'Synthetic' Marijuana Is Problem For US Military

 U.S. troops are increasingly using an herbal mix called "Spice" that mimics a marijuana high and can bring on hallucinations that last for days.


U.S. troops are increasingly using an herbal mix called "Spice" that mimics a marijuana high and can bring on hallucinations that last for days.

Alarmed military officials have launched an aggressive testing program that this year has led to the investigation of more than 1,100 suspected users.

So-called "synthetic" pot, which is legal to purchase in stores as a herbal incense, has become popular nationwide in recent years. Marijuana-specific drug tests typically can't trace it, but urine tests can detect it.

Spice can have dangerous side effects, as ingredients can often vary.

Two years ago, only 29 Marines and sailors were investigated for Spice. This year, the number topped 700. Those found guilty of using Spice are kicked out.

The Air Force has punished 497 airmen, compared to last year's 380.

Early in 2011, 25 Air Force Academy cadets were investigated for abusing the substance.

“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,” Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, USAFA Superintendent, said at the time.

The Army does not track Spice investigations but says it has medically treated 119 soldiers.

Military officials emphasize none was believed to be high while on duty.

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  • by Jaclyn Location: csc on Jan 2, 2012 at 01:51 PM
    Gee , Funny how majority of the crimes committed are from who our great military!!! beating their wives, hurting their kids, smoking incense!! its nonsense crack down on military or just legalize medical marijuana already ! HAPPY NEW YEAR
  • by Jerry on Dec 31, 2011 at 08:21 PM
    Marijuana does not cause hallucinations, if it does then it has been mixed with something else to make it do that!
  • by Lou on Dec 31, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    Keep guarding those poppy fields!
  • by Bill C Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    Hey WEED, Get a life JERK!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    The military has no idea who is using drugs. They send everyone for a drug test in Basic Training one time. After that it is hit and miss. They sent me twice a month every month for 23 years in the military for drug testing and I never used illegal drugs. They are like a dog chasing their tail.
  • by Weed on Dec 30, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Legalize Mon, den problem no more! Soldier no want to fight, so war no more. Legalize Mon.
  • by 333maxwell Location: Oregon on Dec 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    This is not unlike the prohibition years when our armed services suffered a rash of service men being poisoned, many to death, by the oft questionable home made liquor they were finding in abundance on leave.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    hallucinations that can last for DAYS, but NO SOLDIER is believed to be high on duty?? C'mon!
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