It’s something that feels like both a really big step and a tiny one at the same time: On Thursday, Compassionate Cultivation will open Texas’ first licensed cannabis oil dispensary just outside of Austin in Manchaca.
Don’t plan on skipping work. Don’t bother gassing up the car. The people who might be most pleased by this news might not have driver’s licenses anyway. The dispensary will only sell one product — low-THC, will-not-get-you-high cannabidiol oil — to an exceedingly limited group of customers.
In Texas, the only people who can legally get prescriptions for, purchase or use the oil are those with intractable epilepsy. To get the oil, they have to visit one of 17 state-approved doctors — the closest to Dallas is in Tarrant County — before visiting the dispensary or arranging for delivery from one of the state’s three licensed CBD oil producers. This week’s dispensary opening comes on the heels of another milestone.
That’s not to minimize the importance of getting this drug into the hands of people it may help. The Texas Legislature has already done that