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Amazon Doesn't Care About Jobseekers' Pot Use Anymore

Country's second-largest private employer will no longer test applicants for cannabis
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 2, 2021 6:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – Amazon said Tuesday that it will stop testing jobseekers for marijuana. The company, the second-largest private employer in the US behind Walmart, is making the change as states legalize cannabis or introduce laws banning employers from testing for it. The AP reports that in March, a New York man sued Amazon, saying the company rescinded his job offer at an Amazon warehouse because he tested positive for marijuana, even though the city banned employers from testing job applicants for cannabis in 2020.

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Amazon said in a blog post titled "Update on our vision to be Earth’s Best Employer and Earth’s Safest Place to Work" that from now on it will treat pot use the same way it does alcohol use. It will still test workers for other drugs and conduct "impairment checks" on the job. And the company said some roles may still require a cannabis test in line with Department of Transportation regulations. Seattle-based Amazon also said Tuesday that "because we know that this issue is bigger than Amazon," it will support the federal legalization of marijuana by pushing lawmakers to pass the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021.

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