NORML.ORG – California: Oakland City Council Suspends Medical Marijuana Grow Plan

Oakland, CA: Oakland City Council members voted last week to suspend plans to license and tax industrial sized medical cannabis producers. The decision came after federal officials stated that the Justice Department would likely pursue criminal or civil litigation against local marijuana growers as well as Oakland city officials if they moved forward with their licensing plans.

Oakland City Attorney John Russo had also issued a legal opinion saying the plan violated the state’s medical marijuana laws and could place council members in legal jeopardy.

Council members voted 7 to 1 to withdraw the licensing ordinance but may revisit the issue later this year.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.

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