Cannabis and the Workplace

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Gain an understanding of the effects of cannabis on the workplace, and identify methods for dealing with these effects.




About the Course

As more jurisdictions consider tolerating, decriminalizing, or even legalizing the recreational use of cannabis, and as more people are granted licenses for the medicinal use of the drug, the greater is the likelihood that cannabis use will impact any individual workplace. Employees under the influence of cannabis can create a host of workplace issues, from decreased productivity to safety hazards. The best approach for an employer is to be proactive – to have a plan in place for preventing problems and responding to them if, and when, they occur.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced; you decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Self-Paced Lessons
  • Interactive Practice Activities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Personal Action Plan
  • Final Assessment
  • Additional Resources
Following the course, you will complete an assessment that requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Overview
  • Drugs and the Workplace
  • Cannabis
  • Workplace Impacts
  • Medical Cannabis
  • How to Intervene
  • Drug and Alcohol Policies
  • Developing a Policy
  • Applying and Publicizing the Policy
  • Take it Further
  • Conclusion
  • Resources

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe what cannabis and other forms of cannabis are and how they are used
  • Describe how cannabis use affects a person physically, cognitively, and behaviorally
  • Recognize the signs of cannabis impairment
  • Define the potential issues cannabis use creates in the workplace
  • Understand the legal rights of employers and employees with regards to cannabis use
  • Respond to incidents of suspected cannabis use in the workplace
  • Develop a proactive workplace drug and alcohol policy

Recommended Background

Recommended for anyone who wants to develop a proactive and comprehensive workplace drug and alcohol policy.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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