(Photo: Jason Whitely, WFAA)
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