Rick Thompson

"Rick Thompson was the Editor in Chief for the entire 2-year run of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine, was the spokesman for the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers and is the current Editor and Lead Blogger for The Compassion Chronicles. Rick has addressed committees in both the House and Senate, has authored over 200 articles on marijuana and is a professional photographer."Rick Thompson Is An Author At The Compassion Chronicles and focuses on all things Michigan.

May 272016
 May 27, 2016
MILegalize Gives Final Push Over Memorial Weekend

The MILegalize organization has issued a few reminders and encouragements to volunteers recently, most of which involve gathering signatures and returning petitions. From MILegalize Chair, Jeff Hank: With only a week left it’s now or never to get MILegalize on the ballot. Here is a list of events all over Michigan that will be great for getting the signatures we need! We are in the final days of collecting and turning in all of our signatures and it is imperative that we get them in on time. Mail all petitions to PO Box 4427, East Lansing, MI 48826 not later than Friday, May 27th.

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May 262016
 May 26, 2016
2nd Memorial Day Walk To Remember In Lansing

In the absence of a Memorial Day parade in the city of Lansing, area veterans and activists will hold a walk from the Capitol steps to Adado Park in resemblance of the fallen and the lost. The City of Lansing chooses not to hold any sort of honors or ceremony to honor our nations fallen on Memorial Day; there is a small honor ceremony the Saturday before Memorial Day. Veteran Dakota Serna hopes to rekindle the meaning of Memorial Day to the citizens by honoring the dead on the day they were given so many years ago. The Walk will feature a

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May 242016
 May 24, 2016
Marijuana Activist Toolbox Update: Cannabis And The Brain Research

While doing research for an article being featured in print later this year, I’ve accumulated a nice little body of quotes and research regarding the brain, its chemistry and the methods through which cannabis interacts with it- specifically, how cannabis can inspire creativity and thought. Quotes included are from the abstract and are not meant to stand alone as definitive statements about each study’s conclusions. 3 Studies That Show Cannabis Grows Brain Cells LINK “The endocannabinoid system has been implicated in the modulation of adult neurogenesis. Here, we describe the effect of type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1R) activation on self-renewal,

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May 222016
 May 22, 2016
MILegalize May 20 Rally A Success

A Friday rally drew more than 100 people to the steps of the State Capitol Building in support of the MILegalize campaign, which intends to put the issue of legalized marijuana on the ballot in Michigan during the November 2016 general election. The campaign must turn in petition signatures by June 1. MILegalize has announced via press releases that they’ve collected more than 300,000 signatures from Michigan residents. Although that number is far in excess of the approx. 253,000 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, MILegalize Chair Jeff Hank explained that does not guarantee the campaign has gathered

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May 182016
 May 18, 2016
MILegalize Calls All Petitioners To The Capitol Steps On May 20 For Final Rally

The submission date for petitions to place ballot questions before voters during this year’s general election is June 1, and the MILegalize group is calling for a final major rally at the Capitol Building in Lansing on May 20. The gathering will serve to round up all signed petition sheets from around the state, express gratitude for the efforts made by ordinary citizens in this extraordinary effort, and to provide direction for moving the campaign forward. “Meeting with our volunteer army on the steps of the state Capitol Building is special, because that’s where we launched the petition drive on

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May 152016
 May 15, 2016
New AAA Study Debunks Proposed Michigan Marijuana Driving Bills

The Associated Press reported on a new study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) which seems to contradict the nature of some bills offered in the Michigan legislature that propose new testing methods to ensnare marijuana users who drive. The study found drugged driving laws which create a threshold limit for THC-blood content, like one proposed by Michigan legislators, are just not scientifically valid. The AP article leads with the following statement: “Six states that allow marijuana use legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation’s

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May 142016
 May 14, 2016
$15,000 Raised For MI Legalize At Ann Arbor Fundraiser

This is an email sent from the MILegalize campaign to their supporters, reproduced here to let readers know the result of an event promoted on this site. ~R.T. On May 11, supporters of MI Legalize showed up in full force to contribute to our campaign in the Eleventh Hour.  We raised over $15,000 yesterday and each dollar will be matched!  We had an incredible turn out in Ann Arbor at Dominick’s.  The energy was incredible and we had speeches from NHL great Larry DePalma, State Rep. Jeff Irwin, several board members, and also Chad Morrow, a recent victim of the

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May 102016
 May 10, 2016
"Cannabis Saved My Life" Says Ex-NHL Enforcer Larry DePalma

While music thumps and people laugh in the background, tough guy Larry DePalma talks about how he tried to kill himself several times since leaving the National Hockey League in a new video called, “Cannabis and Concussion.” In the YouTube video, DePalma, who played professional hockey for teams in San Jose, Pittsburgh and Minnesota, lays out the facts of his traumatic brain injuries and how the medical use of marijuana stopped him from thoughts of suicide and halted his addictions to alcohol and pain pills. He joins fellow Detroit Red Wing, Darren McCarty, in supporting the current medical marijuana system while

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May 092016
 May 9, 2016
MILegalize Hits 300,000 Signature Milestone, Announces Capitol Rally

The MILegalize organization has collected more than 300,000 signatures on petitions to legalize the adult use of marijuana in Michigan, said Chairman Jeffrey Hank, and petitioners are still on the streets collecting more until MILegalize turns in to the Bureau of Elections on June 1. The campaign needs about 253,000 valid signatures on petitions in order to qualify for the ballot in November of 2016. “We have to overachieve that number,” Hank said, “because we are sending a clear message that Michigan is ready to lead on civil rights, job growth, education, and better roads.” MILegalize must submit petitions by June 1.

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Apr 302016
 April 30, 2016
Runnin' Republican Shuts Down State Canvassers Meeting By Fleeing

Why did a member of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers bolt from the room and halt the discussions regarding a policy change being advocated for by a marijuana legalization organization? Was it a floral emergency? Norm Shinkle has faced his share of tough votes on the Board, including delivering decisions on petitions that would expand the number of casinos in Michigan, require a vote of the people before raising taxes, decide the fate of an international bridge and Michigan’s broken Emergency Manager program. On April 25, the four-member Board was convened to roll out a proposal created by Board

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