Question Wednesday

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to light up those financial questions.

This week’s question was inspired by a news story in Time’s MONEY section. With the rise of legal weed, the employer drug test is on the way out:

Why the change? Pre-employment testing is no longer worth the expense in a society increasingly accepting of drug use. A Gallup poll in October found that 64% of Americans favor legalization [of marijuana]. That’s the most since the company first started asking the question in 1969, when only 12% supported changing the plant’s status. Drug tests costs from $30 to $50 a pop, but the potential costs to an employer are far greater than the actual test.

When was the last time you took an employer drug test? I think my last test must have been in 2008, when I applied to work for the temp agency that got me the executive assistant position at a think tank in Washington, DC. (I switched to freelancing in 2012, which doesn’t require drug tests.)

Discuss — or ask your own questions — in the comments.


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