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California State Attorney General Biography

Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“The Institute of Medicine report takes an important step toward answering questions about the medical benefits of marijuana. The report suggests that there is scientific evidence to support its use and encourages further research. Current federal law prohibits doctors from prescribing marijuana and has made medical research difficult. We look forward to the federal government building on this report’s findings so that we can wisely implement Proposition 215.”



“The Attorney General represents the people of California in civil and criminal matters before trial, appellate and the supreme courts of California and the United States. The Attorney General also serves as legal counsel to state officers and, with few exceptions, to state agencies, boards and commissions. Exceptions to the centralized legal work done on behalf of the state are listed in Section 11041 of the Government Code.

Under the state Constitution, the Attorney General is elected to a four-year term in the same statewide election as the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Controller, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Insurance Commissioner.”

Office of the Attorney General website (accessed Sep. 14, 2007)


“It is our duty to serve our state and work honorably every day to fulfill California’s promise. The Attorney General and our Department’s employees provide leadership, information and education in partnership with state and local governments and the people of California to:

  • Enforce and apply all our laws fairly and impartially.
  • Ensure justice, safety, and liberty for everyone.
  • Encourage economic prosperity, equal opportunity and tolerance.
  • Safeguard California’s human, natural, and financial resources for this and future generations.”
  • “Mission Statement,” Office of the Attorney General website (accessed Sep. 14, 2007)

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