Texas: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Near Austin

Texas: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Near Austin - Weed Finder NewsOne of Texas’ first cannabis dispensaries opens today, but it looks nothing like the ones in states where recreational marijuana is legal.

At Compassionate Cultivation’s dispensary near Austin, customers won’t find marijuana to smoke or pot brownies and gummy bears to eat. One product is for sale: a specific kind of cannabis oil. Only Texans with intractable epilepsy can purchase it.

With its front desk, couches and chairs and piles of children’s books and magazines, the dispensary resembles a clinic or the waiting room of a doctor’s office, not a retail store. Registered patients and their family members can go there to buy cannabis oil or request a delivery by a company employee. But each patient must meet stringent state requirements, such as getting the approval of two physicians who are registered under the state’s Compassionate Use program.

Compassionate Cultivation expects to make the first sale of medical cannabis to a Texan at a dispensary today. Its facility and dispensary is in Manchaca, a small community about 12 miles southwest of Austin.

It is one of a growing number of businesses interested in cannabis in Texas, even though the state strictly limits cannabis products. There’s been a “green rush” around the country, as more than two dozen states have legalized medical marijuana and eight states and the District of Columbia have permitted recreational use.

A 6-year-old girl in Central Texas received the state’s first legal delivery of medical marijuana last week from Cansortium Texas, another cannabis company with a state license.

The dispensary’s opening is the latest step toward medicinal uses of cannabis in Texas. In 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which allows companies to cultivate cannabis and turn it into products with a low level of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the compound associated with the plant’s high, but rich in cannabidiol or CBD, a compound used as treatment for epilepsy and other medical conditions.

Texas Department of Public Safety has issued licenses to three companies: Compassionate Cultivation, Cansortium Texas and Surterra Texas.



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