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 legislative session in Texas came to a close on Monday. Senate members didn’t consider House-passed measures to decriminalize marijuana
, streamline expungements and allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis
instead of opioids to patients with chronic pain
caused by a myriad of conditions prior to Monday, which officially killed the push to enact the policy change, reported
House Bill 218 from Rep. Joe Moody (D) would have reduced penalties for possession of cannabis and cannabis concentrates. Possession of up to one ounce of marijuana would have been considered a Class C misdemeanor imposing no jail time and a maximum fine of $500.”
#Californiacannabis – “The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reminds cannabis employers that they must comply with California labor law requirements. Labor protections apply to all workers in the cannabis industry, no matter whether they are employed at a licensed or unlicensed cannabis business.
All employers must comply with minimum wage and overtime laws, maintain a valid workers’ compensation insurance policy to cover employees and provide safe working conditions for employees. Failure to comply with these and other California labor law requirements can result in citations for unpaid wages or civil penalties, criminal prosecution, or both.”
#californiacannabis – “According to the dozen or so growers I spoke with for this story, the new regulations, not to mention the plummeting prices from the commercial grow operations, have effectively boxed them out. The government has implemented a host of tests for THC potency and pesticides that growers find both arduous and often capricious. Even the building codes seemed targeted at keeping black market growers from making the transition to legality; all buildings on a grow property have to be fully permitted. While this is a standard requirement for any legal business, growers had been keeping their operation under the radar; to comply with the new regulations meant a sudden investment of big dollars.”
#psychedelics – “”Our default mode of thinking typically blocks us from exploring the possibility of change. Psychedelics temporarily bring down our defenses to let us truly feel and process our past and present experiences in new ways,” says David Merrill, MD, PhD
, a psychiatrist and the director of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute’s Pacific Brain Health Center in Santa Monica.
Having your brain altered might sound terrifying and it’s one reason psychedelics were taboo for so long. Still, with the proper supervision, micro-dosing on psilocybin and other drugs could help in strengthening our brains and making them more resilient against depression and other health conditions.”
#cbdproducts – “A U.S. hemp stakeholder group has again criticized the government’s Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for drawing conclusions based on outdated research it says exaggerates the potential dangers of CBD.
In a letter sent yesterday to Senate and House committees, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable (USHR) blasted the agency for depending on studies based on highly concentrated pharmaceutical-grade CBD formulations, while ignoring more recent research since 2020 that shows low-dose over-the-counter extracts are safe.
Consumers would never be exposed to the amounts of CBD mentioned in the studies FDA references, USHR said, noting “Even essential nutrients like Vitamin D can be both beneficial and toxic depending on the dose.””
#cannabislaw – “The Cannabis Place 420 Corp. asked Hudson County Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Turula to deny Kushmart Jersey LLC’s motion to dismiss. It claims that the planning board violated Jersey City Ordinance 21-053, which requires that recreational marijuana sellers be at least 600 feet from each other, the company said in its opposition motion filed Tuesday.
“Plaintiff completed the three-step process required to obtain its cannabis license and was making final preparations to open its business when the Jersey City Planning Board made the ridiculous decision of granting approval to a second cannabis store, thereby violating its own City’s ordinance and permanently damaging Plaintiff’s business,” the filing said.”
NJ Pot Co. Blasts Board’s ‘Ridiculous’ Green Light For Rival : https://www.law360.com/articles/1682981?utm_source=android&utm_medium=android&utm_campaign=android-shared
#cannabisindustry – “Over the past month, both Delaware and Minnesota have legalized adult-use cannabis. They are the first two states to legalize in 2023 and represent the 22nd and 23rd states to allow for adult-use commercial cannabis markets. Both states continue the trend by states of decriminalizing cannabis and legalizing medical cannabis first and then moving toward adult-use legalization.”