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  1. On 3/22/2019 at 1:30 PM, Restorium2 said:

    Any idea what the PAR or PPFD rating is on this light? I don’t see any ref. to either.

    I'm running a Fluence SPYDRx PLUS LED, 660 W actual, with an AVERAGE PPFD (photosynthetic photon flux density) rating above 1020 micro mol/s cross the 4x4’ footprint.  I added a dimmer which allows adjustment for germination, veg and flowering.  They ain’t cheap (my model currently sells for $1,500) but it’s one hell of a light.  Rock hard buds too.

  2. On 1/24/2019 at 2:48 PM, dwkl said:


    The MMMA has a vetted and contractual  patient/caregiver matchmaking service.  Would you like to be part of that?

    We get requests all the time for this service

    Call 734-707-8515 and leave a message and we will get back to you.

    PS. We are going to start limiting the harvesting of patients on this site due to the fact that there have been several patients who have not been happy with their caregivers who have not followed through with their medication.  So please take it easy with that on the site please.

    dwkl,  I’ve called, left a message, and no one has gotten back to me.

    When is the office staffed? Thx.

  3. I'm a CG and have a grow room in my house. Is there anything in the law that would prevent me from setting up an "off-site" grow facility?  Meaning, could I rent/lease a building that is not located on my property to set up a grow room? I would, of course, raise only the number of plants - 12/patient, legally allowed.

  4. May have been my last cannabis cup.  Had to park in a muddy field.  Took over an hour to get in and I even met someone tehre who had been standing in line and saved me a place. Took over 1/2 hour to get to teh place after stopped traffic at 1 mile down Dort Highway.  Would've taken longer if I hadn't taken teh right lane past the traffic back up to get to the other lot, which didn't have a line.  Both entrances converged into one bridge to get to overflow parking in a field with corn cob stubs still in it.  And parking went up to $15 this year and the people taking money were volunteers, don't know if they paid anyone to assist parking

    Couldn't hear friends right next to me while in the speedway area or overflow vending.  Packed all the way around.  They've started to make it a cash grab.  No t-shirts with the VIP pass and no swag bag. 

    When I decided to leave about 430, cars were still out to the road backed up waiting to get in.  Took 1/2 hour to get out of teh lot because all roads were still trying to take people in and there was no way to get out.

    Highlight was using a pneumatic press to squash some buds to oil.  Space Glue(GG#4 hermied and pollinated a female Space Dawg).  The most incredible dab I've ever had.  Gave the rest to Droman because it was a little too much for me.  Felt like I was trippin tryin to walk thru all those people afterwards. I'm definitely getting a press though.  Lack of heat and the incredible return I got are teh reasons.  Will save money on solvent also but the taste was out of this world.  That's the main reason.  Seems to be much easier than running iso and boiling off and finishing.  And again, the return from 3 small buds was amazing.  I'm sold now I just gotta research which one I want.  the 6 or 8 ton press is about 3k.  Not interested in spending that much but I'll have to see what the return is on the smaller ones.

    I may end up skipping the cup and just doing the country fairs from here out.

    I went on Sat. Other then the rosin press comment, I totally agree with your experience. The start times were screwed up, local staff didn't know bunny muffin. I had three maybe four different workers telling me what line to go to. Round and round waiting an hour to get in, etc. etc.


    No map of the layout of booths, no list of vendors, the Sat. seminars were nothing, every other booth was blasting music so loud you COULDN'T hear the person next to you.


    The biggest disappointed for me was there wasn't any seminars about our MMMA, the new laws, the new licenses (dispensaries, growers, etc.). This was a lost opportunity for those who know to bring everyone up to speed.


    There were individual booths for MiLeagalize and the Regulate Marihauna like Alcohol group. Why? They both had the same petitions. This was confusing people. Also, why didn't these groups have an informational seminar to promote, recruit and explain the legalization efforts? All in all a waste of my time and dollars. The one good thing: lots of free dabs!


    This was probably my last cup. Maybe I'm just getting to old ...

