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:
In the fight against illegal cannabis, language complicates the conversation
#californiacannabis – “From the start, rhetoric diverted frank discussion about the rapidly expanding billion-dollar criminal industry. Law enforcement, lacking resources to identify the leaders of these multi-state operations, reached for a familiar label: “cartel.” So, too, did frightened rural residents who found themselves surrounded by illegal greenhouses patrolled by men with guns. Such semantics denigrate the most vulnerable players in this California business, relegating them to the shadows, including a father and son who hoped to send money home and instead lost their lives….”
Pot company sues Calif. city after spending $10M trying to open pot shop
#californiacannabis – “A California cannabis dispensary is suing its local government for failing to give it a permit to open, which it says is costing it $110,000 a month as it waits for the final approval.
High Seas, a dispensary in Costa Mesa, California, said in a press release last week that it has spent over $10 million on building out a pot store in the Orange County city. Per the release, the dispensary is spending $110,000 a month on fees, salaries and maintaining the property while still waiting for its final business license from the city. Not only has the license not been granted yet, but “the city has not provided High Seas any legitimate reason in writing as to why they are withholding the final permit issuance,” it said in the release….”
Will rescheduling reroute the future of interstate commerce for cannabis?
#cannabispolitics – “Schedule 3 (as well as Schedules 4 and 5) permits interstate commerce only for drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, such as anabolic steroids, ketamine, testosterone and Tylenol with codeine – plus dronabinol, Marinol and Syndros, which are synthetic THC formulations used to increase appetite in patients undergoing chemotherapy or suffering from anorexia.
Would flower, concentrates, THC-infused edibles and other products sold at medical marijuana dispensaries and adult-use retailers be permitted for interstate commerce?
Not legally, unless they have FDA approval….”
Oklahoma Regulators Take Legal Action Against Cannabis Cultivation Facilities Over Noncompliance With Signage Laws
#cannabisindustry – “The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) announced Nov. 8 that regulators have initiated legal action against cannabis cultivation facilities over noncompliance with signage.
OMMA officials said that on Oct. 31 regulators filed 165 petitions for revocation against licensed growers for failure to display the required signage in compliance with a new law that took effect last year….”
Texas receives 132 applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses
#cannabisregulation – “Texas regulators have received 132 applications to open medical marijuana dispensaries, but it’s not clear how many will be approved, or when.
There’s no official deadline for the Texas Department of Public Safety to approve applications, according to Austin-based TV station KVUE.
The window to apply to operate under the state’s Compassionate Use Program (CUP) opened last January and closed in April….”
Product Trainer Settles $40M Pot Farm Fire Suit
#cannabislawsuit – “A product trainer who was accused of tossing a cigarette that allegedly caused a fire and more than $40 million in damages at a cannabis farm will get the suit dismissed, with counsel for both sides filing for dismissal with prejudice, a stipulation in California federal court shows.
Northern District of California Chief Judge Trina Thompson signed off on the dismissal on Nov. 9, ending the suit stemming from allegations lodged by Greenfield Prop Owner II LLC. The move follows a notice of settlement from Greenfield in October.
The company said that security camera footage shows Andrew Crawford smoking a cigarette near one of the greenhouses while seemingly searching for a component of a potting machine, trying to extinguish the cigarette on the side of a metal utility cart about six feet away from where the blaze began.
But the cigarette was still burning and was blown under a nearby wooden pallet, and an investigation by the Greenfield Fire Department found the cause of the fire to be the result of an “improperly and dangerously discarded tobacco cigarette that was not fully extinguished,” the suit said.
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