Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation Expands Operations as State Expands Medical Cannabis Access

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<![CDATA[Texas expanded its limited medical cannabis program during its 2021 legislative session, and Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation (TOCC), one of the state’s three vertically integrated cannabis licensees, is planning an expansion of its own to meet increased patient demand.In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1535 into law to add cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the state’s list of qualifying conditions. The legislation also increases the tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC ) limit for medical cannabis from 0.5% to 1%.RELATED:  Texas Cancer Patients, Those With PTSD Gear Up For Medical Cannabis AccessWith patient demand expected to increase when the new law takes effect Sept. 1, TOCC is building out a nearly 100,000-square-foot, vertically integrated facility on 25 acres of land in Bastrop, Texas, that will house the company’s cultivation, processing and retail operations.The lease for TOCC’s current facility in Manchaca expires in July 2022, and since state law allows each medical cannabis licensee only one vertically integrated facility, the company will move all its operations to Bastrop next year.Photo courtesy of Texas Original Compassionate CultivationTOCC’s new facility will be open to the public through guided tours as part of the company’s efforts to educate the community and normalize medical cannabis.TOCC CEO Morris Denton said “it’s hard to say” how much patient demand will increase with the expansion of Texas’ medical cannabis program, but the company plans to continue producing the best medicine it can for the patient population as it grows.“We view it as our responsibility to continue to create the right medicine for the patient population as it expands, and to be able to produce a sufficient amount of product to meet whatever demand might be created,” Denton told Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary.TOCC’s new facility will be open to the public through guided tours, Denton said, as…

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