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SUBJ/PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF HEMP PRODUCTS UPDATED//
NARR/REF A IS ALNAV 069/20 PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF HEMP PRODUCTS UPDATED.
REF B IS OFFICE OF UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PERSONNEL AND READINESS
MEMORANDUM/ ADOPTION OF PUNITIVE GENERAL ORDERS TO ADDRESS USE OF HEMP
PRODUCTS 26 FEB 20. REF C IS SECNAVINST 5300.28F MILITARY SUBSTANCE ABUSE
PREVENTION AND CONTROL//
RMKS/1. Reference (a) is superseded by this ALNAV.
2. On December 20, 2018, the President signed into law the Agriculture
Improvement Act of 2018, removing industrial hemp from the Controlled
Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(16)) and excluding from the definition of
marijuana those hemp products containing up to 0.3 percent
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a dry weight basis. THC in marijuana and in
those hemp products containing more than 0.3 percent THC remain illegal.
3. Due to this change in the law, new hemp products are commercially
available in the United States, the normal use of which could cause a
positive urinalysis result. The United States Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) does not determine or certify the THC concentration of commercially
available hemp products, such as cannabidiol (CBD). Accordingly, these
products may contain appreciable levels of THC, yet omit any reference to THC
on the product label and/or list an inaccurate THC concentration.
Consequently, Sailors and Marines cannot rely on the packaging and labeling
of hemp products in determining whether the product contains THC
concentrations that could cause a positive urinalysis result.
4. Substance misuse by members of the Armed Forces is incompatible with
military standards of good order and discipline, performance, and operational
readiness. It is the goal of the Department of the Navy (DON) to eliminate
substance abuse. The use of products containing, made, or derived from hemp,
including CBD, may interfere with the DON Drug Detection and Deterrence
Program and result in the reporting of unlawful levels of THC in Sailors and
Marines. In order to ensure military readiness and the reliability and
integrity of the Program, the knowing ingestion (orally, intravenously,
through smoking/vaporization, absorption of transdermal or topical
applications, or through other means) of products containing, or products
made or derived from, hemp is prohibited IAW references (b) and (c). This
ALNAV is a lawful general order that is effective immediately without further
implementation and is applicable to all DON personnel. The prohibitions in
paragraph (5) below are general intent offenses. This means that a violation
of this ALNAV occurs whenever a Service Member intends to use any product
made or derived from hemp, as prohibited in paragraph (5), regardless of the
Service Member's intended consequences of that use (e.g., mental or physical
effects). Any violations of this general order are subject to adverse
administrative actions and/or disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of
5. Effective immediately:
a. Sailors and Marines are prohibited from using any product made or
derived from hemp (as defined in 7 U.S.C. 1639o), including CBD, regardless
of the product's THC concentration, claimed or actual, and regardless of
whether such product may lawfully be bought, sold, and used under the law
applicable to civilians. "Use" means to inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise
introduce into the human body. "Use" includes the use of hemp products
designed to penetrate through the skin layer, including but not limited to
transdermal patches. "Use" also includes the use of topical products
containing hemp, such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, lip balms, or
b. This prohibition does not apply to use pursuant to legitimate law
enforcement activities, by authorized personnel in the performance of medical
duties, or without knowledge that the product was made or derived from hemp,
including CBD, where that lack of knowledge is reasonable.
c. This prohibition also does not apply to the ingestion, consumption,
or use of cannabinoid formulations approved as drugs by the FDA for which the
Service Member has a valid prescription, such as Dronabinol (Marinol,
Syndros) and cannabidiol (Epidiolex). A prescription will be deemed valid if
issued by the Service Member's assigned Department of Defense approved
medical service provider or a civilian medical professional whose care the
Service Member was referred or directed to seek.
d. This prohibition also does not apply to the use of durable goods
containing hemp, such as rope or clothing.
6. The primary point of contact for this message is Assistant Secretary of
the Navy, (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Drug Demand Reduction Program.
a. For United States Marine Corps Commands: Mr. Eric Hollins,
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (703) 784-9526.
b. For Navy Commands: Ms. LaNorfeia Parker,
or by phone at (901) 874-4900.
7. This ALNAV is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until
superseded or cancelled, whichever comes first.
8. Released by the Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite, Secretary of the