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Richard Beada, JD Biography

Criminal Defense Attorney and Founder of the Law Offices of Richard J. Beada
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“The practice of Federal prosecutors to not indict simple possession of marijuana cases is a policy decision, grounded more in the efficient use of limited prosecutorial resources than in any recognition from the justice department that medical marijuana should be a national trend.”

Email to, Feb. 2002

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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:
  • Founder, Law Offices of Richard J. Beada
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • City Attorney, Santa Monica, 1981-1982
  • Handled numerous drug cases in state and federal court, representing defendants
  • JD, Southwestern University School of Law, 1980
  • BA, New England College, 1976
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