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Three in five British Columbians support cannabis testing at work: poll

Last Updated Apr 16, 2019 at 9:01 pm PDT

FILE - A man smokes marijuana to celebrate the legalization of recreational cannabis, in Vancouver, on Wednesday October 17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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The older you are, the more likely you are to support drug testing at work

Currently, in Canada, drug testing is generally reserved for people who work in jobs where safety is a factor

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –¬†With weed lovers set to celebrate 4/20 this weekend, it looks like many in British Columbia would be in favor of testing revelers when they head back to work.

Mario Canseco of Research Co. says three out of five British Columbians polled in a recent survey say companies in B.C. should be able to administer drug tests to any employee now that cannabis is legal.

Currently, in Canada, drug testing is generally reserved for people who work in jobs where safety is a factor, like pilots. Canseco says the polling his company did connects the opinion to age – the older you are, the more likely you are to support drug testing at work.

“It goes all the way to 68 per cent for those who are 55 and over,” Canseco says. “A little bit lower with millenials and Generation X.”

He says even he’s surprised by the results, given that the majority of British Columbians polled supported cannabis legalization.