TACOMA, Wash. -

As Washington prepares to open retail stores for recreational marijuana, the military is reminding service members that pot is still off limits.

Members of the military face criminal charges and career-ending discipline if caught with a substance banned by the federal government.

The News Tribune reports the new Washington state law does not change Defense Department policy.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord carries out urine testing on active duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers.