AUSTIN -- Medical marijuana dispensaries are moving ahead quickly to begin operations in Texas, with at least three companies now expecting to be open by early 2018.

Cansortium Texas, a branch of Miami-based Cansortium holdings, was awarded the state's first medical marijuana license on Sept. 1, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety website.

Cansortium Texas will operate the Knox Medical dispensary in Schulenburg.

Jose Hidalgo, CEO of Knox, said cannabis is currently being grown at the location in Schulenburg and will be ready for distribution in by the end of the year.

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Paul Cobler ~ Chron.com