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 – “California governor Gavin Newsom’s recently established Unified Enforcement Task Force (UCETF) in an effort to crack down on illegal marijuana operations, which have been an ongoing problem in the state for a while now. Guided by the Department of Cannabis Control’s (DCC) Law Enforcement Division and Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) the task force eradicated 11,260 illegal cannabis plants in the rural area of Jupiter in Tuolumne County on October 4, according to a report from the governor’s office.

In addition to more than eleven thousand cannabis plants, the task force destroyed 5,237lbs. of illegally processed marijuana flower. In total, the operation eradicated more than $15 million worth of illicit cannabis, per DCC data DCC.”

#cannabislaw – “A California federal judge has ruled that THC oil manufacturer SSL Investments LLC must arbitrate its racketeering claims against a biotech company that SSL says misrepresented its ability to distill the oil, finding that all of SSL’s claims are rooted in a contract agreement with a valid arbitration clause.

In an order filed Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew said that although not all the defendants in the case — which include Orochem Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary Kazmira LLC along with owners Anil Oroskar, Asha Oroskar, Pulak Sharma and Priyanka Sharma and their business development agent, Gregory Rocklin — signed the agreement, they can still compel arbitration because the claims all stem from or refer to the agreement.

Under the doctrine of equitable estoppel, a party cannot claim the benefits of a contract while attempting to avoid the burdens it imposes, the judge wrote, so SSL cannot allege that the defendants failed to live up to the terms of the contract while avoiding the arbitration clause in the same contract.”

#californiacannabis – “Cannabis business owners in Hesperia say they’ve spent thousands of dollars and years jumping through legal hoops to establish dispensaries only to face a potential threat that would halt their business plans.

The Hesperia Council on Tuesday will consider creating an ordinance to repeal the city’s entire commercial cannabis program, which was initially approved in March 2017.

The council will also consider prohibiting the renewal of existing cannabis dispensary delivery permits….

The majority of cannabis business owners said after cannabis businesses were first approved nearly five years ago by the council, the attitude toward cannabis slowly began to change.”

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