Calaveras County, once pot-friendly, bans marijuana
SAN FRANCISCO – A previously pot friendly rural Northern California county has reversed course and banned commercial marijuana farms, paving the way for lawsuits from growers who previously received permits and paid taxes. A newly constituted Calaveras County board of supervisors last week voted 3-2 to ban marijuana, giving some 200 farmers with permits about three months to wind down operations. The vote to ban occurred less than a month after California authorized retail sales of marijuana for recreational use in cities and counties that approve of pot operations within their borders. Calaveras County growers with permits said Wednesday they are planning to sue. Each permit cost $5,000 and the county has collected more than $7 million in taxes from marijuana growers since 2016.
The economically struggling county of 44,000 residents initially embraced legalized marijuana as a way to generate revenue and recover from a devastating 2015 wildfire that displaced hundreds or residents and businesses. The county used some of the marijuana tax to hire additional police and staff. Four new board members were seated this month after winning election in November on campaign promises to ban marijuana. Marijuana has deeply divided financially Calaveras County, the famous setting of a Mark Twain short story located about 150 miles east of San Francisco. Sheriff DiBasilio estimated the county, which is about the size of Rhode Island, has more than 1,000 illegal farms in addition to the 200 licensed farmers and the hundreds more who had their applications pending.
The influx has caused a backlash among residents and led to the ouster of some leaders who approved marijuana cultivation. Ban proponents complained that a sudden influx of new marijuana growers dramatically changed the region’s makeup and damaged the environment.
A medicine derived from the marijuana plant could become the first ever to win approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. What’s more, the drug could be a major breakthrough for children who have severe forms of epilepsy. A panel of 13 federal health advisers unanimously gave the go-ahead to Epidiolex, a drug produced by British company GW Pharmaceuticals. If the FDA takes the recommendation from the advisory panel, Epidiolex would make history as the first cannabis-based prescription drug in the U.S.
with FDA approval. Three different studies of Epidiolex show the drug reduces the number the seizures in children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two forms of childhood epilepsy that are rare and difficult to treat. According to the Associated Press, Sam Vogelstein, a 16-year-old from California, told the FDA panel that he experienced up to 100 seizures everyday before enrolling in a trial of the experimental drug. Epidiolex doesn’t contain THC, the drug in marijuana that alters the mind. The president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation, Philip Gattone, who also testified before the FDA advisory panel, said even the chance of the drug’s approval is a sign of hope.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Peripheral and Central Nervous Drug Advisory Committee voted unanimously today to recommend the approval of Epidiolex for the treatment of Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes. The side effects of Epidiolex include diarrhea, vomiting and trouble sleeping. An exact cost of the drug has not been released, but Wall Street analysts predict it could cost $25,000 a year or more. We will know soon if the FDA approves this potentially history-making drug.
Cannabis Industry Events To Not Miss This Weekend: December 14th
With so many diverse events going on, Toronto is an amazing city for cannabis culture. As always, Puff Puff Post has got your back with the hottest weekly cannabis industry events. Here is a list of the cannabis industry events going on this upcoming week and weekend! It’s a VIRTUAL conference where Mike Tretyak, Co-founder, and CEO of Majato Project will discuss the reasons why the Majato is a breakthrough blockchain project in the legal cannabis industry. The Majato Project aims to launch its own legal cannabis production in the USA – with the simultaneous development of the blockchain platform for legal cannabis industry participants.
Canna Farmers’ Market is hosting some of the best local growers and cannabis extract artists. Green Leaf Vapour Lounge, 85 Rosedale Ave, in downtown Brampton is a beautiful and relaxing spot, for all cannabis enthusiasts and medical patients across the GTA. Located just minutes from the heart of downtown Brampton, Green Leaf seems to set itself apart from other lounges in the GTA. It is a 19+ location and you can bring your own cannabis. Have your ID ready, bring your own cannabis and $5-$10 for the event.
Come celebrate the craft cannabis revolution and ring in the holidays with your favorite infused cannabis brands. Join Bloom High Tea Social Club and friends for another infused drinks tasting featuring diverse cannabis beverages like Mary’s Wellness. Come sample your favorite cannabis brands including EP Infusions, Baker’s Shop, Buudabomb, Canna Love Medibles, the Canna Chocolatier, House of the Great and many more! Find out how diversity is disrupting the cannabis industry as we sample microprocessor infused beverages including hot cocoa, infused tea and coffee.