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  • 15 Jun 2015 8:11 PM | Anonymous


    Blue Point Books                                                         


    July 15, 2015

    Medical Marijuana Expert Writes New Book on U.S. Drug Policy

    David Bearman, M.D., a leader in the field of cannabinoid medicine, has just written an insightful two-volume examination into the origin of the United States drug laws, Drugs are NOT the Tools of the Devil: How Discrimination and Greed Created a Dysfunctional Drug Policy and How It Can Be Fixed   This engaging and beautifully illustrated full color book shows how, through the intertwining motives of discrimination and greed, often under the guise of morality, the government has created a drug policy that is completely dysfunctional.

    A sought-after speaker, Dr. Bearman will be a presenter at the My Compassion Cannabis Conference in Chicago from July 23-25, 2015, and will discuss the significant advances of cannabis medicine and science. 

    Since he received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Bearman has had a long career in the field of drug abuse treatment and prevention, served at all levels of government from the U.S. Public Health Service to the Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority where he now lives.  He is a co-founder of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and on the board of Americans for Safe Access and the Advisory Board for Patients Out of Time.

    Dr. Bearman will be signing of Drugs Are NOT the Tools of the Devil in the color and black& white editions at the Conference.  This will be the first venue where both Volume 1 & 2 will be available. You can learn more about the books at

    For more information about Dr. Bearman or to arrange an interview, please contact Cathy Feldman, publisher, Blue Point Books via email at or call 800-858-1058800-858-1058 FREE800-858-1058800-858-1058 FREE .

    The books are also available on or directly from Blue Point Books by calling toll-free 800-858-1058800-858-1058 FREE800-858-1058800-858-1058 FREE .

    Contact: Cathy Feldman

    Blue Point Books

    800-858-1058800-858-1058 800-858-1058800-858-1058

  • 15 Jun 2015 7:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Patients: Focus of Largest Midwest Cannabis Event

    My Compassion’s Cannabis Conference – Chicago’s Navy Pier July 23-25 – Renowned Speakers, Health Industry Leaders, and Key Information on Medical Cannabis for Patients

    Chicago, IL - June 15, 2015 - Patients, families, medical professionals and legal representatives will all benefit from the My Compassion 2015 Cannabis Conference Chicago July 23-25 at Navy Pier in Chicago. All aspects of medical cannabis will be discussed -- from the practical viewpoints of how and what to use cannabis for, to the scientific, legal and safety perspective including Illinois’ Compassionate Care Act.  This unique forum is hosted by My Compassion – a 501 (c ) 3 non-profit organization composed of patients who have benefitted from medical cannabis. 

    The My Compassion 2015 Cannabis Conference Chicago and exposition features three days of cutting-edge medical and legal symposiums, exhibits, compelling testimonials, educational workshops, fun-for-the-whole-family activities and has become the leading event for the cannabis community of people with chronic conditions in the Midwest. 

    Patient Testimonialswill feature Alysa Erwin, an 18-year-old given 18 months to live by doctors when she was just 14. She will discuss her use of cannabis oil to treat brain cancer. Other patients who have used cannabis for epilepsy, glaucoma and other illnesses will share their experience and knowledge. Award-winning cannabis chef Kirk Reidwill share his Cooking with Cannabis expertise. There will also be presentations on using extracts, juicing cannabis and topical administration.

    Medical Cannabis in Healthcare provides an excellent overview of what every healthcare provider, Medical Doctor and Nurse Practitioner should know when talking to their patients about cannabis and signing the state recommendation forms. Nationally renowned MDs, David Bearman, Dustin Sulak, Robert Melamede, George E. Anastassov and Rob Streisfeld will highlight the latest knowledge on topics including: Delivery and Dosage of Medical Cannabis, Pharmacology and the Effects of Cannabis, Endocannabinoids and the Cannabinoid System, plus Cannabinoid Research and Therapeutics.

    Medical Cannabis in Illinois Law features attorneys Larry Mishkin, Sandy Stein, and Michael McGrory among others, will address issues such as DUIs, Employment and Family Law. Attorneys, Paralegals, Social Workers, Police Officers and state officials in attendance will gain a better understanding of what to expect when the Illinois Compassionate use of Medical Cannabis Act becomes fully implemented.

