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Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking: Kentucky

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


  • Kentucky employers may prohibit drug and alcohol use in the workplace. See Drugs and Alcohol.
  • Kentucky law permits the use of a form of medical marijuana under very limited circumstances. An Executive Order decriminalizes possession of medical marijuana legally purchased in another state. See Medical 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.
  • Employers in Kentucky are not prohibited from conducting drug and alcohol testing of employees and job applicants. See Drug and Alcohol Testing.
  • Kentucky encourages employers to participate in substance use disorder treatment programs for employees who fail employment-related drug screens. See Drug Testing and Substance Use Treatment Programs.
  • A covered employer may not discriminate on the basis of an individual's status as a smoker or nonsmoker. See Smoking.