Last updated on: 8/23/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Jay Cavanaugh, PhD Biography

Title:
National Director of the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Many of the chronically ill have successfully sought relief with the use of medical cannabis, an age-old remedy that now shows real scientific efficacy. Hundreds of thousands of the sick have replaced disabling narcotics and other psychotropic medications with nontoxic and benign cannabis. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. Folks with spinal injuries able to give up their walkers, AIDS patients able to gain weight and keep their medications down, cancer patients finding relief from the terrible nausea of chemotherapy, chronic pain patients once again functional with their consciousness restored from narcotic lethargy, and folks once disabled from crippling psychiatric disorders and addictions, returned to sanity and society with the assistance of a nontoxic herb with remarkable healing powers.”

2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • National Director, American Alliance for Medical Cannabis
  • Postdoc Fellow in Molecular Immunology, School of Medicine, Stanford University, 1994-1995
  • Gubernatorial Appointment, California State Board of Pharmacy, 1980-1990
  • Public Health Administration, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
  • Los Angeles County Health Department, 1970-1973
  • Former Chair, Los Angeles County Research Evalualtion and Advisory Panel (REAP) for Chemical Dependency Treatment
Education:
  • PhD, Biology, Tulane University, 1994
  • MA, Cellular Biology, California State University, Northridge
  • BA, Biology, California State University, Northridge, 1976
Other:
  • Died Apr. 2005
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  2. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety, and Similar Mood Disorders?
  3. Should Marijuana Ever Be Used to Treat Children and Adolescents?
  4. What Are the Non-Smoked Ways to Use Marijuana Medically?