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Dr. Jay Cavanaugh

Born and raised-Los Angeles, California

Undergraduate-UC Berkeley/CSUN-BA Biology, 1976 Graduate- UCLA- Public Health Administration Certificate, 1978-80, CSUN Cell and Molecular Biology 1989-90, Tulane University 1990-94, Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry (Board of Regents Scholar), Stanford University, School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Immunology 1994-95

Public Service:
Gubernatorial Appointment to California State Board of Pharmacy 1980-82, reappointed 1982-86, reappointed to final Constitutional term 1986-90. Assisted in developing and coordinating drug enforcement against pharmacies, wholesalers, and manufacturers, diverting narcotics. Developed and implemented Recovering Pharmacist Program. Assisted in insuring pharmacist consultation with patients.

Past Chairperson:
Los Angeles County Research Evaluation and Advisory Panel (REAP) for chemical dependency treatment and prevention.

Los Angeles County Health Department 1970-73 Outpatient drug treatment caseworker.

Interagency Drug Abuse Recovery Programs:
founder and Executive Director 1973-89 and 99-2000. Oversaw four Los Angeles outpatient treatment centers for adult and adolescents. Served as expert witness in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange County Courts.

Crisis Intervention Consultation and Employee Assistance training.

AAMC background:
Became involved with medical marijuana movement in 1997, first as a patient, then as an AAMC member serving as Los Angeles County Director and on the AAMC Medical Advisory Board. Became National Director in April, 2001.

Numerous professional Journals, and upcoming cookbook (The Canny Bus Trip Kit). Cable cooking show planned.

Married (Nancy) with two teen step children (John Paul and Erin).
Hobbies include poetry (book published), computers, cooking, gardening, film, and the arts.


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