Alaska-based soldiers have been barred from attending any events involving promotion of the use of marijuana or hemp, including all fairs, festivals and conventions, to clarify the military’s position as the state prepares to allow legal pot sales.
The policy, issued by Maj. Gen. Bryan Owens, commander of U.S. Army Alaska, was announced Thursday and took effect immediately. It is punitive — so a violation could mean punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
It’s aimed in part at events “promoting the use of marijuana and disseminating information on the growing and processing” of it.
Alaskan voters approved legalized marijuana in November 2015. The state’s lawmakers are still hammering out regulations for its legal sale. [Read more at Stars and Stripes]