Rick Thompson: A Beacon for Cannabis Advocacy in Michigan

September 18th, 2023 Culture & Lifestyle
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The cannabis community in Michigan and beyond mourns the loss of a true pioneer, Rick Thompson, whose contributions to the cause of cannabis normalization and advocacy spanned over a decade. Thompson's unwavering commitment to the industry, his passion for reform, and his heartfelt connections with countless individuals made him a force to be reckoned with.

From the bustling streets of Oak Park to the corridors of power in Michigan, Thompson's footprints are undeniable. A member of the Committee for a Safer Michigan since September 2011, Thompson played an instrumental role in propelling Michigan's 2018 cannabis legalization initiative to fruition. A true citizen journalist, he was also a cherished member of the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers, further advocating for safe and responsible cannabis consumption.

His educational background from the University of Michigan-Flint, where he studied African-Afro American Studies, English, and Biology, gave him a unique perspective that he carried into his advocacy work. Thompson's passion for cannabis and community transcended his role as an advocate; he was also a creative force, serving as the Editor-in-Chief at Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine and contributing to notable publications like HIGH TIMES.

Colleagues and friends remember Thompson for his infectious smile, endless energy, and profound dedication to the cause. His role as a co-host on the Jazz Cabbage Café television show and his invaluable insights as the Executive Director of the NORML chapter in Michigan only scratch the surface of his multifaceted career. Rick Thompson was not just an advocate; he was a mentor, a friend, and a true believer in the power of cannabis to change lives.

Heartfelt tributes have poured in from all corners, remembering the dynamic personality that was Rick Thompson. His talent for capturing moments through photography, his eloquence in articulating the needs and challenges of the cannabis community, and his fearless leadership have been highlighted by many. Whether he was shouting "For Wakanda!" or rallying support for a cause close to his heart, Thompson's voice was a clarion call for change and progress.

Beyond the accolades and accomplishments, Thompson's legacy is best captured in the relationships he forged. From mentoring budding advocates to forging alliances with industry leaders, he was a beacon of hope, inspiration, and change. As we remember Rick Thompson, we are reminded of the power of passion, dedication, and the indomitable spirit of an individual who believed in a cause and dedicated his life to it.

Swartz Funeral Home, located at 1225 W. Hill in Flint, is overseeing the funeral arrangements for Thompson. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. A subsequent visitation will be held on Saturday, September 23rd, starting at 10 a.m., with the funeral service commencing at 11 a.m.

His battle with cancer may have taken him from us, but Rick Thompson's spirit remains alive in the countless lives he touched and the movements he inspired. The cannabis community, and indeed the world, is undeniably richer for having known him.

Rest in peace, Rick Thompson. Your legacy continues to inspire, and your contributions will never be forgotten.

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