Can a government employer terminate me if I smoke medical marijuana prescribed by my doctor?

The legality of an employer terminating an employee who uses medical marijuana prescribed by a doctor can be a complex issue, and it can depend on the specific circumstances of the case.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, employers are required to accommodate the needs of employees with disabilities, including those who use medical marijuana. However, this obligation is not unlimited, and employers may be able to terminate an employee if accommodating their medical marijuana use would cause undue hardship.

In order to determine if an employer has the right to terminate an employee who uses medical marijuana, several factors would need to be considered, including the specific job duties of the employee, the impact of the medical marijuana use on the employee’s ability to perform those duties, and the nature of the employer’s business.

It is advisable to seek legal advice from an experienced employment lawyer if you have concerns about your employment status related to your use of medical marijuana. If you have any questions please contact us at or 1-877-892-7778.

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