Medical-grade marijuana — narrowly available to patients in Texas since legislation in 2015 and expanded last year — has become easier to access locally with the recent opening of the Houston area’s first permanent by-prescription dispensary in the Greater Heights.
Texas Original (TXOG), located in a 1,776-square-foot storefront at 1714 Houston Ave., is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, dispensing three categories of cannabis products to patients identified in the Texas Compassionate Use Act (https://guides.sll.texas.gov/cannabis/compassionate-use).
Qualifying conditions — those in which research shows improvement or relief with use of medical marijuana — include autism, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It’s estimated that 2 million Texans qualify for medical marijuana use.
“This is a monumental step forward for medical cannabis access in Houston,” said Texas Original’s CEO, Morris Denton, in a statement. “Patients in one of the most populated cities in the country can now locally pick up their life-changing medication five days a week…Reliable and convenient access to medicine is what all patients deserve.”
The deceptively quaint brick storefront operates under highly complex state regulations, controlled by the Texas Department of Public Safety. For instance, products can’t legally be stored overnight on