YPSILANTI, MI – Ryan and Cory Nemeth searched for a medicinal alternative to help their mother, who was suffering from lung cancer.
After undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, they found cannabis was an option that helped her.
“We saw amazing results,” Ryan Nemeth said, citing pain reduction and overall happiness. “We started juicing with her…we did smoothies with marijuana.”
The Nemeths opened the Patient Station, a cannabis dispensary at 539 S. Huron St. in Ypsilanti, in 2014, a couple years after their mother died, hoping to help others find relief.
“We do have a very loyal customer base,” Ryan Nemeth said. “Our family is here on a day-to-day basis and you can talk to them about any problem you’re having. I want to figure out what we can possibly do to help them,”
The Nemeths started the family-operated business as a medicinal dispensary but kicked off recreational sales in mid-July and celebrated a grand reopening on Saturday, Aug. 22.
“Honestly, Ypsilanti is just a family atmosphere. Everyone is so welcoming, so inviting,” Ryan Nemeth said. “They opened us with welcome arms.”
The Nemeths pride their team in being knowledgeable about marijuana and their ability to recommend products and doses to new customers.
“We’ve all had that experience of where you over-intake or overdo yourself, you take an extra bit of an edible that you shouldn’t have. We want everybody to have a positive experience. If you don’t understand the side effects…that can overwhelm someone. Everyone’s body type is different,” Ryan Nemeth said.
More importantly, the Nemeths want to supply inventory they would consume themselves, or provide to their mother, to ensure their customers receive quality products and services.
“We do everything in life to honor her. I don’t want it to sound cliché. That’s legitimately how we feel. Siblings that work together, stay together. Were not a corporate environment, we treat each other like family,” Ryan Nemeth said. “We believe every adult should have access to cannabis which is why we went recreational. We want to make sure that everyone is being safe and using it.”
But it’s not all about selling cannabis.
“We had a showroom where we’d sit down and have consulting. During COVID, we we’re not able to have a showroom because we’re such a small facility,” Ryan Nemeth said. “We do phone conversations. We’ll do consulting with our patients … whether they’re having anxiety or depression. We have some who come in here who can’t talk to someone daily. Sometimes, this is their only place of relief and only time they can talk to someone that generally cares. When we do hire, we have someone that has a genuine heart.”
The Patient Station is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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