New Congressional Bill Would Put Marijuana Penalties For Military Members On Par With Alcohol-Related Punishments

New Congressional Bill Would Put Marijuana Penalties For Military Members On Par With Alcohol-Related Punishments
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A new congressional bill would make it so the punishment for military service members who use or possess marijuana could not exceed penalties for being drunk or incapacitated on duty. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) filed the Restoring Equity For Offenses Related to Marijuana (REFORM) Act last week. It would amend the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to more closely align cannabis- and alcohol- related penalties. The text of the bill says that the penalty for “wrongful use of marijuana” shall not exceed that for being “drunk on duty” under existing statute. Further, the penalty for “wrongful possession of marijuana” couldn’t exceed that for “incapacitation for duty from drunkenness or drug use.” As it stands, the punishment for wrongful possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis carries a maximum penalty of “dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for two years.” Possession of more than 30 grams can escalate that maximum confinement to five years. In contrast, if a person’s use of alcohol renders them incapacitated for duty, they can face three months of confinement, or forfeiture of two-thirds of their pay ever month for three months. Being drunk on duty is more serious, carrying a maximum penalty of a bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of allowances and pay and confinement of up to nine months. It should be pointed out that a bad conduct discharge is significantly less serious than a dishonorable discharge under UCMJ. The latter is considered to be the military equivalent of a felony convictions. Brown’s REFORM Act seeks to reduce that marijuana and alcohol punishment disparity. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and…

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