Amazon Will No Longer Test Its Employees for Marijuana Use
I guess Amazon feels like a little weed won't hurt nobody!
The use of marijuana has become a pretty normal thing these days. With 16 states normalizing weed and making the use of recreational marijuana less of a big deal, it seems like the work atmosphere for certain companies will begin to change as well.
One franchise that's getting ahead of the game and opting out of drug test for their employees is Amazon.
Amazon's treatment of its employees has been a point of controversy for some time now, but the company's latest effort to make it a better place to work includes a major change to its drug testing policy.
The e-commerce giant is building a new facility in Waco that's set to cover 700,000 square feet. The 90-acre site at 2000 Exchange Parkway west of Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center will have several levels and plenty of room for new employees.
If you're someone who's interested in working at the new facility and you smoke marijuana, I have good news for you.
The company has just announced that they will no longer check applicants and employees for the use of marijuana unless the job position has to comply with the Department of Transportation regulations.
In a blog published Tuesday, the company announced that it will stop testing for or disqualifying people for employment based on marijuana use, and will treat the substance the same as alcohol. The company will instead perform "impairment checks" and only test for drugs and alcohol if there's an incident in the workplace.
Amazon has plans to continue testing for other drugs, but workers who partake in pot in their free time will no longer be tested or punished for it unless, as mentioned above, their position must comply with DOT regulations or there's any sort of workplace incident that could have been caused by intoxication.
This decision is surprising, seeing as Texas and a handful of other states have yet to join the list of places that have legalized the use of recreational marijuana or at least decriminalized possession to some extent.
Additionally, Amazon is throwing its support behind the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021. The MORE Act is aimed at legalizing marijuana at the federal level and expunging criminal records in non-violent marijuana cases.