Amazon recently let up on its screening policies for cannabis, with company officials vocalizing their support for the federal legalization of the plant. Beth Galetti, who is the company’s HR boss, stated that the company had restored employment eligibility for applicants and past employees who had been denied employment or fired during cannabis screenings.
Galetti added that pre-employment cannabis testing had disproportionately impacted communities of color by impeding job placement and, by extension, the growth of the economy. She noted that this inequitable treatment was unacceptable.
Earlier in June, company officials stated that they would no longer screen their workers for cannabis. This is excluding job candidates who are applying for positions that involve the operation of heavy equipment or truck drivers, as those positions are regulated by the federal Department of Transportation.
Amazon also revealed that following an incident, it would continue to conduct tests for alcohol and drugs and impairment checks on the job.
The international e-commerce company decided to let up on its cannabis standards after a growing number of states in the U.S. began legalizing the plant. Galetti notes that the loosened standards are expected to bring more job applicants into the company.
Thus far, marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in 18 states as well as in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the District of Columbia. Medical marijuana is also legal in 36 states across the United States, as well as in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and the District of Columbia.
In addition to this, Galleti stated that the company’s pace of growth meant that it was always in search of new members to add to its team. Recently Amazon has been using various incentives, including free college tuition and hiring bonuses, in an attempt to attract more applicants. Now company officials have announced plans to removing pre-employment testing for marijuana, which would allow the company to extend its applicant pool.
The trillion-dollar company is also calling for the federal government to legalize cannabis, with company officials revealing that they support the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (“MORE”) Act. The objective of the act is to invest in communities that have been affected by the drug war, expunge criminal records for those incarcerated for possession and decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.
Recently, Amazon threw its weight behind similar legislation dubbed the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. In a letter addressed to legislators about this measure, the renowned company urged Congress to allow for resentencing of any individuals serving time in federal prison for nonviolent cannabis crimes and expungement of the records for those crimes.
The increasing use of cannabis as a medicinal substance is causing a spike in the demand for IoT dose-measuring devices such as the ones made by RYAH Group Inc. (CSE: RYAH) alongside other enabling technologies.
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