  5. I know this topic has been discussed here in the past, but I believe it's worth reviewing. The more people that know about this the better!


    The following is taken from the May 28, 2017 Canna Law Blog of the law firm Harris/Bricken.  http://www.cannalawblog.com/jury-nullification-is-a-real-thing-and-you-should-know-about-it/?utm_source=Harris+Bricken+-+Canna+Law+Blog&utm_campaign=af3f26ae52-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f771927421-af3f26ae52-71351949



    "Most people—and even many lawyers—are surprised to learn that juries are not required to follow the law. When a jury’s conscience takes over and tells it that someone does not deserve criminal punishment for his or her actions, regardless of the law, the jury can choose to acquit. In legal terms, this is known as “jury nullification“: a systemic public safeguard from government run amok. To the chagrin of prosecutors, when jury nullification occurs, the Fifth Amendment’s Double Jeopardy Clause also prevents the acquitted person from being re-tried for the same charge."

  6. The thing here for me is: I don't want the general opposition to marijuana using a failed attempt at loosening restrictions with a marijuana ballot initiative, as a mandate that the majority of Michiganders are against freeing up the weed. 

    Any failed attempt looks bad for marijuana. So win it, even if it doesn't help everyone, and doesn't fix everything. 

    I often point out fault with these initiatives as the wording is formulated. Very harshly. Maybe overstated. That's how the sausage making happens with wording. Once the wording is in place, with no chance for more positive changing, it's time to get behind what's there and stop the poo pooing on it.


    I've always been a "glass half full" kind of guy and have followed the "one in the hand is worth two in the bush" approach to life. Every step we take that loosens existing MJ laws helps establish more acceptance by the general public which that creates more acceptance, etc.


    Years ago I had a wise friend tell me that when struggling over making a decision that it's better to make a decision - even if it's not exactly what you want because you can always change or fine-tune the decision later. Change is slow and it always doesn't go exactly the way we want it but let's not forget where we started . . .


    My prediction is with the implementation of the new laws that LEO will be so busy monitoring all the new licensees, facilities, etc. that they won't have time for us little guys and will leave us alone. Sounds like a good thing to me.

  7. First, I need to update the Pot. Bicarb comment. After having read goods things about it for controlling PM I was really puzzled as to why the plant was burned so badly. I still need to review this, but upon reflecting I don't think I calculated the ratio correctly. The jar calls for 1 Tbs of Green Cure to 1 gal of water. I'm now thinking I didn't convert from English to metric correctly ending up with to strong a product. I only made up 8 oz. worth.


    Just wanted to follow up on this. I did my calculations again and found I did them correctly. My problems was I measured out the P-Bicarb wrong!


    So, don't write off Green Cure/Potassium Bi-carbonate because of my error.

  8. I like the idea of using peroxide.  I already use it in my reservoir so I have it on hand.   My interest is finding a product to use as a routine preventative as opposed to curing an outbreak.    Your comments about damage from using potassium bicarbonate certainly suggest that it could be the wrong choice for a preventative.   What is the formula you used for the peroxide/vinegar mix?

    First, I need to update the Pot. Bicarb comment. After having read goods things about it for controlling PM I was really puzzled as to why the plant was burned so badly. I still need to review this, but upon reflecting I don't think I converted the ratio correctly. The jar calls for 1 Tbs of Green Cure to 1 gal of water. I'm now thinking I didn't convert from English to metric correctly ending up with to strong a product. I only made up 8 oz. worth.


    Here's what I used for the Vinegar and h2o2.


    Mix 4 tbs of apple cider vinegar with 1 gallon of water. Reapply every three days.

    One qt. H2O2 to 3 qts. water. Apply weekly.


    My source stated that a higher concentration of vinegar is better, but there is a risk to damaging the plants. I have used a 6 tbs to 1 gal mix without any negative issues.

  9. If it's just potassium bicarbonate you may be better off getting natural ph up by earth juice.

    FWIW, I sprayed Green Cure (potassium bicarbonate) on a test plant (male, day 33 of veg) today (been fighting PM). I used the recommended amount - 1 tbs to a gallon. It burned the bunny muffin out of the leaves!


