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:
#psychedelics – “To understand the nuances of psilocybin and DMT, it is essential to examine the primary chemical similarities between them. Although psilocybin and DMT both belong to the tryptamine family, which incorporates natural neurotransmitters like serotonin as well as numerous psychedelic substances in plants and fungi, there is one noteworthy difference between them: their metabolic characteristics.”
#psychedelics – “Three million people in the United States have had opioid use disorder, and another 1.5 million people have dealt with methamphetamine misuse within the last year alone.
But two new groundbreaking clinical trials out of the UW Transdisciplinary Center for Research in Psychoactive Substances (TCRPS), housed within the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy, aim to address these pressing issues with a promising psychoactive agent: psilocybin.
The drug has shown encouraging results for patients with depression and with tobacco and alcohol misuse. Now, a UW–Madison research team is investigating the use of psilocybin to aid in decreasing opioid and methamphetamine misuse.”
We will absolutely see more inspections and enforcement in 2023. Be ready…
#californiacannabis – “our cannabis team saw a big uptick in inspections by the state Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) and by local agencies. From what we’ve seen, DCC will often drop in with little to no advanced notice and demand that a licensee cure a series of regulatory violations in an exceedingly short time. It’s hard to read the tea leaves in a lot of cases – inspections can be a prelude to enforcement, but they can also be a way for the agencies to spur compliance without clogging up the court system.”
#cannabislaw – “The Arizona Supreme Court has declined to hear any further challenges to an appellate court ruling which determined that child welfare officials acted inappropriately when they placed a woman on a state registry for having consumed medical cannabis while pregnant. The Court’s order, issued Thursday, removes the mother’s name from appearing on the state’s registry, which is accessible to employers performing background checks.
The Arizona Department of Child Safety initially took action against the mother, Lindsey Ridgell, in 2019 when her newborn tested positive for cannabis. Last April, justices on the Arizona Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the prenatal exposure in this case did not constitute “neglect” because the mother was medically authorized under the law to consume cannabis products to treat symptoms of morning sickness.”
#californiacannabis – “The City of Los Angeles is asking a California federal court to throw out a suit aiming to block its lottery process for choosing which businesses get cannabis licenses, saying the complaint’s allegations that the process violates the dormant commerce clause are misplaced.
In a motion filed Friday, the city argued that Variscite Inc. and its owner, Kenneth Gay of Michigan, can’t lean on the commerce clause, which aims to protect interstate trade, both because the city’s cannabis code does not limit interstate trade, and courts in the Ninth Circuit have found that federal law does not apply to the benefit of cannabis growers and sellers, as cannabis is still illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
According to the motion, through the CSA, Congress has outlaws the interstate market for cannabis, and the commerce clause cannot protect a right to a market that is illegal. The city pointed to a number of other suits, where federal courts have declined to extend other federal protections and claims — such as trademark protections and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims —to cannabis businesses.”