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Old 04-21-2018, 09:59 AM   #1  
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Default Legalized Marijuana and the FAA

I was reading that by the end of this year that roughly half the states could have legalized recreational marijuana. I also read that it looks now that President Trump and Senator Schumer are both open to and actively looking to decriminalize it on a federal level.

The question is when and if that does happen on a national scale what will the FAA do in regards to regulation in the field of aviation?
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Old 04-21-2018, 10:21 AM   #2  
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I suspect that after an exhaustive, lengthy (and most likely asinine) study period where they spend millions paying guys to get stoned and go play in a simulator, they will establish some testable level of THC that can be present in the blood or urine. Or time periods like certain medications. Planes won't fall from the sky and pilots won't be raiding the snack bars at airports above previous levels. Life will go on.
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Good.

MMJ is much healthier than alcohol, depending on how it is ingested.
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Good.

MMJ is much healthier than alcohol, depending on how it is ingested.
Safer for FO’s and FA’s also....

(Too soon?)
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Also a reliable means of testing that detects THC present in the bloodstream has yet to be developed. Urinalysis detects THC weeks after the effects are gone.
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There’s already a test to determine if someone is under the influence of marijuana.

Put them in a waiting room with a bowl of Cheetos. If the Cheetos are gone when the test administrator re-enters, they fail.
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Imagine if some of these baby boomer pilots were able to smoke a joint every now and then. It would be like a metamorphosis for some of these people.
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I suspect that after an exhaustive, lengthy (and most likely asinine) study period where they spend millions paying guys to get stoned and go play in a simulator, they will establish some testable level of THC that can be present in the blood or urine. Or time periods like certain medications. Planes won't fall from the sky and pilots won't be raiding the snack bars at airports above previous levels. Life will go on.
It's easier to say no. Government employees (generally) aren't renowned for their motivation to go above and beyond. My guess is no weed for pilots for a VERY long time. I retire in 18 years. I'll bet a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos that my 1st joint will probably be the day after I retire and not a day sooner (or later).
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On a side note, does anyone else have a problem being tested by a guy with a backpack in a public restroom? These "testers" or duty gazers as we called them in the military probably have 1.5 hours of CBT's to become qualified collectors.
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How about the CBD oil? Any idea if that will cause a positive test. They’re selling it as a great pain reliever.
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