More companies are nixing pre-employment marijuana testing. The tightening U.S. job market and the legalization of marijuana in some states is prompting many companies to relax their drug testing policies.
As a result, some companies are dropping marijuana from pre-screening drug tests for potential employees. For decades, pre-employment drug testing has been a requirement at large American companies. But experts say marijuana testing excludes too many potential workers at a time when companies are struggling to fill jobs.
Although still in its early stages, the shift away from drug testing appears likely to accelerate. That's because more states are legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal use. Currently, there's no definitive data on the issue. But executives indicate that stopping drug testing is among the steps more companies are taking to expand their pool of applicants.