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Amazon Will Stop Testing Job Seekers For Cannabis And Now Backs Legalization

The tables are turning at the ecommerce giant

Amazon will no longer test most job applicants for marijuana use in the latest sign of America’s changing relationship with pot. Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the U.S., also says it now backs legalizing marijuana nationwide.

“In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use,” the company said in a blog post on Tuesday. “However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course.”

Marijuana users and advocates are cheering the news, but it may also bring relief to Amazon’s hiring managers: The company operates — and is rapidly expanding into — places where marijuana is legal.

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