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.

Nov 182014
 November 18, 2014
Officer Convicted In Marijuana Butter Case Takes His Own Life

One of the corrections officers snared in a case involving the medicinal use of marijuana-infused butter has committed suicide. On October 20, Officer Timmothy Bernhardt plead guilty  to charges that he and other Kent County Jail officers received and distributed the butter for their own medicinal use. He and another officer took plea deals and were due to be sentenced in early December. Two other officers refused plea deals and are awaiting trial. Noted medical marijuana advocate and radio personality Steve Greene, confirmed the identity of the deceased with county officials earlier today. […]

Nov 172014
 November 17, 2014
DEA Investigates NFL Doctors For Harmful Pills, Not Marijuana

During Sunday night’s broadcast of the National Football League games a bombshell was dropped: the DEA is investigating doctors who provide professional football players with dangerous and restricted drugs during practice and before games. The story was broken by Jay Glazer with Fox Sports. Glazer said airplanes had been held and doctors pulled from the flights with their baggage by agents of the national Drug Enforcement Agency. Glaser indicated this was the result of a class-action lawsuit filed by former NFL players who became addicted to pills during their tenure in […]

Nov 152014
 November 15, 2014
Michigan Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments On Local Marijuana Laws

Lawyers argued the legality of liberalizing marijuana laws on a local level in the Michigan Court of Appeals. At issue is a 2012 Grand Rapids charter amendment that decriminalizes the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults 21 and over. The move changed those violations from a criminal act to a civil infraction, where offenders receive a ticket instead of a misdemeanor charge. Voters passed the measure by nearly 60% after a successful petition drive collected thousands of signatures from city residents. Attorneys representing the city of […]

Nov 132014
 November 13, 2014
Michigan NORML Elects New Board Members

At a meeting in Mt. Pleasant, the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MiNORML) appointed new board members, assigned legal counsel duties and held an auction to benefit their charitable works. The chapter’s quarterly meeting at Riverwood Resort also included financial disclosure, election results from the online opinion poll, and an update from each of the Board’s Directors. Lapeer attorney Bernard Jocuns was appointed as MiNORML’s legal counsel. The chapter’s Executive Director, Matthew Abel, is an attorney as well; Jocuns announced the intent to […]

Nov 052014
 November 5, 2014
8 Michigan Cities Adopt Legalization Measures In 2014 Election

During the 2014 election season, eight Michigan cities have voted to eliminate all local penalties for the possession, use, transfer and transportation of small amounts of marijuana. Two cities, Oak Park and Hazel Park, made the choice during the August primary election. November 4th’s General Election saw six additional cities line up to liberalize their cannabis ordinances. Passing the legalization measures were Saginaw, Port Huron, Mt. Pleasant, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods and Berkley. The election was monitored by several groups during election night. A Lansing gathering of Michigan activists posted […]

Nov 012014
 November 1, 2014
Michigan Marijuana Voter Guides

2014 has been a particularly nasty election cycle. New sources of seemingly unrestricted advertising have hammered away at candidates in election races from local contests to the Supreme Court. Where does a person who supports marijuana law reform turn to find out who REALLY supports their position? To The Compassion Chronicles, of course! Several voting guides have been produced this year- I wrote one myself- and each offers a slight variation on the list of candidates recommended. Here’s a breakdown of each listing and their top recommendations.   1. The […]

Oct 252014
 October 25, 2014
$122 Million In Taxes: Michigan's Reward For Legalized Marijuana

WallStreetCheatSheet.com, an Internet business news portal, has published a list of the seven states who stand the most to gain financially from the legalization of marijuana, and Michigan is on the list. Michigan’s potential revenue from sales and excise taxes: $122 million. Sales and excise taxes go directly to the government and pay for the roads and schools. The total value of Michigan’s marijuana market was projected to be over $580 million in sales to people over the age of 25. If legalized nationally the market for marijuana has been […]

Oct 072014
 October 7, 2014
Marijuana Voting Issues In East Lansing

Jeff Hank is fighting mad and he wants everyone to know it. The charismatic attorney from Lansing has good reason to be upset. His Coalition for a Safer East Lansing organization, whose aim is to legalize the use and possession of small amounts marijuana by adults 21 and over within the city, turned in petitions containing enough validated signatures in July, well in advance of the state-mandated deadline date. Their goal: allow the city’s voters to weigh in on the issue during the November 2014 general election. Since receiving the […]

Oct 012014
 October 1, 2014
New Michigan Marijuana Rules Being Debated Today

A proposed set of rules altering the nature of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) will be considered by a Joint Committee today in Lansing. The rules met stiff resistance from medical marijuana community members during a hearing on the proposed changes earlier this year. Members of Americans for Safe Access- Michigan, Cannabis Patients United, Michigan Moms United, The Michigan Cannabis Cancer Project, The Human Solution and others raised concerns regarding the proposed fee changes- and a first-in-the-nation all electronic registration process. Current fees to enroll in the MMMP are $100 […]

Sep 162014
 September 16, 2014
Possibly 13 Marijuana Ballot Proposals For Michigan

Michigan cities have already approved two local ballot proposals legalizing the personal use and possession of marijuana for all adults in 2014, more than a dozen more cities have received enough signatures to place the issue before their voters, and almost all communities are playing fair with the rules. Almost all. “We had ambitious goals,” Safer Michigan Coalition co-founder Tim Beck of Detroit told listeners of the Planet Green Trees Radio Show on September 11. “We wanted to have 16 ballot initiatives hitting in the state of Michigan this election […]