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:
#cannabisindustry – “The state Supreme Court refused Wednesday to require manufacturers of products that can be used to smoke marijuana, such as a “bong” pipe, to warn customers that they could be exposed to a chemical that causes cancer. According to a lower-court ruling that the justices left intact, Proposition 65, which mandates such warnings for businesses that knowingly “expose” anyone to a chemical that causes cancer or reproductive harm, applies only to makers of hazardous substances and items that produce them, and not to vessels like water pipes.”
#cannabisindustry – Florida – “State regulators in Florida this week unveiled new rules for its medical marijuana program, a move that could result in a significant increase of the number of licensed businesses there.
Local news station FOX13 in Tampa reports that the state Department of Health on Monday “set in motion a process to issue up to 22 more medical-marijuana licenses, in a highly anticipated move that could double the size of Florida’s medical-cannabis industry,” while also announcing “an emergency rule that would make it far more expensive for marijuana operators to renew their licenses every two years, increasing the cost from roughly $60,000 to more than $1 million.”
#cannabisindustry – “Many cannabis companies spend significant resources developing new cannabis cultivars or refining popular strain genetics. As they do so, more and more are looking for strategies to protect those investments. Plant patents for purportedly novel cannabis plants are increasingly common, but are plant patents really the best way to protect cannabis genes?
Different business models require different forms of protection, including physical security, trusted employees and top-notch contracts. In addition to these traditional security measures, there are three types of intellectual property available that can protect new cannabis strains:
Utility patents; and
The Plant Variety Protection Act of 1970, or PVPA.
Each option has its own set of benefits and comes with its own particular registration requirements.”
#californiacannabis – “A San Jose cannabis dispensary will pay $50,000 to settle claims it broke laws related to the safe application of pesticides, prosecutors said.
The case centered on Relentless Enterprises Inc., a licensed cannabis dispensary doing business as Theraleaf. According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, the company used a pesticide that was not approved for cannabis while cultivating cannabis at its San Jose facility between May and July 2020.
Theraleaf also allowed untrained workers to prepare and apply pesticides to cannabis without wearing all the required personal protective equipment, and a worker who was not wearing any personal protective equipment was allowed to enter a grow room that had been recently treated with a pesticide, prosecutors said.”
#psychedelics – “In July, researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill published a study in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience that may help us better understand why some people have a therapeutic response to certain psychedelic substances and others don’t. The work could not only serve as a foundation for better understanding these differences but also help answer outstanding questions about the neurobiology of psychedelics….
The researchers found that the genetic variations did affect how the receptor interacted with the drug. For example, one of the variations had a decreased response to psilocin, a psilocybin metabolite. A different genetic variation had a decreased response to two of the psychedelic compounds tested. Notably, none of the genetic variations responded to the compounds the way the wild type did. Further, no genetic variation had the same effect on all the psychedelics.”
#californiacannabis – ” A proposal to build an indoor and mixed light cannabis cultivation and support services hub at the former Sierra Pacific lumber mill site appears undoable because of a county rule on tribal area setbacks.
Tribal cultural resources protection came under debate at the Dec. 13 Board of Supervisors meeting.
Weighing disagreement between two tribes, the board affirmed the county’s cannabis regulations, which include prohibiting cannabis cultivation within 600 feet of tribal resources unless there’s agreement to waive or reduce the setback.
The seven-acre project site is within the 70 acres of the former Sierra Pacific mill in the Manila area. Three tribes have weighed in – The Wiyot Tribe, the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria and the Blue Lake Rancheria.
The Wiyot Tribe is the only one of the three opposing the project. Since the county’s cannabis ordinance doesn’t specify what should happen if there’s disagreement among tribes, the board was asked to confirm that a single tribe’s stance can trigger the setback requirement.”