The Scuttlebutt Featuring Articles About First Santa Monica Cannabis Dispensary Opens After 6 Year Application 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 – “Despite California being one of America’s largest cannabis markets, Santa Monica has only just opened its first dispensary….
Only one other dispensary, Harvest of Santa Monica has so far been approved to open in the State. The dispensary received its approval in January 2022 however, it has yet to open.”

#hempindustry – “A scam CBD operator has received a three-year prison term and must repay his victims more than $2 million, under federal sentencing handed down last week.

Rahsaan Jackson Garth, 49, Atlanta, pleaded guilty earlier this year to commodities fraud in a case that affected farmers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina said Garth’s company, Verde Leaf, helped farmers obtain hemp planting licenses and “assisted farmers with their hemp crops.” But the company misrepresented third-party deals it told the farmers would bring them crop returns “above fair market value.””

#psychedelics – “The main motivations reported for using psychedelic drugs were for fun, spiritual or personal exploration, mental well-being, and personal growth. Some respondents also reported using psychedelic drugs to reduce the use of prescription or nonprescription substances.”

#cannabisindustry – “In a shocking development only four days after announcing its intent to issue 21 licenses to cultivators, processors, dispensaries, secured transporters, laboratory testing facilities, and integrated facilities, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission voted to stay all proceedings related to the current offering of medical cannabis business licenses. And importantly, the stay appears to be indefinite (with no stated end date).

The stay was issued because of the commission’s discovery of potential inconsistencies in the tabulation of scoring data, and the commission’s need for additional time to seek an independent review of all scoring data.”

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