The Scuttlebutt Featuring Articles About Santa Barbara Cannabis 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:

#californiacannabis – “The Santa Barbara County supervisors voted to crack down on tax delinquent cannabis operators this Tuesday, just as California’s State Auditor launched an audit of how Santa Barbara County and five other California counties have issued cannabis business permits over the past five years. The state audit was championed by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr. of Los Angeles, who argued it was necessary to determine if the business license processes of the six counties are open, fair, or susceptible to corruption.”

#cannabislawsuit – “A 5-2 majority of the appellate court said the enabling law gave growers and processors a choice to pick more than one lab to test their products — or to stick with just one — so regulations the Department of Health enacted to mandate testing by two separate labs went beyond what the state’s regulators were allowed to do.
“The word ‘or’ is ‘used as a function word to indicate an alternative.’ … Thus, the plain meaning of section 704(a) of the act is that growers/processors may contract with only one lab if they so choose,” wrote Judge Ann E. Covey for the majority opinion. “Notwithstanding, Section 1171a.29(c)(1)-(2) of the department’s regulations mandates growers/processors to contract with at least two separate labs. Consequently, there is a conflict between the act and the regulation.””

Pa. Court Strikes Two-Lab Requirement For Medical Cannabis:

#cannabislawsuit – “National Green Source LLC said in its complaint that Florida-based Metrc LLC sent it a bill for more than $28,000 in allegedly unpaid “support fees” dating back nine years. Metrc has refused to explain the fees and has suspended the dispensary chain’s ability to order tags used to comply with state laws for tracking cannabis sales, according to the suit.
Metrc has secured 23 government contracts to track cannabis products from “seed to sale,” the company said in a May press release, in which it also announced Illinois had signed a notice of intent to become its 24th U.S.-region client.
While state law requires National Green and other Colorado medical and recreational marijuana sellers to use radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags for inventory tracking — and to pay all fees associated with it — the statute doesn’t actually say companies are required to use Metrc, the lawsuit said.”

Colo. Pot Chain Says Contractor Fees Illegal, Anti-Competitive:

#cannabislawsuit – “The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Denver County, doesn’t say where the generators it cites were in use, but industrial equipment provider United Rentals Inc. claims that Green Sage Management LLC entered an agreement to lease an unspecified number of diesel-powered generators in September 2020. The suit claims the cannabis company never paid for the use of the generators between December 2021 and May 2022.
United Rentals is seeking $1.7 million in unpaid invoices and $166,763 in interest. It’s also seeking attorney fees.
California-based group Environmental Democracy hit Green Sage with a federal lawsuit in July 2022, seeking to shut down nine unpermitted, semitruck-sized diesel generators that Green Sage was using at its grow facility in Oakland, as they were polluting the community, according to Environmental Democracy’s suit.”

Colo. Cannabis Co. Walked On $1.7M Generator Bill, Suit Says:

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