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.

Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
Michigan House Offers Overview Presentation On Medical Marijuana Law

A meeting on Tuesday in the Michigan House could provide clarity on the direction the legislature plans to take with pending medical marijuana legislation. The House Judiciary will conduct what their official meeting notice calls “AN OVERVIEW PRESENTATION ON THE MEDICAL MARIHUANA ACT” during their regular session at noon on Tuesday, April 21. Rep. Klint Kesto, a Republican from Oakland County, chairs the House Judiciary Committee. His office confirmed the presentation will be conducted by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. The meeting is scheduled for a single hour, per the House Clerk’s office Also up for consideration during that

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Apr 182015
 April 18, 2015
Younger, Stronger, Longer: The New Hash Bash

A proud man stood before a crowd of thousands with his six-year old boy and said these words: “We’re here today because cannabis oil has made my son Ryan’s life better.” A pretty young woman stood with her mother before the same crowd of supporters and told them: “I’m 18 years old. I’m here today because cannabis oil saved my life.” Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the new Hash Bash: younger, stronger and longer than before. YOUNGER The man is Jim Powers and his son Ryan has a terrible disease. The young woman, Alysa Erwin, detailed her

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Apr 152015
 April 15, 2015
Proposed Language Released For Michigan Marijuana Legalization Effort

The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee (MCCLRIC) today released language that may be used in a petition drive to put the legalization of the adult use of marijuana in Michigan on the ballot in 2016. “Although three groups have announced an intention to offer legalization programs, we are the only one to offer our language to the public and disclose our backers and full Board of Directors,” said Committee chairman Jeffrey Hank, an attorney from Lansing. “This Act protects the patients, and is pro-farmer, shopkeeper and scientist. That should make people recognize the superiority of our proposal over

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Apr 072015
 April 7, 2015
Tommy Chong Gives Mayor 'Key To The World' - A Marijuana Joint

During an April 3 appearance in Hazel Park, Michigan, actor/comedian Tommy Chong was handed a key to the city by the mayor, and he returned the favor by offering her the “key to the world”- a marijuana joint. Chong was in the state for an appearance at the Hash Bash and Monroe Street Fair celebrations on April 5. Mayor Janice Pairsi handed Chong the key to the city in a ceremony held outside a popular local retail store, surrounded by media and fans. He took the key, pulled a joint from his pocket and said, “Now I’m going to give

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Mar 272015
 March 27, 2015
Tommy Chong To Headline Michigan Hash Bash

Tommy Chong, half of the famous marijuana-themed comedy duo Cheech and Chong, has been announced as the headline speaker at this year’s Hash Bash celebration April 4 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hash Bash is the largest protest advocating marijuana law reform in Michigan. The Bash, and its companion celebration, the Monroe Street Fair, drew an estimated 8,000 people last year. “We are so proud to have Tommy Chong attending the Hash Bash and Monroe Street Fairs this year,” said longtime Fair coordinator Charlie Strachbein, who is a principal in the BDT Smokeshop chain, the primary sponsor of Chong’s appearance in

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Mar 062015
 March 6, 2015
Debate Heats Up Over Michigan Marijuana Legalization Proposals

Advocates are beginning to explore and weigh the merits of several proposed plans to legalize marijuana in Michigan via petition drive and ballot initiative. Like many political discussions, the debate sometimes gets heated- as it did on the Planet Green Trees Radio Show on Thursday, February 19. Planet Green Trees has broadcast a weekly marijuana law-themed radio show for more than four years. Host Michael Komorn and co-hosts Rick Thompson, Jamie Lowell and Chad Carr regularly interview national guests and Michigan newsmakers, including NORML’s Keith Stroup and Dan Skye from High Times. One frequent guest caller on the show is

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Mar 032015
 March 3, 2015
America's First Marijuana Vote Of 2015 Burns Out

Montrose, Michigan, with a population of 1,615 (2013 census) voted in February to reject legalized marijuana by a margin of 88 yes to 120 no. The small community in northern Genesee County is just a few miles away from the site of the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup. The Auto City Speedway is located in neighboring Clio, Michigan. The tally was a huge surprise to supporters and organizers of the petition drive. “If this vote had taken place in November, as it was supposed to, we would have won,” said Cary Justice, organizer of the Safer Montrose campaign. “We gave

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Feb 252015
 February 25, 2015
Marijuana At The Polls In Michigan

Voters in the tiny city of Montrose, Michigan go to the polls today with only one issue on their ballot: to eliminate criminal penalties for adult use, possession and transportation of marijuana. The issue was placed on the ballot via a petition drive completed in 2014. Petitions and paperwork were not processed in a timely manner, forcing the issue off the November ballot and bumping it to the next election. Across Michigan, approximately 60 communities are voting today on various issues. Genesee County Clerk John Gleason announced in December that Montrose’s marijuana proposal would be on the February ballot. Montrose

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Feb 202015
 February 20, 2015
Marijuana Bills Filed In Michigan House And Senate

Lawmakers have not been in session more than two months but already a slate of marijuana-related bills are filed for the 2015-16 Michigan legislature. Each of the seven bills are familiar to veteran Senators and Representatives, as they have been introduced in one form or another during the previous session. The Provisioning Centers Act, formerly known as HB 4271, has been assigned the new bill number HB 4209. It would establish a set of legal protections and outline guidelines for medical marijuana distribution centers, based on a model of capturing excess marijuana produced by the state’s 140,000-member medical marijuana program.

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Feb 122015
 February 12, 2015
Michigan Legislators And Canadian Marijuana: A Love Story

When it comes to lobbyists hawking Canadian companies and their interests in Michigan’s potential pot market, Rep. Michael Callton’s not mincing words. “There are a couple of Canadian companies that are (medical marijuana) providers for the country of Canada with very large central grows that have got their eye on us over here. They’ve talked to legislators. They’ve talked to me,” he said during the February 5th broadcast of the Planet Green Trees Radio Show, featuring hosts Michael Komorn, Rick Thompson and Jamie Lowell. At issue is the nature of the supply base in Michigan’s medical marijuana marketplace. Currently any legal

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