Amazon stubs out cannabis testing requirement for job seekers

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Pot smokers with a hankering to work in non-transportation jobs at Amazon can breathe a little easier given the company’s recent announcement that it will no longer test applicants for cannabis. That means having a puff or two in the weeks, days or hours before applying for a job — a position that is not regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation — is unlikely to negatively influence a person’s hiring appeal. Previously, applicants for U.S. field operations were disqualified if they tested positive for cannabis use. “We will no longer include marijuana in our comprehensive drug screening program for any positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation, and will instead treat it the same as alcohol use,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s CEO of Worldwide Consumer, notes in a new blog post . U.S. workers consuming more pot during pandemic Smoked weed in the past? That doesn’t mean a person can’t work at the White House Ask a lawyer: What’s an employer’s duty to an employee with a cannabis prescription? But those thinking Amazon is becoming a testing-free zone need to think again. Pre-employment testing for cannabis is gone for certain groups of works, but not for cause or post-incident. “We will continue to do impairment checks on the job and will test for all drugs and alcohol after any incident,” Clark makes clear. The rules for transportation jobs will continue as is. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration points out that alcohol and drug testing could be carried out pre-employment, post-accident, randomly, when reasonable suspicion exists, when returning to work and for follow-up. The company’s change in testing policy reflects a shift in public views around cannabis and the ongoing moves by U.S. states to consider or enact rules allowing for adult-use weed. Amazon has also pivoted…

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