I don’t know whether Vanilla Ice ever had a second hit. But CAAFlog now has a sequel to our earlier Spice, Spice Baby post.
As the Air Force TJAG’s blog noted last week, on 24 May 2012, the Senate passed a bill containing the “Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012.” S. 3187, §§ 1151-54. It adds “cannabimimetic agents” to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. The phrase “cannabimimetic agents” is defined as “any substance that is a cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1 receptor) agonist as demonstrated by binding studies and functional assays” that fall within any of certain specified structural classes. It also adds Mephedrone and MDPV to Schedule I, as well as certain other chemical substances that I don’t recognize.
If the bill becomes law, it would have an immediate effect on military justice practice because Article 112a covers, in addition to other substances, anything “listed in schedules I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act.” Art. 112a(b)(3), UCMJ, 10 U.S.C. § 912a(b)(3).
In December, the House of Representatives passed a freestanding “Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2011,” H.R. 1254, though that bill isn’t identical to Subtitle D of S. 3187. So further action will be required by at least one House of Congress before the legislation can be presented to the President.