America’s Weed Problem is Getting Marines in Trouble in Okinawa

Craig F Scott /

The Democrats have done a great job to make sure that marijuana is accessible to the masses. They have pushed to allow marijuana as not only a medicinal substance but also as a recreational one. It allows many to believe that marijuana is safe – and that’s hardly the case.

While many states across the U.S. allow marijuana, there are many other countries that don’t feel the same way. They still believe that it is a dangerous drug – and they will charge people accordingly when drugs are found on a person.

Now, when any American travels to another country, they should be aware of the drug laws of the country they are visiting. No one should ever attempt to smuggle in drugs of any kind as they are sure to end up in deep doo-doo.

Those in the military, especially, should be aware of the drug laws. Despite marijuana being legal in many states, those who are active in the military are not allowed to partake. Just because edibles are available to anyone over the age of 18 in Colorado, for example, does not mean that an airman or marine can partake in said edibles.

The Department of Defense makes it clear that men and women in uniform are governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. A person can be dishonorably discharged if they are caught using, possessing, manufacturing, or distributing any controlled substance.

Random drug tests will also catch a person if they are using a drug.

One marine decided that he was going to test those boundaries for himself when he was deployed to a base in Okinawa, Japan.

A young corporal by the name of Nicholas Garner was sentenced to two years in a Japanese prison after he was found attempting to smuggle cannabis products into the country.

What was he thinking? It’s unclear, but Japan isn’t choosing to take it easy on him. Part of his two-year sentence includes hard labor as well as a fine of $4344.

Garner pled guilty to two counts of Japan’s Cannabis Control and Customs laws. He was in violation – and he didn’t even bother trying to fight it.

At Camp Foster, Garner received an impressive amount of product by mail – a quarter pound of cannabis flower as well as half a gallon of cannabis liquid. This is so much more than just a quick hit. It was assumed that he was going to distribute. When he was arrested, he also had a small amount of cannabis and liquid on his person.

All of this was reported by Stars and Stripes, though the first event took place back in June of last year.

There have been other instances of Marines getting in trouble with Japan for their Cannabis Control and Customs laws, too. At Camp Kisner, two other marines pleaded guilty. They had a package that was intercepted by authorities – and it included 4.5 grams of cannabis liquid and a quarter-pound of marijuana.

When Marine Corporal Deshane Fox fessed up, he explained that he contacted U.S. drug dealers and had the drugs shipped to him at the base in order to sell to other service members. The other Marine, Lance Corporal Alfred Johnson, pitched in so that they could both sell the drugs.

Fox explained that after a divorce caused him to have financial issues, he started to deal drugs. Johnson said that he began dealing drugs as a way to pay the bills of his mother in the U.S. who lost her job during the COVID pandemic.

Unfortunately, you can explain any sad story you want. Drugs are drugs, and dealing them comes at a price – especially when you’re doing so in the military in a foreign nation.