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 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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Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015
Medical Marijuana Decisions Handed Down From Michigan Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court dropped two decisions recently that impact the medical marijuana community. Both Richard Lee HARTWICK and Robert TUTTLE were medical marijuana patients registered with the state of Michigan. Tuttle stood accused of selling marijuana to a patient with whom he was not connected through the state process. Hartwick was registered as a patient and was properly connected to five other individuals through the Michigan state database. He was in possession of 3.9 ounces of marijuana; he was certified to have 12.5 ounces on his person. Although those details seem very easy to understand, the Courts became embroiled in

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Protests Removal Of Judge Over Text About Marijuana

The Ann Arbor News recently published text messages between Washtenaw County Judge Christopher Easthope and attorney Nadir Nassif indicating that the two of them smoked pot together had inappropriate conversations about ongoing cases. A Detroit News columnist called for Easthope to be removed from the bench, sparking a sharp rebuke from Michigan’s top judge, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Justice Robert Young, Jr. Easthope originally tendered his resignation, effective December 31, 2015, due to unspecified family reasons. The Ann Arbor News released the text messages between judge and lawyer, prompting Easthope to change his tune, admitting that the comments

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Jul 252015
 July 25, 2015
State Bar Of Michigan Adds Marijuana Law Section; Second In Nation

For only the second time in U.S. history, a state Bar Association has added a Marijuana Law Section to their recognized platform of specialties. Michigan joins Colorado as the only two states with this program, thanks to the efforts of Lapeer criminal defense attorney Bernard Jocuns. Jocuns (pronounced JOCK-uhns) was notified by Candace Crowley of the State Bar on July 24 that the Marijuana Law Section was approved by the Bar’s Board of Commissioners. “This was a very thorough process,” Jocuns said, and praised the Association for being bold enough to give the green light to the proposal. “For the

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Jul 242015
 July 24, 2015
Campaign Finance Report Shows Michigan Cannabis Coalition Is Almost Out Of Money

It’s Opposite Day in Michigan; the grassroots campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan has good resources, and the campaign originated by wealthy businesspersons has a bank account that’s nearly empty. Michigan’s state government has authorized two different groups proposing to legalize the adult use, possession and distribution of marijuana to circulate petitions, with the goal of having their proposal appear on the November 2016 General Election ballot.  A campaign finance report disclosure covering a 78 day period reveals the Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) had only $1,035.74 in their bank account as of July 8, 2015. During that same time period

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Jul 212015
 July 21, 2015
Who Really Controls LARA And Medical Marijuana In Michigan?

Activists are screaming mad at the conduct of officials representing Governor Rick Snyder’s administration during a hearing today to determine if autism should be added to the list of illness that qualify a patient to use medical marijuana in Michigan. The petition, submitted in 2014, contains a summary of 75 peer-reviewed articles on autism and 800 pages of reference material.  ”When the panel sat down today, what they had was pieces of the document,” said Southfield attorney Michael Komorn. Pieces apparently selected by the Attorney General’s office, according to statements made on the record by Board officials. What was missing? “The Summary, with

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Jul 202015
 July 20, 2015
Will Michigan's Autistic Get Safe Access To Medical Marijuana?

Today, Michigan will learn if autism will be added to the list of illnesses that would qualify a person to receive a physician’s recommendation for the use of medical marijuana. Two strong advocates for adding autism to that list have been Southfield attorney Michael Komorn and physician Dr. Harry Chugani, chief of pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. On episode #255 of the Planet Green Trees Radio Show, broadcast on July 2, host Komorn detailed the push for medical marijuana and mental illness. Episode #257 from July 16 was devoted to the issue. “On July 20th there

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