TEXAS' FIRST MARIJUANA DISPENSARY SPURS HOPE OF REPUBLICANS JUMPING ABOARD LEGAL WEED

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    TEXAS' FIRST MARIJUANA DISPENSARY SPURS HOPE OF REPUBLICANS JUMPING ABOARD LEGAL WEED

    For Morris Denton and epilepsy patients across Texas, February 8 will be a big day. It is when Compassionate Cultivation, a licensed medical cannabis company, is scheduled to open up the doors of the state's first retail marijuana dispensary—in Manchaca, a suburb of Austin.

    To get to this point has been anything but straightforward. It took hundreds of pages of application materials, endless planning, hiring skilled chemists and even designers who could make an epilepsy-safe layout. It also required figuring out a precise formula to create a CBD oil—or cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana often used for medical purposes—that could help treat intractable epilepsy while following several complex state regulations.

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    Dalton Edwards, of Compassionate Cultivation, a medical cannabis company, is working with young marijuana plants in a vegetation room named after Texas State Representative Stephanie Klick.CHRIS REICHMAN

    When Denton, the CEO of Compassionate Cultivation, and his team found out they were officially licensed last Halloween, there were mixed feelings. “We went from ‘oh my god’ to ‘oh shit,'" he said. "Now we got to get working, we’ve got to get busy."

    His company is one of only three to be awarded licenses (after 43 groups turned in applications) to produce medical marijuana in Texas, as the state takes its first cautious steps toward seeing what the drug can do. Medical marijuana in the state is strictly and tightly defined—only “low-THC cannabis,” only for Texan patients, only for intractable epilepsy. Patients can’t grow their own, and smoking is still illegal.

    The conservative state's optimism—albeit cautious optimism—about the program could be a sign that the issue is becoming a bipartisan one. And with 29 states legalizing medical use and 91 percent of the population supporting that, a national consensus may not be far off.

    After planting their first seeds on October 31, the same day the company received its full license, it took a little over two months to get fully grown plants. After harvest, the dried plants are loaded into a state-of-the-art extraction machine to produce an oil, which is then purified. From harvest to finished product, it takes about two to two-and-a-half weeks.

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    Full Story Here: http://www.newsweek.com/texas-marijuana-dispensary-first-republicans-793383
     

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