The Scuttlebutt Featuring Articles About Cannabis Regulators Advocate For Interstate Commerce 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:


#cannabisindustry – “Matt Lee, general counsel of California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), said that restricting marijuana markets within state lines is economically untenable.
“If the Michigan auto industry could only sell cars to people in Michigan, or Florida orange growers could only sell oranges to people in Florida or if the California wine industry could only sell wine to California, I’m not sure that each of those would be a viable legal industry,” he said.

He also observed that it doesn’t seem like a coincidence that the three western states that have moved on interstate commerce legislation are the ones most closely associated with selling marijuana outside of state borders through illegal, unregulated means.”


#californiacannabis – “In a 52-page order filed Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman slammed the complaint filed by plaintiffs Corrine Thomas, Doug Thomas, Blu Graham and Rhonda Olson, saying it is “overwhelmingly dominated by legal arguments couched as factual allegations, unreasonable inferences, unwarranted deductions, conclusory assertions, unjustified labels, and hyperbole,” and the rest is largely “irrelevant or simply implausible.”
Because of the “distorted picture” the complaint paints, Judge Illman began his order by granting the county’s bid to take judicial notice of records of interactions between the plaintiffs and county officials to clarify matters, over the plaintiffs’ one-sentence objection.
With those records in hand, Judge Illman said, it is clear that none of the plaintiffs have had to pay any fines or penalties, and only one — Graham — paid permitting fees after voluntarily settling his case with the county. As such, none of them have standing to pursue their claims of unconstitutional fees and fines, he said.”


#californiacannabis – “The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is seeking information from technology vendors to better understand current software products that are available and can meet the needs of the California Cannabis Track and Trace (CCTT) system. These efforts support the department in making informed decisions about the services it contracts for on behalf of its licensees.”


#cannabisindustry – “A Minnesota legislative conference committee held its second meeting on a pair of House and Senate marijuana legalization bills on Monday, reconciling most of the remaining differences as a deadline for final passage looms.

Bipartisan and bicameral negotiators tackled several key sections of the legislation, including provisions on licensing, expungements and criminal penalties. But tax- and appropriations-related issues must still be resolved by the panel—and agreed to by the full legislature—before the House’s planned adjournment for the year on Thursday.”


#cannabisindustry – “Attorney General Ashley Moody on Monday formally submitted a proposed recreational-marijuana ballot initiative to the Florida Supreme Court — and signaled she will argue that the proposal doesn’t meet legal requirements to go before voters in 2024.

The political committee Smart & Safe Florida is sponsoring the proposed constitutional amendment and has far exceeded the 222,881 petition signatures needed to trigger a crucial Supreme Court review.

After receiving notification from Secretary of State Cord Byrd last month, Moody on Monday took the step of seeking an opinion from the Supreme Court about the initiative.

The Supreme Court reviews issues such as whether proposed constitutional amendments are limited to single subjects and whether the proposed ballot language is clear.”

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