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:
#employmentlaw – “On October 19, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a press release announcing the release of its updated “Know Your Rights” poster. The EEOC enforces a number of employment laws that require employers to post a notice describing the Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination.
Particular updates to reflect the current interpretation and enforcement of the federal discrimination laws: includes a specific reference that harassment is a prohibited form of discrimination; clarifies that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity; provides information about equal pay discrimination for federal employers; and contains a new QR code for individuals that links directly to instructions on how to file a charge of workplace discrimination with the EEOC.”
#cannabisindustry – “A proposed class of buyers is suing the makers of Jeeter brand prerolled cannabis cigarettes, saying the company grossly overstates the amount of THC in its products and overcharges consumers for them.
In a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Court, Jasper Centeno and Blake Wilson said Dreamfields Brands Inc. and its subsidiary Med for America Inc. are in violation of California’s cannabis labeling regulations, which require that the actual level of THC in cannabis products be within 10% of what’s stated on the box.
According to the complaint, this means that if a cannabis product advertises that it contains 30% THC, the actual amount must be between 27% and 33%, and Jeeter products are specifically advertised as having high levels of THC, with some products advertising between 35% and 46%.”
#californiacannabis – “Cutter Mill Credit LA LLC is suing a cannabis company and others involved in its operations, saying the company has defaulted on a $1 million loan intended to help it open a dispensary.
In a complaint filed last week in Los Angeles County Court, Cutter Mill said it entered into a loan agreement with Aeon Botanika Los Angeles Inc. and Golden Phoenix Holdings LLC in March 2021, so that they could develop and operate a cannabis store in West Hollywood.
Over the course of the following year, Aeon and GPH asked for, and got, several deferments on the payments, additions to the loan and protective advancements to allow them to pay rent on the space Aeon occupies for its store.
The companies have not paid back the loan, however, and as of Oct. 7 they owe $2 million, plus $315,460 in unpaid interest, plus late charges and advance fees, according to the complaint.”
#psilocybin – “Recently, users have been “stacking” microdoses of psilocybin-containing mushrooms with substances that are claimed to accentuate its beneficial effects. One mixture with a very long history combines two compounds that the Aztecs were quite familiar: chocolate and psilocybin mushrooms. This practice is called “cacahua-xochitl,” which translates as “chocolate-mushrooms.” Chocolate contains an array of compounds that are psychoactive that may contribute to the cognitive effects of a low dose of psilocybin. Chocolate contains fats that induce the release of endogenous molecules that act similarly to heroin and produce euphoria. German researchers reported that drugs that block the actions of this opiate-like chemical prevented the pleasure associated with eating chocolate. Chocolate also contains a small amount of the marijuana-like neurotransmitter called anandamide. Although this molecule can easily cross the blood-brain barrier, the levels in chocolate are considered too low to produce an effect on our mood by itself….”
#californiacannabis – “The City’s ballot measure (G) seeks to convert the existing, non-voter approved, Development Fee into a permanent 6% tax on gross sales. This could have been an opportunity for the City Council to recognize the over taxation on our customers, but instead they are doubling down to ask the voters to convert a temporary fee into a permanent tax.
The City and their communications consultant are calling this new tax a ‘Business and Professions Tax’ and describe this conversion from a fee to a tax as an administrative change. If it were merely an administrative change, the City would not be required to put this new tax before the voters for approval.”