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Bilbo The Grower

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  1. An additional note regarding the Marijuana Laws: This is quoted from the Jackson Citizen Patriot Wire Digest dated: Saturday October 16, 2010 "Holder: Marijuana laws will be enforced San Francisco - Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal government will enforce its marijuana laws in California even if voters next month make the state the first in the nation to legalize the drug. The Justice Department strongly opposes California's Proposition 19 and remains firmly committed to enforcing the federal Controlled Substances Act in all states, Holder wrote in a letter to former chiefs of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, dated Wednesday. "We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law," Holder wrote." My take and two cents from reading the above Michigan Search Warrant and from the stand of the Federal Government is this: I don't support the removal of the plants from a Registered Caregiver. But the Michigan State law clearly states: "Fully Enclosed Secured Area". My understanding of fully enclosed would mean locked in a secure building. I think that this Caregiver went through a lot of trouble putting up a fence and covering his product, but I can't see how this would be construed as fully enclosed and secure. Perhaps he had and alarm system or dogs, it's not stated, but if not, it would seem any unsavory or determined wiley coyote person could stealthily enter that premises and steal product. This is the very thing the law is trying to prevent. I have a home in Indiana and changed my residency to Michigan so that I could try and take advantage of the Michigan Marijuana Law. I am not a user, but I felt that if I used my passion of wanting to do the best I can do of my own abilities to grow Medical Marijuana on my Michigan property for which I pay Michigan taxes, I could do this and still be an honest and fair caregiver for my patients. I admit, I have a lot to learn in growing Medical Marijuana hydroponically or at all. But I spent much expense ensuring that my grow facility is in a LOCKED SECURE BUILDING. I realize that any determined thief can break and enter into ANY building that they want, but it would require MUCH effort to steal or even to view my product. Certainly the LEO's could never view my product or evidence of growing product from a drive by or even a fly by. They would have to break and enter my premises and that would be entrapment. Or they can request a legal audit as my name and address is provided on my Michigan Department Of Community Health card. I'm not saying that I am not careful. But let's be honest. It takes real effort to grow Medical Marijuana Legally and to stay within the law and to try and make a little profit. And even by doing this, there is little, if any, room to make a profit (which we are not supposed to do) unless you try and WORK to stay within the legal limits. Cutting corners in the growing, caring, tending, expense, distribution and security of your Medical Marijuana will do nothing but make it bad for those who are really trying to stay within the law and provide for themselves or for patients fairly. I for one do not feel sorry for any operation that is growing marijuana for recreation and busted. I think that it is a plus for the genuine Caregivers since it keeps supply and demand legally balanced. I don't feel sorry for anyone growing marijuana in the cornstalks or on public property or even private property if they violate the law. I'd like to have Michigan keep the Medical Marijuana program to provide relief for genuine patients who prefer a choice of Medical Marijuana over the inflated price of chemicals that can do more damage to your body than good. We already know that the pharmaceutical companies over charge the American People for their own profit and greed. If you don't believe this, trying obtaining Health Insurance for yourself or for your family if you have any type of pre-existing health condition. Sorry for being long winded, but I wanted to express my thoughts since joining this website and before I join any Compassion Club, so you can see me coming and be forwarned.... (L)augh (O)ut (L)oud... :-) Bilbo The Grower...Zeke
  2. I would think so. No one can just walk into your house and then into your locked room to obtain product. The design intent is so that no one can just get to the marijuana and helping them selves witout your consent. This keeps it out of the hands of children also.
  3. Thanks...interesting article. I was in HydroVison store last week and they are pretty nice people. I pretty much shop at Mighty Grow in Jackson and they are really helpful there. These stores are popping up everywhere. Pretty soon market saturation will bring some of the supply prices down and close the weaker stores. Supply and Demand 101.
  4. It's true, there are many scammers out there that just want to get your name to being able to grow more marijuana and then sell for the high $$$ instead of providing the service that a caregiver is supposed to give. I believe when more responsible caregivers get in the system. This will help alleviate the problems. Good luck to all responsible growers.
  5. When is the best time to add flavors and are there any recomendations? I'd love to try this but don't want to get the wrong stuff and add it at the wrong time. I am currently on the 3rd day of flushing and wondered if I am too late now.
  6. Sorry...I didn't mean to post this under the wrong topic catagory. Mod Moved Post
  7. I guess the statement of "What the market will bear" will be the protocol until prices come down some or stabilize. I know I have quite a bit of money in my growrooms and equipment. I'm not a user, but I am not out to make a killing either, just some ROI. It costs quite a bit for the nutrients and utilities also, not to mention the time involved. I know your'e not supposed to make a profit. But you don't see everyone going out and spending 10k to 15k plus just to grow quality meds for themselves.
  8. Can this be produced in various strains or strengths? What would the application really be for? Would dispensaries want to buy this product?
  9. What would be the point of this? At some point in time the State of Michigan will realize that they might find a cash cow if the started to apply sales tax to dispensaries and then try to come up with some way for growers. Hopefully they will take their time like trying to tax internet sales and then calling it a "use tax". The gov just can't see to find the deep end of our pockets. Like all we have to do is sit and wait for more taxation. Yuck!
  10. That is one of the problems with the law as it reads now. Since a doctor can't precribe how much THC a patient is supposed to receive for pain or ailment. There is no prescribed dosage. A smaller amount of THC make work for some patients and other patients may require a higher THC dosage. But the law is one size fits all. I suppose that the quality and the amount of THC in the buds are the real measuring point on how much or little a patient needs for pain relief. Then the overages could be sold after the patient history usage need is really established for each individual patient. The only flaw is that I see a lot of "patients?" are using Medical Marijuana for the "Get Out Of Jail Pass" for recreational usage. I have been to several dispensaries in the pastwhere the dispensary employees are just having a field day smoking or vaporizing all of the meds that they want, regardless of legal restrictions. The newer dispensaries seem to have better control and are more professionally run.
  11. Hey Bilbo, the dispensary is doing great! Sorry I didn't respond to you sooner however I have been so busy I haven't actually had a moment to myself until today! At any rate, you should stop by sometime and check our office. Look forward to meeting you, talk soon!

  12. The only problem I have found by using distilled water from places like Meijers or Walmart is that the reverse osmosis procedure removed minerals from the water like magnesium and potassium, etc. Even though I was using the recommended purchased nutrients for my plants, they apparently didn't contain these minerals, so I had some nutrient deficiencies that I had to correct. I have access to untreated well water and that is working for me fine now. So I won't waste my money on distilled water.
  13. I thought you had to join the dispensary to obtain meds from it? The dispensaries that I have joined required my Michigan Caregiver Registration and my Michigan driver's license. Unless they, as stated above purchased "copious amounts" (and is that legal?) of medical marijuana, how could they do this? You are only allowed to carry the legal limit in Michigan. So how could you purchase more than that amount? What's up with that?
  14. I just wonder how many years it will be before the major pharmaceutical companies get into the game and then the Federal Government will bless it royally.
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