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    • By Michael Komorn in Stories From the Theater of the War on Drugs
      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. I think this is a wonderful example of how closely intertwined humans are and have been with the world around them.
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  4. Are you are taking about what is legally allowed out to each patient or what can be purchased from a dispensary? I do not have an answer for either, but would like to know both.
  5. I will be transplanting into 10 gal pots soon. Just got a new tent and another 1000w light. The new tent is 8'x4'x6.5' over twice as big. Gave my brother a snake oil plant.
  6. Agreed I think a SCROG grow would be best suited for these panels .
  7. Is the 10 ounce per month limit calculated from the 1st of the month to the 1st of the month? Example; 10 ounces in June, reset in July. Or is it 10 ounces in a 30 day period? Example; 2.5 on the 10th, 2.5 on the 15th, 2.5 on the 20th, 2.5 on the 25th. Resets on the 10th of the next month?
  8. I noticed on my first LED grow that indicas and sativas seem to display their differences more prominently. The sativa dominant strain stretched a great deal while the indicas remained squat and low to the ground. Now that I have two lights I'll be able to adjust the heights accordingly to the different growing habits. I wonder if it would be better to keep the lights for the indicas a little higher at first to encourage some stretch? I may try a SCROG grow next time too. The bushiness and increased bud sites would seem to lend it self to that method. It almost did it by itself anyway.
  9. It goes back to our old friend Tricky Dick. https://therooster.com/blog/wasteful-nature-marijuana-packaging-new-water-bottle Richard Nixon signed the Poison Prevention and Packaging Act into law. This legislation required child-resistant packaging for drugs and household chemicals that were hazardous to children. Since then, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, with very few exceptions, have been sold in child-resistant packaging. Interestingly, the same child-resistant designs, like the familiar push-down-and-twist cap for medicine bottles, have been used for over 50 years. Now though, child-resistant regulations for marijuana products have led to staggering innovation in packaging design. Indeed, it has become impossibly difficult even for some adult stoners to get their stash open. And although innovation has kept up with the pace of demand, it too much conforms to the bigger is better American ideal. Marijuana packaging is heinously large and mushrooming out of control. Consider that the standard opaque, plastic container a quarter of flower (7 grams) comes in weighs almost 29 grams, making it four times larger by weight than the content it holds. A standard container for half-eighths of flower (1.75 grams) weighs a whopping 10.10 grams, six times as much as the content it holds. If that weren’t bad enough, the packaging for a single gram of concentrate can weigh as much as 30 times as the product. And it isn’t biodegradable in the short-term. Which leads to a grave concern about packaging, the bulk of it isn’t recycled, especially the small stuff. In Denver’s Cannabis Environmental Best Management Practices Guide, they note the small packaging for concentrate and pre-rolls, while technically recyclable, is usually sorted out by recyclers and taken to landfills. And the exit bags (often plastic zippered, heavy weight bags), they’re typically not recyclable due to their mixed materials. Even compared to single-use plastic shopping bags, cannabis packaging is unnecessarily wasteful.
  10. Little need for the small grower? Right, the small grower has little need for paying. Low overhead is where it's at. After a few grows everyone is an 'expert'. The big players have to pay pay pay. Pay the state. Pay the locals. Pay for a building. Pay for 'experts'. Pay for trimmers. Pay for transport. Pay for testing. Pay taxes. Share the profit with dispensaries who also pay pay pay. I know I forgot about a bunch of pays. The lazy folks with a suit and tie get to pay and brag how much they are gonna collect. While the low overhead folks silently enjoy what they didn't have to pay for over and over. Maybe they sell a little, maybe not. They don't have to worry about that very much because they aren't a 'big paya'.
  11. On my third grow with these lights my Headband grew a gazillion bud sites like shrubbery. So I had a gazillion buds, mostly mids. Next time I run that strain I'm going to have to do a better job of pruning for production. When I grew OGKush it didn't do that so much. So it depends on the strain how bushy it's going to get under the LEDs.
  12. 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.
  13. ok thanks for all your suggestions! I appreciate it!
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  15. I do see more bud sites on the LED grow for sure .
  16. These specific lights have better PAR than a 1000 HPS.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. You're welcome. Heavy and falling over is a good problem to have.
  25. Very cool. Thanks for the suggestions!
  26. 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.
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