After a few states recently legalized marijuana, a local paper’s article on the military and marijuana, repeated at the Stars and Stripes, raises the question of how the military will treat the active duty spouses of civilian marijuana dealers. The active duty member would be married to, federally speaking, an illegal drug dealer — though the federal government has declined to pursue such charges when the states have legalized it. (The Air Force Academy recently reminded Airmen and cadets that marijuana was still illegal for them.)
The state law [legalizing marijuana] is in direct conflict with federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which criminalize possession and distribution of pot. A service member who is found carrying drugs, or tests positive for them, may face administrative separation or worse. Security Read more
The US Air Force made a point of issuing a press release reminding servicemembers that using marijuana is still illegal for them — even if the state in which they live just legalized it.
The state of Colorado voted to legalize marijuana Nov. 6, but its use is still against federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, even for service members stationed in or visiting the state.
“(Colorado’s) Amendment 64 does not change the UCMJ… Read more
Though “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been repealed, its controversies continue.
Military chaplains can preside over same-sex marriages on military installations in places where same-sex marriage is not prohibited by state and local laws, according to a new Pentagon policy unveiled Sept. 30.
Having the ability to “preside over” ceremonies was never really in question. Rather, the grand controversy was the use of federal facilities to conduct ceremonies not recognized by federal law. Though not specifically referring to same-sex ceremonies, this, too was addressed: Read more
Is marijuana the next DADT? The increasing (state) legality of the otherwise (federally) illegal drug indicates a growing trend of “normalizing” marijuana usage, and it is not going unnoticed by the military.
An official Air Force news release at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, notes marijuana is “not welcome here,” despite its sometimes legality in the surrounding state.
Schriever commander Colonel Wayne Montheith wrote a memo noting, among other points,
Marijuana, prescribed or otherwise obtained, may not be used, possessed, distributed, nor introduced on Schriever AFB, a Federal military [installation].
The presence of marijuana on Schriever AFB [is] a risk to good order and discipline and to the Air Force mission.
The policy applies to any person on Schriever, including civilians — who could be banned from the base for bringing even state-approved marijuana with them.
In a similar vein to the federalist treatment of homosexual marriage, Read more