The sailors from the USS Bataan amphibious assault ship in Norfolk, Va., were discharged after an eight-week investigation linked them to synthetic cannabis, known by the brand names K2 and Spice, the Navy said.
Authorities discovered Spice aboard the ship in November, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic, spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Bill Urban told The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot.
“In accordance with the Navy’s zero-tolerance policy on drugs, all 16 have been or are in the process of being administratively separated from the Navy,” the service said in a statement.
Fifteen of the sailors had their cases handled administratively outside the military’s court system, while the 16th went to a summary court-martial, Urban said.
The use of Spice — a smokable blend of chemically treated leaves that can be more potent than marijuana — has become a serious concern for the Navy, the newspaper said.
It’s banned on military bases and in March the Navy deemed its use illegal for sailors, on or off duty.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Nov. 24 made five synthetic cannabinoids so-called Schedule I drugs for civilians, putting them in the same Controlled Substances Act category as heroin, LSD and marijuana.
via : UPI
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