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Pot use decriminalized in Colorado, but not for military service members

While the citizens of Colorado may have voted to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana, its use by military service members there will remain illegal.

While the citizens of Colorado may have voted to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana, its use by military service members there will remain illegal.

According to an Air Force news story released from Buckley AFB in Colorado, using pot still violates federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The restrictions apply to all service members, family members and civilians with access to the base, according to the article.

Lt. David Bruton, acting commander of the 460th Security Forces Squadron, notes that people who enter the installation “are under our jurisdiction and will be prosecuted.”

Bruton recommended service members should stay away from people and situations that could put them near marijuana usage now that its recreational use is legal in the state, and instead should "play it smart and just stay away from it."

The decriminalization measure takes effect Dec. 6.

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