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.

Aug 222016
 August 22, 2016
Scientists Tell Time Magazine Their Marijuana Research Goals

by Rick Thompson In the wake of the DEA’s refusal to move cannabis from the list of the most addictive and non-medical drugs,TIME Magazine sought opinions on the future of canna-science from experts currently conducting research with marijuana. The casual statements about the safety of cannabis made by the experts are noteworthy. Scientists argue that studying marijuana is safe, and researching it shouldn’t be such a difficult process. “A question that is not on the lips of researchers is whether or not the consumption of cannabis-based medicines is safe,” says Gregory Gerdeman, an Assistant Professor of Biology at Eckerd College.

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Aug 202016
 August 20, 2016
Don Koshmider's Court Victory Against Prosecutor Mike Rola Indicative of Other Cases in Michigan

by Rick Thompson CADILLAC- All charges against Don Koshmider were dismissed. That’s the short version of the story. The long version involves raids, prosecutors, politically-charged motives and actions by law enforcement that are not supported by the communities they claim to protect. “I feel fantastic!” Don told me, in an exclusive TCC interview. “As Don’s attorney I can say we were prepared at the preliminary exam to present a defense to the charges,” said criminal defense attorney Josh Covert, who represented Koshmider in court. “The prosecution was not prepared to hold the hearing and really had no choice but to

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Aug 172016
 August 17, 2016
MILegalize Awaits a Decision in Michigan Court of Claims

New Buffalo, Michigan- The Four Winds Casino and Resort will host a fundraiser for the MILegalize organization on August 20, and key campaign officials confirm their status in the Court of Claims: waiting patiently. New Buffalo is in the southwestern corner of Michigan, and the Four Winds casino is a top-notch facility. Fundraiser guests will gather in the private dining room of the casino’s outstanding dinner buffet- which features all-you-can-eat prime rib, crab legs, gourmet deserts and more! For those who like to eat, this is the ultimate feast. Hostess and MILegalize Board member Josey Scoggin put together this wonderful

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Aug 102016
 August 10, 2016
High Times Rates Michigan As #1 Place For CBD Production

by Rick Thompson Of all the chemicals that make up the cannabis plant, cannabidiol, or CBD, is typically viewed as the most beneficial to human health. Some states allow only CBD-based medical marijuana products to be legally consumed by their patients. In a recent article titled, “The Strongest Strains on Earth 2016,” High Times Magazine detailed the top CBD strains tested in their competitions, and three of the top four strains came from one place. Michigan. High Times is the cannabis industry’s leading publication, and their growing gurus include Danny Danko and Nico Escondido. High Times also conducts a series

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Aug 052016
 August 5, 2016
Pro-Marijuana Candidates Win, Anti-Medical Candidates Lose in Michigan Primary Elections

FLINT- Tuesday’s Primary elections in Michigan were a success story for the medical marijuana advocates who were running, and a horror story for those who’ve made their career out of prosecuting the state’s sick and injured. Notorious Gaylord-area Prosecutor Mike Rola, who authorized massive raids against medical marijuana businesses on multiple occasions, was defeated. Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson, whose office was so biased against a medical marijuana patient they were taken off the case by a local judge, also lost. Pro-pot candidates Bob Townsend and Eric Gunnels won their primary elections. Michigan elections are undeniably, inextricably, forever changed by

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Jul 282016
 July 28, 2016
Michigan Cities Reject Funding For Drug Task Forces on Medical Marijuana Patients

(Editor’s Note: Rick Thompson was the Public Relations Director for the MACC organization, which is mentioned in this article. ~RT) FERNDALE- On Monday night candidates, activists and residents spoke to the Ferndale City Council and told them that supporting the local Drug Task Force was a bad idea. Surprisingly, the Council listened and voted to withdraw funding for the narcotics task force which operates in the area. The reasoning offered by speakers at the Council meeting centered around the abuses suffered by state-registered medical marijuana patients at the hands of those raid teams across Michigan. Ferndale is a success story

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Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016
Next Stop For the CBD Oil Industry: Dog Treats

Written By Joel Goldstein Cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, is one of the most common cannabinoids found in marijuana, along with THC. This oil is extracted from industrial hemp instead of recreational marijuana and sold in states across the country where it has already been legalized. Although it is still not legally permitted in every state, it has risen in popularity over the last few years because of its medicinal uses. Consumers use CBD oil to alleviate general aches and pains, headaches, anxiety and other common ailments. It can currently be found in many forms including capsules, topical creams and

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Jul 152016
 July 15, 2016
No Decision On Rescheduling Marijuana Prompts Congressional Action

by Rick Thompson The DEA’s evaluation of marijuana and its place in the Schedule of Controlled Substances Act generated media coverage in 2016, but fizzled out when the organization’s self-proclaimed deadline came and went without a decision at all. What appeared to be a chance at moving cannabis from Schedule 1, reserved for the most dangerous drugs with no medicinal value, to a more appropriate Schedule listing vanished without a word. One group of legislators is calling on DEA leaders to make a decision. On April 4, 2016, the DEA sent a letter to members of Congress who had asked

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Jul 102016
 July 10, 2016
Outspoken NFL Player Eugene Monroe to Speak at Hash Bash 2017

by Rick Thompson ANN ARBOR- Outspoken National Football League player and advocate for the legalized use of CBD medicines in professional sports, Eugene Monroe, has agreed to speak at the 2017 Hash Bash in Ann Arbor. Monroe’s controversial stance regarding marijuana therapies for injured athletes has been mainstream media news material for several months now. It also almost certainly cost him his job as a professional football player with the Baltimore Ravens. Monroe is a Free Agent, having been released from the Ravens team after publishing his thoughts on marijuana. The announcement of Monroe’s appearance at Hash Bash came from

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Jun 302016
 June 30, 2016
NPR: Legal Marijuana In Colorado Hasn't Stopped Racial Disparity In Arrests

Marijuana is legal in Colorado — as long as you’re 21 or older. It’s still illegal for kids to possess, so juveniles are coming to dominate the marijuana arrests in Colorado. But another startling trend also has developed: Arrest rates have risen dramatically for young blacks and Latinos. Ricky Montoya isn’t surprised that’s happening. He’s standing outside Courtroom 4F in Denver’s City and County Building, where he was just ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for his third marijuana possession offense. “They probably look at us more different,” he says of police. “I don’t think they think that white people

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