Grow room pest: Spider-mites

One of my biggest fears as a medical cannabis grower has happened. My grow room and flower room have been infested with spider-mites.

I’ve only dealt with these pests once before when I lost power for almost two weeks. I’ve yanked out and composted the worst of the infested plants. Got some help and throughly cleaned the flower room and everything that was inside it; all the pots, saucers, pot elevation platforms and ect… Along with recycling all the the ducting uses in the rooms.

I’m now about half way through my battle with this pest now. I’ve treated the remaining plants in my veg room with Green Cleaner an all natural spider-mite killer.

I will get past this pest and get my rooms on track again. Life is chaotic but I will face down my fears and win this battle. I’m also grateful that I have not got the borg sub species of spider-mite that is a cannabis specialist and nearly impossible to kill.

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FibroMan

420 Canceled Early

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The Compassionate Caregivers Of Maine also know as CCM decided to hold a 420 event this year. They rented the American Legion in Gardiner Maine and informed them it was going to be a 420 cannabis event for legal card carrying medical patients and that cannabis use would happen outside on the premise in a designated smoking/vaping tent. Along with having a few vendors. All of this was approved before the event was to take place. Or so we thought…

I should up early to the event to help lend a hand. In the vape tent there was an Ice sculpted dab rig and that thing hit amazing. Mad props to subzero ice sculpting. That thing was amazing. Although it did not last long the metal table it sat on was at a slight angle and in the direct sunlight. It slide off the table while our backs were turned. There was some amazing infused cotton candy.

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Shortly after the CCM 420 event was scheduled to start the bartender showed up. Realize it was a cannabis event where there was edibles and people smoking cannabis on the property. She had some moral abjection to cannabis people and called the police. Who never showed by the way. But they did call the Company Commander of the American legion. Who basically had the event canceled. So it is okay to drink poison but not okay to use plant biased medicine. Strange that the legion would approve the event and then turn around and do this. I am not happy with the legion and they will hear from me.

Maine has had legal medical cannabis since 1999 that is almost 20 years now and we have had legal adult use laws since 2016,  but still waiting on retail regulations. Today we really got to see where we are in our regulations. We may have legal cannabis use but we are not quite at the point of being able to hold cannabis events in Maine. And that is a shame.

Maine’s Adult Use Marijuana Bill reviewed and the limbo Maine is in.

potlawsBoth the Maine House and Senate have voted on H.P 1199 L.D 1719 and after several changes to the bill the passed it. This bill only needs to be signed into law by the Governor of Maine Paul Lepage. He has 10 days to sign it or veto it. Gov. Lepage has vowed to veto the bill even though it passed with a number of votes that could easy over turn a veto. As the goal prior to sending the bill to the Governor that it should be veto proof. How did they make it veto proof? The made the bill a money grab and reduced the rights the bill allowed. Hoping that would entice the Governor into signing the bill.

The newly amendment bill changes several things from the original bill that Mainers voted for. Some of the biggest changes are a higher tax rate from 10% to 20%. Along with increasing excise taxes on the seeds, mature plants, and on bud/extracts that will be levied at the growers of adult use cannabis that will trickle down the the consumer. This also strips down the rights of Mainers to grow their own cannabis by reducing the plant count allowed from 6 mature plants to 3 mature plants. It also removes the provision to allow cannabis social clubs a place for people to gather and use cannabis. To read the bill yourself follow the link to the Maine State Legislator at the bottom of this post.

What then is governor Lepage have against the bill? Well as it was reported in The Maine Press Herald, “LePage has been pushing more consolidation of the medical and recreational industries. If the pending adult-use bill becomes law, Maine would tax recreational cannabis at an effective rate of 20 percent while taxing medical marijuana at a much lower rate of 5.5 percent, or 8 percent for medical edibles. LePage believes the tax differential would encourage recreational marijuana users to use medical marijuana instead of the adult-use market to save money.”

So if someone qualifies for medical cannabis and would save money on the taxes and that is what he has a problem with. The bill was changed to be a money grab by the state compared to what Mainers voted on and the new bill just does not seem to take enough money from people. This is actually extremely revealing in his motivations and it is honestly scary.

A few points against this thought that the medical program will not prevent the adult use program from making money. Not everyone qualifies for medical cannabis. Not everyone will want to go through the process of getting a medical card even if they do qualify. Maine is a tourist state; tourist all will pay the adult use taxes on their cannabis. Lepage is just being extra greedy on a bill that was changed to be a money grab by the state. The bill already increased the tax from 10% to 20% the tourist will pay a lot already. Stop being so greedy over a plant!

Maine might stay in our limbo of having passed adult use cannabis laws but without the ability to legally purchase adult use cannabis. If Lepage does veto the new adult use cannabis bill the numbers in the House and Senate that voted for this bill could over turn Lepage’s veto, but that is still more time and more delays in the implementation of the adult use cannabis bill.

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FibroMan

Maine State Legislator:

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1719&PID=1456&snum=128

Portland Press Herald:

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/16/lepage-said-he-intends-to-veto-retail-pot-bill/

Reading Maine’s adult use cannabis bill…

Today, I’m reading the new adult use cannabis bill HP 1199 LD1719 (73 pages) and it’s amendments (84 additional pages).

It was voted on and passed Tuesday night. This will be Maine’s new cannabis laws.

Blog article to follow with my thoughts…

Source: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1719&PID=1456&snum=128

Indiana family investigated by CPS for using CBD oil is fighting back.

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Little Jaelah playing in the mud. Photo from the Justice for Jaelah facebook page.

