MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION

SUBJECT:  Army Directive 2013-10 (Synthetic Cannabinoids (“Spice”) and “Bath Salts” Probable Cause and Competence for Duty Testing)

1. References:
a. Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 1010.4 (Drug and Alcohol Abuse by DoD  Personnel), Incorporating Change 1, 11 Jan 99.
b. Army Directive 2012-14 (Prohibited Substances (Controlled Substance  Analogues)), 29 May 12.
c. Army Regulation 600-85 (The Army Substance Abuse Program), 28 Dec 12.
d. Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), 2012.

2. This policy is applicable to the Active Army, the Army National Guard of the United States when in Title 10 status, and the Army Reserve.  This policy is punitive, and violations of the provisions of this policy may result in adverse action against Service members.  This policy does not apply to alcohol, caffeine, tobacco or lawfully used  prescription or over-the-counter medications, nor does it prohibit the lawful use of  traditional “bath salt” or “epsom salt” products.

3. Army Directive 2012-14 prohibits the use, possession, manufacture, sale, distribution, importation into and exportation from the United States, or introduction of controlled substance analogues into any installation, vessel, vehicle or aircraft used by or under the control of the Army.  In accordance with that directive, this memorandum establishes an Armywide policy for testing of synthetic cannabinoids (“Spice”) and “Bath Salts” when probable cause or competence for duty testing exist.

4. Effective immediately, all personnel listed in paragraph 2 above are subject to probable cause, competence for duty, and limited inspection testing when a commander, in consultation with their supporting Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, determines a violation of Army Directive 2012-14 has occurred or probable cause exists to warrant a test.

5. This policy change will be reflected in the next revision of Army Regulation 600–85 (The Army Substance Abuse Program).

SUBJECT:  Army Directive 2013-10 (Synthetic Cannabinoids (“Spice”) and “Bath Salts” Probable Cause and Competence for Duty Testing)

6. My point of contact for this memorandum is Dr. Les McFarling, DAPE-HRS, at 502-626-2517 or leslie.h.mcfarling.civ@mail.mil. The G-1 Action Officer is Mr. Buddy Horne at 703-571-7313 or freddie.m.horne.civ@mail.mil.

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