Jul 272014
 July 27, 2014

sue sisley medical marijuana arizonaDr. Sue Sisley was a researcher at the University of Arizona. Dr. Sisley was supposed to be leading a research project to study marijuana’s effects on PTSD. Dr. Sisley was instead terminated by the University, and given no explanation. Dr. Sisley and medical marijuana supporters feel that she was terminated for political reasons after Arizona lawmakers expressed their opposition to the research. Without the University providing an explanation, the reasoning behind the termination is left to interpretation.

Military veterans recently rallied for Dr. Sisley. The military veterans want this research to be conducted, and rightfully so. Marijuana has shown promise as a possible form of treatment for PTSD, which many military veterans suffer from. Per My Fox Phoenix:

Just outside the building are supporters who say medical marijuana helped them deal with PTSD when nothing else worked.

Sean Kiernan, who was in the U.S. Army, Airborne Infantry. He cannot understand why the University of Arizona wants to cut Sue Sisley loose.

“You are at a university; it should be about advancing science and understanding that to me is the key element of this… I think it is a black eye to the University of Arizona to be honest with you, and for her to get terminated and fired based on this study to me is un-American,” said Sean Kiernan.

I absolutely agree with Mr. Kiernan. This is definitely a black eye for the University of Arizona, as well as for lawmakers that no doubt pressured the University of Arizona to make this decision. This research project is about science, medicine, and compassion for those suffering from PTSD, especially military veterans. Why the University of Arizona and some Arizona lawmakers want to throw Dr. Sisley, science, and military veterans under the bus in order to cling to failed prohibition is beyond me. Shame on everyone involved with making such a poor decision. If you haven’t signed the Change.Org petition calling for Dr. Sisley’s reinstatement, I encourage you to do so now.

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  8 Responses to “Military Veterans Rally For Terminated Marijuana Researcher”

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    It is clear why alcohol and pharmaceutical companies fight cannabis legalization:

    Over 41% state that they use cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, 36.1% use cannabis as a substitute for illicit substances, and 67.8% use cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs. The three main reasons cited for cannabis-related substitution are ‘less withdrawal’ (67.7%), ‘fewer side-effects’ (60.4%), and ‘better symptom management’ suggesting that many patients may have already identified cannabis as an effective and potentially safer adjunct or alternative to their prescription drug regimen.
    Lucas et al. Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs: A dispensary-based survey of substitution effect in Canadian medical cannabis patients. Addiction Research & Theory. 2013

    Already 76% of doctors support using cannabis for medicinal purposes:

    with 76% of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes — even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries…In sum, the majority of clinicians would recommend the use of medicinal marijuana in certain circumstances
    Adler and Colbert. Medicinal Use of Marijuana — Polling Results. New England Journal of Medicine. 2013.

    This number will continue to rise as more doctors, like surgeon general candidate Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, realize they have been “systematically mislead” for decades in regard to cannabis. It is absolutely absurd that doctors can prescribe morphine (heroin) but not cannabis, a substance objectively safer than alcohol.

    I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.” – Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Neurosurgeon, Surgeon General candidate, Assistant Professor of neurosurgery, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent

    And it’s just not rational that adults don’t have the choice of using marijuana, but they do for alcohol. Marijuana is less likely to be addictive, it’s less likely to cause car accidents and birth defects, it’s less likely to cause domestic violence. So how do you rationally say that it’s OK to drink alcohol with that profile but it’s not OK to occasionally use marijuana?” – Dr. Richard Besser, former director of the CDC, ABC’s Chief Health and Medical Editor

    Cannabis is a safer drug than aspirin and can be used long-term without serious side effects. It is never possible for a scientist to say that anything is totally safe. But, at the end of the day, scaremongering does science – and the public – a great disservice. Cannabis is simply not as dangerous as it is being made out to be.
    -Professor Les Iversen, chairman, British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, 2003.

    There are many varieties of cannabis, each with their own assortments of cannabinoids and beneficial effects. Patients do not have time to wait for these natural varieties to be approved one at a time by the federal government, a bureaucracy that has even delayed approving a single, non-psychoactive (does not cause a ‘high’) cannabinoid, CBD, for decades and continues to do so. It is a travesty that the entire plant has not already been legalized. Let doctors decide which medicines are best for their patients, not politicians! Federally legalize this proven medicine now, before more citizens needlessly suffer.

