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Jo Daly Biography

Late Police Commissioner of San Francisco
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“A friend then gave me a marijuana cigarette, suggesting that it might help quell my nausea. I took three puffs from the cigarette. One-half hour later, I was calm, my nausea had disappeared, my appetite returned, and I slept that evening.

[M]y use of medical marijuana had a secondary, though by no means minor benefit: I was able to drastically reduce my dependence on more powerful prescription drugs that I was prescribed for pain and nausea. With the help of medical marijuana, which I ingest only occasionally and in small amounts, I no longer need the Compazine, Lorazepam, Ativan and Halcion. No combination of these medications provided adequate relief. They also caused serious side effects that I never experienced with marijuana.”

Declaration in Conant v. McCaffrey, Feb. 14, 1997

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Police Commissioner of San Francisco, 1980-1986
  • Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1976
  • Human Rights Commission’s first full-time paid liaison to the gay community, 1975
  • Vice-chair, Alice B. Toklas Club, 1975
  • None found
  • Died in 1997
  • Diagnosed with lung cancer in 1995
  • Diagnosed with cancer of the colon in 1988, which spread to her ovaries and lymph nodes
  • Married Nancy Achilles in a ceremony officiated by Senator Dianne Feinstein at Senator Feinstein’s home in 1977
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?