From The Earth Expands to Kansas City, MO

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A popular California marijuana retailer soon will be part of five medical marijuana dispensaries opening in the Kansas City area.

The first “From The Earth” shop is getting ready to open at 62nd Street and Troost Avenue in August.

Workers have been busy renovating a former fast food restaurant into a medical marijuana dispensary.

Though the public health emergency has shut down so-called non-essential businesses, marijuana shops are on the essential list in Kansas City.

And the industry has continued to move ahead to begin selling cannabis later this year.

Other Missouri cities, including Springfield, Mo., have shut down marijuana businesses, even CBD oil shops, as non-essential.

In addition to the Troost location, there also will be “From The Earth” shops on Independence Avenue, Southwest Boulevard, Raytown, Mo., and in Independence, Mo.

“We are pretty much on the economic dividing line of Kansas City right here,” said Nate Ruby, president of Onyx 7. “A mile to the west, I think the average income is about $175,000. One mile to the east it’s around $30,000. So I thought this would be a great centralized location to kind of bring together two communities through cannabis.”

If social distancing continues through the summer, Ruby says his dispensary on Troost Avenue will offer delivery service from the first day it opens. The storefront also includes a drive through window for pickup of medical marijuana products.

Ruby says Missouri currently has about 45,000 medical marijuana patients, and has been adding about 1,000 new registrations a week.

All five “From The Earth” dispensaries are scheduled to open by the end of the year to meet the growing demand.


Desert Hot Springs Cannabis Company Using Production Line to Make Hand Sanitizer for Health Care Workers

Edward Reyes, left, and Steven Sharble of From The Earth manufacture hand sanitizer at the THC extraction facility to be given to local hospitals and first responders in Desert Hot Springs, April 2, 2020. (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

A Desert Hot Springs cannabis company has found a way to repurpose their extraction facility as a hand sanitizer production line for the benefit of health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

From the Earth LLC makes THC distillate at its extraction facility located on the 160-acre Coachillin’ Canna-Business Park on Indian Canyon Drive. It opened in January, just a few months before the heightened spread of the coronavirus put a strain on much-needed sanitation supplies.

CEO Dan Zaharoni said one of his investors mentioned that their extraction equipment could be used for making hand sanitizer just a few days before California’s shelter-in-place order kicked in, around the same time demand for such products began to grow and the supply began to tighten.

After checking out newly issued guidelines with the Food and Drug Administration, Zaharoni figured out his company could order the simple ingredients — including ethyl alcohol — and produce 70 to 100 gallons of hand sanitizer week.

“It’s part of our civic duty,” Zaharoni said. “We’re very happy we have the facilities and the resources that we can help out during this crisis, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Typically the facility creates THC distillate, a kind of cannabis concentrate used in vape pens or edibles. The multi-step manufacturing process means that certain pieces of equipment aren’t in use at all times, so employees at the facility can mix up the hand sanitizer without affecting their current production timeline.

Once produced and packaged, the hand sanitizer will be donated to hospitals in the communities where From the Earth has facilities — the Coachella Valley, Ventura County, Pomona and Long Beach, Zaharoni said.

Production started this week and will continue for the foreseeable future.

“We’ll continue pushing out as much as we can produce, as long as there are people out there who can use it, as long as there’s a need,” he said.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group says the cost of hand sanitizer has skyrocketed since the World Health Organization declared a state of emergency on Jan. 30. The price is at least 50% higher than the 90-day average as the coronavirus spreads, U.S. PIRG said.

Like From the Earth, various companies have responded: some distillers began making hand sanitizer, as has CannaCraft, a Santa Rosa-based manufacturer that will donate the tubes to nonprofits, customers, employees and essential businesses.

The FDA announced guidelines for donated hand sanitizer on March 20, while acknowledging “significant supply disruptions for alcohol-based hand sanitizers.” The agency said it wouldn’t take action against any companies that stick to the guidelines even if they’re not recognized drug manufacturers.

Source: The Desert Sun
Melissa Daniels
April 2nd, 2020

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