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Fall 2018: Cannabis Legalization and Workplace Issues

Co-Presentation by Barinder Rasode
Grow Tech Labs, Cannabis Wise, President of Niche Canada

Co-presentation by Richard Johnson
Partner – Employment and Human Rights Lawyer- Kent Employment Law (KEL)

About Our Presentation

With marijuana legalization behind us in Canada what are the implications for employers.  In our presentation we will discuss health and safety, impairment, performance and employment law considerations.


My years of public service have focused around a passion and commitment to creating a better city and a better future for my three children. As we move our city forward, I believe that public safety, a vibrant economy, sustainability, and true community engagement will be paramount. Integrity, hard work and equality are a few of my core values.

NICHE is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides impartial and evidence-based research about cannabis production and use in Canada. NICHE’s vision for a safe and sustainable cannabis industry encompasses health, social and economic impacts.

Based in Vancouver with a national vision, NICHE was established in 2017 after discussions with the Federal and Provincial governments, industry, universities, patients, consumers, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders. We have the support of highly reputable individuals who are invested in success and the wellbeing of Canadians.

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Richard has your back. Years of experience practicing exclusively in the areas of employment and human rights have made him a skilled advocate capable of handling even the most high-conflict cases. His tenacity and focus keep his clients moving forward, while his deliberate approach and sound judgment ensure that things stay on track.

Richard’s style and expertise is well-suited to companies looking to revitalize their workforce and retain their talent, be they established businesses in traditional industries, startups in more contemporary fields, or something in between. His understanding of the full range of workplace cultures also allows him to ably represent individuals who are employed within those systems. Whether advising employers or employees, Richard is a closer who gets the job done – and done well.

A recognized authority on the full spectrum of employment law issues, Richard is often called upon by the media to comment on topical workplace issues. He is the General Editor for the Lexis-Nexis publication Workers’ Compensation in British Columbia, has authored columns for several legal and other publications including The Lawyer’s Daily and Inspired Senior Living and is a regular contributor to our blog. Richard is also committed to promoting and supporting Vancouver’s business leaders, and is an active member of the Vancouver Executives Association (VanEx).

At Kent Employment Law, we are committed to promoting sustainable employment practices. We do this by empowering employers and employees to create mutually beneficial employment relationships built on respect and collaboration. The result is an engaged and purpose-driven workplace culture. And as Canada’s first B Corp law firm, we are champions of transparency, accountability and social responsibility, striving to use business as a force for good.

Email: richard@kentemploymentlaw.com


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