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Charlotte Richter/Staff Writer

Although more states are beginning to regulate the distribution and use of cannabis and hemp products, the federal government and other employers prohibit their use in the workforce.

As of 2020, Army Regulation 600–85 strictly prohibits the use of hemp products, including products with cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid with different psychoactive properties than other previously prohibited cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The regulation states that hemp products, including those with CBD, are prohibited regardless of the THC concentration, the legality of buying, selling or using the product, and/or the method of use. This includes the use of injections, inhalants, foods, lotions and oils, and violations are subject to punishment. The regulation does not apply to hemp rope, hemp clothing, or U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved prescriptions for dronabinol such as Marinol and Syndros, which are used to treat nausea and weight loss in immunocompromised patients, or the purified cannabidiol Epidiolex, which is used to treat seizures from Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and tuberous sclerosis complex.

“(Hemp products are prohibited) because of the psychoactive ingredients. It’s hard to regulate the quantity (and concentration) of synthetic cannabinoids. Since it’s not regulated, you don’t know what you’re getting … so the Army decided, any psychoactive substance…

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