The cost of medicine: Nevada County Cannabis Alliance offers relief through local supply chain – The Union of Grass Valley

Vials filled with cannabis extract are placed in a tray, ready to be packaged and sold.
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Casey Lennon of Emerald Bay Extracts, based out of Nevada City, stands in a room containing finished and packaged product.
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Emerald Bay Extracts’ workers show a bin of cannabis after it has been processed and the cannabinoids extracted last month at their Nevada City laboratory.
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Some of Emerald Bay Extracts’ full spectrum cannabis extracts are made specifically for certain dispensaries.
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Casey Lennon of Emerald Bay Extracts talks shop at their Nevada City lab last month.
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Lab workers at Emerald Bay Extracts work on filling vials with full spectrum cannabis oil extracted through the lab’s processes.
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Emerald Bay Extracts workers show off the extraction process required to pull the cannabinoids from the plant.
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Katrina Cable, consumer products manager at Emerald Bay Extracts, works on filling vials with cannabis extract last month at the company’s Nevada City laboratory.
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Casey Lennon of Emerald Bay Extracts.
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The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance has launched a Compassion Care program to provide accessible, plant-based medicine — in the form of full spectrum CBD cannabis products — to critically ill patients in the area.

“This program is the first in the country where we are — within our association, within our local supply chain — bringing medicine that has been cultivated here in Nevada County, manufactured in Nevada County, distributed and tested here,” said Diana Gamzon, the executive director of the alliance. “Then, it has to go through the local retailer to provide medicine to those in the community. That is historic in and of itself.”

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