- Amazon will continue to lobby the US government to legalize marijuana
- The tech giant said it supported the recently introduced Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act
- It has previously supported the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Removal Act of 2021
- Amazon has also ended pre-employment screening for marijuana use for former employees and applicants.
- Forty-three states and the District of Columbia have varying degrees of legalization of cannabis.
Amazon said on Tuesday that it would continue to lobby the US government in support of federal legislation to legalize marijuana.
The legislation was introduced in September by Senators Cory Booker, Ron Wyden and Chuck Schumer.
DailyMail.com reported in June that it previously backed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Removal Act (MORE Act) of 2021.
Amazon will continue to lobby the US government to legalize marijuana
The MORE Act was introduced in July 2019 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and passed by Congress on December 4, 2020.
Although it has not yet been passed by the Senate, it was reintroduced on May 28.
In addition, Amazon’s senior VP of human resources Beth Galetti wrote in the post that the Andy Jassi-led company has “reinstated employability for former employees and applicants who were previously subjected to random or pre-employment marijuana screenings.” was terminated or postponed.’
Galetti said the changes were made for several reasons: the number of states legalizing cannabis is increasing; Pre-employment marijuana testing ‘disproportionately impacts people of color and acts as a barrier to employment;’ And the company needs to expand the number of people applying for jobs given its growth.
Galetti wrote, ‘Pre-employment marijuana testing has disproportionately affected communities of color by stifling job placement and expansion, stifling economic growth, and we believe this unequal treatment is unacceptable.
The tech giant said it supported the recently introduced Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. It has previously supported the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Removal Act of 2021
Earlier this month, Amazon unveiled plans to hire 55,000 corporate and tech workers to meet demand.
According to its last earnings report, Amazon has 950,000 employees in the US and end of 2020Amazon had 1.3 million full-time and temporary employees globally.
Already the second largest private employer in the US, Amazon brought in more than 500,000 people in 2020, primarily in warehouse and delivery operations due to a boom in online shopping, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazon will still conduct drug screening for those who apply for positions regulated by the Department of Transportation.
In September, Amazon told its distribution partners not to screen potential drivers for marijuana use to help address labor shortages.
Following that decision, a staffing firm surveyed 45,000 companies in 43 countries that have stopped testing for recreational use of the drug to fill vacancies.
18 places in the black (17 states and the District of Columbia) have fully legalized marijuana
Amazon is headquartered in Washington state, which was the first in the US (along with Colorado) to legalize recreational use of the drug in 2012.
The company is also building a second headquarters in Virginia, which decriminalized marijuana through the state legislature in 2020.
Overall, 43 states and the District of Columbia have varying degrees of legalization of cannabis.