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      After the legalization of marijuana in Michigan, some patients are thinking they could stop paying the state $100 for the special mmp card , and just use the recreational marijuana law to grow their medicine.
      A patient with a registered card can use the ultimate defense and immunity to avoid a driving under the influence charge.
      Only adults 21 or over are protected by the new legalization law, but no one yet knows how the new law will affect driving privileges.
      Is the zero tolerance of THC in your blood law still in effect for adult use marijuana ? 
      The new law is similarly worded to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.
      Whereas the MMMA says
      While the meaning of "under the influence" was not decided within the MMMA until 2012, with People v Koon, that was 4 years of police arresting patients for driving with marijuana in their blood.
      The court in People v Koon came to the conclusion:
      Ignoring that for a minute, the Michigan State Police have been tasked with sampling saliva during road side stops for a task force on marijuana driving. The task force was created in order to find a nanogram limit for THC in blood, even though 50 years of scientific research on the subject has consistently said marijuana does not affect driving.
      So my advice is, if you are a patient, keep the patient card active until the courts either give up on all marijuana issues, or at least this driving issue , or it is decided by the Michigan Supreme Court.
      Basically, until non-patients get a similar "People v Koon" ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court, it is advised that any patients keep their cards to protect them fully under the MMMA.
      "Don't be the first person to test this in court."

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  2. There is little need for small growers of normal competence who's main skill is managing criminal illegal risk for grows when legal comes to town. The big players have experts who have been growing just as long who grow a crop of fairly high quality and large-scale quantity. The space for small growers is in boutique weed. Creating some value for the extra price they need to get to make a living in a market flooded with good, less expensive, weed.
  3. ok thanks for all your suggestions! I appreciate it!
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  5. I do see more bud sites on the LED grow for sure .
  6. These specific lights have better PAR than a 1000 HPS.
  7. When you start over, go with a trellis attached to the support poles on the tent. Set up two layers about 12-18in apart, this will support your whole canopy and allow you to pull branches through different holes to spread and keep your canopy even. For your current problem I would get some bamboo stakes and bonsi wire, put 4 stakes areond the perimeter of each plant . Do this on a slight angle to accommodate the width of each plant. Then carefully weave the wire around each pole just under the branches that need the most support. You can do 2 or 3 rings of wire if needed. Kind if like a tomato cage, but more costomized. I suggest bonsi because it is easily bendable and still strong, I like the 3mm size
  8. I've seen better results with lenses over the bulbs. I have tried several kinds, and the ones with lenses have always performed better in the terms of par. Cob's made great colas, but the par was awful. I'm still impressed by my Kush Innovations, which I believe now is Goldleaf. HPS will yield more, but the quality of led is amazing.
  9. You are supposed to use both veg and bloom for blooming. Same amount of buds on the plants or are there more on the LED plants? If you have a lot of growth that hasn't been pruned to produce you will get a lot of small buds.
  10. Looking at both rooms which were started on 6-3 the HPS room buds look much bigger then the LED room buds i am running both the veg and the bloom switches on the panels is this possibly messing with the plants photosynthesis?
  11. Watch the stakes if you are using grow bags. You'll likely scratch off the reflective bottom like I did my in 4X8. All the suggestions above are great. I wouldn't put a stake through the heart of the plant tho. Keep them on the sides as much as possible.
  12. June 19, 2019 DETROIT – A Detroit-area doctor was sentenced to 60 months in prison today for his role in a scheme to unlawfully distribute more than 23,000 pills of oxycodone. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Plancon of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Detroit Division, Special Agent in Charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI’s Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s Chicago Regional Office made the announcement. Alex Kafi, M.D., 70, of West Bloomfield, Mich., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts of the Eastern District of Michigan. Kafi pleaded guilty in August 2018 to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. “Betraying his duties as a licensed physician, Alex Kafi, accepted cash in exchange for writing medically unnecessary prescriptions for addictive opioids as part of a scheme that flooded Michigan with thousands of doses of oxycodone,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “Holding corrupt doctors accountable is critical to our ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic nationwide and the Department of Justice will continue to aggressively pursue medical professionals like Alex Kafi.” “Today’s opioid epidemic is fueled, in part, by the greed of certain doctors who knowingly prescribe legitimate pain medications to individuals for no legitimate medical purpose,” said U.S. Attorney Schneider. “Dr. Kafi’s action contributed to Michigan’s opioid crisis for the sole purpose of lining his pockets. We will continue to use every means available to investigate and prosecute these cases.” “Today’s sentencing is a reminder of DEA’s determination to bring medical professionals who betray the trust of their community to justice,” said Special Agent in Charge Plancon. “The DEA, through regulation and enforcement, will continue to partner with other law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate and prosecute licensed physicians, like Dr. Kafi, who use their medical profession and position to conceal the unlawful diversion and distribution of prescription drugs.” As part of his guilty plea, Kafi admitted that from 2013 through May 2017, he engaged in a scheme in which he wrote medically unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone in exchange for cash. Kafi wrote these fraudulent prescriptions often without ever meeting or communicating with the patient. Instead, Kafi conspired with patient recruiters who provided him with lists of patients, along with $300 per prescription of oxycodone, he admitted. Kafi admitted the scheme involved approximately 693,000 milligrams of oxycodone. He agreed to forfeit $617,208.00, representing proceeds of his criminal activity. Kafi’s co-defendant, Danielle Smith, was sentenced by Judge Roberts to serve 32 months in prison on Feb. 7, 2019. Additional co-defendant Cheryl Ozoh awaits sentencing. Smith and Ozoh each also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. The DEA, HHS-OIG and FBI investigated the case. Trial Attorney Steven Scott of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section is prosecuting the case. The Fraud Section leads the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is part of a joint initiative between the Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to focus their efforts to prevent and deter fraud and enforce current anti-fraud laws around the country. Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which maintains 14 strike forces operating in 23 districts, has charged nearly 4,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $14 billion. In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers. The post West Bloomfield doctor sentenced for diverting thousands of oxycodone pills appeared first on Komorn Law. View the full article
  13. Tomato cages work well too. I grow DWC in five-gallon buckets. I cut the legs of the tomato cages down to about 1.5" long, drill three holes in the lid, slide the legs in, then fold them over.
