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Eorts increase to advancemassive Great Springs Project

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Anticipated for completion by 2036, the Great Springs Project will be a trail running about 100 miles from Barton Springs in Austin to San Antonio’s Blue Hole spring. In between, the bulk of the continuous trail will run through Comal and Hays counties. A key reason for the trail is to protect the network of springs and water that run along the planned green corridor.

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With an approximate length of 100 miles running continuously from Austin to San Antonio, the Great Springs Project is one of the most ambitious trail concepts in Texas. When complete, the trail will connect four nat- ural springs running approximately parallel with I-35—Barton Springs in Austin, San Marcos Springs in Hays County, Comal Springs in New Braunfels and the Blue Hole in San Antonio. Great Springs Project CEO Garry Merritt said the CONTINUED ON 22

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Hays County debates justice initiatives

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, AS A DEFENSE LAWYER, IS THE PERSON THAT’S ARRESTED IS ACCORDED THEIR

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to help certain low-level oenders maintain a clean record. Additionally, a managed assigned counsel system, or MAC, and a pub- lic defender oce, or PDO, are being developed to streamline the appoint- ment of attorneys to defendants who cannot aord their own lawyers, and to improve their legal outcomes with ded- icated resources and legal investigators. To fund the PDOandMAC, the county CONTINUED ON 24

The pursuit of programs set in motion by ocials and sta in early 2021 could help establish monumen- tal shifts in justice reform for Hays County—but the speed at which the programs are created, or even if they are created, remains uncertain. A proposed pretrial services depart- ment would, among its functions, manage the county’s long-delayed cite- and-divert program, which is designed

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6 A Sleep Number store has opened at 2840 S. I-35, San Marcos on April 15. The national chain based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota oers a variety of products, in- cluding mattresses, bedding and pillows. 512-396-0355. www.sleepnumber.com COMING SOON 7 A new location of Floor King at 2200 I-35, San Marcos, has delayed its opening to sometime at the beginning of June. The business has been operating since 1986 and performs installations of several dierent types of ooring, includ- ing carpet, hardwood, tile, natural stone, laminate and vinyl. www.oorking.net 8 Sundance Record Lagoon is planning to open in June at 241 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos. The business is a revitalization of the well-known San Marcos record store Sundance Records, which closed in 2012. Tomas Escalante, owner of Sig’s Lagoon Record Shop in Houston, will revive the San Marcos record shop under the new name. www.sigslagoon.com 9 Hawaiian Bros has announced it will have a new location coming soon to 1439 N. I-35, San Marcos. There is not a specic date yet established for when the new location will be operational, but when open, the restaurant will oer traditional Hawaiian cuisine, including Huli Huli Chicken, Luau Pig, seasoned vegetables and the Pacic Island Salad. www.hawaiianbros.com RELOCATIONS 10 On April 18, health store Nutrishop moved from its old address at 1504 Aquarena Springs Drive, Ste. 308, San

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NOWOPEN 1 The Dental Space , located at 1101 Thorpe Ln., Ste. 101, San Marcos, had its grand opening April 7. The practice is now taking appointments for patients of all ages and accepts PPO, Medicaid and CHIP. 512-667-9770. Facebook: The Dental Space 2 Eye Like You had its grand reopening event in April at the Red Bus Food Park at 801 Chestnut St., San Marcos. The shop oers nutritious snack boxes with options such as vegan, gluten-free and keto. Eye Like You also delivers through DoorDash and sells coconut coee and

hot tea. 512-588-3978. www.facebook.com/eyelikeyouuuu 3 Home Grown , a food truck specializing in organic breakfast items that are largely sourced locally, opened Feb. 28 at its location at 1625 Hopkins St., San Marcos. Owner Lillie Nunez said beyond breakfast, Home Grown also has several lunch spe- cials and other items on the menu. Home Grown is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 504-462-0512. Facebook: Home Grown TX 4 Metal sales business San Marcos Supply opened April 15 at its location at 3016 FM 621, San Marcos. The company

sells metal and landscaping supplies throughout the San Marcos area and oers pickup or delivery for its products, which can be available immediately or

the next day. 512-757-6838. www.sanmarcossupply.com

5 Vietnamese restaurant Pho Tran88 opened April 22 at 212 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos. The business specializes in pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, but has sev- eral other menu items, including banh mi sandwiches, wonton soup, vermicelli noodle bowls, Vietnamese beverages and appetizers. 512-216-6599. Facebook: Pho Tran88 San Marcos

