AutoNation does not weed out job candidates who test positive for marijuana.
The Fort Lauderdale-based auto retailer, which employs 26,000 people nationwide, is among the companies that have changed their hiring policies, overturning long-held corporate mandates.
That’s happening particularly in states where medical or recreational marijuana have become legal in recent years, surveys show. Some employers are ignoring a positive result. Others are not drug-testing a job applicant at all.
Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and Washington, D.C., and recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., with California being the most recent addition, according to national publications that have tracked legalization.
But the lack of concern about marijuana also is related to the tight labor market. Companies are seeking the best talent they can find in today’s robust economy, so they are catering to the needs of these in-demand workers, especially those in technology.
“We are looking to attract talent to our company, and putting this barrier in place, that’s not where society is at today,” said AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson, in an interview Thursday, after the company posted record earnings per share in its fourth quarter.
AutoNation has more than 300 dealerships, and many are in the states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana: Florida, Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Illinois,