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James A. McDermott, MD Biography

Former Member of the US House of Representatives (D-WA)
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

Co-sponsor of H.R. 2592, the States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act.


Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, US House of Representatives (D-WA), 7th District of Washington, 1989-2017
  • Former Member, Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means
  • Founder and Former Chair, Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS
  • Co-sponsor, States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act
  • Regional Medical Officer, US Foreign Service, Kinshasa, Zaire, 1987-1988
  • Member, Public Health Associates of Seattle, WA, 1983-1986
  • Lt. Commander, Chief Psychiatrist, US Navy Medical Corps, Long Beach Naval Station, CA, 1968-1970
  • Residency, Child Psychology, University of Washington Hospitals, 1966-1968
  • Residency, Adult Psychology, University of Illinois Hospitals, 1964-1966
  • MD, University of Illinois Medical School, 1963
  • BS, Wheaton College, Illinois, 1958
  • Introduced the AIDS Housing Opportunities Act