Amazon stops testing most employees for weed

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Amazon relaxes its policy on employees who use weed a new blog post, and will no longer enforce marijuana drug testing for employees who are not also regulated by the Department of Transportation, such as a delivery person. In the past, Amazon used positive tests as a reason to disqualify applicants during the hiring process.

Dave Clark, Amazon’s CEO of global consumer products, announced the change as part of the company’s goal to be “the world’s best employer,” a strategy that has so far featured new programs like WorkingWell that appear to empower employees. see them as things to be maintained and trained, rather than people to be treated fairly. But since weed has been legalized by state for recreational and medicinal use in the U.Srecognizing that the average worker probably uses marijuana in the same casual way that people drink alcohol is good.

Clark also announced that Amazon’s policy team will “actively support” the re-enacted Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act) which aims to legalize marijuana at the federal level, along with clearing the criminal records of people arrested for marijuana possession.

In a statement provided to The edge, Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, supported Amazon’s change:

We beg Amazon and other employers to let this be the starting point and not the goal post. This change can and must be the catalyst for a much bigger step – ending drug testing for all drugs – that would ensure a fairer and more equitable future for millions of people, especially black, brown and indigenous communities disproportionately affected by this. policy .

As helpful as Amazon’s adjustments to its employee policies are, they still aren’t as good as actual representation for its employees. Fortunately, in the wake of the Alabama union action, that may well be on the way.