Change not coming soon

As the cannabis industry continues to take root state by state, the House of Representatives voted in favor of removing marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act.

The House voted Friday on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, which decriminalizes cannabis and clears the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. The Senate is unlikely to approve the bill.

So reports NBC News.

For two reasons we won’t see a change in the military approach to marijuana only cases.

  • The Senate.
  • The concern for the effects of drug use on mission capability and preparedness. Although over the years I have not seen too many cases where there has been an actual effect from drug use.
  • But see, Navy Reports 6 of 14 Killed Aboard Nimitz had Used Marijuana. New York Times, 19 June 1981. Nimitz was homeported in Norfolk at the time and I was at, then Naval Legal Service Office Norfolk.

The Navy acknowledged today that six of the 14 men killed in a crash aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz had smoked marijuana but said that drug use had not caused the accident.

Autopsies showed that three of the men either smoked marijuana heavily or used it shortly before the fiery crash May 26, but none of the users were members of the flight crew, the Navy said.

Here is a DoD timeline of the military drug program.

Here is a somewhat dated piece from the National Institute on Drug Abuse regarding military drug use issues.

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