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  1. You can find used food grade 50-60 gallon drums on craigslist for $20. Add a bulkhead fitting and valve at the bottom for another $10.
  2. Sounds like your well water has some elements that are acting as a buffering agent. This is a problem with Detroit (Great Lakes Water Authority) water. They add a buffering agent to prevent the water going acidic. Low ph will leach lead into the drinking water. While the source of your problem is some natural occurring element, the solution may be the same. I use a 55 gallon drum as a water storage reservoir and adjust the ph over a period of time. For example when I first fill it the ph is right around 7. Just like your experience I can ph it down to 5.8 (hydro usage). In a few hours it will shoot back up to around 6.6-6.8 due to the buffering chemicals that Detroit added. A second ph treatment will return the ph to my target, 5.8 and it will hold. I do not use all the water at once so I keep it aerated with a couple of air stones. My approach is not terribly sophisticated, just a solution that I found works for me from trial and error. Perhaps someone with more chemistry knowledge will have a simpler solution.
  3. Gary, Sounds great! Looking forward to a report on grams/watt results. Back early on I asked about the color of the light, i.e. the usual blinding purple or white. I see many of the newest fixtures I see advertised appear to be white. Not having used LED's myself it would seem that white would make it easier to judge how things are going if you have been use to seeing your plants under traditional HPS.
  4. Adding to Shishka's post from Mlive... With little funding or political will, Michigan police let black market weed slide By Amy Biolchini | abiolch1@mlive.com Michigan State Police Lt. Chris Hawkins knows where the illegal weed is. He's sent undercover police officers to dispensaries, who have bought "medical" marijuana without having to show patient registration cards or any form of I.D. Will he go after the people who sold the cops weed? Probably not. Hawkins, who is in charge of the state police’s Marihuana and Tobacco Investigation Section, said his department has limited resources to address black market marijuana. "We want to try to focus our resources in areas where we will obtain criminal charges and prosecution," Hawkins said. Fortunately for most of the brick-and-mortar criminal enterprises in the state, they’re located in counties where prosecutors aren’t hard on weed, Hawkins said. And so the police let it slide. The issue is rampant. "We're literally seeing hundreds of businesses that have opened up across the state and sell recreational marijuana without a license," Hawkins said. Michigan still has 30 unlicensed pot shops About 30 unlicensed medical marijuana pot shops are still operational in Michigan. It’s caught the attention of both Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo and Attorney General Dana Nessel, who had a meeting about illegal operators. “We talked about, at some point we really have to start coming down on those who are operating illegally. Just the same way we would, by the way, if you were selling cigarettes illegally. Just the same way we would if you had manufactured moonshine in your bathtub, and nobody had tested that to find out if it was safe, and you didn’t have a license to sell it,” Nessel said of her conversation with Brisbo. “So, at some point, you know, that’s going to be part of the function of our office is to make certain that the laws are enforced and that it’s properly regulated.” The Marijuana Regulatory Agency responded to questions from MLive with the following statement: “The MRA cooperates closely with our law enforcement partners -- particularly the Michigan State Police -- and will continue to forward on complaints and information related to unlawful operations. We believe the goals of the MRA, law enforcement, and the regulated marijuana industry are the same -- reduce the black market so that consumers are safe and legal businesses are successful.” Much of the marijuana on the black market is coming from patients or caregivers that have grown too much marijuana for their own needs, Hawkins said. A 2008 law allows caregivers to grow up to 12 plants per up to five patients -- a total of 72 plants. Since the regulated medical marijuana market launched in late 2018, caregivers have been selling their overages directly to licensed provisioning centers. State regulators allowed it to happen by telling businesses the practice would not put their state license in jeopardy. “Growers would rather sell to a provisioning center than to a guy on the street. It’s safer,” said a Metro Detroit caregiver who MLive is keeping anonymous, as he sells marijuana illegally on the black market. That practice ended this May due to state intervention, though caregiver marijuana is still dominating the regulated market: 19 percent of all of the flower sold in June was grown at a licensed facility, according to state figures. Michigan’s legal medical marijuana market remains dominated by illegal product Seven percent of the flower sold by licensed provisioning centers in the last six months has been grown by licensed businesses. Now caregivers can only sell their product to licensed growers or processing facilities. But to caregivers, the black market is still more lucrative -- and easier to deal with. The Metro Detroit caregiver said a licensed Ann Arbor business told him it would take five weeks to complete a sale. “Five weeks? I could sell it in five minutes,” the caregiver said, explaining he has unlicensed dispensaries and unlicensed delivery drivers asking for his products. Since the adult-use legalization law took effect in December 2018, the caregiver said demand has skyrocketed, the supply has shrunken and prices have gone up across the board. As licensed medical marijuana provisioning centers are charging higher prices for their products to cover the costs of mandatory testing and regulatory fees, black market operators like the Metro Detroit caregiver are raising their prices as well. He’s now making 25 percent more on his top-tier indoor-grown weed, and is making double on his mid-grade quality greenhouse-grown product. It's not just brick-and-mortar dispensaries operating outside the bounds of the law. Illegal delivery drivers cruise Michigan streets daily; their activities broadcast for all to see online through the website Weedmaps. Medical marijuana businesses -- both legitimate and illegitimate -- pay to list their inventory on Weedmaps. Some sellers have been offering home delivery for months, long before state officials were able to issue any official licenses. Weedmaps declined to comment for this story, but the company has not let the Michigan market go unnoticed: highway corridors across the state were peppered with Weedmaps billboards this spring. The state officials who are in charge of licensing medical marijuana businesses and legitimate home delivery drivers won't comment on Weedmaps, as it's not an entity they regulate. Hawkins and the MSP know about them too, but can't do much. "The resources we have to address black market unlicensed marijuana are very limited," Hawkins said. Medical marijuana home delivery now available in Michigan Three provisioning centers in Detroit and Portage are now licensed to provide home delivery. To licensed medical marijuana businesses who have paid tens of thousands of dollars to play by the rules, action can’t come soon enough. "We work with LARA inspectors, we work with the state police, we work with the regulators. Our compliance is perfect," said Stuart Carter, owner of the licensed medical marijuana provisioning center Utopia Gardens in Detroit. "Yet we're seeing a downturn in our sales. For every dispensary, there's four illegal delivery services." Carter said he's tallied up more than 200 unlicensed delivery drivers advertising on Weedmaps -- most of which operate in metro Detroit. Unlicensed delivery services offer a bigger menu of products -- which could come from anywhere -- and none of it is tested, taxed or tracked by the state. "They are the 800-pound gorilla in the room," Carter said of Weedmaps. "Anyone who wants to do business in the industry has to do business with them." That includes Carter's Utopia Gardens. He pays $15,000 a year to advertise his business on the website. Though Utopia Gardens and several other provisioning centers have launched their own state-licensed home delivery service for medical marijuana, Carter said it’s not enough to stop Weedmaps. Carter said he’s working with lobbyists to push for legislation similar to a bill that has passed the California House and is now before its Senate. Faced with their own influx of illegal delivery drivers working through Weedmaps, California lawmakers put forward a bill that would require anyone advertising marijuana sales to include the state license number for the establishment it's connected to -- and face a fine of $2,500 per violation per day. Carter said passing a similar law in Michigan would give authorities something concrete to enforce. Weedmaps has previously skirted California authorities. The site claims its activities are protected under a section of the Communications Decency Act -- a clause that protects websites like Facebook from being liable for what users post. With or without Weedmaps, the black market in Michigan would find a way. "I'm not aware of any state that has legalized and commercialized recreational or adult use that has made a claim that it has eliminated or even diminished their black market," Hawkins said. "In some cases it's even grown." That doesn’t mean police are doing nothing. Hawkins said his officers are investigating a recreational marijuana “gifting” scheme at the request of a county prosecutor. Giving marijuana as a gift is legal in Michigan, but it’s not legal to accept any form of remuneration. Some entrepreneurs have tried to skirt the law by selling unrelated items like T-shirts and chocolate with gifts of weed. Many are hopeful that once the regulated market for medical and recreational marijuana is fully functional, the black market will diminish. But that will take enforcement -- and time. “I don’t know how the licensed industry survives when there’s a thriving black market where marijuana can be sold untested,” Hawkins said. -- Amy Biolchini is the marijuana beat reporter for MLive. Contact her with questions, tips or comments at abiolch1@mlive.com. Reporter Emily Lawler contributed to this story. Read more from MLive about medical and recreational marijuana. Vi
  5. wtf??? Based on the published rules that BMR has your first report of confiscation sounded like something they would do. Did Dispo explain the reversal?
