AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation (TOCC), Texas’ leading medical cannabis provider, today reported its drivers have thus far driven more than 180,000 miles in 2021 to deliver medical cannabis prescriptions directly to patients’ doorsteps throughout Texas. At this rate TOCC will likely log more than 300,000 miles on Texas roads in 2021. The significant milestone reflects one of many challenges TOCC and its patients still face under the tightly regulated Compassionate Use Program (CUP).
The CUP’s strict regulations require medical cannabis companies to store all inventory in one location and prohibits providers from shipping prescriptions to patients through the mail. In adherence to these regulations, TOCC dispatches its medical cannabis products from its facility in Austin, Texas, via its fleet of delivery drivers. TOCC’s drivers take frequent, long-distance trips across Texas to deliver medical cannabis to patient homes.
“Medical cannabis is arguably the most regulated industry in the state of Texas. As we anticipate the enactment of HB 1535 in September, there is still much to accomplish to enable increased access for patients,” said Morris Denton, TOCC’s CEO. “We point to our number of delivery miles as one of the proof points for necessitating a larger conversation on regulatory rules reform as it demonstrates the expensive and inefficient inconveniences of today’s CUP. TOCC is constantly advocating for new ways to better serve our patients and will continue to fight for increased accessibility to medical cannabis.”
In June 2021, the Compassionate Use Registry’s patient count rose to a reported 6,698 registrants under the CUP. TOCC anticipates its number of miles driven will continue to climb as demand for medical cannabis grows throughout Texas and the CUP expands to include all cancer patients and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
TOCC offers same-day pickup from its Austin facility and statewide delivery. Patients can also fill prescriptions at TOCC’s pick-up locations at physician offices in North Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. For more information on TOCC, its mission, and whether you or a loved one qualify to receive medical cannabis treatment, visit www.texasoriginal.com.
About Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation
Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation (TOCC) is the leading licensed medical marijuana producer in Texas, working alongside physicians to provide the highest quality cannabis medicine to patients and families seeking relief across the state. As fellow Texans, we are dedicated to representing the integrity of this great state with our commitment to quality, consistency and purity in every product we produce. We remain committed to advancing safe, legal access to this powerful medicine. TOCC is headquartered in Austin, with delivery throughout the entire state. For more information, visit www.texasoriginal.com.