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.

Apr 172014
Roadside Saliva Testing For Marijuana Gets House Hearing In Michigan

The Michigan House of Representatives will consider making the state’s citizens subject roadside saliva testing for the presence of marijuana and other drugs in a Judiciary Committee meeting on April 17, 2014. Michigan already has laws and procedures to protect citizens from hazardous drivers, including liberal rules defining reckless operation of a motor vehicle and a visual analysis of drivers to determine if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If impairment is suspected officers already have the ability to order a blood test, to seize a motorist’s [...]

Apr 142014
Maryland To Be 21st Medical Marijuana State

Maryland is set to become the 21st state in America to authorize a medical marijuana program that distributes cannabis to patients. The new law creates a greater responsibility for physicians and less restrictions on the patients and caregivers who handle marijuana. House Bill 881 was introduced Feb. 5th and was signed into law by Governor Martin OMalley on April 14. The program officially begins on July 1. HB 881 is an expansion of a previously-passed bill, HB 1101 of 2013, that authorized medical marijuana research in hospitals. That program failed [...]

Apr 132014
Inspirational Marijuana Video "Majority"

“Majority” is an inspirational video montage created from pictures of the 2014 Hash Bash and Monroe Street Fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 5. Newspapers made estimates of 8,000 people in attendance. Hash Bash speakers included: DJ Short, Ed Rosenthal, John Sinclair, Jim Gierach from LEAP, Michigan House Representatives Michael Callton and Jeff Irwin, Betty Aldworth from SSDP, Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Sabra Briere, Jamie Lowell of 3rd Coast Compassion, Rick Thompson of The Compassion Chronicles, Lansing lobbyists Robin Schneider and Kevin McKinney, attorneys Matthew Abel and John Ter [...]

Apr 032014
12 Michigan Cities Targeted For Marijuana Ballot Proposals In 2014

A coalition of marijuana law reform advocates have announced the cities they have targeted for petition drives to put pro-marijuana initiatives on the ballot for 2014. Included: 11 cities and one county. East Lansing will follow in the footsteps of its namesake, as Lansing passed a pro-marijuana ordinance via the Coalition for a Safer Lansing in 2013 using the petition process. The same man is leading the charge in this campaign: local attorney Jeffrey Hank. A second attorney running a local initiative is Bernard Jocuns from Lapeer. The drive in [...]

Apr 022014
Marijuana Butter Makes A Bad Day For 4 Officers

Three twenty-year veteran corrections officers are at the center of a criminal case involving no sex, no violence and no drugs- only marijuana butter. The technicalities of Michigan’s medical marijuana laws will be tested in a case that should bring into focus how those laws have been shaped by unusually restrictive court decisions. A husband and wife caregiver team, the Scherzers, supply their patients with cannabutter- butter that’s been infused with marijuana and strained before cooling. Between the two caregivers they have three patients that are corrections officers with the [...]

Mar 282014
Two Bills Legalizing Industrial Hemp Introduced In Michigan House

LANSING- Two Republican House Representatives have introduced bills to allow research on industrial hemp in Michigan. One problem: they’ll have to redefine marijuana to get the proposed program to pass. HB 5439 and HB 5440, were just assigned bill numbers and are not on the Michigan government’s website yet. One bill will enact a new definition of marijuana that separates non-intoxicating industrial hemp from standard strains of medicinal marijuana; the other will adjust the agriculture laws to remove prohibitions on research and cultivation of the multi-purpose plant. Sponsored by Reps. [...]

Mar 252014
Michigan Prosecutor, House Candidate Meet With Marijuana Group

Sometimes the best things come in small packages; that old saw was proven true when the tiny town of Harrisville hosted a very big meeting of medical marijuana patients. Harrisville is north of Oscoda, which is north of Tawas, which is north of Bay City. Meetings of the Northeast Michigan Compassion Club take place wherever opportunity provides, and on Saturday March 22nd that happened to be the Holistic Health Center. Over 50 people attended, which itself would make this a big event: even in large cities like Detroit and Ann [...]

Mar 222014
"Yes Weed Can" Is A Michigan Must-See

HAMTRAMCK- Laughter. Dance numbers. A history lesson. People smoking marijuana. Planet Ant Theater in Hamtramck has all of those, featured in their newest production called, “Yes Weed Can.” You have to love the irreverence and accurate lampooning this comedic company creates as they expose the truth about how marijuana became illegal in the United States. The story is told through the experience of several modern characters that Michigan marijuana community members will recognize: a long-term marijuana user who is trying to quit, nicknamed Tammy Chong; a national legislator who has [...]

Mar 192014
Michigan Signs Off On Marijuana For PTSD

LANSING- The Director of Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has signed off on allowing veterans and others suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to use medical marijuana, if approved by a doctor. This is the first new qualifying condition added to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act since it was adopted by a voter directed initiative in 2008. In a letter dated March 14, Director Steve Arwood wrote, “I put my trust in the medical professionals in Michigan to certify the use of medical marijuana for PTSD with the utmost care [...]

Mar 162014
Former Cop: Legal Marijuana Could Reduce "Property Taxes"

BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN- A former law enforcement officer told a Michigan radio program that “marijuana users do not cause trouble” and enacting legalization of marijuana could reduce property taxes. Tony Ryan is a national speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a 501(c)(3) organization composed of criminal justice professionals from around the world who bear witness to the wasteful futility of our current drug policies. Ryan appeared on the March 13 edition of the Planet Green Trees Internet radio show, a weekly program with 190 broadcasts spanning three years. That show is hosted by [...]