California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 11500

The district attorney, or any person designated by him, of the county in which any violation of this division is committed shall conduct all actions and prosecutions for the violation.

However, the Attorney General, or special counsel employed by the Attorney General for that purpose, may take complete charge of the conduct of such actions or prosecutions.  The Attorney General may fix the compensation to be paid for the service and may incur such other expense in connection with the conduct of the actions or prosecutions as he may deem necessary.  No attorney employed as special counsel shall receive as compensation more than three thousand five hundred dollars ($3,500) in any one year.

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