E-commerce and technology giant Amazon, as reported in an official statement, is supporting new federal legislation to legalize marijuana and has pledged not to test some of its workers for certain drugs.
In a posting on its website Tuesday, June 1, addressed primarily to its employees, Amazon Consumer Chief Dave Clark mentioned that the company supports the Marijuana Opportunities Reinvestment and Elimination Act, reintroduced in the House late last month and that it will adjust its corporate drug-testing policy for much of its workforce, excluding marijuana from its drug-screening program in all but transportation-linked positions.
The MORE Act, which Amazon lent its support to, seeks to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level and expunge the criminal records of those who have been convicted of crimes associated with marijuana use or sale.
“In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use,” Clark said. “However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course.”
While many U.S. states have legalized marijuana use, employers have so far largely refused to work with the industry, as cannabis remains a federally classified substance, which undoubtedly creates a disconnect for the user with his or her environment, milder but disconnects nonetheless, which in case of excessive use can end in poor performance or even an accident at work.
Left-wing progressivism has already led the city of New York earlier this year to legalize the consumption and carrying of marijuana. And for this reason Amazon was hit with a class action lawsuit, which argues that the company was violating a New York City law by testing marijuana use by applicants for jobs at local facilities, Reuters reported.
But the firm, instead of fighting this ridiculous lawsuit and defending its rights and those who may be affected, decided to join its complainants, grant their petition, not only in New York but nationwide, and also explicitly support legalization that approves its legalization.
Amazon has also been in the news this week after it became known that it is lobbying lawmakers to abort the bill that discusses the possibility of forcing online retailers to label the origin of their products, taking into account that most of the products marketed by Amazon come from China and consumers tend to reject merchandise with that origin.
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has introduced a bipartisan bill that would require all online merchants to publish the origin of the product they sell, as is the case with products sold on the shelf.
Amazon has been making record profits by selling an unthinkable amount of cheap products from Chinese factories. It is estimated that up to 75% of all new products marketed through Amazon come from there, reported Fox Business.