The U.S. Air Force – in a move so ridiculous it’s almost comical – has banned a yogurt which is sold in supermarkets across the country. The reason? This particular yogurt (Blueberry Power Flip Chobani Greek yogurt) comes with a side of walnuts, chia, and that ever-controversial superfood: hemp seed.
According to Captain Adam Koudelka, legal adviser for the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas; “The Air Force has not restricted military members from consuming Chobani Greek yogurt; rather, only Chobani yogurt that contains hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited, just as any product which contains or is derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited”.
Captain Koudelka is referring to regulation AFI 44-120, paragraph 1.1.5, which strictly prohibits members of the Air Force from possessing or consuming any hemp related product, regardless of its legality. The reasoning is because of a fear that it will lead to failed drug tests; a fear which has no scientific merit.
“Based upon the research we have conducted from the published literature available, the findings suggest that hemp food consumption is not likely to meet this threshold if THC levels in hemp oil and hulled seeds are maintained below 5 and 2 parts per million respectively,” says Jessica DiGennaro, spokeswoman for Chobani.
This ban on hemp yogurt is a clear sign of how blindly the U.S. government and its entities cling to propaganda and outdated policies, going as far as banning a product which is legally available to civilians, simply because of misguided hysteria.
It’s likely that one of the primary reasons that the Air Force continues to enforce these regulations is to control the opinion on hemp and cannabis among their soldiers.
This move is similar to one made by the U.S. Army earlier this year, when they banned a legal vodka based on the fact that its made with hemp seeds.