TUCSON, AZ - The firing of a University of Arizona faculty member has halted the research of medical marijuana as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Suzanne Sisley was set to begin the only federally-approved research into cannabis as treatment for military veterans who suffer from PTSD. Research she claims is imperative in treating service members.
"If we don't get this study done immediately-there are going to be vets who are going to be embarking on getting marijuana cards and not having any concept on how to use marijuana," she says.
Sisley was let go from the university last month. She is appealing the decision.
"It's incredibly hurtful because I've been stripped of all my work without being given any reason why," she claims.
Medical marijuana advocates say her firing means much-needed research is being put on hold.
She's vowing to fight on. "I'm going to persevere until this study can be implemented in Arizona."
She says several other universities have reached to her to house the study.
The school released a statement saying they do not comment on personnel issues.