A longstanding zero-tolerance cannabis policy could be slowly eroding in the military. Earlier in July, a House committee approved a provision that would let troops who previously used cannabis to re-enlist. But Congress recently passed an amendment to allow service members to use hemp and CBD products.
The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, was added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and included several non-cannabis amendments. The House of Representatives approved the NDAA in a 336 to 71 vote.
“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 reads.