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 San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to prohibit new cannabis businesses citywide for the next four years. Existing stores and applicants in the pipeline won’t be impacted by the ban.
All 10 attending supervisors voted yes in a unanimous vote. Supervisor Hillary Ronen was absent.”
#californiacannabis – “Assemblymember Matt Haney’s (D-San Francisco) bill to allow local California governments to license Amsterdam-style cannabis cafes has passed out of the State Assembly with broad bipartisan support receiving a 64 to 9 vote. While cannabis cafes in the Netherlands capitalize on the social experience of cannabis by offering coffee, food, and live music, all of those opportunities are currently illegal under California law. Haney’s AB 374 will allow struggling cannabis businesses to diversify away from the marijuana-only “dispensary” model and bring much-needed tourist dollars into empty downtowns…..
“To be clear, we’re not saying that coffee shops should be allowed to sell cannabis,” said Assemblymember Matt Haney. “We’re saying that cannabis shops should be allowed to sell coffee. It shouldn’t be illegal for an existing cannabis business to move away from only selling marijuana and instead have the opportunity to grow, thrive and create jobs by offering coffee or live jazz.”
AB 374 will now move to the Senate for approval before being sent to the governor’s desk to be signed.”
#cannabispolitics – “Some of the country’s largest multistate cannabis companies have formed a group of law firms, legalization advocates and industry trade organizations to push the executive branch to rethink cannabis’ status as a Schedule I drug.
The Coalition for Cannabis Scheduling Reform, whose formation was made public Tuesday, came together following President Joe Biden’s announcement in October that he had ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration to reevaluate marijuana’s Schedule I designation.
The CCSR includes law firms Perkins Coie LLP and Vicente LLP; multistate cannabis companies Acreage Holdings, Columbia Care, Cresco Labs, Curaleaf, Green Thumb Industries and PharmaCann; and trade groups American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp, National Cannabis Roundtable and U.S. Cannabis Council.”
Pot Cos., Advocates Partner To Push Cannabis Rescheduling: https://www.law360.com/articles/1685252?utm_source=android&utm_medium=android&utm_campaign=android-shared
#psychedelics – “A collaborative effort involving researchers from the University of New York, the University of California, San Francisco, and professionals from the Fluence mental health training center sought to examine the underlying mechanisms
that led individuals with alcohol use disorders to significantly reduce negative drinking behaviors following their participation in a previous psilocybin clinical study.
The study, published in the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and edited by the American Psychological Association, involved 13 volunteers who had received treatment with psilocybin. Subsequently, researchers reached out to these participants to conduct in-depth qualitative interviews, aiming to gain insights into their experiences during and after the treatment process.
The researchers emphasized their objective of “uncovering the lived experiences of these individuals through collaborative inquiry.”
According to the authors, the participants reported that psilocybin treatment facilitated the processing of emotions tied to past traumatic events. It also promoted states of self-compassion, self-awareness, and feelings of connectedness. The acute states experienced during psilocybin sessions were described as instrumental in developing a more self-compassionate approach to regulating negative emotions.”
#cbd – “The Kansas City Royals have partnered with Pure Spectrum
, a Colorado-based maker of hemp tinctures, gummies, topicals, and isolates. The Royals are the second team to accept a CBD sponsor after the Chicago Cubs
partnered with CBD beverage company Mynd Drinks earlier this season.
Major League Baseball (MLB) officials announced last year that teams would be permitted to partner with cannabis brands. Colorado-based hemp brand Charlotte’s Web was named the “official CBD brand of the MLB” not long after.
The Royals’ new partnership kicked off on June 2nd with the opening of a new lounge titled the Pure Spectrum Lodge at Kauffman Stadium. The activation provides a place for fans to kick back, relax, and learn more about the world of CBD.”
#cannabisindustry – “Organized labor has been increasingly flexing its legal and political muscle in the American cannabis sector. The most visible representation of the situation came just last month, when workers organized by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters went on a nearly two-week strike at several facilities in Illinois owned by multistate operator Green Thumb Industries.
Though the strike ended, the company still must deal with 10 unfair labor practice complaints the Teamsters filed with the National Labor Relations Board, which are all but certain to cost the company plenty more time and money.”
#californiacannabis – “Continuing its strong first quarter momentum, the Unified Cannabis Enforcement Taskforce, or UCETF, conducted a highly coordinated operation in Kern, Tulare and Kings counties on May 11 and 12.
The extensive multiagency operation served 51 search warrants on 52 illicit cannabis cultivation sites, resulting in over 50,000 illicit cannabis plants being eradicated and over 1,300 pounds of processed cannabis destroyed.”
#cannabisindustry – “The importance of marijuana regulatory compliance cannot be overstated.
Implementing a robust compliance program is critical to protecting not only businesses but also licenses, pipelines and reputations.
It is also key to creating a culture of accountability that encourages employees to follow the rules, which frequently change.”
#californiacannabis – “Kendall reported that nine search warrants were served. “The locations of the search warrants ranged from Redwood Valley and Willits to the Bell Springs area in Northern Mendocino County,” he said. “Working with our state and local partners we seized over 22,500 marijuana plants along with 1,656 lbs of processed marijuana. Also seized were 17 firearms.”
Law enforcement arrested one person and others were detained during the service of the warrants. “I anticipate several more charges will be filed against others following further investigation,” Kendall wrote. “Serious environmental damage including stream alterations, trash in the waterways and water diversions were documented and investigations into these matters are continuing.””