ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy has expelled an eighth midshipman for using or possessing synthetic marijuana, and the superintendent says an investigation into its use at the school is ongoing.

The eighth midshipman was expelled last week, the academy said in a statement Monday.

“The Naval Academy continues to actively investigate suspected illicit drug use,” Vice Adm. Michael Miller said in a statement.

The superintendent said the academy will continue to be transparent in disclosing the results of the ongoing investigation.

“If and when there is sufficient evidence and testimony of alleged drug use by additional midshipmen, they will be processed for separation,” Miller said.

In January, the academy expelled seven midshipmen for violating the academy’s illicit substance abuse policy. They were expelled as of Jan. 20 for using “Spice,” a drug that is similar to marijuana. It is considered a banned substance by the Defense Department and the Navy.

“While the Navy is rapidly improving its detection methods, confirming spice use typically requires extensive investigation and corroborating evidence,” Miller said.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (14)

    Did the DEA Just Legalize Marijuana?
    The following are my own personal observations and understanding of a wide assortment of publicly available information available to anyone who cares to search for it. None of my comments should be construed as fact…please take the time to verify all of this information yourselves as it is easily found online. I promise it will be both an educational, entertaining, and sometimes infuriating journey through time.

    The DEA just changed an 80+/- year old classification of THC (active ingredient of marijuana) from an Appendix I substance (i.e. a worthless, toxic substance with no medical value) to an Appendix III category (a safe, useful substance with important medicinal significance). This was done quietly and behind closed doors without consulting the citizens of the United States of America.

    Most people became excited because the reclassification now meant (to some with legal backgrounds) that marijuana was once again perfectly legal to grow in ones backyard garden, just as all of our ancestors once did (to make highly nutritious food items, fabric, effective medicinal items, etc). But the DEA said no, no, no! The recent change only allows the pharmaceutical companies to grow, possess, distill and turn into another one of their evil concoctions. But the general public is still prohibited from growing, possessing or using it. UNLESS it is purchased in PILL form from one of the government approved pharmaceutical vendors and there rich stockholders. But again, this is something that only the rich will be able to afford. The average man who prefers the natural, highly nutritious and non toxic variety will still be classified as a lowly second class criminal.

    But the concoctions that the pharmaceutical companies are producing using synthetic THC have already started to kill people (see MARINOL aka synthetic THC). I believe there have been four confirmed deaths so far but dozens of other deaths are also suspected to be linked to the synthetic forms of THC . Yet it’s still being portrayed as safe and pushed onto the market for public use. So apparently if you have enough money you can steal an entire countries source of wealth, turn it into a literal killer concoction and then sell it on the open market for profit.


    In fact Marijuana is a botanical, medical and nutritional miracle. It’s been used by all generations to fatten up young kids, old folks and anyone else with eating disorders. Its also now known to be an effective prophylaxis against old age types of diseases such as general dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Our own government, yes the same one that took marijuana away from the public 90 years ago now agree with what all before them have already known. That marijuana is a powerful antioxidant, it strengthens the immune system, and is considered to be natures MOST nutritious food source.

    Please research the subject of Hemp Prohibition and the TRUE reasons behind it. I promise that it will be an interesting and educational journey through history that will infuriate most who take the time to educate themselves on the topic.

    Start with prohibition and then search for US Government cannabis patent # 6630507. Then move on and search for the definition of what both an Appendix I and Appendix III classification means (it’s on the DEA’s website).

    Prohibition was the theft of one of our nation’s most important natural resources. It was the theft of our nation’s NUMBER ONE CASH CROP, larger than both wheat and corn combined. Cannabis is a botanical, medicinal and nutritious miracle and its rightful owners are the citizens of the planet. Prohibition was forced upon Americas citizens for the sake of protecting the Hearst & Dupont families paper factories, cotton plantations and poison pill factories.
    Henry Anslinger was their common friend and politician. Most sources agree that he grossly mislead the entire Senate behind closed doors, either by sheer & utter ignorance or by intentional design. The exclusive purpose of conspiring to strip America’s citizens of perhaps their most important resource that allowed them remain self sufficient and able to provide for their own families and without the need for government assistance.

    The prohibition of hemp surely contributed to the coming of the 1ST Great Depression but the state approved school books didn’t mention that in history class. The Prohibition of cannabis resulted in a large rapid concentration of wealth in a small number of families. It forced most Americans to use there already limited resources to buy critically important nutritional supplements & other remedies once grown in their own backyards from the pharmaceutical companies. People could no longer produce fabric for clothes, blankets, and other necessary items that were required for everyday life. They were now forced to buy there fabric from the great cotton barons. To work in the pulp and cotton mills for very little compensation. It made millions of Americans dependant on government and big corporations for many of their everyday needs they once provided for themselves. Now every time a baby defecated the Hearst and Dupont clans profited. The prohibition on one of nature’s botanical wonders was now well on its way of becoming the reason for the governments Great War on Its Own Citizens….using the same type of logic and schemes that were used to justify the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. War is a very profitable business for those making the guns and pills.

