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U.S. Air Force Bans Yogurt With Hemp Seeds

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industrial hemp us air force yogurtCourtesy of The Joint Blog

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 Laboratoryat the Air Force Medical Operations Agency atLackland 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This ban on hemp yogurt is a clear sign of how blindly the U.S. government and its entities cling to propaganda and outdated policies, going as far as banning a product which is legally available to civilians, simply because of misguided hysteria.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.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  1. Yea they used to do that so the troops would stay awake and alert while in the field of battle. Japan used to do the same thing if im not mistaken. If i am i apologize. Plus when they were all doped up on the amphetamines, they would feel less and less pain, being able to last longer in the field without death. Apperentely it worked out pretty well.

  2. So, then did they ban muffins, Lemon and poppy seed kind? That can lead to failed drug test as shown on mythbusters.

  3. My Vietnam vet friends remember being given amphetamines in field. “Look a “two pill hill.”

  4. Johnny Bloomington on

    I work on an Air Force base and remember seeing that email and getting pissed off. I was telling my co worker how dumb this was and how hemp contains little to no THC.

  5. I WAS just laughing at the DEA and its stupidity. Now I’m laughing at the military as well. Funny how they dont realise they have become a laughing stock over the issue of Marijuana and hemp. And it realy shouldnt be a laughing matter. NO! I’m realy not stoned! Anyone got a brownie and a yogurt?

  6. firetheliberals on

    Omg, as if hemp was the biggest drug problem in the military. If you have noticed lately in the press that the armed forces have started to give alcohol tests to active duty. Why, because, according to ex members, you can get any drug you want in the military. This is a dirty little secret and it is a problem.

    Perhaps if the military would embrace ptsd with cannabis, these problems would be solved.

    For ages, military organizations issued alcohol or drugs to their fighters. Nazis fought with amphetamines, napolean – ample rations of booze, english navy – rum rations etc..

  7. I can’t even comment on this without feeling I am absorbing some of the stupidity involved in that decision.

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