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 – “A fifth-generation farmer, Terry founded a new operation, Farming First Holdings in 2019 and invested his time, money, and effort into building a robust setup.

On Dec. 19, Farming First unveiled that operation, announcing its 134-acre outdoor cannabis cultivation farm located in Northern Santa Barbara County near the city of Los Alamos which possesses the entitlements for what could become the largest contiguous outdoor cultivation in the state.

Previously, Glass House Brands’ operation in Camarillo had the potential to be the largest cannabis operation in the state, sitting at 125 acres.

As part of the announcement, Farming First will also be launching its first two sun-grown cannabis retail brands into stores later this week, Venterra Farms and High Fidelity.”

#cannabisindustry – “The maker of Raw rolling papers is again asking an Illinois federal court to not force it to remove the “Alcoy” stamp from all its products, requesting that the court order be narrowed to one product, or to at least give the company more time to comply with the “expanded” ruling.

One of the results of a lawsuit brought by rival Republic Technologies LLC is that HBI International must cut out all references to Alcoy, Spain, in its French-made RAW Organic Hemp papers. But the permanent injunction issued by the district court would also force HBI to remove the Spanish city’s name from products that were not part of the litigation, HBI said in its Friday motion seeking reconsideration.”

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#cannabispolitics – “The governor of Minnesota says he expects the state to legalize marijuana “by May.” But the House speaker is tempering those expectations, putting the timeline for reform in the range of sometime in the next two years.

Gov. Tim Walz (D) has been especially bullish about legalization since winning reelection in November, when the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party (DFL, the state’s affiliate of the US Democratic Party) also took a slim majority in the Senate while retaining its control of the House. He’s previoulsy described the issue as a top priority that he hopes to see advance in the legislature as “one of the first items” to reach his desk in the 2023 session.”

#californiacannabis – Santa Ana – “Under the amended cannabis rules:

The tax rate for cannabis distribution, cultivation and manufacture is lowered from 6% to 1%.

Cannabis retail taxes are reduced by 1% – medicinal from 6% to 5% and recreational from 8% to 7%.

Cannabis retailers that meet the requirements of social equity measures can further reduce their tax rates by an additional 2%.

All retailers may sell medicinal and recreational cannabis.

Permitted retail locations can open
consumption lounges where cannabis products may be sold and consumed.

Permitted retailers can have temporary consumption events where cannabis may be sold and consumed twice a year, either at the retail site or at an off-site location.

The City of Santa Ana can hold temporary consumption festivals where people can sell and consume cannabis.”

#californiacannabis – “Dovel & Luner, a boutique litigation law firm filed a class action suit against Lowell Farms Inc.
LOWLF and Cypress Manufacturing Company on behalf of California consumers who purchased cannabis products with inaccurate THC content labels. The lawsuit alleges that defendants who make, sell, distribute and market “Lowell Herb Co.” brand cannabis products overcharged consumers by illegally selling products whose THC content was represented as substantially higher than it actually was.

The complaint, filed in the Superior Court of the State of California County of Los Angeles, alleges that Lowell Farms and Cypress Manufacturing Company violated the consumer protection laws of California, including California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law, among other violations.”


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