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  1. Could Monsanto become involved in cannabis? hmm, their exclusive marketing and distribution partner for Roundup is Scotts Miracle Grow. Scotts Miracle Grow is Sunlight Supply, Agrolux, Botanicare, Gavita and General Hydroponics. Yeah, probably a longshot that Monsanto would be involved in the cannabis space.
  2. This could be a good opportunity for a caregiver to transfer to a regular paycheck. That said, you may want to check out the sort of info that LARA wants from you and your spouse with respect to your finances. See the forms and info on their page.... https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154--453929--,00.html
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    Dispensary Discussion

    The key part of my post was, "..rumors.."
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    Dispensary Discussion

    Lots of rumors out there about things switching back to pre 1/1/2019 set up for a few months.
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    Dispensary Discussion

    Most recent LARA recall was for e.coli and salmonella. Never heard of that with mmj and I had to google the cause. Apparently it is from growing soil that has been contaminated. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/Public_Health_and_Safety_Advisory_HG_Lansing011119_643485_7.pdf
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    Timers for lights

    Added note on "plugging into". Do not use the cheap duplex outlets that the big box stores typically sell loose. Use the premium duplex outlets rated at 20 amps. Mechanically the cheap ones have low quality spring loaded contacts that transfer the power to the prongs on the plug. As they age the contact degrades and it is not unusual to find the entire plastic piece in a molten mess or worse, a fire. Yes they cost a few bucks more, but I have seen more than one outlet melted and in one case an entire garage grow burned down.
  7. That printer was something like $750K. It organizes the pics that never happened, creates the cards and the holographic image, prints the letter and envelope and spits out the mail ready piece. Guy that fixes the machine probably lives in Germany or Korea.
  8. My best guess is YES. I submitted a change of caregiver app in October (LARA cashed the check 10/26) and we have yet to see anything. Previously their turnaround time was getting to be less than a month.
  9. The commercial marijuana part of LARA, the BMMR, is looking to sanction caregivers selling to dispensaries for the entire 2019 year. They are presenting it to the licensing board next week, 12/7. The question that comes up is are we protected? 1st there is the basic question that case law says I can not sell to anyone other than my patient and LARA issuing a ruling does not seem to negate the law 2nd, how much can I sell ? Can I only sell 2.5z per patient/transaction? If yes, can I transport the excess weight without being charged? 3 can I save up all these sales dollars and use them as my liquid cash to apply for a grow license? Here is the recent story on this issue... Medical marijuana shortage pushes officials to consider breaking their own rules Updated Nov 29, 4:43 PM; Posted Nov 29, 12:56 PM 7 Gallery: First medical marijuana retail sale in Michigan 24 1.3kshares By Amy Biolchini abiolch1@mlive.com Michigan officials are proposing a solution to a shortage of medical marijuana in the newly licensed industry -- but some lawyers say it's an ironic suggestion that could land caregivers in jail. To keep shelves stocked at licensed medical marijuana shops, state regulators are asking the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board to look the other way if the shop is buying marijuana from caregivers. Right now, licensed retail stores could be fined or lose their license for such activities. "It's an agreement to not take licensing action for certain activities," said Andrew Brisbo, director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. "It's not an authorization for anything outside of that." The board will consider the resolution at its next meeting Dec. 7. But lawyers representing provisioning centers find hypocrisy in the request. "It's ironic that so many of these caregivers have been punished or felonized for this activity," said Josh Colton, a lawyer with Komorn Law. "Now the government is turning around and telling caregivers that they are needed." During the past year, state regulators have agreed to not go after dispensaries who sell marijuana grown by caregivers. It's the reason nearly 100 dispensaries have been allowed to operate in Michigan unlicensed, and the source of a constantly changing deadline for compliance. There currently is no deadline. Unlicensed pot shops won't be shut down this year State regulators agreed to not take enforcement action before Dec. 31. The stance by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has allowed caregivers to continue to sell to dispensaries -- at their own risk. "That's the irony: the state didn't acknowledge where the product was coming from," said Thomas Nafso, an attorney who represents three Detroit provisioning centers owned by Green Skies. "There is nothing in the law that permits the caregivers to deliver to the dispensaries." A court case established that caregivers in Michigan could only sell marijuana to five registered patients with whom they have a relationship. There is no provision in state law that allows caregivers to sell to businesses. Michael Komorn, a criminal defense attorney and president of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, said he has caregivers as clients who have felony criminal cases pending for possession with intent to deliver. "I have had many cases over the last eight years that alleged felony marijuana crimes for behavior that LARA just codified as a part of their system," Komorn said. "The takeaway it would suggest is that it has been realized now by the state that they need caregivers for the state's medical marijuana program to work. They may not want to admit it, but this last play by LARA seals it." That practice was supposed to end once a provisioning center gained a state license and switched over to sourcing its medical marijuana from a licensed grower. The state has been issuing licenses since July; so far 40 provisioning centers and 12 growers are among the 67 licenses issued. There still is not enough medical marijuana from licensed growers to go around. See where medical marijuana shops are licensed in Michigan Forty provisioning centers are licensed, but some shops say there's no medical marijuana to sell. The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation is now proposing that caregivers could continue to provide medical marijuana to licensed provisioning centers without fear of retribution from the licensing board. "As we move forward with the transition to the regulated market there were certainly concerns that arose with continued access of product," Brisbo said. There are 43,056 caregivers in Michigan, and 297,515 patients. Brisbo said the intent of the resolution has been communicated with law enforcement partners. Specifically, the proposed resolution would allow a licensed provisioning center to stock up on marijuana and marijuana products from caregivers until Dec. 31 -- and could continue to sell it after Jan. 1, 2019, as long as it has been tested and entered into the state's tracking system. Colton said he's skeptical as to whether the proposed resolution from LARA would be effective in the long term. "It's still, in my opinion, a short-term solution to a much longer-term problem," Colton said. "This is certainly much-needed relief and would certainly allow patients to get the same medicine that they have had under the past 10 years through Dec. 31." Colton added: "I would be remiss to think this is the last extension." -- Amy Biolchini is the marijuana beat reporter for MLive. Contact her with questions, tips or comments at abiolch1@mlive.com. Read more from MLive about medical marijuana. https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/11/medical_marijuana_shortage_pus.html
  10. semicaregiver

