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Many family member’s were in PEARL HARBOR during WW2.House Approves Legislation Allowing CBD Use By Military
Will US servicemembers soon be able to use CBD?
The U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to a defense spending bill on Monday that would allow members of the military to use CBD. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), from Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, was approved by a vote of 360 to 71 as part of a package of amendments to the House version of the bill.
“The Secretary of Defense may not prohibit, on the basis of a product containing hemp or any ingredient derived from hemp, the possession, use, or consumption of such product by a member of the Armed Forces,” the amendment from Gabbard reads.
The amendment is a response to a Department of Defense policy issued in February by Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Matthew P. Donovan that directed all branches of the military to enact prohibitions on CBD and other hemp products, despite the crop being legalized with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. The memo from Donovan said that CBD use posed “a serious risk to the viability of the military drug testing program,” which is unable to distinguish between THC from hemp and other forms of cannabis.
Because legal hemp and CBD products are permitted to contain up to 0.3% THC, the Department of Defense opted for a complete ban on the products, citing the “risks and adverse effects marijuana use has on the mission for readiness of individual Service members and military units.”
Hemp Industry Calls For Senate Support
If Gabbard’s amendment is included in the final version of the appropriations bill agreed to by the Senate and signed by the president, that ban would be reversed. Jonathan Miller, the general counsel for the trade group U.S. Hemp Roundtable, told High Times that would be welcome news to our women and men in uniform.
“If it becomes law, the amendment will reverse the Department of Defense’s harsh policy that makes the use of hemp products by military service members a crime—a policy that quietly came into effect earlier this year,” Miller said in an email. “The amendment will also invalidate policies by the Army and Air Force that ban the use of hemp products and policies by the Navy and Marine Corps that limit acceptable use to topical products.”
Former service member David Metzler, the CEO of CBD nutraceuticals investment and scaling company CBDCapitalGroup, said that the benefits of cannabidiol are particularly suited for his comrades in arms.
“Every day around 22 veterans commit suicide in America, which is 130% more than the rate of the general population,” he wrote in an email. “As a Navy veteran, I believe that active military members should be able to utilize the many therapeutic benefits of hemp-derived CBD and not have to risk their careers or be penalized to do so.”
“Their only option,” he continued, “is to use opiates and synthetic anti-depression medications to improve their mental and physical health, even though many of these medications have negative side effects for PTSD.”
Metzler also noted that CBD can have a positive impact on the body as well as the mind.
“Many active military members have strenuous daily jobs that put great wear and tear on their bodies and it is our responsibility as an industry to make sure that legislation is passed so that they can use non-addictive, non-opioid anti-inflammatories like CBD to be able to stay healthy and defend our country.”
Miller of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable said that while hemp enjoys bipartisan support in the Senate, the inclusion of Gabbard’s amendment in the final version of the NDAA isn’t certain. He urged those who support a robust hemp industry “to use our online portal to urge your U.S. Senators to pass similar language allowing the use of CBD by U.S. military personnel.”
I'm not so sure about that....
Democrats Will 'Move Quickly' to Legalize Cannabis If They Win Senate Elections in November | HighlifeDemocratic Senator Ed Markey said his party will waste no time to legalize cannabis, even against Joe Biden's opposition, after winning the Senate this fallinternationalhighlife.com
Wishful thinking. This is all "what might happen" = I don't trust a single one of these mother fuckers or what they promise. Remember "You can keep your doctor" ? Don't trust the lot of them. Marijuana legalization shouldn't be the only criteria when voting, but it should at least be on your platform. Ever wonder why the dems won't put legalization on their platform ? JAJAJA. We won't get fooled again.Cannabis industry: Suddenly pot legalization seems more likely
Jennifer Bissell-Linsk, Bloomberg NewsPublished 11:29 a.m. ET July 26, 2020 | Updated 11:35 a.m. ET July 26, 2020
The U.S. could legalize marijuana at the federal level as soon as 2021 if Joe Biden is able to win the presidential election and Democrats take control of the Senate.
It’s a dramatic change in expectations from three months ago when it appeared Donald Trump would most likely win re-election, and CIBC analysts had put the odds of meaningful reform at “near-zero” for 2020 and “unlikely” for 2021.
“A fact that has become incredibly obvious from a chaotic 2020 is how quickly things can change,” analysts led by John Zamparo wrote in a note. “We stand by our statement for 2020, but for 2021, well, when the facts change, we change our minds.”
Dispatch manager Duwane Mallett, 25, fills an order of medical marijuana for delivery at Five & Dime cannabis dispensary in Detroit on Mar. 19, 2020. Many people are stocking up on their medical marijuana just like other prescriptions. (Photo: Robin Buckson, The Detroit News)
With the economic fallout from the coronavirus and social unrest following the murder of George Floyd by police, Biden’s chances of winning the election in a possible Democratic sweep has appeared increasingly likely. The former vice president is less supportive of full-scale legalization than his party. But if the Democrats were to win both the White House and Senate, it could open the door to decriminalization and leave the question of legalization up to states.
Legislation could prove popular under the current climate of economic and social unrest. Regulation that includes provisions for criminal justice reform could gain additional support amid calls for greater anti-racism initiatives. States looking to close budget gaps from the coronavirus are also more likely to consider the tax benefits of creating a newly legalized industry.
During a recent Cowen industry panel, there was broad agreement that social justice measures need to be a part of any legislation package, analysts led by Vivien Azer wrote in a note.
“This likely includes provisions ensuring that minorities get to participate in the legal cannabis business as their communities were hit hardest by the war on drugs,” the analysts said. Legislation could also include expunging criminal cannabis convictions or grants to communities hurt by previous U.S. drug policy.
“Biden will be under pressure from the left wing of the Democratic party to move cannabis forward because of the social justice issues,” Curaleaf Holdings Inc. Chairman Boris Jordan recently told Bloomberg News.
Say the fuck what???A congresswoman widely known as a strong advocate for federal marijuana reform helped defeat an amendment that would have added a cannabis legalization plank to the Democratic party’s 2020 platform.
And yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, yet another example that, for our professional political class, politics trumps principle and doing the right thing for your constituents.Lee told Marijuana Moment that she supports a drug policy plan rolled out by a criminal justice task force organized by Biden and former primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)that stops short of proposing adult-use cannabis legalization. However, she emphasized that “I fully intend to continue working with a future Biden Administration to move cannabis legalization forward.”