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Military: Pot Confabs Off-limits to Alaska-based Soldiers

Stevie Askew, a worker at Sea of Green Farms, packs recreational marijuana into blunts that will be sold in stores in Washington state.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Marijuana may be legal in Alaska, but pot fairs are still off-limits to about 11,000 members of the Army stationed here.

Officials with U.S. Army Alaska say in a release Thursday that Alaska-based soldiers are forbidden from attending any marijuana, cannabis or hemp fairs, festivals, conventions or similar events.

The letter from Maj. Gen. Bryan Owens says attendance at such events is inconsistent with military service and could adversely impact the health, welfare and good order and discipline of soldiers.

The policy notes that marijuana remains illegal in the military, and those who use, have or distribute marijuana or any derivative on an Alaska base are in violation the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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