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  1. Ya, when I grew with lights I ran 18-6, don't like 24hours of light, I think they need a period of darkness. Then we cut down to 12-12 for flower. There's no problem with flowering. Problem is they go into flower as soon as you put them outside. So we fight to keep them veg. False flower causes lots of problems. When you start too early your plants get big and time to flower. If you have to wait for a month for proper light what happens to the plants? They go ape shit. I go all natural light but I put some led bulbs around to lengthen the day, hour of two morning and night to keep them in flower. I have friends who enforce darkness but that's too much work for me, I can't cover and uncover the grow twice a day. We seem to have it working pretty well but always room for improvement. Adding a lot more to the beds this year to get them ready for Summer.
  2. Where I live we can plant in February most years. That's all fine but when the plants are big but the light is not for flower, they go in and out of flower and you get stretchy buds. I wait until June to start my grow so as to do a natural Summer grow and fit in with the natural lighting. I still use lights in the evening and morning to ensure no early flowering.
  3. Before no till I grew General Organics, still have some of that stuff left over I add during the grow. Not regularly but maybe 3-4 times during the grow with various things from that line.
  4. I have the hay covering the plants now. I had a Winter mix of clover and a bunch of stuff, so it gets buried to ferment maybe. The varmints kept it trimmed like a lawn. I added rock phosphates, gypsum, dolomite lime, bio live fertilizer, diatomaceous earth, Ful-Humix, and Oatmeal, just under the hay for worm food. Only one ingredient at a time and about a week+ apart. My secret weapon is the stuff I spread through the beds when I built them. It's supposed to make your plants seven times bigger. See my Sept17 post: That's about what I've been experiencing using what they recommend: Glomus intraradices, G. mosseae, G. aggregatum, G. etunicatum
  5. L.A. entrepreneurs complain social equity program’s slow rollout is hurting people it was supposed to help. By Emily Alpert Reyes (LATIMES) When Los Angeles politicians promised that those hit hardest by the war on drugs would profit from legal marijuana, Whitney Beatty saw a chance to realize her dream. She rented a South L.A. storefront and applied for a license under L.A.’s social equity program, which was supposed to give eligible entrepreneurs a boost in the cannabis industry. She imagined a shop that would cater to women of color, named after Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday. More than a year later, Beatty is spending money on an empty space with no guarantee of when she will open. Her initial investors have gone out of business, she said. And Beatty said there has been little help from the city. “I’m doing the best I can to keep this dream alive,” said Beatty, a single mother who also has a business selling humidors to store cannabis. “But it’s draining applicants who are the least financially able to handle these costs.” Los Angeles has long since granted licenses to some long-standing cannabis shops that met city requirements, but new retailers — those in its social equity program — have been slower to get approval. The program targets entrepreneurs with marijuana arrests, those with low incomes and people who have lived in areas disproportionately affected by cannabis arrests. When the program was first imagined, cannabis advocates praised it as a kind of reparation for the war on drugs. Now cannabis entrepreneurs complain that the sluggish rollout of the program is hurting people it was supposed to help. The wait has been costly for applicants, some of whom have been paying for empty storefronts for years. To compete in this round of licensing, applicants were required by the city to have a lease or deed for a store; some snapped up spots even earlier amid concerns about competition for eligible sites. And the promised assistance for such applicants has been limited so far. It’s “ludicrous” to even call it a social equity program, said Rusty Savage, a social equity applicant seeking to open a marijuana business in South Los Angeles. “It’s not built for a guy who got arrested, who lives in the hood and ain’t making no bread.” Hundreds of people rushed to turn in applications in September 2019, spurring a prolonged battle over whether the competition for licenses was fair. Months after releasing an audit and reaching a legal settlement, Los Angeles is now poised to grant approval to 200 new shops — all of them eligible under the equity program. But there has been no guarantee of when that will happen. The city’s Department of Cannabis Regulation says the process has been slowed down by the financial strain of the COVID-19 crisis, which has restricted city hiring and contracting and hindered departmental services, as well as the earlier disputes over applications. The department’s executive director, Cat Packer, said that “we are doing everything that we can” to approve businesses and launch assistance programs but added that “there’s a lot of bureaucracy that goes into standing up these programs for the first time.” The department says it has only nine staffers assigned to review hundreds of applications. And changes to the approval process, made after the initial deluge of applications, also led to delays, officials said. The halting rollout of the program has been especially galling to applicants at a time when L.A. is facing demands to reinvest in communities of color. More legal cannabis shops could also help dampen L.A.’s budget problems, with tax revenue from marijuana businesses