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 – “City manager Jeff Jones said the ordinance allows one dispensary for every 10,000 citizens in Arvin.

Currently, the city has a population of about 19,500 people, which means they can have up to two dispensaries.

Jones said during 2018 and 2019 the city’s voters approved a 3.75% sales tax on all cannabis delivery transactions. This has brought the city $300,000 a year and they’re hoping to double this number with storefronts.”

#CBD – “Under the sponsorship of Representatives Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Angie Craig (D-MN), congressional lawmakers recently renewed their effort to force the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) hand in regulating cannabidiol (CBD) products. The two proposed bills would require FDA to do what it stated in early 2023 it could not do: regulate CBD and other hemp-derived foods and dietary supplements under existing Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) pathways.

#cannabislaw – ” A group of marijuana consumers hope to duck out of paying the attorney fees for the cannabis businesses they accused of defrauding them by overstating THC levels in their products, telling an Arkansas federal court that imposing those costs would not “serve public policy.”

The plaintiffs — Don Plumlee, Jakie Hanan and Pete Edwards — were warned that they might get stuck with the bill if they were to refile their claims against the four cannabis companies for damages under the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Specifically, in February U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker granted the buyers’ motion for voluntary dismissal on their own proposed class action on the condition that should they “refile in state court, [the companies] may apply for this court to enter judgment against plaintiffs for an appropriate amount of costs and fees.”

Last week, one of the consumers, Hanan, filed a proposed class action in Circuit Court of Pulaski County against the companies — Steep Hill Inc., Bold Team LLC, NSMC-OPCO LLC, which does business as Natural State Medicinal, and Osage Creek Cultivation. A month later, the companies asked the court to make the buyers pay.”

#cannabislaw – “A Nevada federal court has ordered a cannabis company run by Instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian to pay a consulting firm $1.6 million and dismissed a contract suit between the two companies.

In an amended judgment filed Monday, the court dismissed a suit by Ignite Spirits Inc. with prejudice and ruled in favor of defendant Consulting by AR LLC — which had filed counterclaims against Ignite Spirits and its parent company, Ignite International Brands Ltd. — in response to Ignite’s claim that Consulting by AR failed to secure a contract for the cannabis company with a Las Vegas resort.

Monday’s judgment does not detail the reasons for the judgment and is an amendment to a judgment filed last week that did not include the amount of damages.”

#cannabisindustry – “In a complaint filed Monday in Hudson County Superior Court in New Jersey, The Cannabis Place 420 Corp LLC says city supervising planner Matt Ward incorrectly told the Jersey City Planning Board that there were no existing shops in the area during a hearing to approve an application for Kushmart Jersey LLC, even though Kushmart had not even submitted its application until after the board approved TCP’s.

According to the complaint, TCP first applied for a conditional license to open a dispensary at 1544 John F. Kennedy Blvd. in April 2022 and received approval from the planning board in July, before getting approval from the city council on Sept. 8.

TCP describes that as the last hurdle before it was allowed to operate, and says the company was listed as an existing business for zoning purposes, and its location was “pinned” to the city’s official cannabis retailers map.”

#cannabisindustry – “Two cannabis testing laboratories on Tuesday debuted a new program to standardize protocols for testing the purity and potency of marijuana products. The new standardization program, dubbed Trust in Testing, was launched on Tuesday by SC Labs and ACT Laboratories…..

“Through the Trust In Testing Certification, brands now have a way of identifying labs that are meeting the highest threshold standards across states,” he continued. “It also allows brands to unify their own protocols in choosing a testing partner. SC Labs is proud to be partnering with ACT Laboratories at the forefront of the movement to create safer cannabis through a more reliable cannabis testing landscape in the U.S. The Trust In Testing program is a transparent and collaborative process that will give consumers the confidence that they are purchasing high-quality products.””


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