Meet little Jaelah Jerger a 20 month old little girl with myoclonic seizures with up to 40 seizure events per day. It was suggested that Jaelah take Keppra an anti seizure medication by a doctor at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Jaelah parents were worried about the potential side effects of Keppra that include drowsiness, dizziness, unusual tiredness or weakness. Not wanting their daughter to suffer with the side effects of the pharmaceutical medication.  The Jerger family found a chiropractic neurologist in Evansville, Indiana that was willing to prescribe cannabidiol (CBD) to control little Jaelah myoclonic seizures. This worked with great success by going from 40 seizures per day to becoming completely seizure free with the use of CBD.

 

The problem. The Jerger family was reported to child protective services by a staff member at Riley Hospital. Their reason? They said that the Jerger family was not treating their daughters medical condition. Guess they missed the fact Jaelah was seizure free on CBD.

What happened after the report was “CPS arrived at the Jergers’ house in Huntingburg on Sept. 20, formally asking the parents to agree to keep Jaelah on Keppra, to take her for weekly blood tests to confirm she was taking Keppra and to only see a specified physician, Lelah said.” (IndyStar) To make this situation worse CPS also told the Jerger family that they could only send their daughter to a specific hospital and not letting them even decide who their daughter can see for medical care. Since this overreach by the Indiana CPS the Jerger family is now able to see a neurologist at the University of Louisville who is monitoring the use of CBD oil for Jaelah Jerger. She is no longer using Keppra.

Lelah Jerger says that Indianan CPS violated the family’s rights when they sought blood samples from their daughter to prove she was taking Keppra and not a medication containing CBD.  (WTHR)

If you are interested in helping the family with their fight check out their gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/jaelahs-attorney-fees and don’t forget to check out the Justice of Jaelah Facebook page.

As always,

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

Referenced

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/31/cbd-oil-reduced-toddlers-seizures-still-state-threatened-take-away-child-mother-says/755232001/

https://www.wthr.com/article/family-sues-state-agency-over-investigation-of-their-use-of-cbd-oil

Social Security is Terminating My Benefits.

Today I want to blog to you not just as FibroMan, but as Marc Smith.

IMG_9296 I am a disabled Navy veteran and have been unable to work due to my injuries obtained while serving. Basically what happened to me was I was servicing oxygen equipment on a Navy aircraft and when finished I slipped down the steps that lead up to the plane. This fall caused me to get a chronic pain condition known as fibromyalgia. This is why I’ve called myself FibroMan if that was not obvious.

Anyway after my medical discharge from the Navy in late 2008, I attempted employment, but I started to get worse than I was during my medical discharge. I filed for Social Security Disability and after a couple denials I was able to get a lawyer and see a judge. I won and started receiving my benefits around 2010.

Yesterday, I got a letter telling me that after reviewing my case they have determined that my health has improved enough that they do not consider me disabled anymore and will stop my benefits starting in March.

The only real reason I can think of this is my cannabis use over pharmaceutical medications. When I started getting social security in 2010, I was taking around 3 pages of pills. I was still taking those medications when I had my first review in 2014. However, shortly after that first review I had started taking cannabis. I did ask social security why I was being reviewed again so soon at the beginning of this process. I was told that there was a push to process more reviews from this administration. So it is also possible this is part of this administrations war on the sick and poor. Although I think my medical cannabis use was their reasoning to remove me specifically.

Cannabis has greatly improved my quality of life and I honesty do not think I would still be alive today if I was not taking cannabis. In fact I know I would not be. My pain was just too uncontrollable before I found cannabis. While I am appreciate all that cannabis has done to help me manage my fibromyalgia better it has not cured me. I still am unable to do many things and if I do to much this flares my pain making me unable to do anything. My limitations are real.

Yet, Social Security sees that I am not taking pages of pills and since social security is a federal agency and federally cannabis is not recognized as medicine they are most likely looking at it as if I am not taking any medication. Ignoring that I need to use cannabis to manage my pain. Now I faced with the fact that I will not have enough money to pay for all my bills. That I am going to have to find some way to generate some income.

In the mean time, I’m somehow suppose to find a job that will pay me enough, let me have a flexible work schedule do to my illness, let me use my medicine at work and not flare my fibromyalgia.

I can appeal their decision, however, due to my cannabis use I do not think that will go anywhere. I also am scared of the appeal for one big reason. While they still pay you during the appeal process if you loose the appeal then you are billed for all the money they pay you during that period. That kind of dept could ruin anyone. I am going to talk to the original lawyer office I used that won my case to see if they have any suggestions.

To all of you that like what I do here on my blog conceder becoming a patron of mine on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/fibroman This will help me pay for my website renewal that is coming up and purchase future cannabis related item to review and maybe even one day get video equipment to start a youtube.

Thank you for listening (reading) my story. Consider sharing it to spread awareness of how the federal government treats cannabis patients.

And as always,
Spread Cannabis Knowledge!

Marc Smith aka
FibroMan

Congratulations Vermont, for being the 9th State to Legalize Adult Use Cannabis.

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Just a few days ago Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed H.511 that legalized adult use of cannabis for anyone in Vermont over the age of 21. This bill also allows people grow six plants with two plant as mature.  (I assume that means flowering) and allow to keep all of their harvest. The growing limit is by household not by per adult.  Although this bill does not allow the retail sale of cannabis this is definitely a great start for Vermont.

When Vermont wrote their recreational cannabis bill they also did it in a unique way that no other state has done. Vermont pass their cannabis use bill not through a voter initiative on the ballot but instead through legislation. The new law will take effect in July 1, 2018.

Again congratulations Vermont for being the ninth state to come to their scenes an allow adults to use cannabis if the choose too.

“Spread Cannabis Knowledge!”
FibroMan