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Desperate to hire, more businesses open door to pot smokers

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In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department, is a shut down marijuana operation of some 35,000 plants they believe was bringing in millions of dollars a month in San Bernardino, Calif.  (AP Images) In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department, is a shut down marijuana operation of some 35,000 plants they believe was bringing in millions of dollars a month in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Images)

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER
AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. 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.

"It has come out of nowhere," said Michael Clarkson, head of the drug testing practice at Ogletree Deakins, a law firm. "I have heard from lots of clients things like, 'I can't staff the third shift and test for marijuana.'"

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