On Tuesday, the world’s largest online retailer Amazon was pleased to endorse the Nancy Mace bill which proposes the federal legalization of marijuana. The bill, also known as the State Reform Act, has been described as a compromise to the Democratic-led marijuana legalization bill.
The Mace bill which was introduced last November will allow adults above the age of 21 to legally purchase, use and possess marijuana. This will also give authority to states to make their own cannabis laws.
Amazon officials took to Twitter to proclaim their support for the GOP-led bill and commitment towards cannabis reform.
“Like so many in this country, we believe it’s time to reform the nation’s cannabis policy, and Amazon is committed to helping lead the effort.”
This is not the first time that Amazon has made it clear that they are pro-legalization.
In September last year, Amazon reaffirmed its support for marijuana legalization and made promises to reinstate former workers who had been dismissed for testing positive for the psychoactive compound in cannabis, THC.
The company went a step further to end pre-employment THC screening for potential employees. According to insider sources, this will help to undo some of the damages that were caused by the failed war on drugs which “targeted” certain minority communities. Testing positive for THC creates an employment barrier and doing away with this pre-employment requirement will widen the talent pool that the company sources from. This move was welcomed and celebrated by reform advocates and other stakeholders in the industry.
Does Amazon plan on selling cannabis through its online platform?
Apparently not. Amazon is more interested in opening up the employment pool than in selling cannabis products. This move will increase the talent pool by almost 10%, which is quite significant. But this all depends on whether the Mace bill will be passed.