    My Compassion’s 2015 Cannabis Conference, the largest cannabis conference in the Midwest, is distinguished by its primary focus on the needs of patients and disseminating credible medical knowledge. Exhibitors at the conference include medical professionals, security, software, investment, accounting, career development and biotech companies. Cultivators, gardening stores, and dispensaries are also represented. Click here to purchase admission tickets or visit the conference website for details.

    About My Compassion
    My Compassion is a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization with a mission to increase awareness and understanding through education, information and advocacy of all the medical benefits and healing properties of cannabis. The organization is composed of patients who have witnessed the positive effects of cannabis on cancer, Crohn’s disease, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and many other conditions. For more information about the 2015 Cannabis Conference contact 824-626-6200 or go online to

    Media Contact:

    Andrew Hard
    CMW Media
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  • 30 Aug 2014 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    I first wrote about Alysa Erwin in December 2013. At the time, she had been cancer-free for 11 months.

    Alysa's and her family's ordeal started in January 2011 when she was 14 years old. She started having debilitating headaches, and in the spring was diagnosed with Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma undefined brain cancer undefined at the University of Michigan hospital.

    Her parents were told she might live 18 to 24 months with chemotherapy treatments. After one round of chemo, Alysa was so sick her family decided to forgo conventional treatments and try treating her with Rick Simpson Hemp Oil.

    This treatment was created by a Canadian man named Rick Simpson to treat his recurring skin cancer. It takes a pound or more of high-grade marijuana to make about 60 grams (a little more than two ounces) of oil. Cancer patients are advised to build up to three grams a day for treatment.

    The change in Alysa was seemingly miraculous. After being bedridden in pain and unable to eat, she ingested a half-gram in half an hour. Soon she was up, smiling and eating. Her first three-month checkup showed no further cancer growth. By January 2013, about the time she was expected to die based on the original projection, Alysa's MRI showed her to be cancer-free.

    According to the Simpson protocol (which is not an accepted treatment by any established medical entity), after the cancer has gone away, the patient has to take a smaller maintenance dose.

    "Once you have brain cancer like that, you always have to be on the oil," says Alysa's mother, Carly Erwin. "What's the maintenance dose? We don't know. Wish we had doctors on board because there're so many questions. It's awful."

    Alysa's doctor won't discuss the hemp oil treatment with the Erwins other than to say, keep doing what you're doing.

    For a while, Alysa was getting a half-gram a day, then an amount about the size of a grain of rice. In the fall of 2013 the Erwins lost access to a continuous supply of hemp oil. Sometimes they had it and sometimes not. The quality of the oil they could get varied, so they weren't sure how much to use. Maintaining a continuous supply is risky because you're operating on the fringe of the law, and it's expensive. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act doesn't allow possession of more than two ounces at a time for patients, and a pound of high-quality marijuana costs somewhere around $3,000 or more.

    In addition, sometimes it upset Alysa's stomach, and Carly wasn't keeping close tabs on the now 17-year-old girl (she'll be 18 in October) to make sure she was taking it regularly.

    "I beat myself up for not making sure she was taking her cannabis oil," Carly says.

    A January 2014 MRI showed no cancer. In April, the test was done with a different kind of machine. It showed a small spot on Alysa's brain, but Carly says the doctor thought it might be because of a change in the way the test was done. Her understanding was that the doctor would check it out and get back to her. That never happened.

    "I thought no news is good news," Carly says.

    But over the next few months, Alysa began getting sick again and losing weight. On July 21, she weighed 88 pounds. They made an appointment with the doctor for the 24th. The family had to travel to Ann Arbor from up north. After the checkup, they got the worst news:

    Her cancer was back.

    The first time it was a spider web tumor spread around in her brain. This time it's like putty surrounding her brain. It's also in her ventricles, in her brain stem, and her spinal fluid. The Erwins understood Alysa had a couple of weeks to live with radiation therapy, which Alysa was undergoing as of last week. There have been various complications, such as swelling of the brain, tremors, and off-the-charts pain. However, the Erwins found some hemp oil and have been giving it to Alysa.

