Kirtland AFB asks personnel to trash state’s anti-DWI lip balm

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Kirtland Air Force Base is asking its personnel to trash a lip balm handed out as a promotional item by New Mexico State Police and the Department of Transportation due to what it’s made of.

The request was posted to the base’s Facebook page Tuesday.

It says the ENDWI campaign lip balm contains Hemp Seed Oil, and that Air Force regulations prohibit Air Force personnel from using products with Hemp Seed Oil because it “may contain varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient of marijuana which is detectable under the Air Force Drug Testing Program.”

The lip balms are just one of the many promotional items the NMDOT and State Police use to encourage people to not drink and drive.

“We really want to spread the message that drinking and driving is not OK and to remind people to not drink and drive,” Matt Kennicott, spokesman for DOT, said.

KRQE News 13 asked Kennicott for a response to Kirtland asking its personnel to trash the lip balm.

He said, “It’s just like any chapstick that you can buy at any Walmart or Walgreens or really any store throughout the state.”

Kirtland AFB Master Sgt. Phyllis Keith said the lip balms were recently distributed on base, but it’s unknown where and in what capacity. Kennicott also did not know.

Keith said the base does not know if the lip balms contain enough THC to be make a drug test result positive for marijuana, but said it was a precautionary measure to ensure no personnel are using products with Hemp Seed Oil.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the marketing company that sells the lip balm to see if the company believes the lip balm contains enough THC to be detected in a drug test, but did not hear back.

A similar incident happened in Alaska recently, where 400 tubes of lip balm containing Hemp Seed Oil were handed out to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson personnel to promote SAPR — the Sexual Assault Prevention Response program.

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