/ Last Modified August 3, 2014

Medical Pot Researcher Denied Dismissal from UA Appeal

Organization asks Board of Regents to allow transfer to NAU, ASU.

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A group funding medical marijuana research at the University of Arizona says it wants to move the study to another institution.

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, known as MAPS, said in a press release Tuesday that it will ask the Arizona Board of Regents to move its study of marijuana as treatment for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The release added that MAPS hopes to keep the study at an Arizona university, but the top priority is making sure it stays in the hands of its principal investigator, Sue Sisley.

That announcement came on Tuesday, a day after the UA sent a letter to Sisley’s lawyer denying her appeal of the decision not to renew her contract. In the letter, UA Provost Andrew C. Comrie said Sisley had been afforded due process in that while there was no allowance for an appeal of the nonrenewal decision, she was given that opportunity.

Sisley has said she thinks her contract was not renewed because of pressure from conservative legislators because her research involved marijuana.

Comrie said in his letter that, "neither the nature of her research nor any political activities she may have engaged in formed the basis for the decisions to nonrenew her appointments and to discontinue her faculty title."

The MAPS press release said Sisley and her supporters will go before the Arizona Board of Regents Executive Committee on Aug. 7, asking the regents to allow either Arizona State University or Northern Arizona University to take on the research project.

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