Jerry Brown Mum on Marijuana

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The push to legalize marijuana in California is getting a lot of buzz, but don't expect to hear Jerry Brown weigh in any time soon.

Brown is running as the Democratic candidate for governor in California, and he currently serves as the state's attorney general. And as attorney general, he is responsible for writing the title and the short description of the marijuana initiative, as it will appear on California voting ballot statewide this November. Until that's complete, he'll hold off on taking a stance.

"Until that's done, he's not likely to speak for or against," campaign spokesman Sterling Clifford said.

But it's not too likely that he'll support the measure, even once his ballot-writing work is compete. As attorney general, Brown ordered a crackdown on medical pot clubs in 2008, putting California more in line with federal law enforcers in dealing with marijuana, as the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out.

Insofar as Brown supports the federal government's approach to marijuana, he won't like the prospect of California nullifying federal drug laws in the state via November's ballot initiative.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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