25 November 2010
Given the concern over synthetic cannabis, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced on 24 November 2010, it would make five synthetic cannabinoids Schedule I drugs by using its emergency powers to do so. The DEA stated it intended to publish a final rule to temporarily control synthetic cannabis like Spice in the Federal Register before the end of the year.
Even without the DEA’s action, the Army prohibits soldiers from using Spice and other synthetic cannabis substances. While Army Regulation 600-85 does not specifically mention synthetic cannabis substances, it does prohibit soldiers from using any substance that is taken primarily to alter the central nervous system. Soldiers caught with Spice or a Spice-like substance will likely be charged with violating Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which is a failure to follow an order or regulation. This could result in UCMJ action or chapter separation.