Getting Uplifted Legally in Texas is now a Thing of the Present

by Isaac Swicker

Texas is one of the many states that still does not have full legalization of marijuana. 1937 Apothecary was the answer to this. Starting in 2018 as a pop-up vendor, Sarah Kerver sought to bring to light the positives that cannabis can have for one’s health. Today she owns locations, her first store which opened in July of 2019 located off East 5th, and recently her newest location is up north in Cedar Park, off Anderson Mill Ln.

How Did This All Start?

Sarah Kerver started in the cannabis industry back in 2017/2018. The industry was starting to take off and Sarah thought “how could I invest in this industry?”. That led her to do proper research into the whole cannabinoid system, the cannabinoids in cannabis, and everything in between that was unfamiliar. At that point in time, Sarah’s viewpoint was much like most people who are unfamiliar with this industry, viewing everything as just marijuana. This struck Sarah’s interest in finding out how helpful it was to so many people. This then turned from “how do I invest in this industry” to “how do I become a part of this industry?”. 

Like any demographic breakdown throughout cities, 1937 sees a difference in clientele from both locations. The downtown location is a much more youthful crowd of people. This younger generation of people is more interested in cannabis and its psychoactive properties of cannabis. Whereas the North location, there is definitely an interest in the aforementioned, however, there is more of a middle to older age folk looking more for CBD-based products for health. Both socioeconomic breakdowns of both areas are the same, but the younger crowd looks to products more for fun while the older group up north appreciates the health benefits. 

As for operating in an industry that is so heavily reliant on loopholes in the law, it’s hard and has been since the beginning. Sarah did not pick Texas, Texas picked her, as she was already living there full-time and working in a completely different industry. It wasn’t until she decided to become a part of the cannabis industry in Texas, she knew it would not be an easy road ahead. A few questions Sarah asked herself while getting into this field were “How do I operate within the law?”, and “How do I figure out the law”. This then leads down to not only learning loopholes, but it also comes down to “How do I work with legislators?”, “How do I work with lobbyists?”, “How do I help people understand so that we can work within those areas”. 

Like any business, there are loopholes. All cannabinoids in 1937 are derived from hemp, that’s the main attraction. The most difficult thing is how do you extract mass quantities of those different cannabinoids from a hemp plant; that is the biggest and most difficult loophole. While at the same time helping legislation, law enforcement, and people who are uninformed; understand that those are all coming from the hemp plant and how they’re coming from the hemp plant. 

One of the biggest questions that Sarah is asked daily is “Where do I start?” 

“Come in and see us, my staff is very very well educated. If you are one of those many who are “how do you have cannabis in Texas, I don’t understand, how can I use a product that is going to be psychoactive in Texas, How is that possibly legal?” Obviously, Google is a great resource for that; but if you really want to understand it, and also if it’s not a psychoactive property and you’ve never used cannabis in your life, you don’t want to feel high, you just want to feel good; there’s something for everybody. That’s the easiest thing to do, to come in and talk to us, we will set you up with where you are and what you are and aren’t comfortable with.” 1937 owner Sarah Kerver said.

So what exactly is legal to sell in Texas?

Well for starters, cannabis, which is derived from hemp, starts with a hemp plant. A hemp plant is cannabis Sativa that has below .3 percent Delta 9 THC. Delta 9 THC is a psychoactive property. That is by weight, so Delta 9 THC derived from hemp in heavier items such as edibles, gummies, caramels, and things that weigh more, can have more THC levels in them. Flower; smokable flower, essentially the buds that are above .3 percent is considered marijuana, so they cannot have any buds and/or flower that is above .3 percent. Concentrates of specific Delta 9 THC above .3 percent THC they also cannot have/sell. As of now, all other cannabinoids are legal in the state of Texas. Delta 9 in any edible form that weighs out below .3 percent and any other cannabinoids such as other THC variants like CBN, HHC, CBD, and CBG; over 100 different cannabinoids in the plant are all legal to sell in Texas. 

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