Friday, January 28, 2011

UPDATE: Academy investigates "Spice" use

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 4:14 PM

The Associated Press is reporting that Colorado lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to ban synthetic cannabinoids currently sold over-the-counter as "Spice."

From the AP:

Senate Bill 134 would ban synthetic cannabinoids sometimes sold as Spice or K2. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a temporary ban of some of the 10 chemical compounds, but at least 20 states are moving ahead with their own state bans.

Colorado's version would make synthetic cannabinoids illegal to possess or sell, and it would make no exception for people with legal clearance to use medical marijuana.

——- ORIGINAL POST, 4:14 P.M., Jan. 28 ——-

Colorado Chronic is one brand of the drug commonly called Spice.
  • Colorado Chronic is one brand of the drug commonly called Spice.

The Air Force Academy is having a crisis with a little-known drug that's commonly called Spice.
You may have heard of the drug when I wrote a July 22 cover story about it, "Incense Nonsense".

Spice is sold as incense in local head shops and even gas stations. But that's not how it's used. Spice contains any number of chemicals that get people high, but can also have serious side effects. Spice is illegal in several states, and branches of the military, including the Air Force, have banned it. But that didn't stop cadets from using the readily-available drug. So far, about 25 cadets are under investigation for Spice use. Five cadets have been dismissed from the Academy for using the drug.

Spice is still legal in Colorado.

Here's the full release:


General Order Prohibits Use of Intoxicating Substances

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force Academy is
currently investigating approximately 25 cadets for violating a General
Order prohibiting the use of an intoxicating substance, commonly known
as "Spice." The investigation remains ongoing and any additional
allegations will be fully investigated as well. Since the Academy
Superintendent issued the General Order in April, five cadets have been
separated from the United States Air Force Academy for using Spice.

"Consistent with Air Force policy and instructions, the U.S.
Air Force Academy has a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of these
intoxicating substances, and certainly illegal drug use or possession,"
said Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, USAFA Superintendent. "The abuse of these
products by military members, cadets and cadet candidates contradicts
the nature of the profession of arms, threatens our military readiness
and impairs our responsibilities to the Air Force and our Nation," he

Based upon investigations by the Air Force Office of Special
Investigations in late 2010, USAFA launched an immediate investigation
into cadets who allegedly violated the general order. Those who disobey
the General Order face disciplinary actions which could include trial by
court-martial, non-judicial punishment under the Uniform Code of
Military Justice, reprimands and involuntary separation from the Air

"These recent separations and the use of Spice by a few of
our cadets is not the behavior we expect of America's future Air Force
and world leaders, and is not reflective of the highest standards we
hold true to everyday," said Brig. Gen. Richard Clark, USAFA Commandant
of Cadets. "Ultimately, we are protecting our primary mission:
developing leaders of character."

Spice is commonly known to have dangerous side effects,
manufacturing of the substance is not closely controlled and its
ingredients can be unknown and dangerous.

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