In spite of the legalization of CBD, active US Armed Forces service members are not allowed to use it.
Changes in the drug policy in the entirety of the US is very evident. From convenience stores to supermarkets, a wide variety of CBD-infused merchandise line the aisles. As a new law begins permitting hemp cultivation, the agricultural industry is seeing a bright future all over America.
However, the freedom to intake CBD products does not extend to the US Armed Forces. According to the Department of Defense, they have released a strict warning to all in active duty. No one is allowed to consume products from hemp, such as CBD or cannabidiol.
Patricia Deuster’s statement says, “It’s completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time.” Deuster is the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Similar warnings were released by military sea services. Representatives from the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines also warned all active members that the military policy remains the same regardless of changes in state and federal law.
The clarification of military policy was instigated by the 2018 Farm Bill, also known as the American Improvement Act. This bill states that the regulated industrial production of hemp is now legalized all over the United States. This government action has motivated many states to take part in hemp cultivation. Because of this, a massive increase can be clearly seen in CBD-infused products, whether edible or industrial in the entire market.
Deuster adds, “It’s a real conundrum, and it’s going to be a major issue for the military because it is available [nearly everywhere]. You go into any store, and you can find gummy bears with a supplement fact panel on it.”
Because of this legislation, the Navy has issued a statement that directs marines and sailors to not use any form of hemp-derived commodities. According to their announcement, “Navy policy has not been affected by the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, and all products derived from hemp or marijuana are still prohibited.”
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer has also said, “Sailors and marines cannot rely on the packaging and labeling of hemp products in determining whether the product contains THC concentrations that could cause a positive urinalysis result.”
This clarification made by the American Armed Forces has shown that there is still an imbalance in society when looking at drug prohibition laws. Though Cannabis has been legal whether, for recreational or medical use, its use remains banned under federal law, under the Controlled Substances Act.