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.

Jun 272016
 June 27, 2016
'Harry Potter'-Quoting Bad Judge Gets Good Ruling For MILegalize

A Court of Appeals Judge with a checkered past is about to lose his job because he’s too old. Instead of retiring with grace he has sued the State to let him claim to be something he is not to get a job he does not have- and in his lawsuit he’s helped the marijuana users he so vehemently fought against. Judge Peter O’Connell authored a Michigan Court of Appeals Concurring Opinion in 2010 which compared being a patient enrolled in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act to being a wizard competing in the treacherous and often lethal contest known as

Jun 262016
 June 26, 2016
Details Of New Drugged Driving Law Not Pretty, Not Science

A pilot program allowing the Michigan State Police and special Drug Recognition Experts to administer a roadside test to detect the presence of THC in a person’s saliva was approved in Michigan. Although the bill creating this program was passed by both House and Senate, it had to overcome stiff resistance to do so. A previous effort to curtail legislation like this was defeated in the House during the 2013-2014 legislative session due to pressure from activists (including this author), attorneys and lawmakers. Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) was a member of the Committees that heard the bills in the

Jun 232016
 June 23, 2016
Attorney Files Federal Class Action Lawsuit Against MSP, Oakland County Labs

Komorn Law has filed a class-action suit in federal court against the Directors of the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division and Oakland County’s Forensic Services Laboratory over 4th Amendment and due process violations in the way marijuana evidence is being officially reported to Courts by those labs. Also named in the suit: Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, head of the State Police. The suit names as Plaintiffs four individuals who have had these questionable lab results on seized evidence used against them in a court of law, and include Max Lorincz, Earl Carruthers, Jason

Jun 222016
 June 22, 2016
Update On HB 4209, 4210: Zombie Legislation Takes A Summer Break

For close to five years now the medical marijuana community has waited for the Michigan legislature to produce a set of rules governing legitimate distribution centers for medicinal cannabis. In 2013 the Court of Appeals created a need for more legislation, this time to restore the protected status of patients using or creating concentrated forms of cannabis-based medicines. A group of highly controversial bills that propose to fix these issues are pending in the Michigan legislature. Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) was a guest on the Planet Green Trees Radio Show and provided an update on the various bills pending

Jun 192016
 June 19, 2016
MILegalize Files Lawsuit To Challenge Marijuana Legalization Petition Denial

The ballot question committee MILegalize filed a lawsuit this week challenging a decision by the Board of State Canvassers (BOSC) to reject 354,000 signatures on the grounds that some of the signatures were “stale,” meaning older than 180 days. The cited defendants include Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, the Board of State Canvassers and the Director of the Bureau of Elections, Christopher Thomas. The filing in the Court of Claims also asks the judge to strike down Public Act 142 of 2016, also known as Senate Bill 776, which was signed into law on May 25 by Governor Rick Snyder. The

Jun 182016
 June 18, 2016
Townsend Seeks House Representative Position

Dr. Robert Townsend has decided to run to represent the residents of the 97th House district as a Democrat. Incumbent Joel Johnson, R-Clare, is term limited and can’t seek reelection for the district that covers Arenac, Gladwin, Clare counties along with the eastern portion of Osceola County. “I am not a politician. I am a working physician. I have real life experiences building a small business,” Townsend said. “I’ve worked with public defenders and heard their frustrations about the lack of funding for trials; I’ve worked with pain patients and insurance companies.” Townsend grew up in Gobles, a small town

Jun 152016
 June 15, 2016
High Times Hangover And The 'Easy Money'

It seems like every year I get into the same place: right after the celebration I pen an opinion piece about the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. Lots to talk about this year! Let’s get into the details and the “easy money.” First, no rain! Second, No Break from the Sun! Boy, be careful what you wish for, huh? After two years of unfortunate weather hounding the Clio Cup on Sunday, this year’s weekend event went off with a cooperative weather cycle. Although the temperature reached 96 degrees on Saturday, winds of up to 25 mph kept the heat from

Jun 122016
 June 12, 2016
Melissa Etheridge Consumes Marijuana During A Performance For The First Time

At the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Clio, Michigan, rock superstar Melissa Etheridge did something she has never done before- and it was all caught on camera! “This is my first time ever, smoking while performing,” Etheridge stated, then did just that. Etheridge, a well-known medical marijuana advocate, produced an individual joint case sometimes called a ‘doobe tube,’ complained about opening it (as we all do,) touted the benefits of a good sativa strain, then lit up and blew smoke into the air. The Cannabis Cup is in Michigan, which has a medical marijuana law and also has a

Jun 112016
 June 11, 2016
Guide To Surviving The Michigan High Times Medical Cannabis Cup

Coming out to the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup on Saturday or Sunday, June 11 and 12? Here’s a guide on what to do- and what to avoid. 1. BE A PATIENT- AND BE PATIENT If you are not already registered with the State of Michigan, there will be a physician on-site to do certifications. Bring all relevant medical records with you. Be prepared to present your proofs and identification. If you get there and you did not bring what you need, it is only your fault- don’t whine like a baby. Lines can get long, especially when checking in.

Jun 082016
 June 8, 2016
Michigan State Review Of LEIN System Finds Need For More Controls

Michigan’s Office of the Auditor General completed a performance audit of the LEIN administration in April of 2016; of the three target objectives, two were scored “Moderately effective” and the third was merely “Satisfactory, with exceptions”. The LEIN system, or Law Enforcement Information Network, includes in-car computers linked to a police database of criminal activity. Created in 1967, the LEIN program is currently administered by the Michigan State Police (MSP) and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). Questions surround the control of access to the data, the timeliness of self-reporting tasks involving law enforcement, and individual agency compliance with