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  1. plus its getting harder and harder to even find CFL's since the ban.... King i Don't ever change T-5 either until they blow... and since they seem to blow after about a year i would say i replace most of mine annually as needed. i bought a case of plusrite (24 bulbs) and it lasted until about 3 weeks ago (2 years). issues in veg - could it be water temp? i have showed some issues due to my incoming water getting so much cooler after traveling through my pipes and chilling because of winter... the other thing is are you using reverse osmosis? i think i remember you use straight h2o from the D... could be a source water issue this time of year the "ingredients" in your water change as the treatment facilities try to cope with the cold.. perhaps there is some antifreeze (winter product) residue of some sort makin its way in?
  2. thank you T- i sincerely appreciate all your critical thinking and resource management practices.
  3. i found this interesting.... thanks for the link,,, a good read this morning Tobacco, for instance, seems like it would offer a comparable case study, but doesn’t give us much useful information. The tobacco industry has EPA approval for many different kinds of pesticides. (Then again, Big Tobacco has some of the world’s most persuasive lobbyists.) And nobody’s arguing that tobacco can be used as medicine for cancer patients. An average cigarette contains dozens of carcinogens and hundreds of toxins, including arsenic and glass fibers, and even smoking tobacco in a pipe or a hand-rolled cigarette is known to have detrimental health effects. Isolating pesticides in tobacco research, or even following up on the few pesticide guidelines they have put in place, hasn’t been a priority for the EPA.
  4. this part bugs me- V.A. Misstates Federal Law In fact, no provision of federal law blocks the department from allowing its doctors to fill out medical cannabis recommendation forms in states where it is legal, even under continued federal prohibition. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a federal ruling finding that doctors have a First Amendment right to recommend medical cannabis to patients, as long as they don't actually provide marijuana. The only thing standing in the way of government doctors recommending medical cannabis to veterans is the V.A.’s own internal policy, which the the department's Veterans Health Administration just extended with the new directive. V.A. Sec. David Shulkin has repeatedly tried to pass the buck to Congress when asked about the issue in interviews.
  5. ive been shoving it down my VA doctors throat since the first day i got my card... she used to be quite opposed...not so much any more...
  6. thank you very much T i meant to go back and fix that i just totally forgot. things around here have been hectic to say the least... i hard there was some kind of controversy about the release date of these rules? anyone else hear anything about that?
  7. wow.. rest i can't believe how much i agree with you lately LOL... well said.
  8. good point.. MMMA does protect a patient for internal possession... however that being said.. if you were driving while impaired and found yourself in front of a judge trying to explain yourself you would have an up hill battle at best. i am certain if you were driving and say tested positive at a check point and found yourself in front of a judge it would absolutely help in that case like rest said.... however if your ever nailed for impairment... not sure how much the card helps. DO NOT DRIVE WHILE IMPAIRED. By any substance or item to include but not limited to: eating food - talking/texting on the phone - trying to primp yourself. medicate at home where your safe - Know your limits before driving and wait an appropriate amount of time to ensure everyones safety out there.
  9. i want to say why did he try to reopen after being told no? i feel so much compassion for these folks but i also cant help but wonder why he got himself and all these other people into so much trouble? was it money motivation or did he truly try to connect patients to quality cannabis at super affordable prices? he opened back up several times after being told not to.... what motivates a person to do such a thing?
  10. correct they did it with the Walsh package of bills in 2012 which left all of us with the bad transportation rules added to the wrong section of the law after they voted the condensed 4 bill package down..well 3 of the 4 at that time. i watched it live via the internet back in 2012... then they left the session, went behind closed doors while we all went to bed. When we woke up in the morning all 4 bills had been passed with the required super majority at 420AM. it does not take much effort at all to gain a super majority. .. well ok it takes a lot of effort and a bunch of deals to be made with a whole lot of congress people. I feel like many peoples rights were potentially eroded in the process because they made the deals so complex and tacked on so many things for so many districts to get "the pass" that everyone got a free bill or huge future favor that night passed for their district.... our government works on who owes whom what favor these days... not on what is in the best interest of our/their community and we the people get whats left.
