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Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking: District of Columbia

Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Brightmine Editorial Team


  • District of Columbia employers may implement drug-free workplace policies. See Drugs and Alcohol.
  • Employers may prohibit marijuana use in the workplace even though medical and recreational use is legal in the District. See Marijuana.
  • Employers may implement and enforce policies that prohibit the use, sale, possession, distribution, purchase and cultivation of drugs and alcohol in the workplace. See Drug and Alcohol Policies.
  • Private employers in the District are not prohibited from conducting drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. See Drug and Alcohol Testing.
  • Smoking is prohibited in any public or private workplace. See Smoking.
  • An employer must post signs indicating where smoking is prohibited and permitted. See Postings.
  • Employers are required to have a written smoking policy. See Smoking Policies.