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A marijuana grower in Texas is naming a new strain after a Republican representative. On November 28,  Compassionate Cultivation —a state-licensed marijuana producer and dispenser — will honor Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) by naming one of their vegetation rooms as well as their very first cannabis strain after her.

The dedication is an acknowledgement of the work Rep. Klick put into co-writing and campaigning for the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015. The new law allows patients with epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil (CBD) — a non-psychoactive cannabis extract.

“Rep. Stephanie Klick helped start this important movement along with the great people at the Epilepsy Foundation Texas,” Compassionate Cultivation CEO Morris Denton said via press release. “It took someone of a special background, a longtime nurse, to really understand from a medical perspective the hope, promise and truth that this medicine represents.”

Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth)

He added that like Klick, the cultivation room named after her will be a lifesaver. 

“And just as Rep. Klick gave life to the Compassionate Use Act, the Honorable Stephanie Klick Room will give life to every dose of medicine that will ever come out of our facility,” Denton said.

But for Rep. Klick, the biggest reward for her efforts is knowing that patients finally have access to the medicine they need.

“I’m thankful that these Texans suffering from intractable epilepsy will soon have an alternative treatment option,” said Klick.

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Schulenberg, Texas is quite proud of its German heritage and almost protective of its newest industry.
 
“If it helps kiddos or helps people with pain, I’m all for it,” said Roy Smrkovsky, owner of City Market, a popular meat market which sells sausages across the state.
 
Just west of town on Highway 90, behind chain link and razor wire, is the state’s first licensed medical marijuana operation run by Florida-based Knox Medical.

“I’m all for it. I have a daughter who’s been diagnosed with epilepsy,” explained Issy Hinojosa, a mother. “She’s on medication, but she can have two or three [seizures] in one day.”
 
Hinojosa hopes cannabis oil can help her daughter when pharmaceuticals do not.
 
Inside the 20-acre operation at Knox Medical, workers are about to harvest marijuana plants and squeeze oil from them.
 
Knox Medical told WFAA it would start distributing cannabis oils next month in a fleet of unmarked vehicles with special security measures. Its couriers will wear body cameras and drive anywhere in the state to deliver doses directly to patients. Knox Medical said it has no immediate plans to open a local dispensary at its growing operation near Schulenberg.
 
After it opened facilities in Florida in 2014, Knox Medical said it now delivers cannabis oils to 10,000 patients from Pensacola to Key West.
 
Its Texas location, off Interstate 10 between Houston and San Antonio, is the first of three different operations to be licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. DPS inspects

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PHARR, TX – It’s a bad day to be a drug smuggler. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) located $2,465,404 worth of heroin and marijuana packed into commercial trailers. While not all of the smuggled substances accompanied produce items, the majority did, with a whopping $2,406,321 of that initial total nestled in with tomatoes and broccoli. The busts took place over the course of three consecutive days.

“Thorough inspections performed by our CBP officers lead to the uncovering of smuggling attempts as part of keeping our homeland safe as these recent interceptions clearly illustrate,” said Interim Port Director Donna Sifford, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry, in a press release on CBP’s website. “These three consecutive seizures reflect an exceptional job performed by our officers at the Pharr cargo facility.”

The most recent discovery came about on November 14th on the Pharr International Bridge when CBP officers came across a white 2014 Kenworth tractor trailer with tomatoes in tow. Non-intrusive imaging (NII) and a canine team were used in the second phase of inspection, when officers extracted 54.23 pounds of alleged heroin tucked into 90 packages with an estimated street value of $2,169,326.

This produce-masked drug smuggling attempt came after a non-produce-related November 13th endeavor and just days after another vegetable-veiled November 12th pursuit. On the 12th, a blue 1997 Freightliner tractor trailer hauling broccoli treked the same bridge Pharr International Bridge while smuggling $236,995 worth of alleged marijuana within 1,372 packages. The extracted substances were

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Two years after lawmakers legalized the drug for epilepsy patients, Texas is now just weeks away from the initial legal sales of medical marijuana. A company operating as Knox Medical has been licensed to dispense the drug.