    How to become a Licensed Vendor

    The problem is there is no backup documentation on the LARA/BMMR website to indicate that you as the caregiver/patient are ok. Kind of like a transaction with you as a patient buying from the corner drug dealer. You are ok, but not the drug dealer.
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    Ph problem airstone

    How do the roots look? Are they nice and clean and white or do they have sludge on them?
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    How to become a Licensed Vendor

    This is a curious subject. Reminds me of the old "Marijuana Tax Stamp" There does not seem to be any LARA/BMMR documentation on the fact that it is legal to sell to a dispensary yet there is a form for it... https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/Acknowledgement.for.sale_634773_7.pdf
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    Help with DWC nutrients and EC/TDS, brown sludge

    I would also back off on the lighting. Most studies indicate that s plants in veg can not benefit from more than 18 hrs of light. Ditto on the peroxide Bill mentioned above. If you are not familiar with it, peroxide it comes in a 3% level from the drug store, but you need the 35% from the hydro store. Put it in at about 2ml/gallon.
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    Expense of having a caregiver

    Sorry about that Mel. Too often people post very cynical questions. Your cost as a patient is $150/ounce
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    Excess clones

    As an interesting aside, the commercial rules may have created a new definition for a clone that falls outside of a plant count. I know the commercial rules are a different set of rules from the MMMA, but it might be worth noting that the MMMA does not define a clone. I do not have the commercial rules in front of me, but I recall they created a a category called "immature plant". It being less than 8" diameter and less than 8" high and in a medium no bigger than 2x2x2. Beyond that one needs to put one of the state issued tags on the plant and presumably then make it part of your count.