Arizona 17 Months Later, Feds Still Stalling Pot Study

ARIZONA: After 17 months, Dr. Suzanne Sisley is about to get the marijuana she needs to start a federally approved clinical study into whether marijuana helps veterans with PTSD.

She proposed this research five years ago and has been herding bureaucratic turtles ever since. She’ll do the study in Arizona even though none of the state’s universities wanted to work with her on the fully funded study into one of the hottest topics around.

There is a list of reasons why vets are still waiting for answers.

Austin City Council To Consider Resolution Regarding Medical Marijuana

TEXAS:  This week the Austin City Council will consider a resolution supporting medical marijuana in Texas.

Two council members are sponsoring the resolution, and an Austin mother says she’ll be watching this item closely.

Shaded from the hot Texas sun, 9-year-old Lance enjoys a popsicle with his twin sister. The peaceful scene doesn’t show his struggle to speak or his problems with sleeping and aggression.

Lance is autistic.

Lance’s mother, Thalia Michelle, believes medical cannabis could help her son. “It could help with his hyperactivity, cognition, focus [and] even speech,” she said. “This isn’t just about smoking for nausea and pain anymore.”


Arizona Medical Marijuana Supporters To Rally For Veterans With PTSD On April 2

ARIZONA:  On March 10th, the bill H.B. 2333, sponsored by State Representative Ethan Orr of Tucson, passed the Arizona House 52-5, with strong bi-partisan support.  Under Arizona’s medical marijuana law, the money in the medical marijuana fund is reserved for furthering the provisions of the law and should include research and education.  None of it has been spent. H.B. 2333 would give the Arizona Department of Health Services discretion to use some of this surplus funding to study the medical benefits of marijuana.  State Senator Kimberly Yee (Phoenix), who chairs the Senate Education Committee, simply refused to put the bill on her committee’s agenda before the March 20th deadline.

“This bill will help a lot of people. Not just combat veterans, but people with chronic illness and pain who can’t find relief anywhere else. Whether you are for recreational use or against it, we should at least know what marijuana does. It’s research – that’s all we are trying to do,” said the bill’s sponsor, State Representative Ethan Orr. [Read more…]