High oil & gas workers may increase costs when marijuana legalized: CEOs

CALGARY (CP) — Oilpatch CEOs fear their expenses will rise when the national government passes as of late acquainted enactment with authorize recreational maryjane.
The issue of medication utilize is nearly viewed in the business, where laborers have a tendency to be youthful and perils incorporate long drives to and from remote penetrating locales, wells that deliver toxic or unstable gas and presentation to substantial hardware. Many oil and gas organizations have strict bans on liquor and medications at work.
Accuracy Drilling CEO Kevin Neveu, whose Calgary-based organization works in both Canada and the United States, says his resistance to authorization is bolstered by his organization’s encounters in Colorado after that state sanctioned the medication in 2014.
He said costs there have expanded for representatives who require medicate guiding or for the individuals who fizzle tranquilize tests and should be sent home under Precision’s “zero resistance” medication and liquor strategy.
What’s more, it’s more hard to discover newcomers, normally young fellows, who can breeze through pre-business medicate tests, he said.
“We have unquestionably bombed more individuals in Colorado (for medication use) after legitimization than we did before,” he stated, adding he was not able give particular numbers.
“There’s a connection, there’s a cause. Notwithstanding amid the enrollment stage where we caution them we’ll do a test, a shocking number still test positive.”
Canada’s Liberal government battled on a promise to sanction weed for recreational utilize, contending dis allowance does not keep youngsters from utilizing the medication. It likewise said excessively numerous Canadians wind up with criminal records for having little sums and sanctioning would help evacuate the criminal component connected to the medication.


“This is a really good time for companies to review their internal policies and procedures,” said Jason Sheehy, Surehire’s director of occupational health services.
He pointed out that medical marijuana has been available in Canada since 2001, but there still is no test to determine if someone is impaired by any drug other than alcohol — tests can only show that someone has consumed the drug at some point.
Nor can the test show when the drug was taken, he said. For example, an infrequent marijuana user’s urine sample might test positive for five to 10 days after marijuana use, but a heavy user will show positive for up to 30 days.
In a recent statement, oil and gas industry training and safety organization Enform said the federal legislation fails to address the need to do further research on marijuana impairment testing technologies, nor did it cover how labour and workplace legislation can be harmonized from province to province.
“There is well-documented research to demonstrate cognitive impairments that can last for more than 24 hours and up to 20 days for chronic marijuana use,” said Enform CEO Cameron MacGillivray, calling for a legal prohibition on marijuana in or near the workplace.


Matt Pascuzzo, spokesman for federal Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, said the government will ensure Canadians’ health and safety are protected as it works with provinces and territories on measures addressing impairment at work.
Mark Salkeld, president of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, said freer access to marijuana is more likely to cause problems in his industry than in many others because of its hazards.
“You know, you don’t want guys stoned in those environments. Or even hungover,” he said.