States with legal recreational and/or medical marijuana make up a sizable portion of the U.S. coastline. But the servicewomen and men tasked with safeguarding those coasts won’t be able to take advantage of the change in policy and public attitudes on cannabis. That’s because on July 30, the United States Coast Guard issued an order banning active service members from entering cannabis dispensaries. But that’s only the beginning.
In total, the order amounts to a complete hands-off policy with respect to cannabis. Uniformed members of the Coast Guard also can’t use mobile dispensaries or online delivery services. In fact, they can’t even enter an establishment that grows, processes, manufactures, distributes or otherwise deals with cannabis in any way. Nor can they participate in any activities or events that promote or are connected with cannabis. They can’t even invest in cannabis companies. Furthermore, failure to comply with the new U.S. Coast Guard order comes with serious consequences. Even CBD could be off limits.
U.S. Coast Guard Issues Order Totally Banning Service Members from Cannabis
On Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schulz issued an Alcoast Commandant Notice (ACN) prohibiting members of the Coast Guard from entering or in any way