expected to jump 79% this fiscal year. At a recent meeting, Cannabis Regulation Commission Vice President Thryeris Mason asked why “one of the few revenue-generating departments in the city” couldn’t get needed staffing, especially amid city talk about social justice. “Bottom line, it’s disrespectful,” Mason said. Savage, who once operated a marijuana dispensary in Little Ethiopia, said he has dipped into his savings and day-to-day income to stay afloat as he forks over rent. He declined to specify how much he was paying for his vacant site but said he has survived only because he has been “blessed.” “I haven’t seen one single dime on my return. It doesn’t seem like it’s coming soon,” Savage said. “How is a person who has a cap on their income, who lives in an economically depressed area and is supposed to have been unduly affected by the police, supposed to come up with that?” Beatty said that since her investors went out of business, she has tried to find new ones but has repeatedly been offered “ridiculous” and unfair deals. “They don’t want to partner. They want to utilize the license and get you out of the way,” she said. “It’s disheartening for me because that’s not what the promise of this program was.” Another entrepreneur, Timothy McDaniel Jr., complained about cannabis investors behaving like “sharks,” trying to sideline him as a social equity applicant. McDaniel said it would have helped if L.A. had arranged earlier for legal assistance; instead, the Watts resident said he had to hire a string of companies to help him navigate business offers and contracts. Municipal cannabis consultant Yvette McDowell lamented that L.A. had failed to set up the needed “infrastructure” — including programs to help social equity applicants vet legal agreements — before cannabis entrepreneurs had to sign deals with investors. L.A. did impose rules about the minimum share of the business that must be held by a social equity applicant. But in some cases, McDowell said, “they had to sign agreements and had no clue what they were signing.” The city had “more than enough time to have built the infrastructure,” she said. “That, to me, is so unacceptable. If this was private industry, people would have been fired a long time ago.” Robert Ahn, president of L.A.’s Cannabis Regulation Commission, said the department has worked “extremely hard” with limited resources to launch the biggest market for legal cannabis in the world. It’s “the textbook case of driving and building the car at the same time,” Ahn said of the challenge. But for people paying rent on empty shops, “that’s no consolation to them.” Last fiscal year, the Department of Cannabis Regulation was granted $5 million by the city for its social equity program, including $3 million for business, licensing and compliance assistance. But the department said it was still setting up curriculum and training for that assistance program. Cannabis department officials said another expected benefit for social equity applicants — partnering with manufacturers and growers who were approved ahead of them — has not happened yet. The department has gotten $7.8 million from the state, the bulk of which it plans to use for a grant program for social equity applicants. That, too, has yet to launch; department officials hope to do so in April. An additional $2 million in state funds is now on the way. The cannabis department recently announced it was launching a program with the L.A. County Bar Assn. that provides social equity applicants with free guidance from attorneys. City officials also pointed to other efforts to assist soon-to-be-licensed pot shops, including new tools to crack down on illegal retailers that undercut their business. But Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas said the social equity program “has not yet proven itself effective.” “The city does not have a lot to show for progress in this area,” he said. “At some point the question will have to be asked, ‘Is it conceptually sound?’ ” Department officials point out that although cannabis entrepreneurs first applied more than a year ago to open new shops, that was just the first step in a longer process. Once they are initially deemed eligible, applicants still have to turn in more documents, undergo inspections and get a state license to secure city approval. As of mid-March, only 60 of the 200 eligible businesses had uploaded any of the needed documents for review, according to the department. Part of the holdup has been that any changes from an original application, such as switching to a new site, need to first be vetted by the department. Jumane Redway-Upshur, another social equity applicant, said that because the city has taken so long, he ended up needing a new location: A school opened near his planned site in the San Fernando Valley, rendering it ineligible as a cannabis shop, he said. “Now I’m sort of in a holding pattern,” Redway-Upshur said. Some critics have complained that the once-ballyhooed program seemed to have lost urgency at City Hall. Council President Nury Martinez said in a statement that the council remains dedicated to its goals. “All departments have been hit by this financial crisis, but it is our expectation that the Department of Cannabis Regulation will continue working diligently and urgently on the social equity program the council approved,” Martinez said in the statement. “This program works to right the wrongs of victimizing Black and Brown communities which is long overdue.” Aja Allen, another social equity applicant, said that when the program was first launched, she was excited to see that “the city wants to right the wrongs.” “It doesn’t feel like that anymore,” Allen said. “It feels like they’re digging us into a really deep hole so that we’ll never be able to get out.”
