Amazon Endorses U.S. Rep. Mace’s States Reform Act


<![CDATA[Amazon might not be in the cannabis business, but that’s not stopping the company from using its clout to advocate for federal reform. The second-largest employer in the U.S., Amazon endorsed U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace’s States Reform Act (SRA), legislation introduced in November that aims to end federal cannabis prohibition. RELATED: GOP Congresswoman Mace Spices Up Federal Cannabis LegalizationAmazon announced the endorsement Jan. 25.“Most recently, we endorsed the States Reform Act, a Republican-led bill offering comprehensive reform that speaks to the emergence of a bipartisan consensus that it is time to end the federal prohibition of cannabis,” wrote Beth Galetti, senior vice president of human resources at Amazon. The endorsement backs up Amazon’s advocacy of equitable workplaces. In June 2021, the company announced it would exclude cannabis from its comprehensive pre-employment drug screening program for positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation or other government entities. At that time, Amazon also reinstated the employment eligibility for former employees and applicants who were previously terminated or deferred during random or pre-employment cannabis screenings. Amazon changed those policies for three reasons, Galetti wrote. “First, we recognized that an increasing number of states are moving to some level of cannabis legalization—making it difficult to implement an equitable, consistent, and national pre-employment marijuana testing program,” she said. “Second, publicly available national data indicates that pre-employment marijuana testing disproportionately impacts people of color and acts as a barrier to employment. “And third, Amazon’s pace of growth means that we are always looking to hire great new team members, and we’ve found that eliminating pre-employment testing for cannabis allows us to expand our applicant pool.”Amazon’s endorsement of Mace’s SRA follows the company’s support of other reform efforts from Washington, including the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021, and the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act…

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