Texas’ first cannabis dispensary opened Thursday, but it looks nothing like the ones in states where recreational marijuana is legal.
At Compassionate Cultivation’s dispensary near Austin, customers won’t find marijuana to smoke or pot brownies and gummy bears to eat. One product is for sale: a specific kind of cannabis oil. Only Texans with intractable epilepsy can purchase it.
On Thursday, Christy Wilkens filled a prescription for her 2-year-old son, Oscar. The little boy with blond hair, glasses and tiny Converse shoes played with a rattle toy as cameras snapped photos and news crews filmed.
The Austin mother said she’s been looking for a way to control her son’s seizures since he was diagnosed at 5 months old. She said she’s eager to try cannabis oil, which has shown promise for some with epilepsy.
But she said she’s mindful of parents who have children with other neurological or medical conditions who are still left out.
“I’m saddened a little bit that