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 162014
 August 16, 2014
America Will See 17 Votes For Marijuana Legalization In 2014

America will see 17 votes for marijuana legalization during the 2014 general election in November: the states of Oregon and Alaska, the District of Columbia, and 14 individual cities in Michigan. August 12 was the deadline date for those Michigan cities to confirm the ballot proposal language for the November ballot. All 14 cities agreed to put the issue before the voters, but one city- Montrose- will refrain from forwarding their ballot proposal to the County Clerk until after a meeting of the Council on Thursday evening, August 14. Although [...]

Aug 122014
 August 12, 2014
Michigan Marijuana Community Fights For Their Rights

The days when police and government agencies could take advantage of medical marijuana patients or advocates for adult use of cannabis without fear of retribution are almost over. The Great Lakes State is full of stories featuring an organized community or empowered individuals who understand the law and insist on it’s fair application. From Lake to Lake to Lake, Michigan sees advances in marijuana liberation almost every day. Not all of these stories will have a happy ending but each time we stand up, prohibition takes a seat. Point by point, [...]

Jul 142014
 July 14, 2014
LARA Proposes Broad Changes To Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

Although you won’t find it announced in any press release or on the government’s website, big changes are being proposed for Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Program (MMP) by the government agency charged with overseeing the state’s 150,000 registered participants. Changes to the language of the medical marijuana Act must be approved through the legislature- and those proposals require a supermajority vote in both the House and Senate. That’s a tough path to travel, so the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) proposes to manipulate the Administrative Rules instead. LARA submitted [...]

Jul 102014
 July 10, 2014
National Marijuana Report Card - Michigan Gets C-

The state of affairs in Michigan’s medical marijuana program earned a C minus grade on a national report card issued by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) yesterday. The State Report Card was issued as part of a White Paper titled, “Medical Marijuana Access In The U.S.,”released on July 7. The Paper evaluates the 34 states that have medical marijuana programs- yes, it’s 34, plus D.C.- by ranking them in four categories, adding the scores and publishing the grades. Jamie Lowell, Chairman of the Michigan chapter of ASA, applauded the White Paper. [...]

Jul 062014
 July 6, 2014
Detroit, Respect Drug Law Reform, Says Former Drug Taskforce Leader

Thirty four year police veteran Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), who oversaw nine drug taskforces and is now executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs, is in town this week to discuss seemingly illegal actions by the Detroit police and the increasing militarization of police forces across the country as a result of the war on drugs. Franklin has been meeting with civic groups and working with drug war victims to investigate allegations of serious ethics violations regarding the Detroit narcotics division. “After [...]

Jul 052014
 July 5, 2014
Detroit Event Offers Fun For Medical Marijuana Supporters

Sander’s Confections. Kresge Department Stores. These are the names of Michigan’s pioneer retail outlets, and Michiganders can relive those early times by visiting the Detroit Historical Museum’s “Streets of Old Detroit” exhibit during a fundraiser for the National Patients Rights Association. The event is called a Summer Gala and is being hosted by the Detroit Medical Cannabis Guild. Members of the Guild and the Association are inviting the patients, caregivers and supporters that form the backbone of their organizations to the Summer Gala to show support for the NPRA’s lobbying efforts in Lansing [...]

Jun 262014
 June 26, 2014
High Times: Lifetime Achievement Award For Chuck Ream

Chuck Ream will be presented with the Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award at this years’s High Times Cannabis Cup event, being held in Clio on July 26 and 27. Ream is the longtime cannabis activist from Ann Arbor that spearheaded the move to legalize medical marijuana in that city in 2004, but that is just a single jewel the a crown of achievement that Ream has earned. In the announcement notice, High Times said, “Chuck is a tireless advocate for cannabis, exhibiting more energy and enthusiasm for the cause than [...]

Jun 212014
 June 21, 2014
 Why Small Towns Love Marijuana Law Reform

Eric Herbers knows about pain, and disability, and living with both. The 39 year-old suffers from muscular dystrophy and is a parapalegic, confined to an electric wheelchair. He’s also a father, an entrepreneur and the leader of a petition drive in Clare to legalize the only medicine that makes him smile- marijuana. Herbers owns and operates Hilltop Novelties, a small shop that sells shirts, smoking accessories and pipes in nearby Harrison, Michigan, a tiny town of 2,114 people. The signatures collected on the petitions will secure a spot on the [...]

Jun 152014
 June 15, 2014
More Michigan Cities Seek New Marijuana Laws In 2014

First there were ten, then twelve. Now a total of fourteen cities in Michigan have finished or are actively seeking signatures on petitions to reform marijuana laws during local elections in 2014- and more cities are still being added. Signature drives have kicked off in Montrose, Saginaw, Utica, Harrison, Clare, Onaway, Mount Pleasant, East Lansing, Lapeer, Portage, Berkley and Port Huron, according to Charles Ream of the Safermichigan Coalition. The Coalition is coordinating these 2014 petition efforts and has successfully steered thirteen past drives to victory. All the proposed 2014 [...]

Jun 062014
 June 6, 2014
Marijuana Trade Association Comes To Michigan

They came from Nevada, and Colorado, and Arizona, and they brought a clear message: you are not alone. The National Cannabis Industry Association held their first Michigan meeting on June 4 at the Om of Medicine in Ann Arbor. The Association’s purpose is to lobby Washington, D.C. to guide the adoption of pro-marijuana federal policies and encourage business-friendly legislation in states where medicinal or legal cannabis is available. Their message was welcomed by a collection of businesspersons as diverse as the industry itself. Attorneys from several cities, infused product makers, media members, [...]