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 – “Councilwoman Kathleen Treseder announced City Manager Oliver Chi’s cooperation in the federal probe at the council’s Tuesday night meeting, saying it granted him whistleblower protection.

“Some FBI agents did come to city hall and they interviewed our City Manager Oliver Chi and asked questions regarding an ongoing investigation into Irvine,” Treseder said. “I appreciate Mr. Chi answering the questions.”

In an interview with Voice of OC following the public council meeting, Chi said he notified the city council last week when the FBI reached out.

“All I’d be comfortable sharing at this point is they had questions related to an ongoing investigation they’re engaged in related to issues in and around Irvine,” Chi said.”

#psychedelics – “Serotonin is a neurotransmitter necessary for regulating mood, appetite, sleep, and social behavior. Psychedelic microdosing activates serotonin receptors’ which activate the parts of the brain for regulating mood, cognition, and perception. Psychedelics like LSD, psilocybin, and DMT simulate the agonist 5‐HT2A reception, which is part of the serotonin receptor family and triggers what we refer to as the “psychedelic experience.”

#cannabisindustry – “A coalition of medical cannabis operators and would-be adult-use retailers has accused New York marijuana regulators of bungling the rollout of the state’s market by hindering the entrance of licensed businesses and allowing unlicensed sellers to flourish.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Albany state court, the group, dubbed the Coalition for Access to Regulated & Safe Cannabis, said that the New York Office of Cannabis Management and Cannabis Control Board had failed to achieve the goals of the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act, the law that legalized marijuana in New York.

“For those parties that want a legal and regulated marketplace, the current state of the cannabis market in New York is unacceptable,” David Feuerstein, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement. “Regulators have neglected their responsibilities to enforce the MRTA as written and instead focused on high-minded policymaking — a role that is reserved for our state’s elected officials.””

#californiacannabis – “During the mid-year budget review at the March 14 Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board learned about a multi-million dollar reporting error by the Mendocino Cannabis Department that may have been based in part on a misunderstanding by state officials.

Five Mendocino county departments are projected to come in at more than $200,000 over budget. The mid-year report notes that the Cannabis Department is in the lead by far, with projections of being over budget by $662,000, due to shortfalls in revenues from cannabis fees.”

#californiacannabis – “John Ford said the measure includes several impactful, possibly undoable and costly provisions.

He said the measure’s cap on total permits will essentially prohibit new farms.

Proposed bans on expanding existing cannabis operations would prevent essential changes like adding solar power and water storage infrastructure, he continued.

Other bans described as harmful include those on farms of over 10,000 square feet, indoor cultivation, most artificial lighting, more than one permit per parcel and farms on unpaved county roads.

Ford said that if successful at the ballot box, the measure could upend the county’s cannabis industry after farmers “did exactly what the county asked them to do” by seeking to comply with emerging legalization.”

#californiacannabis – “While revenue from property taxes and hotel bed taxes is estimated to exceed county projections by $17 million

and $2.2 million, respectively, for fiscal year 2022-23, covering last July through next June, cannabis tax revenue could fall short of projections by $10.5 million, according to a second-quarter budget update that was presented to the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Cannabis tax revenues for 2022-23 are projected to be $5.8 million, Brittany Heaton, principal cannabis analyst for the County Executive Office, told the board. That’s just more than a third of the $16.3 million that was budgeted last June for what the county calls its “cannabis program,” which includes public services such as libraries that cannabis tax revenues are earmarked for.”

#psychedelicresearch – “Study authors performed a comprehensive machine learning analysis of data pertaining to nearly 1,000 survey respondents who answered questions about their previous non-clinical experiences with psychedelic drugs. Sure enough, those scoring the highest on questionnaires assessing the mystical and insightful nature of their experiences also consistently reported improvements in both depression and anxiety.”

#psychedelicresearch – “One promising finding is that the study does not involve daily microdosing.

“You take two or three doses in a row spaced apart a few days and can then have complete cessation of further attacks,” said Dr. Gottschalk, who said the results should last for two weeks.

Dr. Gottschalk said the findings could be “a life-changing experience” for people who suffer from cluster headaches.

He said, unlike this mushroom research, current headache medications on the market are pills or injectables that can remain in the bloodstream for a month and can have side effects.”

#cannabislaw – Pennsylvania – “Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act does not prohibit employers from reimbursing injured workers for treatment with approved medical cannabis, a state appellate court said in a pair of rulings Friday.

The 5-2 majority of the en banc Commonwealth Court said that while the MMA does not require insurers to provide “coverage” for medical marijuana, that was different from providing “reimbursement” for out-of-pocket medical costs guaranteed under the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act — including the costs of medical marijuana, despite its murky legality at the federal level.”


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