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:

#cannabisindustry – “Next year, when consumers in Florida pick up a soda, chips or a candy bar when they load up for gas at Circle K gas station stores, they’ll be able to add another new item – licensed medical weed.

Circle K, a Canadian convenience store and gas station operator, is teaming up with a leading cannabis packaged goods company, Green Thumb Industries, to sell marijuana at a limited number of locations in 2023.

The rollout of the pilot with begin with 10 locations where Green Thumb will set up its RISE Express dispensaries adjacent to the Circle K convenience stores. Circle K has 600 locations in the state.

Customers can buy a number of cannabis products, including flower (smokable cannabis buds), pre-rolls, gummies and vapes at the dispensaries.”

#californiacannabis – “For the first time ever, the Nevada County Department of Agriculture prepared and presented a Cannabis Supplemental Report and has estimated that the legally produced commercial cannabis crop is valued at $12.4 million, roughly half the intake of the county’s traditional ag products….

In 2020, there were 57 cannabis cultivation permits authorized with a total canopy size of 9.13 acres and an estimated value of $11,992,300.

In 2021, cannabis permits tallied 112, while overall canopy size came in at 18.74 acres….

While these numbers nearly doubled from 2020 to 2021, the overall valuation of the crop stayed relatively the same at $12,401,600….

“Initially the number of permits double but yet the value was pretty small or incremental. I think cannabis is kind of at a crossroads. Other counties have hundreds of acres of cannabis,” de Nijs said, citing counties like Santa Barbara and Monterey with over 200 acres of legal cannabis.”

#california – Employment Law – “As we’re now racing toward the end of the year, employers should be aware of a number of new California laws going into effect in 2023. The new laws cover a wide range of areas in employment, including hiring, leaves of absences, drug abuse policies, and privacy.

California has passed a number of employment laws this year, including a requirement for employers to disclose pay scale information in any job advertisements; expansion of employees’ leave care rights; protections for cannabis users; and expansion of the state’s consumer privacy act as applied to employers. These new laws, most of which go into effect 1 January 2023, are expected to have a significant impact on employers operating in California. Below is a brief overview of the most notable new laws affecting businesses in California.”

#cannabispolitics – “Like the legalization laws that have passed in 19 other states, Missouri’s Amendment 3 would legalize the possession, consumption, purchase and – with some restrictions – cultivation of cannabis for anyone 21 and older.

The initiative would also automatically expunge most nonviolent marijuana offenses, and it would do so via an amendment to the state constitution rather than a non-constitutional statute that could be amended by the state Legislature.”

#californiacannabis – “The Humboldt Cannabis Reform Initiative would cap the number of cultivation permits at or slightly below the current number, which Humboldt County Planning and Building Director John Ford estimates at 1,200. It would also limit all new and expanded grow permits to a maximum cultivation area of 10,000 square feet while prohibiting grow lights, phasing out generators (except small ones for emergency power) and requiring a hydrologic study that proves “no negative impacts” for any new well.

Applicants would also no longer be allowed to “stack” more than one permit, a term for growers with multiple permits for a single piece of property. The window for water diversions from streams would be reduced by a month while water storage requirements would increase. Furthermore, public hearings would be required for all new cultivation-related permits. Neighbor notification requirements would increase, and county staff would be obligated to investigate all public complaints, among other provisions.”

#cannabisindustry – Arkansas – “If passed, it would legalize marijuana for recreational use for people 21 and over, allowing them to possess up to one ounce of the drug at a time…

The Medical Marijuana dispensaries already in place would be authorized to sell the legalized product and then 40 more licenses will be given out using a lottery system.

However, opponents of the bill are worried about how that will look and work.

“This creates a monopoly for a small number of marijuana dealers. In a way, they’re writing themselves into the Arkansas constitution,” said Jerry Cox, director of the Family Council of Arkansas, a longtime conservative advocacy group. “They are the ones that wrote the amendment. They are the ones that financed the campaign to get it on the ballot.””


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