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  1. I was holding my mouse over the link to a thread and a preview popped up, cool! Not only that but I could scroll through the preview with mouse wheel. That is a neat feature, haven't seen that before. You guys are bleeding edge here!
  2. The 2019 legislative session delivered up an impressive quantity of legislation relating to California’s nascent marijuana legalization program. Most, but not all, were signed into law by Governor Newsom. The impact will be minimal on most consumers, but just so you can’t say you didn’t know, here is a quick rundown on what happened. SB 34 – The Cannabis Compassionate Use Tax Act aka The Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary Act, was certainly one of the key pieces of legislation that undid Prop. 64 tax section that required the payment of state taxes even on cannabis that was provided for free to veterans and other financially disadvantaged patients. As was twitted by the bills author, Senator Scott Wiener: "Gov. @GavinNewsom signed #SB34, our legislation to ensure #cannabis compassion programs - which provide free medical cannabis to low income patients - can survive. These programs are critical to the health of many with #HIV, cancer, PTSD & other conditions. Thank you Governor!" There was some indication that Gov. Newsom was waffling on this bill, but thanks to all the people who wrote and phoned into his office as requested by activists throughout the state, including this newsletter, the Governor signed the bill into law which will take effect March 1, 2020. SB 153 authored by State Senator Scott Wilk requires the appropriate state agencies to develop an industrial hemp program plan that follows the requirements of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp and its derivatives such as CBD. SB 185 by State Senator Mike McGuire allows for the creation of proprietary appellations for cannabis grown in certain geographical areas of California. In the same way that appellations are currently done for wine, the bill applies prohibitions against misrepresentation of county of origin and appellation of origin to the use of names that are likely to mislead consumers as to the kind of cannabis they are purchasing. SB 223 by State Senator Jerry Hill allows parents to give medical cannabis to their children while on school campuses. Although parents were allowed to give their children medical marijuana previously it was not allowed on school campuses requiring parents to take their children off the school grounds in order to administer cannabis. The bill, called Jojo’s Act, is named after a South San Francisco High School student with a form of severe epilepsy who was having up to 50 seizures a day. To prevent his debilitating and life-threatening seizures, his mother had to take him off campus to give him a dose of cannabis oil. The law takes effect on Jan 1, 2020, but each school district will have the final say on whether they'll allow it. Students would need a doctor's note and parents would have to bring the medical cannabis to school rather than store it there. It would also have to be in a non-smoking form like a capsule. SB305 Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law introduced by State Senator Ben Hueso would have required certain health care facilities to allow terminally ill patients to use medical cannabis on site. Concerned that health care facilities would be at risk of losing Medicare and Medicaid funds if they allowed use of federally illegal cannabis, Governor Newsom vetoed the bill writing “This bill would create significant conflicts between federal and state laws that cannot be taken lightly,” As part of his veto message the Governor protested having to sign it as “It is inconceivable that the federal government continues to regard cannabis as having no medicinal value,” further stating that its “ludicrous stance puts patients and those who care for them in an unconscionable position.” SB 595 by State Senator Steven Bradford requires state and local government agencies involved in the licensing of cannabis businesses to develop and implement a program to provide a deferral or waiver for application, licensing and renewal fees in order to further the enactment of local equity programs which provide technical and financial help for low-income, minorities and people who have been convicted of non-violent drug offenses. AB 37 by Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer will allow cannabis companies to take tax deductions for business expenses. Under current federal tax law Section 280E, cannabis businesses cannot deduct expenses from their taxes for business expenses which all other businesses are allowed to do. California had followed the same approach by not allowing cannabis businesses to deduct their expenses. With the passage of AB 