    Ive also been using hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar at the recommended rate and neither seem to negatively effect the plants. The potassium bicarbonate fried the smaller, newer leaves the worse and I'm not sure if it will recover.


    I Just want to ask if someone here knows the right marijuana strain to use when it come with fibromyalgia?
    I've been suffering with back pain for almost 3 months now and can't sleep properly at night. I already have a prescription meds but I refrain on using them coz it only take the pain for a minute or so and back again. Then one of my friends gave me a joint to try if it makes me feel better and it does! I try asking him what it is but he has no idea also. So I started doing my own research about medical marijuana and strains that would be effective against pain and came across this http://www.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/hindu-kush/.
    I'm not sure if that's the strain that I've tried but it has the highest pain management effect. Cbd and thc are all new to me. I also read that drinking it as tea or as a muffin/cake is an option, but is relief effects the same? Why can't they simply make pills out of marijuana - or maybe there are that I am not aware of. If it's true, then I would very much appreciate any ideas and advice on what strain is good and how to use it medically. Thanks in advance to those who'll answer.


    TH,  I'm in the same boat, i.e. back pain, can't sleep, etc.  I can't recommend a strain, but the closer I get to a 1:1 ratio of THC/CBD the more effective the strain.  I have noticed that a higher THC is needed, at least for me.  High CDB low THC strains are very uncomfortable for me, especially in larger doses.


    Someone posted this on the 420mag site about "Interpening".  Learning how to identify strains by their appearance (of the bud), smell, taste, etc.  Lots of FAQs, videos, etc.  Check it out   http://www.trichomeinstitute.com/

  11. There was confidential information.


    It is about hypocrisy...

    When I was in the classroom, I would use the following exercise to try to make a point with my students about the difference (if there is one) between a whopper and a little white lie.  They're both a lie, right?


    So, you and your buddy find yourselves in a situation where there's a $10 bill and a $1.00 bill lying on the counter. Your buddy saw the $10 first and he pockets it. You take the $1.00.  Both of you "stole" the money.  Which one is a worse crime? Or, are they both the same, value not withstanding?


    We can justify and rationalize most anything, especially if I'm "better" than you, or richer, or more powerful, or, or, or....


    Bottom line hypocrisy is just that: hypocrisy.  Little ones or big ones it doesn't really matter.

  12. Putting the differences of opinion on the VPD chart aside  :lol: , I wanted to provide a follow-up to my PM issue.


    As I stated in my initial post, the lab noted the presence of PM. I called and spoke to the technician who ran the testing, asking for more detail: could he quantity the severity, was it widespread throughout the bud, etc.  He looked at his notes and brought out the samples.   His notes - and he confirmed this by taking another close look at the samples - showed that the mildew was not widespread, was only on the outer leaves, and had not penetrated the actual bud.

    I purposely don't manicure the buds really close, which would be mandatory if I was selling through a dispensary.  The tech pointed this out and told me he thought that if I went back and re-manicured, removing the outer leaves, that that would eliminate most if not all of the mildew. I did that.

    To know exactly what I was dealing with, I had them run a Microbiological Rapid Plate Screening with PRC Confirmation for Total Yeast, Mold and Aerobic count.  The "acceptable" levels for Mold and Yeast is <10,000 cfu and <10,000 cfu for Aerobic content, i.e. bacteria. Mine came in at 4,000 each which is well below the acceptable levels.


    I did have to harvest a couple of plants early, fortunately, not all was lost.  


    Thanks for all the feedback!

  13. SB, thanks for your comments. I do have this chart, but I question its use as some of the RH numbers seem so high and so far outside of what one would consider the normal range(s) for cannabis. I'm assuming you use this? What do you run (temp / RH) mid/late flower? Anyone else out there who "adheres" to the VPd chart through out the grow cycle?


    I've tried to reconcile using this chart but I just can't wrap my head around 70%RH at 77° F . Just seems like way to much humid. Just saying.

