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:

#psychedelic – “A proposal to legalize psilocybin mushrooms in Colorado was leading by a thin margin Wednesday, ahead 51% to 49%.

About 37,000 votes separated the decision on Proposition 122 as votes were still being tallied. More than 1.8 million votes had been counted by midday and proponents of the measure had not claimed victory.”

#cannabisindustry – “The failure of three out of five of these marijuana ballot measures this year is largely due to lower voter turnout in a non-presidential election—and opposition from prominent conservative voices who were staunchly against the measures, experts tell TIME….

The ballot measures were also likely hampered by a lack of other competitive races in the Midterm election—which might have drawn more younger, more liberal voters to the polls in greater numbers.

“This is a tougher issue to succeed on in an off year where you just don’t have on the same kind of turnout from younger voters, where this is especially popular, as you do in a presidential year,” Alex Kreit, Director, Center on Addiction Law & Policy and Assistant Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University, told TIME.”

#californiacannabis – “SMUD’s bulk disclosure of customer utility data turns its entire customer base into potential leads for law enforcement to chase.

EFF and law firm Vallejo, Antolin, Agarwal, and Kanter LLP filed a lawsuit September 22 challenging the practice on grounds that it violates SMUD customer’s privacy rights. State law says public utilities generally “shall not share, disclose, or otherwise make accessible to any third party a customer’s electrical consumption data ….” The California Constitution’s search and seizure clause prohibits unlawful searches absent, at minimum, individualized reasonable suspicion of a violation of the law. But law enforcement lacks any suspicion until SMUD discloses its lists of consumers’ energy data.

The program also targets Asian homeowners for fines. According to the amended complaint,  a SMUD analyst who provided data to police excluded homes in a predominantly white neighborhood. One police official removed non-Asian names on a SMUD list and sent only Asian-sounding names onward for further investigation.”

#cannabispolitics – “The House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties posted a notice providing details about the meeting on Wednesday, listing seven witnesses with broadly pro-reform advocacy backgrounds who will discuss cannabis policy developments at the state and federal level.

Witnesses include members of marijuana reform and lobbying groups, as well as the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. The subcommittee meeting, titled “Developments in State Cannabis Laws and Bipartisan Cannabis Reforms at the Federal Level,” will take place on Tuesday, November 15.”

#cannabisnews– Find our very own Dale Schafer every Wednesday morning on #highat9news


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