MANCHACA, Texas (CBS11) – Sitting inside an unmarked building in tiny Manchaca, Texas are some of the state’s first legal marijuana plants.
Only a few inches a tall, the saplings being grown by Compassionate Cultivation bring hope to families struggling with epilepsy.
“Makes it real. Super excited,” said Katie Graham who was able to see the plants in person.
Graham’s 7 year old son, Elliot, has epilepsy causing him three to four seizures a week.
Epilepsy is the one condition state lawmakers have approved to be treated with the low THC cannabis oil it’s now licensed two companies to sell.
“Places were it’s legal, you hear these miracle stories,” said Graham.
She believes a cannabis may have fewer side effects than the medications Elliot is currently prescribed.
“Sometimes, it almost feels as bad as the seizures,” she said.
Compassionate Cultivation received its license to dispense the drug October 31, making the second company to qualify.
“We high-fived and we immediately got to business. We planted the seeds that afternoon,” said CEO Morris Denton.
His company is the only one of three given preliminary approval by the state earlier this year that is getting its start in Texas. It proudly boasts its local roots with a picture of Texas Longhorn prominently displayed on its website.
It announced Monday it would be naming its first strain of the plant after State Representative Stephanie Klick.
The lawmaker from North Richland Hills took the lead in