Monday, Congress approved an amendment that will authorize Military members to use hemp products and its derivatives, which includes CBD. Last month, we wrote an article about CBD in the Military and its legalities. It’s still off-limits if you’re in the service, but now it’s making its way through the House of Representatives, meaning it may be legal for use in the near future.
It was only a few months ago, February 26, where Matthew Donovan released a memo about the legality of CBD. He urged all military members to stop using CBD products until federal regulation catches up. And now it looks like those regulations are coming along. This statement was made in part because the DoD can’t be sure of the authenticity of all CBD products.
According to Marijuana Moment, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) stated that the “Secretary of Defense may not prohibit, on the basis of a product containing hemp or any ingredient derived from hemp, the possession, use, or consumption of such product by a member of the Armed Forces” and “such possession, use, or consumption is in compliance with applicable Federal, State, and local law.”
That basically means, SecDef can’t prohibit the use, possession, or consumption of a product containing hemp or it’s derivatives if it’s in compliance with the Federal, State, and Local Laws. Meaning you can’t hit up the local drug dealer because you don’t know what’s in, or how much is in the product you’re about to consume. That source is not regulated or known to be in compliance with the law.
Please keep in mind, this has only been passed by the lower half of the house. The upper house, or Senate, still needs to approve this amendment. As of now, military members are NOT authorized to use hemp products or their derivatives, including CBD.