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What is this about Amazon weed?

Yesterday’s weird Amazon marijuana news sent the cannabis world into a flurry of conflicted feelings. in case you missed it, the worldwide delivery giant announced its support for nationwide legalization via the MORE Act and said the company would stop drug-testing some employees for cannabis use. amazon weed

Amazon’s help for cannabis sanctioning is nothing to joke about. The organization utilizes almost 1.3 million individuals around the world, and this declaration takes the legs out of the prohibitionist tale that individuals who appreciate weed individually can’t be solid, glad, and useful laborers.

Be that as it may, it likewise raises the phantom of Amazon, post-legitimization, having the cannabis business’ lunch. The possibility of Amazon Prime robots dropping weed on America’s entryway patios doesn’t simply startle bygone era prohibitionists. It sends shudders through cannabis retailers, as well. It shouldn’t. I’ll tell you why in a minute.

First, let’s unpack the announcement itself. In a blog post sent to Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of US-based employees, Dave Clark, CEO of the company’s Worldwide Consumer division, revealed that in its quest to become Earth’s Best Employer and Earth’s Safest Place to Work (his words and capitalization choices, not mine), wrote:

In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use. However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course. 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. We will continue to do impairment checks on the job and will test for all drugs and alcohol after any incident.

Amazon has been drug testing employees for cannabis use? Hang on. This is a company so embedded in its hometown of Seattle that it insists on being sued, if you must litigate, on its home turf of King County, Washington. That’s a district in which cannabis has been legal for all adults for more than eight years. Clark apparently just got the memo last month.

Moving on.

Clark also revealed that, “because we know that this issue is bigger than Amazon,” the company’s public policy team would be supporting the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (the MORE Act), the Congressional bill that would end federal prohibition.