The U.S. Coast Guard issued an order on Tuesday clarifying that active duty service members cannot use marijuana—or even enter a cannabis shop—regardless of state law.
They are also barred from participating in “any event or with any entity that sells, promotes, celebrates, encourages, or seeks to further the use of marijuana and illegal THC-based products.”
The order states that the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) prohibits the consumption, possession and manufacturing of marijuana, and that Coast Guard personnel should “maintain a lifestyle that neither condones the use of illegal substances nor exposes them to accidental intake of illegal drugs.”
Beyond refraining from visiting dispensaries or attending cannabis-related events, that also includes not owning or investing in a marijuana business or having a “close association with marijuana growth or distribution commercial enterprises.”
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