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(LA Times)   Researcher doing legitimate legally sanctioned medical marijuana research fired by legislative Republicans   (latimes.com ) divider line
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2014-07-05 05:06:03 PM  
"Sisley charges she was fired after her research - and her personal political crusading - created unwanted attention for the university from legislative Republicans who control its purse strings."

Welcome to politics. Glad to see you learned something from your research project, and hope you enjoyed your stay.
 
2014-07-05 05:17:36 PM  
This is Arizona where the people have routinely voted to legalize medical marijuana and it was repeatedly thrown out by the Republican legislature because 'the people didn't know what they were voting for' or some such nonsense.
 
2014-07-05 05:35:59 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: This is Arizona where the people have routinely voted to legalize medical marijuana and it was repeatedly thrown out by the Republican legislature because 'the people didn't know what they were voting for' or some such nonsense.


I live near a town where the 'higher ups' were strongly Christian/Baptist that was dry for decades where popular polls would show overwhelming support for alcohol sales inside the city limits (around 75% for, iirc), but was soundly defeated each and every year the referendum made it onto the ballot until one of the pro-sales groups exercised a clause allowing private security to monitor (but not interfere with in any way) polling places and ballot machines or boxes until the votes were tallied from each machine or box. Oddly, the referendum passed that year at about the same percentage as was indicated in the opinion polls.

Coincidences are weird, sometimes.
 
2014-07-05 06:12:39 PM  
www.drbronsontours.com
 
2014-07-05 06:17:20 PM  

ElLoco: Because People in power are Stupid: This is Arizona where the people have routinely voted to legalize medical marijuana and it was repeatedly thrown out by the Republican legislature because 'the people didn't know what they were voting for' or some such nonsense.

I live near a town where the 'higher ups' were strongly Christian/Baptist that was dry for decades where popular polls would show overwhelming support for alcohol sales inside the city limits (around 75% for, iirc), but was soundly defeated each and every year the referendum made it onto the ballot until one of the pro-sales groups exercised a clause allowing private security to monitor (but not interfere with in any way) polling places and ballot machines or boxes until the votes were tallied from each machine or box. Oddly, the referendum passed that year at about the same percentage as was indicated in the opinion polls.

Coincidences are weird, sometimes.



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2014-07-05 06:30:48 PM  
researcher who only months ago received rare approval from federal drug officials to study the effects of pot on patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

GOP: Support farking over our troops!
 
2014-07-05 06:38:00 PM  
Someone tell me again why Republicans consider themselves the party of limited, non-intrusive government.
 
2014-07-05 06:39:35 PM  

Hickory-smoked: Someone tell me again why Republicans consider themselves the party of limited, non-intrusive government.


Because it makes the other party look bad.

/Everything republicans say these days is entirely based on making the other party look bad.
 
2014-07-05 06:43:47 PM  
"Don't smoke weed, we don't know how effective or dangerous it is"

"Well let's do some studies..."

"SCIENCE BAD!"
 
2014-07-05 06:44:03 PM  
The University of Arizona has abruptly fired a prominent marijuana researcher who only months ago received rare approval from federal drug officials to study the effects of pot on patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

I see Republicans finally figured out their solution to help the troops hurt by the VA scandal.
 
2014-07-05 06:57:20 PM  

Hickory-smoked: Someone tell me again why Republicans consider themselves the party of limited, non-intrusive government.


Because that sounds better than the truth.
 
2014-07-05 06:58:20 PM  
As much as I support the legalization of marijuana, both medicinal and recreational, at this point this is simply an allegation by someone who was fired.
 
2014-07-05 07:03:05 PM  

mgshamster: Hickory-smoked: Someone tell me again why Republicans consider themselves the party of limited, non-intrusive government.

Because it makes the other party look bad.

/Everything republicans say these days is entirely based on making the other party look bad.


Nah. At least some of it is their affinity for being moral criminals
 
2014-07-05 07:03:51 PM  
FTFA: "This is a clear political retaliation for the advocacy and education I have been providing the public and lawmakers," Sisley said. "I pulled all my evaluations and this is not about my job performance."

