March 10, 2016 JONNY MORAN via beststonertools.com
The Lone Star State is often regarded as one of the least cannabis-friendly states, but a small North Texas town may soon be one of the first in the state to open a cannabis oil dispensary.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill last year legalizing specially formulated cannabis oil to help people who suffer from epileptic seizures. The oil has extremely low THC levels, eliminating its psychoactive effects. Now, Patrick Moran, CEO of AcquiFlow, is trying to open a cannabis oil dispensary in the town of Gunter.
On Wednesday, Moran hosted a town hall meeting in Gunter to meet the questions and concerns of more than 100 local residents. Some residents worried about the idea of allowing a dispensary to be built in Gunter, saying they do not want to follow the likes of Colorado. Moran assured those concerned with the town investing in a drug market that the low THC oil has no potential for abuse.
“We want to cultivate, process and dispense low THC cannabis specifically for intractable epilepsy inside the State of Texas,” Moran said.
Other members of the community voiced their support for the initiative, saying it would help those who suffer from epilepsy and could help put Gunter on the map.
One of those fighting the hardest for it is Jeff Davis of Fort Worth. Davis has led the fight to legalize cannabis oil in Texas. His daughter, Karly, is epileptic and can suffer as many as 100 seizures a day. Although he’d like to see a dispensary open closer to Fort Worth, he said it would still be great to have something within a reasonable distance to help his daughter’s condition.
While Moran may have put some fears to rest about his proposal to build a dispensary, it is ultimately up to the state, not the city, as to whether his request will be approved. Moran said there is a lengthy application process to go through before he will know whether or not AcquiFlow will be able to build in Gunter. If his proposal is approved, people suffering from epileptic seizures will have access to relief as soon as the summer of 2017.
Even if the residents of the town were decidedly against Moran’s proposal, there’s nothing they could do, as the business meets city zoning criteria.
If approved, the dispensary would see the renovation of an old cotton gin south of downtown Gunter. Moran said it will provide 15 good jobs to the town and millions of dollars in revenue.
Moran said Gunter was the location of choice for this project because of existing real estate investments as well as its rich agricultural history. The plans to go forward were publically announced by Mayor Tim Slattery last week.
Abbott signed Texas’ Compassionate Use Act into law in June 2015 to help people who suffer from epilepsy and haven’t found help in other drugs. Abbott used similar arguments as Moran, saying the potential for abuse in non-psychoactive cannabis virtually non-existent. He argued that it would “provide healing and hope for children that are afflicted by unrelenting seizures caused by epilepsy.”