Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra attended groundbreaking ceremonies for a new, state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation, production and retail facility in San Marcos on Monday.
Atlanta-based cannabis operator Parallel is the first company to bring medical cannabis to Texas.
Its new 63,000-square-foot headquarters is expected to cost $25 million. Parallel said it anticipates the creation of hundreds of new jobs in the San Marcos area.
“We are thrilled to break ground today on our new facility in San Marcos,” said Marcus Ruark, president of goodblend Texas. “We look forward to creating economic-empowerment opportunities in this community through new jobs and cannabis career-building programs.”
Becerra said that under Texas’ Compassionate Use Program, Parallel’s retail brand goodblend will serve an estimated two million Texans suffering from terminal cancer, autism, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and 150 other neurodegenerative diseases.
Parallel is one of the largest privately-held, multi-state cannabis operators in the United States.
In a statement, the company said the San Marcos facility expands its ability to meet the growing patient demand for medical cannabis products in Texas.
“With our $25 million dollar investment and name change to goodblend, we are strengthening our Texas roots to meet the needs of cannabis patients for the long term,” said Parallel Chairman and CEO William ‘Beau’ Wrigley. “We see high growth potential in the Texas cannabis market as every day more Texans choose cannabis to help improve their quality of life. The goodblend brand promise is to make customers feel so good about their experience that they come back again and again. The ethos of goodblend is based on Parallel’s commitment to compliance, quality, consistency and innovation, and on our actions to improve diversity, inclusivity and economic empowerment in the cannabis industry and to be a great employer and local community partner.”