Construction industry worried about workers using cannabis on the job

Construction companies, building owners, and unions are worried about what legalizing marijuana will mean for their industry.

Representatives from several construction-related groups discussed the issue Monday at meetings taking place in Montreal.

Monia Vallée of the Provincial association of housing construction in Quebec (APCHQ) said she expects cannabis consumption will increase once the drug is legalized, and pointed out there are already frequent complaints.

“Currently we have cases we’re aware of where cannabis is being consumed in workplaces, on construction sites. There are workers who use during a meal period or on a break. It’s already a problem on construction sites,” Vallée told the Canadian Press.

“Whether cannabis is legal or not, it’s zero tolerance on all construction worksites and we will maintain and hammer on that message.”

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