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.

Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Medical Marijuana TV Episode Debuts Today

The much-anticipated airing of a popular television medical program’s marijuana-themed episode will take place this week. The “Medical Marijuana” episode of the ‘Ask Dr. Nandi’ television show will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 16 on select cable television stations. See the accompanying guide to locate the channel for your provider. The television show is recorded at studios in Oakland County. Most of the guests featured on the program are Michigan parents, patients and professionals. Featured on the program were six segments. First up: Aaron Justis and a video of his Buds n Roses medical marijuana dispensary in California. Next are

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Dec 162014
 December 16, 2014
Michigan In The Top Five Medical Marijuana States

A new graphic from the Marijuana Business Daily illustrates the nation’s top five medical marijuana states, as measured by public participation. Created by Jennifer Mann, the graph compares states based on the number of people enrolled per one thousand residents of the state. Colorado leads all states in terms of public participation with 22.3 patients per 1,000 residents. California, the nation’s oldest medical marijuana program, ranks second with  19.30, followed by Oregon (17.9) and Washington State (16.5). Michigan ranked fifth with 12.3 medical marijuana patients per 1,000 residents. The US has 23 states with medical marijuana programs, not all of

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Hemp Bills Pass Michigan Senate Committee

 Posted by at 6:24 AM on December 5, 2014  Hemp
Dec 052014
 December 5, 2014
Hemp Bills Pass Michigan Senate Committee

In the last few days of the 2014 legislative session, hemp was on the minds of some Michigan lawmakers. The Senate Agriculture Committee today passed a pair of bills designed to empower hemp production in the Great Lakes State. Steven Sharpe, a Board member with the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and a longtime hemp advocate, testified at the committee hearing and reported the results. Hemp is genetically distinct from, but taxonomically identical to, marijuana. It is a non-intoxicating industrial plant that yields food, fuel and fiber when harvested. A pair of hemp legalization

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Dec 042014
 December 4, 2014
City Vs. County: Marijuana Wars, Or Forsyth's Folly

Prosecutors are people, too, but when the concept of not-in-my-back-yard is taken to the extreme these elected officials can overstep their bounds. Grand Rapids is in Kent County, Michigan, and the city residents voted in 2012 to decriminalize marijuana possession and use. Although city officials were not in favor of allowing the petition drive, once the people had spoken the city responded. Grand Rapids adopted the policy of citing citizens who carry up to two and one-half ounces with a civil infraction ticket. That amount mirrors the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act’s possession limit for patients. Citypolice were instructed to follow the

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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. The investigation began when a package containing the butter was

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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 the NFL. From The Washington Post: Federal drug agents conducted surprise

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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 Grand Rapids face off against the lawyers representing Kent County.

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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 form a MiNORML legal committee to speak on issues of

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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 election results on social media- and on a big wall-

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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 TCC Voter’s Guide This was originally published in the Michigan

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