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:

#cannabisIP – “A single California-based bong maker filed close to 350 federal trademark infringement lawsuits in 2022 against smoke shops and convenience stores as part of a concerted effort to dissuade retailers from hawking counterfeit wares.

GS Holistic LLC, the maker of Stündenglass-branded glass infusers, or gravity bongs, and a rotating glass hookah dubbed the “G-Pen,” filed its actions in California, Florida and Illinois federal courts alleging near identical patterns of stores stocking their shelves with knockoffs.”

#cannabisindustry – “The owner of the “Big Chief” trademark is asking a Los Angeles County court to give him a win in a suit alleging his former business partners are selling counterfeit vape products that are contaminated with pesticides and lead, saying the undisputed evidence shows they knew they had no right to sell the products.

In a motion filed Thursday, Samuel Kim and Big Chief distributor Cali Blue Sky Investment Inc. argued that JRJS LLC and its principals were made well aware that their right to use the trademark had been withdrawn via a pair of cease-and-desist letters sent in 2019 and agreed to stop selling the products, but nonetheless continued until the court ordered them to stop in 2021.”

#cannabisindustry – “Looking ahead, the marijuana market can expect, to name a few:

A prolonged slowdown of mergers and acquisitions.

Calls for moratoriums in mature markets struggling with too much supply.

Product segmentation at the retail level as consumers become increasingly sophisticated in buying habits.”

#cannabisindustry – “Lawmakers have advanced legislation to regulate the adult-use marijuana market in the territory of the US Virgin Islands (population: 106,000).

Senators overwhelmingly approved amended legislation, ‘The Virgin Islands Cannabis Use Act,’ which seeks to “establish a regulated system for the cultivation, manufacture, and sale of cannabis for adult, medical, and sacramental use.”

The proposed measure, which was advanced to the Governor’s desk with a veto-proof majority, creates an ‘Office of Cannabis Regulation’ to oversee the commercial cannabis market. Those age 21 or older will be able to legally possess and purchase cannabis products from licensed establishments; they may also consume cannabis at on site at licensed lounges. Members of faith-based organizations who consume cannabis for sacramental purposes will be permitted to home-cultivate limited quantities of cannabis (up to six mature plants) for their own personal use.”

#psychedelics – “Sacred Garden is a religious institution dedicated to helping its members experience what the church calls “divine presence in this lifetime” through the use of psychedelics, otherwise known as entheogens. These are substances, in this case plants, that induce alterations in perception, mood, and cognition. Common types include psychedelic mushrooms, peyote, and ayahuasca.

The Portal center where the members meet is dedicated to serving entheogen-focused groups. Entheogens are not consumed at Sunday Satsangs, however, but rather at plant ceremonies that are held twice a month for initiated church members in locations like redwood groves. The pastor was not very forthcoming with details about the ceremony, but said psychedelics are a key part of their practice as they allow members to try to connect with a divine presence by accessing non-traditional states of consciousness. The Satsang, on the other hand, is dedicated to community integration — members process their psychedelic experiences and learn to integrate their lessons into everyday life.”


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