Medical marijuana research shackled by politics?

By Sybil Hoffman

Channel 3

As we prepare to watch nearly 100 medical marijuana dispensaries open across the state, efforts to expand the list of conditions eligible for cannabis keep

Dr. Sue Sisley is an advocate for medical marijuana.

hitting obstacles.

Dr. Sue Sisley is an advocate for medical marijuana.

“This drug deserves its opportunity to go under the rigors of high-level science,” Sisley said.

Sisley wonders if marijuana will ever be fully understood in the medical community. Since it’s considered illegal by the federal government, she says it’s difficult to do the needed research.

“Is marijuana useful for what conditions? What dosage works the best? What delivery method? Is it better to smoke or vaporize or use edibles? All those things are up in the air and nobody knows how to answer them now,” she said.

Last month, the public petitioned the Department of Health Services to add migraines, PTSD, anxiety and depression to the list of diagnoses eligible for medical marijuana. All were turned down.

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