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:
#cannabisindustry – “States often mandate that legal cannabis products are to be tested through a licensed laboratory for contaminants such as, heavy metals and pesticides, as well as potency.
Without uniform testing standards though, often there are inconsistent and unreliable lab results. This has led to some labs who test products for farms, to report false data. For example, these labs have been inflating THC levels in favor of the demand for potent products. This practice has been called “lab shopping” by producers according to Leafly (1).
“Some businesses will decide to contract with those labs because it means that their products will test stronger [in THC] and in theory, be more attractive to consumers,” said Morgan Fox, the political director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, known as NORML (1). “This is pretty unethical, and also an unfortunate byproduct of a financially competitive testing market.””
#cannabis – “A NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) employee agreed to plead guilty to defrauding a government loan program developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. He admitted that he used part of the proceeds to fund an illegal cannabis grow operation, the Justice Department announced
on July 24.
“Armen Hovanesian, 32, of Glendale, a cost-control and budget-planning resource analyst for the JPL, a federally funded research and development center operated by the California Institute of Technology for NASA, agreed to plead guilty to a single-count information charging him with wire fraud,” the Justice department wrote. “Both the information and a plea agreement were filed Thursday in United States District Court. Hovanesian is expected to make his initial court appearance on August 11.””
#californiacannabis – “562 Discount Med Inc. on Friday asked the Los Angeles County Superior Court to disqualify Venable from representing Glass House Brands Inc. and force the firm to destroy or return all the confidential information it has in regard to 562 from when it represented 562’s affiliate South Cord Holdings LLC.
The business criticized Venable for agreeing to represent Glass House and said the firm “plotted to sue SCH and its related persons/entities while SCH was still a current client, and decided the only theoretically possible way to do so was to unilaterally transform [South Cord] from a ‘current client’ to a ‘former client’ — an act which Venable falsely believed would clear the way for it to then act adversely to SCH and its related persons and entities, including 562.”
562’s lawsuit alleges that Glass House took advantage of both the legal and illicit cannabis markets by using distributors to move its product under the table. By doing so, 562 claims, Glass House is putting legal operators at a disadvantage.”
Venable Faces DQ Bid In Calif. Fight Over Pot Distribution: https://www.law360.com/articles/1704178?utm_source=android&utm_medium=android&utm_campaign=android-shared