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:
#cannabispolitics – “The Florida Chamber of Commerce has filed a brief
with the state Supreme Court, opposing the placement of an adult-use cannabis legalization initiative
on the 2024 ballot. This in itself is not particularly noteworthy, though the Chamber’s opposition is curious, given the clear potential that legalization holds for, well, commerce
. Nonetheless, the brief offers a prelude of what the Attorney General’s arguments against the initiative might be.
In its brief, the Chamber raises two main arguments for keeping the initiative off the ballot. The first is that the proposed amendment “forces voters to decide, by a single vote, whether Florida should decriminalize and commercialize recreational marijuana,” hence violating Florida’s requirement that constitutional amendment initiatives only address one subject.”
#cannabisindustry – “The state Cannabis Control Board’s approval of 212 retail licenses under the Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary program garnered cheers, applause and shouts of “thank you” from those who attended the public meeting.
It marks a “significant expansion” of the program, which now counts 463 of these licenses across the state, according to Chris Alexander, executive director of the Office of Cannabis Management.
“This expansion is necessary to help prepare New York’s market for the next phase of adult-use cannabis,” he said in the meeting. “The decision to further expand the CAURD will help ensure the retail markets are robust enough to sell the cannabis grown by New York farmers and accelerate the transition of consumers from the illicit to the legal market.””
NY Doubles Its Retail Pot Shops With 212 New Licenses: https://www.law360.com/articles/1699589?utm_source=android&utm_medium=android&utm_campaign=android-shared
#cannabislawsuit – “Keeva Rossow is currently on the hook for using THC while pregnant, facing 10 years on a state list of alleged child abusers. But she argued in a Monday response that the registry is illegitimate as fetuses are not yet children, with the state exceeding its authority granted under the Idaho Child Protective Act, which doesn’t have to do with prenatal life.
Plus, she argued, pregnant women have a constitutional right to be free from government interference with their bodies, including during pregnancy. And the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization does not suggest prenatal life confers personhood under the 14th Amendment, the response said.”
Idaho’s Pregnant Pot User List Unconstitutional, Woman Says: https://www.law360.com/articles/1700960?utm_source=android&utm_medium=android&utm_campaign=android-shared