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.

May 212015
 May 21, 2015
Franklin, Nadelmann And Dillon: Marijuana Politics In Grand Rapids

Two of America’s leading voices on marijuana law reform were in Grand Rapids on May 14 and reminded the audience in the Wealthy Theater: change is coming, to Michigan and the nation. Former Baltimore police Major Neill Franklin, now the head of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), told the attendees he “was one of those” officers who would arrest people for small amounts of marijuana. The death of a fellow officer made Franklin evaluate the system and the ideals of the war on drugs. Harvard-educated Ethan Nadelmann is the founder of the Drug Policy Alliance. He explained that his journey

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May 202015
 May 20, 2015
Flint Issues First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

What a long, strange trip it’s been. After the delays, the yellow tags and the newspaper articles the city of Flint has finally certified three medical marijuana dispensaries and sanctioned their operation. Three licenses were issued by city officials. In a press conference held Friday, May 15 owners Kim and Bob Johnson of The Sweet Leaf and Rachelle Arnott of the Green Bean put their city licenses on display for cameras and the curious. Also receiving a license, but unable to participate in the press conference, was the organization called Green Culture. Flint’s action to license distribution centers for medical

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May 152015
 May 15, 2015
Ridiculous Testimony Mars Debate On Michigan Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Klint Kesto called off a proposed third week of testimony on a pair of medical marijuana bills that the Michigan legislature has been kicking around for the last three years. Considering the nature of the testimony heard in that committee over the last two weeks, maybe that’s a good thing. The two bills represent long-awaited corrections to two snags in the medical marijuana laws in Michigan. One bill, re-introduced this year for the third consecutive legislative session, would authorize marijuana dispensaries; the other would correct a 2013 Appellate Court decision that removed legal protections for

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May 142015
 May 14, 2015
13 Michigan Marijuana Organizations Band Together For Joint Statement

In times of need, communities stand together to defend the weak. Michigan’s medical marijuana and marijuana law reform communities did just that prior to a session of the House Judiciary Committee on May 7 by submitting a joint statement advocating for passage of two “critical and urgent” House bills, HB 4209 and HB 4210. Testimony on the two bills has been heard on two consecutive Thursdays in the House committee, and will continue on May 14th. The letter was addressed to Representative Klint Kesto and Judiciary Committee members. The letter expressed “the organizations’ strong support for patient safety while improving

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May 132015
 May 13, 2015
Updated Michigan Local Elections And Marijuana Graphic

It’s always a pleasure to update this graphic, which charts the success Michigan marijuana law reform advocates have had in adopting liberalized local ordinances through the ballot petition process. Michigan law reserves for cities the right to use a ballot proposal to place ordinances before the people.  Many townships, villages and cities have adopted pro-marijuana ordinances through the traditional process of creating law, and those are not included here. On May 5th, East Lansing voters approved their local legal program just as their sister city, Lansing, did two years earlier. Source: The Compassion Chronicles

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May 122015
 May 12, 2015
"NO" Vote On Proposal 1 Creates New Dialog In Michigan On Legalized Marijuana

Attorney Jeffrey Hank, Chairman of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative (MILegalize), said the organization’s proposal to legalize marijuana in Michigan is uniquely suited to address the funding shortages by the failure of Proposal 1 on Tuesday evening. In fact, he’d like to sit down with the Governor and talk about it. “Our Initiative would direct profits from a reasonable excise tax on legalized marijuana to fund road repair, to support schools and to add financial resources to local communities,” Hank said. “But more than that, the MILegalize proposal offers the best plan for small business generation and small

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May 062015
 May 6, 2015
38,000 Joints? Marijuana, Voodoo Math And The Michigan House

In a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee on April 30, the 3-year old proposal called The Provisioning Centers Act and two-year old Smoking Alternatives bills were finally resurrected for debate and consideration. Or were they? The two bills listed on the Committee agenda are designed to correct defects in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA)- some caused by courts and some by the language of the MMMA itself. One would create a system of medical marijuana dispensaries, called Provisioning Centers, which would be locally approved and state certified. The other bill would restore the legally protected status of marijuana

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Apr 282015
 April 28, 2015
Lawyer Leads Effort To Add Marijuana Law To Michigan Bar Association

The race is on to see which attorneys in Michigan will be among the first 50 to indicate their support for creating a marijuana law section of the Michigan Bar Association, according to Lapeer attorney Bernard Jocuns. Jocuns leads the effort to petition the Association to create an attorney’s group devoted to discussing and advising on the subject of marijuana law. “We need a minimum of fifty lawyers to indicate their support,” Jocuns said, although he expects to receive far more emails than that from attorneys certifying their interest. A marijuana law section could issue papers, advise the legislature or

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Apr 272015
 April 27, 2015
Flint Changes Course, Cites Medical Marijuana Dispensaries For Code Violations

Despite passing an ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries, officers from the City of Flint visited those Centers this week in an effort to get distribution centers to comply with the letter of the new law. Some business owners are crying foul, some are quietly complying, and at least one owner has put his foot directly into his mouth. Flint’s ordinance was passed in 2014 and allows for the operation of centers designed to distribute medical marijuana to state-registered patients who carry valid identification cards. Initially a special land use permit was granted to existing centers, a permit that establishes the

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Apr 262015
 April 26, 2015
Michigan Voters Favor Marijuana Legalization By A Slim Margin

By the slimmest of majorities, Michigan voters support legalizing marijuana and distributing it like alcohol sales in the state, according to a poll released by the Marketing Resource Group on April 24. 51% of respondents told interviewers they somewhat support or strongly support the concept during the MRG poll, conducted in April with 600 Michigan residents with a history of voting. The numbers may not accurately reflect the view of Michigan citizens. By screening out voters without an established history of voting the methodology excludes some of legalization’s most strident supporters- the under 29 voting group (69% YES). Treating marijuana

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