Kung Hei Fat Choi, East Bay! Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. Looks like Oakland’s pot farms ordinance is, in fact, illegal, according to the feds. In a letter received Tuesday, Melinda Haag, the US attorney for Northern California, warned the city that, essentially, people who operate pot farms would be doing so in violation of federal law, regardless of what Oakland and California law say, and that these individuals would open themselves up to criminal and civil prosecution. Haag’s letter was responding specifically to the ordinance the city council passed in July (and later shelved precisely because of legal concerns), not the retooled ordinance proposed by Desley Brooks at Tuesday’s council meeting. As we reported yesterday, Brooks’ proposal is theoretically less problematic legally. Haag and her office haven’t responded to the new proposal yet.