Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
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.
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.
Amazon has also pivoted on cannabis in another way; it has pledged its support of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act), an earlier version of which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives late last year, but fell in the Senate. The act was recently reintroduced in the House.