Is it okay for military personnel to use marijuana recreationally in a state where it is legalized?

The fact that your state has decriminalized marijuana use is not relevant to military law. The military is a federal institution, governed by federal laws. Drug use is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Article 112a, 10 U.S.C. 912a. Further, there is no ‘off time’ for service members when it comes to drug use, nor does the law vary depending on location or even the dominant public perception of the drug use (whatever it may be).

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