The company is one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida, with hundreds of marijuana plants growing in a greenhouse in Winter Garden, a city 14 miles west of Orlando, Florida.

Bruce Knox, the company’s COO and chief cultivation officer, admitted, “I never thought in a million years, I’d be growing marijuana…. I grew up extremely… with conservative values, and I’d never even seen a cannabis plant prior to getting into this.”

Knox Nursery was founded by his late parents, both retired law enforcement officers, in 1962. Knox teamed up with Cansortium Holdings in 2015 to create Knox Medical. Knox recalled asking his dad how he felt about it, and that his father had said that he never thought that it should be illegal.

Cansortium Texas, a new branch of the company, was awarded the first dispensary license in Texas. It will be operating and selling products under the same name it uses in Florida, Knox Medical.

A tightly-secured facility in Schulenburg, Texas houses a marijuana crop, which will hopefully be ready for harvest by the end of the year, according to Jose Hidalgo, Knox Medical’s CEO and founder.

When asked why he wanted to expand to Texas, Hidalgo said that he thought that this was the future of medicine, and that millions

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Along the shoulder of Interstate 10, where drug runners sometimes hide in drainage culverts, U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez came to a stop late Saturday and got out of his vehicle.

Martinez scrambled down an embankment through ocotillo and creosote bush, splitting the darkness with his flashlight. Then, according to Border Patrol union officials, attackers struck him from behind.

Martinez, 36, was found dying moments later, apparently bludgeoned with rocks, the union officials say. Nearby was another agent who arrived with Martinez or soon after, badly beaten but alive, the officials say.

The attack described by officials would be the first killing of an on-duty Border Patrol agent since the 2010 murder of Brian Terry in Arizona. That event was a catalyzing moment in the push for tougher border enforcement, and President Donald Trump has cited Martinez’s death to boost his case for a wall along the boundary with Mexico.

“We will, and must, build the Wall!” he tweeted, saying Martinez had been “killed.”

But the FBI, which is leading the investigation of Martinez’s death, released a statement late Monday that did not confirm the agents were attacked. The two men were found at 11:20 p.m. Saturday in a culvert area about 12 miles east of Van Horn, the statement said, with traumatic head injuries “along with other miscellaneous physical injuries such as broken bones.”

Both agents were airlifted to El Paso, were Martinez died from his injuries early Sunday, according to the FBI statement. “The results of

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By Robert Moore, Lindsey Bever and ,

VAN HORN, Tex. — Along the shoulder of Interstate 10, where drug runners sometimes hide in drainage culverts, U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez came to a stop late Saturday and got out of his vehicle.

Martinez scrambled down an embankment through ocotillo and creosote bush, splitting the darkness with his flashlight. Then, according to Border Patrol union officials, attackers struck him from behind.

Martinez, 36, was found dying moments later, apparently bludgeoned with rocks, the union officials say. Nearby was another agent who arrived with Martinez or soon after, badly beaten but alive, the officials say.

The attack described by officials would be the first killing of an on-duty Border Patrol agent since the 2010 murder of Brian Terry in Arizona. That event was a catalyzing moment in the push for tougher border enforcement, and President Trump has cited Martinez’s death to boost his case for a wall along the boundary with Mexico.

“We will, and must, build the Wall!” he tweeted, saying Martinez had been “killed.”

But the FBI, which is leading the investigation of Martinez’s death, released a statement late Monday that did not confirm the agents were attacked. The two men were found at 11:20 p.m. Saturday in a culvert area about 12 miles east of Van Horn, the statement said, with traumatic head injuries “along with other miscellaneous physical injuries such as broken bones.”

Both agents were airlifted to El Paso, where Martinez died from

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DENVER — A 12-year-old girl is spearheading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana across the whole country. Alexis Bortell said she and her family had no choice but to move from their Texas home to Colorado to treat her severe epilepsy. Now, her family and a handful of others are suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

They are demanding “cannabis for the treatment of their illnesses, diseases and medical conditions.”

