Amazon is actively getting its delivery partners to advertise the fact that it no longer screens for marijuana in a bid to solve its crippling shortage of drivers, according to Bloomberg.
The US economy has suffered greatly during the pandemic with nonfarm payrolls increasing by a much less than expected 266,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 6.1 per cent.
Amazon has said in a message that by no longer screening for marijuana consumption, it can boost the number of job applications by up to 400 per cent, without saying how it came up with the figure.
The company also said that screening for marijuana cuts the prospective worker pool by up to 30 per cent.
One delivery partner who stopped screening under Amazon’s orders said that marijuana was the main reason why most people failed drug tests.
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The partner has seen an increase in the number of drivers pass now that she only screens for like opiates and amphetamines.
There has been some apprehension from delivery companies following suit over concerns about insurance and liability implications where marijuana use is illegal still.
There are also concerns about whether this will prompt drivers to smoke before heading out on a route.
Amazon stopped drug testing its job applicants for marijuana use last month as it pledges is support for national legalisation.
The online retailer vehemently backed proposed US legislation to legalise marijuana federally and expunge criminal records for those with related drug charges.
Amazon is planning to hire 75,000 new employees across its fulfillment and logistics network in the US and Canada to solve the crisis.
The ecommerce giant said the newly announced roles will offer an average starting pay of more than $17 per hour as well as sign-on bonuses in many locations of up to $1,000.