    "She's on the hemp oil," says Carly. "She looks pretty good. We're praying and hoping that this cannabis oil is working because nothing the doctors can do for us will. They say they're just going to buy us some time."

    Carly says the hemp oil has allowed Alysa to forgo pain medications such as morphine, dilaudid, and oxycontin. All the doctors will say is "Keep doing what you're doing."

    "We can't give it to her in front of them," Carly says.

    It's an ordeal. The Erwins have been staying in a hotel for a month and expect that, with good news, they're going to be here another three weeks. They have two sons back home who are getting ready to start school. Neither parent is able to work right now.

    But there's already a bit of an uptick: Alysa has gained 10 pounds since starting her hemp oil regimen. She had radiation treatments Monday through Thursday of last week. I spoke with Carly late Thursday afternoon after Alysa's radiation.

    The girl is hanging in there.

    There has been much hoopla and praise for The New York Times and its recent editorial calling for the federal repeal of marijuana prohibition.

    The Times followed the editorial with a six-part series examining many aspects of the issue, from states' rights and criminal justice to health and regulation. All of it coming down on the correct side of sanity and legislation based on evidence.

    In response to the series, The Huffington Post wrote, "Given the [Times'] influence, it could be that the endorsement of federal legalization of  marijuana could spur politicians, organizations and publications to do in kind."

    Even Keith Stroup, founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law, praised the editorial and the Times for its stance.

    I say, what took them so damn long?! The truth is that there has been little evidence to support the prohibition of marijuana and plenty of evidence against it.

    In an editorial on, Stroup touts the Times piece and a Brookings Institution report titled "Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana Is Succeeding."

    "These both were significant events because they involved respected institutions known for their careful and thorough analysis of important public policy issues," he writes.

    With all due respect to Stroup, I say that if the Times is so careful and thorough, why didn't its editors weigh the evidence long ago and call for an end to prohibition? It mirrors the Times' lack of propriety in the ramp-up to the Iraq War and President Bush's claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The Times later apologized for not examining that claim more closely. But that's the point: It was late. Just as it's late about marijuana.

    The Times' stance smacks of jumping on the bandwagon to me. It would've shown far more courage and thorough analysis had it come long ago.

    That said, I welcome what the Times adds to the conversation. If for no other reason than it gives establishment figures a load of information to back themselves up when they finally decide give up their prohibition addiction. But this information has been out there for a long time; if only they'd bothered to pay attention. mt

  • 30 Jul 2014 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    By Amish Parikh, VP of My Compassion

    Licensing and Regulatory Affairs uses Administrative Rules to modernize the MMMA rather than going through the Legislative route. Proposed changes are listed below:

    Definitions have been removed due to duplicates which include: Code, Debilitating medical condition, Department, Enclosed locked facility, Marihuana, Medicaid Health Plan, Medical use, Paraphernalia, Physician, Primary caregiver or caregiver, Public place, Qualifying patient, Registry identification card, Supplemental Security Income, Usable marihuana, Visiting qualifying patient, and Written certification.

    The rule will be amended to allow a patient to apply for a registry card via an online application.

    Caregiver Attestation will be expanded and clarified with more requirements to become a caregiver. Caregiver’s will be required to pay for the criminal history record check which will be $25.

    Flat fee for all new and renewal applications to $60 for 2 years eliminating the need for the reduced fee which was $25 per year. This will make it $30 per year for all new and renewal applications.

    Renewals will be allowed to be submitted up to 60 days before the expiration date on the registry identification card.

    Rules are more defined on the termination of a caregiver or a patient and the required documents to be provided.

    Complaints from individuals concerning a registered caregiver or patient will be instructed to make the complaint to state or local authorities.

    Withdrawal rule added which will allow for a patient or a primary caregiver to voluntarily withdraw from the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program.

    Petition Panel has updated term lengths from 2 years to 4 years with the ability to serve 2 terms and 1 partial term.

    Addition of conditions will require current medical, factual and evidence based data with a summary of evidence of the use of marihuana effecting the medical condition and articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

    The proposed changes are to help the Department reduce the cost of extra staff time, denial mistakes, and complaints from applicants stating it is taking too long. The online process will reduce the number of incomplete applications, processing errors, and application process efficiency. The review panel will also be streamlined allowing for more in depth public input and reporting recommendations to the panel.

