Visits to the area left an impression on my cousin who soon realized that he’d prefer this town over any other near the coast of Lake Michigan.
Despite being transients from all over the country, many of my family members ended up in western Michigan by the late 2010s. We were all escaping unfortunate conditions in other states, either excruciating weather or tyrannical state governments. And once my grandparents had settled here during retirement, one person after the next followed. The natural beauty of Michigan pulls me like a magnet, so much so that I couldn’t imagine leaving this state to live anywhere else. Not to mention Michigan is an agricultural hub because of its unique climate being a peninsula surrounded by inland seas. We grow everything from apples to cherries in this state and export them all over the entire country. Many of us live in Muskegon County which is home to farms for blueberries, apples, cherries, cucumbers, grain, and dairy. Right now I live in an apartment in North Muskegon on Ruddiman Dr; it’s the same building where my cousin was staying for several years before leaving for Whitehall to open a cannabis dispensary. Our grandparents live in Whitehall on E River St which is just a short hike from the mouth of White River. Visits to the area left an impression on my cousin who soon realized that he’d prefer this town over any other near the coast of Lake Michigan. Not only that, but there were only two cannabis dispensaries open in the area at the time. My cousin thought that he could compete with the only people open at the time, which worked marvelously for him. Now my cousin owns the most successful cannabis dispensary in Whitehall.