Controversy is brewing around the Phoenix VA Health Care System, cannabis research and veterans.
Phoenix will be one of two sites for the first clinical study of medical marijuana as a treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans. Former University of Arizona researcher, Dr. Sue Sisley, will treat patients in Phoenix, and has asked to give a lecture about it at the VA.
But Sisley can’t give the presentation because VA doctors are prohibited from talking with veterans about cannabis, promoting its research and enrolling them in studies, said Dr. Samuel M. Aguayo, associate chief of staff for research at the Phoenix VA.
“We are here to protect our veterans, and to serve them the best that we can,” Aguayo said. “And in order to do that correctly, we need to follow federal law and VA regulations.”
The VA’s response to