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Season 5 Episode 3
"We launched right into the bitchin'," says Shelly Smith as the latest Cabbage episode begins.
Welcome to Jazz Cabbage Café! On this episode, hosts Jamie Lowell and Rick Thompson bring in Mike McCurdy (Chair, Cannabis Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party) and Ryan Basore (Redemption Cannabis/Foundation) to talk about the historic first meeting of The Clemency Project. You can catch that first meeting on Jazz Cabbage Cafe's channel. The Project aims to move the Governor's office toward a more favorable approach on clemency, and to push for changes in the process legislatively. Also: the Michael Thompson case was discussed, and his parole date of January 28th at 8am was revealed by McCurdy. Basore hints at some sort of celebration for the man along the roadside as he is driven away.
The group tosses around the concept of raising taxes to pay for social equity programs, as was recently proposed by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency's Social Equity Workgroup. Jamie teases a John Sinclair appearance for the January 26 episode. Mr. Sinclair is the cannabis industry's grandfather, having been put in jail for ten years for possession of two joints. His freedom was won by John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and other greats in a concert at the old Crisler Arena in Detroit. He was freed from jail by decision of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1974 and has attained legendary status in the music world and for his beat-style poetry.
Also: what does the Senate flipping into numerical control by the Democrats really mean for cannabis law reform? Plus: harsh words for an editorial appearing in a 10-year Michigan cannabis magazine criticizing Rick Thompson in pretty disgusting terms. His friends come to his defense. "F--k you," Debra Young says to the editorial's author, who we will not name or cite.
In the Patch, we have some tough Cabbages.
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