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.)

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