  6. I have a 200 gallon tank, thinking about buying something like this calcium nitrate: https://www.amazon.com/Calcium-Nitrate-15-5-0-0-Fertilizer-POUNDS/dp/B071YS779G/ I want it to spray on the pepper, pine and eucalyptus trees around my house. Going to mount it on a trailer. Should I use something else, whole idea bad? Just spitballin here!
  7. I did something like that 2 years ago, worked great first year but last year I had nutrient deficiencies. Still had a great grow but had to add nutrients. Like to do that before the grow now. So ya, I'm seeing a lot of how to make good dirt but I want to run the same dirt just augment on top, this is no till so I guess I can't stir it up. I've got oatmeal to put on the beds to feed the worms. One thing is Diatomaceous Earth, I want to add a layer towards the last. Gypsum, going to add. I put the fulvic acid already along with bio live and rock phosphate. Only do one at a time and I wait about a week between additions.
  8. You can't grow at all? Damn, we still go by our medical rules which is 24 plant max. We're able to grow enough in the Summer to last all year, been lucky with that. More going on... https://www.marijuanamoment.net/schumer-hosts-first-marijuana-meeting-to-formulate-2021-federal-legalization-plan/
  9. Recreational marijuana legal in New Jersey GOV. PHIL MURPHY signed the legislation Monday, months after voters approved a ballot measure. (Edwin J. Torres Associated Press) associated press TRENTON, N.J. — A recreational marijuana marketplace, cannabis decriminalization and looser penalties for underage possession became law Monday in New Jersey, more than three months after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to legalize adult use of the drug. Acknowledging that the legislation took much longer to be enacted than expected, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy cast aside critics’ attacks that the move is about filling state coffers with tax revenue or easing penalties on underage possession to the point of making policing difficult. “The reason I signed these bills, the reason why we’ve been in this fight, is for social justice,” Murphy said Monday during a news conference. He alluded to decades of stringent policing of marijuana laws — the “war on drugs” that had disproportionate consequences for Black residents. “At long last, we’ve broken through, and as of today, better days are here, and lives that have been nicked or in some cases ruined, we’ll be able to correct,” Murphy said. “At long last and from this moment going forward, we won’t have to see that same chapter written again in our state’s history.” Murphy signed the legislation just in time: He faced a Monday deadline to enact two of three of the bills; he signed the third shortly after it was sent to him by the Democrat-led Legislature. Still, it could be six months before the legalized marketplace is up and running, Murphy and industry analysts estimated. That’s because the state’s new Cannabis Regulatory Commission has to put in place regulations and licenses. The number of licenses for cultivators will be set at 37 for two years. The state Senate was pushing for no limit on licenses, but the Assembly wanted them capped. Legislation that passed Monday after weeks of negotiation makes underage possession of marijuana and alcohol subject to written warnings that escalate to include parental notification and a referral to community services upon subsequent violations. Underage drinking had been punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. Towns will no longer have the authority to enact ordinances with civil penalties or fines concerning underage possession or consumption on private property. The legislation also increases the liability for suppliers of cannabis items to underage people by making a third or subsequent violation a petty disorderly persons offense. Some Republicans were aghast at the reduction in penalties. “There’s no consequence,” GOP state Sen. Bob Singer said. “We’re now saying if you’re caught with it underage, it’s a free pass.” Murphy responded Monday that marijuana should be treated with “responsibility.” “The words ‘adult use’ have been associated with this from Day One,” he said. State Police Supt. Col. Patrick J. Callahan said the attorney general and his office were coming up with guidelines for officials across the state on how to enforce the new laws. As part of the legislation, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be able to levy an excise tax, dependent on the cost per ounce of cannabis. For consumers, the legal marketplace will be subject to the state’s 6.625% sales tax; 70% of proceeds will go to areas that have been disproportionately affected by marijuana-related arrests. Black residents have been up to three times likelier to face marijuana charges than white residents. The decriminalization measure was necessary because state laws make possession a crime, despite the voter-approved amendment, according to lawmakers. The measure passed with broad bipartisan support.
