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Naval Academy Expels Another Midshipman

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy has expelled another midshipman for using or possessing synthetic marijuana.

Cmdr. Joe Carpenter, an academy spokesman, said Thursday that a total of 12 midshipmen have been expelled in an ongoing investigation into the use of “spice,” which is a type of synthetic marijuana. Carpenter says the midshipman expelled Monday is a sophomore female. The others were males of various classes.

Synthetic marijuana is sold in drug paraphernalia shops and on the Internet. The products contain organic leaves coated with chemicals that provide a marijuana-like high when smoked.

It is banned by the Defense Department and the Navy.

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

  • Doug

    Time in the U. S. and Maryland to decriminalize pot,
    and more on to real criminals.
    Is society truly threatened by man smoking a plant in a peaceful manner.
    High Time we change the laws and stop treating hard working,tax paying Americans who may smoke pot once in a while,like hardened criminals

  • Sick of stupid

    Doug – Whatever happened to following the rule or abiding by the law? It is illegal to possess drug and drug paraphernalia…therefore…no one should be doing it. I get the fact that kids do it because they are experimenting…but really. Do you honestly want the men and women defending our country to be high as a kite on anything….I don’t!

  • Linda

    these kids are going there free and clear on the taxpayers dime. They know the rules….either follow them or get the hell out!!

  • Melissa

    K2 is not ILLEGAL so therefore I dont think it is right to expel these students. If it was ILLEGAL then yes expel them. Alot of stuff is banned now drinking on premises, smoking, etc., but I am sure if they were caught doing those things they would just get a warning or written up.

  • Scott's County

    America is a draconian police state that ruins people’s lives over anything. Expelling these midshipman was overly harsh. If we could ever penalize every American who has done something like smoke pot, make a porno tape, cheat on his or her spouse, steal some corn chips, or any myriad number of “crimes” then America would be back in the stone age with unemployable persons living in caves. Everyone sins or commits minor crimes from time to time–everyone!

    • John

      Just because a new substance has not been banned by state laws does not mean it has not been banned by Federal or Defense Department laws. All military personnel are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice which is generally a harsher set of laws than civilian are held to. It’s similar to any other employer instituting a rule that says their employees must adhere to stricter regulations than they might in their home.

      Furthermore, these midshipmen are training to lead young American sailors and Marines into harm’s way and the tolerance for character flaws is slim. Something so seemingly stodgy shows serious shortcomings in a person’s ability to follow simple instructions. I am glad these students will never be allowed to drive a 10 billion dollar boat or take 40 American sons to Afghanistan. Don’t get me wrong, I think there are too many rules in this country and I do not believe in following rules for the sake of following rules. In fact, I often and flagrantly breaking the law, but only when keeping with the spirit of their existence.

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