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High Times Documents Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Movement


michigan marijuana legalization milegalizeHigh Times has recently expanded their coverage of marijuana-related events in Michigan and the March 2016 issue sports an article by the top man at the magazine. Editor-In-Chief Dan Skye came to Michigan and wrote about the push to legalize the adult use of marijuana- and why now it the time for change.

In Michigan’s March to Legalization, Skye describes the need for an evolution in the state’s marijuana laws. He explores Michigan’s history with asset forfeiture, interference by the state Attorney General and law enforcement encounters both old and new.

Very new. As in, 24 hours ago new.

Skye visited Michigan in September and photographed a cannabis garden. The very next day that same garden was raided by local and state authorities. Skye’s description of events is both engaging and frightening at the same time, but he writes that these actions are all-too-common in Michigan.

The article follows the evolution of marijuana distribution and cultivation in Michigan in a broad way since 2009. It covers the emergence of early distribution centers, including 3rd Coast Medical Marijuana Dispensary of Ypsilanti and the now-defunct Big Daddy’s organizations, and the formation of Michigan’s first dispensary organization, the MACC.

The High Times article incorporates some horror stories of how Michigan’s medical marijuana era has been marred by an upswing in arrests and cops drunk on asset forfeiture dollars.  The numbers presented are shocking.

Skye ends the piece on a high note by discussing the current business climate and how some have managed to thrive. Distribution centers like 3rd Coast and Arborside of Ann Arbor are still able to make it if they have “tolerant city governments and local law enforcement.”

Skunkwerks, a Michigan company that makes nutrients for gardening, is featured. Company leader Josh Keasler gave possibly the article’s best quote when he said, “Since 2008, we’ve tried to operate professionally and move forward without clarification from our legislature, and we still don’t have it.”

Skye’s presentation gives the solution to the problem as the MILegalize movement. Described often as the state’s grass-roots marijuana legalization petition drive, MILegalize has collected over 200,000 signatures and looks to put the issue on the 2016 general election ballot.

MILegalize Board members Jamie Lowell and Rick Thompson (this author) are featured in the Skye article. Lowell described MILegalize fundraising and signature-gathering as “generous” and “terrifically successful.”

Keasler said, “I’m totally behind MILegalize, because the people of Michigan want this!”

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MILegalize is still paying for petition signatures. To contact the campaign, visit:


Source: The Compassion Chronicles


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"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.


  1. ALSO Don’t fall for word play as what happened in Ohio with the monopoly/oligopoly baloney. People were mislead about a better bill for 2016 but as it stands now they will never get legalization. It took California six year to come up for vote again. Avoid the pitfalls legalize. Colorado is doing great!

  2. Just think how much better this situation would be if we had a democratic house, senate, and governor. The horrors involved with Michigan’s cannabis laws are strictly due to a-holes like that detestable bastard Bill Schuette.

  3. saynotohypocrisy on

    Time for Michigan reformers to unite behind MILegalize. They’ll win if they’re united. Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.

  4. The people of Michigan should be ashamed that our government is fighting legalization with trickery and lies. It’s bad enough that cops fight it but only because they don’t want to give the hundreds of millions in asset forfeiture. This needs to stop. Right your politicians and let them know how you feel.

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