Any day now, medical marijuana will legally start to grow in the state of Texas.
It will be planted, grown and processed on a 10-acre parcel of land in Schulenburg, a small community east of San Antonio, now that the company that owns the property — Cansortium Texas — has received the state’s first license to do so.
“We expect to have the medicine by the end of this year, I hope by December,” said Jose Hidalgo, chief executive officer of Cansortium Holdings, the Florida-based parent company of Cansortium Texas. “Our focus is to give access to patients.
“With a population of 27 million plus in Texas, it is so important for us to be there and provide” medicine for patients.
Cansortium Texas was the first company to receive state approval for medical cannabis from the Texas Department of Public Safety, although officials are soon expected to give approval to two other companies — Compassionate Cultivation and Surterra Texas — as well.
This culminates years of work, since the Texas Legislature, led by state Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, approved the Texas Compassionate Use Act to make use of cannabidiol, or CBD, legal for at least some of the nearly 150,000 Texans estimated to have intractable epilepsy.
This ingredient of a marijuana plant lets a patient get the benefits without the high. A different component, THC, or