AUSTIN, Texas—While some residents have taken to calling the city home for years, many others are looking for a place to go when it comes to getting their medical marijuana prescriptions filled, getting their prescriptions filled online and buying prescriptions.
Now, the number of pharmacies opening has risen in Austin, but that’s not stopping the city from trying to lure a new pharmacy from Mexico.
The Austin City Council recently approved a resolution to create a new “medical marijuana pharmacy” and would set aside a portion of city funds to help it be located in a certain area, according to a news release.
The council is expected to approve the new pharmacy within three months.
City officials estimate that the new clinic would open within a few weeks.
The city is already home to several dispensaries, including one that opened in 2016 in the Mission District.
But while the city’s new medical marijuana clinic would be a welcome addition, it’s not necessarily going to be a quick fix.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, Austin has the second-highest rate of drug overdoses in the nation, and it also has the fifth-highest overdose death rate.
As a result, the city has seen more than 6,000 overdose deaths since 2010, more than double the national average of about 300.
According for the city, that’s because people in Austin are being treated for chronic conditions that often aren’t readily treated.
“The people of Austin are in need of a place where they can get their prescription filled and get their medication and they can do it safely and without fear,” Mayor Steve Adler said.
Adler has said he’s willing to take on the task of creating a new medical cannabis clinic.
“We’ve seen that when we take on a responsibility like this, we have to make sure we don’t go overboard, that we don: we make sure that we’re investing in our city, in our services, in the people that we have,” he said.
The City Council approved the new medical dispensary resolution, which would fund $1.5 million for the new dispensary.
Councilmember John Whitmire, who authored the resolution, told the news agency the council had made a commitment to create the new local medical marijuana dispensary, but had not decided on the amount of money to pay for it.
“That will be determined by the council in a very short period of time,” Whitmire said.