Changes In Military Code Restrict Use Of CBD Treating It As A Punishable Offense
The Pentagon has moved to make use of CBD products a criminal offense for troops across all branches of the U.S. military, according to reports from military news websites.
Matthew Donovan, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, recently released a memo that modifies former policies. It makes breaches of the rule punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). He states in the memo that substance misuse by the troops is a safety and readiness issue, and the Department is working to nip all threats in the bud. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences issues advisories to the military units about the use of supplements. The memo caught the media attention when the agency tweeted this information to the service members and followers.
The military troops had been restricted from using CBD products since CBD derived from hemp continues to be a federally prohibited substance. Hemp is the only strain that was made legal with THC amounts of 0.3% or less. Before the memo issued by Donovan, the service branches had separate policies regarding the use of CBD. While Navy and Marine troops enjoyed the freedom to use CBD topical products, the Army and Air Force members couldn’t use any kind of CBD products at all. According to Donovan, the policy was put in place to “protect the integrity of the drug-testing program.”
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