Little-Noticed Hemp Memo Clarifies Military’s Ban On Service Members Using CBD

Little-Noticed Hemp Memo Clarifies Military’s Ban On Service Members Using CBD

In the year and a half since hemp was federally legalized, various military branches have issued guidance, broadly prohibiting active duty members from using products derived from the crop despite the legal status change. But a little-noticed memo is helping to explain the trend. In February, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced a new policy barring all active and reserve service members from using hemp products, including CBD. The memo acknowledges that hemp was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, but it said the risk of exposure to products potentially containing excess THC is too great. “These legal changes and the resulting introduction of hemp products containing up to 0.3 percent THC in the marketplace create a serious risk to the viability of the military drug testing program for a number of reasons,” Under Secretary of Defense Matthew Donovan said. The memo, which was first noted by the Uniformed Services University in March but largely went under the radar until DOD’s Operation Supplement Safety program tweeted a link to it on Monday, states that regular use of lawful hemp products could result in a positive urinalysis test for THC. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not certify THC concentrations in CBD products that are widely available in the marketplace, it says. “Consequently, Service members cannot rely on the packaging and labeling of hemp products regarding whether the amount of THC contained in the product could cause a positive urinalysis result,” the memo continues. All products containing #hemp are…

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