37, California will no longer follow Section 280E and will allow licensed cannabis businesses to deduct their business expenses. Note that it is “licensed” cannabis businesses – if they do not have a local and state license, they will still not be able to deduct their business expenses. AB 404 by Assembly Member Mark Stone would allow testing laboratories to rectify minor errors in the testing process and to retest any sample. AB 420 (that’s right 420) by Assembly Member Tom Lackey would authorize the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research to cultivate cannabis for use in its research programs. The research programs would include “the study of naturally occurring constituents of cannabis and synthetic compounds and to require the program to develop and conduct studies to examine the effects of cannabis, cannabinoids, and related constituents, and other behavioral health outcomes." It also authorizes controlled clinical trials to focus on examining testing methods for detecting harmful contaminants in cannabis, including mold and bacteria. AB 858 by Assembly Member Marc Levine regulates cultivation canopy sizes for outdoor cultivation authorized by a Type 1C license. The bill allows a maximum size of 2,500 square feet or less of total canopy size, with the option to meet an alternative maximum threshold to be determined by the licensing authority of up to 25 mature plants. AB 1291 by Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer requires a licensed cannabis business with 20 or more employees to enter into a labor peace agreement. The bill requires cannabis businesses with less than 20 employees to enter into a labor peace agreement within 60 days of employing its 20th employee. As explained by attorney Ken Stratton, “A Labor Peace Agreement is essentially a contract between an employer and an organized labor union in which the employer agrees to help the union organize the employer’s workforce (i.e., unionize), for example by providing certain information or by agreeing not to disrupt certain union organizing efforts, in return for the union’s agreement not to strike or cause other disruption at the employer’s workplace during a union organizing campaign.” AB 1529 by Assembly Member Evan Low requires that a standardized symbol be placed on all cannabis vape cartridges. Signed by Governor Newsom was a ban on cannabis smoking in public conveyances that had been rolled into omnibus transportation bill AB 1810 making it illegal to smoke cannabis on any bus, taxicab, limousine, housecar, camper, or pedicab. Alcohol consumption was specifically allowed in the bill. Although consumption of cannabis on the tour buses is banned, it does not prevent the sampling of cannabis at the various stops along the way. Although not strictly a cannabis law, SB 8 by State Senator Steve Glazer bans smoking tobacco and any other product, such as cannabis, in the approximately 300 California state beaches and state parks. It was promoted as an anti-littering bill as research and surveys have shown that about 70 percent of smokers habitually flick their butts onto the ground. The bill exempts smoking on roads and in parking areas. If caught smoking in any other area, the fine is $25. OK there you have it. Now you can’t say you didn’t know because ignorance of the law is no excuse.
  3. In the words of firesign theater, "He can shout, don't hear you" Make lots of worms. Put worms in plants. Better than tea.
  4. Thanks everyone! 10 /4 Start of harvest! Gradual harvest so only clip what me and my wife can trim that day and put on the rack. I'm doing less trimming, leaving more leaves on the bud, Medicine trim, yea, that's ticket. I sent a note to ask the guys where I get my clones what the strains are. I just get an assortment, good genetics this year for sure. Heard back: The strains we gave ya are: Zookies, orange cookies, lava cake, racefuel OG, and peanutbutter breath.
  5. Been trying to resist doing any clipping until they're ready. Getting close, guess they don't have to get like the last one Last one also has a grasshopper skin, they keep out of sight. Haven't seen much damage.
  6. I think about taking a break sometimes, I don't smoke but I use Bhang everyday. I love growing and trying different strains etc. Been having arthritis problems and I need to get pretty Bhanged in the morning to have pain relief through the day. I don't mind being stoned, but I would sometimes think I need to do something different maybe. I've found that drinking green tea helps my mental clarity. I'm doing 5mg of prednisone every other day to prevent flare ups. That's the only prescription meds I take and I'm going to quit taking that slowly. I have seen though that you can quit marijuana without going to a treatment facility. Makes me laugh when I hear about such places. Lot of hype and really spoiled people.
