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Amazon continues to relax its screening and testing regulations for marijuana while also encouraging federal government legalization.
On Tuesday, Amazon HR boss Beth Galetti wrote in a blog post that the company has “reinstated the employment eligibility,” allowing former employees and applicants who were terminated or suspended during random or pre-employment marijuana screenings to have a clean slate.
“Pre-employment marijuana testing has disproportionately affected communities of color by stalling job placement and, by extension, economic growth, and we believe this inequitable treatment is unacceptable,” Galetti wrote.
The announcement released in June stated that Amazon would only screen those applying for positions regulated by the Department of Transportation, such as truck drivers and heavy equipment movers, not day-to-day delivery drivers. That said, Amazon will still do impairment checks while on the job and will test for drugs and alcohol following unprecedented incidents.
“Amazon’s pace of growth means that we are always looking to hire great new team members, and we’ve found that eliminating pre-employment testing for cannabis allows us to expand our applicant pool,” Galetti said.
The company is urging the federal government to legalize marijuana and announced its support of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, which decriminalizes cannabis at the federal level, erases criminal records, and invests in affected communities.
Galetti mentioned that Amazon recently backed a similar bill entitled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. Written to lawmakers this month, Amazon is lobbying Congress to expunge federal nonviolent marijuana crimes and allow resentencing for people serving time under those specific crimes.
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