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  1. 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.
  2. 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/
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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"
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Second that! The OG Kush and Blue Dream strains that I have will develop PM if you just look at them. Just the opposite is Gorilla Glue. It seems impervious to nearly everything.
  9. Have not seen anything re Farmer's Markets, but you might not want to be at an illegal dispensary on the wrong day.... https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/michigan-state-police-raid-multiple-black-market-weed-shops?fbclid=IwAR0MmEHpmijqxrlVBgSZgXBJLB0CG5rGfzOXOPxUile5hTvN2JvoNi2MCzw
  10. I do not know about the three you listed, but there is also "Dig It Super Soil". The two guys that own this are friends of mine and they have been at it several years now. https://www.facebook.com/DigItSoil/ or http://www.digitsoil.com They are heavily into the Living Organic Soil concept as opposed to the chemical nature of the KISS type of soil. They have some pretty good distribution. They are just south of the Ypsi/AA area in Willis.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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?
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