In the state of Texas, an organisation known as Texas original, which is the biggest provider of medical marijuana in the entire state, have taken a further step in expanding their business by opening the first permanent pick-up location for cannabis in Houston on Tuesday, 22 July, 2022. This dispensary provides patients with another option to obtain their prescription in the city. The facility is measured at 1,776 square foot on Houston Avenue. The facility provides access to all kinds of cannabis products including gummies, tinctures and lozenges.
Houston law however does not allow the storage of any extra cannabis aside from what was ordered for the day, this means that on a daily basis, there would have to be the transportation of the product from the Texas Original storage site in Austin to the pick up facility in Houston. In order for it to function effectively, all orders must be placed before 5:00 p.m. so that the pick up can be ready by the next day. The facility is located at; 1714 Houston Ave, and would be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The CEO of Texas Original, Morris Denton said that the new location provides a convenient arrangement for the patients, because prior to this time, patients would have had to have their prescription delivered to their homes, however they would need to be around at the time of the delivery, with this new facility, the patient can decide to go to the dispensary and make their pick up at any time convenient for them, but the patients would still be required to provide their identification and their prescription.
The company, Texas Original has over 13 pick up locations across the state, nevertheless, pick up at those locations is restricted to once a week, the facility in Houston which is permanent is one of the few locations where patients can make their pick up at any time. The organisation has stated that they are making plans to create other pick up locations across the city as this would be financially beneficial for the organisation.
In the state of Texas, there are over 16,000 persons who are eligible to receive prescriptions for medical marijuana. This prescription marijuana is made available through the compassionate use program initiated by the state and monitored by the Department of Public Safety. This program is provided for persons who are living with various health conditions such as persons with epilepsy, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, ALS, autism, cancer, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and terminal neurodegenerative diseases. The provisions that apply to PTSD and Cancer of all kinds were recently approved by the Governor. The state in a bid to regulate the intake of the product has stated that the amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana should be limited to one percent or less. Patients must note that not all physicians in the state can prescribe the use marijuana for medical purposes, there are about 600 physicians in the state who have been accredited and permitted to issue marijauna prescriptions