Texas' First Cannabis Dispensary Set To Open Next Month
Texas' first cannabis dispensary is set to open in Austin next month. The grand opening comes just over four months since the Texas Department of Public Safety granted the first three medical marijuana licenses in the history of the state.
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Compassionate Cultivation, Texas' first cannabis dispensary, will allow qualified patients to access low-THC medical cannabis products and state regulated CBD oil. Currently, products are strictly available to only state-registered patients or their guardians. Compassionate Cultivation will be located at 12701 Lowden Ln., Manchaca.
“We are thrilled to offer the highest quality medical cannabis products, with plants grown and refined by our cultivation and engineering experts at our state-of-the-art facility," said Compassionate Cultivation CEO Morris Denton in a release.
The 2015 Compassionate Use Act allowed Texas doctors to recommend cannabis as a treatment for intractable epilepsy.
Federal law still dictates that marijuana is a schedule 1 drug and is therefore illegal. Under Obama, the Cole Memo ensured that federal law enforcement agencies were prohibited from interfering in legal marijuana affairs considered legal by the states that had legalized it. Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he is rescinding the Cole Memo, which resulted in uncertainty and confusion for the cannabis industry. The announcement came just days after California legalized marijuana for recreational use and has resulted in criticism from both those within Sessions’ own party as well as outside of it.
Despite evidence that low-grade marijuana can help in the treatment of epilepsy and other seizure disorders, according to Houston Public Media, only seven of Texas' 400 neurologists have signed up to prescribe CBD oil, likely due to the threat of losing their medical license.
Sessions’ recent actions aren’t stopping the folks over at Texas' first cannabis dispensary, though. Compassionate Cultivation says its staff has been traveling across the state in an attempt to educate physicians on the benefits of medicinal marijuana.
“I’m amazed by the medical capacity of this program,” said dispensary manager Cullen Vujosevic in a release. “In New Mexico and other states, there’s no medical provider interaction woven into the medical cannabis program. But in Texas, the Compassionate Use Act is heavily integrated with the health care providers who closely interact with patients. That allows physicians to provide patients with a much higher level of medical care.”
Patients can also receive information and advice from dispensary staff. “[We] provide patient consultations, physician outreach resources, and detailed information on our product lines and retail merchandise," said Vujosevic.
For Texans who are unable to travel to the Austin area, the dispensary offers a delivery service to accommodate patients across the state.