Article by Emily Gray Brosious, Extract
A new policy announced Thursday, Sept. 22, bars Alaska-based soldiers from attending any events that involve the promotion of hemp or marijuana.
Maj. Gen. Bryan Owens, commander of U.S. Army Alaska, issued the new policy that prohibits soldiers from attending fairs, festivals, conventions and all other marijuana-related events, Stars and Stripesreports.
“Attendance at such events is inconsistent with military service and has the potential to adversely impact the health, welfare and good order and discipline for soldiers stationed here,” an army release states.
The policy, which is effective immediately, includes punitive measures that would punish any soldier found in violation.
Alaska voters approved a ballot measure in 2014 to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 and older. The measure became effective in November 2015.