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Federal Updates to Cannabis Policy in the Military

Federal Updates to Cannabis Policy in the Military

The proposed amendment to the NDAA by Rep. Matt Gaetz is a controversial one, but it is one that is gaining traction as more and more states legalize marijuana. The amendment would end cannabis testing for members of the military, both when they are enlisting and accepting a commission.

There are several arguments in favor of the amendment. First, it would address the growing number of recruits who test positive for marijuana use. In 2022, nearly 33% more recruits tested positive than in 2020. This is likely due to the increasing number of states where marijuana is legal. If the amendment is passed, it would allow the military to focus on recruiting qualified individuals, rather than disqualifying them for past marijuana use.

Second, the amendment would help to address the military’s recruitment and retention crisis. The military is facing a shortage of recruits, and this amendment could help to attract more people to serve. Many people who use marijuana do not use it while they are actively serving, and they would be able to join the military if they were not disqualified for past use.

However, there are also several arguments against the amendment. First, some people believe that marijuana use is still illegal under federal law, and that the military should not allow it. Second, some people worry that the amendment would lead to an increase in marijuana use in the military. However, there is no evidence to suggest that this would be the case. In fact, studies have shown that marijuana use does not impair military performance.

Overall, the proposed amendment to the NDAA is a complex issue with both pros and cons. It is important to weigh all of the arguments before making a decision about whether or not to support it.

Here are some additional points to consider:

The amendment would not allow members of the military to use marijuana while they are on duty.
The amendment would not allow members of the military to use marijuana in states where it is illegal.
The amendment would still allow the military to test for marijuana use if there is reasonable suspicion that someone is using it.
It is still too early to say whether or not the amendment will be passed. However, it is an issue that is being debated, and it is likely to continue to be discussed in the coming months and years.


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