Cannabis: Does it have a place in Plumas County?

What does the cannabis industry have for Plumas? Companies in other parts of the country and world are finding new uses and new products using the  ancient cannabis plant. All signs point to legalization being a good thing: the cannabis industry is donning the cloak of professionalism and innovation. There are investors, business plans, clinical trials, and new uses all coming out of the woodwork. New space is opening for this new industry. Fast forward 10 years and Plumas County could be a contributing supplier of medical cannabis to pharmacies and patients throughout the state and country. Suffice it to say, some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are showing an interest in cannabis-based medicines.

GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex in clinical trials in USA

GW Pharmaceuticals’ shares surged 11 percent after the release of positive briefing documents for a Food and Drug Administration advisory approval for a clinical trial with the cannabis-derived drug Epidiolex. Epidiolex which contains cannabidiol, is intended for seizures associated with two rare types of childhood epilepsy. If approved, it would be the first FDA approved cannabis-derived drug. The FDA briefing documents raised no issues with the drug containing CBD, concluding that CBD has negligible abuse potential. The risk-benefit profile established by the data supports approval of CBD for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. GW’s mission is to unlock the potential of cannabinoid medicines. The FDA authorized clinical trial will be looking to prove safety and efficacy of their whole plant cannabis drug Epidiolex. Its active ingredient is CBD. The U.S. Patent Office allowed 5 patents related to the drug for treating epilepsy. GW has numerous additional patent applications under prosecution at the patent office and will continue to expand their patent portfolio as they innovate and develop new Epidiolex formulations and additional products.

Tilray signs agreement with Sandoz

Tilray, a company that grows cannabis in Canada,  funded in part by Peter Thiel (of PayPal), has reached an agreement with Sandoz in 2018 to develop new cannabis products, and to leverage Sandoz’ supply chain and sales force to educate pharmacists about these new products. The new products would be co-branded by Tilray and Sandoz and sold to pharmacies across Canada by end of the year pending regulatory approvals.

Constellation Brands invests in Canopy Growth, Inc.

In late 2017, Constellation Brands, recognizing Canada’s company Canopy Growth’s potential, purchased a 9.9 percent stake in the company for roughly $191 million, demonstrating that interest in cannabis is becoming mainstream. Fortune magazine 10/30/17.

Aurora Cannabis: An 800,000 square foot building

Another Canadian company, Aurora Cannabis is building a 800,000 square foot flagship cultivation facility at the Edmonton International Airport. April 13th, 2018 Aurora announced the successful delivery of the first ever batch of privately exported medical cannabis from Canada to the Italian government through a German subsidiary Pedanios, and the products have now been distributed to Italian Pharmacies.

Cannabis gaining market share around the world

According to Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics, over the next 10 years, the legal cannabis industry will see much progress around the globe. (Forbes, Thomas Pellechia author.) The big news in 2017 was Germany opening up cannabis for medical use in pharmacies. Germany is poised to be the leader of the European cannabis market, and Italy is expected to be second. Medical cannabis programs in Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay indicate that the South American medical cannabis market is growing. Australia’s legal cannabis market is forecast to continue to grow. Israel has a small population and a long history of legal medical cannabis use. It continues as a leader in the development of cannabis pharmaceuticals. Canada is among the few countries where investors have already shown confidence in Canada and in the future legality of cannabis in Canada; they are betting with billions of dollars pouring into public equity investments. See the ArcView: The Road Map to a $57 Billion Worldwide Market.

Cannabis research: Pathway to acceptance

Cannabis, the legal industry, is just separating from its foster parents, black and gray, who are mere shadows behind it, following their child, having trouble letting go, but getting thinner with every month. If anything, much of what was done from a business perspective during the black and gray markets will not be a model for behavior in the legal market. Widespread support from investors in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and health science sectors point to expectations that the cannabis industry will conduct itself with professionalism meriting the investment and community support it needs to survive.

Scientists from the U.S. National Institutes of Health  filed a patent attesting that cannabinoids not only have medicinal value, they might protect the brain against damage. Patent 6,630,507, stated that cannabinoids, and in particular cannabidiol, could potentially stop cell death after a concussion, stroke, or other traumatic brain event. KannaLife Sciences, Inc., a medical cannabis company located in Buck’s County Pennsylvania, develops cannabinoid-based medicines for the brain, secured the very first license to commercialize this patent. KannaLife has the U.S. government’s green light to not only explore how non-psychotropic, antioxidant-rich CBD safeguards the brain from hepatic encephalopathy and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, but possibly offer it as a treatment for people with these neurodegenerative diseases.

