May 3, 2018

Businesses are beginning to drop marijuana from drug tests

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Many businesses are quietly dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require from prospective employees, AP's Christopher Rugaber reports.

Why it matters: "Marijuana testing — a fixture at large American employers for at least 30 years — excludes too many potential workers, experts say, at a time when filling jobs is more challenging than it’s been in nearly two decades."

  • "[T]he shift away from marijuana testing appears likely to accelerate."
  • "More states are legalizing cannabis for recreational use; Michigan could become the 10th state to do so in November. Missouri appears on track to become the 30th state to allow medical pot use."
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