  6. There may be an answer to this question that makes both Slappy and Resto correct. The MRA held a public meeting this AM in Detroit.. https://www.facebook.com/michiganLARA/videos/2396936093721234/?__xts__[0]=68.ARALiqRY-bFdXvzXwUA7kAbpgK5Ed2OI47jgCLCsQhBLiVqNTACYmeKICJWONqUXE0E0hFoa6Jfr97GifMlbyolqWEHMwlhKj-V2965W48jOtorz_gbos8UwtUky1wTEpXxoXYqm2hVytC10_sDLNockHIlt6SqhMlGspOHGA9ouGL8FndMer2v7spvGNaaKH7SugrsRh69JKt8XVBm7ZD6ItdQUA0KJte-vB29g589CcyGw8ypyMsK07TIJ2VOF078tWLakIJzJjLeC0v2ImHp82yldQO0hVCr8nxnufEjiPfclqMDUgV9A7Yt22uydF9-iyOKBFshjkp9fHPH_C6AdzYEsRG-GLYfk1o_MOSeaSCRBqM6bnRq1YxLTYFWOAbc&__tn__=-R During that meeting a dispensary owner testified that there was no flower available. Also a new dispensary, Gage, had been promoting their grand opening in Ferndale this weekend, but suddenly announced ( Metro Times) that they were delaying the opening due to "limited supplies". The dispensary owner testified that flower was all staying internal to groups that owned both grow license and retail or in other cases product had been pre-purchased by dispensaries, i.e. futures contracts. If you do not fall into one of those two groups, no flower for you w/o paying way too much. As a patient/caregiver I do not think in terms of futures contracts, although in a way that is what the relationship with our patients could be described as. The reality is futures contracts in the commercial market is a big thing. If you follow the metrics out of Colorado, they regularly report futures pricing. One might think of this as some sort of monopoly play, but the reality is it is standard agricultural practice. Anyway, just a thought after watching the hearing.
  7. Think of it as a chick trying to break out of an egg. The sanding weakens the outer shell of the seed. Getting seeds to germinate in a man-made environment often requires some interesting tricks. For example many wildflowers seeds need to be frozen before they will germinate. They need to go thru a "winter". In some cases (non cannabis) more drastic manipulation is required. I had obtained some seeds for a unique perennial that I wanted in my garden. It turned out that the plant's natural environment was Northern Canadian forests where the seeds would normally go thru several freeze thaw cycles so they had developed very hard shells. In this case the US Forest Service had developed a protocol for germinating the seeds in a greenhouse. Part of the process included soaking them in sulfuric acid.
  8. I would agree, the small rec licenses, i.e. 100 plant grow and the microbusiness (150 plants) are pipe dreams. I attended the 2 hour dog and pony show that LARA did under the name of "social equity" here in Detroit. The fact that you need to move into a commercial space and then be subject to all their construction, reporting and inspection rules make the idea a non-starter. Personally my estimate of the future wholesale market is way below any numbers discussed here. Once they legalize at the federal level and it can be transported from western states I see the wholesale $ at below $800/#. I grow in rockwool and have spent alot of time studying the existing agricultural operations that use rockwool in places like Arizona for tomato growing. These folks are growing in 1,000,000 sq ft fully automated green houses and producing stuff at $0.50/#. Think about what they can do to the cannabis market if they can ship it nationally.
  9. The impression I had from the memo's put out by LARA is only a licensed grower can buy from a caregiver. The objective of the LARA change was to guarantee that the folks they sold "grow" licenses to are the only ones allowed to sell flower into the system.
  10. Green Peak is opening 19 of their own. Opened their first one in Bay City last month under the name Sky Mint https://mibiz.com/sections/economic-development/michigan-marijuana-businesses-spar-amid-regulatory-uncertainty
  11. They did. The May 2 memo from LARA was the result of a Court of Claims case that Green Peak brought against LARA. I believe you are correct re: dispensary business. With cities limiting locations and #'s the money play is to get a good location, establish it with a good rep and cash in.
