Amazon Drops Cannabis Testing for most Job Applicants

Amazon announced earlier this month that they would no longer be screening most job applicants for marijuana use, which includes those applying for customer fulfillment and delivery station workers.  Delivery stations are local terminals that receive goods from Amazon’s fulfillment centers and ship them to end customers.  With one day or even same day delivery options growing, delivery stations are expected be expanding in the Colorado market.

Positions that are not regulated by the US Department of Transportation, cannabis use will instead be treated the same as alcohol use.  Amazon will continue with impairment checks on the job and will test for all drugs and alcohol after any incident.

While cannabis is not legal on the federal level, Amazon is now pushing for federal legalization and will support the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act).  This Act is looking to legalize marijuana at the federal level and clear prior convictions, as well as tax cannabis products at 5% to fund criminal and social reform projects.

A Gallup survey released in November of 2020 showed that 68% of American support the legalization of marijuana at the federal level.  With Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshah stating back in April, 2021 “When the road is clear for cannabis, when federal laws come into play, we’re absolutely going to take a look at it.”, you have to think that Amazon is thinking about the delivery market too.

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