  7. I am a long-time marijuana smoker having started over 50 years ago. Over the last 20 years I have also been a prodigious marijuana smoker imbibing multiple times every day. I have used it primarily to treat anxiety, reduce stress and to enjoyably alter my consciousness. Some might claim that I am addicted to marijuana. Addiction is defined online at dictionary.com as “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” I recently had the opportunity to determine if I was addicted. On September 9 I took off from LAX for 10 days of snorkeling, hiking and sightseeing in Maui. Flying with marijuana has always been fraught with fears of arrest and even in these days of tolerance as legalization continues to make advances, being caught with some bud can cause problems. I have always been super cautious as I appear to be a “person-of-interest” when it comes to inspections. Twice when flying, twice when returning from an ocean cruise and more times than I can remember when crossing the border into the U.S. from either Mexico or Canada, I have been pulled from the line of people waiting to be inspected to be taken to a private room where a government agent conducted a personal inspection of my luggage. Over the last couple years, when I arrived at my destination or returned home from flights, I have found notices enclosed in my luggage that they had been inspected by government agents. As a consequence, I never have any cannabis on my person or in my luggage where I am likely to undergo an inspection. Usually when I arrive at my destination, like when I was in Washington DC last March to attend Americans for Safe Access National Unity Conference, it was easy to score marijuana so I didn’t go without. Unfortunately, this was not to happen on my trip to Maui, In the land of the fabled Maui-Wowie one might think it would be relatively easy to score, but it is not. Although medical marijuana is legal in Hawaii, I was informed that there was only one legal dispensary in Maui and that my medical marijuana recommendation from a California doctor would not cut it in the “Aloha state.” Not knowing anyone living there, I had no local sources to score for me. I wasn’t about to hang around sleezy bars, dim alleys or any other usual haunts where marijuana may be found so for the next 10 days, I went without so much as a single hit. It is the longest period of non-consumption that I can remember enduring over at least the last 25 years. I was soon to find out if I was addicted to marijuana to the extent that I was “enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” “Trauma” is a very subjective word, but one definition found in Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury.” Fair enough – trauma can be psychological as well as physical so did I experience physical and/or psychological trauma when I ceased consuming for 10 days? There were no tremors, sweats, shaking, nausea, vomiting and hallucinations which are commonly associated with abstinence from alcohol or other addictive substances that had been consumed consistently over a long period of time. Even though some anti-cannabis aficionados may go overboard in describing the perils of cannabis, most of the reefer-madness crowd of drug warriors admit that the physical manifestations of marijuana withdrawal are minor. Not so for the psychological withdrawal symptoms. Claims of psychological addiction to marijuana are the stock-in-trade for groups like SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) which claim that marijuana withdrawal symptoms run the gamut from weakness, hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness), and psychomotor retardation to anxiety, restlessness, depression, and insomnia. During the entire 10 days I experienced no weakness, no hypersomnia or the slowing of my ability to do things. Although I do use marijuana to treat anxiety, I didn’t seem to develop any when I was not able to use it. Further I had no problems falling asleep. Although cannabis does indeed help with these concerns, I probably had none due to the fact that I spent my entire Maui stay snorkeling, hiking and exploring so that by the end of the day, being 73, I was too worn down to have any energy left for anxiety and all my body wanted to do was get a good night’s sleep. As for being depressed, I wouldn’t say I was depressed when I couldn’t find any marijuana, but I was disappointed. If I had really been craving it, I would certainly have been out scrounging around and no doubt I would found it, but I was not about to sacrifice time away from swimming with fishes or hiking in the rainforest to search out some local bud. Did I miss smoking marijuana? I sure did, but I like to compare it to chocolate milk shakes. I love chocolate milk shakes – they are a culinary delight that is a definite physical sensory pleasure of the highest order. One could say I was addicted to them as I would drink three to four chocolate milk shakes a week. The problem is there are over 1,000 calories in an average milk shake and here I was consuming over a day’s worth of calories every week in just chocolate milk shakes. Not good so I cut my milk shake consumption down to one a month at most. When I pretty much cease drinking them, I had no physical withdrawal symptoms. But I did have psychological symptoms because I liked drinking them and when I stopped, I missed drinking them. Cannabis is the same way – when I stopped smoking cannabis, I missed smoking because I so enjoy smoking. For example, I am writing this missive totally stoned not because it helps me write better, but because I so thoroughly enjoy being stoned that it makes the time spent writing more entertaining, exciting and enjoyable. I miss consuming marijuana but that is not depression and it certainly is not the result of substance addiction. When you stop doing something you like, stop consuming something you like or stop seeing someone you like, you just miss it – it doesn’t mean you were addicted. I am now back from Maui and have resumed my daily multiple consumption of cannabis. Unlike chocolate milk shakes which are bad for me because of all the saturated fat, sodium and sugar contained in each 1,000+ calorie shake, cannabis provides multiple health benefits. Reducing the risk of cancer, strengthening the immune system, facilitating neurogenesis (creation of new nerve cells), enabling a good night’s sleep, mitigating depression without anti-psychotics and in the elderly slowing the development of Alzheimer’s, treating glaucoma, providing chronic pain relief and lessening movement disorders. Further because it is so fun and relaxing, it promotes socialization and consciousness alteration without the use of alcohol. One might reasonably conclude that it is a bad thing that cannabis is not addicting. Imagine how healthy our communities would be if exercise, eating veggies and consuming cannabis were addicting. It is good that I was able to quit smoking marijuana without any withdrawal symptoms because it is not addicting, but not smoking marijuana for 10 days was not good for my health. I certainly hope that the day will come when traveling with marijuana is as de rigueur as traveling with clean underwear. I also hope the day will come when I can travel without fear of incessant inspections and am no longer a person-of-interest.
