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 292015
 August 29, 2015
Medical Marijuana for Autism Is Denied In Michigan

These tired eyes, which were filled with hope four short weeks ago, are now closing in disgust. The state of Michigan has denied allowing doctors to recommend marijuana for the treatment of autism. On July 31, a panel of mostly doctors voted to add autism to the list of conditions qualifying one to use medical marijuana in Michigan. They weighed the evidence compiled by the petitioner Lisa Smith’s team and evaluated the character of the testimony they heard from parents of sick children and medical professionals. They read peer-reviewed studies. National tests. Pages and pages of clinical notes from doctors

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
Marijuana Farmers VS Hemp Farmers Over Pollen

Complaints from legal marijuana farms have halted the issuance of hemp farming licenses in Oregon- for now. Both types of farms are authorized under Oregon law. Marijuana, used for medicine and recreation, and hemp, used for industrial and commercial purposes, are plants in the same family. That means they can cross-breed. The Oregonian reports that marijuana farmers are concerned that the hemp plants will spread their pollen over wide swaths of countryside and accidentally pollinate their marijuana plants. Cannabis plants are genetically selected to produce robust flowers typically grown in the absence of male plants. No males, no seeds. Marijuana

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Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
The Unintended Consequence Of The High Times Cannabis Cup

The High Times Cannabis Cup wrapped up this weekend in Clio, just north of Flint, and thousands of people attended- some even stuck it out when Michigan showed her August fury and dumped rain on the event for most of Sunday. But what is left when the crowds are gone and the muddy fields have dried up? What is rarely reported on is the event’s unintended consequence to the community, the fallout after the High Times cannaexplosion. What happens next? Well, signs get painted. Buildings get improved. Gas station owners on Saginaw Street can perk up their properties from the

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Aug 152015
 August 15, 2015
Michigan House Unveils Brand-New Medical Marijuana Provisioning Centers Act

A yer and a half ago the Michigan House of Representatives passed the Provisioning Centers Act and the associated Smoking Alternatives Bills by near-unanimous consent. They were not voted on before the 2013-14 session expired and were reintroduced this year. On Tuesday a new version of those bills will be presented to the House Judiciary Committee that look almost nothing like the proposals that had the support of the medical marijuana community. Although there exists no public copies of the newest drafts of HB 4209 and HB 4210, some things are known. These bills will not allow caregivers to sell

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Aug 122015
 August 12, 2015
Pre-Cannabis Cup Parties In Michigan Benefit Charities

For a second year in a row, the High Times people will be bringing their Cannabis Cup to the Flint area for a two-day expo on August 22-23. The buzz surrounding the marijuana community’s biggest party has inspired events as far away as Detroit- including two gatherings that put compassion into the Cup hysteria by donating a piece of the proceeds to charities. The Cup is a two-day expo featuring vendors, speakers, entertainment and activists supporting cannabis culture and Michigan’s marijuana users. The 2014 event was a huge success; organizers are convinced this year’s event will be even bigger and

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Aug 052015
 August 5, 2015
Court Date Set For Michigan Cop Who Would Not Return Marijuana

County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson was ordered to stay away from the Fricke marijuana case; Lt. Detective Gary Parks of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department was ordered to return evidence to Ms. Fricke. Both men ignored the court orders and now they have to answer for it. The law firm of Komorn Law secured a recusal of the prosecutor’s office in the Fricke marijuana possession case. Turkelson was not supposed to be involved at any level in the Fricke case; the Attorney General’s office appointed a special prosecutor from another county to come in and oversee the proceedings. When Fricke and

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Aug 042015
 August 4, 2015
Michigan's Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Saving Lives, But Could Save More

A new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research reveals states with active medical marijuana dispensary systems are cutting 7% of illegal opioid deaths annually- but states with legalized dispensaries cut that rate by 20%. The working paper titled, ‘DO MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS REDUCE ADDICTIONS AND DEATHS RELATED TO PAIN KILLERS?’ was written by David Powell, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Mireille Jacobson. It was published on the NBER website in July of 2015. Powell and Pacula work for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California; Jacobson works at the University of California – Irvine. All three are credited as being

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Aug 012015
 August 1, 2015
Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel Approves Autism

These tired eyes saw a marvelous thing today. They saw hope restored. Fathers high-fived with their children. Old men shed tears. Strangers embraced as if friends. Autism was recommended to be included in the list of illnesses covered under the protections of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Although there still remains one hurdle to be cleared, this vote was the most crucial moment in the process of adding this illness to the list of conditions covered by the Act. Forty people erupted in applause and cheers when the announcement was made. I saw children, who could not possibly appreciate the

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Jul 302015
 July 30, 2015
Big Vote On Autism And Medical Marijuana Tomorrow In Michigan

Multi-talented Michigan attorney Michael Komorn is calling on families of children with autism to attend a crucial vote of the Medical Marihuana Review Panel on July 31st. The Panel is considering whether to recommend approval of a petition to add autism to the list of medical conditions that can qualify a patient for the use of medical marijuana in Michigan. Under Michigan’s rigorous standards, a child must obtain two certifications from physicians that the patient may receive palliative care from the application of marijuana medicines. Komorn is putting his money where his mouth is. For families that have autism and

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Jul 302015
 July 30, 2015
MILegalize Hits Fundraising Milestone, Adds To Board Of Directors

In the state capital, things are looking good for marijuana legalization based on a new report from the MILegalize campaign. “We’ve achieved our greatest goal to date: raising $100,000 in 30 days to accept a matching donation,” MILegalize Chair Jeff Hank announced from the campaign’s Lansing office. MILegalize is the common name for the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee. The donation pledge was made by a donor, who does not wish to be credited, during the marijuana legalization campaign’s June 26 fundraiser at the Polo Fields Country Club in Ann Arbor. The pledge period began the next day, June

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