14 CGA cadets could be expelled for using synthetic marijuana New London— Fourteen cadets were notified today that they will be expelled from the Coast Guard Academy for using synthetic marijuana. The cadets, who are currently being processed for disenrollment, have five days to appeal to Coast Guard Headquarters. Eight others have been implicated in the incident and are under investigation, according to the academy. The military prohibits its personnel from using or possessing substances that produce psychoactive effects. “While we are certainly disappointed with the conduct involved in this incident, these actions are not indicative of the behavior of our corps of cadets,” Rear Adm. Sandra L. Stosz, academy superintendent, said in a statement. “The use of synthetic marijuana is a troubling issue nationwide. As a military institution, we hold cadets to the highest standards of conduct and go to great lengths to ensure those standards are clearly understood and strictly enforced.” The U.S. Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy have expelled students for synthetic marijuana, commonly known as “Spice,” and the military’s leaders have expressed concern over the rising number of incidents of designer-drug usage. Sailors from the Naval Submarine Base in Groton and students at the Naval Submarine School have been kicked out of the service for using or possessing Spice. http://www.theday.com/article/20120109/NWS01/120109634/1047/NWS Good! Let 'em burn. We had a kid two years behind me who had this problem, although I believe it was before an official U.S. military policy. He's was at the end of his road anyway... just a nail in the coffin.