In the days of the Armada, a fleet of warships, the scuttlebutt was the rumor or gossip that would spread throughout the ship. Today, Armada Law Corp presents The Scuttlebutt, a daily summery of news articles that people within the cannabis, hemp and plant medicine industries are chatting about along with links to the full articles.
In today’s news:
Is CT’s cannabis market growing too quickly? Experts say CT can avoid mistakes Massachusetts made
#cannabisindustry – “With a 21 and up population of about 2.7 million people, each of Connecticut’s 23 dispensaries serve about 117,000 people on average, based on United States Census Bureau data. That number is expected to triple by this time next year.
Critics say proposal for tight THC limits would wipe out market for CBD in California
#hempderived – “A proposed amendment from California’s Department of Public Health that imposes strict limits on THC content in hemp products would effectively eliminate the market for broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD products, critics claim.
The amendment, which would set a total THC limit of 0.001 milligrams per gram and restrict cannabinoid products made from hemp to five servings per package, “would severely cripple, if not completely
USHR, calling the proposed changes “draconian,” said marijuana companies would be the only winners under the amendment.
The amendment would be attached to Assembly Bill 420, which aims to clean up provisions in current hemp laws and crack down on bad actors in the industry. State Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, a long-time hemp industry supporter, introduced AB 420.
AB420 “would revise and recast the provisions with the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, regulating industrial hemp to redefine certain terms, expand the prohibition that raw hemp extract not exceed 0.3% of a tetrahydrocannabinol comparable cannabinoid, and prohibit the manufacture, distribution, or sale of an industrial hemp product that contains a cannabinoid that is not present in nature in commercially meaningful quantities, unless authorized by the department in regulation.””
Justices Decline To Revisit Precedential Cannabis Ruling
#cannabislawsuit – “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to revisit an 18-year-old precedent regarding federal marijuana policy, refusing to hear a California couple’s case alleging the county of Mendocino unfairly denied them a medical cannabis growing permit.
In rejecting the petition for writ of certiorari filed in July by Ann Marie Borges and Chris Gurr, the high court opted to let stand its 2005 decision in Gonzales v. Raich , in which the majority held that the federal prohibition on cannabis overrode state legalization efforts.
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who was in the three-judge minority when Gonzales was decided, wrote in June 2021 that the decision was due for a reexamination and that the federal prohibition on cannabis may no longer be “necessary or proper” given how much latitude states have been given to enact their own legalization policies.
“Once comprehensive, the federal government’s current approach is a half-in, half-out regime that simultaneously tolerates and forbids local use of marijuana,” Justice Thomas wrote in 2021, a sentence duplicated without citation in Borges and Gurr’s petition.
Fiji to tap into multibillion dollar medicinal cannabis industry; recreational use still illegal
#cannabisindustry – “Fiji is considering tapping into the thriving global multibillion dollar medicinal cannabis industry.
While the Government backed this “groundbreaking endeavor” as an exploration for new avenues of economic innovation – noting the consideration for cultivation as “one promising area” – made it clear the proposed diversification initiative did not mean legalising recreational use of the herbal drug.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Co-operatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Communications Manoa Kamikamica elaborated on this Government’s ambition during a talanoa session at Naboutini Village in Serua last week – an aim to tap into the economic potential of the industry with an estimated turnover of US$30billion (approximately FJD$68bn).
He said any potential cultivation would take place in controlled environments to ensure limited access and strict adherence to regulations….”
Judge Cuts Claims In Fee Spat Against Colo. Pot Tracking Co.
#cannabislawsuit – “A Colorado state judge tossed three of a dispensary chain’s claims Wednesday in a suit alleging the state’s cannabis tracking vendor charged illegal fees, finding their agreement requires part of the dispute to be heard in Florida, where the vendor is based.
National Green Source LLC contends Metrc LLC breached their contract by refusing to supply it with proprietary tracking tags used by state regulators to monitor its inventory from the early stages of a plant’s growth through production and retail sales. Metrc halted the chain’s access to the tags in April over more than $28,000 in unpaid “support fees” dating back nine years.
In an order Wednesday, Denver County District Judge Sarah B. Wallace rejected National Green’s contention that requiring its breach of contract claim be heard in Florida, while allowing others to stay in Colorado, would lead to conflicting court decisions.
“To the extent Green disagrees, Green can cure that problem by filing all its claims in Florida,” Judge Wallace wrote.”
Read more at: https://www.law360.com/articles/1727619?copied=1
ANA recognizes cannabis nursing as a specialty nursing practice
#medicalcannabis – “The American Nurses Association, which represents about five million nurses nationwide, has recognized cannabis nursing as a nursing specialty. Cannabis nursing is identified by the American Cannabis Nurses Association as a specialty nursing practice focused on the healthcare of consumers seeking education and guidance in the therapeutic use of cannabis.
ACNA’s stated mission is to advance excellence in cannabis nursing practice through advocacy, collaboration, education, research and policy development. The organization’s goal is to improve health outcomes by enabling pathways for cannabis education with a focus on compassion and social justice principles.
“ANA is pleased to officially recognize cannabis nursing practice as a nursing specialty,” said ANA president Dr. Jennifer Mensik Kennedy. “This recognition highlights the essential role and special contribution of cannabis nurses to the healthcare system and promotes enhanced integration of cannabis therapies for healthcare consumers across diverse healthcare settings.””