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:

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#cannabisindustry – “Missouri is also set to amend its state constitution—although with a smaller margin of support than in Maryland. With 89% of the count completed, 53% of Missouri voters favor legalization. While regulated cannabis has enjoyed broad bipartisan support across the state, many pro-legalization advocates rallied against this initiative, arguing that it risked ceding the market to the corporatization of the market, pointing to the medical cannabis industry that largely bankrolled the legalization effort. Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parsons also opposed this effort in part for similar reasons, claiming that the amendment would mostly benefit the “corporations behind marijuana.”

The amendment allows adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to three ounces of cannabis and grow up to six flowering plants, six immature plants and six clones at home. The ballot measure also imposes a 6% sales tax on recreational cannabis. The change will take effect in December, and businesses can start selling recreational cannabis in February 2023.”

#california – “Assembly Bill 1041 amends two laws by relaxing the definition of people an employee can take off time to care for.

The new law adds a “designated person” to the category of existing permitted family members that include a spouse, registered domestic partner, child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild and sibling.

The new law, taking effect Jan. 1, expands both the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and California’s paid sick leave law, called the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (HWHFA)…..

The CFRA defines a designated person as an employee’s blood relative or someone who the employee considers family, while the HWHFA’s definition is someone the employee identifies at the time he or she requests the paid sick days.

In both cases, an employer can limit an employee to one designated person per year.”

#california – “R.J. Reynolds sued California’s attorney general on Wednesday to block S.B. 793, a law that bans the sale of flavored tobacco products in the state, just a day after Golden State voters tanked a referendum effort by big tobacco companies like R.J. Reynolds by adopting a proposition approving the law.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., which sued alongside several other tobacco companies, argues in its complaint and injunction bid filed on Wednesday that S.B. 793 violates the federal Tobacco Control Act as well as the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.

“Under the [TCA], states and localities have broad authority to regulate the sale of tobacco products,” the tobacco giant says. “But one thing they cannot do is completely prohibit their sale because they do not meet the state or locality’s preferred ‘tobacco product standards.'””

#cannabislaw – “A company that sells software to cannabis businesses has sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in California federal court for denying an H-1B worker’s relocation request, saying DHS had set a “dangerous” precedent by determining the developer was aiding marijuana distribution.

In a Wednesday lawsuit, Treez Inc. accused DHS and its component U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of “arbitrarily” determining software developer Ameya Vinayak Pethe was ineligible to amend his H-1B highly skilled work visa status due to the cannabis-related work of some of Treez’s clients.”


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