The Scuttlebutt Featuring Articles About Minneapolis Mayor Psychedelics 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:

#psychedelics – “Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis issued an executive order on Friday instructing the city’s police officers to, in essence, look the other way when it comes to the purchase and use of certain illegal psychedelic drugs.

Coming as a growing number of cities, including DenverDetroit and Washington, D.C., have adopted more permissive stances on psychedelics, Mr. Frey’s order notes that people are increasingly turning to substances like psychoactive mushrooms to improve their mental health.”


#hemppolitics – “Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has reintroduced a bill that aims to establish U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory framework for CBD as a dietary supplement or food and beverage additive.

Alongside Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Wyden announced the reintroduction of The Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act.

The U.S. Hemp Roundtable has said that it strongly endorses this legislation and applauds Sen. Wyden and his Congressional colleagues for championing efforts to regulate CBD products in the Senate.”


#cannabisindustry – “More Cookies investors have sued the cannabis industry darling, claiming the prominent California-based marijuana brand mismanaged their $15.5 million through “multimillion dollar kickbacks and other self-dealing” that benefited company founders at investors’ expense, court documents filed this week show.

But what could be a more troubling sign for Cookies as well as the struggling marijuana industry, Cookies allegedly ran out of money last summer when it missed a key valuation and then “burned through most of” an additional $23 million raised earlier this year.”


#cannabislawsuit – “A photojournalist who documented some of the 1990s’ top hip hop figures says cannabis dispensary finder Leafly used his work without authorization, posting photos he took of Snoop Dogg and Tupac on its website, according to a lawsuit filed in New York federal court.
T. Eric Monroe said in his Wednesday complaint that he sent the company one copyright infringement notice over its use of the photos, which depict both rappers with cannabis cigars — or blunts — hanging out of their mouths, but the company has failed to “meaningful respond.” The complaint includes two claims of copyright infringement.
The suit alleges Leafly “infringed Monroe’s copyrights by creating infringing derivative works from the subject photography and publishing same to the public.” He says the company accessed the photos on his website, where the Tupac photo is for sale for between $2,000 and $6,000 apiece, depending on how large of a print is ordered.”

Hip Hop Photog Says Leafly Infringed Snoop Dogg, Tupac Pics:


#cannabislawsuit – “A hard lesson was learned after cannabis was discovered in a suitcase at the airport: the government does not have to prove cannabis is marijuana to convict you of trafficking in marijuana. A new case recently clarified that the legal burden shifts and requires the accused to produce evidence that the cannabis is not marijuana.

Traveling by airplane with marijuana has been all over the news since Gigi Hadid, a supermodel and television personality, was arrested and released for marijuana possession in the Cayman Islands after Customs and Border Protection searched her luggage and discovered alleged marijuana and paraphernalia earlier this month. But not all instances of cannabis in international travel result in a simple slap on the wrist – as Ms. Raquel Rivera, the Defendant in U.S. v. Rivera, recently learned the hard way.

Ms. Rivera’s story also provides a valuable lesson to the accused and their legal representatives. One does not need to be a lawyer to know that the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. We hear it constantly on television shows, true-crime podcasts, and on the news – but it isn’t necessarily so. Ms. Rivera and her lawyer also found this out the hard way.”

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