Asking for a friend, general aviation pilot, Will Nelson, wonders – for his friend, not himself – if it’s cool as a pilot to smoke a little weed here and there now that it’s legal in his state, or if it could still cost him his Medical.
Stating that he personally would never get high, but that his friend is just really curious and wants to see what all the fuss is about, Nelson said, “I mean, like, say for example he just tried one of the Indica strains, like Purple Urkle or Hindu Kush, or even a hybrid, such as Cinderella 99, Maui Wowie or Tangerine Dream, would that really be so bad?”
When asked how he knows so much about different strains offered at the new dispensary, Nelson said, “Well, I… uh… oh, sorry, I have to take this call.”
Nelson excused himself to answer a call despite us never hearing his phone ring or vibrate.
When later asked the name of his friend, Nelson glanced up at a flight training poster hanging on our wall and said, “John… uh, John… King.”
“John King,” Aviation Daily confirmed.
“Yes,” Nelson nodded diligently. “That’s his name.”
“Of John and Martha King?” we inquired.
“Uh huh,” Nelson said, shifting a bit in his seat.
“So, you’re saying John King, of King Schools, a legend in the world of general aviation, a man who knows pretty much everything there is to possibly know about the FAA’s rules and regulations, and who just got through a long battle to get his Medical back… you’re saying that HIM, not you, is asking about whether it’s OK to smoke marijuana as a pilot?”
“I, uh… I’m sorry, I have to take this call…”
Yeah, sure you do, Will. If “your friend” runs into any issues with his Medical, feel free to refer him to our friend, Dr Bruce Chien.