Portsmouth City Council held a public hearing Monday night to allow members of the public to express their views and concerns on the possibility of the City being a future home for a medical marijuana dispensary.
Dozens of members stepped up to share personal stories as medical marijuana refugees, going out-of-state to get medication for themselves or loved ones. By the end of the meeting, all but one member of Council felt that a dispensary is needed in Portsmouth.
Among the stories they heard was that of Waylon Cordle, whose mother addressed the City about how marijuana has helped her 11-year-old son.
“My son is somebody that would benefit from medical marijuana, actually he does,” she explained.
She continued to inform Council that her son got a viral infection in 2012. As he result, he has uncontrolled seizures. The mother explained that her son has had to relearn to walk and talk. He has been put into medically induced comas and has tried more than 20 seizure medications that have not worked. Tara Cordle explained that finally she went to Colorado and got medical marijuana for her son.
“We’re criminals,” the mother stated. “We have been for two years, but what it has given him is not a gateway drug but a gateway to life. It has given him a gateway off some of his prescription pills. It has literally allowed him to join baseball teams, bowling leagues and allows him to stand before you today.”
She explained that she has no regrets because in the two years that her son has been on medical marijuana, he has decreased the more than 40 medications he had to take daily and his seizures have decreased from 150 a month to 10-15 a month. Finally, she explained that having a dispensary locally