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Compassionate Cultivation is now officially open for business near the city of Austin; however, this particular dispensary looks almost nothing like similar establishments that are located in states where cannabis is legalized for recreational use.

Only one type of product is available for sale here, a specific type of cannabis oil. What’s more, only individuals who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy are able to purchase it.

Inside the dispensary itself, the environment isn’t like a typical retail store, but instead, it’s more like a doctor’s office waiting room or a clinic. In terms of the cannabis oil, this can either be purchased there (only by registered patients and their family members) or delivery of the substance can be requested. Prior to either of these scenarios, though, the patient must first meet the strict requirements set forth by the state, which includes having two different doctors officially approving the prescription. These doctors must be registered with the Texas Compassionate Use program.

Compassionate Cultivation is only one of many businesses who are interested in selling cannabis in Texas, despite the fact that the state currently limits cannabis products themselves. Elsewhere, more than two dozen states have officially legalized medical marijuana, while eight states plus the District of Columbia have legalized the substance for recreational use.

The opening of Compassionate Cultivation is only the latest step toward the usage of medical cannabis in Texas, as back in 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed the Texas Compassionate Use Act. This law enables companies to legally cultivate cannabis and make products out of it, provided they include low levels of THC and high levels in cannabidiol, or CBD, which is used to help treat epilepsy and other various conditions.

Compassionate Cultivation is also the only Texas-based company in the entire state to receive an official license from the Texas Department of Public Safety. They will also be offering CBD tinctures, which comes in small bottles with a dropper to help measure exact doses. These products are not covered by any type of health insurance, meaning that patients will have to pay for them out of their own pocket.

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