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 – “The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) released its 2021 and 2022 enforcement statistics, highlighting year- over year trends that show significant growth in the number of search warrants issued, arrests made, and illegal cannabis plants eradicated in an effort to tackle illegal market operations that threaten the health and safety of the environment, communities and consumers and undermine the licensed cannabis market.

DCC-led search warrant operations increased from 62 in 2021 to 155 in 2022, a 150 percent increase. DCC also seized over 41,726 pounds of illegal cannabis in 2021 and more than 144,254 pounds in 2022, a 246 percent increase. Arrests more than tripled, with 17 in 2021 and 56 in 2022. And DCC led operations that seized $243,017,836 worth of cannabis last year, a 212 percent increase from the $77,772,936 seized in 2021.”

#cannabispolitics – “Mace was less positive, saying, “I don’t have a lot of hope anything will happen this year.”

If anything will happen, she said it would need to be done before June.

“After June, it will be about the presidential election,” Mace said. If that doesn’t happen, she expects it could be another two years.

But, she noted, President Biden could use it as a boost for his reelection. In other words, he could employ rescheduling as a way to get more votes.

On a positive note, Mace mentioned that the Biden has reached out to her office, which she was pleasantly surprised about.”

#psychedelics – “Three Democratic lawmakers in the state recently introduced separate reform proposals, including one that would expand the law that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) allowed to take effect without his signature in 2021. The other two bills would create entirely new psychedelics-focused government bodies in the state to facilitate studies.”

#psychedelics – “Under the influence of MDMA, the drug also known as ecstasy, Joe and his wife were able to reach new understanding, voicing their true feelings and listening to the other. Now, a few times a year, the New Mexico couple calls a babysitter, goes out to dinner, and spends the night in a fancy hotel room where they take the drug and discuss issues in their almost decade-long marriage, ranging from chores to parenting to sex. “Taking on those bigger issues is just not a big deal now,” Joe says.”

#psychedelicslaw – “In a complaint filed Monday, Reunion said the timing of communications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office makes it clear that Mindset Pharma Inc. copied a Reunion scientist’s work and is attempting to pass it off as its own.

The complaint centers around a novel serotonergic psychedelic compound that Reunion labeled RE-104, for which it was issued U.S. Patent No. 11,292,765. According to the complaint, the compound meant to treat mental health conditions was developed by Reunion’s chief scientific officer, Nathan Bryson, in mid-2020.

Bryson filed provisional patent applications for the compound in November 2020 and June 2021, and the PTO issued the patent on April 5, 2022, according to the complaint, giving Reunion full rights to the compound.”


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