Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Criminal Justice

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Charles Russo


The purpose of this work is to offer the military law enforcement officer a new perspective on synthetic cannabinoid investigations by exploring themes identified by conducting content analysis of final/closed United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) or "CID", reports of investigation (ROIs) and Provost Marshal Office (PMO) military police reports (MPRs). The theory of content analysis was explored by reviewing ROIs from the military installations of Forts Bragg, NC and Fort Bliss, TX from 2011-2013. A historical perspective on synthetic cannabinoids and why they were first created is presented. Synthetic cannabinoids that are currently on the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) are explained, and adolescent as well as teenager views of synthetic cannabinoid use is examined. The physical effects of synthetic cannabinoid use are also elaborated on in this project; the evolution and adaptation of procedures created by the Army in the "war on cannabinoids" in the Army are explored.



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