Arbors Wellness in Ann Arbor is a provisioning center licensed by the state to sell both medical and recreational cannabis; this morning that center will make the first sale of cannabis in Michigan history to Ryan Basore of Lansing and John Sinclair, born in Flint and currently living in Detroit. Shortly after their purchase, Flint native and area resident Rick Thompson will be making a similar sale.
Sinclair is internationally famous for being sentenced in 1969 to ten years in prison for possession of two joints; the freedom rally assembled to raise awareness of his plight, featuring John Lennon and Stevie Wonder; and his release by a court ruling which completely eliminated all cannabis prohibition in Michigan for a period of about six months. He frequently speaks on law reform, music and social issues in America and abroad.
Thompson is Michigan’s most frequently quoted industry figure. A graduate of Flint Central in 1983, Thompson started the Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine and was on the Board of the Big Daddy’s organization in 2009, which became the state’s first chain of cannabis dispensaries. He currently sits on the Board of NORML of Michigan; is the owner of the Michigan Cannabis Business Development Group; and was a principal in the Proposal 1 movement, which legalized cannabis for adults in 2018. He resides in Flint Township.
Sinclair was born at Women’s Hospital in 1941 and Thompson at Flint Osteopathic in 1965. Both men attended the University of Michigan- Flint at different times. Both are proud of their Flint roots and speak highly of the city to media.
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