History is being made in Texas Marijuana, as the first legal crop of cannabis is being grown in the Austin-metro region. Texas-based company Compassionate Cultivation received their approval to begin operations and is just one of three licensed growers in Texas.
The company was given approval for a grow license in May, but just this week received the official documentation from The Texas Department of Public Safety. The dispensary wasted no time, planting hundreds of cannabis seeds on their 7,200-square-foot premises which have already begun germinating.
Morris Denton, CEO of Compassionate Cultivation, says his company—whose operations partner is MJardin, a marijuana consultant company that runs 30 medical cannabis cultivation facilities throughout 13 states—will make a concerted effort to make a consistent, high-grade product while maintaining a clean growing environment.
Although the process of growing the cannabis and converting it into CBD oil typically takes around three months, Denton believes his state-of-the-art grow facility could have usable cannabis oil ready for patients as early as December.
“The sooner we plant the seeds, the quicker we can get this medicine to the people who need it,” Denton said.
“It’s our hope that if we’re able to deliver on the promise of this medicine, and we’re also able to create science that allows to prove out this medicine’s impact on other conditions, that the state will take notice,” Denton said.
Patients will still not be able to smoke cannabis but will receive CBD-infused products such as tablets, tinctures or skin patches. CBD is a non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, so patients will not feel any sort of high upon use. The Compassionate Use Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott back in 2015, allows only patients suffering from rare forms of epilepsy to utilize CBD oil for treatment.
This is a big step in the right direction, in a state known for its conservative views on cannabis.