What Happens to Active Duty Soldiers Caught Using Cannabis?
Whether or not marijuana use is widespread in the active duty population, the Department of Defense's policy on marijuana is as strict as ever, and the punishments can be dire.
We’ve heard the stories about the rampant drug use and abuse during the Vietnam War. We’ve seen Reddit threads about deployed soldiers in Afghanistan smoking marijuana and hash. If you ask former service members, they’ll tell you that marijuana use in the military is quite common. According to one former Army member, “Honestly, after your first 24 hours in the army and every day after, you would make a deal with the devil for a big fat joint.” But they’ll also tell you that fellow members are “separated” from the service with some regularity due to positive drug tests or the discovery of joints and paraphernalia.
But is marijuana use in military as rampant as we think? Overall positive drug tests in the military have been on the decline — with only 0.97% of tests returning positive for illicit drug use — the lowest since the military’s drug testing program began in the early 1970s. And what are the consequences for service members who test positive for substances such as THC? This week, we’ll look at the evolution of the Department of Defense’s drug testing policy and the consequences of positive drug tests.
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