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Nico Richardson, Texas Original

US (TX): Medical cannabis grower to expand production with hybrid greenhouse

Texas Original is one of three licensed medical cannabis providers in Texas and the only provider headquartered in the state. “Our team is focused on creating the highest quality cannabis medicine and leveraging the largest distribution network in the state to constantly improve patient access to life-changing medicine,” says Nico Richardson, CEO of Texas Original. “As fellow Texans, we are dedicated to serving this great state with our commitment to quality, consistency, and purity in every product we produce.” Since its founding in 2017, Texas Original has served more than 40,000 patients and completed more than 105 harvests at its state-of-the-art facility. Soon, their production capacity will expand, as they are currently constructing a 96,000-square-foot facility, which is scheduled to open this year.

The Texas Original headquarters is located in Manchaca, just outside of Austin. Measuring at 7,000 sq. ft., the facility is vertically integrated, meaning the cannabis crops are grown and sold in the same location—which is required under Texas state law. “The grow operation is by far the largest part of the facility, with thousands of square feet of cannabis crops growing under the highest quality grow lights,” Nico says. “The headquarters was built to handle every stage of the cannabis cultivation and production process, including germination, vaporization, purification, separation, and refinement. The front of the facility is a retail dispensary open to patients six days a week, with comforting carpeting and indirect lighting built specifically to accommodate patients with conditions like epilepsy and PTSD.”

New facility
Currently, the company is constructing a state-of-the-art facility in Bastrop, Texas, which is scheduled to open this year. “Set on 25 acres in Bastrop County (just outside of Austin), the 96,000-square-foot facility will include dedicated cultivation space for growing medical cannabis plants that will ultimately serve patients via our full-service, on-site dispensary—as well as through our company’s network of patient pick-up locations, the most comprehensive in the state,” Nico says.

The facility will also feature a hybrid greenhouse for plant cultivation, manufacturing labs for extraction, processing, and refining, testing labs, packaging, dispensing, distribution, and delivery logistics, as well as offices for administrative activities. “The hybrid greenhouse enables us to take advantage of the natural light of the Texas sun while still growing our medicine in a controlled, well-regulated environment.”

The market
“While the Texas market is significantly smaller than the markets in other states, we’re seeing the life-changing impact of cannabis medicine on Texans every day. Texans living with PTSD rely on our products to help them sleep through the night when they previously couldn’t, and many patients with conditions ranging from spasticity to cancer are regaining their mobility and their quality of life with this medicine,” Nico says.

According to Nico, there’s work left to do to build a medical cannabis market in Texas that provides support for all who need it. “There are thousands of Texans living with chronic pain, including many veterans, who would benefit from medical cannabis but are not currently granted access under state law—leaving them with no viable alternative to opioids, which are often harmful and addictive. As the leading medical cannabis provider in the state, Texas Original is committed to advancing regulatory and legislative changes to increase access for Texas patients.”

Increasing patient access
According to Nico, the company’s primary focus is increasing patient access in Texas. “We’re continuing to open more pickup locations near our patients, so they don’t have to drive long distances to receive their medicine, and we’re offering more products that meet our patients’ needs. We’re the longest-running dispensary in Texas and the only one that is based locally here in the state, so we take great personal responsibility in ensuring our neighbors have better access to effective, high-quality medicine.”

Therefore, the company recently launched a new product. “Our new Blueberry Lemonade gummies are the first 30 mg medical cannabis gummies in Texas, and the highest-dosage product of its kind offered in the state,” Nico explains. “This product was designed to make administration easier for the many patients who are already prescribed doses of 30 mg or more to treat their symptoms under their doctor’s supervision, limiting the amount of filler ingredients they will have to ingest to reach their recommended dose,” he says. “We will continue to provide Texas patients access to safe, high-quality medicine they can trust as an alternative to harmful opioid medications,” Nico adds.

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