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.READ MORE: Cal Fire Crews Respond to Vegetation Fire in Sonoma County
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.READ MORE: Woman Faces 15 Years In Prison For 2017 Fatal DUI In Livermore
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.
(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)MORE NEWS: San Francisco Announces New Anti-Retail Theft Initiative