The Green Rush is in full bloom. With at least 18 states legalizing cannabis since 2014, business is brisk. Many are ready to voyage the uncharted waters and take a chance in this vast, ever-expanding market. The latest state to join the cannabis-freedom business is Texas, and 2017 is slated to be huge. With almost $1 billion in revenue anticipated in the first year of operation, big things are expected from the state where everything is bigger.

Texas still has the strictest laws when it comes to medicinal cannabis use, but high-CBD and low-THC strains will be approved for certain ailments. Under the state’s Compassionate Use Program, people suffering epileptic seizures will be allowed to use the compound in cannabis known as cannabidiol (CBD) for relief. Research has shown that CBD oil contains therapeutic properties that relieve seizure symptoms within 30 minutes and can reduce or eliminate them entirely with long-term use.

The Lone Star State gears up

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It is estimated that around 160,000 residents of Texas suffer from intractable epilepsy, of whom nearly 40,000 will benefit from CBD oil within the first year of its legal access. Hopefully, witnessing the benefits of CBD oil on such a large scale will influence lawmakers to update their attitudes toward the cannabinoid. As the stigma surrounding cannabis declines, projected nationwide sales for 2016 are around $7.1 billion, so it’s safe to say things are moving in a positive direction.

The man with a plan

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A small town 60 miles north of Dallas known as Gunter, Texas is making national headlines as growers gear up for full-scale production. Apparently, everything really is bigger in Texas, and the climate is perfect for cannabis production. Redefining the term “oil tycoon” is Patrick Moran and his recent decision to use a small-town gin refinery as the base of his operation. Of Gunter’s nearly 1,500 residents, some are concerned about cannabis cultivation within the city, while others are looking at the benefits. Beyond creating jobs and boosting the economy, one simple fact shines: That cannabis can be grown legally in such a historically conservative state is monumental.

The Texas Cannabis Industry Association is responsible for monitoring medical cannabis in the state, and they are hoping to reach $1 billion dollars in revenue within the first year. Patrick Moran is a passionate business owner and has no problem taking the reins of what is about to happen in Texas. While the state makes it clear that it does not support the mild euphoric properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—presumably they’re not giddy about the zombifying effects and addictiveness of opioids and benzodiazepines, either—there still is room for cannabis to serve as treatment. A once-bustling gin town will now be transformed into a bustling healing mecca with nothing but green on the horizon.

A better way

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Some might view this as a small win in the fight for the right to choose cannabis, but an open door might be “just what the doctor ordered.” After witnessing the success of the cannabis industry in other states, only time will tell just how far lawmakers will be willing to go in Texas. Epileptic seizures can ruin lives, and the degree of relief that some patients enjoy from an all-natural compound is absolutely unbelievable.

As more stories of triumph using CBD oil make it into the news, positive expectancy exists for the treatment to be made available nationwide. Entering a whole new world and relationship with cannabis is giving people hope for a brighter tomorrow with a plant that is ready to change our very way of life.

Parents may no longer have to sit and watch their children struggle with multiple daily seizures while pharmaceuticals drain the life from their eyes. This exact situation came to light in the story of then-10-year-old Amelia. Her struggle stole the heart of the nation in 2014 and changed the lives of thousands of residents of Minnesota.

A young child suffering from hundreds of seizures per day simply could not find relief, and her quality of life was miserable. The family made headlines as they stood their ground and fought for the freedom to use CBD oil in their home state. The overall improvement in her life was astronomical, showing the world just how beneficial cannabis can truly be. Stories like these have paved the way for future patients as more states jump on board.

There is a choice

Marijuana medical choice dilemma health care concept as a person standing in front of two paths with one offering traditional medicine and the other option with cannabis.

Soon, the days of pharmaceutical drugs reigning supreme while cannabis is vilified will be gone. With nationwide acceptance and normalization of cannabis in the works, people are finally discovering that they have a choice of therapies, and a choice of delivery methods. Inhalation has always been a popular method, but the true power lies in ingesting the plant. Edibles are the safest alternative to smoking, and the recipe possibilities are infinite.

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Watching the cannabis industry evolve offers valuable insight into our future. Eventually, everyone will understand the benefits of cannabis, and the trailblazers will be celebrated. Until then, keeping up to date with cannabis news and understanding the laws in your own state is crucial. Reform is urgently needed, and there are plenty of people out there fighting for the freedom of choice regarding their health.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Garyn Angel

Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, maker of the botanical extractor he invented for infusing cannabis into foods. Firmly committed to necessary law reform, Angel was named to the exclusive CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need herbal therapy when traditional treatment options have failed.