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Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking: Rhode Island

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


  • Rhode Island employers may implement drug-free workplace policies. See Drugs and Alcohol.
  • Employers may prohibit marijuana (cannabis) use in the workplace even though medical and recreational use is legal in the state. 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.
  • Employers that conduct workplace drug and alcohol tests must comply with the state's testing law. See Drug and Alcohol Testing.
  • The Public Health and Workplace Safety Act prohibits smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, in enclosed workplaces. See Smoking.
  • Employers must clearly and conspicuously post "No Smoking" signs. See Postings.
  • Employers are not required to have a smoking policy but may implement one that prohibits smoking in the workplace. See Smoking Policies.