    Impact studies state the Department of Technology, Management and Budget will see all costs for developing an online system added as a budget item for MMP’s ongoing operation. Rural impact studies state residents in rural areas with slower speeds to Internet service may complain about needing to submit applications online. Other impact studies currently include 88% of the 150,360 patient and caregivers pay the $100 fee and 12% pay the reduced fee of $25 per year. With the overall reduced fee of $60 for 2 years all applicants will be able to afford the cost of participating in the program.

    On behalf of patients who are looking for speedy processing and may not have time to wait due to chronic conditions such as cancer, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis these are progressive changes for the MMP.
  • 27 Jul 2014 6:07 PM | Anonymous

    Heidi Parikh, Publisher, The American Cultivator

    Today there are over 21 states that allow the medical use of cannabis with Colorado and Washington passing full legalization. It is imperative for physicians and the healthcare industry to expand their knowledge of a plant their patients are ingesting on a regular basis. If cannabis is improving your health, your physician should know and understand why.

    Many healthcare providers do not understand that it is perfectly legal to discuss cannabis with their patients and to sign their recommendation forms that allow them protection to use cannabis in Michigan. This is one of the main reasons healthcare professionals lack a clear understanding of the laws and legislation that surround cannabis’ use for medical purposes, many are concerned to even discuss it, leaving patients in a very difficult, and stressful position. Most patients want to be open with their physicians about their use of cannabis and how it affects them without the fear of rejection or being removed all together from other prescriptions they might be prescribed.

    Whether you’re Physician is in agreement or not with the emerging use of cannabis, the fact is approximately thirty percent of the public use it, pharmaceutical companies are positioning to dispense it and public opinion indicates the Federal Government will be rescheduling it soon. Physicians who stay abreast on the new and growing technologies of cannabis will be doing their patients a great service by taking a proactive approach on the new advancements in medicine with cannabis and hemp products.

    Today there are many different forms of cannabis products, such as juicing, topical rubs, infused food items, tinctures and oils, patients use these for different purposes depending on the condition their treating. Physicians are more receptive when introduced to these old but forgotten ways of ingesting cannabis so always make sure to start there, as more evidence is required to convince them that smoking cannabis is not bad for your health like cigarettes are.

    With cannabis in the news every day, social media sharing stories about children being cured, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN special on epilepsy and just recently the DEA telling the FDA to allow more research, the topic should be as easy to start as talking apple pie. So the next time you visit your Doctor strike a conversation about something you have learned. If their open to discussing, talk with them more, if they’re not sure, offer valid facts, if their closed minded and unwilling to talk about cannabis, you might want to find a Doctor that will. You can also contact a professional organization such as My Compassion, who provides the necessary education with onsite presentations at most Doctors offices.

  • 13 May 2014 3:16 PM | Mish (Administrator)
    CHICAGO, May 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medical cannabis is coming to Chicago! The Chicago Cannabis Conference, being held at beautiful Navy Pier, will highlight the efforts being made to bring medical cannabis access to Illinois residents while also showcasing the experts in this expanding field. The event which is scheduled June 7th and 8th will contain a series of speaker panels providing conference goers the unique opportunity to interact with and hear from politicians, medical professionals, patients and activists regarding the newest law changes and research on medical cannabis. The panels will highlight the progress being made by organizations like My Compassion, a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at educating the American public about medical cannabis.

    "My Compassion is honored to be hosting the Chicago Cannabis Conference at Navy Pier," says Heidi Parikh, the organization's Founder and President. "We look forward to providing the people and patients of Illinois a weekend packed with education and information from the most trusted resources in the country." The conference programming will include presentations from Illinois State Representative Camille Lilly and UFC fighter Brandon Vera, among other professionals. Panel content will consist of everything from patient testimonies to medical marijuana dispensary best practices along with nutrition and skin care from HempMeds, the Platinum Sponsor of the Conference. This family friendly event is the perfect opportunity for Illinois residents to educate themselves on the reformation of medical cannabis law and application of new medical practices that is sweeping the country. "Whether you're an entrepreneur, physician, patient or person just wanting to learn more, the magnitude of cannabis specialists who will be speaking this weekend has never been assembled before," says Parikh.

