World leading e-commerce giant Amazon Inc. (AMZN) is backing legalization of marijuana in the United States. The company made this announcement through a blog post further adding that it has dropped marijuana testing requirements for some jobs.
According to the blog post, Amazon’s public policy team will be actively supporting The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 which is advocating for legalization of marijuana at the federal level.
This development was posted by the company’s vice president of worldwide operation and customer service Dave Clark.
“Amazon will also no longer screen its job applicants for marijuana use for any positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation. 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 U.S we’ve changed course,” wrote Clark.
Currently, 16 states in the U.S have legalized used of marijuana however weed still remain illegal at the federal level.
Amazon does not allow marijuana to be sold on its platform. The company was slapped with a proposed class action, being accused of violating a New York City law by testing job applicants for weed.