GUNTER, TX -- In 1936, the movie Reefer Madness warned parents about the slippery slope of destruction smoking marijuana would cause in the lives of both them and their children.
Who would’ve guessed the bones and boards of a building from the Reefer Madness era might help change the message of marijuana entirely in Texas?
"We wanted a traditional building,” said AcquiFlow CEO Patrick Moran. "I had thought about a cotton mill or cotton gin. Yeah, it was love at first sight. We were done.”
Since the passing of the Compassionate Use Act, Moran and AcquiFlow have been committed to being one of the first to sell legal cannabis oil in the Lone Star State.
Where is he planning to open up shop?
How about Gunter? Last count: 1,500 people.
Ironically enough, Gunter Mayor Tim Slattery says there are five children with seizures who live there who would see immediate positive results from the opening of such a business.
“I'm going to call it a blessing. I'm going to look at it in that perspective,” Slattery said. “It's called the Compassionate Act, and I’ve used the term that this is going to be the compassionate city.”
As for the century old cotton gin, it’s about to get a marijuana makeover while still honoring its own history.
"From the outside, it'll continue to look like the cotton gin that it is,” Moran said. "All the machinery that was originally there is still in there. We’ll be preserving some of them and creating a museum within the dispensary."
As for the residents who aren’t sure if they should welcome the green stuff to Gunter?
"You can drink a coffee cup of it and never get high,” Moran said. “It's completely non-psychoactive.”
"How can you be selfish enough to say, 'We don’t want it. We don't care about those kids? This is gonna be a gateway,’ said Mayor Slattery. "It's not."