Over 23,000 studies tout the benefits of medical cannabis for Alzheimer’s disease to chronic pain to diabetes. Cannabis is becoming mainstream. Many people already use medical cannabis for a wide variety of medical problems, such as cancer, epilepsy, and depression. Sixty-nine percent of physicians support nationwide legalization of medical cannabis, according to a survey by WebMD/Medscape. The proper formulation of cannabinoids have the opportunity to manage dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism, Crohn’s disease, colitis, and fibromyalgia. Cannabis-based medicines are used to improve a ailments such as pain, appetite, and sleep quality, and it is proposed as an alternative to opioids. (Studies show that cannabis legalization has been associated with a decline in deaths from opioid overdoses in Colorado.) FDA’s approval for clinical trials is paving the way to acceptance of cannabis as a medicine. Physicians and policy makers are following that lead and petitioning to open cannabis research facilities, cannabis clinics, and other businesses. The nascent cannabis industry is poised to operate by the same standards that make US medicines the best and most trusted in the world. Plumas could be part of this.

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35 thoughts on “Cannabis: Does it have a place in Plumas County?

  • May 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    I want to say a very big thank you to Derick Elvis for directing me to Doctor Alfa Uribhor, and after I contacted him concerning my son case with the problem of Autism, he said he is going to send me medicine which I will use for one month only for him, so after three days I received the medicine and I started giving my son the way I was directed, within one week I started seeing good results, he started talking clearly and able to walk around and after he finished everything for one month according to what Doctor told me he was perfectly okay and he has no problem with Autism anymore, contact doctor today so that he can help you out, his email is [email protected] Thanks for taking you time to read my testimony.

  • May 5, 2018 at 7:22 am

    ‘Widespread support from investors in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and health science sectors point to expectations that the cannabis industry will conduct itself with professionalism meriting the investment and community support it needs to survive.’…

    You mean suits, ties, lies, scandals, cheats and other fun stuff that comes when you deal with ‘professionals’ aka cutthroat business people, lawyers, and politicians..

    The debate on cannabis up in Plumas is becoming laughable at best. you guys make it sound like its either gonna ruin everyones lives, or be the God sent boost to this area that will somehow make eveything all bettter…News Flash!! Its neither…

  • May 5, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Well the medical aspect of it is great. However I don’t think it belongs in our small town riddled with substance abuce as it stands. We need to focus on housing and the communitys in larger outlining city’s that have a shortage of it. We could be very attractive if we cleaned our town up a bit. What I mean is the blight, the 10 cars that don’t run in front of a house. The kids speeding up and down our city streets on dirt bikes ( yes we are a CITY shouldn’t we not act like one? They are loud ) law states no snowmobiles nor dirt bikes/ATVs on our streets. Yet law enforcement does nothing, that said a number of them don’t even have vald licenses. First hand knowlage. Time to think, time to grow up!
    City Council and Mayor!! thank you

  • May 6, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Oh don’t get too excited. It’s doubtful Plumas voters will be voting favorably on commercial cultivation.
    We’ve heard this kind of song and dance before and know better.

    • May 7, 2018 at 6:22 am

      Budget tensions rising – Plumas News › budget-tensions…
      Jun 25, 2017 · Tensions were rising at the board of supervisors as the budget process gets underway. The situation wasn’t made any easier knowing that the county’s budget shortfall is estimated to be much larger than …

      800,000 square feet? That should easily fit in your head. And thanks for confirming you don’t believe in free market capitalism. Are you a liberal nanny like Rick?

      • May 9, 2018 at 5:01 pm

        Grand visions increase as reality decreases.

        Why pick on Rick anyway? Don’t you know the wheels on the karma bus go round and round Tax payer/voter?

        • May 10, 2018 at 5:16 pm

          I expressed my concerns with the constant stigmatisms associated with the cannabis community, he mocked me, calling me a paranoid schizophrenic. He then went on to claim that he has never violated a law in his life, which is laughable to say the least. So the wheels on the karma bus have gone around, right on to godless liberal nanny rick, thanks for caring.

          • May 11, 2018 at 7:18 am

            Showing hate as intelligence proves a choice of stupidity.

