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Posted at 8:07 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Seven U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen expelled for 'spice'

By Daniel de Vise

Seven midshipmen have been "separated" -- expelled -- from the U.S. Naval Academy for use or possession of spice, a designer drug similar to marijuana that is banned by the Navy.

Spice is a concoction that appeared in head shops and gas stations in the last decade, marketed as herbal incense but understood to mimic the effects of marijuana when smoked. Lab analysis showed it contained synthetic variants of cannabis, the active ingredient in joints.

Cmdr. Joe Carpenter issued a statement to my colleague Martin Weil last night:

"As of Jan. 20, 2011, seven midshipmen have been separated from the Naval Academy for violating the Navy's illicit substance abuse policies. An investigation remains ongoing and any additional allegations will be fully investigated. Where allegations are substantiated, violators will be held accountable."

As with many things Navy, this story appears to have broken in Navy Times (someone can correct me if I'm wrong).

The sidelined students are juniors and sophomores. Carpenter did not identify them by name.

Allegations of drug use "were initially brought to Naval Academy leadership's attention by other midshipmen after commencement of fall semester," Carpenter said.

From Navy Times:

"The expulsions are the most recent in a series of spice incidents throughout the Navy. Investigators broke up spice rings aboard the aircraft carrier George Washington and at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., in 2009."

The academy has a zero-tolerance policy toward drugs. In 2009, 11 midshipmen were found in violation of that policy. In 2010, four other mids were found in violation (in addition to those expelled last week).

The Navy will determine whether the midshipmen might have to repay the cost of their education, which is covered for all mids by the federal government.


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By Daniel de Vise  | January 26, 2011; 8:07 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Students  | Tags:  Naval Academy expulsions, USNA spice ring, drugs at Naval Academy, students expelled from USNA  
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Comments

ridiculous. Spice isn't illegal.
what a huge waste of money and ruined lives.

Just legalise marijuana already.

Posted by: MarilynManson | January 26, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"I yam what I yam an' I'll be what I yam, I'm Middie the zonked-out-man!"

Posted by: slipuvalad | January 26, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

"...cannabis, the active ingredient in joints"

I found this funny.

Posted by: JRD8608 | January 26, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Bet none are contributing members of the football team.

Posted by: cr10 | January 26, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

To call spice a designer drug is silly. It's imitation marijuana. Anyone who smokes real weed doesn't bother with spice. My guess is that it seems popular in the Navy because of drug testing, spice may not show on it.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 26, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

They knew the rules and got what they deserve.

Posted by: PZ007 | January 26, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

doesn't matter if they play football, basketball, or whatever. Dey is gone! Two football players were sent packing last week for grades.

Posted by: 141stvb | January 26, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

All that work down the tubes & you may have to reimburse Uncle Sammy. They're really going to impress people/future employers when they have to explain why they were expelled from the Naval Academy.

They don't care about how good you are at sports. Grades are numero uno & you're have a tough curriculum. It ain't Florida State.

There's always Domino's or Wal-Mart.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 26, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"...cannabis, the active ingredient in joints"

I found this funny.

Posted by: JRD8608

I KNEW I was missing something...

Posted by: NotForYou1 | January 26, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Sad that these midshipmen have messed up their lives this way.

Even though I don't believe that marijuana or similar substances should be illegal, that is not the same issue as whether their use should be banned in an institution like Annapolis. If the rule was clear, then these middies should pay the price for their lack of judgment in breaking it.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 26, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

ridiculous. Spice isn't illegal.
what a huge waste of money and ruined lives.

Just legalise marijuana already.

Posted by: MarilynManson | January 26, 2011 9:28 AM
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You are a complete m0r0n. People who graduate out of the Naval Academy can go on to command ships or subs with nuclear capabilities. They have the lives of thousands of sailors or soldiers on their hands. I do not want anyone who cannot even bother to follow simple drug rule to be in any way near a command position.

Good riddance.

Posted by: jab00 | January 26, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

bust them to E-1, send them to the fleet.

Posted by: drose04 | January 26, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

bust them to E-1, send them to the fleet.

Posted by: drose04 | January 26, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

bust them to E-1, send them to the fleet.

Posted by: drose04 | January 26, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh... I love morons like yourselves that know nothing about the Academy. And so many people so eager to jump on these Mids. I'm sure none of you have done anything like this. You don't drink, smoke or have God-forbid tried any drugs like grass.

And what of the Wa Post?? "..A student government leader at College Park said he surveyed "several" friends Wednesday and found none who had heard of spice." Wow several friends??? A school that has about 29K students going there and this "leader" surveyed "several" friends. Great Reporting. You'll win the Pulitzer for this one!!!

Posted by: Dog-1 | January 27, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

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