Earlier this week, we reported that the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to allow U.S. military personnel to use products containing hemp, including CBD. Unfortunately, when the Senate passed its own versionof the NDAA yesterday, it was silent on the CBD issue.
The battle, however, is not over. The NDAA now moves to the conference committee process, where differences between the House and Senate versions will be negotiated over the next several days. If the House amendment is included in the final conference version, it will be poised to become law.
This is vitally important because the amendment will reverse the Department of Defense’s draconian policythat makes the use of hemp products by service members a crime—a policy that quietly came into effect earlier this year. The amendment will also invalidate policies by the Army and Air Force that ban the use of hemp products and policies by the Navy and Marine Corps that limit acceptable use to topical products.
Hemp Supporters are encouraged to use our online portal to urge their members of Congress to support inclusion of the House amendment in the final version of the NDAA. If there are any Americans who most deserve access to wellness products such as CBD, it’s our brave, selfless troops. Let’s make sure that the men and women who risk their lives for our freedoms have the freedom to use quality, legal hemp products.
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