    MPP – The Marijuana Policy Projecthttp://www.mpp.Org
    DPA – Drug Policy Alliancehttp://www.drugpolicy.Org
    NORML – National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws – norml.Org
    LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibitionhttp://www.leap.Cc

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    I posted this comment a few days ago, will paste here as it is relevant :)
    As a Marine Corps combat veteran with PTSD and chronic pain from combat injuries, I can tell you all personally that Cannabis absolutely does help with both PTSD and we all already know it works for pain (not like ibuprofen for example, but just makes the pain less noticeable). Honestly I don’t really enjoy the high that much, sometimes I would much rather do without the high, unlike the teenage years so long ago lol. I use Cannabis because it is the ONLY thing that works without a hundred side effects. Right now, if I look in my medicine chest, there’s 20 different pharmaceutical medications that the VA has given me for the PTSD, insomnia (part of the PTSD), and the pain. Not only do they fail to work, they also have extreme side effects which I can’t live with. Also, my personal belief system is directly averse to dumping all those toxic chemicals into my body and thus into the environment. The government has failed me, despite all I have given it. Thus it has failed you too. I’m not saying it’s for everyone and everything, but Cannabis works for me personally when all else has failed.

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      I have PTSD, anxiety, hyper vigilance and a bunch of other shit. It’s the only thing that helps me sleep and all sorts of stuff. So I feel you man and I agree a 100%. I ditched all my rx’s due to seeming to do way worse on them than off of them.

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        Glad you found some relief! Yeah that sounds familiar lol, stay strong and keep rockin’!

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          Thank you. I’m not a vet or AD, but I take my inspiration from vets and those who have undergone amputations. If they can make it, then so can I. I have a lot of fight left in me before I EVER allow myself to get dragged into an abyss again. I’m having a total knee replacement in 13 days and it will mean relief from pain in the end, but still scary shit. But like I said, if these men can go through years of hell and manage, then so can I with the little I deal with daily.

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    ONE of the biggest problems with AZ’s Medical Marijuana community is the fact that they’re SO splintered. We’ve got one group opposing the other group which can’t stand another group that despises ALL of the other groups combined. We’ve got the MPP coming in here in ’16 to run a legalization campaign. We’ve got a PRO legalization group that’s going to oppose the passage of the law because of what was written into our MMJ law regarding home cultivation.

    In 2010 AZ passed Prop 203 “The AMMA”. Arizona was a different place in 2010 than it is now. Back then, the ONLY WAY that we were able to get it on the ballot was if it had a ban on “Home cultivation”. It’s the so-called “25 Mile rule”. If you live within 25 miles of a dispensary you lose the right to cultivate. I know it SUCKS, but poll after poll that was taken amongst AZ voters when it was being written, had a majority of people saying they didn’t want “home cultivation”. MPP says that’s STILL the case in AZ! Voters will NOT support legalizing marijuana if there’s “home cultivation” involved. This other group says that’s NOT true! But their poll was taken amongst the Opposition Leaders Facebook followers. MPP paid several thousands of dollars on their studies.

    If AZ voters were to say they’ve had ENOUGH, and they’re ALMOST there… we can rid ourselves of the clowns in office now. They’ve ALL embarrassed this state somewhere along the line.

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    I would love to see a cultivation legalization for marajuana in all states for personal use only. Let’s keep the black market out of legalization. If I can not get than then I would be happy to go to retail if it will keep gang.mentality out of legalization.

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    What is not mentioned here is that there is currently a petition at change.org asking the Arizona Board of Regents
    to reinstate Dr. Sisley at one of our other public universities, and to provide her with the necessary space and resources she needs to conduct her research. Over 101,000 people have signed the petition to have the PTSD research done as of 8/1/2014 at change.org. Legislators like Kavanaugh, Biggs, and Yee ignore the voices of reason from our citizens. They are unresponsive to the needs of people in our state. These individuals favor incarcerating Arizonans and now spend more money doing so than to educate us. Spending more money to incarcerate people than to educate them is considered morally reprehensible in other civilized parts of this world away from Arizona. Rather than to be driven by actual evidence, these inquisitors are driven by their own greed and distaste for people in Arizona who are different from them. Our differences are our strengths in Arizona, not a flaw to be legislated out of existence by republican legislators. Dump Kavanagh, Biggs, and Yee and support our veterans. They need our help with this and other important health care matters. Sign the petition and do this important research.

    “No one is saying [marijuana] is a cure, but it does seem to be effective for symptom control and the notion that there’s a potential that a plant could reduce the human suffering of these vets and yet it’s being forced to sit on a shelf and not be tested rigorously is an abomination.” Dr Sisley

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