  14. You're welcome. Heavy and falling over is a good problem to have.
  15. Very cool. Thanks for the suggestions!
  16. Sticks and strings for freestanding movability. For plants that are stationary I use a fence fastened horizontally about a foot below where I want the canopy. Works to keep them upright and also provides a place to tie them down if they get too tall.
  17. Hello. Im a newbie and i am having problems keeping my plants upright. Im into about 4 week flowering and they are getting to heavy and are starting to tip/fall over. What is the best method to keep them upright? I am using a 4x4 grow tent. Should i use string and run a net? Thanks!
  18. These clones are getting harder to find for some reason. Notice that H.T. magazine has an ad for Harlequin seeds. Cannatonic used to be easily found, but not now. I have a new plant that is 20% thc and 18% cbd. I call it C & C which is actually Crème and Cheese (I think). Patients like the smoke so far, just recently got it finished and to patients.
  19. Harlequin. Harlequin is one of the most popular CBD strains, and you can usually find it with a 5:2 CBD/THC ratio.
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  21. Shocking hearing that come out of a LEO from Nazi Germany but that is great wonder what Boouchard thinks about legalization and Jessica Cooper?
  22. I was at one of the Bob Seger shows and overheard a conversation between a woman and an Oakland County deputy standing nearby. The woman complained to the LEO that there was a girl sitting next to her on the hill smoking weed. The deputy replied, "The voters of the State of Michigan have said it's OK so there's nothing i can do." After the woman left I asked him if the change has made his job easier or harder. He said,"Easier, that's one less thing we have to deal with." Very refreshing after so many years of malice.
  23. There you go. Nice that you finally are making some sense. Working the system is defined by following the rules, limits, etc. No 50# deals. What a joke that was! A mean joke. No caregiver gets to do that and stay a caregiver. You would be all done and have serious fines. I doubt Choice would be a part of that anyway. Totally imaginary scenario.
  24. So Choice Labs is local to Leoni township in Jackson county and was the first to receive local approval to do business. It is owned by Wes Lutz who also owns a Dodge dealership in town. Choice has a Class C, processor, and two dispensary licenses in Leoni and are working on opening a third in Douglas MI. They employ like 100 people already. They have licensing deals with some of the bigger national brands such as Dixie, Mary’s, Platinum Vape etc. Because of these brands pretty much every PC orders from them. They have had some growing pains with their own grow producing clean flowers so if they can get clean tested flower they keep their wholesale PC customers happy. Now, all that said, NO, you as a caregiver are not protected driving with or even just possessing more than what your cg cards allow for. If you should find yourself pulled over with pounds in the car it will likely not go well. As I already said, stay in your comfort space and don’t take chances you are not comfortable with. The prevailing thought is that the state will continue to allow caregivers to work the system at least until rec is rolled out and caregivers have a chance to transition into a micro or class A rec if that is what they want to do. Thats my thoughts anyway, just a caregiver trying to stay afloat in ever changing times.
  25. I went to Dispo, the largest dispensary in my area, and asked one of the senior managers there about the whole process. This was less than a week ago so I would have fresh and valuable information, not BS. They are a lab and a holding center. Everything Dispo gets is from Choice Labs. That is their supermarket. They go there and buy. Choice has product there from High Life Farms, the State grow facility. They also have product there from caregivers who show their cards and qualify as legal growers in the medical program. I have not taken anything to Choice. I know for a fact that when we could take our caregiver product to Dispo in particular, they wanted to see your cards and you only qualified to sell 2.5 per card per day. I find it highly unlikely that Choice has decided they can go past qualified purchases like Dispo had going on. After the new smaller grow licenses come out they will. I can't explain the difference in rules that make it so some folks can just swagger up with 16 or 50 pounds when all I could sell would be 2.5 x cards. Maybe the person in court had a real grow license and wasn't just a caregiver? I strongly advise that caregivers stick with the rules and don't go rogue and grow beyond the rules and set themselves up with a paper trail that proves it. If one guy wants to jump off the cliff don't follow like a lemming... It's just not worth the cost.
  26. Of course it's not LARA responsibility to prosecute people who don't follow the rules. They are not law enforcement. They just report to investigators and supply raw data for them. We have really clear rules that we have to follow. They have been in place for years now. If you break them you lose your defense and are just a drug dealer with a grow and will face the same prosecution as anyone without a card(s). So if you break them with a paper trail you are a sitting duck.
  27. I am a little confused about who Choice is. From the various posts and their name it sounds like they are a lab, but the link Resto provided suggests they are a dispensary. Do they connect you with a grower and a lab or perhaps they have a grower's license to?
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