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