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Marcos, to 1330 Aquarena Springs Drive, Ste. 107, San Marcos. Open since 2003 and now approaching almost 200 locations nationwide, Nutrishop oers a variety of dietary and nutritional supplements to as- sist customers with their personal health and tness goals. 512-781-7400. www.nutrishopusa.com ANNIVERSARIES 11 Crafthouse Kitchen & Tap celebrated its fth anniversary at 242 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos, on April 20. The eatery oers live music, drinks and an American food menu. Crafthouse oers all-day breakfast, weekend brunch and a late-night food menu that is available until the business closes. Lunch specials are oered from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; happy hour is from 2-7 p.m.; and nightly drink specials are also oered from 7 p.m.-midnight. 512-667-6700. www.crafthousetx.com 12 On May 8, Kahvie Cafe celebrated its one-year anniversary at 817 Chestnut St., Ste. 221, San Marcos. The coee shop features a menu inspired by a blend of dierent cultures. Some of the drinks oered at Kahvie Cafe originate from Australia, Cuba and Japan with an Italian espresso foundation. The cafe also oers a breakfast menu, with items such as doughnuts, waes and tacos. 512-749-1003. www.kahvie.com 13 Longhorn Daiquiris will celebrate its one-year anniversary at 1617 Aquare- na Springs Drive, San Marcos, on May 31. The family-owned shop specializes in frozen alcoholic beverages but also features breakfast tacos, seafood, wings and more. A Kyle location closed last

April, but another store still operates in Austin. 512-667-9190. www.longhorndaiquiris.com NEWOWNERSHIP 14 McCarty Commons , a 249-unit apartment complex at 1476 E. McCarty Lane in San Marcos, was sold at the end of March for an undisclosed sum to a con- dential buyer described as a private family oce. Features include a resort-style pool, a volleyball court and a clubhouse, and the design includes luxurious interior and exterior nishes. 844-502-7014. www.mccartycommons.com COMMUNITY The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center’s transitional housing project broke ground on an expansion of its existing campus April 2020, and completion is planned by the end of the year. The $4.35 million project was funded through individual donations and includes 18 apartments for domestic violence victims and their families while they seek em- ployment and a permanent place to live. 512-396-4357. www.hcwc.org CLOSINGS 15 Jams Music , which opened in 2018, closed permanently April 30 at its location at 1508 Aquarena Springs Drive, San Mar- cos. Owner Ace Pepper, who also plays in several local bands and works as a sound engineer, said the company that owns the building he leases is selling the property, and he is not sure if he will continue his guitar shop at another location. 737-221-7220. www.jamsmusicsmtx.com

The San Marcos Regional Airport has extended its air trac control tower operating hours.

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FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS To meet demand, the Federal Aviation Administration extended operating hours of the air trac control tower April 1 at the San Marcos Regional Airport , according to a March 31 city news release. The move came following a request from the city of San Marcos. The FAA, which provides the airport’s air trac control services, granted the request, and the tower is now staed every day from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. “San Marcos Regional Airport has consistently set operational records and continues to grow as a vital piece of our economy,” City Manager Bert Lumbreras said in the release. “This extension is an important step toward maintaining a safe environment for everyone who uses the airport, including businesses and recreational pilots.” The San Marcos Regional Airport saw a 22% increase in operations from 2019-20, the release said. Additionally, the city said it estimated 2,000 landings and takeos occurred

within three hours of the airport closing the tower between June and September of 2020. During that period, two planes collided while attempting to land at the airport while the tower was closed. “We are tremendously grateful to Senator [John] Cornyn and Representative [Lloyd] Doggett for their support of the San Marcos community,” Mayor Jane Hughson said in the release. “Their eorts played a key role in making these necessary safety changes at the airport a reality.” 512-216-6039 • www.ysanmarcos.com

