Fort Gordon makes Wrightsboro Road store off limits to military personnel

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A recommendation was made to Fort Gordon’s commanding general Wednesday that Trip 3 Smoke Shop be placed off limits to military personnel on post.

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Trip 3 Smoke Shop is refusing sales to all service members in uniform after hearing that a complaint was made about the store's sale of spice.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Trip 3 Smoke Shop is refusing sales to all service members in uniform after hearing that a complaint was made about the store's sale of spice.

Military police said they received complaints that the store on Wrightsboro Road was selling synthetic marijuana, called spice. The base sent investigators from Fort Gordon to the store who purchased the drug, according to military police at Wednesday’s meeting of the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board.

Spice, also called K2, was officially outlawed in Georgia when Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill making its sale and distribution a felony beginning April 1. The drug is typically marketed as incense and not for human consumption, but smoking it causes hallucinations and sometimes trips to the emergency rooms.

The America Association of Poison Control Centers reported 6,959 calls nationwide related to the drug’s adverse effects in 2011, double the number of calls in 2010.

Wednesday’s meeting was one of four held every year by select civilians and military leaders on post to discuss issues that affect soldiers’ health, safety and well being. Their recommendations are sent from garrison command to Fort Gordon’s commanding general, Maj. Gen. Alan Lynn, for approval. Lynn placed the store on temporary off-limits status before the meeting.

The shop was notified of the meeting and proprietors were given a chance to appear and state their case, but no representatives came. Lt. Col. Hollis Bush said the storeowners sent an e-mail March 28 stating they were refusing sales to all service members in uniform. The e-mail added that there were five other establishments in Augusta selling spice, a point that concerned Deputy to the Garrison Commander John Curry.

“You create a real dilemma here,” said Curry, who worried that banning one store would open up discrimination complaints.

A woman who answered the phone at Trip 3 Wednesday morning said she couldn’t comment and a message left was not returned.

Soldiers who violate the order, if issued, are subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to include forfeiture of pay and confinement.

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raul
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raul 04/18/12 - 08:45 pm
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Send RCSO undercover to the

Send RCSO undercover to the five other establishments, if named in the email, and bust them too.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 04/18/12 - 08:54 pm
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Yes - it's time to clean

Yes - it's time to clean house - e v e r y w h e r e - get rid of all that poison - and the criminals too!! Thanks to all law enforcement agencies.

nanowerx
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nanowerx 04/19/12 - 07:08 am
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If Marijuana was legal then

If Marijuana was legal then you wouldn't have to worry about a black market of products that are actually harmful for you. Can anybody give me one good reason why it is illegal again?

Just sayin'...

WAG
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WAG 04/19/12 - 07:31 am
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If murder was legal we would

If murder was legal we would not have to worry... Just kill who you dont like...Why must everyone want to go thru life stoned...

Just sayin....

grinder48
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grinder48 04/19/12 - 08:23 am
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The article clearly states
Unpublished

The article clearly states that substance was made illegal by a bill signed by Gov Deal. That being the case, why hasn't RCSO arrested the people involved?

CabisKhan
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CabisKhan 04/19/12 - 08:23 am
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Also, why must every everyone

Also, why must every everyone go thruogh life drunk... Just sayin...

eagleblueblood
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eagleblueblood 04/19/12 - 10:00 am
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@ WAG, Doing drugs is a

@ WAG, Doing drugs is a matter of personal liberty. If I want to toke up, who am I hurting? Murder is altogether different because you are depriving someone of their life, thus liberty.

nanowerx
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nanowerx 04/19/12 - 10:05 am
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@WAG When has Pot EVER killed

@WAG

When has Pot EVER killed anyone? Murderers hurt other people. Somebody smoking pot isn't hurting themselves or anybody else. Keeping it illegal is the reason you have millions of non-violent users filling our prison-industrial-complex. How would one like it if coffee was banned because it alters your mind? Alcohol? You can take 13 aspirin at once and it very well could be the last headache you ever have, yet it is perfectly legal and sold in stores.

I am not fine with millions of lives ruined because of a plant that grows out of the ground.

Kendall
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Kendall 04/19/12 - 10:36 am
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"sold as incense and not for
Unpublished

"sold as incense and not for human consumption". You know what? Draino is sold as drain cleaner and not for human consumption. I say that any store in Augusta that sells drain cleaner should be off limits to all Fort Gordon personnel. Why is it the higher in rank you go, whether in the military or in politics, your IQ goes down?

SAPCS
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SAPCS 04/19/12 - 11:49 am
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Wonder how many of these

Wonder how many of these fine, upstanding establishments will be smart enough to realize that a bust is imminent and stop selling this stuff? We have an election coming up, people!

pureevil
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pureevil 04/19/12 - 12:04 pm
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I know for a fact this store

I know for a fact this store hasn't be selling this stuff for over a month. Funny how some shops (*cough* downtown and in S. Aug. *cough) are still selling this stuff and bragging on face book about how many GIs they have coming in and Trip 3 is the one that got singled out. Why don't the police go to these other shops and arrest them? Oh, wait, one owner's married to a cop...guess that's why.

AprilArson
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AprilArson 04/19/12 - 01:55 pm
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What about all of the other

What about all of the other shops and gas stations that continue to sell this stuff even after it's been banned? I go to Trip3 frequently for my hookah supplies and I know they haven't sold anything like that for months. It sounds to me like Fort Gordon was too little, too late. Target the true offenders like that shop downtown and the one on Peach Orchard road.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 04/19/12 - 06:31 pm
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How am I going to get my

How am I going to get my "stuff" if you cut off the source? Might have to go after dark and purchase the "real" deal on a street corner! LOL!

raul
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raul 04/19/12 - 08:56 pm
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@pureevil/AprilArson. I

@pureevil/AprilArson. I suggest you do your civic duty and report those places to the RCSO that are selling spice after 1 April. You are saying you have personal knowledge of a felony being committed, but have not acted upon that knowledge. I am thinking that may be an offense of the law in itself.

AprilArson
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AprilArson 04/20/12 - 09:40 am
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Raul, I think you totally

Raul, I think you totally missed my point. How do you know I haven't already reported these places? If you read the article, you would have noticed that Trip3 also reported 5 other locations already. I'm sure Richmond county officers need time to shut these places down. What I want to know is why would Fort Gordon discriminate against one shop that isn't breaking the law while there are so many that are? If you ban one, you should ban all.

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