Amazon has pledged to end workplace drug testing for cannabis and support the MORE Act in the US.
In a message to US operations staff, Worldwide Consumer CEO Dave Clark said: “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 US, we’ve changed course. We will no longer include marijuana in our comprehensive drug screening program for any positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation, and will instead treat it the same as alcohol use.
Clark said the company will continue to do impairment checks on the job and test for all drugs and alcohol after any incident.
He added Amazon’s public policy team will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021, which was introduced to Congress by House Judiciary Committee Chairman and New York Democrat Jerry Nadler last week.
The bill aims to legalize marijuana at the federal level, expunge criminal records, and invest in impacted communities.
Clark said: “We hope that other employers will join us, and that policymakers will act swiftly to pass this law.”