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 historic storms also impacted California cannabis operators, disrupting operations and supplies. Some cannabis companies temporarily closed operations. Several businesses told MJBizDaily their operations were flooded, and others reported product losses as heavy rains damaged crops.

Federal aid was sent, but a national catastrophe was not declared, making it difficult to aggregate loss data. That’s one reason why CannGen is still compiling claims data from the storms.”

#cannabisindustry – “While the elements of RICO are often difficult for a civil plaintiff to satisfy (especially the “pattern” element, which requires a showing of an ongoing threat of criminal activity), when provable a RICO claim can be a “big gun” changing the leverage of a case.

Can a cannabis LLC assert a claim under RICO, in light of slow-to-evolve federal law which still declares cannabis to be an illegal substance?

In an opinion recently published by the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal — Shulman v. Kaplan — the court addressed this issue.”

#psychedelics – “One of the principal ways mental health disorders are thought to manifest is through severed connections between neurons — the winding, spindly cells in our brain and throughout our body essential for interpreting info from the external environment. Our brains are essentially fat, watery bags of neurons that are tangled together like a dense thicket of thorny weeds.

Depression and other mental health problems can act like weed killer, shriveling these connections and making it harder to function cognitively. This is known as the neurotrophic theory of depression and psychedelic drugs like ketamine (which is also a dissociative anesthetic) seem to reverse this relationship.”

#cannabispolitics – “Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt does not support the legalization of adult-use cannabis in his state—or any singular state, for that matter—preferring instead to leave the question to the federal government.

But in the course of his executive duties, Stitt did concede the point that cannabis legalization remains a state-by-state political question. Last fall, after the Oklahoma Supreme Court pulled the question from the November ballot, Stitt authorized a special election for the voters of his state to decide the matter of adult-use legalization on March 7. With the green light from voters, State Question 820 would make Oklahoma the 22nd state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older.

Stitt may not be thrilled by the prospect, but the impending vote reminds the broader political community that the emerging cannabis industry has been set in motion by the will of the people.”

#cannabisindustry – “When the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, or WSLCB, made an unannounced visit to Ladyhelm Farm LLC and found that the business failed to meet cannabis traceability requirements, it seized more than 1,700 pounds of cannabis. But Ladyhelm said the WSLCB didn’t have the authority to seize and destroy the product because cannabis is no longer considered a Schedule I controlled substance.

But on Thursday, Washington’s Division III Court of Appeals in an 18-page opinion affirmed summary judgment in favor of the WSLCB, finding that the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act has not been impliedly repealed.”


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