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AutoNation no longer rejects job applicant for positive marijuana test; Citrix Systems doesn’t drug test. Many states that have decided to regulate marijuana bar ex-offenders with drug convictions from maintaining employment within the marijuana industry. Proponents of those bans hold that they are necessary to legitimize the budding new industry and to help prevent illegal sales. However, by embracing all comers, and allowing the industry to employ even those with prior drug-related offenses, states can bolster their economies, promote employment among the formerly incarcerated, all the while maturing this only recently regulated industry. The retail and medical marijuana markets will create more than a quarter of a million jobs by 2020, while manufacturing jobs are slowly but continuously declining — by 2024 manufacturing jobs are expected to decline by 814,000. Allowing ex-offenders to work as owners, operators and employees in marijuana businesses is beneficial to both individuals re-entering society and businesses seeking employees with specific skills. Welcome ex-offenders into legal marijuana jobs

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