Weekly Cannabis Roundup September 24

September 24, 2021 08:00 am ET

Amazon is pouring millions into lobbying for federal cannabis legalization, employees barred from working at Amazon for their cannabis use have been invited to reapply, and medical patients in Connecticut are about to start their own cannabis gardens. Let’s dive into this week’s cannanews.

Amazon Joins Cannabis Legalization Efforts

In a move to make its hiring process easier and more inclusive, Amazon is once again advocating for federal cannabis legalization. Back in June, the company first announced its support for legalization and stated that applicants would no longer be subject to screening for cannabis use. With the turnover rate for Amazon’s warehouse workers hovering around 150%, company executives are concerned about a dwindling pool of hirable Americans. According to The Independent, Amazon has already spent at least $5 million lobbying for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021 (MORE Act).

Amazon Will Allow Applicants Barred for Cannabis Use To Reapply

In conjunction with the company’s announcement of monetary support for federal cannabis legalization, Amazon has declared that anyone fired or barred from employment with the corporation due to cannabis screening is now eligible to reapply. While the majority of Amazon employees will bypass cannabis drug testing from here on out, Amazon will still screen applicants for positions such as heavy equipment operation that are regulated by the Department of Transportation. The company’s relaxed stance on cannabis comes in response to the increasing number of states legalizing the plant.

Connecticut Medical Patients Can Grow Cannabis at Home on Oct. 1

Connecticut’s latest cannabis law will take effect on Oct. 1, allowing medical patients 18 and older in the state to grow up to six plants in their own homes with a maximum of 12 per household. The law is separate from the bill signed by Gov. Ned Lamont in June legalizing cannabis for recreational use, which will allow recreational users 21 and older to grow their own plants in July 2023. The law taking effect on Oct. 1 will also prevent smokers from lighting up within 25 feet of a public building and require designated smoking areas in communities larger than 50,000 people, according to the Hartford Courant.

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