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Major auto dealer says cannabis smoking not a problem in hiring

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AutoNation, the largest U.S. auto-dealer chain relaxes hiring policy for applicants who test positive for cannabis in drug screenings.

Non-hires for other illegal drug substances are still part of the policy for AutoNation.

Mike Jackson, the CEO of the company said that after reviewing the policy, “At a certain point, we said, ‘You know what? That’s wrong.’”

AutoNation’s decision might well be a norm, very soon, rather than a trend.

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Last year, the US Administration changed its enlisting policy for cannabis use in their efforts  to boost their military by 80,000. Previous applicants who admitted to cannabis use have traditionally been prohibited from joining the US military, but now granted waivers.

In a January poll by Pew Research, 61 percent of Americans think that marijuana should be legalized. Although marijuana is illegal under federal law, states are gradually passing legislation that decriminalizes its use.

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