Dr. Sue Sisley will be conducting a FDA-approved study on the effects of medical marijuana on veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But the Phoenix VA hospital is actively attempting to block the doctor’s lecture which, in part, would help her recruit candidates for the upcoming study.
Sisley said, “The notion that the Phoenix VA hospital refuses to allow that information to be shared with their medical staff is really shameful.”
If the VA staff gets information about the study they could recommend veterans that would be ideal candidates for the study, KTAR News reported. “The highest density of veterans who meet those criteria are at the Phoenix VA hospital,” said Sisley.
The main issue with those blocking the lecture is that marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, regardless of its legality for medical purposes in Arizona.
Dr. Samuel Aguayo, Associate Chief of Staff at the Phoenix VA, said, “VA medical staff are not authorized to make a decision on whether marijuana and marijuana research is appropriate for veterans. We will examine what the law allows and doesn’t allow. It may have an impact on our decision to permit this activity here at the Phoenix VA or not.”