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On June 1, Amazon announced that employees in the United States would no longer be screened for marijuana during drug tests; the company has 10,500-plus employees in Colorado, the first state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana. And not only will Amazon stop testing for pot — essentially treating cannabis like alcohol (sound familiar?) — but the company announced that it’s supporting the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act to legalize the plant at the federal level.
“We hope that other employers will join us and that policymakers will act swiftly to pass this law,” says Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon management group Worldwide Consumer.
Readers certainly responded swiftly in their comments on the Westword Facebook page post regarding the Amazon move. Asks Michael:
Really Amazon? You want your workers stoned out of their minds while driving forklifts and pallets around? You sure about that?
How many Amazon workers drive forklifts during their time off? This post is about OFF HOURS, not WORK HOURS. Nobody has an issue if people drink till they black out on their day off — but no one wants a drunk person on the clock. How is weed any different? Just because someone gets high on their day off it doesn’t mean they are high when they are at their job. Why should ANY employer care what their employees do on their time off? When you are not on the clock, that is your own personal time, and your employer should not dictate what you can or can not do with that time that