The Mayer Law Blog

Spicy or Regular

Posted April 18th, 2012 in News

During the past 2 years, the military has moved quickly to address the use of spice (synthetic marijuana, K2) among servicemembers. Depending on the circumstances, you could find yourself subject to a court-martial, nonjudicial punishment, or administrative separation if you are caught or confess to using spice.

Remember a few key points:

  1. Never forget that you have the right to remain silent. Use it. Many spice cases would not occur if the individual did not tell on themselves. The 5th Amendment is your friend.
  2. The military can test for the presence of certain types of spice. Those people who tell you that it cannot be detected on a urinalysis may not be giving you good information.
  3. The military is downsizing, and that’s bad news for anyone with reported/substantiated misconduct. Right now, the Department of Defense is looking to cut nearly 100,000 servicemember slots. Because of this, second chances are given more and more infrequently.

Make sure you take advantage of representation when you have it. It may be your only chance at keeping your job.

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