Rick Thompson, Michigan NORML Leader, Passes Away; Championed Cannabis Legalization Efforts

By | September 19, 2023

Rick Thompson, former Executive Director for Michigan NORML, has passed away. Thompson was known for his tireless advocacy for cannabis justice reform and played a significant role in successfully legalizing cannabis in Michigan.

We are deeply saddened to report the untimely passing of Rick Thompson, the former Executive Director for Michigan NORML. Thompson, a tireless advocate for cannabis justice reform, fought passionately to successfully legalize cannabis in the state of Michigan. His dedication and unwavering commitment to the cause have left an indelible mark on the cannabis community.

Born and raised in Michigan, Thompson dedicated his life to bringing about positive change in the cannabis industry. He firmly believed in the medicinal benefits of cannabis and tirelessly campaigned for its legalization, aiming to provide access to safe and effective treatment options for patients in need.

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Thompson’s journey as an advocate began when he became the Executive Director for Michigan NORML, a non-profit organization that focuses on reforming marijuana laws. Under his leadership, Michigan NORML thrived, becoming a leading force in the fight for cannabis justice.

His efforts bore fruit in 2018 when Michigan voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, making it the tenth state in the United States to do so. Thompson’s instrumental role in this achievement cannot be overstated, as he worked tirelessly to educate the public, lawmakers, and stakeholders about the benefits of cannabis legalization.

Despite his immense contributions to the cannabis reform movement, Thompson’s passing leaves us with a heavy heart. At this time, the cause of his death remains unknown, leaving friends, family, and the cannabis community shocked and mourning the loss of an inspiring leader.

Thompson’s legacy will undoubtedly live on, as his impact on the cannabis industry and his dedication to justice reform will continue to inspire others to follow in his footsteps. The loss of such a passionate advocate is deeply felt, and the void left by his absence will be challenging to fill.

We extend our deepest condolences to Thompson’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. May his memory be a guiding light for all those who continue to fight for cannabis justice reform..


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