New Jersey Police Sues State for Off-Duty Police Cannabis Use 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:

New Jersey Police Sues State for Off-Duty Police Cannabis Use

#cannabislaws – “The City of Jersey City has filed a federal lawsuit against the state for allowing off-duty officers to use cannabis.

Filed by James Shea, Director Of Public Safety For The City Of Jersey City & The City Of Jersey City, the case highlights that the Federal Gun Control Act prevents cannabis users from possessing or receiving firearms and ammunition.

However, since cannabis was legalised in the state, officers have been allowed to consume the plant when they are not working.

The case states: “New Jersey failed to address the impact of the federal firearm laws on the use of regulated marijuana/cannabis in New Jersey for persons who are required to possess and/or receive firearms or ammunitions as part of the job duties, including police officers in Jersey City.”

It highlights a conflict between the Federal Gun Control Act and the CREAMM Act, which legalised recreational cannabis, stating that the Commission’s position on preemption and the violation of federal law remains inconsistent with the interpretation of the United States Department of Justice….”

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U-M study investigating if magic mushrooms can help fibromyalgia

#psychedelics – “University of Michigan researchers have opened the latest study into the use of psychedelics for different treatments in what is a growing field of research.

The study is looking into the safety and efficacy of psilocybin for treating fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes chronic pain and tenderness throughout the body….”

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United Cannabis Corporation V. Pure Hemp Collective Inc.

#cannabislawsuit – “UCANN filed suit in the District of Colorado in July 2018, accusing Pure Hemp of infringing the ’911 patent, entitled “Cannabis Extracts and Methods of Preparing and Using the Same.” The parties stipulated to the dismissal of this case in 2021. On April 14, 2021, Pure Hemp moved for an award of attorney fees pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285, 28 U.S.C. § 1927, and the district court’s inherent authority. Pure Hemp asserted that (1) UCANN’s prosecution counsel had allegedly committed inequitable conduct by copying text from a piece of prior art, U.S. Patent Publication No. 2004/0033280 (“Whittle”), into the specification of the ’911 patent and then not disclosing Whittle to the USPTO as prior art; and (2) UCANN’s litigation counsel, Cooley LLP, purportedly took conflicting positions in its representation of UCANN and another client, GW Pharma (the owner of Whittle). Pure Hemp timely appealed…”

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