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 – “The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is providing notice to the public of its intent to adopt its emergency regulations implementing Assembly Bill 195 which requires that information relating to cannabis and cannabis products leaving a licensed retail premises in a delivery vehicle be recorded in the statewide track and trace system.”

#cannabis – “Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the Thursday in a press release that Griner was swapped at the Abu Dhabi airport for convicted Russian arms trader Viktor Bout.

“As a result of intense efforts, we managed to agree with the American side on organization of an exchange of Bout for Griner,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. “The Russian citizen has been returned to his homeland.””

#psilocybin – “Oregon is the first state to launch a regulated psilocybin industry. Following the mid-term election results, we know which cities and counties in the Beaver state will allow licensed psilocybin businesses in 2023. Regulated businesses will fall into three broad categories: manufacturers, testing labs and service centers. All of these psilocybin companies will need leases. For liability and other reasons, even operators who own the real estate for the licensed business will typically separate real estate ownership from the operating company.

As with cannabis leases, psilocybin leases are anything but basic. Psilocybin landlords and tenants must account for the status of federal prohibition, the strictures of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) program, and the peculiarities of local zoning laws. These considerations are distinct from baseline commercial lease considerations, which can themselves be complex and run into the dozens of pages.”

#californiacannabis – Huntington Beach – “In the Nov. 15 meeting, the City Council voted in favor of city staff to delete the city’s existing cannabis prohibition and draft a new one allowing it.

City staff are creating a land-use map of where to place and zone cannabis retail storefronts and other related businesses, which must be 600 to 1,000 feet away from schools, parks, day care and youth centers.

The city’s planning commission expects to evaluate the land-use amendment on Dec. 13 before the City Council reviews it in January.

City officials said they would continue working with the community throughout this process and expect to begin issuing operator permits in Spring 2023.”

#californiacannabis – “The big change though concerns prohibitions on license ownership. When I wrote my original post, the original proposed regulations said that “holders” of large licenses were ineligible to hold the other license types referred to above. This was an incredibly vague term. Did it mean that a business that holds a large license couldn’t hold the other types? Did it extend to owners of a business that had a license? It wasn’t clear at all.

On August 30, 2022, DCC did its first set of modifications to the proposed regulations. It expanded the definitions here by saying that any person that holds an ownership or financial interest in a large license cannot hold a prohibited license type. While this definition is also a bit vague, it is now incredibly expansive due to the inclusion of financial interest holders.”


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