Congress passed an amendment that allows CBD products with less than 0.3% THC to be used by active military members. Moreover, a committee of the House of Representatives approved the amendment introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego.
Under this amendment, the military personnel who previously used CBD or were convicted of marijuana-related offenses will be able to enter the military again. This action could help further legalize cannabis at the federal level.
Two weeks ago, 336 members of the House of Representatives voted in favor of veteran Tulsi Gabbard’s amendment on the use of hemp products among the military. Even though 71 members of the Chamber voted against it, this amendment was among the adopted amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) related to CBD products’ use.
In 2018, products containing CBD were legalized, but that did not stop the Department of Defense from banning all active and reserve military personnel from using CBD products in February 2020. Matthew Donovan – Undersecretary for Personnel Protection and Preparedness explained the US Department of Defense’s decision that it could cause complications in the military drug-testing program.
The amendment discourages CBD’s use by military personnel but removes the Minister of Defense’s authority to ban CBD products. This amendment will ensure consistency in the issued orders related to CBD’s use in all military units.
Many military members prefer to use CBD. The potential benefits may include chronic pain and stress relief, Gabbard said. And therefore, CBD products serve as an alternative option for those who prefer natural remedies over prescription drugs.
Previously, the Navy and Marine Corps were allowed to use topical products, including shampoos and lotions.