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Fort Drum cracks down on NNY businesses selling 'Spice'

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Four Northern New York businesses have been notified by Fort Drum officials that that will be declared "off limits" to soldiers if they do not stop selling products that can adversely affect a users health.

"Spice," a synthetic marijuana, is one of the products post officials are worried about. One Watertown business, the High Life, is already off limits to soldiers.

A certified letter was sent to four businesses last week.

The letter reads as follows:

"This action is being taken because it has come to the attention of the Armed Forces Disciplinary Review Board (AFDCB) that certain conditions reported at your establishment adversely affect the health, safety and welfare of members of the Armed Forces. The conditions referred to are the sale of drug paraphernalia, Spice, Salvia Divinorum or any other variation of synthetic cannabis.

You have two weeks from receipt of this letter to respond, in writing, to the AFDCB to appeal this action. Removal of the restriction will be considered by the AFDCB upon presentation of information that corrective action has been taken."

All active, reserve and National Guard Army personnel are prohibited from using, possessing, manufacturing, selling, distributing, importing, or exporting "Spice" or similar substance containing synthetic cannabinoid, or THC substitute. Drug use is incompatible with military service and service members found to be using marijuana or any other drug are subject to punitive actions to include discharge. "

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