09/13/2018 - Vancouver Island Chapter Event

Marijuana in the workplace – Weeding through the evidence (1 MOC I)


Date: September 13, 2018  
Begbie Hall, Royal Jubilee Hospital - Woodward Room 1900 Fort Street
Victoria BC V8R 1J8 

Special - In-person Event!
Vancouver Island Chapter Event
Marijuana in the workplace – Weeding through the evidence

  September 13, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST
Begbie Hall, Royal Jubilee Hospital -  Woodward room
1900 Fort Street, Victoria

We are facing the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in Canada. There are already several countries that have –legalized marijuana as a soft drug, separating it from more dangerous ones. Various therapeutic properties have even been attributed to its use but scientific evidence has not always been compelling for the plethora of medical conditions suggested. There have been concerns expressed about potential risks associated with cannabis use, including neurocognitive and psychomotor impairment, as well as the paucity of research on longterm effects. . In order to clarify this divergence of opinions, scientific literature is reviewed and the science around the impacts of marijuana will be explored in this discussion. With the legalization of marijuana “around the corner”; many employers have questions on the management of marijuana use including advising the workforce on potential impairment risk, and also addressing marijuana dependency, which is a real risk, thereby prompting consideration of‘duty to accommodate’ responsibilities etc. As healthcare professionals; what is our role in employee and public safety, as well as, supporting clinical approaches to assist patients in understanding the benefits and risks of cannabinoid therapy. What priorities should we consider across the province’s health authorities and other healthcare organizations to align consistent approaches as we prepare for the legalization of marijuana.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Paul Farnan

Dr. Farnan has worked in the field of occupational medicine and addiction medicine for more than twenty-five years. As well as being a member of the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada, he is Board certified in Family Practice and Addiction Medicine. He is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia.

His consulting with employers and unions has involved developing and delivering programs to assist employees whose work is impacted by addiction and other substance use problems. He has assessed and provided treatment recommendations for thousands of individuals with addictive disorders, especially those involved in safety sensitive work. He has a particular interest in the interface between workplace safety and impairment at work as a result of prescription medication use, as well as illicit drug and cannabis use.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Networking and light snacks
Presentation and Q&A
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This event has been generously sponsored by the “Cedars At Cobble Hill"

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Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.00 Category I  credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.