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One of the USA’s top five companies, Amazon, is now recruiting cannabis users to attend to their drastic shortage of delivery drivers.
Although this allows for more jobs and opportunities, a few delivery partners mentioned their distaste with Amazon’s recent encouragement to not screen applicants for weed use. According to statements released via Bloomberg, we’ve heard quotes like, “If one of my drivers crashes and kills someone and tests positive for marijuana, that’s my problem, not Amazon’s,” said an anonymous delivery company owner.
As Amazon urges the federal government to legalize weed, the online retailer announced in June that it wouldn’t screen applicants for marijuana while asking its delivery partner to do the same. Allowing cannabis users to apply for a delivery position boosts supply by 400 percent while subtracting them would cut the prospective worker pool by 30 percent.
Amazon and its delivery partner have made clear that drivers would not be permitted to go out on routes while impaired, “If a delivery associate is impaired at work and tests positive post-accident or due to reasonable suspicion, that person would no longer be permitted to perform services for Amazon,” said an Amazon spokeswoman.
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