    The goal of the Chicago Cannabis Conference is to educate people on medical cannabis practices that have been validated and are increasing quality of life for millions of Americans. The Illinois Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act will create avenues of relief for thousands of patients in the Chicago area alone. This event will focus on many of the issues currently facing patients in Illinois, while outlining the advances in the cannabis industry to address those issues. Join leading professionals in changing the face of medicine in Illinois. For more information on the conference or how to register, visit or

    The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.

    Heidi Parikh
    Executive Director, My Compassion

  • 27 Jan 2014 11:51 PM | Anonymous

    Move will create new opportunity for nonprofit and marijuana business development.

    Royal Oak, MI (PRWEB) January 27, 2014

    The American Cultivator, the first widely distributed business trade journal in the hemp and marijuana industry, starts 2014 in the hands of a new Publisher. Michigan Compassion one of only four cannabis 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the country, became the new owners after receiving the donation from Hilary Dulany, who founded The American Cultivator in the Midwest and expanded to 13 states with a circulation of 50,000 copies per issue.

    Michigan Compassion is known for breaking new ground in the cannabis industry by earning a specialized grant from Google, winning approval to the CFC for Michigan Compassion (Combined Federal Campaign) and their history making presentation just last week before nursing and pre-med students at Calvin College - Grand Rapids, one of the most conservative Christian educational institutions in the State of Michigan. "Our mission is educational in nature and our results have been very impressive. The ability to further that mission will be greatly enhanced because of Hilary's generous donation to Michigan Compassion," said Heidi Parikh, Founder and Executive Director of Michigan Compassion. In addition to The American Cultivator's solid reputation for reporting on trends in the cannabis industry and politics. Parikh also hinted that "readers can now look forward to getting new content about health, investing, technology, and lifestyle from a progressive organization who has built a sterling reputation on accomplishment, truth and transparency.

    The American Cultivator was donated to Michigan Compassion in a stunning move that will expand readership and reach on a national level. "I founded and began publishing the first Cultivator model in September, 2009 - there was no advertising or marijuana business reporting - the law had just passed in Michigan and people were worried the industry had no legs," said Hilary Dulany, founder of The American Cultivator, "As a business person myself, I wanted a foundational tool for start-ups to help grow their concept. I realized the reach and conversation needed to stretch past the Midwest; I wanted states to start talking to each other. I see a national nonprofit as the facilitating factor to furthering that reality," says Dulany.

    Over 20 states have approved the medical use of cannabis with Colorado and Washington State who have legalized marijuana for recreational use. There's a wealth of information that impacts cannabis policy and the people who make cannabis a part of their lives. "Every day there's something new when it comes to cannabis, not only in our country but around the world and I'm excited The American Cultivator will provide that information to our readers," says Parikh. Michigan Compassion plans to release its first nonprofit issue on April 5th, 2014, at the 43rd annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "We will initially publish a new release every quarter then slowly expand to printing more issues into other states with the same purpose and determination that Michigan Compassion approaches every endeavor," explained Brad Forrester, Chairman of Educational Curriculum about the future expansion of the publication.

    Michigan Compassion believes "You must increase awareness to increase acceptance." Their 2014 Awareness programs include high profile educational symposiums, curriculum for expanding knowledge about Cannabis as well as its monthly public meetings in Oakland and Wayne County. Future plans for The American Cultivator will be announced on their website at, for news and advertising information visit

  • 24 Jan 2014 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Heidi Parikh is the executive director of Michigan Compassion. The group will hold its first public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center, 3500 Marias, in Royal Oak. 

    Approval for a state charitable gaming license is the next step for the non-profit group Michigan Compassion in order to get its medical marijuana education organization soaring.

    “We are waiting on the approval; everything has been submitted; now we hope to hear back by February,” said Heidi Parikh, executive director of Michigan Compassion, located at 300 E. Fourth St. in Royal Oak.

    “A gaming license allows us to take part in the charitable gaming the state allows for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to have bingo, charitable raffle tickets, charitable parties undefined to raise funds to help educate the public on the uses of medical cannabis,” Parikh said.

