Amazon ditched cannabis testing, and more employers will likely follow
June 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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An employee pulls a pallet jack past plastic crates moving along a conveyor at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, U.S., on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Seattle-based Amazon hasn't yet announced the exact date for this year's Amazon Prime Day, the e-commerce giants big July sales promotion. Photographer: Bess Adler/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Amazon certainly wasn't the first major corporation to arrive at the cannabis reform party, but it sure made one of the biggest entrances to-date when it publicly pledged to relax its drug testing policies and also to back federal legalization efforts.
San Francisco (CNN Business)Amazon certainly wasn't the first major corporation to arrive at the cannabis reform party, but it sure made one of the biggest entrances to-date when it publicly pledged to relax its drug testing policies and also to back federal legalization efforts.
About half of the states with legal medical cannabis have explicit employment protections for registered medical cannabis patients, and states such as New York and Nevada have statutes that limit the firing of employees for recreational cannabis use.
Prior to 2017, no state court ruled in favor of workplace rights for employees' off-duty cannabis consumption in states with medical cannabis laws, but that trend has started to change in recent years, said Paul Armentano, deputy director of cannabis advocacy group the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
While state cannabis laws, including measures specific to employment drug testing, have been a major driver of this private-sector shift, economics have played their part, too, Challenger said.
Despite shifts in some state laws, a positive reading for the presence of THC remains a fireable offense at businesses in many states — including cannabis legalization trailblazers like California and Colorado.
In California, the first state to legalize medical cannabis, lawmakers introduced a bill this year to stop employers from using a hair or urine test (which would show past evidence of cannabis use) to determine a worker's employment status, according to the Sacramento Bee.
In Colorado, the first state to have legal recreational cannabis sales, efforts to amend the lawful off-duty activities statute to include cannabis use and other state-legal activities have been unsuccessful to-date.