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  1. I am not optimistic on our winning on this issue. One of my patients is for some ungodly reason a Republican and he was up at Mackinaw for the annual Republican pow wow weekend before last. He tells me that he is optimistic about the bills not passing. In the same breathe he tells me that when he discussed the issue with State reps and senators that they all asked him for 4-5 figure donations. I do not see our community greasing them with that level of $, but I have no doubt that the MCMA could do that in a heartbeat. Seems the bills are moving very fast, they already have a hearing on them scheduled for tomorrow, 10/5 in Lansing.
  2. Curious if you ever need to access the plants? I see two layers of netting that seems to go wall to wall.
  3. Why would the Fed's bother when they can just go to a brick and motar storefront that advertises on the web. Or for that matter the dozens of folks that advertise on Facebook's marketplace? While I am sure they would like us to believe they are omnipresent and busting everyone, I expect they have thresholds of costs and operation size that they must meet before they spend any enforcement $.
  4. While I would qualify for the social equity program here in Detroit (all boxes checked except no felonies) I never really thought about the details before today. To be a caregiver you cannot have a drug felony, but to qualify for the social equity program you must have been a caregiver. How do people with a past drug felony meet the caregiver requirement since they were not allowed to be one?
  5. Wasn't there something in the commercial licensing where one could get a "commercial" license under the social equity program if you had a past drug conviction? Perhaps this is the cause for confusion?
  6. I am curious what specifically has blocked you from participating in the "social equity" program that MRA has set up. I live in Detroit, attended some of the early focus groups with just 20 people that included the individual that I believe is running the program currently and the MRA head, Andrew Brisbo. They all seemed sincerely interested in putting a program together that truly would benefit members of the inner city. Since then I have attended the public presentations they have made here in Detroit and I found the concept lacking from a business perspective. The problem as I see it is the bare bones cost to establish a licensed dispensary or grow operation is of the order of $200,000. While the program offers you discounts on licenses, the savings are minimal, i.e. it brings the out of pocket down to perhaps $175K. At this entry level you can now gain the opportunity to compete with people who are investing millions. The MRA seems to be targeting potential participants who need help writing a resume. If that is the MRA's idea of people who can compete in the market place I do not see much hope for the program succeeding. Coming back to my original question, what is blocking you? Your description of your business background seems to suggest you are business savvy. You mention that you already have made a significant investment, i.e. $200K. On the surface it seems like you should be at the top of the list of qualified participants.
  7. I had looked at the fog set up. It would be ideal, but it just seemed too easily clogged The simple unit Resto found seems ideal. I am guessing you too found issues with reservoir/water temp causing root rot and as a result you set them into the floor to help in water temp control. The one question I would have regarding the Rainforest unit would be plant size. It looks like the spacing would limit you to relatively small plants.
  8. Resto, I looked all over the net for detailed cross-section pics of the RainForest and I could not find any external inputs, either electric or pneumatic, ie. air pump. I understand the concept of a spinning disc creating a spray, it is well established technology for paint sprayers and aerators used to increase the dissolved oxygen level in wastewater treatment. What causes the disk to spin?
  9. I grew aeroponics for about 10 years. The process while shortening yield times increases your reliance on technology. Any failure on the water pump feeding the spray nozzles results in crop loss after less than 12 hours (depends on when it happens, i.e. lights on/off and strain). Control of reservoir temp is critical. The process of spraying your nutrient solution tends to bring the nutrient solution up to the ambient air temp. Also the pump itself adds heat to the reservoir. This is not a deal breaker, but you may find yourself looking at a chiller to control the reservoir temp. Ambient humidity can also be affected by the process. You will at some point need to address the increased humidity in the room. It can be as much as 10% higher than other techniques. While one might think of the tanks/systems as being sealed, the process relies on getting an increased level of dissolved oxygen to the roots of the plants. Typically airstones are used to pump air into the reservoir/root system area. Simple physics indicates that this added air will pressurize the tank/reservoir and it will exhaust high humidity air into the room. Aeroponics is a great way to go, but understand that you are looking at an entire new level of reliance on technology, ie. pumps, timers, dehumidifiers and chillers. Using something like an aerocloner is one level and very simple. Step up to a grow room filled with aeroponics and it is a new ball game.
  10. Licensed dispensaries are required to only purchase their inventory from licensed growers and processors.
  11. I was thinking they are outdoors. If the weather holds I would go another two weeks.
  12. Looks like they need a week or two more. How many weeks in flower when the pics were taken?
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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/
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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"
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