  11. http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-78089_83746---,00.html Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Frequently Asked Questions DISCLAIMER: "The answers provided are not meant to be a substitute for legal advice." Application Questions Please help me with the terms. Who is an "applicant"? What is an "affiliate"? Who must file an application? Who is subject to the disclosures in the application process for a medical marihuana facility? What is a "true party of interest"? When can I apply for my license? What are the different licenses I can apply for? When will LARA stop taking applications? What other things may potentially prevent an applicant from getting approved for a license? Can a person apply for a license prior to a municipality adopting the ordinance? Can you clarify to what extent the "character" of the applicant is considered? Can the Department provide clarification on what will be included in the background check? Can you submit the entire application if you are still awaiting municipality approval? Can you apply without a business location? Do you have a list of municipalities that have opted in or are planning to? Can an applicant have the online system provide correspondence to more than one person? What type of correspondence or communication should an applicant expect from LARA during the application process and after licensure? Is there a way to confirm that application has been completed correctly prior to paying the application fee? Are there concerns about LARA website crashing on December 15th? What level of support will be available for the portal? What will be the response time for support help? When uploading supporting documents for an entity, how do you determine which document is for which individual? Does every person in an entity have to be two-year resident? When can I use a P.O. Box? Can I apply for a facility license if I have marijuana medical card? Where do I go to submit my application? How do attorneys or other entities submit materials on someone else's behalf? Is it better to wait and submit full application (step 1 and 2) or submit step 1 right away while wait for municipality ordinance? Will I have to pay fees for background investigations based on the number of background investigations needed in my application? Can you pay fees online? If an application is submitted and missing information can it be supplemented later? What is expected for a description in the comments box on the application? Licensing Questions What will the costs be for a license? Does my criminal history prevent me from obtaining a license? What prohibits a person from obtaining a license? What is the residency requirement for licensure? Can a municipality be a licensee? How many facilities will be issued licenses? Does my municipality have any involvement with my license? Will the Department issue provisional licenses? Can the Department clarify the objective standards and subjective standards required for licensure? Will my license expire and how often will I have to renew my license? Where can I find more information on each type of license? Is the state going to limit the number of licenses issued? Can you upgrade your license from a grower A to B or C without completing a new application? If you get licensed as an individual and then later create a company with a different business structure, can that change be made to the license? Regulatory Questions Will co-location of facilities be allowed? Will the Department allow for licensing stacking? What are the capitalization requirements? What will be the financial requirement for licensure? What is used to determine business probity? Who are the rules being created by? Since financial institutions generally disfavor cannabis businesses what procedure does the state have in place to accept fees and taxes? Board Questions What does the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board ("the board") do? Will an application be submitted to the board anonymously to reduce bias? Will there be a point system when evaluation a licensing application? How can people get information from the board and Department? Grower & Processor Questions How is your plant count determined as it affects your growing limits as a Class A, B, C Grower Licenses? Will there be regulations on extract production? Does product have to go from a grower to a processor or can I sell my product directly to a provisioning center? Provisioning Center Questions Will provisioning centers be held accountable for educating patients who buy from their store? Can you be a caregiver and be licensed for a provisioning center? What will the cost be for transportation and will there be limits on charges? Secure Transporter Questions Who pays secure transporter cost if a package is rejected? Is the fee for transportation a pre-determined fee set by the state? Can a secure transporter deliver product anywhere in the state or just within the city where it has its license? Statewide Marihuana Monitoring System How are tags produced for seed-to-sale tracking? Am I responsible for any of the costs associated with ordering tags? Can I sell or transfer unused tags to another facility? Proposed Medical Marihuana Facilities Continuing to Operate with Local Approval Is it accurate that LARA will not consider a proposed medical