Amazon has announced its plans to stop testing its workers for cannabis consumption and will rather treat it as alcohol use. It will also be joining the movement that supports the Legalization of cannabis.
In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use. However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course.Amazon
According to the giant company, for any positions not managed by the Transportation Department, it won’t include cannabis in its screening program. This implies that only those who seek employment in the Transportation Department will be screened for marijuana use. The company maintains that it would rather treat cannabis consumption as alcohol use.
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This decision will reduce the number of workers in the United States who are fired for consuming marijuana at home. Asides from this decision, Amazon also plans to support Congress to legalize marijuana at the federal level. Last week, Jerrold Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, introduced this bill.
Amazon reveals that its public policy team will support the federal legislation that would legalize cannabis, pardon criminal records, and invest in communities impacted. Amazon hopes that policymakers will pass this law quickly.
This is good news for cannabis advocates, however, this may also relieve hiring managers in the company as Amazon is gradually expanding into areas where cannabis consumption is legal.
The use of marijuana is beginning to have wide acceptance and this is favorable to the cannabis industry with billions of dollars generated through legal sales.