Because of course she was.
From the Daily Beast:
In April 2014, University of Arizona assistant professor Dr. Sue Sisley made headlines after winning federal approval to test marijuana on veterans suffering from PTSD. That made her the only academic in America to get a government go-ahead for cannabis research—and one of just 15 people to get such approval in the last two decades. The occasion hailed not only as a historic shift in public policy for the marijuana community but a huge victory for the 21.2 million veterans living in the U.S. today.You really should follow that link. Her story is a great one. A lifelong conservative, who had previously held typically conservative views, not only on cannabis, but on anybody who thought they might need cannabis in a medical capacity. Including veterans seeking it to help with PTSD.
But the stories didn’t stop. Recurring nightmares, insomnia, loss of interest, anger, sadness, and irritability—the hallmark symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—were paralyzing her patients. The medicine wasn’t working. Zoloft and Paxil, the only two FDA-approved medicines for the condition, left the soldiers feeling numb, dizzy, and in a constant state of fog. Marijuana, many found, was stronger than all of them combined.In short, Dr Sisley changed her mind. And fought for years to get approval to study cannabis for use in helping with PTSD.
Then she got it.
And then the reefer madness caught up.
As Sisley awaits the fate of her marijuana research, she’s still baffled by how difficult it is to study a drug that’s medically legal in 23 states. “It’s so clearly about politics, not science. Republicans feel like this is the pill they need to die on,” she says. “We keep asking, ‘What are you afraid of?’”Good damn question, for America to ask themselves.
Update: Dr Sisley's homepage can be found here. There is a "Donate" button, top right, PayPal accepted. Many thanks in advance to any who are able and willing.
And thanks to Notreadytobenice in the comments