Alexis Bortell, 12

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“Ever since I’ve been on this cannabis, I’ve actually been seizure-free for – today it’s 974 days, so we’re coming up on 1,000. So I think that’s pretty good,” Alexis told CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen.

Pretty good indeed because Alexis had seizures every few days, as seen in videos taken at the direction of her doctors.
 
Her parents said epilepsy medications didn’t work, and there was even talk of brain surgery.
 
“What do you call epilepsy?” Petersen asked.

“Well, I call it my seizure monster,” Alexis said.
 
But this seems to tame the seizure monster: an oil made from marijuana taken twice a day.
 
Her family lived in Texas where they couldn’t get the oil they needed, but they could in Colorado, where both medical and recreational pot are allowed.

For her father, Dean Bortell, the decision to move here three years ago was an easy one.
 
“I would die for her. Right? So the least I could do is uproot my life and

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HOUSTON– Cannabis lovers, Texas is weeks away from the first legal sale of medical marijuana.

The legal bud will be available for purchase for epilepsy patients looking for an alternative  to help control seizure medication.

“Even with our most modern medications and with procedures and surgeries we’re still left with a sizable portion for patients who have remaining seizures,” said Houston Kelsey Seybold Clinic neurologist Michael Newmark.

In Texas, there’s about 150,000 eligible patients with intractable epilepsy and they’re the only people who can legally purchase the drug.

The state licensed Florida based Knox medical to dispense the drug through a branch of their company, Consortium Texas. This comes two years after the state legalized the drug for epilepsy patients.

“Our main hope is that patients will have good response to this medication,”Epilepsy coordinator Valerie Coffman said.

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With Texas mere weeks away from medical marijuana, there are a few things to know about the new program, starting with its one qualifying condition: intractable epilepsy. No other conditions are allowed for now, though theoretically legislation could be passed later. Texans are just grateful that people suffering will soon find relief.

For its restrictions, it’s still a progressive law in that patients of any age will have access to the high-CBD, low-THC plant extract. The high levels of CBD are especially effective at treating seizure disorder, so this will be a blessing to the 150,000+ patients who are eligible.

It will also be a relief. It’s been two years since cannabis was legalized for epilepsy patients and now Texas has licensed Knox Medical, originally out of Florida, to dispense the cannabis medicine.

Bruce Knox is the company’s COO and started the company from his late parents’ nursery business and by teaming up with Cansortium Holdings. According to Dallas Fort Worth CBS Local, Knox recalled, “I was fortunate enough to go ask my dad about two weeks before he passed what he thought about this. He said that I never thought that it should be illegal.”

They also asked Knox CEO and founder Jose Hidalgo why he wanted to expand from Florida to Texas. He answered that he saw cannabis as the future of medicine and that there are millions and millions of people who could potentially benefit from it.

He also said that Texas and Florida are similar in

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WINTER GARDEN, Florida (CBS DFW) – Texas is weeks away from the first legal sale of medical marijuana.

Two years after lawmakers legalized the drug for epilepsy patients, the state has licensed a company operating as Knox Medical to dispense the drug.

CBS11 travelled to Winter Garden, Florida, where the company has already broken ground as one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries there.

“I never thought in a million years, I’d be growing marijuana,” admits Bruce Knox, the company’s COO and chief cultivation officer.

A half hour’s drive from Disney World, hundreds of marijuana plants are growing in the greenhouse he oversees.

“I grew up extremely… with conservative values, and I’d never even seen a cannabis plant prior to getting into this,” said Knox.

His late parents, both retired law enforcement officers, founded Knox Nursery in 1962.

In 2015, Knox teamed up his family business with Cansortium Holdings to create Knox Medical.

“I was fortunate enough to go ask my dad about two weeks before he passed what he thought about this,” recalled Knox. “He said that I never thought that it should be legal.”

In September, Texas awarded a new branch of the company, Cansortium Texas the state’s first license to dispense. Customers will see it operate and sell products under the same Knox Medical name it uses in Florida.

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