Czech Republic’s Economic Council wants regulated cannabis market 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:

Gruesome murders in Mojave Desert connected to illicit marijuana grow operation, sheriff says

#californiacannabis – “Authorities said they have arrested suspects in connection to the six people found dead in a remote area of the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County last week, which apparently stemmed from a dispute over marijuana.

The killings happened on January 23, 2024, in El Mirage, just 10 miles north of Adelanto, around 8:15 p.m., according to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

When crews arrived at the scene, near Lessing Avenue and Shadow Mountain Road, they originally found five deceased individuals. A sixth individual was discovered in the morning….”

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Winemaker Sues Cannabis Dispensary Over ‘Butter’ Trademark

#cannabistrademarks – “A Napa, Calif., winemaker sued an Orange County cannabis dispensary for allegedly infringing its “BUTTER” trademark with its cannabis, chocolate, and apparel products, among others.

1815 Carnegie Santa Ana Corp. uses JaM Cellars Inc.’s “distinctive yellow and black trade dress” and stylization of the letter “T” to capitalize on the winemaker’s brand that it’s spent years and more than $25 million in advertising and marketing to build, according to JaM Cellsars’ lawsuit filed Jan. 26 in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

JaM Cellars has owned the US trademark for “BUTTER” for wine since 2011, the …”

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Czech Republic’s Economic Council wants regulated cannabis market

#cannabisindustry – “The Czech Republic’s National Economic Council, known as NERV, is recommending that the government establish a regulated cannabis market to help spur economic growth.

The NERV is an independent advisory body that makes recommendations regarding economic reforms.

The cannabis regulation measure was one of 37 recommendations the business body made to boost economic growth in the country.

“Criminal rates and sentencing principles should be adjusted. In the area of drug policy, a legal regulated cannabis market should be introduced,” the NERV noted in its recommendation.

In January, experts were expecting the government to unveil a draft cannabis law that included a regulated cannabis market….”

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NY Cannabis Regulators Sued Over License Lottery Process

#cannabislawsuit – “New York cannabis regulators have been hit with another lawsuit over their licensure program, this time by a group of applicants whose petition in Albany state court alleges the method regulators used to give certain applicants priority review was arbitrary and opaque.

The retail cannabis license applicants behind the suit allege that after the application portal closed, regulators with the New York Office of Cannabis Management and Cannabis Control Board gave certain applicants a leg up without explaining how or why.

“Petitioners have been afforded absolutely no clarity from the CCB and the OCM on which policies and procedures have been utilized and are to be utilized moving forward, including the number of adult-use retail licenses to be awarded,” the petition said. “Petitioners have been left up to the arbitrary whims of the CCB and the OCM as they wait for applications to be reviewed and licenses issued without transparency.”

Specifically at issue in the petition, filed on Monday, is the OCM’s Retail and Microbusiness Non-Provisional Adult-Use Application Queue, shorthanded in court documents as the “Queue,” which randomly sorted hundreds of would-be cannabis retailers into the order in which their applications would be considered and potentially approved for licensure.

The Queue contains more than 2,200 entries, with some applicants appearing multiple times. To qualify for the Queue, each of the entities submitted applications between Oct. 4 and Nov. 17 — the so-called “First Application Period” — and needed to show that they had site control over their proposed store locations….”

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