For the first time in state history, a crop of legal cannabis plants is being grown in the Austin metro area, after a Texas-based dispensary received its license to grow, process and sell the plant.
A New Era
Compassionate Cultivation, an Austin-based company is one of just three licensed growers of medical marijuana in Texas.
The dispensary was approved for a grow license back in May but finally received the official documentation on Tuesday from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The dispensary began the process of growing on Tuesday in their 7,200-square-foot premises, planting hundreds of cannabis seeds that have already begun to germinate.
Compassionate Cultivation CEO Morris Denton says his company—which is working hand-in-hand with operations partner MJardin, a marijuana consultant company that runs 30 medical cannabis cultivation facilities throughout 13 states—will make a concerted effort to make a consistent, high-grade product while maintaining a clean growing environment.
Although the process of growing the cannabis and converting it into CBD oil typically takes around three months, Denton believes his state-of-the-art grow facility could have usable cannabis oil ready for patients as early as December.
“The sooner we plant the seeds, the quicker we can get this medicine to the people who need it,” Denton said.
Medical Marijuana in Texas
While this is certainly a win for proponents of medicinal cannabis in Texas, marijuana laws remain stringent in the state. The Compassionate Use Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott back in 2015, allows only patients suffering from rare forms of