U.S. Army Forbids Soldiers From Using Any Hemp Product

U.S. Army Forbids Soldiers From Using Any Hemp Product

The United State Army has recently released an article on their website urging people away from the alcoholic drink Purgatory, a vodka. Not caring about the fact that it’s a strong alcoholic drink, which is entirely fine for soldiers to take 2012-11-05-purgatorypart in, the Army instead takes issue with the fact that this particular vodka is made with 20% hemp seeds. The product is sold legally throughout the U.S.; it goes through a stringent process to ensure that it contains no amount of THC. Like other hemp products, there’s nothing illegal about the drink on the federal level.

However, the Army doesn’t care, stating: “What must be stressed among military personnel is that even though Purgatory Vodka is said to be free of THC, and even though hemp byproducts are not illegal in the civilian world, this gives zero justification to those in the military…It is the ‘prohibited use’ that soldiers need to remember.”

The article points to AR600-85, the “Army Substance Abuse Program”, which explicitly disallows the use of hemp products by soldiers, including any of its derivatives: “this regulation prohibits Soldiers from using hemp or products containing hemp oil.”

This is brainwashing at its absolutely worst. There’s no reason for them to deny soldiers the use of hemp products any more than they would object to their use of aloe vera. Even among this ridiculous prohibition on cannabis, it’s entirely legal to possess and use hemp products – as long as you don’t cultivate the actual plant.

The only reason that can be seen for the Army continuing to push this archaic portion of their rules, is to try and sway their soldier’s opinion on hemp and cannabis policies. When you consider how incredible of a protein hemp seeds can be, denying our soldiers even the ability to consume hemp seeds or hemp seed oil is absurd.

As many know, it wasn’t too long ago that our government was promoting the propaganda video “Hemp for Victory“, which laid out how important it was for Americans to get behind hemp as an industrial commodity. The government even gave draft deferments to farmers willing to grow hemp, and handed out hemp seeds themselves.

As citizens, we should be speaking out on behalf of our soldiers: The U.S. Army has absolutely no right or justification to deny soldiers the use of a crop that, indicated by congressional research, has a legal market in this country of over 25,000 various products, ranging from foods to clothing.



  • Hope
    March 19, 2013


  • David
    March 19, 2013

    If the Army realized that hemp is anti microbial and hemp socks, for example can be worn for days without odor, maybe they’d rethink this ridiculous policy. Then again, like the drug czar thinks, maybe they’d smoke their socks…

  • Joan Bello
    March 19, 2013

    This is the atrocity on human rights that you describe But that is not the issue. It is all run by money. So if the soldiers care – which not too many of them probably do – and they all at once stopped drinking jack daniels or whatever was threatened by hemp alcohol – there would be a response pretty quick. Talking about the abstract ideas of legal and human rights does not get taken seriously by the establishment that is only concerned with its own power. Illegal, immoral, corruption is the name of the game and it can only be defeated by something that costs them their power – not reaches their heart or their minds – as both are closed. joan bello

  • msgtvance
    March 19, 2013

    It will be a long time till our Soldiers on active duty can avail themselves of the benefits of cannabis. The forces of prohibition run strong among those who run the military. Sad to say cause it could cut their suicide rate in half and certainly would cut down on the violence and danage alcohol use causes. In 1970 in Germany many First Sgts expressed the sentimient that they would rather have their soldiers using hash than drinking cause the hash smokers didn’t cause trouble like the drinkers did!

  • tom m
    March 19, 2013

    The story and suppression of hemp really shows how the truth is suppressed and we are lied to by governments.

    Hemp as diesel and or ethanol could have fueled all your vehicles. In fact if all your vehicles had diesel engine, 6& of your farmland could have made all your fuel and saved the USA 265 billion per year in imports

    This little known and in some ways closet Greenie Henry ford grew 10,000 acres of hemp and could run 40,000 cars running on ethanol from it.

    No exxon valdez, No gulf BP disaster. No corruption in Nigeria of governments for oil and the list is a mile long.

    On all the uses for hemp you guys should have a 1000 people per congress person and senate seat

    Tell them no how much the lobbyists pay them and their staff, its no could if you dont get in.

    really practise your democracy, recall as many as you can.

    The add the tens of millions who could have been cured of cancer and the fact the suppression has killed mroe people than Hitler killed in concentration camps and that give you the enormity.

    Marijuana for health does it work, why are so many Pharma companies trying to patent individual cannabanoids and they are claiming cancer cures . they are validating people like Rick Simpson were right all along.

    imagine the reduction in your health care costs with the above.

    Look at Afghanistan in 2001 Bin laden destroyed all the opium crop and even last some Taliban leaders destroyed some as well. That cost drug dealers 100+ billion.

    its thrived under the military intervention there. No hemp that could get rid of so much poverty there in Afghanistan, but OK for the Opium to grow and flow. maybe we should all go back and read Lyndon La Rouches books from the 30 years back Dope Inc and start to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. He named a bank being in areas they should not be 30 years ago and congress just gave it a slap on the wrist with a fine of few billion which is meaningless in the scheme of things to it. Should have taken away the banking license and brought power back to the people.

    If we all gave a some money to Afghanistan and helped it modernise after the Russians left, we could have then with open arms modernised it via aid, no time for extremist views to cement

    No later war, and so cheaply achieved. How many lives of first class citizens who volunteer to join our armed forces have been wasted from many countries in conflict that could have been so easily avoided.

  • Mammone
    March 19, 2013

    The US Navy buys its hemp ropes from Canada. If an army soldier is on a Navy ship and climbs a hemp net, is he breaking some stupid arbitrary rule?

  • Jesper
    June 23, 2016

    Yes, I agree. All this non-sense about how the Army is disapproving in consumption of Hemp, Hemp seeds, or Hemp protein, it is clearly absurd. I personnally think the Army needs to get their facts straight in nutrition benefits. Hemp only contains little THC, and not as high as marijuana. Plus, in medical facilities, it is okay to be drug positive on Hemp because it would not be taken accounted for. Hemp plants are usually good for vegans or vegetarian.

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