    The group will hold its first public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mahany-Meininger Senior Community Center at 3500 Marias in Royal Oak, where attendees will learn about health and cannabis, as well as legislation information in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

    Thursday’s meeting will cover “chronic pain management and cannabis,” Parikh said.

    “You will hear from top lawyers in the state about cannabis laws and rulings that can have a direct impact on your safety,” she said. “If you are a registered patient, caregiver, or just interested in learning more about medical marijuana, this is the meeting to attend.”

    Michigan Compassion is a group Parikh founded five years ago after the Medical Marihuana Act was passed in 2008.

    “We were known as the Downriver Community Passion Club; we met at Southgate Civic Center and VFWs downriver,” she said. “We are in Royal Oak because the space was donated to us.”

    Once in Royal Oak, the group applied for and was granted to become a federal non-profit organization.

    “Certain specifics you have to follow to be a federal non-profit: you cannot dispense and you cannot educate cultivating cannabis,” Parikh said. “That was easy. We don’t dispense and (provide) no cultivating education.”

    Parikh said she has steadily been “building infrastructure of the organization.”

    “We are the first non-profit where federal government employees can donate to us,” she noted. “We also broke ground last week to be the first to actually educate before a class of nursing and pre-med students for a three-hour course. We are opening doors that haven’t been open before.”

    “Education is our mission,” she continued. “We really reach out to parents and seniors and the public that doesn’t understand cannabis. We provide a place for the public to come and feel comfortable: no medicine is passed out or no people smoking cannabis.”

    Royal Oak City Manager Don Johnson said the City Commission approved the group’s non-profit status in September, which allowed them to seek a charitable gaming license.

    “They came to us and met our criteria for non-profit status,” Johnson said. “We have one of the most extensive criteria in the state of Michigan.”

    Johnson said he assumed Michigan Compassion proceeded with its request for a charitable gaming license.

    “They met every criterion we have,” Johnson said as Michigan Compassion prepares for its first meeting on Thursday. “They can do education there. They can educate all they want.”

    Admission to the meeting is a $2 donation. Coffee and dessert will be served.

    Parikh noted all meetings are open to the public and attendees must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent/guardian. For more information, visit

  • 21 Oct 2013 4:36 PM | Mish (Administrator)

    Dr. Aggarwal, Rockind and Forrester lend their skills to advocacy organization
    By Rick Thompson

    October 21, 2013

    Royal Oak, MI – Michigan Compassion is pleased to announce a new association with several respected experts on marijuana and the medical, legal and educational fields.

    Michigan Compassion is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Royal Oak, Michigan. The organization’s groundbreaking associations with Google, and their inclusion in the Federal Combined Charities program, have been celebrated across the United States as industry firsts. To better assist in their informational and educational mission, Michigan Compassion announces the following new board-level appointments:

    Dr. Sunil Aggarwal - Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Aggarwal is a leading cannabis researcher who will be featured in upcoming webinars and conferences hosted by Michigan Compassion. "I am grateful to be part of this cutting edge and growing organization's Medical Advisory Board to and hope to provide education to medical professionals and the general public about the medicinal benefits of cannabis," Dr. Aggarwal said.

    Brad Forrester - Chair of the Educational Curriculum Committee. Brad is a longtime cannabis advocate and will be developing materials for Michigan Compassion’s publication “The Guide to Understanding the “MMM ACT” as well as production of Guides for other states, including Illinois, Arizona and New Jersey. "I look forward to collaborating with the most informed minds from across the country to develop a broad range of educational materials designed to separate fact from fiction, and to provide truthful and accurate information about the pros and cons of cannabis consumption for medicinal, homeopathic and recreational purposes."

    Neil Rockind - Legal Advisory Board. Rockind is one of Michigan’s most successful defense attorneys specializing in cannabis law. "I am honored to join the Michigan Compassion Legal Advisory Board,” said Rockind. “For years I have stood at the forefront on behalf of medical marijuana patients and caregivers. Now, I can put my experiences to use helping out Michigan Compassion." Rockind wrote about his appointment to the Michigan Compassion Legal Advisory Board on his website: Legal Advisory Board.

