Senators Working On Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act to end federal prohibition.

Reports are that Senator Chuck Schumer will not seek to advance cannabis banking reform before federal legalization.

Marriott No Longer Testing For Marijuana Pre-Employment For Many Positions

Looking to work in the industry that’s about having the spirit to serve and focused on people? Marriott may now be for you — even if you smoke legal or medical marijuana you won’t be automatically disqualified from employment for many positions.

The following has been found on many of their job listings with the following message:

Prospective employees may be given a pre-employment drug test. Employment is conditioned upon a negative result. However, marijuana testing is not included in the pre-employment drug test for the location to which you have applied with the exception of positions subject to DOT testing. Applicants who refuse to be tested or have a confirmed positive drug test will not be hired and will be ineligible to re-apply for a period of six months. Are you willing to take a pre-employment drug test?

It wasn’t that long ago that Marriott would retract job offers to people who failed drug tests simply based on marijuana usage. This included legal recreational usage or those with a medical marijuana card.

Props Marriott for being on the right side of history!

Austin public safety job candidates disqualified for legal marijuana use

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin’s Public Safety Committee has asked city departments to reevaluate their hiring policies when it comes to marijuana use.

Recently, an applicant to Austin-Travis County EMS was disqualified for having used marijuana in his home state where the drug is currently legal by state law.

Source & Full Article: https://www.fox7austin.com/news/austin-public-safety-job-candidates-disqualified-for-legal-marijuana-use

Why Starting A Marijuana Business Is So Hard | Big Business

Starting a weed business isn’t easy. It can take $1 million in startup capital to even get a license. And to keep a cannabis business going? That means jumping through complicated regulation hoops.

If they can play the game right, cannabis entrepreneurs could be set up for success in an exploding marijuana industry. But with weed still federally illegal, companies could face fines or jail time if they don’t follow the rules.

We visited three companies in Colorado and Oregon to see how they’re dealing with the ever-changing regulations. Could things get easier if weed becomes federally legal?

Source & Full Article: https://www.businessinsider.com/why-its-so-hard-to-start-cannabis-weed-marijuana-company-2021

New Jersey Expungement of Certain Marijuana or Hashish Cases

The Marijuana Decriminalization Law, which took effect July 1, 2021, required the expungement of certain marijuana and hashish cases. As a result, the Supreme Court has ordered that thousands of cases be expunged.

An expungement means this case is no longer part of your record.

You do not have to report this case on a job application, housing application, or college application. The case has been removed from the public record and cannot be used to keep you from school, housing, or most jobs.

The courts have expunged the cases of anyone convicted or adjudicated delinquent if your case has only one of these three offenses:

  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)(12) – Distribution of marijuana less than 1 ounce or hashish less than 5 grams
  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(3) – Possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, or more than 5 grams of hashish
  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4) – Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana, or 5 grams or less of hashish

The courts have expunged other marijuana and hashish cases as well. If the case included only one of the above offenses AND any of the below offenses, it was expunged:

  • N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(b)- Use or Being Under Influence of Controlled, Dangerous Substance
  • N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(c)- Failure to Make Lawful Disposition of Controlled, Dangerous Substance

The courts also expunged cases that involved attempts to commit and conspiracy to commit any offense listed above.

Attempts and conspiracies to commit these offenses also were expunged according to the July 1, 2021 Supreme Court Order.

The legislation does not require that every case containing a marijuana charge be expunged. If you have questions about your specific case, consider contacting an attorney or Legal Services of New Jersey.

Source & Full Article: https://www.njcourts.gov/marihashexpunge.html

Amazon is supporting the effort to reform the nation’s cannabis policy

The following is a statement written by Beth Galetti, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Amazon.

In June 2021, we announced that Amazon would exclude marijuana from our comprehensive pre-employment drug screening program for unregulated positions (e.g., positions not regulated by the Department of Transportation). We also reinstated the employment eligibility for former employees and applicants who were previously terminated or deferred during random or pre-employment marijuana screenings.

We made these changes for a few reasons. First, we recognized that an increasing number of states are moving to some level of cannabis legalization—making it difficult to implement an equitable, consistent, and national pre-employment marijuana testing program. Second, publicly available national data indicates that pre-employment marijuana testing disproportionately impacts people of color and acts as a barrier to employment. And third, Amazon’s pace of growth means that we are always looking to hire great new team members, and we’ve found that eliminating pre-employment testing for cannabis allows us to expand our applicant pool.

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). We are also pleased to endorse the recently introduced Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Actread our comments on that legislation.

Pre-employment marijuana testing has disproportionately affected communities of color by stalling job placement and, by extension, economic growth, and we believe this inequitable treatment is unacceptable. As we shared earlier this year, we aim to become Earth’s Best Employer, and as part of that journey, we know that our local communities and future generations need us to be better every day—thus the creation of our new Leadership Principle, Success and Scale Bring Broad Responsibility. Together, these principles speak to our responsibility to effect change and are our impetus for both driving for societal change and maintaining the right internal policies to ensure a great workplace with equitable and consistent hiring practices for all candidates. That’s why we strongly believe the time has come to reform the nation’s cannabis policy, and we are committed to helping lead the effort.

We are enthused by the notable momentum in the country toward recognizing that today’s status quo is unfair and untenable. We look forward to working with Congress and other supporters to secure necessary reform of the nation’s cannabis laws.

Source & Full Article: https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/policy-news-views/amazon-is-supporting-the-effort-to-reform-the-nations-cannabis-policy

Virginia Woman Jailed for Pot Use Before Abuse Hearing

Demonstrators gathered at a courthouse in Loudoun County, Virginia, on Thursday to support a woman who was sent to jail as she testified about domestic abuse because she admitted to smoking marijuana before the hearing.

Katie Orndoff was testifying on Sept. 7 against her former partner, who was charged with striking her, when the judge interrupted her testimony and sent the jury out of the room.

Source / Full Article: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/virginia-woman-jailed-for-smoking-marijuana-before-hearing-wants-contempt-charge-dropped/2810392/