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Coast Guard Bases Maintain Zero Tolerance Policy for Pot

This Feb. 1, 2011, file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Jeff Chiu/AP
This Feb. 1, 2011, file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Jeff Chiu/AP

KODIAK, Alaska -- Coast Guard officials are cracking down on marijuana use on the base in Kodiak, saying both service members and civilians could face fines or federal criminal charges if found to be in possession of the drug.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that while voters legalized marijuana in Alaska two years ago, pot still remains illegal under federal law and its use is prohibited on Coast Guard property.

The commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Capt. Jeffrey Westling, says active duty, reserve and civilian employees are prohibited from using or possessing controlled substances, including pot, on the base.

Violators who get pulled over on public roadways that cross Coast Guard property can also get cited for marijuana as well as the reason for the traffic stop.

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