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5 The mobile food truck known as Parasol opened for business April 14 at 400 N. Main St., Buda. The food truck’s featured menu items include the Chimich- urry Steak Salad, Pork Karate Schnitzel Sandwich and cornake-crusted “PBJ”. 512-333-4543. Facebook: Parasol 6 Village Orthodontics , located at 22420 I-35, Ste. 201, Kyle, opened for business April 26. Village Orthodontics of- fers a range of services that include braces for children, teens and adults, as well as Invisalign and retainers. 512-883-0764. www.orthoatthevillage.com 7 Hawaiian Bros has announced it is opening a new location at 20471 I-35, Kyle. The business, which is a Hawaiian fast casual concept, opens May 11. The rst Hawaiian Bros opened in Kansas City, Missouri in 2018. The restaurant will oer traditional Hawaiian cuisine, including Huli Huli Chicken, Luau Pig, seasoned vegeta- bles and the Pacic Island Salad. www.hawaiianbros.com COMING SOON 8 Boss Orthodontics , located at 844 Kohlers Crossing, Ste. 220, Kyle, is having its grand opening event June 11. The orthodontia practice oers braces, retainers, Invisalign and other services that are done in-house. Boss Orthodon- tics also helps patients with therapy for TMD, a joint disorder that aects the lower jaw. 512-549-4405. www.bossorthodontics.com RELOCATIONS 9 Zoi Market relocated from 218 N.

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NOWOPEN 1 ATI Physical Therapy , located at 1245 Main St., Ste 230, Buda, opened for business in April. The practice oers a number of services, including physical therapy, workers’ compensation rehabil- itation, sports medicine, home health, hand therapy and women’s health. 512-361-2397. www.atipt.com 2 A new coee shop called Burgundy Star Espresso , which was inspired by similar businesses throughout the Pacic Northwest, opened April 22 at 1710 FM

1626, Buda. Burgundy Star Espresso is accepting walk-up customers, but representatives said they plan to have a drive-thru function open sometime in May. The shop sells specialty lattes, mochas, cold brews, frappes, macchiatos and more. 360-324-9567. www.burgundystarespresso.com 3 Club Pilates opened a new location at 1245 Main St., Ste. 231, Buda in April. The business oers classes for all ages and levels of tness, and instructors perform hundreds of hours of training to meet required teacher standards. Class

types start at level 1 for beginners and progress to level 2.5 for those who have mastered form and alignment. 512-523-5079. www.clubpilates.com 4 Oldham Family Orthodontics opened a new practice in January at 115 Kohlers Crossing, Ste. 350, Kyle. The practice pro- vides several comprehensive orthodontic treatments that include braces and In- visalign. Oldham treats children and adults of all ages and recommends all children be seen for their rst appointment around the age of 7. 512-256-7886. www.kylefamilyorthodontics.com

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NOWOPEN 1 Get Along Grill opened at 333 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. 437, Dripping Springs, on Feb. 24. The locally owned restaurant serves housemade comfort foods, including burgers, wraps, sandwiches, fried chicken, sh and salads. 512-829-4300. www.getalonggrill.com 2 Bastrop-based Lash Goddess celebrated its opening in Drip- ping Springs with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of April. The beauty studio opened in January at 333 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. 427, Dripping Springs, and oers eyelash exten- sion services, facials and a blow dry bar. 512-200-2177. www.lashgoddess.com REGIONAL IMPACTS

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Main St., Buda, to its new location at 200 Main St., Buda, on April 15. Zoi is planning a June 5 grand opening event to celebrate the new location. The expanded store includes a juice bar from Willow Gardens Juicery and also oers fresh breakfast and lunch alongside its baked goods. Produce and Tex- as-sourced meets are also available in the grocery section. 512-361-0033. www.thezoimarket.com EXPANSIONS 10 The Ascension Seton Hays hospital facility located at 6001 Kyle Parkway, Kyle has begun construction on two new operating rooms that will increase its capacity for complex surgeries. The announcement came via an April 15 news release that said the new rooms

are scheduled to be ready by fall. The operating rooms will feature advanced, built-in technology, further expanding surgical procedures with minimally-inva- sive robotics applications at Ascension Seton Hays. 512-504-5125 www.healthcare.ascension.org 11 Plum Creek Pharmacy , located at 4217 Benner Road, Ste. 430, Kyle, is planning to open this fall. The business will serve as a retail pharmacy that will oer delivery services, as well as immu- nizations and consultations on dierent medications. 512-289-0257. Website under construction ANNIVERSARIES 12 Vehicle repair company Reliable Automotive celebrates its fth anniversary in July. Located at 3420

