A marijuana grower in Texas is naming a new strain after a Republican representative. On November 28, Compassionate Cultivation —a state-licensed marijuana producer and dispenser — will honor Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) by naming one of their vegetation rooms as well as their very first cannabis strain after her.
The dedication is an acknowledgement of the work Rep. Klick put into co-writing and campaigning for the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015. The new law allows patients with epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil (CBD) — a non-psychoactive cannabis extract.
“Rep. Stephanie Klick helped start this important movement along with the great people at the Epilepsy Foundation Texas,” Compassionate Cultivation CEO Morris Denton said via press release. “It took someone of a special background, a longtime nurse, to really understand from a medical perspective the hope, promise and truth that this medicine represents."
Rep. Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth)
He added that like Klick, the cultivation room named after her will be a lifesaver.
"And just as Rep. Klick gave life to the Compassionate Use Act, the Honorable Stephanie Klick Room will give life to every dose of medicine that will ever come out of our facility,” Denton said.
But for Rep. Klick, the biggest reward for her efforts is knowing that patients finally have access to the medicine they need.
“I’m thankful that these Texans suffering from intractable epilepsy will soon have an alternative treatment option,” said Klick. “And while many of us worked long hours to push the Compassionate Use Act through, I am grateful for this thoughtful acknowledgement.”
Right now, only patients with epilepsy can access CBD. Activists are pushing for other conditions to be added to the list, but Klick thinks the state will handle the issue with caution.
“I think Texas is going to take a slow, careful approach,” she told the Star-Telegram last September.
But she thinks things are moving fast enough to give epilepsy patients a happy holiday. "I'm hoping that some of these folks will have a merry Christmas because this product will be available in Texas," Klick added.
Texas is one of just 13 states that allows severely limited access to cannabidiol. But legalizing CBD could be the first step to developing a more robust medical marijuana program in the Lone Star State.