Amazon is now also actively lobbying the US government to federally legalize cannabis in order for its distribution centers to pick up and profit from the business.
Legalizing cannabis at the federal level, as well as expunging certain criminal records and investing in impacted businesses and communities, according to the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act).
Both bills aim to remove cannabis from the federal list of “Schedule 1” drugs, which includes LSD, Cocaine and Heroin, and to enable some level of national legalization, like with other enhancing drugs such as coffee and tea.
At the same time, Amazon consumer CEO Dave Clark said the company would no longer screen potential employees for cannabis use as a condition of hiring.
In the past, like many employers, Amazon has disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use.
Hiring new employees to replace outgoing ones is a big enough problem that some Amazon executives worry the company will run out of Americans to hire.
That’s part of the reason it’s pushing for legalization is to make hiring for cheap labor a bit easier.Amazon has already spent at least $5 million lobbying on cannabis legalization and other issues from April to June of this year, according to records reviewed by Insider.
Over 160 other groups lobbied the government in favor of legalizing cannabis in the second quarter of 2021.
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