FM 967, Bldg. A, Buda, the business oers automotive repair services for a wide range of vehicle issues, including air conditioning, suspension and brake alignment work. 512-361-3075. www.reliable-auto.com COMMUNITY 13 The Buda Area Artists Collective has launched its rst temporary public art project that will run until June 13. Called “Art Rocks,” the project is being hosted by the Inspired Minds Art Center, located at 121 Main St., Buda, and par- tially sponsored by the Buda Main Street Program. The project has three cycles that are spaced several weeks apart. Each cycle includes one phase of local artists’ participation and one of commu- nity engagement. 512-393-9747. www.budaareaartistscollective.art

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Singer-songwriter Cory Morrow’s family-friendly festival is an event that celebrates aviation, music, cars and the Lone Star State. Now in its second year, the Go Wheels Up festival will be held at the San Marcos Regional Airport and will feature entertainment and activities that include an air show, auto show and food trucks along with live music. Noon-6 p.m. (May 29), 1-6 p.m. (May 30). Free (age 10 and under), $16 (youth pass), $76 (two-day VIP pass). 1807 Airport Drive, San Marcos. www.gowheelsup.live

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari includes a 260-mile race to Seadrift from the headwaters of the San Marcos River as well as two shorter races. First held in 1963, the race requires participants to bring all of their own equipment with them, but food, ice, drinks and medical materials may be delivered by team captains at their discretion. 5 p.m. (June 11 check in). $250 (entry). Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Spring Drive, San Marcos. The event begins June 12. www.texaswatersafari.org

LIVEMUSIC BUCK’S BACKYARD 1750 FM 1626, Buda 512-312-9456 www.bucksbackyard.com MAY 14 Bri Bagwell 21 Daniel Donato CHEATHAMST. WAREHOUSE 119 Cheatham St., San Marcos 512-353-3777 www.cheathamstreet.com MAY 14 William Beckham 21 Vincent Neil Emerson 22 Broken Arrow 28 Cody Hibbard 29 Scott H. Biram WILLIE’S JOINT BAR&GRILL 824 Main St., Buda 512-295-0483 www.williesjoint.com MAY 15 Wesley Pearson & Dry County Live 16 Justin Tipton 22 Jukebox Preachers 23 Brandi Behlen with Keith Hickle 29 Manzy Lowry Band 30 Jose “Boobie” Estrada

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attendance of live events will be posted to the festival’s website once available. 430 Moon St., San Marcos. 512-245-3390. www.tsipf.com 05 BUDAMARKET IN THE PARK Held along Buda’s historic downtown greenbelt from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Market in the Park oers a variety of local vendors, chamber members, farmers, artisans, musicians and more. The event is free (public entry), and vendor applications may be found on the Buda Chamber of Commerce website. 303 Main St., Buda. 512-295-9999. http://business.budachambertx.com/ events 12 KYLEMARKET DAYS This free, family-friendly event features local vendors, arts and crafts, farm-to-market products, live music and other attractions. The event is held on the second Saturday of each month at Gregg Clark Park. State and local COVID-19 policies and procedures are being observed at the monthly event. 9 a.m.-noon. 1231 W. Center St., Kyle. 512-262-3939. www.cityoyle.com/ recreation/kyle-market-days-14

purchase as well. 1540 Satterwhite Road, Buda. 512-960-4460. www.docsdriveintheatre.com 15 THROUGH 16 KYLE FRONT PORCHDAYS This two-day celebration is held in Plum Creek and hosts a variety of activities, rain or shine. On Saturday, participants can attend a garden tour or sign up for races ranging from a 1K to a half marathon. On Sunday, there will be live music, a vendor fair, eld games and other events. 5:45 a.m. (race day registration). $10-$60 (entry fees). 450 Haupt, Kyle. 512-557-2728. www.pctx.site/frontporchdays JUNE 05 THROUGH 13 TEXAS STATE INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL The 11th year of the Texas State International Piano Festival will be held virtually over the course of a week, with a limited number of events held live at the Texas State University Performing Arts Center. Information about pricing and

