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.

Oct 072015
 October 7, 2015
Michigan House To Vote On Historic Marijuana Legislation Today

Yeah, they’re going to do it. Lansing sources tell me the Michigan House of Representatives will take up and pass on Wednesday a trio of bills that will modify the state’s seven-year old medical marijuana program to establish a big-government system of rigorously-regulated distribution centers- and a fleet of armored cars designed to haul the pot around. HBs 4209, 4210 and 4827 offer so many changes to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the patients/caregivers who register with it that it’s impossible to categorize them all in one spot. A few highlights: 4209 will end all the existing dispensaries in

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Oct 022015
 October 2, 2015
Port Huron Protest Of 2011 Dispensary Case Draws Attention, Media

Thirty protesters paraded back and forth in front of the Courthouse at McMorran Boulevard on Wednesday to protest the Michigan Attorney General’s perpetuation of charges in a medical marijuana case dating back to 2011. Three locations of the Blue Water Compassion Clubs were raided simultaneously in 2011, immediately followed by home raids. The case against Jim and Deb Amsdill, their associates and family members was tossed out of court in 2013 by Judge Cynthia Lane at that very same McMorran Bd. building; the AG’s office appealed, the Appellate Court sent the case back down and the same players are climbing

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Sep 292015
 September 29, 2015
Action Requested In Port Huron Medical Marijuana Case

On Wednesday in Port Huron the ongoing case of the Blue Water Compassion Centers gets dragged through the courts again. The cases originated in 2011 when prosecutors from Tuscola executed warrants on three Blue Water businesses, including one in Sanilac and one in St. Clair County. The case has been up and down the legal system and was dismissed already twice by judges. Prosecutors, refusing to let the issue drop, have challenged the rulings every time at great expense and embarrassment. The court action will be a defense response to plea bargain offers made by Prosecutors. Defendants, including Jim and

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Matthew Abel On Michigan HB 4209

 Posted by at 8:32 AM on September 26, 2015  Medical Marijuana Policy
Sep 262015
 September 26, 2015
Matthew Abel On Michigan HB 4209

Matthew Abel (Detroit’s law firm of Cannabis Counsel) published this via select media outlets early this morning. Mr. Abel carries the title of Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws; a Lifetime Member, NORML Legal Committee; and a Director of the MILegalize organization. These are his thoughts. ________________________ House Bill 4209 – now called the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, appears to be teed up for passage today in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. Several aspects of the bill included in the most recent draft leaked from closed “work groups” are particularly

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Sep 252015
 September 25, 2015
New Michigan Medical Marijuana Program Could Be Law By November 2015

Insider information says the total redo on Michigan’s medical marijuana program could get Governor Rick Snyder’s signature in less than two months. The three highly controversial Bills containing these proposed changes- HBs 4209, 4210 and 4827- were ramrodded through the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, September 22. The legislation must be approved by the full House before it can advance. The Senate Judiciary, and the full Senate, must approve the language before it can go to the Governor and become law. In a normal year that might be an impossible feat to accomplish within two months. But in Michigan the

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Sep 222015
 September 22, 2015
MILegalize Reports Full Steam Ahead At Petition Drive Midway Point

The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee (MILegalize), the state’s grassroots effort to legalize marijuana for adult use, is near the midway point in their campaign. Committee Chair Jeffrey Hank reports, “We are where we need to be with our signature count, and it’s due to the tireless efforts of our volunteer army.” The campaign was launched on June 25 with a rally on the steps of the State Capitol building. Since then, members of the Board of Directors have conducted town hall meetings, petition training and media appearances in support of the petition drive. Petitioners have collected signatures for

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Sep 212015
 September 21, 2015
National Cannabis Industry Association Joins Michigan Cannabis Business Development Conference

A national marijuana industry organization, a candidate for Congress and a professor of law have all joined the speaker’s list for the Michigan Cannabis Business Development Conference. The Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre in Flint on September 26. The NCIA, the nation’s most recognized trade association for businesses operating in the medicinal/adult use cannabis industry, is sending Bethany Moore from Colorado to speak during the seminar titled, “Networking With Business Outside Michigan’s Borders.” Ms. Moore carries the title Development Officer and Assistant to the Executive Director. Respected criminal defense attorney and law professor Mary Chartier,

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Sep 182015
 September 18, 2015
Rand Paul Attacks Christie, Bush On Marijuana Politics

During the CNN Republican Presidential Debate, which aired on the cable news network September 16, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky took New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the woodshed over their stated policies on marijuana. Christie was attacked by Paul over his proposal to use federal law to eliminate state medical and recreational marijuana programs. Governor Bush was challenged about his NO vote on Florida’s 2014 state referendum on medical marijuana. Governor Christie agreed with the stated summary of his position as follows: “If you are getting high in Colorado today… enjoy it until January of

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Sep 172015
 September 17, 2015
Republican Candidates Battle Over Marijuana Legalization During Debate

During the CNN Republican Presidential Debate aired Wednesday, September 16, the issue of marijuana law reform was debated among the participating candidates. The subject of marijuana was described by debate host Jake Tapper as, “One of the hottest questions” taken by CNN through their social media outlets. Between jabs at each other (Donald Trump cast doubt on Rand Paul’s appearance and his presence in the debate) and at the front-running Democrat in the Presidential race, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who was blamed for everything evil in the world except Trump’s wig), the candidates opined on legalized marijuana, the 10th

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Sep 162015
 September 16, 2015
Toledo, Ohio Votes Yes To Decriminalize Marijuana By Wide Margin

During a city-wide vote on Tuesday September 15, 70% of Toledoans said YES to removing all criminal penalties for possession of under 200 grams of marijuana and reducing penalties for larger possession offenses. The ordinance “eliminate fines and jail time for marijuana violations and lowers all marijuana crimes in the Toledo Municipal Code to lowest level allowed under state law… The measure would also prohibit asset forfeitures and driver’s license suspensions for marijuana violations and forbid reporting of convictions to professional licensing agencies when the the offense is prosecuted under the Toledo Municipal Code and not the Ohio Revised Code,” per a

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