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!

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

Is It Okay To Recommend Marijuana?

Recently a new study came out that many pro-marijuana activists seem to be bragging about — legalization doesn’t necessarily increase marijuana use in those states.

As it turns out people have already been smoking the ganja without Uncle Sam’s approval — but why is it a win that usage didn’t increase?

It’s clear that the stigma of marijuana is still dominating the vibes of even regular weed users. You may be a regular pot smoker yourself — so how inclined are you to recommend weed to someone who doesn’t partake?

People recommend all sorts of of things including cocktails and bars that are still open to..you know.. drink and smoke tobacco recreationally. Gambling ads are everywhere and most bars have gambling included two double down on your indulges.

The only people who shouldn’t be getting recommendations about marijuana are children. Yet, the average age of your first time marijuana smoker always seems to be way under 18.

Why is that? Maybe it is because of the climate that the marijuana prohibition has created in the first place. How likely are you to recommend something to someone when it might get you arrested or hurt your chances to make it into a school or job of your choice?

These aren’t the consequences of weed we’re talking about here. These are the consequences of the prohibition.

I hope future pro-marijuana projects don’t keep falling into the stigma of thinking increased numbers of pot usage after legalization is a bad thing.

One day we’re going to need people to be able to make a recommendation without that stigma. Businesses are made to grow and expanding numbers often defines success.

TED-Ed: Is marijuana bad for your brain?

Explore how marijuana’s two main active compounds, THC and CBD, affect your brain and body, and what risk factors to watch out for.

In 1970, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 drug in the United States: the strictest designation possible, meaning it was completely illegal and had no recognized medical uses.

Today, marijuana’s therapeutic benefits are widely acknowledged, but a growing recognition for its medical value doesn’t answer the question: is recreational marijuana use bad for your brain?

Anees Bahji investigates.

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