  14. Zap,  I've been vaping the N.Lights for about a week. Can't say I noticed anything different.  (I did get a new vape around this same time and I'm having difficulty getting use to it - gets to hot, burns the herb, etc.)  Could PM cause this?  I really don't think so, because the same thing happens with the vape when vaping previously harvested bud.  


    Checking the cured/stored bud is next on my list. I sprayed the two standing SSH ladies with a milk spray this morning.  I can definitely see the PM on the leaves, but it's not widespread, nor overwhelming in quantity.


    I am aware of "bud washing" techniques that use H2O2 in water to kill and remove the PM.  Normally, the wash is done prior to final trim, drying, etc.  I'm asking my mentor (who uses this method) if he thinks I could re-wash the dried bud in a H2O2 bath.  


    I saw references on the web to making hash or oil if it's not to infected.


    Rest, I have a call into the lab to ask them if they can quantify the severity of the PM. I will spend the time today checking the cured bud with a 60x loupe. Sure hope that I have some that is fine.  15 oz down the drain will be hard to take. I'm hoping I can salvage the SSH. Thxs to you both.

  15. I got the results back from testing samples of my latest harvest.  Cannabinoid profile was great, but a digital microscopy analysis shows PM.  See attached.


    I'm familiar with PM in the vegetable garden et al, but have not had it in the grow room.  I visually inspected the plants on a regular basis throughout the grow and did not see any evidence of PM.  Room temps fluctuated between 68-81 F and RH 45-55%.


    I would appreciate it if you've had experience with PM to look this pics over and let me know what you think.  The areas of concern are inside the red box.  


    I've got a call into the lab to see if they will quantify the severity of the infection.  The next question is, can it be consumed?  


    My research shows PM is non-toxic to humans, but it can cause respiratory problems if inhaled.  Some eople have suggested making oil out of it.


    Thanks in advance!






  16. Ex-DEA Employee Confirms DEA Scheduling of Cannabis is Only for the Money

    February 7, 2017


    In mid-December 2016, a former DEA employee confirmed what we already knew: that the DEA with its supporting government are corrupt to their very core.

    A DEA ex-employee now turned cannabis advocate, has used her position to inform the public that the Drug Enforcement Agency is well aware of the benefits of cannabis use in the medical field for a range of situations, including high success rates for those turning to the use of cannabis to kick a heroin habit.

    Belita Nelson told doctors and nurses at a Colorado conference that “Marijuana is safe, we know it is safe. It’s our cash cow and we will never give up.”

    Nelson was hired by the DEA in 1998, and her chief job was propaganda. “I was having fun, I was very good at my propagandist job—I was the chief propagandist for the DEA,” she said.

    Nelson went on to represent the DEA’s stance in the international media arena, including Oprah Winfrey, promoting the dangers of cannabis. But in 2000, a close friend was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and after rounds of chemo, Nelson wanted to help ease his suffering.

    Going home to her teenage son at the time, Nelson admits asking him if he could find marijuana for her. “Even if the DEA is behind my name I am not willing to sit here and watch my friend die,” she said.

    By 2004, Nelson resigned from the DEA. It was her choice after realizing the DEA knowingly kept cannabis from the public although the medicinal benefits were obvious.


    “[When they hired me] they forgot to get me to sign a confidentiality agreement—and boy did I know the dirt. They called me in and said ‘name your price, $10,000 a month? $20,000? What do you want Belita?’”

    Nelson said she left the office screaming “You know this is safe and you are keeping it from people who are sick! I am not taking your money and you better worry about what I am going to say!”

    Despite the influx of scientific and medical evidence supporting the benefits of cannabis use for a range of ailments, including epilepsy, the DEA continue to espouse their anti-cannabis stance; the drug is still listed as a Class I Schedule illicit substance, along with heroin, ecstasy and LSD.

    Although western nations are gradually accepting the literature that is rising to the top of the truth pile, (Australia has just finished establishing a cannabis farm for medicinal use, and Canada is seriously considering legalizing the drug across the nation for private and medical use), the DEA still digs its heels in, refusing to budge their position.

