Don’t Bring Cannabis Laced Brownies to the Office Party

The use of Cannabis is now legal. Here some tips to help you keep safe in case it shows up at your next office party. There a variety of ways you can consume Cannabis ( if you have not tried it yet), you can smoke it, vap it, eat it and take it as a pill (painkillers). Which way you decide to use it will keep you safe and perhaps you will get the munchies or giggles.

Edibles have the most powerful effect as it gives people a body stone and will affect you with a good dose of paranoia and anxiety. The effects are different than smoking (much stronger) and there are plenty of stories of people being taken to the hospital after unknowingly eating edibles. If a brownie shows up at an office party, all you need is to take a single bite. Don’t eat a whole brownie and don’t be like the guy that ate two and got the shakes 60 minutes later and had to take an UBER home . Read this article on how to learn more on edibles.

Vaping is primarily used in the home and is favoured as it is a healthier way than smoking, but requires a special pipe and set-up. Vaping creates hallucinogenic effects so moderation is key. Most people smoke it aka joint, reefer, fattie and it can be smoked  in its dried form, as hashish (compressed cannabis) and oil (honey coloured). Americans nicknamed “BC Bud”, now branded as Kush as “Wheel Chair Willie to compliment on the quality. So first time smokers just take a puff and no more. Edibles are more potent than smoking as all the THC is absorbed in the blood versus smoking where only 10-30% is absorbed as the rest goes up in smoke. CBD the other active ingredient does not cause hallucinogenic affects but has been used for medincinal purposes.

The legalization of recreational cannabis allows adults 18 years old and over in Canada to possess up to 30 grams of legal dried cannabis  and grow up to 4 cannabis plants per residence for personal use from licensed seed or seedlings. It remains illegal to transport cannabis across the Canadian border and you must purchase cannabis at a licensed retailer. It must be stored in your trunk when in the car.

Currently in force in Canada, the impaired driving laws include limits for THC. These limits are as follows:

  • for the summary conviction offence for 2 nanograms (ng) but less than 5 ng of THC per millilitr (ml) of blood
  • for the hybrid offence for 5 ng or more of THC per ml of blood
  • for the hybrid offence for a combination of 50 milligrams (mg) of alcohol per 100 ml blood + 2.5 ng or more of THC per 1 ml of blood

The legalization of cannabis has opened a legal can of worms as prosecutors still treat cannabis use like alcohol (as that is what the law currently is) but the law is changing and hopefully it will all sort out with minimal collateral damage to society. Current impairment urine tests do not detect THC and a saliva test is being worked on for roadside testing, but for now sobriety tests are now given. If staff get stopped by a ride check it is best not disclose Cannabis use as there is a zero tolerance by law enforcement and that is your right as a citizen to not volunteer information. If you are charged with Cannabis impairment you will lose your license for 90 days and have your car impounded for 7 days in Ontario before you even go to trial as you charged under the Highway Traffic Act and will face criminal charges as a double penalty.

According to occupational health and safety legislation across Canada, employers have a duty to provide a safe work environment and take all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of employees and others in the workplace. Due diligence is demonstrated by the employer’s actions before an event occurs, not after. To establish due diligence, the employer would have in place written occupational health and safety policies and programs.  In the case of cannabis use and the workplace, the employer should consider workplace policies and programs as they may relate to impairment from any source such as fatigue, life stresses, alcohol, medications (used legally or illegally), cannabis (recreational or therapeutic), or any other substance. And the end of the day we what to keep everybody safe.