The state of Texas has long seen itself on the front line of the so-called War on Drugs. But few know that back in 2015, the state enacted a Compassionate Use Act legalizing the use of medical marijuana. The bill has garnered so little attention because of its sluggish pace, giving the Department of Public Safety until September 1, 2017 to license just three dispensaries. That deadline came and went without the full approval of all dispensing organizations. Still, the first of the approved dispensaries is set to open in early December. So with medical cannabis right around the corner, here’s everything you need to know about Texas marijuana laws.
When Will Medical Cannabis Be Available To Patients In Texas
Texas has so far granted licenses to two medical marijuana dispensaries.
The first, Cansortium Texas, received its license to operate on the September 1 deadline. A second dispensing organization, Compassionate Cultivation, received its approval to operate on October 31 of this year.
A third organization received conditional approval in September and is still moving toward full licensure.
But how soon until those dispensaries are open for business depends on how quickly they can grow and process their product.
The first Texas dispensary, Knox Medical, is slated to open for business in early December in the small town of Schulenburg, Texas. However, patients won’t be able to purchase medical cannabis at the site.
Instead, the Schulenburg location, which lies midway between Houston, San Antonio and Austin, means Knox Medical will be able