Since Amazon stopped screening new hires for cannabis use, applications for some positions have increased by 400%.
Amazon announcement Tuesday that he is lobbying the federal government to pass a bill that would descale and tax weed, making it federally legal in states that have already legalized cannabis. The company also said it would continue to support legislation that would eliminate marijuana-related offenses from people who have previous convictions for cannabis-related crimes.
The move comes after several policy changes at Amazon aimed at helping the giant hire workers who use cannabis. This summer, Amazon announced it would not test marijuana as part of its job screening process. The company also began explicitly announcing that it would not test applicants for marijuana use, a movement that Bloomberg reported has increased the number of job applications for certain positions by as much as 400 percent.
The company is officially pushing for passage of two pieces of legislation, the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act and the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Clearance Act of 2021, which passed the House of Commons. representatives earlier this year but was not taken up in the Senate. Earlier this month, the the company sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for “supporting the removal of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.” This will open up significant new economic opportunities for millions of capable individuals while beginning to undo some of the damage done to heavily impacted communities.
In one blog post published on tuesday, Amazon wrote that “Amazon’s pace of growth means we’re always looking to hire great new team members, and we’ve found that eliminating pre-employment testing for cannabis allows us to expand our applicant pool” and that it has “reinstated the employment eligibility of former employees and applicants who have previously been terminated or deferred in random or pre-employment marijuana screenings.
Amazon cites research that pre-employment marijuana screenings disproportionately affect people of color and said that with many states legalizing marijuana, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to have a hiring policy. standardized on marijuana use. The announcement comes amid a nationwide hiring crisis in which employers across the country are struggling to hire for many positions unless they pay a living wage, which should come as no surprise.
Amazon, the nation’s second-largest employer, has become the largest company to explicitly advocate for the legalization of marijuana and now has one of the most progressive policies on employee cannabis use.
That said, Amazon is a company obsessed with efficiency and its results, and its lobbying sounds good for workers (and sometimes is good for workers) but is ultimately selfish. Amazon has lobbied to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and pays its warehouse workers at least $15 an hour. That’s more than many jobs in retail or fast food, but below industry standards for warehouse work.
Easing its marijuana testing restrictions makes it easier to hire and makes Amazon a more attractive place to work for cannabis consumers. Easing restrictions on marijuana use, however, does nothing to change some of the brutal working conditions, which include AI-assisted monitoring of delivery drivers, efficiency quotas for warehouse workers and delivery drivers, and a strict disciplinary system that penalizes workers for “free time task.”
Many industries that prohibit employees from using cannabis are finding it increasingly difficult to hire; famous, the FBI said he couldn’t find enough hackers to hire because many use marijuana. In 2017, the agency said it had somehow found a way to hire enough hackers who don’t smoke weed.
Original article by Vice
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