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 – “Northern California’s cannabis industry is the subject of a study that began in 2022 examining the economic impact of industry upon the region.  Cal Poly Humboldt and Sonoma State University are examining the economic impact of cannabis farming, manufacturing, distribution and retail sales on the county economies in Humboldt, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Trinity, and Del Norte counties)….

This study comes from efforts by all regional cannabis alliances to generate data and conclusions that help recognize community needs for operators in this industry.  Origins Council and Humboldt County Growers Alliance (HCGA) are key intermediary team members for Cal Poly Humboldt and SSU to help and protect cannabis operators.”

#cannabislaw – “An Oregon federal judge has ordered cannabis cultivator TLR Enterprises LLC to repay nearly $1.17 million to a lending fund that says the cultivator owed it more than $1.27 million after breaching its contract to pay back seed money to begin its operations.

In a stipulated judgment filed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane said TLR Enterprises has agreed to and consented to pay the sum to Maricap Rolen Stone 2019 LLC, an affiliate of Texas-headquartered Maricap Financial, an investment firm focused on legal cannabis and hemp funding.

In addition to the $1,167,202 in principal that TLR must pay back to Maricap, the judge also ordered it to pay $170,000 in attorney fees, all costs in the civil action and post-judgment interest, as well as any future costs and fees related to enforcing the judgment.”

#californiacannabis – “A former medical cannabis farmer is suing Santa Barbara County and its sheriff’s office, saying his farm was illegally raided in 2010 and his property seized, resulting in the destruction of his motorcycles and power generators and the loss of his livelihood in the more than 11 years it took him to clear his name.

In a complaint filed in California federal court Wednesday, Eric Bjorklund also named Joyce Dudley, the county’s then-district attorney, and three members of the sheriff’s office who he says carried out the raid.

According to the complaint, Bjorklund operated a medical cannabis collective from 2007 to 2010, in compliance with local and state laws, and had supported Joshua Lynn, the then-deputy district attorney for the county, for its district attorney role. Bjorklund alleges that after Dudley won the election and took office, she began investigating and prosecuting Lynn’s supporters.”

#cannabisindustry – “As legal adult-use cannabis continues to spread across the country, so does a movement to unionize cannabis workers. The need for dispensary and cultivation workers has rapidly increased, along with the demand for higher wages, improved benefits, diversity and inclusion efforts, and more.

To date, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult use marijuana. Bills to legalize adult use marijuana are pending in several other states. According to Forbes, cannabis sales in the United States are estimated to reach $57 billion by 2030. The industry shows no signs of slowing down. Labor unions have taken notice and have seemingly set their sights on the cannabis workforce.”

#cannabispolitics – “Mississippi lawmakers last week approved a bill mandating changes to the state’s Medical Cannabis Act, the bill to legalize medical marijuana that was passed by the legislature last year. The measure, House Bill 1158, now heads to the desk of Republican Governor Tate Reeves for his consideration….

“No state agency, political subdivision or board shall implement any rule, regulation, policy, or requirement that is contrary to the provisions of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act,” reads the text of the bill.”

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