  12. Resto, Does the fact that LARA has forbidden licensed provisioning centers from buying from caregivers enter into your analysis? https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_79571_79784-496342--,00.html Marijuana Regulatory Agency Addresses Recent Court Decisions Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272) Email: mediainfo@michigan.gov May 2, 2019 – As of April 30, 2019, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) was established via Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-7. Over the next several weeks, the MRA, led by Executive Director Andrew Brisbo, will be implementing new practices to streamline the application process and ensure access to safe marijuana products. Earlier this week, the Court of Claims issued several orders relative to the operation of unlicensed facilities and access to caregiver product. The MRA has reviewed the orders and is evaluating whether any further legal action is appropriate. The agency will be reviewing applications for those that paid an application fee but never submitted a complete application and therefore never had it considered by the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board. This review will include applicants that never responded to notices of deficiency and/or failed to provide supplemental applications for owners, as required by the administrative rules. The MRA will swiftly provide these applicants – and others similarly situated – an approval or denial of their application. As to caregiver product, until further notice, the MRA will not take disciplinary action against a licensee in the circumstances provided for in the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board’s March 21, 2019 resolution. The full resolution is available here. Below is a summary of the provisions of the resolution regarding caregiver product that will remain in effect until the MRA publishes an advisory bulletin on this issue. Licensed Provisioning Centers Licensees may obtain marijuana products only from a licensed grower or licensed processor. Licensees must obtain patient consent on a form provided by the MRA prior to selling any marijuana products obtained from a caregiver on or before April 30, 2019 that have not been tested in full compliance with the law and administrative rules. Licensees must enter all inventory into the statewide monitoring system immediately upon receipt. Licensees, before any sale or transfer, must verify – and confirm with government issued photo identification – with the statewide monitoring system that a patient or primary caregiver holds a valid registry identification card. Licensees must enter all sales in the statewide monitoring system and must determine sales will not exceed daily purchasing limits. Licensees must notify the MRA within one business day of becoming aware of any adverse reaction to a marijuana product sold or transferred. Licensed Growers and Licensed Processors: Licensees may obtain marijuana products from caregivers. Licensees must enter all inventory into the statewide monitoring system immediately upon receipt. Licensees may only transfer marijuana products that have been tested in full compliance with the law and administrative rules. Licensees must tag or package all inventory that has been identified in the statewide monitoring system. Licensees must transfer marijuana products by means of a secure transporter, except where exempted under law. Licensees must notify the MRA within one business day of becoming aware of any adverse reaction to a marijuana product sold or transferred.
  13. The difference of opinion here between Shiska and Resto seems to be in the definition of a caregiver. I believe Resto is correct, there is no path to market for a basement caregiver under the MMMA. There is however a path to market for individuals from the black market that are holding themselves out as a "caregiver" (they most likely hold caregiver cards). These "caregivers" have a path to market by selling to the licensed growers in lots of 10, 25 even 50 pounds. They may have grown the flower in a 72 plant commercial style grow or perhaps imported from the west coast. On his point, Shiska is correct. These "caregivers" are out there and they are selling to the licensed growers. When the product reaches the dispensary it is tested product from a licensed grower.
  14. Agreed, It is illegal for them to buy from a caregiver. They can however buy from a licensed grower who is buying from "caregivers" that just happened to have 25#'s of overage available. This will continue until the licensed growers increase in number and bring their full capacity online. In the meantime the BMA seems content with this wink, wink approach as to where the product is coming from.
  15. Agreed. MMMA caregivers that are adhering to the rules do not have much of a path to market at the moment. Testing costs coupled with three middle men (licensed grower, transporter and provisioning center) between them and the consumer pretty much have eliminated the secondary market for legit caregivers. The reality however is that "caregivers" (wink, wink on the definition) are reported to be supplying over 50% of the product sold in licensed provisioning centers. The black/grey market is thriving. I would think that the secondary market for legit caregivers is done. Eventually the licensed growers will catch up with demand and the only market for a legit caregiver will be their patients.
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