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FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people.Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once would have been a radical step: They're dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees. 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.Nor is there any recent data on how many have dropped marijuana from mandatory drug testing.Most businesses that have dropped marijuana tests continue to screen for cocaine, opiates, heroin and other drugs.Dropping marijuana testing is more common among employers in the nine states, along with the District of Columbia, that have legalized pot for recreational use. An additional 20 states allow marijuana for medical use only. In Denver, in a state with just 3 percent unemployment, 10 percent of employers that screen for drugs had dropped marijuana as of 2016, according to a survey by the Employers Council, which provides corporate legal and human resources services.The company stopped testing for marijuana about a year ago.Some are willing to ignore the results of drug tests performed by Express, which still screens for marijuana and won't place workers who test positive.
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