Amazon expands federal lobbying for legalized weed

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Amazon is urging lawmakers to legalize marijuana at the federal level.

Angela Lang / CNET

Amazon is stepping up its efforts to get the US federal government to legalize marijuana, the company said on Tuesday. It wrote to lawmakers in support of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, arguing that the changes it made “will open significant new economic opportunities for millions of able individuals.”

The e-commerce giant previously approved the similar marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Exungement Act of 2021.

Amazon has also restored eligibility to former employees and applicants who were previously terminated or deferred during its random or preliminary marijuana screenings.

“Pre-employment marijuana testing disproportionately affects people of color and is a barrier to employment,” wrote Beth Galetti, Amazon’s senior vice president of human resources, in a blog post.

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