Texas-based marijuana companies facing flood of cannabis competitors playing under different rules

Employees from Compassionate Cultivation have driven their fleet of Priuses to nearly every corner of Texas to hand-deliver bottles of medical marijuana.

But at nearby gas stations, smoothie shops and convenience stores, Texans can find products with different ingredients and dubious legality that go by the same name. With a swipe of a credit card or a wad of cash, they can buy CBD products and walk out the door.

A flood of unregulated cannabis products is one of the challenges facing Texas’ three medical marijuana companies pioneering a new state industry and trying to turn a profit. As lawmakers meet in Austin for this year’s legislative session, the companies want the state to expand the program and crack down on unregulated cannabis products they see as threatening their businesses and the public.

“I’m not usually one to talk about more regulation, but this is a patient safety matter,” said Marcus Ruark, president

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