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Amazon, the second-largest employer in the country, now supports legalizing weed nationwide and says most job applicants will no longer be drug tested for cannabis. Certain employees regulated by the Department of Transportation, like delivery drivers, will still be tested.
The company said marijuana use will now be treated the same as alcohol use.
“In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use,” Dave Clark, the company’s retail chief, wrote in a blog post last week. “However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course.”
While Amazon won’t be testing these applicants for weed, they’ll continue impairment checks and test for all drugs and alcohol after any incident.
The company is a little late to the game on this considering weed has been legal in Washington, where Amazon is headquartered, since 2012. Nevertheless, it will be a big change for job seekers in Texas who consume marijuana or legal cannabis products like delta-8 and delta-10 THC, which can still show up on a drug test.
Amazon has been pumping jobs into the Dallas market. Most recently, the company announced it would hire 2,800 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the summer shopping season, according to The Dallas Morning News. Last year, Amazon nearly doubled its Texas workforce, raising it to more than 72,000 employees.
The recent change in its policy is part of Amazon’s goal of being “Earth’s best employer” in the wake of labor issues and a wave of efforts to unionize.
Just a few months ago,