‘SPRING AWAKENING’ The Texas State University Theatre and Dance Department’s performance of the rock musical “Spring Awakening” will be available to stream for a limited time. Set in Germany in the late 1800s, the musical explores the story of teenagers discovering themselves amid the challenges of adolescent sexuality. $5 (students), $10 (general public). 512-245-6500. www.txstatepresents. The Austin Comedy Film Festival will be shown on one screen, and the Austin After Dark Film Festival will be held on separate screens at Doc’s Drive in Theatre in Buda. Run times are 4-6 minutes. 6 p.m. (doors open), 8:20 p.m. (screenings start). $65 (both festivals), tickets include a sandwich of choice and unlimited popcorn and soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks will be available for universitytickets.com 14 THROUGH 15 FILMFESTIVALS AT DOC’S DRIVE IN THEATRE

Find more or submit San Marcos, Buda and Kyle events at communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES SanMarcos awarded $1.16M for public transit

COMPILED BY WARREN BROWN & BRIAN RASH

ONGOING PROJECTS

BUS SYSTEM AWARDED GRANT

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President Joe Biden on March 11, and allocations were based on operating expenses reported to the National Transit Database in 2018. “Transportation workers are serving on the front lines of this pandemic delivering the vaccine, getting people to essential jobs, and providing goods and services to peo- ple who need them,” U.S. Transpor- tation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said earlier this year while announcing the funding allocations. As a result of the funding from the American Rescue Plan, routes for the SMTX The Bus system will continue to be free until further notice, according to information from the city of San Marcos. The city also noted that until fur- ther notice due to ongoing pandemic protocols, masks will continue to be required for riders, and passengers are encouraged to leave an empty seat between each other to maintain social distancing.

The Federal Transit Administra- tion has awarded the city of San Marcos $1.16 million to support existing bus operations during the coronavirus pandemic, the city announced April 6. Funds will primarily be used for four main initiatives—operations and payroll to prevent service cuts, protect employees from layos, strengthen the economy and ensure safety, a news release said. “Our transit employees have worked throughout the pandemic to support San Marcos and connect our community with critical needs and services,” City Manager Bert Lumbreras said in the release. “We are grateful to receive this federal funding which will help ensure that our necessary transit operations continue to operate in a seamless and ecient manner.” There are 22 cities in Texas receiv- ing funds through the $30.5 billion American Rescue Plan Act signed by

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Windy Hill Road in Kyle Phase 3 of the Windy Hill improve- ments project began in late April with the reopening of Indian Paintbrush Drive. Cherrywood was reopened in early April. This phase of construc- tion is expected to last roughly four months, during which there will not be a dedicated left-turn lane onto Purple Martin Avenue from Windy Hill Road. Timeline: Nov. 30, 2020-Oct. 2021 Cost: $2.6 million Funding sources: city of Kyle, Texas General Land Oce

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RM967 inBuda receives an additional school zone implementation A portion of RM 967 that runs near Carpenter Hill Elementary School and Johnson High School will now have an extended maximum speed limit of eect will be guilty of a misdemeanor and potentially subject to a ne of up to $200. Deputy City Manager Micah Grau said the Texas Department of Transportation requested the speed Johnson High School

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF APRIL 28. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT SBKNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. Funding sources: Capital Area Metro- politan Planning Organization, city of San Marcos Hopkins Street trail being built A 10-foot-wide multiuse path is being installed between CM Allen Parkway and Thorpe Lane, and lane closures are ongoing between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. along Hopkins Street. Work has also begun on the path between Charles Austin Drive and Riverside Drive. Timeline: Nov. 9, 2020-summer 2021 Cost: $1.5 million

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35 mph during school hours. An ordinance to set the new school zone speed limit, which will run for a length of about 0.7 miles in two sections along RM 967, was approved during Buda City Council’s March 23 meeting. Included in the ordinance is a pro- vision stating that anyone violating the 35 mph speed limit when it is in

limit of Buda city sta due to the recent addition of Johnson High School, and ocials claried the extended school zone’s limits during the March meeting. Signage and other adjustments to the infrastructure will be taken care of by TxDOT, and there is no cost to the city, Grau said.

