AutoNation will no longer disqualify job applicants for marijuana use

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Using marijuana won’t be a deal-breaker for anyone who wants to work at AutoNation.

The leading U.S. auto-dealer chain no longer refuses job applicants testing positive for marijuana in drug screenings, reports Bloomberg.

According to Chief Executive Officer Mike Jackson, the decision was made two years ago without any announcement to the public.

“If you tested positive for marijuana, you couldn’t join our company,” said Jackson in an interview with Bloomberg. “At a certain point, we said, ‘You know what? That’s wrong.’”

While 37 states have legalized cannabis for either recreational or medical use, employers are still allowed to disqualify job applicants who test positive throughout the U.S.

AutoNation could possibly lead a coming trend that appeals to other public companies, whereas government employment policies at the FBI, Pentagon, and Secret Service have already loosened restrictions on qualified job applicants with positive marijuana tests.

“Companies recognize that they don’t screen for alcohol,” said John Challenger, co-founder of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a…

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