    The DEA’s recent reclassification of THC or marijuana is all the evidence that one should require to prove that a decade long, well organized mass deception on America citizens and of national significance has occurred and is still ongoing. Our nation’s number one cash crop should be considered a national treasure, one to be used for the benefit of the entire nation and all of its citizens, not for the exclusive purpose of further enriching of a handful of privileged elites. The DEA has used this fraudulent deception to justify millions of deaths, incarcerations, broken families, and bankruptcy of American families for nine decades and counting. Too many innocent lives have been destroyed to merely walk away now.

    We plan on assembling a list of the companies and individuals that are currently responsible for the continued (public) prohibition and the theft of our nation’s number one cash crop. Perhaps people might decide to boycott those companies and choose not to re-elect officials that sold them out for their own personal enrichment. PEACE, intelligence, truthful and accurate information will prevail.

    If anyone would like to join our efforts to educate the general public and reverse 90 years of lies and misinformation then please do. You’re also welcome to use any of my posts in your efforts as long as they are used to educate and not to further deceive or misinform the general public.


    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp (aka cannabis or marijuana). Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.

    “Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see” – Thomas Jefferson 1781

    The man lived to a ripe old age of 83 years.

    Ever watch a pharmaceutical drug commercial on TV? Ever notice that LONG list of possible side effects and illnesses? Well, cannabis or marijuana doesn’t have that list.

    “Cannabis is remarkably safe. Although not harmless, it is surely less toxic than most of the conventional medicines it could replace if it were legally available. Despite its use by millions of people over thousands of years, cannabis has never caused an overdose death.” ~Testimony of Professor Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, before the Crime Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., October 1, 1997

    Since the 1970s, more than a dozen government-appointed committees — in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia as well as in other countries — have issued recommendations regarding marijuana policy. These include the Shafer Commission, appointed by former President Richard Nixon, Canada’s Le Dain Commission, and Britain’s Wooten Report, all of which concluded that marijuana prohibition causes far more social damage than marijuana use, and the possession of marijuana for personal use should no longer be a criminal offense.

  3. edthe bed says:

    Hey Creepy, Washington & Jefferson were both hypocrites along with many other founding fathers for having slaves. Did that make it right? Even after the Blacks were emancipated, slaves were still being held against their wills. Washington Jefferson & Franklin lived the life of Riley & had access to the best medical care of the day not to mention the hardest thing they did was make a dump each morning so get off that box about smoking hemp & longevity dude. Your brain is pickled from too much weed.


    What is it ed? are you having problems comprehending all of those multi-syllable words and your just feeling left out? I can try to use smaller words and less of them if that helps? Just let me know and I can slap together a few one liners just for you.


    All of the evidence, science and sources are located directly above your last asslnine post. Try to find an adult to read it to you if your not capable of doing so on your own.

  6. edthe bed says:

    Creepy, My eyesight is just fine & I can see s….t when I smell & see it. You dude are a blowhard. Whatever turns you on, fix a wagon.


    Why dont you do everyone a favor and pick up a book, find a good website, visit the National Archives, or do something to improve the quality of your posts and add some semblance of intelligence before you post again.


    edthe bed….im guessing that your testticles must grow to an inordinate size while hiding behind your keyboard because anyone taking that kind of attitude into a public space would either be wearing a mouth full of dentures by now or confined to a 6 x 6 cell. Your s scary, vile individual and im glad your not my next door neighbor. I suspect that your either intoxicated or one of those guys that just “had a hard life” and doesnt know any better..

  9. edthe bed says:

    Creepy, Be careful toad, I could be a neighbor. I’m guessing you don’t have much of a life to be on this site & have your chest pumped out thinking how cranial you are. Well, I’m betting you don’t have much luck with ladies & fall asleep each night reading Faulkner or Hemingway to feel real He-man. Bet your hair is thinning & you spend as much on Rogaine as you do on Pot…..My man!…Me, My life is good, only reason I’m on here is to pass time while I recuperate from an illness. I took too many viagra the other week & can’t get my pant’s zipped up. I know you would come over & help me out because you strike me as the type that likes to help get it out so you can put it in.

  10. dave says:

    comment section arguments make people look like high slaves with big balls.

    1. xnepobia1127 says:

      Dave, R U a ballsucker?…..Most Dave’s I know are.

  11. sdf says:

    figures that you’re impotent. I rather smoke weed than pop viagra.

  12. pigeon says:

    And to all of you, I’m glad this is going down. I would much rather have lucid individuals defending this country and my rights, then a bunch of idiots who are incompetent due to use of any kind of controlled substances and/or booze. They took an oath and it is their obligation to live by that oath, no matter what. Biggest problems with all of this is lack of morals and respect.

  13. pigeon says:

    And don’t forget how much the education of these midshipmen have cost you and me. Hopefully, if they haven’t already, West Point, the Coast Guard Academy and the Air Force Academy will follow suit.

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