    The first of Michigan Compassion’s webinars is a physician-only session October 26th on the subject of ‘Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System- Part 1’. Future sessions will be held on a monthly basis for larger groups. The Guidebooks, the webinars and seminars, the Combined Federal Charities program and the activities of the Legal Advisory Board will each be the subject of a future press release.

    Michigan Compassion is a 501(c)(3) exempt organization. Their mission is to increase awareness and understanding through education, information and advocacy of all the medical benefits and healing properties of Cannabis. They are the first medical marijuana public charity in Michigan and only 1 of 4 in the United States to have received federal exemption.

    Order the Guidebooks, register for the seminar and find out more on Michigan Compassion’s website at:

    Media Contact:
    Heidi Parikh, Executive Director, Michigan Compassion
  • 29 Aug 2013 5:00 PM | Mish (Administrator)

    August 29, 2013 – Royal Oak, MI - The arrest of John Roberts by the St. Clair County Sheriff for manufacturing concentrated forms of medical cannabis is the result of bold overreach by the Michigan Court of Appeals and undermines the intent of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. John Roberts conscientiously serves the sickest patients with his charitable mission through Michigan Cancer Project. His mission upholds the spirit and fundamental intent of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act by assisting the very sick with the compassionate use of medical cannabis.   


    The Michigan Court of Appeals ruling in People v Carruthers has had a profound negative impact on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and Michigan Compassion believes the ruling ignores important details about the Act. The prohibition of concentrated forms of medical cannabis is a direct assault on Michigan’s registered patients with the most severe illnesses by stripping their immunity under the Act and forcing a costly legal defense if they are prosecuted. As the world learned in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN special “Weed,” the ingestion of cannabis in a concentrated form is proven to be the most effective medical application. The program showed that the medical use of cannabis is also proven to be medically effective to alleviate the severest symptoms of disease and the side effects of powerful pharmaceutical drugs used in treatments.

    Michigan Court of Appeals ruling surprised not only the medical marijuana community but also the Prosecutor who publicly questioned the scope of the Court’s ruling, stating in that

    “I was kind of surprised they went that far, actually” (Detroit News, 7/12/2013, Court: Weight of marijuana-laced food can't be counted in possession law.)

    In 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed a package of Public Acts to correct perceived deficiencies in the Act. During the House Judiciary Committee’s year-long fact finding mission, the Committee received public testimony on the common use of medical cannabis by ingestion through prepared foods using extractions made with butter, cooking oil or alcohol. Mr. Carruthers was a registered caregiver arrested for possession of brownies made with a butter extraction. The Committee also received testimony of the use of highly concentrated forms used by the sickest patients often as a narcotic substitute to help with the effects of chemotherapy. This included testimony by members of Michigan Compassion. The 2012 Public Acts made no recognition of deficiencies in section 3(k) of the Act, the definition of “Usable marihuana”, and no legislation was passed to modify it. 

    The Michigan Supreme Court has heavily stressed the “plain language” reading of the Act in its rulings. The Michigan Legislature has demonstrated the same restraint as it addressed the Act in 2012. Michigan Compassion believes that Section 3(k) of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act has sustained the democratic process under Michigan Constitution and remains as voted by the citizens. In July 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals not only ruled on a section 3(k) issue, it rewrote section 3(k) to prohibit concentrated forms of medical marihuana. Michigan Compassion believes this ruling is in error. We stress to the Michigan Courts and Legislative Bodies that standards for concentrated cannabis and food prepared with cannabis have been addressed in great detail by many other State’s governments and widely appear in documented regulations.

    The legacy of the Michigan Court of Appeals rulings on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act have left this citizen passed initiative in shambles. It has resulted in the arrest and prosecution of registered caregivers and patients who operated under the belief that their activity was protected under the Act. Michigan Compassion asks if it is justice to demand compliance with a Law when the compliance rules have become a moving target?     

    Michigan Compassion is a federally recognized 501(c)3 exempt organization. Our Mission is to strive to increase Awareness and Understanding through Education, Information and Advocacy of all of the medical benefits and Healing properties of Cannabis. For more information on Michigan Compassion, a schedule of public meetings and educational materials, visit our website at

    Written by: James Campbell, Board Secretary - Michigan Compassion


    Heidi Parikh, Executive Director, Michigan Compassion

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