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:
#californiacannabis – “The county of Humboldt is asking a California federal judge to throw out a suit by homeowners alleging that the county levied excessive fees over the suspicion that they were growing cannabis, saying none of the homeowners have standing to sue because no actual fees have been imposed.
In a motion filed last week, county officials pushed back on a suit filed by Corrine Thomas and Doug Thomas, Blu Graham and Rhonda Olson, saying none of them have had to pay fines and may never be asked to, as their disputes over the additions to their homes are either still going through appeals processes, or have been resolved, with the only cost to any of them at this stage being $523 in permit fees to Graham.
Any other possible injuries are speculative and hypothetical at this point, the county argued, saying the suit was premature as the plaintiffs have not yet exhausted the administrative remedies, including the appeals processes.”
#cannabisindustry – “The owners of High Times magazine have dropped their lawsuit against a former majority shareholder of the publication’s parent company, according to a joint stipulation entered Monday in California federal court.
The stipulation notes that the action has been dismissed with prejudice and holds that each party bears their own costs. It makes no mention of a settlement, and counsel for the parties did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday.”
#californiacannabis – “The position cuts are meant to offset the loss of county revenue and are measured in full-time equivalents (FTEs). The cuts would affect five different departments and total of 6.25 FTE positions, according to the staff report. Proposed positions cut include a pair of inspectors from the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, an accountant position from the County Administrative Office, one-half of an FTE from the County Council’s office, environmental health specialists from the Health Department and a code compliance inspector from the Housing and Community Development department.
The committee will move to set lower tax rates, but what that would ultimately look like depends on several factors supervisors will need to reach consensus on. What is certain is the dire state of the cannabis industry in Monterey County.”
#californiacannabis – “California has a new tool in its effort to regulate the state’s unruly pot industry: an $11 million cannabis testing lab, run out of the University of California, San Diego. The lab’s first task? Shutting down labeling fraud in California’s multibillion-dollar pot marketplace….
The DCC claims the new UCSD lab will help clean up the state’s testing industry, in part by creating standardized methods for measuring THC in pot products. Interviews with insiders, though, paint a less rosy picture. The lab is off to a rocky start, over a year behind schedule and still only partially operational. Three experts told SFGATE the standardized methods being developed by the UCSD lab won’t stop testing fraud in the real world, leading to questions over whether the state is effectively using its new multimillion-dollar lab effectively.”
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#cannabisindustry – Alabama – “Mobile could join other cities in Alabama in allowing medical cannabis dispensaries, after changes to the state law last year – depending on what the Mobile City Council does next month.
On Tuesday, the Mobile City Council kicked off discussions of an ordinance that would allow medical cannabis dispensing sites, or dispensaries, in city limits. After some debate, the council voted to table consideration of the ordinance until Dec. 13.”