NASA says it will fire its employees for using CBD

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Between testing drones around the clock and scrambling to meet the deadline for a new mega-rocket, NASA employees are feeling the pressure.

It’s a level of stress that some might alleviate using a bit of CBD. But last week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration sent a memo to its employees warning them that consuming the cannabis-infused product could put them at risk of losing their jobs.

The bulletin began by addressing widespread claims that cannabidiol is a natural remedy for common ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.

“As a reminder, the use of illegal drugs by federal employees is not permissible under any circumstances, regardless of state and/or local laws; this includes the use of Marijuana or products that contains THC for recreational and/or medical purposes,” the memo explained.

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NASA also reminded its staff that they are authorized to conduct pre-employment testing of any employee who will occupy a testing designated position (TDP). This is determined based on the job’s duties, such as those which require the carrying of (or access to) firearms, sensitive information, as well as explosives or hands-on maintenance of mission critical equipment. But some staff could be drug tested regardless of their position.

“All employees are subject to testing under provisions for reasonable suspicion and post-accident and/or unsafe practice testing,” the memo read.

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This follows similar jurisdiction established by other government agencies. The U.S. Navy officially banned sailors and marines from using CBD and hemp products, and the Coast Guard ordered service members to refrain from using marijuana products. They are also forbidden from participating in “any event or with any entity that sells, promotes, celebrates, encourages, or seeks to further the use of marijuana and illegal THC-based products.”

Guess that means the newly-established Grass Lands is a no-go for these folks next year.

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