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 – “Claremont voters will decide Nov. 8 on a tax rate for future potential cannabis businesses in town.

If approved by more than 50% of voters, Measure CT would allow the city to impose a tax on cannabis and hemp businesses.

The proposed tax for retail businesses, including storefronts and delivery services, would range from 4% to 7% of gross receipts. For all other businesses, including cultivation and distribution, the proposed tax is up to 4% of gross receipts or up to $10 per square foot of space.”

#cannabisindustry – “A licensed Washington cannabis farm told an appellate court that state regulators should not have destroyed nearly a ton of its cannabis, defending its decision not to tag the plants as required under state law because it had a system in place to trace the product that it claims satisfies those requirements.

A Washington Court of Appeals panel on Friday weighed whether the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board had a right to confiscate and destroy 1,720 pounds of Ladyhelm Farm’s cannabis product after a cannabis board officer discovered the farm failed to physically tag and electronically trace the cannabis.

Kenneth J. Miller of Miller & Chase Attorneys at Law, representing Ladyhelm Farm, told the three-judge panel that the cannabis was traceable through the farm’s inventory log books.

Washington Court of Appeals Judge Rebecca Pennell said she understood that the farm’s argument was “no harm, no foul, we had a record of this.” But the judge said the board’s position is that the farm failed to comply with the tagging and tracing requirements.”

#cannabisindustry – “As the cannabis industry has exploded with more states coming online and more companies operating in multiple states, it has seen a rise in litigation spanning all sectors of the industry. Even discounting the litigation stemming from state licensing processes, which is always expected, cannabis litigation has exploded over the last 24 months. Litigation related to employment disputes, contract disputes, and IP and trademark disputes, just to identify a few categories, are all on the rise.”

#cannabisindustry – “More provisional business licensees are coming online in Mississippi’s medical cannabis program.

State officials recently outlined licensing figures and other updates for the state’s medical cannabis industry during an Oct. 27 press conference.

Kris Jones Adcock, director of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program, said the state has issued provisional licenses to 47 cultivators, 138 dispensaries, eight processors, three waste disposal businesses, two testing labs and four transporters. As of Oct. 3, Mississippi had announced 38 cultivation provisional approvals, according to Memphis, Tenn., NBC affiliate Action News 5.

Additionally, Adcock said Mississippi’s medical cannabis program now has 406 patients, 117 practitioners who can provide medical cannabis recommendations, and 491 work permits for people to work in the cannabis industry. The state had approved 367 work permits with 50 in processing as of Oct. 3, per Action News 5.”


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