Amazon recently announced its support for, and began actively lobbying on, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021. They have also endorsed the recently introduced Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act.
The company said it made these changes because they have recognized that an increasing number of states are moving to some level of cannabis legalization, which is making it difficult to implement an equitable, consistent, and national pre-employment marijuana testing program.
Pre-employment marijuana testing disproportionately impacts people and acts as a barrier to employment, indicates the publicly available national data.
Amazon shared that, it’s pace of growth means that they are always looking to hire great new team members, and they’ve found that eliminating pre-employment testing for cannabis allows us to expand our applicant pool.
The company committed to the safety of its employees and the general public.