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.

Jul 022015
 July 2, 2015
Traverse City Town Hall For Michigan Marijuana Legalization A Success

The petition drive to legalize marijuana use for adults in Michigan received a grand sendoff in late June with a rally in the state capital, a fancy dinner for donors in Ann Arbor and a rollicking town hall meeting in Traverse City. Residents from across the northern lower peninsula attended the presentation, held in the public library in the downtown area. A powerpoint presentation by MILegalize Director Josey Scoggin was followed by a question and answer session where area residents found out about the marijuana legalization proposal and how to gather signatures on petitions. People from Gaylord, Cadillac and surrounding

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Jul 012015
 July 1, 2015
Fundraiser Nets Huge Gain For Michigan Marijuana Legalization Effort

The Polo Fields and Country Club played host to a game of a different sort on Friday June 26th as the Milegalize organization hosted their first formal fundraiser to support the legalization of marijuana for adults in Michigan. The evening’s total for financial support equaled more than $60,000 in direct contributions, with commitments for thousands more. One very generous attendee, who wishes to remain anonymous, pledged to match all the funds raised in a 30 day period, with a maximum match of $100,000. One other campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan has received approval from the state to collect signatures

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Jun 252015
 June 25, 2015
Michigan Medical Marijuana 'Provisioning Centers Act' Hijacked And Corrupted

1,500 marijuana plants in a single garden? Armed guards transporting pot brownies from the kitchen to the warehouse? A 16% tax on medical marijuana? With the release of the latest draft of Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensary bill, HB 4209, sponsor Rep. Michael Callton (R-Nashville) has taken The Provisioning Centers Act in a “drastically different” direction. The flip-flop by Callton has longtime supporters insistent on change and threatening to abandon their support for the four-year old proposal. Seemingly involved in the major shift in direction: the Michigan Cannabis Development Association (MCDA) and Lansing-area real estate mogul Ron Boji, Commissioner of the

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Jun 222015
 June 22, 2015
Capital Kickoff For Michigan Marijuana Legalize Petition Drive June 25

The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee (MILegalize) will launch their petition drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan at the Capitol Building in Lansing on Thursday. June 25 is the official start of the signature collection drive, which aims to place the issue of legalization of the possession and use of marijuana for adults in Michigan on the 2016 general election ballot. Over 253,000 valid signatures are required to do so. The MILegalize program will allow each adult in Michigan the opportunity to grow up to 12 marijuana plants, it will jump start the hemp industry in the state, protect

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Jun 212015
 June 21, 2015
Participate In The National Marijuana Consumer/Patients Survey

Someone is taking the time to ask pot users what they really want. Dabs or doobies? Creams or concentrates? Black market or dispensary, indica or sativa, recreational or medical- no question is out of bounds in the 2015 version of the Annual Marijuana Consumer Survey. The Marijuana Business Daily’s survey features multiple-choice questions and takes about five minutes to do, perfect for people with short attention spans. “Our consumer survey is the oldest and most trusted market research study for the cannabis industry,” according to the organization’s published statement. Consumer surveys are designed to get the honest opinions of the average person buying

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Jun 162015
 June 16, 2015
Michigan: 56% Support Marijuana Legalization The MILegalize Way

A new poll by the Detroit News indicates 56% of Michigan residents favor legalizing the adult use of marijuana, a 5% increase from an April 24 survey published by MRG on the subject. That result favors the legalization proposal authored by the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee (MILegalize). The poll, which was conducted by the Glengariff Group Inc. for the Detroit News and WDIV, indicated a 56% overall Support, with 36% Opposed and 8% Undecided. This poll is the second published on this subject in Michigan this year. The first, a Marketing Resource Group research poll published less than

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Jun 142015
 June 14, 2015
Two Marijuana Legalization Petitions Approved In Michigan

Dueling proposals to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults have given the green light to begin collecting signatures on petitions by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. A third proposal has not yet finalized their language but may do so later this year. Both the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee (MILegalize) and the MCC aim to collect more than 250,000 signatures on petitions from registered voters in order to place their marijuana legalization proposal on the November 2016 ballot. The Board gave “approval as to form” for the two petitions, meaning the structure of the petitions meet state law.

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Jun 102015
 June 10, 2015
Marijuana Legalization On Michigan State Canvassers Agenda June 11

MILegalize, Michigan’s top group advocating the legalization of marijuana, has submitted their language to the Michigan Board of State Canvassers for approval as to form. The Board will meet at 10am on June 11in room 428 of the state Capitol to consider petitions for statewide ballot proposals. The MILegalize group (Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee) has initiated Town Hall meetings across the state, engaged in an active social media campaign and developed associations with top petitioning experts to facilitate their petition drive to place legalization of marijuana on the November 2016 ballot. Approval by the Board is the final

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Jun 072015
 June 7, 2015
Commerce Township Considers Marijuana Growing Restrictions

In a pair of meetings on June 8 and 9, Commerce Township will consider to what degree they allow people to participate in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) by considering an ordinance that would  restrict how and where patients can grow their marijuana. Attorneys and activists alike are in an uproar over the proposed language. The ordinance offers a unique and restrictive definition of who can grow and where it can be done. It also requires some unique security and monitoring standards that exceed any other measure currently in place in other cities. To begin, the ‘Definitions’ section of

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Jun 062015
 June 6, 2015
Michigan Marijuana Legalization Campaign Announces Third Town Hall Meeting

The state’s leading organization advocating for a petition drive to legalize adult use of  marijuana in Michigan is having their third Town Hall meeting. The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative, commonly known as MILegalize, will bring their message to the state’s conservative west side on June 19. Grand Valley State’s beautiful Eberhard Center, located in downtown Grand Rapids, will serve as the venue. This will be the third Town Hall the MILegalize group has conducted in Michigan. The first was in Flint, and the second in Detroit. The Town Halls are interactive sessions where attendees can ask questions of

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