Shortly following the ACC ban, Air Force top officials released a memorandum addressing the issues of possession and usage of spice and other mood-altering products. The memo amended Air Force Instruction 44-121, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program. As of June 9, 2010, the Air Force-wide policy made spice usage punishable by Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
While the military began tackling control of this issue early, the substance is now restricted among U.S. citizens as well.
It wasn't until March 1, 2011, when the DEA announced that five chemicals used to make spice are considered illegal and classified as a Schedule 1 substance -- a category that includes heroin and marijuana.
The Air Force has dealt with spice-related issues with a no tolerance policy and continues to make improvements to combat today's substance threat.