At the Ed Morse empire of auto dealerships, testing for THC no longer is part of the hiring process. Ed Morse Automotive Group this month stopped screening for...

At the Ed Morse empire of auto dealerships, testing for THC no longer is part of the hiring process.

Ed Morse Automotive Group this month stopped screening for marijuana metabolites before offering positions to job candidates, says Teddy Morse, chairman and chief executive of the 1,200-employee company. Ed Morse Automotive Group still tests for signs of cocaine, heroin and other illegal drugs in the urine of prospective employees.

“I’m not condoning drug use,” Morse said in an interview. “But I don’t consider pot to be this evil substance. I don’t think it’s something we should test for anymore.”

Amid a nationwide wave of cannabis legalization, some employers have rethought their positions on pot. AutoNation, the Fort Lauderdale-based chain, revealed last year that it had quietly stopped testing for weed a few years ago.

“If you tested positive for marijuana, you couldn’t join our company,” AutoNation Chief Executive Mike Jackson told Bloomberg News. “At a certain point, we said, ‘You know what? That’s wrong.’” [Read more at Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

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