Amazon is urging its delivery partners to stop screening would-be drivers for cannabis use in a bid to attract more applicants.

Bloomberg reports the company has suggested partners “prominently advertise” a non-testing approach which it claims can boost applications by as much as 400%.

On the other hand, Amazon said screening for cannabis cuts the prospective worker pool by up to 30%. The company is struggling to recruit drivers in the wake of Covid-19.

A spokeswoman said cannabis testing has disproportionately affected communities of colour and stalled job growth, but insisted the company has zero tolerance for employees working while impaired.

She added: “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.”

In June, the company pledged to end workplace drug testing for cannabis and support the MORE Act in the US.