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:

#cannabisindustry – “The coverage of unionization efforts by employees at Starbucks and Amazon has grabbed headlines, but overlooks the fact that, as Planet Money reporter Greg Rosalsky notes, “most unionized sectors in America — industries like manufacturing, transportation, and construction — represent an ever-shrinking share of the workforce.”[2]


The shift away from of these traditional union strongholds coincides with labor’s focus on the emerging cannabis industry as fertile soil for expansion.”

#cannabislaw – Georgia – “As businesses navigate this new landscape, legal questions will inevitably pop up. And lawyers, being trained to answer them, will want to address their clients’ questions. But a ruling from the Georgia Supreme Court means that Georgia lawyers generally cannot ethically advise participants in this new program.

There may be no area of the law that is more fluid and complex than U.S. cannabis law. The cannabis industry has developed within the context of conflicting and evolving federal and state laws, and businesses in the industry must navigate a wide array of legal challenges. These challenges extend to those businesses that provide services or otherwise interact with cannabis companies.”

#cannabisindustry – “A company’s challenge to Utah’s medical marijuana licensing scheme fell flat in the Tenth Circuit after a three-judge appellate panel ruled Tuesday that a state licensing agency had reasonably denied the company a cultivation license in favor of those with more community ties.


An appeals panel said JLPR LLC hadn’t explained why it was improper for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to make community involvement — one of the licensing criteria mentioned in the Utah Medical Cannabis Act — a deciding factor in the heated competition for one of 10 medical marijuana licenses.


Claims that state officials had coaxed some applicants to overemphasize their community involvement also didn’t land with the panel, which said it wouldn’t question decision makers’ motivations.”

#cannabislawsuit – “Trulieve Cannabis has settled a lawsuit with a Black former middle manager who accused the Florida-based medical marijuana multistate operator in a complaint filed last month of paying her and other Black employees less than whites.


According to records filed April 13 in the 2nd Judicial Court in Tallahassee, where Trulieve is headquartered, the company reached a settlement with Brooke Bennett, who worked as a manager in the company’s 200-person St. Petersburg call center from August 2018 to 2022.

Terms weren’t disclosed, and the suit was dismissed Monday.”

#californiacannabis – “The city of El Monte was awarded a $3 million grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections to support the city’s Commercial Cannabis Permit Program.


The funding – awarded on April 13 — supports the city’s Police Department in enforcing laws and rules governing both legal and illegal cannabis operators while developing drug-prevention programs targeted toward youth.

“Monies from this grant will ensure that we continue to focus on the public safety of our community by addressing issues associated with the cannabis industry and engage youth through cannabis prevention and substance abuse programs,” City Manager Alma Martinez said in a statement.”

#californiacannabis – “On Tuesday, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously initiated a step in the direction of modifying the county’s cannabis land use ordinance to allow indoor cultivation within a business district in Southern Humboldt.


The board also directed county staff to evaluate business park zones to ascertain economic opportunities that could be capitalized on if the uses in the zones received additional flexibility, such as becoming zoned for mixed-use development. The vote accepted a petition to analyze the zoning code amendment and a permanent change could be brought before the supervisors after additional review by county staff.”


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