When Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana in 2008, Ryan Basore was excited for the opportunity to participate in the new industry. He already knew of the healing power of cannabis. Growing up on a farm, he injured himself when he fell off a tractor and was given pain pills but later found out that marijuana alleviated his pain without any of the negative side effects. He became one of the state’s first patients and caregivers, and in 2010, he opened Capital City Caregivers in Lansing, one of the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries.
“I was a true believer,” he says. “I was always just appalled that people were going to jail for cannabis, and I knew we were being lied to” about the War on Drugs.