Medical Marijuana Researcher Appeals Employment Termination

Sue Sisley was a researcher for the University of Arizona who was supposed to be researching cannabis and how it affects PTSD. Sue Sisley was dismissed from her job at the University, and the University of Arizona didn’t give a valid reason for their decision. Sue Sisley feels that she was let go because Arizona lawmakers don’t like the topic she was researching. Per AZ Central:

A University of Arizona researcher who claimed she was dismissed after she lobbied for her study of marijuana for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder is fighting to get her job back.

Sue Sisley has filed a formal appeal with the University of Arizona asking that she be reinstated as assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry, assistant director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program and as a researcher. And a petition to bring back Sisley so far has collected more than 31,000 signatures.

Sisley blames political pressure that she believes came after she clashed with state lawmakers over her research. The University of Arizona has denied political pressure played a role but otherwise would not discuss Sisley’s expiring contracts, saying it does not comment on personnel matters.

Sue Sisley deserves to carry out the research that she fought so hard for. Military veterans and others that suffer from PTSD deserve to have this research conducted so that knowledge can be obtained that will help doctors know more about cannabis and PTSD. To further delay the process is an injustice to every patient that suffers from PTSD. If you haven’t already signed the Change.Org petition, I encourage you to do so.

Posted by Johnny Green at 6:24 AM on July 21, 2014Medical Marijuana Policy

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