Defending "Spice" cases
What is Spice?
What are the chemical names for the substances in Spice?
The abbreviated chemical names for the substances found in Spice are:
- HU-210 - A Schedule I controlled substance. Various studies show it is anywhere from 66-800 times more potent than THC. Presence is not detectable with standard Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
- JWH-018 - Not currently a controlled substance. Believed to have THC-like effects
- CP 47,497 - Not currently a controlled substance. 3 to 28 times more potent than THC. Used to research effects of THC
- JWH-073 - Not currently a controlled substance. THC-like effects probable
- HU-211 - Not currently a controlled substance. Studies tentatively show no THC-like effects. Field tests for THC will result in a negative result
Is Spice a Controlled Substance?
It depends on the chemical composition. Spice that contains HU-210 (or another controlled substance) is a controlled substance. However, Spice is available that contains no controlled substances, which means the compound is not a controlled substance.
Is Spice a violation of UCMJ Article 112a?
No, unless the sample contains a controlled substance, like the ingredient HU-210.
Is Spice legal?
This is the million dollar question. The command could charge your client under Article 134 for possession, use, importation onto a military installation, distribution, etc. of Spice. Commands are also prohibiting use, possession, purchase, shipment or distribution of Spice with policy memoranda. If your local jurisdiction has a punitive command policy memorandum making Spice illegal, violations can be charged under Article 92.
Will Spice list HU-210 or another controlled substance as an ingredient?
What are common brand names of Spice?
Silver Spice, Spice Gold, Spice Diamond, Yucatan Fire, PEP Spice, and Fire n' Ice.