    “Gradually, I came out of my shell and that dark place I had been because of what I had experience and what I had seen… If you think the DEA are the good guys, they are not. They are really not. We are talking corruption on steroids,” Nelson said at the end of the conference.

    The DEA are only in this for the money.

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  17. All just BS at this point.

    Show me some positive RESULTS.

    Something real, not fake. 

    Still BS for the foreseeable future but, FWIW, I spoke with a friend who lives in Boulder, CO and knows Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, whom Trump has appointed to his Marihuana Policy working group.  My friend says Garnett "is a democrat and will be very moderate on pot as the law has worked in Co."

  18. GregS, excellent analysis!  As they say (been saying for years) the writing is on the wall.  We are in a global economy whether we like it or not.  Manufacturing jobs as we've known them are not coming back.  It's all about supply and demand, cutting costs and greedy stockholders.  It's all about education and training.  


    I spent nearly 40 years in public education teaching Kdg - through college.  Public education shifted to a "college-based curriculum" sometime during the 90s.  Slowly but surely "voc-ed", "industrial-ed","tech-ed", went out the door.  Is it any surprise that we don't have an educated workforce to take on the high-tech manufacturing jobs of today?


    "On Wednesday of last week, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were a record 5.9 million unfilled job openings in America as of the end of July. Sep 14, 2016"




    5.9 million unfilled job openings!  Why are people complaining of not being able to find a job? 


    "But on the other hand, it is also a symptom of a growing problem in the U.S. economy, where employers can't find skilled workers for the jobs that they need. That disparity is called the job skills gap, and it's a major challenge in right now." http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/08/news/economy/us-economy-job-openings-quits/


    As a child of the 60s, it was expected that you would go to college if you wanted to amount to anything.  I did, flunked out, did the menial factory work, got my head together and went back to earn a Masters degree.  In my personal experience as a young college student, and in my teaching at the university level, I saw many, many students who did not belong in college.  I, and they, were there because it was "expected".  I and many others would have been much better off in a trade of some kind.


    By the 90s as I said, skilled trade type curriculums in k-12 schools were all but gone.  Now, as a country we're paying for it.  5.9 million unfilled jobs  due to a lack of trained and skilled employees.  Go figure.  How in the hell is Trump going to fix this by "bringing back manufacturing jobs" when we can't fill 5.9 million  of them now?

  19. The jobs might not be the same. But keep it simple, a plant built in China to make cars that target US consumers is not good for us. They could build those cars in the US and we would have more jobs.


    Yes, but at what cost? How can this happen when Auto industry costs, i.e. Wages and benefits will skyrocket? How much are you willing to pay extra for new car to put your buddies back to work?


    I use to work in the auto industry too, albeit back in the 70s. Whenever there was a manufacturing "problem" my plant would just throw bodies (workers) at the problem. Rather than doing long-range planning to resolve these issue, they just added workers.


    Remember the days of boom and bust cycles? I'd be laid off for weeks, get called back and work 10 hour days, 7 days a week. One time, this occurred for 10 straight weeks! This doesn't sound like an efficient way to run a business.

  20. Is Trump's ability to bring jobs back to the US fact or fiction? I keep getting the feeling it's all smoke and mirrors.

    So let's test it:

    GM has a new vehicle in it's line up that will be built in China and imported to the US for our market.

    It's the Buick Envision.

    It stands out as the most obvious target for Trump to turn around.

    If nothing is said, or nothing happens about it, then I'm thinking it's proof that Trump has no power with the automakers and is just spoofing us with fluff.

    On the other hand, if Trump turns this around, I'm sold that he is working for us. 

    Here's the vehicle;


    Fiction. Smoke and mirrors. Ignore the man behind the curtain!


    Does anyone here really want to pay 35% more for the things that are made overseas?


    If manufacturers are forced to bring manufacturing back here, they won't be hiring many people. Instead they will invest in massive amounts of automation, i.e. Robotics, and not "workers".


    It's all about supply and demand. Basic economics.

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