Sue Sisley, Cannabis Researcher, Loses Medical Society Position Over New Times Quotes

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Sue Sisley has been fired again.

An apparent victim of hardball politics, the Valley doctor and would-be cannabis researcher was told by the University of Arizona in June to vacate her office at the school's downtown Phoenix campus.

Now Sisley's been booted off the Maricopa County Medical Society's board of officers due to published quotes in September's Phoenix New Times feature article about her saga, "Weeded Out: How the U of A Fired Pot Researcher Sue Sisley After a State Senator Complained."

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Marijuana Use Among Teens Declines Again in Arizona; Activist Prosecutors Cherry-Pick Data

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Arizona's "top" prosecutors on Thursday urged the public to oppose cannabis legalization, warning that diverted medical marijuana is an increasing source of the drug for teens.

Problem is, these modern-day prohibitionists are cherry-picking their data from the newly released 2014 Arizona Youth Survey by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. And that report reveals something that's arguably more interesting:

Marijuana use among teens, in general, appears to be continuing a remarkable decline.

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Montgomery Seeks Felony Conviction for Pot Patient Caught With Gram of Weed in Dorm

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The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is prosecuting a college student with a medical-marijuana card for felony possession of less than a gram of weed.

Andre Lee Juwaun Maestas, a 19-year-old Arizona State University student, could end up with a felony on his record, probation and stiff fines because of the March discovery of about .6 grams of marijuana and some smoking paraphernalia in his dorm room.

On the other hand, the case could also end up in Maestas' favor -- a scenario which could have the added effect of overturning a 2012 law that prohibits patients from possessing medical marijuana on college campuses.

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Medical-Marijuana Patients Still at Risk for DUI Conviction, Appeals Court Confirms

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Medical-marijuana patients are still at risk for a DUI conviction simply for having trace amounts of THC in their bloodstreams, the state Court of Appeals confirmed on Tuesday.

In a 3-0 ruling with disclaimers by one judge, the court upheld the conviction of a Mesa man despite an apparent exception for such prosecutions in the voter-approved, 2010 medical-pot law.

Arizona, if you haven't heard, has a zero-tolerance law against drivers with marijuana metabolites in their veins, medical card or not. Our May 2013 feature article, "Riding High," covered how it was possible for patients or illegal cannabis users to be convicted for DUI even when impairment wasn't a factor, and even when the only metabolite found was carboxy-THC, a molecule known to be inactive.

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Weeded Out: How the U of A Fired Pot Researcher Sue Sisley After a State Senator Complained

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Sue Sisley, M.D., is nearly blind.

She can't see out of her left eye and has minimal vision in her right, resulting from amblyopia, a condition she's had since birth. Her remaining eyesight "doesn't seem to be deteriorating further," she says. But in recent months, Sisley's been trying to train Penny, a rescue dog from the Humane Society, for her potentially to use someday. It's not really working out. Cute but undisciplined, Penny -- wearing a blue vest -- greets a visitor excitedly at the Arizona Telemedicine Program's Phoenix office.

On this Tuesday afternoon, 45-year-old Sisley is the only person working in the facility. She's got back-to-back video meetings with patients but takes a break to meet with a reporter, after a weeks-long stampede of attention from the news media.

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Arlin Troutt, Marijuana Activist, Vows to Appeal Ruling on Arizona Cultivation Limit

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When Arlin Troutt was sentenced in February 1996 for a marijuana-selling conspiracy, a crowd of supporters came to the Minneapolis federal courtroom to cheer him on.

The Arizona resident and former frontman for a line of hempwear affiliated with country singer Willie Nelson had been convicted of conspiring to transport and sell about 250 pounds of marijuana. Then 46, Troutt railed against the government's anti-marijuana policies to the judge, extolling the plant's value as "food, fuel, fiber, and medicine."

His lawyer told the press the speech probably added 19 months to Troutt's sentence of eight years, one month.

Troutt, now 64 and living in Gold Canyon, is still fighting the Man in the name of cannabis. He vows to appeal an administrative law judge's August 12 ruling that upholds a state rule prohibiting medical-marijuana patients from growing marijuana within 25 miles of a dispensary.

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Arizona Medical-Marijuana Patients Could Buy Pot in Nevada Dispensaries Under New Plan

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Medical-marijuana patients from Arizona and other states could shop legally at as-yet-unopened Nevada dispensaries under a plan being developed by Nevada authorities.

Chad Westom, bureau chief of the Nevada Division of Public & Behavioral Health, said on Monday that his state's new medical-marijuana program will honor Arizona registration cards.

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Arizona Surpasses 50,000 Medical-Marijuana Patients

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Arizona now has more than 50,000 medical-marijuana patients.
New statistics by the Arizona Department of Health Services show that Arizona now has more than 50,000 qualifying, adult patients.

As of June 30, the state had 52,638 "active cardholders," which is a 9.1 percent increase from the last official number published by the agency on March 28 of 48,231 patients.

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Judge: Medical-Marijuana Patients Can Sell Pot to Other Patients Because Law is Vague

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Arizona's medical-marijuana law is so vague, the state can't prosecute patients who sell pot to other patients, a Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled.

The offbeat July 2 ruling and dismissal of a criminal case by Judge Richard Fields has the potential to open up all sorts of entrepreneurial opportunities for Arizonans to sell marijuana legally -- if it survives an appeal.

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PTSD Sufferers Can Obtain Medical Marijuana Under Arizona Law Starting in January

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Sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder can begin obtaining medical marijuana legally under Arizona law as soon as January.

Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, announced the decision today in his blog. PTSD patients and medical-cannabis advocates have been expecting a decision since last month, when state Administrative Law Judge Thomas Shedden ruled that PTSD should be deemed a qualifying ailment.


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