  8. Learned a lot this year! Grow based on this vid: https://www.cannabisfabricpots.com/blog/no-till-cover-cropping-and-top-dressing-with-brownguy420/ So that's the basic idea, but I got the same clover they recommend and the bio live fertilizer, coco water, etc. The big lesson was lasagna layering. Lot of things going on in that concept. The other big lesson was getting the right type of mycos (Glomus intraradices, G. mosseae, G. aggregatum, G. etunicatum) And it's put in each layer so it's out there for the roots to find. I used to sprinkle mycos in the hole when I put the plant in the ground, so it would only help a small percentage of roots. Yea the red clover grows up (3-4") and is crushed down with hay and allowed to compost for a while before planting. That should add a lot of nitrogen for veg. So with this method you put everything into the soil and then that's it, you just use water so you don't kill the worms through the rest of the grow. Too much water your mycos become parasitic, too little water and worms die, so tough balance. I water everyday but sometimes very lightly depending on how hot it's going to get that day.
  9. Thanks I've had years when it was a jungle in there when I was growing in pots but I think there's more packed in there this year. They're tall plants but no buds on the first 3-4 feet. You could get the same yeild with shorter plants probably but yield isn't my first concern. Trying to grow good medicine and have sustainable beds. Planning what to do with the boxes after harvest is over. I'm thinking spread my vegetable compost I'm making over the top with a little dirt and grow clover again. Keep the worms alive. Hard to check the worms, don't want to disturb the layers. Not sure if the mycos will still be there next year? Thanks Hempyfan for all the vids! Very educational, and I can't chew the cover off the books. Still a lot I have to watch.
  10. This is what it was looking like last year, not one of the better years. Doing better this year
  11. I was really blown away at how well this layering things works, that and the proper mycos put down in the dirt. I can't rebuild it every year so I guess it's just supposed to keep going. I could cut a hole where the old plant was maybe big enough for the new clone to be planted. Have to see how that goes or how I would do it, hole saw?
  12. I read somewhere that the roots will help your grow. I'm wondering about end of season this year how much plant do I want to pull up? Maybe cut the main stalk down a few inches underground? So All those little roots would provide a pathway for next years roots? I'm curious to see how organic no till will do in upcoming years. I think I plan to add a little more soil and grow some clover in the Winter. That would be all the prep I do...maybe
  13. Guess I'm being a tightwad wanting to save oil by using water and oil. I haven't tried water, coconut oil and lecithin yet, have to see what that does. I think I cook too hot. I have the instant pot go for 4 hours then keep warm the rest of the night. Has a very light kind of burnt smell. I might try cook for half an hour then just keep warm all night, might be good. I use the low pressure setting and cooking a small amount setting. I don't know how it would change the pressure other than turning up the heat. The one I made on high did have a burnt smell. The other way I have is leave on the stove all day. I have these simmer plates I use to keep the heat down. I have to try double boiler. Be much better in the Winter to keep the room warm.
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    Growing in pots I watered twice a week and one of those was a feeding. In raised beds I try and keep the worms alive so I water everyday according to how hot it is. Sometime very lightly. Home depot has Alaska fish fertilizer that seems good. Comes in a bloom version too. I always used a system like GO when I was in pots. http://greenbookpages.com/general-hydroponics-general-organics-feeding-charts/
  15. That looks like it took more than a year to grow? Pot tree. Just reach out your window and cut a bud off when you need it? Looks amazing. So you had to trim it and train it to do that?
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