CNRH issues reminder of marijuana prohibition

Ensign Matthew Meltzer and Ensign Britney Duesler

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Recently, the first two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries opened on Oahu and Maui, and more are expected to follow. This is following the 2015 state government decision to create the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program, which authorized vendors to apply for licenses to sell cannabis to patients with a prescription from their physician.

Despite the change in state law, marijuana remains classified as a schedule one controlled substance under federal law. Therefore, all military personnel are reminded that the use, possession, or sale of controlled substances, including marijuana, is prohibited under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The military maintains a zero tolerance policy towards drug abuse, and use of controlled substances by military personnel could lead to non-judicial punishment, court martial, and/or administrative separation.

Navy Region Hawaii Drug and Alcohol Programs Advisor (DAPA) Master-At-Arms Chief Petty Officer David Baines reminds personnel that “prescribed medications from an authorized military medical provider are considered approved drug use; marijuana is NOT among them. Please keep in mind that service members diagnosed as drug dependent shall be offered treatment prior to separation, but will still be separated from the military.”

Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees are reminded they, too, are prohibited from using controlled substances as a condition of their employment. Everyone, including contractors and military dependents, are prohibited from possessing or using controlled substances while on base.

For more information visit www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2010/NAV10108.txt.

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