis and encouraging low-risk use by those adults who choose to use it, while keeping it out of the hands of children
  • Promoting safety on our roads, in public places and in our workplaces
  • Reducing the burden on our criminal justice system
  • Keeping profits from the sale of cannabis out of the hands of criminals
  • Supporting new business opportunities

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have cannabis questions, and this site provides the relevant answers. Please come back often as information is updated  regularly.


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CCOHS / Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis

CCOHS White Paper: Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis

Impairment in the workplace can have severe consequences. There are many sources of impairment such as fatigue, life stresses, use of drugs (over the counter, prescription, illicit), consumption of alcohol, etc. This White Paper discusses the implications associated with the use of cannabis for both therapeutic and recreational purposes. The key steps to reducing the impact of impairment on the workplace are to have appropriate policy and response mechanisms in place, to provide clear guidance to all workplace parties, and to apply workplace policies and programs using a fair and consistent approach.

This White Paper presents information and recommendations for employers, employees, and others interested in workplace health and safety including how to:

  • address the potential for impairment as part of a hazard assessment,
  • establish a concise policy and program on the use of any substance that can cause impairment,
  • determine the actions the workplace will take regarding impairment,
  • implement accommodation practices where necessary (including for therapeutic needs, substance dependence or disability due to substance dependence), and
  • create a supportive healthy and safe workplace.In Canada, workplace drug testing is generally considered to be discriminatory on the basis of disability and perceived disability under human rights legislation. Substance testing should only be considered for safety sensitive positions and on a case-by-case basis. Employers must provide training to supervisors and employees on the impact of impairment, and how to recognize and respond to possible signs of impairment.

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City of Corner Brook Cannabis Policy

FCM: Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

Canadians care about the impact of cannabis legalization and municipal governments will be the first place they turn to if they have concerns.

From preventing people from smoking near schools, to ensuring that cannabis production happens safely and mandating where cannabis businesses will be able to operate, local governments must set the rules that will impact the way legalization affects people.

Developing the rules and processes that will govern the legalization of non-medical cannabis is a complex task. And we need to get it right. Municipalities will need to make critical decisions about how and when to write new bylaws on a range of issues including land use planning, business licensing and public consumption.

FCM designed the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization to provide an overview of the work ahead for local governments and offer both policy and regulatory options to choose from.

It will take coordinated effort from all orders of government to ensure that Canadians are safe and well-served during the process of cannabis legalization. This guide can help communities get it right.

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