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:
#cannabisresearch – “One Cal Poly Humboldt professor is leading the first-of-its-kind study that aims to trace lineage, and preserve these genetics and the communities that steward them. Dominic Corva, Sociology professor and Cannabis Studies
program director, is the principal investigator (PI) on a research team that received nearly $2.7 million from the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) to support the Legacy Cannabis Genetics: People and Their Plants study. The interdisciplinary, community-driven study aims to identify, document, and preserve California’s cannabis genetics, telling the stories of its legacy communities throughout the state, from Humboldt County to the Central Coast, and Southern California.
The legacy community, according to the nonprofit research organization, the Origins Council, includes “cannabis producing regions […] that have established prolific small-scale cannabis cultivation and herbal medicine craft over the past two decades, or longer.””
#cannabispolitics – “Delaware has joined the ranks of jurisdictions with legal adult-use marijuana, with the recent enactment of two bills by the state’s legislature. House Bill 1
(HB 1) amends Title 16 of the Delaware Code to remove all penalties for the use or possession of marijuana, as long as the amount does not exceed certain statutory quantities. For its part, House Bill 2
(HB 2) establishes a legal marijuana industry. Both initiatives were sponsored by Rep. Ed Osienski
, a Democrat, and approved largely along party lines.
The approval of these legislative initiatives has taken place without the signature of Gov. John Carney, also a Democrat, and a vocal opponent of adult-use legalization. Despite “remain[ing] concerned about the consequences of a recreational marijuana industry in [the] state,” Gov. Carney chose not to veto the bills, opining that Delawareans had “spent far too much time focused on this issues when [they] face more serious and pressing concerns every day.””
#cannabislaw – “Most Washington state employers will be prohibited from discriminating against job applicants over their lawful use of cannabis under a new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee that takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.
The law makes it illegal for an employer to reject applicants based on an employer-required drug test detecting non-psychoactive cannabis metabolites in their system.
In a bill-signing ceremony in the governor’s conference room Tuesday, Gov. Inslee said the law protects job applicants from hiring discrimination if they legally use cannabis outside work. There are exceptions to the law, including applicants seeking to work for law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical service providers or as a corrections officer.”
#cannabisenforcement – “In January, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs estimated that about 2,000
MMJ business license holders obtained permits fraudulently or are using their licenses to mask illegal sales.
The new law gives Oklahoma’s attorney general’s office, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control and the state Bureau of Investigation “full authority to investigate and enforce any violations of the laws regarding medical marijuana including medical marijuana business licenses held by commercial growers, processors, transporters, researchers, education facilities, and waste disposal facilities.””
#cannabislaw – “Once again, the most common category of dispute appearing in our analysis is what we classified as commercial disputes, which include actions for breach of contract, collections on outstanding loans, securities issues, and other business torts, such as breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Roughly 37% of the cases in our updated dataset were identified as commercial disputes — up slightly from the 34% found in our initial analysis…..
The next most common category of dispute in both our updated analysis and our initial analysis is what we classified as actions against state and local governments. These are actions relating to the administration and regulation of a state’s cannabis market and include licensing disputes and disputes challenging the legality or constitutionality of a state or local government’s licensing and regulatory regimes. Such actions made up roughly 20% of the cases in our updated dataset, compared to 21% in last year’s analysis.”