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  1. chillinwill
    A new punitive general order concerning the use of uncontrolled or un-regulated psychotropic substances by servicemembers has been disseminated by Commander Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC).

    According to the order, the substances known as Spice and Salvia Divinorum are hereby prohibited to all servicemembers assigned within the MARFORPAC chain of command. The provisions of the order prohibit the actual or attempted possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of Spice, Salvia and any derivative, analogue or variant of either substance. For more information, visit your unit Substance Abuse Counseling Officer.

    January 4, 2010


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  2. Electric Wizard
    How would salvia use affect troops? Not as if they're gonna fire up a bowl in the middle of a battlefield. I'd never be able to join the military, in my opinion it's just a free ticket to having 'the man' dictate nearly everything you do, 24/7. No offence to any troops, I imagine you have/had your reasons.
  3. chillinwill
    Military Cracks Down on 'Legal Highs'

    It's known as "spice," "magic mint" and "Sally D." Now, the psychoactive plant officially called Salvia divinorum is increasingly the target of military bans seeking to stop service members from using the legal drug.

    Typically chewed or smoked, Salvia produces a "hallucinogenic high," according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. As legislatures around the country debate how to deal with the increasingly popular party drug, the military is already moving to prohibit its use, with Air Force Special Operations Command becoming the latest to ban it.

    Salvia, which produces highs similar to marijuana, has been growing in popularity and availability over the past few years in the United States and other countries. But unlike marijuana, there's no U.S. federal ban on Salvia.

    The military isn't waiting for federal law, however. A number of bases and commands have explicitly banned Salvia, though in some cases, the orders are merely clarifying pre-existing military regulations that ban drug abuse -- be it legal or illegal substances.

    Military officials have also expressed concerns about Salvia's ready availability around bases and the effect on military families. "It's coming in flavors like bubble gum, green apple and grape," Raymond Matthew, the Drug Demand Reduction Program manager for the 56th Fighter Wing, was quoted as saying in an Air Force news article. "It's obvious those are not adult-age flavors and it is targeted at adolescents with the caveat that it's something they can do that's legal."

    One of the problems the military faces is that even if it bans Salvia, it doesn't check for it in routine urine tests. One Web site selling Salvia even brags that military users of its product had "never reported a [sic] ill effect from a drug test ... "

    Several lawmakers have supported federal legislation to ban Salvia, but academics have expressed concern that classifying Salvia as an illegal drug would make research on the substance harder.

    "I typically recommend to policymakers and others that Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A should be regulated, but that they should not be made Schedule I compounds," Bryan Roth, a pharmacology professor at the University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill School of Medicine, told Thomson Reuters in an interview. "Placing Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A in Schedule I status would greatly hinder biomedical research into the potential utilities of Salvia divinorum, salvinorin A and various derivatives."

    Sharon Weinberger
    February 17, 2010
    AOL News
  4. artdavidson
    Not to thread-jack, but here's my vent:

    SWIM is serving in the Air Force & SWIM agrees with you. 'The man' has us by the balls - too much political b/s & not enough military actions. SWIM never would have thought he'd volunteer to deploy to Afghanistan & be told to wait a year.
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