Texas will soon have its first working grow facilities for cannabis.
Compassionate Cultivation, one of the companies licensed to grow and produce medicine under Texas’s limited medical marijuana program, said in a news release Wednesday it would start planting cannabis plants this week.
The announcement comes one day after the Texas Department of Public Safety gave Compassionate Cultivation final approval to participate in the Compassionate Use Program. Cansortium Texas was the first business to be approved, on September 1.
Under the medical marijuana law, the DPS has one final license to give out. That license will almost certainly go to Surterra, the other company — besides Compassionate Cultivation and Cansortium Texas — to receive conditional approval from the DPS earlier this year.
Texas legalized medical marijuana in 2015 as part of the Compassionate Use Act. The DPS has been setting up a regulatory structure for the program ever since, with the goal of providing medicine to patients by early 2018.
In its news release, Compassionate Cultivation said it would meet that timeline.
The Texas program is one of the strictest