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The University of Arizona, the school that fired cannabis research Doctor Suzanne Sisley shortly before her groundbreaking study on cannabis’ use for treatment of PTSD in military veterans was scheduled to begin, is now asking the organization funding the study if they can keep the money and assign someone else to the project.
The school contacted the organization helping back Dr. Sisley’s study, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies aka MAPS, and stated that it completely backed the idea of the study, but wanted another doctor to head it. Thankfully, the staff at MAPS has soundly rejected that idea, stating that their funds will follow Doctor Sisley, regardless of where the study eventually takes place. The organization cites their long-standing working relationship with Dr. Sisley and the fact that her hard work is the only reason that the University of Arizona has approval to conduct this study in the first place. Their response makes it clear that the organization is still hopeful that the situation can be remedied.
She (Doctor Sisley) is uniquely qualified to be the Principal Investigator to conduct this study in a methodologically rigorous manner. MAPS will continue to partner with Dr. Sisley through our next challenge to secure a supportive home for this crucial work, ideally still at the University of Arizona.
As for Doctor Sisley, she has filed an appeal to her termination with the university, which she maintains happened for political purposes. She has already been approached by schools in other states, but she is hoping to continue with the study as planned at the University of Arizona. Moving to a new university, especially in a new state, would add months, if not years, to the wait before the study can be conducted.
Given that this study is the result of four years of hard work, it’s understandable that Doctor Sisley doesn’t want to start from scratch when it comes to obtaining legal permission for this very necessary study.
Ladybud Magazine has previously covered this story, and will continue to do so as future developments unfold. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to sign the petition for Doctor Sisley’s reinstatement on Change.org, which at the time of publication had nearly 95,000 supporters.
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