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Medical research of marijuana for PTSD approved by feds

Researchers from the University of Arizona have gained approval from the Department of Health and Human Services to examiner the use of marijuana to help war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. The L.A. Times reports that the Arizona Study was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) three years ago and now only requires approval from the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Researcher Suzanne A. Sisley, clinical assistant professor of psychology at the University of Arizona's medical school seems to be pleased by this. "This is a great day," she says. "The merits of a rigorous scientific trial have finally trumped politics."

Democratic Representative Earl Blumenauer rallied other members of congress to lobby the administration for more access to marijuana for medical research. "These are not people who are going to be involved with some clandestine production of the drug or do something nefarious. They are trying to do scientific research that will add to the body of knowledge and safety," he said. For more information on this story, visit

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