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:

#cannabisresearch – “When you go back to Dr. Sisley’s application to become a bulk grower, there was this [National Institute on Drug Abuse] monopoly. [For decades, the University of Mississippi was the only licensed grower of research cannabis in the U.S.]

And during the Obama, they said, “Yeah, we’re going to get rid of that. We’re going to license some additional growers, so we can research the stuff that people are actually using.” Then that got shut down when the Trump came in, but no one knew why. Congress was asking why, and it was this big mystery and all these different folks testified before the Senate, and said, “We’re working on it, we’re going to get it out quickly.”

One of our FOIA lawsuits uncovered the reason why: It was this Office of Legal Counsel opinion that had been requested by Trump Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions. The Office of Legal Counsel basically explained that treaty obligations required the federal government to require DEA to make new rules before it could license additional growers, and in that same opinion, they revealed that for since the dawn of time, since before DEA even existed, the United States has been out of compliance with the Single Convention [on Narcotic Drugs, a 1961 treaty setting international drug regulation standards], because of the NIDA monopoly arrangement, which was kind of crazy.

It sure would have been nice for Congress to have been able to get that answer when they asked the first, second or third time, but FOIA worked in that case.”

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#californiacannabis – “The sheriff’s department served a search warrant off Hesperia Road on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, in reference an illegal marijuana cultivation operation. Authorities arrived on scene and discovered a commercial facility was illegally cultivating marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms.

Over 2,800 marijuana plants, 400 pounds of processed marijuana, 12 pounds of processed psilocybin mushrooms, 2,700 pounds of psilocybin mushroom spores, several jars of liquid pcilocybin mushroom spores, 1,500 packages of marijuana infused edibles, and 37 pounds of concentrated marijuana were seized from the location.

Two suspects, identified as Dejon Duchesne of Malibu and Frank Mendoza of Hesperia, were arrested at the scene.”

#cannabisindustry – “Calls are increasing among growers to stop licensing new cannabis cultivation businesses in more established recreational marijuana markets including Colorado, Michigan and Oregon.

Marijuana growers in those states and others in the industry are appealing to their regulators and lawmakers to help cultivators struggling financially because of overproduction of flower and depressed prices on the wholesale market.

They argue that too much production makes it impossible to survive as a cannabis grower.”

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#cannabispolitics – “Voters in five states, including four that are among the most conservative in the country, are deciding on whether to legalize recreational marijuana this election. If passed in each state, Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota would join 19 other states and the District of Columbia where cannabis has already been legalized for personal use.

All except Maryland backed Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, underscoring that the legalization effort increasingly spans the political spectrum and is even gaining support in some of the most overwhelmingly Republican parts of the nation.”

#cannabisindustry – “Could an issue over pigs affect the entire cannabis industry? It may seem like an odd connection, but it could be the Dormant Commerce Clause that brings these disparate industries together.

The Dormant Commerce Clause is known for its effect on interstate commerce, an issue that has vexed states wanting to create residency requirements for cannabis licensing.

It could also single-handedly take down social equity efforts within the states.”


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