Last updated on: 2/2/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Jerry Brown, Jr., JD Biography

Title:
Former Governor of California
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“In 2003, the Legislature enacted additional legislation relating to medical marijuana. One of those statutes requires the Attorney General to adopt ‘guidelines to ensure the security and nondiversion of marijuana grown for medical use.’ To fulfill this mandate, this Office is issuing the following guidelines to (1) ensure that marijuana grown for medical purposes remains secure and does not find its way to non-patients or illicit markets, (2) help law enforcement agencies perform their duties effectively and in accordance with California law, and (3) help patients and primary caregivers understand how they may cultivate, transport, possess, and use medical marijuana under California law.”

“Guidelines for the Security and Non-diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use,” Aug. 25, 2008

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor of California, 2011-Jan. 2019
  • 31st Attorney General of California, 2007-2010
  • Mayor of Oakland, 1999-2007
  • Sought Democratic presidential nomination, 1992
  • Chairman, California state Democratic Party, 1989-1991
  • CARE ambassador of good will, Bangladesh, 1988
  • Worked with Mother Teresa, Home for the Dying, India
  • Governor of California, 1975-1983
  • Secretary of State, California, 1971-1975
  • Elected to Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, 1969
  • Attorney, Tuttle & Taylor
  • Law clerk, California Supreme Court Justice Mathew Tobriner
Education:
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1964
  • BA, Classics, University of California at Berkeley, 1961
  • Attended Sacred Heart Novitiate
  • Attended University of Santa Clara
Other:
  • Born in San Francisco on Apr. 7, 1938
  • Legal name is Edmund G. Brown, Jr.