            Something tells me you don’t know diddly about Rick’s life other than he expressed his feelings about your comments. So what? Grow some skin.

          • May 11, 2018 at 7:57 am

            You’re making claims I don’t recall. Well, that’s what he called you alright but the claim of never breaking a law is false. I clearly recall you telling Rick how badly he should feel that Prop. 64 passed. “How does it feel to be in a minority?” were your exact words.

            Rick set you straight. Said he voted for Prop. 64 but has issues with commercial cultivation here. I get that as I share those exact same feelings. What I do not get is you tax payer/voter, why so many bogus claims?

            Like someone else said.. Growing some skin would be a teriffic idea.

          • May 11, 2018 at 12:48 pm

            OMG. Couldn’t stop laughing!

          • May 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm

            Rick, thanks for confirming what a joke you think this is. If you took things a little more seriously maybe you wouldn’t have been such an uninformed voter.

          • May 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

            Read your statement again after you grow up. Whenever that may be.

          • May 11, 2018 at 6:41 pm

            You’re the one scared of a plant, son.

    • May 7, 2018 at 6:27 am

      Carolyn, every knows illegal immigrants are allowed to vote in California’s elections, good luck!

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  • May 6, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    C’ides.. Who would welcome a 800,000 pot greenhouse here? That’s about equal in size to seven or eight Walmart stores.

  • May 6, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    C’ides.. Who would welcome a 800,000 square foot pot greenhouse here? That’s about equal in size to seven or eight Walmart stores. Obviously to toot their horn about something as large as that, they have surly lost connection with the Plumas county voters.

    • May 7, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Budget tensions rising – Plumas News › budget-tensions…
      Jun 25, 2017 · Tensions were rising at the board of supervisors as the budget process gets underway. The situation wasn’t made any easier knowing that the county’s budget shortfall is estimated to be much larger than …

      800,000 square feet? That should easily fit in your head. And thanks for confirming you don’t believe in free market capitalism. Are you a liberal nanny like Rick?

    • May 7, 2018 at 9:31 am

      To be clear, no one is talking about an 800,000 square foot green house in Plumas county. The article is referring to a company in Canada, not Plumas.
      The leading ordinance in Plumas, MAUCO, would not allow for a grow even close to that size.

      • May 10, 2018 at 7:13 am

        Leading ordinance??

        Dream on.

  • May 9, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Limiting commercial Cannabis activity in Plumas does not limit access to those products.

  • May 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Cannabis is already ever present in Quincy, BIG TIME. Why not have more control on it and bring in more tax revenue? The town could desperately use it. Opposition to Cannabis in Quincy makes little sense to me.

    • May 10, 2018 at 6:25 am

      I’m not sure that trailer park is inside Quincy.

  • May 13, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Well that seems to be it on arguments from the nah sayers, liberal Nannies, and whiners, not good one among them, sad. Anyhoo, so when will the board of supervisors allow our growers to come into compliance with state regulations?

    • May 16, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Sounds like this will soon be up the voter. If the referendum fails, I’m certain our board of supervisors will take note of the feelings of our counties voters who elected them to represent us and in turn, vote as a board accordingly. In the meantime, Sheriff Hagwood has stated he and his deputy’s will be happy enforce compliance with over zealous growers.

      There you have it. Haven’t you been paying attention?

      • May 16, 2018 at 7:29 pm

        I figure you’d be more worried about sheriff Bannon’s catch and release policy for herion dealers. Anyhoo, as the failed drug war continues, the black market will thrive, thanks sheriff Bannon, seriously. Your unaffordable efforts will do little, as growers continue to cultivate discreetly in green houses and inside using high efficiency lighting.

        Oh, and once again, thanks for confirming that you don’t believe in free market capitalism.

        • May 17, 2018 at 8:12 pm

          Folks we’re screwed more pot just adds to the dumbing down of America.

        • May 18, 2018 at 4:15 am

          There’s that Sheriff we don’t have again!

          I don’t believe in what right now is a criminal enterprise. By your flawed logic bank robbery and extortion could also be “free market capitalism.” Where exactly do you draw your lines in criminal behavior being called free market capitalism? You know, maybe I really don’t want to know. But in any case, clearly, thumbing your nose at the people of this county will get you nowhere.

          Tax payer/voter, you shouldn’t cry because you’re not getting your way.

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