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newsBusinessLive reports that a labour advocate has warned that the legalisation of private marijuana use does not mean an employee cannot be fired for arriving at work stoned.  

Advocate Tertius Wessels, legal director of Strata-g Labour Solutions, cautioned:  "Don’t light up a joint too soon, thinking you can’t get fired.  While the private use of cannabis has been legalised, going to work stoned is not a good idea.”  He said arriving at work stoned was the same as doing so drunk or under the influence of any narcotic substance.  Wessels observed:  “Being under the influence of mind-altering substances at work renders the employee unfit for duty and can be dangerous, especially for those who operate complex machinery or drive vehicles.  The issue with cannabis is that it can stay in the system for several hours, even days.  This is worrying, especially from an occupational health and safety perspective.”  He added that the workplace was "not considered a private space" and employers could take action against employees who were under the influence of cannabis.

  • Read this report in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, No weed at work, on page 8 of City Press of 23 September 2018

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