Four businesses in 10 northern New York locations have been notified by certified mail in a letter dated March 8 that they will be added to Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s “Off-Limits” list if they do not cease selling products identified to adversely affect the health, safety and welfare of members of the armed forces.
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.
Currently, one business establishment in Watertown is off-limits to Soldiers. The names of the notified businesses will not be released until officially added to the off-limits list (per noncompliance within the specified time period).
Fort Drum Public Affairs Office