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 252015
 February 25, 2015
Marijuana At The Polls In Michigan

Voters in the tiny city of Montrose, Michigan go to the polls today with only one issue on their ballot: to eliminate criminal penalties for adult use, possession and transportation of marijuana. The issue was placed on the ballot via a petition drive completed in 2014. Petitions and paperwork were not processed in a timely manner, forcing the issue off the November ballot and bumping it to the next election. Across Michigan, approximately 60 communities are voting today on various issues. Genesee County Clerk John Gleason announced in December that Montrose’s marijuana proposal would be on the February ballot. Montrose

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Feb 202015
 February 20, 2015
Marijuana Bills Filed In Michigan House And Senate

Lawmakers have not been in session more than two months but already a slate of marijuana-related bills are filed for the 2015-16 Michigan legislature. Each of the seven bills are familiar to veteran Senators and Representatives, as they have been introduced in one form or another during the previous session. The Provisioning Centers Act, formerly known as HB 4271, has been assigned the new bill number HB 4209. It would establish a set of legal protections and outline guidelines for medical marijuana distribution centers, based on a model of capturing excess marijuana produced by the state’s 140,000-member medical marijuana program.

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Feb 122015
 February 12, 2015
Michigan Legislators And Canadian Marijuana: A Love Story

When it comes to lobbyists hawking Canadian companies and their interests in Michigan’s potential pot market, Rep. Michael Callton’s not mincing words. “There are a couple of Canadian companies that are (medical marijuana) providers for the country of Canada with very large central grows that have got their eye on us over here. They’ve talked to legislators. They’ve talked to me,” he said during the February 5th broadcast of the Planet Green Trees Radio Show, featuring hosts Michael Komorn, Rick Thompson and Jamie Lowell. At issue is the nature of the supply base in Michigan’s medical marijuana marketplace. Currently any legal

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Feb 112015
 February 11, 2015
Marijuana Bills Back In Michigan Legislature

Last year’s legislative session ended without passage of a pair of medical marijuana bills supported by patients and caregivers statewide. The two bills will be re-introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives during a press conference at the Capitol Building in Lansing on Thursday. Representative Michael Callton (R-Nashville) announced the press conference during a broadcast of the Planet Green Trees Radio Show on February 5th. “I am putting in the Provisioning Centers Bill on Thursday (February 12). And I’m going to have a press conference. Who is going to handle the medibles bill is going to be Lisa Lyons-Posthumus, which is really

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Jan 312015
 January 31, 2015
Cops Testify That Marijuana Is "Excellent" Medicine

Law enforcement officers say the marijuana butter they used gave “excellent” results and cannabis “gave me my life back” during testimony in a twisted case that has already driven one officer to take his own life. As chronicled in a series of articles published by the MLive Media Group, three corrections officers including Mike Frederick and Todd VanDoorne secured their medical marijuana physician’s certification from a pain management doctor. In 2011 or 2012 the officers began using butter infused with marijuana, which they purchased from licensed caregiver Timothy Scherzer, to alleviate pain. In July of 2013 the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that concentrated forms of marijuana, such as

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Jan 222015
 January 22, 2015
Lobby Day A Success For Michigan NORML

Thirty activists gathered at Think Live Music in Lansing to celebrate the Michigan NORML Lobby Lansing Day event on Tuesday, January 20. More than half actually traveled to the Capitol Building and visited their legislators, bring with them concern and encouragement- and bright green informational sheets. The activists came from around the state. Portage. Flint. Cheboygan. Port Huron. Detroit. Dewitt. Although allied under the banner of Michigan NORML, each had their own reasons for supporting the lobbying effort. Many are raid victims, and some have serious medical conditions like Lupus. At least three waves of activists visited offices in the Anderson, Farnum

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Jan 042015
 January 4, 2015
Can Police Use A 'Borrowed' Medical Marijuana Card?

Pretending to be a medical marijuana patient just got a lot easier for undercover narcotics officers in Michigan. A case from Port Huron features a unique twist; police just “borrowed” a medical marijuana card from a friend and made a marijuana purchase. Or did the St. Clair County Sheriff’s undercover officer take the card out of the evidence file from another case? A hearing on Monday will reveal the details- and if the ill-gotten card will be allowed to remain a part of the case against Don and Diane Ferguson. WHY USE A FAKE CARD ANYWAY? Police pretend to be

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Jan 022015
 January 2, 2015
Expenses Explode At Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

For a state department that does nothing but print and issue marijuana registry cards, you’d think the expenses would go down when fewer cards are issued. Not so at Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department (LARA), the agency responsible for administering the state Medical Marihuana Program (MMP) patient database. Despite issuing 26,000 fewer registry identification cards, LARA reported an increase in expenses of $1.8 million- more than a 44% jump from last year’s $4 million price tag. In Fiscal Year 2013 the state printed 145,000 cards for the program and spent $4 million in expenses. In FY 2014 LARA issued

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Dec 292014
 December 29, 2014
Court Support Inspires Lenity For Medical Marijuana Patient

In a follow-up to a story previously published on The Compassion Chronicles: Community action helps Michigan’s Tamara Hudson  avoid jail time in a criminal case relating to four felonies, the sale of cannabis and the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMA). More than a dozen court supporters and 60 letters of support may have swayed the Macomb County judge to act with kindness when sentencing Tamara Hudson on distribution of marijuana charges December 22. Her hearing was held in Warren. See the previous article from The Compassion Chronicles HERE. The penalty Ms. Hudson received after being convicted for four felonies related

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Dec 272014
 December 27, 2014
Michigan's New Medical Marijuana Rules Are A Mystery

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has announced a start date of January 15 for new Medical Marihuana Program (MMP) administrative rules and registration forms, but has not yet posted the new forms to their website. Review the new rule changes here:  ORR’s medical marijuana rule changes June 2014. The announcement of the January 15 date for the new program’s rollout came via the LARA website. Although the statement is undated, the file name includes the date 12-17-2014 and the text carries the phrase, “applicants who apply for registry cards on or after January 15, 2015 must use the

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