Naval Academy expels more midshipmen for allegedly using 'spice'
April 1st, 2011
03:37 PM ET

Naval Academy expels more midshipmen for allegedly using 'spice'

Five more midshipmen have been expelled from the U.S. Naval Academy for allegedly using "spice," a mixture of herbs and a synthetic chemical similar to the chemical THC in marijuana.

Last January, CNN reported seven midshipmen had been expelled as part on an investigation of spice use at the academy. Now a spokesperson at the Academy confirms the number of expulsions has reached 12.

"There have been four male 2nd class (juniors), six male 3rd class (sophomores), one male 4th class (freshman), and one female 3rd class midshipmen separated in conjunction with this investigation (totaling 11 males, 1 female)," according to Jennifer M. Erickson, an academy spokeswoman.

The 3rd class female was the most recent separation. She was expelled Monday.

The investigation of spice use at the academy began last fall and is continuing.

"We will not speculate about any potential, additional expulsions," Erickson said.

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  1. soundingBored

    Rules are rules. Don't care – those 12 are the "not gonna play by the rules" types and need to be weeded out some how. Trouble makers are a certain percentage of any group. How are they to be team players at war when they are not going along with the team now?

    April 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • petsRfun

      Expel them.
      Your taxes are paying for those Navy destroyers. Do you want to pay for a bunch of addicts, who are making pseudo dope in some dark corner of the ship, instead of doing their jobs?

      April 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred Flintstone

    "Marijuana Prohibition is the most dysfunctional and destructive social policy in America since Slavery"

    April 8, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wayne

    Sucks to be in the navy heck the airforce pilots get speed to operate thier fighter Jets! Does this mean navy men are inferior to pilots a not up to salt? :O) Make pot legal and tax it save the Country!

    April 8, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. erikleif

    much rather have them do a bottle of jack and crash their car into a schoolbus full of children

    April 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hoof Arted


    April 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hoard Stern

    there are 11 different kind of people, those who know binary and those who don't know binary.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • muabdib13

      im binary curious

      April 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotMathChallenged

      There are 11 kinds of people, those who understand binary, those who don't, and those who don't know how to convert binary to base-10.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. muabdib13

    When I was a mid I remember many evenings snorting the gravy on the neebs loaf to get high high high.
    They ought to put all these damn mids in Hack! that would get their attention.

    April 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CFONYc


    April 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mayhem

    Im a daily weed smoker myself but saying "legalize it" for the military is completely stupid. Smoke a good blunt of Chronic and try and land an airplane on a carrier via a simulator on your computer to see what Im talking about. I dont think even the enlisted mechanics should be smoking grass on active duty. Myself...well Im not in that situation anymore so it's ok.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin Frost

    I fully believe in the full legalization of marijuana and other sources of THC for recreational use. However, I also believe that certain employers should be able to prohibit their employees from using it. These include medical professionals, construction workers, military members, and law enforcement officials. The reason for this is that the effects of weed don't go away immediately. They can slow mental and physical reaction times for a few days afterwards. For those in critical positions, where others' lives may depend on them, I fell that this would be an unacceptable risk. Also, as a member of our armed forces, I understand that I agreed to abide by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. These cadets swore the same oath, they broke it, and are being punished for it. I feel no pity for those who cannot obey orders.

    April 15, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      just lost a job at McDonalds cause I tested positive. Like 90% of the idiots who work there aren't stoned. You'd have to be to work at McDonalds. Should I feel bad?

      April 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • petsRfun

      Yes, you should get treated for addiction

      April 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ed Bermeo

    so..if its thc thats illegal why is industrial hemp illegal??

    April 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Double Standards

    After two West Pacific cruises, the last thing I can stomach is a self righteous Naval Officer lecturing on ethics and morality. I'll never forget how many married Naval officers lined up for their "conscience check" STD anti-biotics shot after pulling up anchor from Thailand, Korea, and the Philipines. Underage slave fun and getting sloppy drunk / stupid is apparently okay for USNA, but taking Sp!ce crosses the line. Nice. Oh, I forgot, all of that infidelity and buying young girls for S%x happens to very poor Asians far away from American shores and guys will be guys, so it's ok. Not.

    April 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jessica

    omg guys seriously? this isn't for personal conversations like, you should cut my nails! come on this is a serious article and ya'll are jokin around like it aint nothin. I agree with military dad. MJ shouldn't be legalized. Men and women go into the military for reasons like fighting for our country, yea they risk their lives on a daily basis, but that doesnt give them the right to smoke MJ. I mean come on their doin an important job and i wouldn't want to think about soldiers smokin MJ while their tryin to fight for our country, would u? well some of you might, from seein your responses. but come on, if ya want to ruin your life go ahead but when it comes to your country, ur an idiot for doin it and you should be kicked out!

    April 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lee C. Seligman, USNA '60

    regardless if pot is legalized, and I have come to the conclusion after many years that it should be and treated the same as liquor [e.g., age limits and dui], it is immaterial to this discussion [and it would appear that many here are using while they comment]. USNA,USAFA, Cheif, and Dad are absolutely correct and it will continue in the military [and the Academies are part of that]. For those ignorant enough to comment in behalf of those expelled, know this: at least the first group of those thrown out on their sorry asses [and, hopefully, will be required to repay every cent expended on them] were caught, not necessarily using, but merchandising this crap ! Moreover, these are not "universities", they are training grounds for military officers; there are rules and they are strict ... indeed the vast majority of those commenting here could not hack the program [not for the full 4 years, but even the first 4 months !] these kids go through. So, until you've walked a mile in their shoes, I suggest you STFU !

    April 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom Hagen

    Just what we need a BORING and UNCREATIVE NAVY!
    Isn't that what got us into the 911 crap..."WOW...How could we have thought they would fly planes in buildings?"
    Smoke a little WEED...and the idea might just come to an ARMED FORCES CONTINGENCY PLANNER.
    But NO...if smoke WEED you get bounced...WHAT A JOKE!

    April 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
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