OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland City Attorney John Russo said he will no longer advise the City Council about its plans to license large-scale marijuana farms.

In a letter to Mayor Jean Quan and each council member dated Thursday, Russo is not specific about what prompted him to make the move.

He cites state professional conduct rules and the council’s efforts this week to redraft its proposed pot-farm ordinance to address state and federal law enforcement officials’ concerns about its legality.

In July, Oakland became the first city in the country to authorize the licensing of marijuana cultivation operations.

Russo’s office declined to comment on the letter.

Councilwoman Jane Brunner said Russo has an obligation to advise the council. Brunner said any money to hire outside counsel should come from Russo’s budget.

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Comments (3)
  1. Rana Lee Berman says:

    if it is legal, he should do his job.

  2. George Frank says:

    Dear Rana,

    Of course you did not realize that growing marijuana in dispensaries was illegal under state law, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE CITY OF OAKLAND says. Of course you didn’t. You are one of a very large number of ignorant Oaklanders who speak out of emotional bias versus logic abd fact. Don’t you get it….it is not legal. NONE of it is legal under federal law….probably didn’t know that either. Why crack a book when you can just tune into the Trib and get all of your education here. That is the point he is making….open your ears and listen…..it is illegal therefore he has invoked a law whithin the law in order to not go down with the Oakland City Council Titanic on this one. Please tell me that you at least have a high school education and can read. If so, then please educate yourself on state and federall aw concerning medicinal marijuana…both trumph (beat, in case that word escaped you) city law. Please people….I emplore you….get EDUCATED! Politicians plan on you not being educated. That is how they sneak all that crazy stuff right by you.

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