As Texas begins the process of recovering after Hurricane Harvey, the state is also taking a step forward with its medical marijuana program. Recently, Texas granted its first license to a medical marijuana producer. Now, for the first time, The Lone Star State will have a company growing and producing legal medical marijuana products.
Texas Licenses Company To Produce Medical Marijuana
On September 1, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued its first-ever license to grow medical marijuana. The department gave the license to a cannabis company called Cansortium Texas.
With the license, the company can legally begin producing medical marijuana products. But since Texas’s medical marijuana program is relatively restrictive, the company will only be allowed to make certain products.
Cansortium Texas was one of three cannabis companies to receive early approval from the state.
There were 43 companies that applied for licenses. In May, the state gave licenses to Cansortium, Surterra Texas, and Compassionate Cultivation.
The other two weed companies are still waiting to get their final licenses. So until now, only Cansortium Texas can start the production process.
A Long Time Coming
Friday’s license is the latest step in what has been a long and often times slow process. Back in 2015, Texas approved the Compassionate Use Act.
This law made it possible for people with severe epilepsy to use medical marijuana. In the two years since that law was passed, the state has slowly worked to bring the program