  10. Story on the wire: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/jamaica-faces-marijuana-shortage-farmers-struggle-75710269 Couldn't the red cross airlift emergency Ganga supplies in?
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  12. I have little sprouts coming up from those seeds. I guess when they're a little bigger I'll start sprinkling things that would be good for the beds next Summer. My friend says gypsum is good. Rock phosphorus for end of Summer flower? Carbon powder, looks like gun powder thing. What else? Don't want to kill plants or worms... Thanks
  13. Starting to look like the runoff streams in Greenland...
  14. Cannabis Headed for Legalization at WARP SPEED Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced on New Year’s Eve that his office has expunged almost a half-million cannabis-related arrest records and has issued pardons for almost 10,000 low-level cannabis related offenses. What a marvelous way to start 2021 – the year that will see federal cannabis prohibition come to an end. The actions by the Governor of Illinois are not an isolated event. Pardons and expungements are happening throughout the county as more and more states legalize cannabis. In 2011, the year before Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize cannabis, there were 757,969 arrests for marijuana. In 2019, there were 545,602, a decrease of almost 30%, but that is still more then all the arrests made for violent crimes. We still have a long way to go, but the numbers will continue to drop as more states embrace legalization. Ending the arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of millions of Americans for cannabis offenses is one of the major reasons I, and so many others, strongly supported and continue to support legalization efforts even though they are far from perfect. With four more states legalizing cannabis in the 2020 elections, the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter and brighter. The 2020 elections have brought us to the precipice of truly “freeing the weed” as with the Dems in control of the Senate there really is a really real chance that federal cannabis prohibition will come to an end this year. The Senate's new majority leader, Chuck Schumer, has said, "Cannabis is now Schedule 1—which is to the point of absurdity to say marijuana is more dangerous than crack cocaine. It's crazy. So we decriminalize it, we deschedule it, and we incentivize and invest in states and local governments to create expungement programs." The House passed the MORE act in Dec. 2020 which deschedules cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act bringing about the end to federal cannabis prohibition. It will now go to the Senate where Schumer, unlike former Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnel, will allow it to come up for a vote. It will pass because almost all Democrats and a significant number of Republican Senators support it. From there it goes to the desk of President Biden. Biden is in favor of decriminalization and not legalization, but that’s OK as the MORE Act doesn’t actually legalize cannabis - it just takes the feds out of the picture by no longer criminalizing it. By taking the feds out of the picture, it allows the states to make the decision on whether cannabis should be legal within their borders or not. That is a position that Biden has publicly supported many times during the 2020 elect­­ion. Further I imagine Biden will also sign it since our new VP, Kamala Harris, was THE chief sponsor of the MORE Act in the Senate. One thing that is not mentioned often about the importance of ending federal cannabis prohibition is recognizing that whatever the United States does has a profound impact the world over. This is especially significant for those Asian and Middle East countries that are still executing people for cannabis crimes. The imprimatur of the U.S. on cannabis legalization will eventually lead to an end of their hideous actions towards their own citizens. With federal cannabis prohibition ended, each individual state will decide to either legalize or keep criminal marijuana. Unfortunately, those that chose to legalize can set up whatever Rube Goldberg system of legalization they want to. It is now up to those who live in states where cannabis is still illegal to see to it that cannabis is legalized and when it is legalized, make sure that the legalization system that is set up is not so complex that it would be easier to open up a nuclear power plant then open a dispensary. In California, state and local elected officials will no longer be able to cite its illegality under federal law as a reason they cannot allow the implementation