Farkin' stoners, always paranoid. Wake me up when you're not trying to be a martyr for your cause.

/is that how it's done?
 
2014-07-05 07:12:14 PM  
I would be delighted if the University of Montana decided to hire her to complete the research. My state has plenty of Army Reservists who were called up in the past 5 years. It would be fun to see the reaction of the minority derp brigade in the state capitol.
 
2014-07-05 07:14:47 PM  

weltallica: [www.drbronsontours.com image 653x958]


Okay. I honestly don't get it. WTF?
 
2014-07-05 07:17:36 PM  

Hickory-smoked: Someone tell me again why Republicans consider themselves the party of limited, non-intrusive government.


Because, "Party against everyone but old white people..and sometimes even them" while more technically accurate sounds less appealing.
 
2014-07-05 07:18:26 PM  
yeah, but have you ever done legitimate legally sanctioned research on weed on weed??
 
2014-07-05 07:19:12 PM  

ryant123: Nah. At least some of it is their affinity for being moral criminals


And more of it is their affinity for being regular criminals.
 
2014-07-05 07:21:31 PM  
The Arizona GOTP wanted to fund epidemiological study of how science infects voters and suppresses lower brain function.
 
2014-07-05 07:23:24 PM  

jso2897: weltallica: [www.drbronsontours.com image 653x958]

Okay. I honestly don't get it. WTF?


I was wondering the same thing.
 
MFK
2014-07-05 07:25:24 PM  

jso2897: weltallica: [www.drbronsontours.com image 653x958]

Okay. I honestly don't get it. WTF?


I could be wrong, but I think it's a hotel owner pouring acid into a pool because black people are swimming in it
 
2014-07-05 07:30:13 PM  
We already did research which proved that marijuana is dangerous and it resulted in the documentary called "Reefer Madness." Any more research is just a waste of taxpayer dollars.
 
2014-07-05 07:35:04 PM  

jso2897: weltallica: [www.drbronsontours.com image 653x958]

Okay. I honestly don't get it. WTF?


White guy is pouring acid in a swimming pool to make the uppity black folk get out. I can't remember where it happened, other than The South, but the people in the pool validated their correctness by not simply grabbing Mr. Man, and holding him underwater until the bubbles stopped.
 
2014-07-05 07:36:07 PM  
She might prove pot isn't bad, and we can't be having that.
 
2014-07-05 07:37:06 PM  

MFK: I could be wrong, but I think it's a hotel owner pouring acid into a pool because black people are swimming in it


Monson Motor Lodge swimming pool. First became aware of the incident from the 2006 documentary 'Dare Not Walk Alone'. Still not clear on the connection to medical marijuana researcher being fired.
 
2014-07-05 07:39:57 PM  
djhani.com
 
2014-07-05 07:47:20 PM  
"Sisley charges she was fired after her research - and her personal political crusading - created unwanted attention for the university from legislative Republicans who control its purse strings."

Maybe the next time you receive amazingly exclusive access and permission to do a study on marijuana, keep your big mouth shut about your political crusade for a while and maybe don't tempt those who already hate what you're doing to shut you down. Moron.

Also, i'm pro marijuana legalization and research, but if she's soooo active at the politics end of it, I'm not sure her "research" can be trusted to not be lopsided. I'd rather get my data from some science nerd without an agenda.
 
2014-07-05 07:53:20 PM  
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2014-07-05 08:04:45 PM  
"Good fact" : Pot is bad,  "Real fact" : there is a reason why we do research.
 
2014-07-05 08:13:08 PM  
A group of Republicans that are against scientific research.... must be a day ending in 'y'.
 
2014-07-05 08:27:06 PM  

MontanaDave: I would be delighted if the University of Montana decided to hire her to complete the research. My state has plenty of Army Reservists who were called up in the past 5 years. It would be fun to see the reaction of the minority derp brigade in the state capitol.


I would get behind this proposal.
 
2014-07-05 08:38:26 PM  

FnkyTwn: "Sisley charges she was fired after her research - and her personal political crusading - created unwanted attention for the university from legislative Republicans who control its purse strings."

