Despite federal approval, AZ researcher faces roadblocks with cannabis study


A Valley doctor is conducting the first FDA-approved study of the effects of marijuana on veterans with PTSD. Well into the trial, she is still facing roadblocks, leading her to believe politics are blocking science.

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“They are given a pipe and they put the flour into the pipe and smoke it,” said Dr. Sue Sisley with the Scottsdale Research Institute. She is one year into her three-year control trial, studying the effectiveness of cannabis as treatment for PTSD.

“We’ve been struggling to get this study underway for seven years,” Sisley said. “We’ve navigated tons of hurdles within the government at all levels.”

Johns Hopkins University resigned from the trial, citing different goals and Sisley has fewer than half of the veterans she needs to participate.

“It’s very difficult

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