marihuana facility's continued operation with local approval as an impediment to licensure? What does that municipality authorization need to look like? Why now? What prompted LARA to make this decision? Why is this an issue? Will law enforcement shut down dispensaries? Will this give an advantage to those operating illegally prior to state licensure? As a potential applicant do I have to close before December 15? What if I already closed in anticipation of the December 15, 2017 deadline? Will it hurt my chances at a license if I re-open? Should municipalities begin authorizing marihuana facilities to enable potential licensees to remain open in the transition period? If my medical marihuana facility engages in activities that cross license types (grower, processor and provisioning center), how will my continued operation be evaluated as part of the application process? If my municipality has adopted an ordinance that allows medical marihuana facilities but has not adopted an ordinance that complies with section 205 of the MMFLA, what does my timeline look like? My municipality doesn't have enough time to amend or pass a new ordinance by December 15, 2017. How should this be handled? My municipality's ordinance requires state approval in order to get local approval. How should this be handled? Can Caregivers operate for profit while/during the application process? Are existing facilities given preferential treatment? Is it a requirement to pay the municipality fee to operate temporarily? Additional Questions Will the Department be reorganized again? Will the Department issue guidance for townships? Can the Department clarify sales of up to 1% interest in a license? What is the impact on caregiver center applicants in the pipeline in Detroit? How will the growing of marihuana interact with current agricultural practices? Will the process include input from medical professionals? What banks will do business with medical marihuana businesses? Will the Department create a networking system for patients and caregivers? Can the Department be more transparent and forthcoming? Will the Department continue to hold workgroup sessions? Can the Department consider a work group for marketing and advertising? As a landlord, can I transfer the lease to owners who switch licenses? How will determinations on eligible employees be made? Why is testing required? What will happen if I've paid my municipality for a local license, but I'm denied by the State of Michigan? Can I get my fees back from the municipality? Where can I find the advisory bulletins regarding the emergency rules? Who determines employee eligibility for employment? How will the MMFLA directly or indirectly impact the current MMMP industry? Can I hold a CPL license and a medical marihuana facility license? Can plants or other marijuana product be bought from caregivers?
  12. i hear what your saying however.... even tho under recreational rules everyone can grow their own cannabis at home... it still means no one can sell - except caregivers. i suspect recreational people will be very similar to the way patients are now and either choose not to grow at home, will not be able to grow at home, or will not be any good at it and still want to gain their supplies from a storefront. a lot of people will try to grow... some will even do ok i bet.. as a caregiver i am direct competition to a regulated and taxed entity because i can legally sell to my patient. i feel like LEO will love to have the caregivers eliminated because then they would KNOW that no sales can occur outside a storefront and so they have it easier to get there 2 buys from those who would still try to do it and circumnavigate the tax stamp... it is all about that tax stamp after all and not about what people want or need (insert sarcasm disclaimer here)
  13. ask yourself this one question- do you really think the state of Michigan will allow a mostly unregulated caregiver/grower system to operate right along side of one that is regulated and taxed to the end degree? why would they allow us to undercut their money maker? it seems as tho my days as a caregiver are most likely numbered and dwindling... i can only hope they leave us alone, however i really and sincerely doubt they will... my prediction is near July of 2018 they will announce it after a super-majority congressional vote that takes place around 420 where in they announce the systematic end of caregivers in the following 2 years....as patient cards expire they will not have the option to renew with a caregiver. i don't know.... i am merely speculating..... we will all see together i am planning for change of some type.... just not sure what... or when... so long as people can get the cannabis they need at a quality and price they can afford...who am i to judge?
  14. Thanks Bob I had asked what the penalties would be. I would take the ticket... I would then fight the ticket.... and probably loose but if I am not mistaken there's rules in our country about being coerced into something against my will. Most important... PASS THE FIELD SOBRIETY TEST. Then they have no grounds to ask for further information. Record yourself both video and audio and save it to the Web to protect the integrity of the data... It will come down to your word over theirs... video and audio can often times help clarify those details.
