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Exploring the Impact of Cannabis Legalization on the Canadian Laboratory
The legalization of recreational cannabis has the potential to greatly impact work conducted within Canadian laboratories. Whether it be elevated test volume due to an increase in drug tests, updating policies regarding substance use at work, or learning the new procedures for handling specimens involved in drug testing, cannabis legalization has the potential to cause great change. By investigating the first hand experiences of those working in the laboratory since cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018, we can gain a better understanding of the specific impact of cannabis legalization on the Canadian laboratory.
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Focus groups featuring those CSMLS members currently working in a MLA or MLT position will be conducted; as well as interviews featuring those CSMLS members in an MLA or MLT managerial position. The sessions will consist of guiding questions to provoke conversation among participants regarding first-hand experiences; qualitative data will be collected and later analyzed for trends.
The focus groups and interviews have not yet been conducted, however we do anticipate conducting them in the next few weeks.
Exploring the impact of cannabis legalization on the Canadian laboratory will examine the changes experienced by MLP’s working in the laboratory since cannabis became legal. The objective is to create a better understanding of the short term changes in order to better prepare for the long term changes.
RELEVANCE TO MEDICAL LABORATORY PROFESSION:
This will be the first major investigation of the changes experienced by MLP’s since cannabis legalization occurred. Therefore, data collected will be used to create a baseline for workflow changes since legalization. The results will be used to support CSMLS initiatives to improve the way medical laboratory professionals adapt to the change.