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Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Pilot Fired For Unknowing Use Of Marijuana

Ate A Candy He Did Not Know Was Laced With THC, Tested Positive

A pilot for the now-defunct Great Lakes Airline lost his career after testing positive for THC, the active component in marijuana, after he ate a piece of candy he ways he did not know was laced with the chemical.

In 2017, Nate Crupps had been hired, and then furloughed by the airline as it cut costs, according to television station KUSA. When he was recalled due to a pilot shortage, he went through a pre-employment drug screening, and the substance turned up in his urine test.

Crupps said he'd never used any kind of controlled substance in his life ... and apparently he had not knowingly done so. But prior to the test, he had eaten a piece of candy in a hotel room that had been left on a table by a friend. The candy turned out to be a marijuana gummy that is legal to sell in Colorado. His friend confirmed that it was laced with TCH.

Crupps lost his job and his medical certificate.

His medical was eventually reinstated. He said that he is using the incident to warn other pilots to be very careful. While he is once again cleared to fly, he must continue with a regular drug testing program for another year.

But he has not yet found another job in aviation. He is currently working in sales, and has not decided what his next step back into aviation will be.

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