Washington and Colorado have recently updated their laws on the use of marijuana, essentially decriminalizing use for civilians, however, the Navy reminds Sailors it’s Zero Tolerance drug policy regulations remain unaffected:
The Zero Tolerance drug policy was implemented after a fatal crash of an EA-6B Prowler n board USS Nimitz in 1981, killing 14 crew members and injuring 45 others. Autopsies were performed and several members of the flight deck crew tested positive for marijuana. Following this discovery, then-President Ronald Reagan instituted a Zero Tolerance drug policy across all of the U.S. Armed Forces. As a result regular, random urinalysis drug checks are conducted on all military personnel.
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