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:
#psychedelic – “Prop 122 allows for the gifting of the psychedelics to begin with the certification of the vote.
It will take awhile before adults can purchase psilocybin (and the associated treatment regimen) at a state-sanctioned treatment center.
First, the state must establish a 15-member Natural Medicine Advisory Board, who will in turn craft rules for the program. A leading supporter of the measure told Leafly that psilocybin treatment centers will likely open in early 2025. The Natural Medicine Advisory Board can decide to expand the scope of the law to provide a similarly regulated market for ibogaine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and mescaline (not derived from peyote), but not before June 1, 2026.”
#californiacannabis – “California’s cannabis regulator has tightened some of its rules and loosened others.
In an announcement on November 10, the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) said that its update “consolidates, clarifies, and makes consistent licensing and enforcement criteria for commercial cannabis businesses”.
“The adoption of these regulations represents DCC’s commitment to advance rational regulatory improvements that remove unnecessary and burdensome regulatory challenges for cannabis operators and advance protections for consumers,” DCC Director Nicole Elliott said in a statement.
“I want to applaud the contributions of our many partners, including our licensees, public health officials, and local cannabis regulators for providing valuable feedback and input during this important process.””
#californiacannabis – “Nearly a month after resigning as Baldwin Park’s city attorney amid a federal corruption probe in which he was implicated in a bribery scheme surrounding cannabis businesses, Robert Tafoya has resigned as general counsel at Rialto’s West Valley Water District.
Tafoya submitted his resignation via email to water district acting General Manager Van Jew about 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, a water district source said on condition of anonymity. Top water district officials declined to comment.”
#californiacannabis – “Voters in Los Angeles County approved Measure C, which sets a tax rate for yet-to-come cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas of the county, by a 59% to 41% margin in this week’s midterm election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Today, all cannabis business types are prohibited in unincorporated parts of the county. In February, the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ (DCBA) Office of Cannabis Management began the process of developing regulations.
Based on recommendations submitted in December 2021 by the county’s Board of Supervisors, the program will launch “with a low number of licenses (up to 25 retail, 25 delivery, 10 cultivation, 10 manufacturing, 10 distribution, and 10 testing licenses) with a priority for equity applicants.””
#californiacannabis – “Rocky Willeford has filed a class action complaint against Greenfield Organix Inc. and the LPF JV Corporation. He alleges that they illegally labeled and marketed their King Roll prerolls as containing more THC than actually exists in said prerolls, the marijuana-equivalent to ready-made cigarettes….
The complaint describes how California law requires THC labels to be within 10% of actual content, yet King Prerolls allegedly advertise well in excess of this allowed margin for error. One four-pack was labeled as containing 47% THC, yet independent testing found the prerolls to only contain 33-36% THC.
Willeford is thus suing in Monterey County, California state court via a putative class action, seeking to represent all current and former purchasers of the prerolls in question, and for said class to receive punitive and compensatory damages, as well as reasonable legal fees.””