of Prop. 64 and the cultivation, manufacture and distribution of cannabis in their jurisdictions. With state and local governments suffering massive loss of tax revenues due to the COVID19 pandemic, elected officials are desperately looking for new sources of revenue. Nothing changes minds faster than $$$. The lure of replacing some of those lost tax dollars with cannabis dollars will transform the mind of even the most reefer madness addled politician. It certainly has changed the minds of many California voters as 33 cities and counties that had formerly prohibited cannabis businesses passed ordinances during the November elections allowing them. Although I thoroughly believe cannabis should be treated like caffeinated beverages, it is likely to have a byzantine system of complex and opaque regulations that makes the system regulating alcohol and tobacco seem like a Libertarian’s dream. I know people complain that marijuana is not alcohol and not tobacco and that its regulation should not be so stringent. I only wish cannabis would be regulated like alcohol and tobacco. If cannabis was as easily available and as cheaply available as alcohol and tobacco is, we would be ecstatic. Imagine walking down to your neighborhood convenience store to get your cannabis. Imagine going to big grocery stores and big box stores and they are all selling cannabis in competition with each other. Some might even offer cannabis as a loss leader to get you into the store knowing that you are very likely to purchase other items to enjoy your cannabis with. My goal for cannabis legalization has always been when I can go to Costco and buy my cannabis. At Costco, it will be reasonably priced and good quality, although you will have to purchase a kilogram at a time. But that’s ok as it will come broken into packages of a dozen different strains which probably means there will be a drawer at home full of packages of that one strain you don’t like. Most importantly, especially from the affordability angle, is that farmers will be able to grow cannabis like any other agricultural crop. When they are able to do that and grow hundreds and thousands of acres of cannabis, prices will come tumbling down to levels that the taxes will be, like a lot of alcohol products and almost all tobacco products, the biggest part of the purchase price. Cannabis selling for $25 a pound, before taxes, would be an entirely reasonable price providing a fair profit for growers, manufacturers and distributors. After all, what other agricultural crop sells for $25 a pound – especially in its natural unprocessed state? With the end of federal prohibition, we have the opportunity to make this happen, but this cannabis nirvana is not going to be served up to us on a silver platter. We have to be active to shape the coming changes to cannabis accessibility. I know many of you are concerned about big businesses and conglomerates taking over the cannabis industry. It is a legitimate concern and they will be there with big bucks representing their business interests, but who will be representing yours?. Who is going to be lobbying your city councils and county boards if you don't? That's where you come in. You need to be involved - you need to contact your local officials to see to it that when cannabis comes to town, it comes in a way that benefits the consumer. Call them, email them and most importantly go to the City Council and County Board of Supervisors meetings and let them know how the ordinances allowing cannabis business and home cultivation should be written. I have seen it time and time again - when enough citizens show up at these meetings - they listen and then they act to get done what needs to be done so they will vote for them in the next election. We need to coordinate and work with other cannabis organizations on the state level to make sure state regulations and taxes don’t financially strangle but rather promote consumers access to cannabis. We need to go to Sacramento and lobby our state Assembly members and Senators to make the needed changes to Prop. 64 so that we do indeed have cannabis nirvana in California. More and more cities and counties are opting to allow the cannabis business provisions of Prop. 64 to take effect. Even more will join in when federal prohibition comes to an end. I know many of you want to see cannabis cultivation, manufacture and distribution take place in your local communities along with reasonable home cultivation regulations. I am here to help you with that, so contact me if you are ready to roll up your sleeves to make cannabis safely, reliably, legally, locally and AFFORDABLY accessible.
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