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Pot Researcher Says Her Firing May Block PTSD Breakthrough

The attorney for a pot-and-PTSD researcher fired by the University of Arizona appealed her termination Tuesday, asserting the college is blocking a possible breakthrough in treating veterans with debilitating post-combat anxiety.

Dr. Sue Sisley, who earned federal approval in March to test marijuana on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, has argued that her June 27 dismissal was spurred by Arizona lawmakers who did not support her planned cannabis study.

"Despite this being a matter of grave public concern impacting our military veterans, the University of Arizona ... has refused to provide Dr. Sisley reasons for the effective termination of her position," read the reinstatement appeal drafted by the scientist's attorney, Jason Flores-Williams. "… If there is a one percent chance that Dr. Sisley's research could heal the nightmarish, epidemic suffering of our veterans, then why would the University impede it in any way?"

A spokesman for the school declined to comment. University administrators have 30 days to respond to the appeal, Flores-Williams said.

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