Seven Naval Academy midshipmen have been expelled for violating the Navy’s substance abuse policy by smoking a substance called “spice”.
Although the Naval Academy would not identify the midshipmen, those who were expelled included both juniors and sophomores. Spice is a banned substance within the departments of defense including the Navy. Spice is a mixture of herbs and spices that is chemically similar to marijuana and the effects that are felt after smoking spice are similar to those felt after smoking marijuana. It is typically marketed as fake weed and can be purchased in tobacco shops and on the internet.
A decision has not been made by the Department of the Navy on if the expelled midshipmen will have to repay the costs of their education. There is a zero tolerance on illicit drug use or possession according to Navy policy.
These expulsions follow others that have happened within the Naval Academy in recent years. In 2009 there were 11 midshipmen found in violation of the Navy’s substance abuse policy and four others violated the policy in 2010.