Fri, Feb 05, 2010
FBI Says He Blames Cookies Laced With Medical Marijuana
A passenger who became unruly on a flight from Philadelphia to
LA Sunday said he had eaten cookies baked with medical marijuana,
which caused his unusual behavior. The flight diverted to
Pittsburgh, where he was removed from the plane and arrested.
The FBI says 30-year-old Kinman Chan, a resident of San
Francisco, was charged with interfering with the duties of a flight
attendant based on allegations he fought with crew members on the
plane. The Associated Press reports that the crew said he made odd
gestures, then entered the plane's lavatory just after takeoff and
stared to scream.
When he came out of the restroom, his "pants were down,
his shirt was untucked and all the compartments in the restroom
were opened," a crewmember said. Chan told the FBI that by
that time, he'd "come back to reality."
During his interview, Chan told agents he had a card for medical
marijuana, and that he had taken a "double dose." His medical
need for marijuana was confirmed by Margaret Philbin, a spokeswoman
for the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh, but she declined to
identify Chan's condition.
If convicted, Chan could face 20 years in prison and a $250,000
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