Calif. County Sued For ‘Shock And Awe’ Raid On Cannabis Op and More

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:

Calif. County Sued For ‘Shock And Awe’ Raid On Cannabis Op

#cannabislawsuit – “A former Army Green Beret officer is suing Riverside County, California, claiming an unlawful “shock and awe” raid by its sheriff’s department laid waste to a permitted cannabis operation on sovereign Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Tribe land, causing more than $10 million in losses and damages.

Preston McCormick filed the suit on Friday, saying the pre-dawn raid on Dec. 7, 2022, saw more than 100 heavily-armed officers descend upon the property, located in an area just north of the Salton Sea, with an armored vehicle, heavy equipment and a helicopter, with the cannabis operation “methodically and mercilessly reduced to dirt and debris” and “totally destroyed.”

That destruction included an irrigation system, fertilization sheds and greenhouses holding some 18,299 plants nearly ready to harvest, according to the complaint…”

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One Fifth of Americans Report Use of Hemp-Derived Products

#hempproducts – “Research has revealed one of the first snapshots of Americans’ use of cannabinoids derived from hemp: A little over one fifth of adults reported using cannabidiol (CBD).

According to the new findings published in JAMA, 25.2% of adults reported past-year use of any emerging cannabinoid, including delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Meanwhile, 21% of adults reported using CBD. Researchers cautioned that the products are not regulated and could put patients at the risk for adverse effects from unknown contaminants.

Other products derived from hemp had lower rates of use: 11.9% of the survey respondents reported using delta-8 THC, 5.2% reported using cannabigerol (CBG), and 4.4% reported using cannabinol (CBN)….”

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#cannabisindustry – “Nevada cannabis consumers and patients experience a market unlike those in nearby states because of its “ecosystem,” which has fewer options for consumers, industry leaders say.

In an industry that remains illegal at the federal level, but regulated in certain states, Nevada is experiencing some challenges also seen nationwide, such as slower investment and heavy regulation, but others that are confined to its borders. The broad challenges that face businesses that have been legal for just a few years were among the topics of discussion at the 2023 MJBizCon Dare to Grow conference that wrapped earlier this month in Las Vegas….”

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2024 CA law will protect workers using cannabis on own time — except in these industries

#californiacannabis – “Starting Jan. 1, it will be illegal for employers to discriminate against hiring, firing or punishing someone based on their use of cannabis when not working and away from the worksite.

Moving forward, employers can still test employees and potential employees for THC, the major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that can indicate impairment. However, the law stops employers from discriminating against them if they test positive for non-psychoactive cannabis metabolites, or metabolized THC, found in hair, blood, urine and other bodily fluids.

“These metabolites do not indicate impairment, only that an individual has consumed cannabis in the last few weeks,” the legislature found.

The legislation “does not preempt state or federal laws requiring applicants or employees to be tested for controlled substances … as a condition of employment, receiving federal funding or federal licensing-related benefits or entering into a federal contract.””

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