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There's still nothing legal about fake pot

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Products such as Spice, K2, and other marijuana substitutes are illegal to possess and use for military members. This prohibited use is outlined in Air Force Instruction 44-121 and has always been punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. 

As of March 1, 2011, the products became off limits for all. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency used its emergency scheduling power Nov. 24, 2010, to put certain chemicals used in making "fake pot" products, such as Spice and K2, on the controlled substance list. This action made it illegal to use, possess, distribute, manufacture, import, export or introduce these substances.

The popularity of smoking herbal blends is on the rise and some of the chemicals used in these products have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for human consumption. Several states have already enacted laws to outlaw these chemicals along with other countries around the world.

These substances are placed in the highest level of controlled substances as Schedule-1drugs. Schedule-1 substances are those that have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in the United States and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug.

For more information, call the Legal Office at 805-605-6200.