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American Legion to Head of VA: Support MMJ/PTSD Research
Author: Monterey Bud 22/09/2017 - 17:18:00

On Wednesday, the nation’s largest and most conservative military veterans organization called out the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – asking VA Secretary David Shulkin to support Dr. Sue Sisley’s FDA-approved research into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the medicinal efficacy of cannabis. 

Denise Rohan, the American Legion national commander, sent a letter to the secretary of the VA “urging” Shulkin and his department “to support an FDA-Approved Marijuana/PTSD research study.” 

Conducted by Dr. Sue Sisley in conjunction with the National Institute of Health and the California-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), the collaborative study is currently underway at the Scottsdale Institute in Arizona. 

Made possible by a $2.16 million grant from the Colorado Health Department, the study has so far enrolled only 22 of the required 76 volunteers, after screening over 4,000 potential candidates. The Military Times reported in August the Veterans Administration was blocking research into the potential benefits of marijuana for vets suffering from PTSD. 

Sisley believes many vets who would otherwise qualify for the study are just out of reach. Sequestered among the thousands of military veterans at the nearby Phoenix VA Medical Center, Dr. Sisley has lobbied the VA and their physicians for access to PTSD patients – to no avail.

With her appeals long ignored by the Veterans Administration and Secretary David Shulkin, Dr. Sisley has worried — if no new participants step forward soon, the study would either need to “shut down,” or the parameters would have to change to include “non-veterans.”

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