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:

#californiacannabis – “Under the new system, cannabis businesses in unincorporated county areas will pay up to $7 per square foot for cultivation, as well as 2.5 percent for manufacturing, 1 percent for testing and 2 percent for distribution and gross receipts of retail sales. County staff had recommended taxing retail sales at 4 percent, but supervisors voted to reduce that to 2 percent.”

#cannabispolitics – “In addition to grappling with broader marijuana policy reform – including access to banking, tax relief and the question of federal legalization – Congress must decide what to do with intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoids such as delta-8 and delta-10 THC.

“I don’t think this changes anything for now, whether you’re in the CBD space, the delta-9 space or the delta-8 space – at least not for today,” said Jonathan Havens, a former counsel at the FDA and now a Baltimore-based attorney who co-chairs the cannabis law practice at Saul Ewing.“The FDA has been saying all along, ‘We don’t want to deal with this, Congress needs to get involved.’

“Now it depends what Congress does with it.””

#psilocybin – ““It’s difficult to get people with anorexia to come to treatment because there’s so much ambivalence and ambiguity about recovery,” says Stephanie Knatz Peck, a clinical psychologist at the University of California, San Diego who specializes in eating disorders.

But Knatz Peck is experiencing something very different with her current avenue of research. She is testing the use of psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in “magic mushrooms,” as a treatment for anorexia. Their initial trial was small, involving just 10 patients, but the early results are encouraging, Knatz Peck says. Four out of the 10 participants showed improvement after a three-month follow up – a promising result for a small psychotherapy trial.”

#cannabisindustry – “Applications for lounges must be accompanied by several plans previously submitted to the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board pursuant to NRS 678D.455. The plans must include: (1) adequate security and lighting at the lounge and adequate security at each entrance and exit, (2) protocols and procedures to deter customers from driving under the influence of cannabis, (3) protocols and procedures that ensure there is no unauthorized selling or distributing of cannabis and cannabis products, (4) a ventilation and odor mitigation plan pursuant to NCCR 15.055, and (5) an employee training plan pursuant to NCCR 15.045.”

#californiacannabis – “The City of Galt has begun reaching out to the community in an effort to gauge whether or not commercial retail cannabis should be permitted in town.

Currently, all commercial cannabis business operations, including retail, is prohibited in the city.”

#californiacannabis – “California lawmakers are calling for a sweeping investigation into corruption in the state’s cannabis industry, legislative hearings on the exploitation of farmworkers and new laws to thwart labor trafficking in response to revelations of rampant abuses and worker deaths in a multibillion-dollar market that has become increasingly unmanageable.

The proposals follow a series of Times investigations last year showing that California’s 2016 legalization of recreational cannabis spurred political corruption, explosive growth in illegal cultivation and widespread exploitation of workers. The Times found that wage theft was rampant and that many workers were subjected to squalid, sometimes lethal conditions.”

#californiacannabis – “The Garcia Hand Picked brand, launched by the deceased musician’s family in 2020, has pulled out of the state, a spokesperson confirmed to SFGATE. Garcia’s exit comes as cannabis insiders predict a “mass extinction event” for California’s pot industry, with thousands of companies expected to go out of business this year.”

#cannabisindustry – “A Colorado marijuana dispensary lost its appeal to quash Internal Revenue Service summonses seeking financial records from a state regulator under a 10th Circuit decision Friday that disregarded Justice Clarence Thomas’ criticism of federal regulation of cannabis.

Justice Thomas’ statement criticizing federal laws against the sale and cultivation of marijuana is not an authoritative source because it “forms no part of a decision” by the U.S. Supreme Court, the appeals court said in an opinion written by Circuit Judge Bobby R. Baldock. In the case, dispensary Standing Akimbo had asked the court to overturn a lower-court ruling that the IRS acted properly based on its authority under the federal tax code when it sought the documents from Colorado’s cannabis regulator.”


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