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The Associated Press reports the Pentagon is cracking down on the use of synthetic-drug Spice throughout all branches of military. According to the report, military officials have investigated over 1,100 personnel for using Spice.

Some of those investigations included Spice-busts on the San Diego-based vessels USS Carl Vinson as well as the USS Ronald Reagan.

In the article, a psychiatrist at San Diego's Naval Hospital says that the facility has dealt with more cases of Spice-trips-gone-wrong than any other health care center in the country. Lt. Commander Donald Hurst tells the AP that medical staff see cases, which often include agitation, delusions, and vomiting, on a weekly basis.

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Andy Boyd Dec. 30, 2011 @ 10:45 a.m.

Yuck, that stuff is nasty in every way. No fun and dangerous, stay away.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 30, 2011 @ 5:42 p.m.

Never heard of the junk, what is it and what does it do?

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Dave Rice Dec. 30, 2011 @ 6:17 p.m.

It's some sort of synthetic drug that's supposed to mimic the "high" of marijuana, but since it doesn't actually contain cannabis it's available to anyone over the counter in places like gas stations and liquor stores.

Click on Dorian's name at the top of the article and check out some of his past work - he's got a handful of informative pieces on the drug (and efforts to combat it) available.

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Ponzi Dec. 30, 2011 @ 6:40 p.m.

It’s a chemical compound that mimics THC in marijuana. One of the problems with not relaxing marijuana laws is it steers people to these dangerous chemical concoctions. No FDA oversight and potential for bizarre side effects and unknown damage to human organs. Products, like spice or “incense,” were popular substances used to escape detection in drug tests. Now drug tests are catching up and can detect these compounds.

Personally, I feel it’s crazy that our federal government is so hell-bent on keeping marijuana from becoming more mainstream. It is natural, can grow in your back yard, and does not lend to deaths and DUI carnage like alcohol. Our federal government lives in some la-la land where they don’t have any common sense, are stubborn to change and ignorant of science.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 30, 2011 @ 7:32 p.m.

Thanks for the info on "Spice", am sort of surprised I have not heard of nor seen it mentioned in the media, until today.

I am also surprised it is legal and has not been banned by the law makers.....

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malcolmkyle Dec. 31, 2011 @ 2:29 a.m.

In addition to the many societal costs of prohibition, it has a long history of driving the spread of harder or more dangerous drugs.

  • Poppies to morphine to heroine to krokodil
  • Coca to cocaine to crack
  • Ephedra to ephredrine to speed to methamphetamine
  • Marijuana to skunk to dangerous synthetic concoctions such as 'spice' or 'bath salts'
  • Mushrooms to ecstasy to 2CB/designers

At every step the reasons for the rise in popularity of the new form of the drug are one or more of the following:

  • It may easier to smuggle.
  • It may be more addictive, thus compelling the buyer to return more frequently.
  • It may be cheaper to produce therefore yielding more profit.
  • Like a game of "whack a mole" a shutdown of producers in one area will mean business opportunities for another set of producers with a similar product.

Prohibition's distortion of the immutable laws of supply and demand subsidizes organized crime, foreign terrorists, corrupt cops & politicians and feeds the prejudices of self-appointed culture warriors. So called Tough-On-Drugs politicians have happily built careers on confusing drug prohibition's horrendous collateral damage with the substances that they claim to be fighting, while the big losers in this battle are everybody else, especially taxpayers.

How come so many of us have been deluded into believing that big government is the appropriate response to non-traditional consensual vices?

Imagine if we were to chop down every single tree on the planet as a response to our failure to prevent tree-climbing accidents. That's what our misguided drug policy looks like. Isn't it time we all should up and told the government we're tired of being beaten and jailed so that pharmaceutical companies can poison and kill us for obscene profits?

Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

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