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.

Feb 122016
 February 12, 2016
Patients In Need Of Medical Marijuana Speak Out Against Rhode Island 'Sick Tax'

Rhode Islanders who use medical marijuana to help manage chronic and debilitating medical conditions spoke out against a proposal in Governor Gina Raimondo’s 2017 budget that would levy heavy taxes on medical marijuana plants grown by patients and caregivers. At a news conference held by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and the RI Patient Advocacy Coalition, patients said this “sick tax” on medical marijuana would be devastating to them and many other patients and caregivers, making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for them to access the medicine they need to manage their pain and other medical

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Feb 112016
 February 11, 2016
Michigan Senate Tries To Seal Up MILegalize Elections Loophole

An elections law update may make it easier for citizens to seek changes in law with initiatives and amendments via the petitioning process- including a marijuana legalization initiative. One Republican Senator is trying to nullify that elections law update, even before it happens. A decision by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers (BOSC) is expected any day now that would change an outdated policy and use the existing electronic voter database to modernize the petition verification process. The update would give greater flexibility to signature collection campaigns and empower citizens to put more proposals on general elections ballots each November.

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Feb 082016
 February 8, 2016
'At Your Own Risk' Warning From Detroit To Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Compassion Chronicles told you that 211 Detroit medical marijuana facilities have been put on notice by the city’s Law Department that they are subject to police action for their continued operation after March 31. The notice came in a letter addressed by attorney Melvin ‘Butch’ Hollowell of Detroit’s Corporation Counsel; we have finally obtained a copy of that letter (see attached images below). Hollowell does not mince words in the letter. “I am writing to you to give you advisory notice that this location has been identified as conducting business activities pertaining to medical marihuana in a commercial building,”

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Feb 072016
 February 7, 2016
Marijuana-Themed TV Doctor Show To Air On WXYZ

A marijuana-themed episode of Ask Dr. Nandi, a syndicated television show featuring metro Detroit area physician Dr. Partha Nandi, will be broadcast on ABC television Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5pm. The episode was taped in 2014 and has been aired previously through the show’s syndication network. The show is recorded in an Oakland County studio and features a live audience. Guests on the program were medical marijuana patient and leader of Sons and Daughters United, Josey Scoggin; Jim Powers (Michigan Parents For Compassion), his wife Erin and their young son Ryan; Southfield attorney Michael Komorn; Aaron Justice of L.A.’s Buds

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Feb 052016
 February 5, 2016
Michigan's New 'Impaired Driving Safety Commission' Introduced In H.B. 5024

A bill sponsored by Rep. Peter Lucido looks to expand government by creating another Commission, this time one which would establish a THC nanogram limit for drivers on Michigan’s roadways. Rep. Lucido’s bill will be heard in Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at noon in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill’s purpose, per the language of HB 5024, is: The commission shall research and recommend a scientifically supported threshold of THC bodily content to provide evidence for per se impaired driving in this state. The commission shall exist until it submits the final report to the governor, senate majority leader,

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Feb 032016
 February 3, 2016
Detroit Puts 211 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries On Notice

As early as this morning, medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit will be opening envelopes containing letters from the City of Detroit regarding the city’s new registration process- and a reminder that most of them will not be in operation for very much longer. The letter was referenced in a Powerpoint presentation created by three different divisions of government and delivered to City Council during a meeting Tuesday morning. The presentation, titled “Medical Marihuana Caregiver Center Application Process Status Report For Detroit City Council,” identifies 211 dispensary locations in the city and includes a map. The status report also says, “Notice

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Feb 032016
 February 3, 2016
Komorn Awarded Highest Honor For Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys

One of the state’s most active marijuana specialist lawyers has been honored by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) with their “Justice For All” Award. Southfield attorney Michael Komorn was announced as recipient of the honor this week. Of the thousands of criminal defense attorneys in the state, Komorn’s record of going after the big guy- and winning- propelled him into the top spot. The award is described by CDAM in this way: “The Justice for All award is given to recognize a particular extraordinary contribution of a group of individuals. This contribution can be in the form of

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Feb 022016
 February 2, 2016
Michigan Marijuana Program Participation Among Top In United States

Marijuana Business Daily produces a chart every week detailing an aspect of marijuana law reform in America; their latest puts Michigan among the top medical marijuana programs in the country, based on per capita participation. Michigan ranks fourth among the top five states with the greatest participation in their medical programs. The data is prepared on a per capita basis, which equalizes all states in the assessment regardless of population size. The top participating state is California, with 29.3 medical marijuana patients per 1,000 adult residents. Colorado’s program ranks second with 25.7 participants, followed by Oregon (24.6), Michigan (23.2) and

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Jan 312016
 January 31, 2016
Trump, Hill, The Bern: Register For Michigan Primaries By Feb 8

Are you feeling the Bern? Do you want to hump Trump into the White House? Or are the Clintons more your cup of tea? You can cast your vote of support for the candidate of your choice as Michigan’s primary elections will be held on March 8th.  If you’re not already registered to vote and want to support an underdog or dump on Trump, your last chance to sign up is February 8. Learn more about the presidential candidates and their positions on marijuana law reform by visiting the Marijuana Policy Project’s webpage WHERE DO THEY STAND ON MARIJUANA POLICY.

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Jan 292016
 January 29, 2016
Marijuana And Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit

This is a notice of a conference of significance in the medical cannabis field. The Research Summit will be held on March 22-23 at the Natcher Conference Center on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. After viewing the advertisement for the event I question the premise, as the cannabinoid system itself has no adverse effects; the phrasing of the event’s summary implies a bias toward finding harm, a charge that Dr. Sanjay Gupta and other have levied against the NIH and NIDA for some time. The discussions will include a Michigan contingent, as Dr. Christine Rabinak from Wayne

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