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:

#delta8 – “Sellers of hemp-derived products such as delta-8 and CBD say a few lines in a recreational cannabis bill making its way through the Maryland legislature will put them out of business.

The bill would establish a regulatory framework for the adult-use cannabis industry, which could launch as early as July. As part of that legislation, lawmakers have set a cap on any products that contain even small amounts of THC — a cap that is significantly smaller than what is currently allowed under federal law.”

#delta8 – “Thursday, the Kentucky governor signed a bill into law that regulates Delta 8 products.

Delta 8 contains THC, but at a lower level than marijuana.

It is not a controlled substance in Kentucky nor under federal law, and a court has ruled that it is legal in Kentucky.”

#psychedelics – “Our ancestors likely began their long journey with naturally occurring psychotropic substances tens or even hundreds of thousands of years ago.

The nascent field of archaeochemistry has convincingly demonstrated Neanderthal use of psychoactive plants like yarrow and chamomile going back 50,000 years. Anthropologist Scott M.Fitzpatrick envisions the early hunter-gatherers of our own species encountering, consuming and experimenting “with a wide array of plants” and fungi — just like their Neanderthal cousins.”

#psychedelics – “Researchers at Vancouver Island University say Indigenous knowledge is key to exploring how psychedelic substances can help treat a variety of disorders related to mental health.

Georgina Martin, the co-lead of the Naut sa mawt Centre for Psychedelic Research, says this work caught her attention because of the possibilities it offers for treatment of intergenerational trauma.

“I feel that this is an opportunity to explore something that may be a response to some of the health issues that Indigenous people are facing,” said Martin.”

#californiacannabis – “In the licensed market, Kislak said she’s paid anywhere from 10% to 22% in distribution fees. That’s before retail markups, meaning That Good Good commands a smaller return on the final selling price.

“We’re stuck in this crazy situation where we’re legally mandated to work with distributors, and we’re not even going to be able to get distribution,” Kislak said. “It’s not a state-run thing. I’m not pushing for a state-run thing.”

Adding to the complexity of California’s regulated supply chain, many vertically integrated distributors often avoid partnering with craft growers who are seen as competition to their own product, leaving some farmers in the mountainous regions of the Emerald Triangle with few options. From zoning restrictions to limited resources, Kislak knows this burden well.”

#cannabisindustry – “The makers of “Incredibles”-brand cannabis products are asking an Illinois federal court to award attorney fees after the owner of fruit basket company Edible Arrangements dropped its trademark suit, saying Edible IP LLC knew from the start it had no claim over the word “edible” and was using it as a “side-door” into the cannabis industry.

In a motion filed Monday, MC Brands LLC and Green Thumb Industries Inc. told the court this is an “exceptional” case warranting fees, as Edible was unable to support any of its claims and repeatedly delayed discovery before dropping the suit to avoid a negative summary judgment ruling. The motion does not state how much MC Brands is seeking in fees.”

#cannabislaw – “Cannabis consumer advocacy organization NORML is urging the Eleventh Circuit to find that a law barring medical marijuana patients from possessing guns is an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Thursday, the group said a Florida federal district judge erred when he asserted that cannabis users, even those registered in state medical programs, were rightly barred from gun ownership under a historical tradition of keeping guns away from lawbreakers.

NORML argued that there is no historical basis for stripping a class of medical patients of a constitutional right, and that the precedents for barring gun ownership have been applied to those with mental

instability, felony convictions or “serious drug addiction issues,” none of which applied to patients using state-regulated cannabis.”

#cannabisindustry – “Massachusetts’ cannabis regulator has suspended retail licenses held by Elev8 Cannabis Inc. and ordered its store to halt operations after the company’s majority owner and founder allegedly posted violent, curse-filled threats online aimed at his former employees.

In a summary suspension order that became effective March 25, the Cannabis Control Commission said Elev8’s owner, Oluwaseun Adedeji, recorded and posted a five-minute video on Instagram berating employees who resigned in protest after he fired an interim CEO.

“By threatening to commit acts of violence, including sexual assault, against former employees and their families, respondent, through the acts of Mr. Adedeji, poses an immediate or serious threat to the public safety and welfare,” the commission said in its order.

“For my all old employees, if you step on my fucking property without my permission, bro, on God, you will feel it,” Adedeji said in the March 23 video, according to the order.”

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