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  1. Democratic Republic of Congo is really sketchy. I was recently involved helping a customer ship a package there. No one (i.e. UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL) would touch going there. Found that the only one that would touch DRC was DHL and only if one were just shipping correspondence. They indicated that the government would destroy any paperwork that include any political references.
  2. Is this in a different bill? I may be wrong, but I thought that the microbusiness licenses were adult use/recreational businesses. The bill listed above only relates to "medical" licensees
  3. In the metro areas mail has become a real problem. We are on the Eastside of Detroit. Mailing something to Lansing can take up to two weeks. You can send certified mail and get a tracking number, but they are not bothering to scan alot of the mail so you can never really know where it is, all you know is the addressee did not get it.
  4. The big growers, i.e. 1500 plants, are lobbying to move that number up to something like 6,000+ plants under a Class C license. They submitted a bill to change the number to 4,500, but slipped in a redefinition of plant to a "flowering" plant. Interestingly is they have Republican support for the bill. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2019-2020/billintroduced/House/htm/2020-HIB-5547.htm Key part of the new words... THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT: Sec. 501. (1) A grower license authorizes the grower to grow not more than the following number of marihuana plants under the indicated license class for each license the grower holds in that class: (a) Class A – 1,500 marihuana plants, not more than 500 of which may be flowering marihuana plants. (b) Class B – 3,000 marihuana plants, not more than 1,000 of which may be flowering marihuana plants. (c) Class C – 4,500 marihuana plants, not more than 1,500 of which may be flowering marihuana plants.
  5. On 5/14 Whitmer OK'd telemed for card renewal.... 7. Strict compliance with sections 3(a)(1) and 3(q)(2) of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, MCL 26423(a)(1) and (q)(2), is suspended only to the extent necessary to allow relevant medical evaluations to be conducted via telemedicine.
  6. I believe the term is "sham sale" I can understand why the question is asked. You have storefronts in detroit selling just clones as well as folks selling thru facebook and instagram. So it must be legal! All the comments above are correct, it is illegal. If your tolerance for that sort of thing is high enough, you should at least have a lawyer on speed dial.
  7. I would suggest that this decision will lead to local cities, towns and villages enacting caregiver zoning laws that will not only require a permit, but also inspections that limit the square footage of your grow, require inspections related to electrical and plumbing issues and discharge issues related to how you dispose of runoff. The decision is not focused on using industrial property or landlord rights, but rather permits and inspections of your grow. The court states in their conclusion, pg 16... "Accordingly, Byron Township may require primary caregivers to obtain a permit and pay a fee before they use a building or structure within the township for the cultivation of medical marijuana." The final sentence of the court decision is.... "We hold that Byron’s Township’s home-occupation zoning ordinance does not directly conflict with the MMMA. Accordingly, we reverse the Court of Appeals’ holding to the contrary and remand to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion." If you have 34 minutes or so you can watch the arguments that were made to the MSC... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYLEkDNJs-Q
  8. The Michigan Supreme court ruled yesterday that cities and towns could require patients and caregivers to get grow permits and require building inspections. Below is the first page of their ruling and at the bottom is a link to the entire decision. This is sure to be litigated further so it is not a immediate red flag, but something to be aware of... DeRUITER v TOWNSHIP OF BYRON Docket No. 158311. Argued on application for leave to appeal October 3, 2019. Decided April 27, 2020. Christie DeRuiter, a registered qualifying medical marijuana patient and a registered primary caregiver to qualifying patients, brought an action in the Kent Circuit Court against Byron Township, alleging that the township’s zoning ordinance—which required that a primary caregiver obtain a permit before cultivating medical marijuana and that the caregiver cultivate the marijuana within a dwelling or garage in a residentially zoned area within the township as part of a regulated home occupation at a full-time residence—directly conflicted with and was therefore preempted by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (the MMMA), MCL 333.26421 et seq. DeRuiter cultivated marijuana in an enclosed, locked facility at a commercially zoned property she rented in the township; she did not obtain a permit from the township before cultivating the medical marijuana as a primary caregiver. At the township’s direction, DeRuiter’s landlord ordered her to stop cultivating medical marijuana at the property or face legal action. When the township attempted to enforce its zoning ordinance, DeRuiter filed the instant action, seeking a declaratory judgment regarding the ordinance’s legality; the township countersued, seeking a declaration that the ordinance did not conflict with the MMMA. Both parties moved for summary disposition, and the court, Paul J. Sullivan, J., granted summary disposition in favor of DeRuiter, holding that the ordinance directly conflicted with the MMMA and that it was therefore preempted by the act. The Court of Appeals, HOEKSTRA, P.J., and MURPHY and MARKEY, JJ., affirmed the trial court order, concluding that the MMMA preempted defendant’s home-occupation zoning ordinance because the ordinance directly conflicted with the MMMA by prohibiting what the MMMA permitted and because the ordinance improperly imposed regulations and penalties upon persons who engage in the MMMA-compliant medical use of marijuana. 325 Mich App 275 (2018). Byron Township applied for leave to appeal in the Supreme Court, which ordered and heard oral argument on whether to grant the application or take other action. 503 Mich 942 (2019). In a unanimous opinion by Justice BERNSTEIN, the Supreme Court, in lieu of granting leave to appeal, held: https://courts.michigan.gov/Courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/Clerks/Recent%20Opinions/19-20-Term-Opinions/158311.pdf
  9. I was surprised Fluence did not come out on top. Not due to the $, but as I understand it they are a part of Sylvania/Osram. One would think that they would have access to the best lighting technology out there.
