PORTAGE, Mich. — Jevin Weyenberg knows firsthand the benefits of medical marijuana. He’s a cancer survivor and said using cannabis helped reduce the pain and nausea he felt while recovery from chemotherapy.
“There’s very good cannabis topicals, cannabis oils, that are very effective at treating chronic pain whether it be nerve pain, arthritis, back pain,” said Weyenberg. “[It] combines with your endocannabinoid system in your body to really reduce chronic pain.”
Weyenberg has since opened Lake Effect, a medical marijuana dispensary, to help other patients battle their pain he said. However the future of his business may be in jeopardy. They need the city of Portage to adopt an ordinance before December 15 that’ll allow them to continue to operate, per new LARA rules. So the city scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday December 12 to vote on the ordinance.
“I personally am in favor of medical marijuana,” said Mayor Patricia Randall of Portage. “I know that it was an important part of the election.”