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DEVELOPMENT

WHAT IS low-THC cannabis? Texas Occupations Code denes low-THC cannabis as the plant cannabis sativa L., and that includes any part of that plant or any items that can be created from it, including:

USE Texas’ Compassionate Use Program was expanded in June 2019 to allow physicians to prescribe low THC cannabis to patients diagnosed with seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer and many other illnesses and disorders. Some facts about the program include: COMPASSIONATE The legislation was enacted in 2015 The law required the Department of Public Safety to create a secure registry of doctors treating intractable epilepsy patients with low- THC cannabis The law expanded in 2019 through the 86th Texas Legislature additional medical conditions The Compassionate Use Registry of Texas, or CURT, system has been modied to include the additional illnesses that may now be treated

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A rendering shows Goodblend’s future medical marijuana facility in San Marcos. (Rendering courtesy Goodblend)

Low-THC cannabis is also dened as

not having more than 0.5% by weight of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol , the main psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Medical marijuana company breaks ground in SanMarcos

Since the 2019 expansion of the Texas Compassionate Use Program, illnesses and disorders that may now be treated in the state with low-THC cannabis are:

BY WARREN BROWN

in acquiring it for pain relief for her husband, who died of cancer complications. “To me, this is very emotional, very exciting. I’m so glad that we’ve made it here,” Derrick said. Texas residents diagnosed with conditions including epilepsy, seizure disorders and multiple sclerosis, among others, can be approved for marijuana use by some physicians. Unlike Parallel’s other brands that sell marijuana ower and related products with higher levels of THC for smoking and vaping, Goodblend’s Texas oerings are limited to gum- mies, lozenges, tinctures and lotions due to CUP regulations. Products can be ordered online under special pandemic regulations, which allow the delivery of such prod- ucts. They will be purchasable on-site once the San Marcos facility opens. “Council Member [Derrick] described how people today, here and now, have the real opportunity to

Local government and economic leaders met in an empty eld in San Marcos on April 19 for the ground- breaking of a $25 million cannabis cultivation, production, distribution and retail facility being built by Paral- lel, a cannabis company operating in multiple states. Parallel is able to sell certain marijuana products in Texas with low THC levels to qualifying patients under the state’s Compassionate Use Program, which was created in 2015. President Marcus Ruark of Goodblend, the brand Parallel uses in Texas, said the company is one of three licensed to sell medicinal marijuana products in Texas. Com- passionate Cultivation and Fluent are the other two companies. Melissa Derrick, a member of San Marcos City Council, spoke at the event and described how evolving marijuana legality has aected her family, noting the diculty

WHAT CAN BE treated ?

Seizure disorder Spasticity Terminal cancer

Autism Epilepsy Incurable neurodegenerative disease Multiple sclerosis

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receive benet from this very eort that now we’re going to help amplify in our region,” Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said. “This is also going to equip Goodblend to help Texans in need in a really big way because we’re a really big state.” The 63,000-square-foot facility in San Marcos is expected to create hundreds of jobs, Ruark told ground- breaking attendees. Parallel employs some 1,700 people nationally and at partner clinics in Plano, Houston, Fort Worth and San Antonio. “We are so pleased that Goodblend

has chosen our city to be the home of [their] rst Texas facility,” Mayor Jane Hughson said. “You’ll be assisting many with their medical issues. We welcome you and the jobs you will bring to our residents.” Ruark said parts of the facility should be operational by the end of 2021, and the 12-acre property has the capacity for expansions. “No community has been as welcoming as San Marcos,” Ruark said. “We’re going to be doing a lot of growing this year and [in] the coming years.”

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