Last month, following a new Department of Defense policy, the military began testing for synthetic marijuana compounds with street names like K2, Spice, and Bath Salts.
Specifically, the Navy expects to randomly test more than a million urine samples in 2014. Any test that is “potentially” positive will be sent to the military’s testing labs at Lackland AFB in Texas, where more sophisticated testing can be done.
There will be no changes in the way samples are collected or shipped for testing.
Estimates by the Department of Defense suggest 1 percent of military personnel, across the branches, could be using synthetic marijuana.
With a zero drug policy, any service member testing positive for illegal substances, selling, manufacturing or distributing these substances, will be subject to disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
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