Maybe the next time you receive amazingly exclusive access and permission to do a study on marijuana, keep your big mouth shut about your political crusade for a while and maybe don't tempt those who already hate what you're doing to shut you down. Moron.

Also, i'm pro marijuana legalization and research, but if she's soooo active at the politics end of it, I'm not sure her "research" can be trusted to not be lopsided. I'd rather get my data from some science nerd without an agenda.


If you look her up on PubMed, it turns out she's published absolutely nothing prior to this.  There's an S. Sisley publishing in the field of endocrinology from the University of Cincinnati, but that seems to have too much actual science in it to be from a psychiatrist.
 
2014-07-05 08:48:59 PM  
If it's legitimate research, the GOP has a way of shutting it down.
 
2014-07-05 08:50:43 PM  

FnkyTwn: "Sisley charges she was fired after her research - and her personal political crusading - created unwanted attention for the university from legislative Republicans who control its purse strings."

Maybe the next time you receive amazingly exclusive access and permission to do a study on marijuana, keep your big mouth shut about your political crusade for a while and maybe don't tempt those who already hate what you're doing to shut you down. Moron.

Also, i'm pro marijuana legalization and research, but if she's soooo active at the politics end of it, I'm not sure her "research" can be trusted to not be lopsided. I'd rather get my data from some science nerd without an agenda.


FTFA:
Sisley said she did not get involved, but that university officials were irate when some activists she described as "overzealous" put the university logo on one of their political flyers. Sisley said a university vice president ordered her to draft a statement outlining all her political activism, which she did.
"I didn't even support the recall," Sisley said. "I thought it was a waste of energy."

What political crusade are you yammering about?
 
2014-07-05 08:51:43 PM  

FnkyTwn: "Sisley charges she was fired after her research - and her personal political crusading - created unwanted attention for the university from legislative Republicans who control its purse strings."

Maybe the next time you receive amazingly exclusive access and permission to do a study on marijuana, keep your big mouth shut about your political crusade for a while and maybe don't tempt those who already hate what you're doing to shut you down. Moron.

Also, i'm pro marijuana legalization and research, but if she's soooo active at the politics end of it, I'm not sure her "research" can be trusted to not be lopsided. I'd rather get my data from some science nerd without an agenda.


Believe it or not, you're allowed to speak out about issues on your own time as a professor (or really anywhere else). Your boss, whether you're a public employee or not, doesn't own you.

<b>However</b>, the article contradicts itself, as the only activism it mentions (a recall effort) wasn't even supported by Dr. Sisler.
 
2014-07-05 08:54:25 PM  

Bondith: FnkyTwn: "Sisley charges she was fired after her research - and her personal political crusading - created unwanted attention for the university from legislative Republicans who control its purse strings."

Maybe the next time you receive amazingly exclusive access and permission to do a study on marijuana, keep your big mouth shut about your political crusade for a while and maybe don't tempt those who already hate what you're doing to shut you down. Moron.

Also, i'm pro marijuana legalization and research, but if she's soooo active at the politics end of it, I'm not sure her "research" can be trusted to not be lopsided. I'd rather get my data from some science nerd without an agenda.

If you look her up on PubMed, it turns out she's published absolutely nothing prior to this.  There's an S. Sisley publishing in the field of endocrinology from the University of Cincinnati, but that seems to have too much actual science in it to be from a psychiatrist.


Yes, because the researchers in psychiatry departments  neverinvestigate drugs on humans or anything.

/Protip: They do, and they do legitimate science.
//I'm published, and in another field, but I've been around enough psychiatry faculty to know what they do
 
2014-07-05 08:56:08 PM  

BMulligan: If it's legitimate research, the GOP has a way of shutting it down.


Thats.....just perfect.
 
2014-07-05 08:59:56 PM  

MFK: jso2897: weltallica: [www.drbronsontours.com image 653x958]

Okay. I honestly don't get it. WTF?

I could be wrong, but I think it's a hotel owner pouring acid into a pool because black people are swimming in it


That looks more like a bottle of bleach... most likely hoping to "whiten" the occupants.
 
2014-07-05 09:42:34 PM  

Hickory-smoked: Someone tell me again why Republicans consider themselves the party of limited, non-intrusive government.


