The Scuttlebutt Featuring Articles About EL Dorado County Has Approved Only One Cannabis Farm In Three Years, The Washington-Oregon Trade Deal 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:

#californiacannabis – “Questions have arisen as to how a consumption lounge was considered legal, as no other cannabis clubs in the surrounding area have been afforded this opportunity. Mercy Wellness and associated individuals are currently under investigation with the California Cannabis Control Bureau (ENF-23-0000658-COMP), and the case has not yet reached a resolution. Mr. Mckee (COM: 2023-00044) and Mr. Hernandez (COM: 2023-00270) are currently under investigation with the Fair Political Practices Commission due to their financial omissions from their statements of economic interest.”

#californiacannabis – “Hass said in an email that the county “is supportive of the commercial cannabis industry,” and she defended the approval process, describing the delays as standard business licensing issues.

“[Cannabis cultivation permits] are processed no differently than any other discretionary application that El Dorado County has review authority over,” Hass wrote in an email.”

#cannabisindustry – “While the bill is indeed groundbreaking for cannabis legislation in America, the passing and implementation of this particular bill is heavily contingent upon another body of government.

You may be wondering how Washington and Oregon, which both have recreational cannabis, are implementing a policy that so very directly goes against federal law regarding Controlled Substances and interstate cannabis sales. The truthful answer is that… they aren’t subverting the federal government. The aforementioned contingency of the bill is entirely dependent on the federal government amending these restricting laws and allowing for interstate cannabis sales.”

#cannabisindustry – “The concern is not about legalizing and regulating marijuana. Instead, it’s a worry that Pennsylvania will repeat the mistakes of high-tax states that have failed to move people from the illegal market into a regulated one.

“I think a 20% tax rate is the fastest road to looking like California,” said Meredith Buettner, executive director of the Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition.”

#psychedelics – “The Arizona Yage Assembly said in its suit, launched in 2020, that four shipments of the ayahuasca tea from Peru were seized by the federal government. It wants a declaration and injunction providing that its religious use of ayahuasca in communion is legal and not a violation of the Controlled Substances Act. The tea contains dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, a hallucinogenic compound.
In turn, the government moved for dismissal, contending that the group failed to state a Religious Freedom Restoration Act claim. But in a Thursday order, U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver disagreed, ruling that AYA’s allegation that it has to either abandon religious principle or risk criminal prosecution is sufficient for such a claim.”

Religious Group’s Suit Over DMT Tea Use Moves Forward:

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