  15. LARA Releases Advisory Bulletin Regarding Licensee Capitalization Requirements Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280 Emal: mediainfo@michigan.gov November 8, 2017 – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released an advisory bulletin today to inform and advise potential licensees of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation’s (BMMR) intention regarding licensee capitalization requirements. The bulletin is for advisory purposes only and is subject to change. As permitted by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board – when determining whether to grant an applicant a license – may consider the sources, and total amount, of the applicant’s capitalization to operate and maintain the proposed marihuana facility. “By allowing current medical marihuana inventory and start-up equipment – as well as 401k accounts, CDs, and other common investments – to count towards a potential licensee’s capitalization requirements, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that businesses of all sizes will be represented in Michigan’s burgeoning medical marihuana industry,” said BMMR Director Andrew Brisbo. “Capitalization standards are an important part of the regulatory structure that will help ensure both business stability and safe, reliable access to medical marihuana for patients. These requirements were developed after researching other Michigan industries and best practices from states with medical marihuana regulation.” BMMR has determined that at least 25% of an applicant’s capitalization sources must be in liquid assets. Liquid assets are easily convertible to cash and may include: Cash, including checking or savings accounts Marihuana and marihuana-infused product inventory (in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, 2008 IL 1 or administrative rules) Certificates of deposit, 401k accounts, stocks, and bonds The remaining capitalization may be evidenced in either additional liquid assets or in non-liquid assets. Evidence must be provided that shows there is no lien or encumbrance on the asset provided as a source of capitalization. Examples of non-liquid assets include but are not limited to: Equity in real property Supplies, equipment and fixtures In order to be granted a proposed medical marihuana facility license, applicants will be required to demonstrate capitalization amounts as follows: Grower: Class A – $150,000 Grower: Class B – $300,000 Grower: Class C – $500,000 Processor – $300,000 Provisioning Center – $300,000 Secure Transporter – $200,000 Safety Compliance Facility – $200,000 An applicant for a medical marihuana facility license may be an individual, a corporation, an LLC, a partnership, a limited partnership, an LLP, an LLLP, a trust, or other legal entity. Additionally, the capitalization amounts and sources must be validated by CPA-attested financial statements. This bulletin does not constitute legal advice and is subject to change. It is intended to be advisory only, in anticipation of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ promulgation of emergency rules consistent with statutory requirements. Potential licensees are encouraged to seek legal counsel to ensure their licensure applications and operations comply with the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act and associated administrative rules.
  16. Refusal to submit to a preliminary oral fluid analysis upon lawful demand of a police officer is a civil infraction. along with the cost of the penalty and or fines does this include giving up Driving license if you say no i wonder?
  17. its true tho.... many things can and do go wrong... most things are correctable even if it takes multiple attempts.. i just didn't want the OP to worry to much... best advice - sit back and wait until monday with all the dispensary rules happening LARA is pretty busy
  18. if a doctor is licensed in MI at the time they sign your cert you are good to go. if a licensed doctor is under judicial review for any reason LARA will still approve your application up and until the Doctors review is completed and enforcement actions are taken... we have seen it happen last year with two doctors who sign certifications in Michigan regularly. hopefully your card will be in the mail today. you can call LARA and inquire on Tuesday after its been 15 bus days if you choose (i probably would) Medical Marihuana Program (Patient/Caregiver) P.O. Box 30083 Lansing, MI 48909 Ph: 517-284-6400 LARA-BMMR-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Division P.O. Box 30205 Lansing, MI 48909 Ph: 517-284-8599 LARA-MedicalMarihuana@michigan.gov
  19. on Monday (15 business days after they cashed your check) your paperwork serves as your hard card until the card arrives in the mail. i have not heard of anyone not getting their hard card or denial letter in that amount of time this past year... if the doctor signed your paperwork you will be approved do not worry. if you are denied it will only be for a clerical reason and you can resubmit your application as many times as it takes to get it correct. once a licensed doctor approves your condition then signs your certification paperwork LARA cannot deny you for any reason other than a mistake you made on your application and then you can resubmit it and correct the mistakes....(as many times as necessary)
