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 302016
 April 30, 2016
Runnin' Republican Shuts Down State Canvassers Meeting By Fleeing

Why did a member of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers bolt from the room and halt the discussions regarding a policy change being advocated for by a marijuana legalization organization? Was it a floral emergency? Norm Shinkle has faced his share of tough votes on the Board, including delivering decisions on petitions that would expand the number of casinos in Michigan, require a vote of the people before raising taxes, decide the fate of an international bridge and Michigan’s broken Emergency Manager program. On April 25, the four-member Board was convened to roll out a proposal created by Board

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Apr 272016
 April 27, 2016
Self-Funded Michigan Legalization Campaign Adds $150K

In what must seem like the loneliest political campaign in history, the Republican duo of Marsden and Darnoi have dumped another $150,000 into the long-dormant Michigan Cannabis Coalition petition drive. A campaign finance statement filed by the MCC for April 2016 reveals the twosome, once again, are the only people spending money in  support of their push to bring a big government legalization of marijuana program to the voters in November. RevSix, the Pontiac company jointly owned by the two Oakland County Repubs, was the sole direct contributor to the MCC for a three-month period and that contribution came on

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Apr 252016
 April 25, 2016
Does FANG Have The Authority To Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

A trio of medical marijuana distribution centers in Genesee County have recently been raided- some places, more than once- by the Flint Area Narcotics Group, or FANG, but did the multi-jurisdictional task force have the authority to perform the raids? That’s the question raised by Komorn Law in defense of their client, the owners of Clio Caregiver Connection. Their day in court is April 25, at 3pm before the Hon. Judge Archie Hayman in 7th Circuit Court, Flint. As one of the three raided facilities, the C3 is being sued as a nuisance by FANG via the Genesee County Prosecutor’s

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Apr 192016
 April 19, 2016
4:20 And Beyond! A Michigan Primer

Headlining the events in Michigan for April 20th is a big fundraising celebration for MILegalize and a pub crawl-style event featuring Genesee County businesses and establishments. Beyond the traditional cannabis user’s holiday- 4:20 is a reference to marijuana consumption- events catering to the medical marijuana community are planned across the state during the next month. April 20 “Begin the day with a friendly voice, a companion unobtrusive…” So begins one of my favorite Rush songs. Begin the traditional stoner’s holiday by visiting Flint-area establishments like Clio Cultivation and The Sweet Leaf while filling up your Passport-style crawl card. The effort

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Apr 162016
 April 16, 2016
NORML National Office Endorses MILegalize Proposal

In a press release published this week, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has issued an endorsement of the MILegalize plan to legalize the adult use of marijuana in Michigan. norml.org/news/2016/04/13/norml-endorses-mi-legalize-2016 MILegalize is a petition drive to place legalized marijuana on the November 2016 General Election ballot in Michigan. The organization initiated the petition campaign in June of 2015 and has since collected over 270,000 signatures. MILegalize has attained the endorsement of numerous organizations and prominent individuals within Michigan. The press release adds NORML and its founder, attorney Keith Stroup, to the list of national endorsements

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Apr 152016
 April 15, 2016
Zombie Legislation: Are Lansing's Marijuana Bills Dead Yet?

In a really bad B-movie, sometimes the dead just keep on popping up to surprise the living- even after being stabbed, shot, burned and re-buried. Similarly, a pair of pro-marijuana bills that were (supposedly) killed by corporate greed have popped back up into relevance again, and were put down one more time on Wednesday, April 13. The MIRS news service (“Meekhof: Senate A No-Go On Medical Marijuana Regulation For Now,” April 14) reports that Michigan’s Republican Senators caucused nearly all Wednesday morning on the subject of HBs 4209, 4210 and 4827, describing the proceedings with terms like “the outlook was

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Apr 082016
 April 8, 2016
Michigan NORML Gives Awards To Irwin, Komorn, And Others

Michigan’s NORML chapter awarded some of the state’s most prominent and outspoken advocates for marijuana law reform during the organization’s Quarterly Meeting held on April 1. MINORML issues these awards annually, and some are named for activists who have passed away. Legislator of the Year Award went to Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor). Rep. Irwin has advocated on behalf on sensible policies and has authored bills on forfeiture reform and marijuana law reform. The Renee Emery Wolfe Activist Award was given to Kevin McCaffery, a Board member of the MILegalize group and a steadfast ally in legalizing cannabis. A new award, the

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Apr 062016
 April 6, 2016
Toolbox Update: DPA's 'Safety First' Teen Drug Use Brochure

In the new series ‘Toolbox Update’ I’ll be posting tools available online for activists who may be facing tough conversations with police, authorities or their family members. In 2014 the Drug Policy Alliance issued a paper titled, “Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs” The author is Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD. In the booklet (downloadable as a .pdf) Dr. Rosenbaum covers a variety of topics, including: • Is it true that marijuana is significantly more potent and dangerous today than in the past? • Is today’s marijuana really more addictive than ever before? • Does marijuana really cause people

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Snow Bash 2016 Was A Success

 Posted by at 8:48 PM on April 5, 2016  Major Cannabis Events
Apr 052016
 April 5, 2016
Snow Bash 2016 Was A Success

Thousands braved the cold and snow on April 2 to attend the twin events that make up the Hash Bash and Monroe Street Fair. Those that came got to hear Tommy Chong tell of his healing from cannabis. Darren McCarty said, “I haven’t had a drink in six months- and it’s because of marijuana.” Chong led a massive light-up at 4:20 pm at the Fair. It was a great day. The annual marijuana protest takes place in the heart of University of Michigan’s main campus in Ann Arbor, and the Fair is held just two blocks south of there. Despite

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The Annual Hash Bash Is Back!

 Posted by at 7:35 AM on March 31, 2016  Major Cannabis Events
Mar 312016
 March 31, 2016
The Annual Hash Bash Is Back!

This year’s Hash Bash features veterans, pediatric medical marijuana patients, grandparents who use cannabis- and the always-entertaining Tommy Chong. As per usual, the Hash Bash begins at high noon on the first Saturday in April; this year, that’s the 2nd. The annual event takes place on the Diag at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. In his introduction letter included in this year’s Hash Bash program, organizer Nick Zettell says, “Since 1971, like-minded individuals have gathered on this spot to protest unjust marijuana laws, congregate in celebration of cannabis culture, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the Cannabis

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