Could still pop on Drug test

Sailors and Marines could still pop positive on a drug test if they use cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, while treating medical conditions, the Navy warned this week.

In a new policy, the Department of the Navy forbids members of the Navy and Marine Corps from putting any products made of hemp or hemp derivatives into their bodies without a valid prescription, even if the goods are sold legally and despite manufacturer claims that they’re free of the psychoactive chemical found in pot, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

Low-THC hemp was removed from the Controlled Substances Act, which bans cannabis with higher amounts of the chemical, by a 2018 farm bill President Donald Trump signed in December, allowing the cultivation and interstate transfer of the plants and permitting hemp-derived products to be sold commercially in the U.S.

But the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t evaluate or certify THC concentrations in such products, meaning they could contain more than the 0.3% by dry weight that’s allowed under the new legislation, the office of the Chief of Naval Personnel said Wednesday in a statement announcing the policy.

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