First Texas CBD crop set to be planted

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One of just three licensed growers of a high-CBD medical marijuana strain in Texas announced it plans to begin cultivation operations this week.

Compassionate Cultivation, which was awarded one of the licenses in May, said in a news release it has received its license “and will immediately start cultivating its first crop” at its facility in Austin.

CBD oil made from the crop could be available for sale as soon as January, the company said.

The company is also working hand-in-hand with operations partner MJardin, which runs 30 medical cannabis cultivation facilities in 13 states.

Another licensee, Cansortium Texas, was given final approval by the state in September to begin operations. The company announced last month it plans to begin CBD sales in December.

But the third licensee, Surterra Texas, is still waiting on its permit, the Houston Press reported.

Under Texas’ restrictive CBD law, only patients with intractable epilepsy qualify to purchase and use the cannabis-derived CBD oil that the three licensed companies will produce.