Industry leaders say they can’t calculate the exact number of new CBD businesses that have opened in Texas over the past year — in part because the Texas Department of State Health Services won’t implement licensing requirements until early this year — though anecdotally, many say they’ve seen an uptick.
“There’s been more media around it since Texas has come on board, definitely,” Kerver said. “Texans are becoming more educated about it and much more open to it.”
The Austin Chamber of Commerce counted at least three CBD-related relocations or expansions since the bill passed last summer, creating about 140 new jobs in the emerging sector. But the list, which is compiled from public media announcements and deals the chamber is involved in, isn’t comprehensive.
by Naomi Andu Jan. 23, 2020 12 AM Central
The Torabis started with a pop-up store and expanded to a permanent location last April, a month before Texas law changed.
And because of lax labeling and licensing regulations, unsuspecting consumers may not actually know what they’re buying.
The two originally intended to operate the business exclusively online but decided to open a brick-and-mortar location in Austin after having difficulty with several online payment companies, from mom-and-pop merchants to giants like PayPal, that didn’t want anything to do with cannabis.
You have a ton of shopping alternatives. Just be sure to purchase from a reputable retailer. And get a Certificate of Analysis for your products.
Here’s a high-level timeline with the highlights:
Texas is a CBD-friendly zone. (With a state motto of “Friendship” and a state slogan of “The Friendly State,” that’s only fitting.) As such, you can source your CBD products either at a physical store or at a virtual marketplace.
How To Legally Buy CBD In Texas
Texas now allows the production and sale of hemp and federally-allowed CBD. On the consumer end (That’s you, pal!), it’s now legal to possess CBD, as long as it’s of the federal-sanctioned kind.
Even if you enjoy the experience of physically going into a shop and selecting your CBD products, it’s great to have options. This is especially relevant in a place like Texas, where you might not find as many stores as in other states. After all, Texas hasn’t been on the CBD bandwagon so long that there’s a cannabis co-op on every street corner (like they were a Whataburger or something).
• Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Texas.
Some people like to buy their CBD IRL. Others prefer the convenience of online shopping. Lucky you — in Texas, you can take your pick!