This comes directly from the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI). In the Certification Update section of the latest edition of the Federal Air Surgeon’s Medical Bulletin, Dr. Warren Silberman, federal air surgeon, responds to an inquiry regarding an airman’s disclosure of marijuana during his initial 2nd class medical application. According to the inquiry, the airman “related that he worked for a high-level government group that requires him to use illegal drugs. He told the AME that he could not say what he does or where he works.”
The medical application was deferred to Oklahoma City where Dr. Silberman indicated that “I told our people to deny the airman for the illegal drug use. When the AME went back and told Mr. Hoover that he was going to defer, the airman threatened legal action, but the AME held fast and did the right thing! When an airman gives an AME their medical history, they must be completely forthright. You would think that someone could come up with a more believable story of his drug use!”
It amazes me that someone would actually think they could pull this off! Especially without any backup or documentation. I could see someone using marijuana for medicinal purposes and being able to at least present medical documentation from the medical provider (even though I doubt that the medical would be issued in that case either). Just hard to believe that someone wouldn’t know better than that. Oh well.