• Autism and medical marijuana: Michigan's big maybe

    Autism and medical marijuana: Michigan's big maybe

    by Rick Thompson/May 27, 2015 LANSING- Pain and nausea are never a good thing, unless your child has autism and you live in Michigan. Michigan's six-year old medical marijuana law does not allow doctors to recommend it for patients suffering from autism, but you can receive a recommendation for the ...

  • MCC Publicly Withdraws Their Marijuana Legalization Language

    MCC Publicly Withdraws Their Marijuana Legalization Language

     photo caption: The MCC's mascot, the gnome with a potleaf beard and Michigan-shaped smoke rising from his pipe by Rick Thompson/May 26, 2015 LANSING- The Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) today took a major setback in their campaign to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in Michigan. In a sur...

  • MILegalize Town Hall #2- Sunday in Detroit

    MILegalize Town Hall #2- Sunday in Detroit

      by Rick Thompson/May 22, 2015 DETROIT- Curious about legalization of marijuana in Michigan? Come to Detroit's Eastern Market district this weekend and hear the experts discuss the state's grassroots effort to give the voters a choice in 2016. The Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiativ...

  • Franklin, Nadelmann and Dillon: Pot Politics in Grand Rapids

    Franklin, Nadelmann and Dillon: Pot Politics in Grand Rapids

    The leaders of LEAP and the Drug Policy Alliance bring their message of reform to Grand Rapids; Reps. Jeff Irwin and Brandon Dillon in support by Rick Thompson/May 20, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS- Two of America's leading voices on marijuana law reform were in Grand Rapids on May 14 and reminded the audience in...

  • Flint Issues First Dispensary Licenses to Sweet Leaf, Three Others

    Flint Issues First Dispensary Licenses to Sweet Leaf, Three Others

    After some much-publicized debate and delay, Flint has issued licenses to distribute medical marijuana; multiple other dispensaries still trying to meet city requirements   by Rick Thompson/May 19, 2015 FLINT- What a long, strange trip it's been. After the delays, the yellow tags and the ne...

  • Ridiculous Testimony Mars Debate on Marijuana Dispensaries

    Ridiculous Testimony Mars Debate on Marijuana Dispensaries

    For the second week in a row, marijuana misinformation surfaced during testimony in Michigan's House of Representatives regarding medical marijuana and the people that need it   by Rick Thompson/May 14, 2015 LANSING- House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Klint Kesto called off a proposed third w...

  • 13 Statewide Marijuana Organizations Band Together for Joint Statement

    13 Statewide Marijuana Organizations Band Together for Joint Statement

    Organizations released letter: "Unity Statement in Support of HB 4209 and HB 4210" prior to House Committee hearing on May 7 "We stand before you to urge swift action"- Unity Statement by Rick Thompson/May 13, 2015 LANSING- In times of need, communities stand together to defend the weak. Michigan's med...

  • Updated! Michigan local elections and marijuana graphic

    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 peopl...

  • East Lansing passes local legal marijuana measure

    East Lansing passes local legal marijuana measure

    Attorney Jeffrey Hank led charge in MSU's home city; 24th local victory for liberalized marijuana laws in last 11 years  Photo caption: Jeffrey Hank speaks during a Law Day 2015 protest at Lansing's City Hall by Rick Thompson/May 11, 2015 LANSING- Just like its big cousin next door, East Lansing voters...

  • Press Release: “NO” Vote on Proposal 1 Creates New Dialog On Legalized Marijuana in Michigan

    Press Release: “NO” Vote on Proposal 1 Creates New Dialog On Legalized Marijuana in Michigan

    PRESS RELEASE                                                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ​Jeff Hank of MILegalize, during a Law Day protest on May 1 in Lansing. Photo credit: Rick Thompson/The Compa...

  • 38,000 joints? Pot, Voodoo Math and the Michigan House

    38,000 joints? Pot, Voodoo Math and the Michigan House

    State Police deliver awkward message on marijuana to House; testimony on marijuana distribution, concentrates resumes Thursday by Rick Thompson/May 5, 2015 LANSING- 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 Smo...

  • U.S.: Blumenauer To Offer Amendment To Remove Restrictions Preventing VA From Recommending Marijuana

    U.S.: Blumenauer To Offer Amendment To Remove Restrictions Preventing VA From Recommending Marijuana

    When the U.S. House of Representatives this week is expected to consider the FY 2016 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon plans to offer an amendment to make it easier for qualified veterans to access medical marijuana. Curr...

  • CBS Poll: Support for legal marijuana use reaches all-time high

    CBS Poll: Support for legal marijuana use reaches all-time high

    Legalized Marijuana Use Fifty-three percent of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be legal, an all-time high in CBS News polling; 43 percent think it should not be legal. Public opinion on legalizing pot has shifted over the last few years, and has changed dramatically since 1979 when CBS News ...

  • Saginaw Chippewa tribe to decide on legalizing recreational marijuana: WNEM

    Saginaw Chippewa tribe to decide on legalizing recreational marijuana: WNEM

    MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) - A Department of Justice ruling basically leaves it up to each individual tribe. It was a decision that wasn't heavily publicized at the time. "To each their own. If they want to smoke marijuana, let them do it," Jack Grady said. Grady supports the right of people to use mari...

  • Lawyer Leads Effort to Add Marijuana Law to Michigan Bar Association

    Lawyer Leads Effort to Add Marijuana Law to Michigan Bar Association

      by Rick Thompson/April 27, 2015 LAPEER- 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 petit...

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