Longtime Michigan cannabis activist Dale “Rick” Johnson died on Monday following a battle with cancer, MLive reports. Johnson was 57-years-old.
Johson began full-time activism for cannabis policy reforms in 2010 and, until he became too ill, hosted the Jazz Cabbage Café podcast, previously the Medical Marijuana Radio Show alongside Jamie Lowell and Ryan Basore.
“Rick is righteous and he always stood up for what he believed in, no matter what. … He just checks off every box, as a person that loves his family, is righteous, has worked hard toward something they believe in and accomplishes important things. I learned a lot from him.” — Lowell to MLive
Thompson worked with local governments to decriminalize cannabis following the passage of medical cannabis in 2008. He was a leader in the MI Legalize initiative that helped pass adult-use cannabis reforms in 2018. He had also served on the board of NORML since 2014 until stepping down when his health began to decline. He also served as the editor-in-chief from Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine and Compassion Chronicles.
Thompson appeared on a 2018 episode of the Ganjapreneur podcast, saying he was able to remain