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Amazon backs Cannabis legalization in America
CTM NEWS - 16 July 2021
Amazon announced on Tuesday it supports a proposed US legislation to legalize cannabis at the federal level and would drop weed-testing requirements for some recruitments.
The e-commerce company's public policy team will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act), which seeks to legalize marijuana at the federal level, its consumer boss Dave Clark said in a blog post.
Amazon will also no longer screen its job applicants for marijuana use for any positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation, Clark added.
While many US states have legalized marijuana use, employers have so far largely refused to work with the industry as cannabis is still a classified substance at the federal level.
"In the past, like many employers, we've disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use," Clark said.
"However, given where state laws are moving across the US, we've changed course."