Corruption, backroom deals, local politics mire N.J.’s legal weed rollout, businesses say 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:

Corruption, backroom deals, local politics mire N.J.’s legal weed rollout, businesses say

#cannabisindustry – “New Jersey promised a fair and ethical cannabis industry in which mom-and-pop shops would thrive. The law crafted by state legislators allowed towns, with little oversight, to authorize who can sell weed legally.

Cannabis entrepreneurs seeking a piece of the billion-dollar industry are saying they’re being exposed to extortion, intimidation and political savagery. Municipalities have the ability to set their own fees, licensing schemes and preferences independent of state supervision in a way that exceeds virtually every other regulated industry including liquor licenses….”

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Key House Committee Will Consider Ending Marijuana Testing For Federal Job Applicants And Lifting D.C. Cannabis Sales Ban

#cannabispolitics – “A key House committee will soon consider newly filed amendments to a large-scale spending bill that would prevent drug testing of certain federal job applicants for marijuana and end the blockade that has kept Washington, D.C. from legalizing cannabis sales.

Democratic lawmakers recently filed the amendments to Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations legislation covering Financial Services and General Government (FSGG). They will be taken up by the GOP-controlled House Rules Committee, which has rejected numerous drug policy reform measures from floor consideration as part of spending bills in recent months while allowing a small handful of others to advance.”

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