Cannabis lounges now allowed in South Lake Tahoe 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:

Ore. Pot Grower Drops Constitutional Challenge To State Law

#cannabislawsuit – “An Oregon marijuana wholesaler that sued the state in an effort to overturn a law preventing it from shipping cannabis for sale in other states has dropped its federal lawsuit.

Jefferson Packing House LLC voluntarily dismissed its own suit accusing Oregon of violating the U.S. Constitution, according to a one-page motion filed Wednesday. But the company promised that it isn’t giving up its larger fight, it told Law360 on the same day.

“Jefferson Packing House remains committed to leading the way in the push towards a true national cannabis market,” according to a statement by Andrew DeWeese of Andrew DeWeese PC, an attorney representing JPH. “State prohibition on interstate commerce in cannabis remains unconstitutional. [Wednesday’s] procedural move does not change any of that. Big things are coming on this front very soon.””

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Cannabis lounges now allowed in South Lake Tahoe

#californiacannabis – “City Council conducted their final action allowing cannabis lounges in the city at their meeting Tuesday night.

The ordinances allowing cannabis lounges passed unanimously in the consent agenda with Mayor Cody Bass’s recusal, due to a financial interest in the cannabis industry.

This was the second reading of the ordinance. The first reading occurred at the last meeting after being postponed twice. The council is required to vote on an ordinance twice before it can become law….”

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Interstate commerce hopes may rest on litigation, prominent attorney says

#cannabisindustry – “Interstate cannabis commerce is the golden goose for many small marijuana businesses, particularly in the saturated markets on the U.S. West Coast.

But so far, attempts to get legal shipping of marijuana products over state lines has been stymied, with the latest blow coming from California Attorney General Rob Bonta, who dashed stakeholders’ hopes with a memo asserting that interstate cannabis commerce still poses a legal risk from federal authorities.

The move derailed a plan from some cannabis industry insiders to jumpstart interstate cannabis trade, since the scheme was predicated on Bonta’s support from a legal angle.

But cannabis activists are nothing if not persistent….”

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Three marijuana businesses have obtained state licenses to operate in Encinitas

#californiacannabis – “Three of the four businesses that won a city-organized lottery in 2022 allowing them to open marijuana shops in Encinitas now have their state permits.

And, one of them is nearing completion on its construction work, city senior planner Evan Jedynak told the City Council Wednesday, Jan. 24.

After his update, council members unanimously voted to extend the city’s contract with the consulting company managing its marijuana business situation. HdL Companies, a La Brea-based business that assists cities in various states with marijuana business compliance issues, now will continue to be under contract with Encinitas until June 30, 2025.

Encinitas voters approved a citizen-sponsored ballot measure in 2020 that permits the four cannabis retail sales stores as well as cultivation, manufacturing and distribution businesses, subject to certain regulations and restrictions….”

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FDA Report Reveals 300% Increase In Cannabis Research Over The Last Decade—Key Findings

#cannabisresearch – “The last decade has seen a “dramatic increase” in investigational new drug (IND) applications for cannabis-derived products, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In a paper published at the end of last year, the regulator reveals that more than 800 INDs have been submitted to the FDA since the early 1970s, with a 300% increase in applications over the last 10 years.

“During the first 40 years of this period, the FDA received over 400 applications,” the authors state. “Nearly identical to the number of applications received in the past 10 years.””

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