Phoenix VA hospital blocks medical marijuana presentation


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PHOENIX — The Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix has blocked a local doctor from giving a lecture about marijuana’s effect on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to the Phoenix VA’s staff.

KTAR-FM reports that the Phoenix VA Medical Center told Dr. Sue Sisley she couldn’t give the presentation to medical staff, even though Sisley’s study has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Medical marijuana is legal in Arizona but it’s still a federal crime to possess pot. Dr. Samuel Aguayo, associate chief of staff for research at the VA hospital, says the center is not permitted to promote or recruit veterans for marijuana research.

Congress has passed legislation that would allow VA doctors to discuss marijuana as a treatment option. Aguayo says the center might reconsider Sisley’s lecture if that becomes law.

Information from: KTAR-FM

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