Retail giant Amazon is heavily investing in lobbying efforts for cannabis legalization, according to a recent blog post by Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Beth Galetti.
In the post, Galetti stated: ” Given our previous support for legalizing cannabis at the federal level, as well as expunging certain criminal records and investing in impacted businesses and communities, Amazon recently announced our support for, and began actively lobbying on, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act).”
This development comes on the heels of Amazon’s June 2021 announcement, which stated that marijuana testing would be excluded from the company’s drug screening process for potential employees.
On September 1, 2021, Amazon’s Vice President of Public Policy, Brian Huseman, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Dem.-NY), among others, noting its reasons behind the decision.
In the letter, Amazon specifically cited legislative changes on the state level, historical discrimination, and a desire to expand its applicant pool as the primary reasons behind the move.