  20. LARA Ensures Patient Protection During Medical Marihuana Licensing Process Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280 Emal: mediainfo@michigan.gov November 1, 2017 – To help ensure the continued protection of medical marihuana patients, the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced today its intention to issue emergency rules later this month which would allow proposed medical marihuana facilities – that would otherwise require a state operating license under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) – to continue to operate with local approval without impacting the applicant’s eligibility for licensure. Since its inception in April, the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) has pro-actively engaged medical marihuana stakeholders and has listened intently to input from Michigan’s most vulnerable patients. “After dozens of hours of public comments, discussions with more than one hundred workgroup members, and numerous letters and emails, it is clear that BMMR and the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board must enact measures that help protect medical marihuana patients and ensure they have continued access to their medicine,” said BMMR Director Andrew Brisbo.“Through emergency rules, the Bureau and Board will not consider a medical marihuana facility’s prior operation as an impediment to licensure as long as the applicant documents approval from their municipality in their application.” To avoid facing an impediment to licensure, the applicant must have been operating a proposed medical marihuana facility within the boundaries of a municipality that adopted an authorizing ordinance prior to December 15, 2017, and must submit a complete prequalification application by February 15, 2018, with one of the following documents included in the application: An attestation – signed by the local clerk – that affirms the municipality has allowed, by ordinance, the operation of marihuana establishments. An attestation – signed by the local clerk – that affirms the municipality has adopted a new or amended ordinance required under section 205 of the MMFLA. BMMR also announced the following clarification: Proposed medical marihuana facilities that continue to operate with local approval are not guaranteed a state operating license. Proposed medical marihuana facilities that continue to operate with local approval must cease operations if any of the following are true, or risk denial of licensure: A completed prequalification application is not turned into LARA by February 15, 2018. The applicant has been denied state licensure. The applicant has not been issued a state license by June 15, 2018. Noncompliance is grounds for disciplinary action and referral to law enforcement for unlicensed activity. Until a license is received from the state, the operation of a proposed medical marihuana facility should be considered a business risk by the operator. This process will allow for unlicensed activity to be reported to LARA and potentially forwarded to the Michigan State Police and the Attorney General. LARA and the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board expect to begin issuing state operating licenses by April 2018, if not sooner. Click here for a list of frequently asked questions regarding this measure. For more information on BMMR, please visit: www.michigan.gov/bmmr For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara
  21. as usual i am confused.... i am going to go and re read again....but i thought 4209 says a caregiver can BUY from the new system for their patient but not SELL anything into it... can you direct me to the page where it says caregivers can SELL?
  22. hello awesome! so the general rule of thumb on plant numbers under the light is more about your hoods foot print... LED lights tend to put out a very specific foot print with very little light fade to the surrounding areas so the canopy must be tight... an HPS tends to throw more light to the sides and also there is typically a reflector / hood around the bulb so you get the reflection value as well as direct shine...so aas far as plant numbers you have to consider your hood foot print and then decide how many plants will fit into that space... you say air cooled hoods with fresh outside air how are you cooling your room? that will answer the question on the co2 typically you want to shoot for 1200-1500 PPM during lights on...but co2 only works when you have met ALL OTHER PLANT NEEDS... so remember to get everything else under control before you use co2 or it is totally wasted.. plants can only grow as good as their strongest limiting factor - water quality. air temp, food, humidity all need to be dialed in... you can get a power meter reader from most box home good stores and it will tell you exactly how much electricity each fixtures uses... but sounds like just the lights you describe (no fans, AC, dehumidifier chillers, or pumps) then i would say 4 lights will cost you between $40-$75 per month depending on your schedule and location... i run mine at night from 11pm to 11am i have the after hours rate from consumers so i get off peak price... also its cooler at night so way more efficient to operate..
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