Because it's an effective lie to tell cowards so they vote against their own interests.
 
2014-07-05 09:52:53 PM  
It's a famous pi ture of a hotel owner pouring acid into a whites only pool that back people dared to swim in. I believe he apologized years later.
 
2014-07-05 11:14:15 PM  
Maybe I'm missing the part of the article which explains how the Republicans are behind this? All I see is that the university let her go and hadn't explained why, and she's blaming some random republican conspiracy. Maybe Republicans *are* behind it, but maybe the administration just got sick of her shiat.
 
2014-07-05 11:34:37 PM  

fusillade762: "SCIENCE BAD!"


Pretty much the whole Republican approach to science, except when used to kill Scary Mooselimbs.
 
2014-07-05 11:59:58 PM  

leviosaurus: Maybe I'm missing the part of the article which explains how the Republicans are behind this? All I see is that the university let her go and hadn't explained why, and she's blaming some random republican conspiracy. Maybe Republicans *are* behind it, but maybe the administration just got sick of her shiat.


They might not be behind the firing, but it appears at least one of them was trying to yank her funding.

She had lobbied state lawmakers for approval to use state funds collected at medical marijuana dispensaries to help pay for the work. When a powerful Republican senator maneuvered to block that money, some of Sisley's allies launched an unsuccessful recall effort.
 
2014-07-06 12:55:29 AM  

fusillade762: "Don't smoke weed, we don't know how effective or dangerous it is"

"Well let's do some studies..."

"SCIENCE BAD!"


"Jesus Hanging from a Tree Pretty!"
 
2014-07-06 12:56:37 AM  
Professor should get out of stupid Arizona. could maybe get a job in Colorado or Washington.
 
2014-07-06 01:23:37 AM  

fusillade762: leviosaurus: Maybe I'm missing the part of the article which explains how the Republicans are behind this? All I see is that the university let her go and hadn't explained why, and she's blaming some random republican conspiracy. Maybe Republicans *are* behind it, but maybe the administration just got sick of her shiat.

They might not be behind the firing, but it appears at least one of them was trying to yank her funding.

She had lobbied state lawmakers for approval to use state funds collected at medical marijuana dispensaries to help pay for the work. When a powerful Republican senator maneuvered to block that money, some of Sisley's allies launched an unsuccessful recall effort.


The thing is, even if you take the politics out of it, this seems like a difficult project for any school administration to support. It's going to require extra security and oversight to make sure the pot doesn't stolen and is accounted for. Imagine the scandal and nightmare if any of it goes missing. Compliance is going to be a nightmare. The lead researcher looks more like a shrill activist than a sober scientist, threatening to recalls on anyone who messes with her funding. Whatever the conclusions she draws, there's guaranteed to be a pool of researchers screaming that she's wrong. And for what? It's not bringing the University the kind of reputation they want.

School administrators are not exactly known for an abundance of spine. My guess is that they just decided she wasn't worth the headache.
 
2014-07-06 01:25:19 AM  

Egalitarian: Professor should get out of stupid Arizona. could maybe get a job in Colorado or Washington.


A professor in Arizona is just a janitor in Colorado or Washington.
 
2014-07-06 01:38:56 AM  

leviosaurus: The thing is, even if you take the politics out of it, this seems like a difficult project for any school administration to support. It's going to require extra security and oversight to make sure the pot doesn't stolen and is accounted for. Imagine the scandal and nightmare if any of it goes missing. Compliance is going to be a nightmare.


As far as this point goes I'm calling bullshiat. Universities and other institutions have been doing research on opiates and amphetamines for decades. If UofA can't keep track of a little weed they have MUCH bigger problems than this.
 
2014-07-06 01:46:26 AM  

Dahnkster: MFK: I could be wrong, but I think it's a hotel owner pouring acid into a pool because black people are swimming in it

Monson Motor Lodge swimming pool. First became aware of the incident from the 2006 documentary 'Dare Not Walk Alone'. Still not clear on the connection to medical marijuana researcher being fired.


I believe it's visual shorthand for "Conservatives are assholes."
 
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