Naval Academy expels midshipmen for smoking 'spice'
'Spice' is a form of synthetic marijuana often marketed as incense or fake weed.
January 25th, 2011
07:38 PM ET

Naval Academy expels midshipmen for smoking 'spice'

Seven midshipmen were expelled from the Naval Academy for using a drug called "spice" in violation of the Navy's policies on illicit substance abuse, officials said.

The midshipmen were "separated from the Naval Academy" as of Thursday, academy spokesman Cmdr. Joe Carpenter said.

"While we will not go into the details of individual cases, the violations of the Navy's substance abuse policies included use and possession," Carpenter said in a statement. "These cases involved 'spice,' which is considered a banned substance by the departments of Defense and Navy."

"Spice," also known as K2, is a mixture of herbs and spices that typically is sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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  1. Piter DeVries

    It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains. The stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

    January 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Lol, so dude how many times have you watched dune...isn't that a 3hr movie?

      January 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRC123

      Has the sleeper awoken?

      January 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mother Superior

      Fear is the mind killer, it is the little death that brings great destruction, I will face my fear , let it pass over me and through me and when it has passed only I will remain.... Dang, I am a nerd.

      January 26, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • kingfisher


      February 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |

    dude i love dune..

    January 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |

    does that stuff work anyways? and how much is it?

    January 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bee-Ryan

      Yes. It works. You can buy it in any smoke shop, so long as it's not illegal in the state/county you live in. It's kind of... amazing.

      January 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • gotweed

      yea it works.... but sumtimes it taste like azz ... not as good as dro either ..... well time for me to smoke.... wheres my joint .....

      February 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |

    my worries is the chemicals in it, what are they?.. seems to me regular old weed would be safer..

    January 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Compton Green

    What the hizz? them boyz got to be white.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    The 2009 graduating class of 1,230 was 35% minority.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank

    March 17th, I will have quit smoking tobacco 3 years, after having had the addiction 28 years. I'm supposed to feel sorry for a squid?

    January 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    At least he wasn't smoking another mid-shipmans certain feature.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • deytrippr

      Ha. That's permissible to today's Navy.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. eric

    That's coming soon enough (so is he) now that BO and big Sis have allowed it in the military. Oh what fun for all the little boys!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Nah, many gay's realize that they are just being lured out into the open and being given a false sense of security. Whhat fascist regime ever dealt kindly with them?

    January 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    Stupid is as stupid does. They drill all their policies into joe military's head very successfully.

    Their business, not mine. How lame is it this is news?

    January 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bagwan

    They have had several case's in Georgia where kids have smoked that stuff and had to be taken to the emergency room. GA is making it illegal in the state to possess or sell the stuff in the state

    January 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jack

    if this was done in the enlisted ranks, the sailors would have court marsheled, served jail or prison time, and dishonoarbly discharged.
    Mid's are on militarty active duty. So why the double standard here when it come to punishment

    February 1, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      An enlisted solider or officier would have received an Article 15. No court martial, confinement or discharge. No one in the military does jail time for doing drugs. The Midshipmen had their career ended. Their punishment is a bit more final.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RD

    Anyone STUPID enough to jeopardize their future careers as Naval Officers by putting that poison in their faces do NOT belong in the Academy in the first place!

    February 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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