Coast Guard Members Now Banned From Dispensaries

Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, but don't expect to find any Coast Guard members browsing the offerings at a dispensary. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz has issued an order "banning Coasties from entering any business that grows, distributes, sells or otherwise deals with marijuana," according to 

"Recognizing there has been 'a shift in the social norms, especially because of the increased proliferation and availability of cannabis-based products,' Schultz issued the new guidance to eliminate ambiguity, explained Cmdr. Matt Rooney, Policy and Standards Division chief at Coast Guard Headquarters."

The maximum punishment includes two years confinement, total forfeiture of pay, and a dishonorable discharge, according to officials.

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