  10. Found an interesting link regarding LED light testing. The piece is by the owner of a grow store, Growershouse, in Arizona. While he may have a commercial interest in promoting one light over another, I have in the past found him to be honest. He also has a youtube series, Grower's Network, with fascinating interviews on some of the commercial grows and individuals such as Scott Reach, Rare Dankness owner. As an aside, his pricing use to be good, 3 yrs ago, but local hardware and nutrient pricing here in MI have dropped below his online prices. Anyway, for what it is worth.... https://growershouse.com/blog/led-grow-light-ultimate-comparison-review-using-light-laboratory-data/
  11. Resto is correct the purchasing of "caregiver product" has been a sham perpetrated by dispensaries looking to make a quick buck. The simple reality is the state licensed more dispensaries than there was "legal" product for. The MRA caved to the demands of the dispensaries and allowed them to buy "caregiver" overages. It did not take long for folks looking to make a buck to bring in "pounds of "caregiver" overages to the dispensaries. Did these caregivers grow the product? Sure some did, but it was more likely they were large illegal grows or someone bringing product from a Western state. It was all done with a wink and nod by the MRA. They (MRA) created a form to enter the "caregiver product into their tracking system with just a caregiver name and signature. There was no recording of the caregivers card number, address or DL or anything to enable the state or LEO to identify the caregiver. The only interesting restriction at all was the "caregiver" product had to be tested and each caregiver lot for testing could not exceed 15#'s. You had "caregivers" attending the MRA quarterly meetings and complaining about the testing since they had to break their 20#'s of overages into two lots and the test lab approved one and not the other. I wonder how many folks on here have 15#'s plus of overages from their basement grows? Back last March (2019) I was at a small group meeting with Brisbo and about 20 others (Mike K was there). I raised this issue with him as to how as head of MRA he is responsible for the patient/caregiver system and the system does not allow for caregiver sales to anyone other than their patients. His answer was a very measured one. He indicated that under the caregiver/patient system they are only responsible for passing out cards, LEO is responsible for enforcement. Under the commercial laws, i.e. both medical and recreational ,the MRA is responsible for enforcement. In that capacity the MRA can create emergency rules as to who the licensee's can buy from, i.e. "caregivers" but he can't make it legal for a caregiver to sell.
  12. Considering the recreational law allows you to have 12 plants in a house is any of this caregiver/patient access really a question anymore? One might argue that yes you are a patient and your partner is a caregiver, but no medical is being grown. The 12 are recreational, you have just retained your cards so you can go to a medical dispensary for forms other than flower.
  13. My bad on assuming the photo was a plate type unit. The long flat shape did not look like it held a bulb. I should have noticed the link which included the word "bulb"
  14. The hepa filter is a good idea. If you research the various consumer room type units sold with the photo catalytic oxidation units they usually have a pre-filter that is often a hepa filter. I have experimented with ozone over the years and as GaryFisher mentions their are potential human health issues. I was not comfortable with this downside and had hoped one might be able to deal with it via some sort of controller like one deals with CO2 generators. There are controllers out there, but they are $500+ and their sensors need to be replaced every six months. Companies sell O3 generators in two formats, one is uv bulb and the other are two electrically charged plates that break the O2 bonds as air passes between them and this allows the formation of O3. The only thing going for the uv bulb is they will never generate enough O3 to be harmful. The plate type unit, which appears to be what GaryFisher is showing is fantastically efficient, but it's output is affected by dust and dirt accumulating on the plates. The ideal unit would be a hepa filter followed by a plate type O3 generator. My concern about O3 may also be unique to my set up. I converted the entire basement to a grow area and I also have a small space where I trim. My hvac system covers the entire basement and as such I would be spending a lot of time potentially exposed to high levels of O3. One potential caveat to all the above is hydrogen peroxide. Exposure to O3 has been studied to death, but I have not seen anything on the effect of peroxide and human lungs. I know peroxide breaks down readily, but so does O3. The only plus is companies have been selling the consumer pco type units for 10 years and I would think there would be some reports about peroxide exposure particularly given that the consumer units are supposedly sold to improve the air quality for folks that have breathing issues.
  15. You might consider some version of a photocatalytic oxidation device. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17661927 About 18 months ago I was at a commercial grow show and a number of suppliers were showing black boxes that they just hung from the ceiling and they were asking thousands of dollars for. They promised odor and mold removal. You see the technology sold for consumers at outrageous prices by https://molekule.com/ and a dozen other suppliers. Basically they are all just a uv light bulb surrounded by a mesh cylinder coated with titanium dioxide. From reading the technical paper and the hype from the various suppliers, it appears that the uv bulb creates ozone in the air passing over it, then the ozone in contact with the moisture in the air is converted into hydrogen peroxide due to a catalytic effect of the titanium dioxide. All sounds like a bit of hocus pocus snake oil, but it works. In my situation I have a separate dedicated hvac system that I installed 10 years ago when I converted my 600 sq. ft basement to a grow area. Given that I already had dedicated duct work I just bought an induct unit.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-LATEST-MODEL-Reme-Halo-24V-In-Duct-Air-Purification-System-NEW-SEALED-BOX/174177184524?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D225086%26meid%3D07e59b0b522a4b489edb0c1a07c21eac%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D333291450548%26itm%3D174177184524%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851 I was very skeptical at first but the $350 price was well within all the dumb flyers I have taken on the latest and greatest nutrients, light fixtures, bulbs, etc, etc. Turns out it worked. It eliminated odor and reduced PM problems significantly. I still have a routine of using Neem oil as a preventative treatment, but I am seeing only a few plants occasionally with PM issues.
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