Some may choose to see Texas’s highly limited medical marijuana program as a small step in America’s march toward cannabis acceptance.
Not Morris Denton.
Denton is the CEO of Austin’s Compassionate Cultivation, one of three dispensaries in Texas recently licensed to produce the one form of cannabis permitted under the state’s Compassionate Use Act – a high-CBD oil that can only be prescribed to those suffering from a rare form of intractable epilepsy.
It may seem like an extremely narrow market, but Denton sees beyond that.
“It’s a huge first step. It’s an historic first step,” Denton tells Civilized.
“It’s a start in a large state that has historically been conservative, a state that is just now starting to understand the potential benefits of this medication and wants to explore that potential.”
And it’s up to companies like Compassionate Cultivation to help with just that.
Along with fellow licensed dispensaries Cansortium Texas and Surterra Texas, Compassionate Cultivation is required by law to be a vertically integrated company whose facility must go “from seed to sale.”
“That means we grow, we cultivate, we harvest, we extract, we process, we test, we manufacture and we dispense all under one roof,” says Denton, adding that, at this rate, the company could start distributing product by late 2017 or early 2018. “So far the plants are doing really well and they’re growing quickly, but obviously you can’t take a shortcut with Mother Nature.”