Schulenburg’s legendary Texas Polka Music Museum. Billy Hathorn/Wikimedia Commons
Back when I was tour-managing bands and artists, a trip to Austin meant a quick side excursion to the hamlet of Schulenburg, Texas. The German-centric town is home to 3,000 residents, the Texas Polka Music Museum, and the finest Czech-style pastries known to humanity. (Stoned tour buses of musicians know of such things better than most.)
But beginning this December, Schulenberg will also be home to something I only thought I would see alongside flying pigs—a Texas-based cannabis dispensary. And if anyone needs a dispensary, it’s the good people of Texas.
But, as one can legitimately say there, hold your horses.
To begin with, this won’t be a storefront dispensary, but rather a combination grow site and HQ for a statewide delivery service that deals solely in CBD oil. The owners of Knox Medical got their state license this summer, and per the 2015 Texas Compassionate Care Act, they’ll be allowed to produce a very specific type of oil that’s high in CBD and low in THC. The oil will be available exclusively to epilepsy patients—which is a fine start but falls far short of serving a vastly wider range of people who could benefit greatly from it, such as patients suffering from fibromyalgia, PTSD, Crohn’s Disease, and many others.
Knox Medical’s tincture cannot contain more than 0.5 percent THC. As CBD is an “entourage cannabinoid” (or “ensemble cannabinoid,” if the word entourage reminds you of the douchefest TV series),