The first legal crop of medical marijuana in the Austin metro area is being planted after a local company received its license to grow, process and sell it in Texas.
But only patients suffering from a rare form of epilepsy will be eligible to buy and use the finished products, such as tablets, tinctures or skin patches, because of the state’s restrictive medical-cannabis law.
Compassionate Cultivation — which has retrofitted a 7,200-square-foot warehouse in Manchaca with customized cannabis growing and processing equipment — started planting seeds immediately upon receiving the license Wednesday from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“The sooner we plant the seeds, the quicker we can get this medicine to the people who need it,” said Morris Denton, Compassionate Cultivation’s chief executive.
Denton said hundreds of seeds are being planted initially, and the company aims to have finished products available by early 2018.
Compassionate Cultivation is the second dispensary to be licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana under the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which was approved by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov.