Denali Family Loses a Member

Rick Hammad 42, our facilitator in Grand Rapids was shot and killed several hours after our clinic together Friday night.  He leaves a pregnant wife and 3 children ages 2-11.  We had worked together to establish a clinic in Grand Rapids for the last year, and were in the final stages of getting an independent medical office as a main base clinic to serve Grand Rapids.  There is no indication that the shooting was related to the clinic.  He was a good man, a friend, and colleague.  My condolences to Sam, his wife Randa, his children and extended family.

Denali Healthcare will pledge $1000 to Silent Observer for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his murder.

Please Contact Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. Silent Observer can be contacted confidentially at

News Report from MLive

Lansing Proposal to Require Community Service and Drug Testing clears committee

My Soapbox....

This is one of those 'feel good' legislations.  Everyone likes the idea of making folks work for a living, and assumes that everyone can work and if they don't it is a personal choice they made not to. 

The reality is that the vast majority of people on assistance have already proven (when they applied) that they needed it as a final safety net.  They have no other options because of children, lack of job training, lack of opportunities, or get this, a criminal record because of minor transgressions such as simple possession.  I seriously doubt those promoting this bill have ever taken the time to actually look at the statistics to find out WHO the typical medicaid recipient IS.  Most are children and single moms. Very few are the 'able bodied male that can work but refuses to' that everyone seems to envision when they think of 'welfare'.  Oh yeah, they are all minorities too.  Not anything like the wealthy, college loan educated, legislators deciding their fate so they can tell the voters they are tough on welfare reform.

People are not a soundbite.  They are people who at worse made some poor choices in their career preparation or relationships, but they still deserve to eat.  If this program of putting people to work for their benifits has any possibility of working, daycare must be provided (hey, daycare worker is a job right), so must transportation.  Real job training with on the job experience in fields with employment prospects should be a primary result of the experience.  Bringing folks in to do meaningless tasks does nothing to improve their employment prospects.  Either does training them for an unskilled minimum wage job.


Who Wants to Learn How to Grow?

Marijuana is going mainstream, and it’s only a matter of time.  More people, especially politicians are starting to realize that the war on Marijuana is not working nor has it ever worked.  The people have spoken again, again, and again, and now it seems that our high officials are finally starting to get it.  Medical Marijuana is here to stay, and it’s time to stop denying the facts but to embrace this movement and accept marijuana as a medicine and as a free choice for the people.

If you are currently a medical marijuana patient, caregiver, or someone looking to be one of the other, a special opportunity is coming for you.  New grow seminars are coming this fall.  Newbie growers and caregivers alike can now learn how to legally grow some top grade Cannabis. You can learn how to grow starting from seeds or clones, and grow with soil or hydroponics. Reading books and watching videos is very helpful, but now you can learn hands on from some of the best growers on how to become expert growers.

These seminars will be held in the evenings during the week days and/or on the weekends at the Denali Healthcare office in Saginaw, MI.  All of the tri-cities and surrounding areas are invited to attend. The seminars will cover all aspects of growing, including grow room set-ups, cloning, pruning, topping, nutrients, gorilla growing, harvesting and much more!! 


Cloning For a Continual Harvest

Many novice marijuana growers ask themselves 'should I start from seed or should I grow some marijuana clones?' It's a good question, and one that deserves serious consideration. The biggest advantage of growing from clones is that you will harvest more bud sooner. Growing from clones can cut your vegetative time down anywhere from 2-4 weeks. Once your clone is rooted, and then transplanted into its growing pot, it can take as little as one week before it takes off!

Whether the grow set up is indoor or outdoor, cloning cannabis plants will significantly develop the efficiency of your growing area and it is a wonderful way of preserving your favored marijuana plant. There are some qualities that you should look for in a marijuana plant before cloning. It should be of high quality, potent, fast to grow and has no pests, fungi or any diseases.

In this discussion, I will tell you about a simple, cheap and guaranteed way to make marijuana clones that will aid you in your production of high grade cannabis with a continual harvest!

To get started you will need: a clean razor blade, scissors, toothpick, a cup of water, a tray with a clear plastic dome, top soil, small cloning cups or Styrofoam, and a bottle of CLONEX rooting gel.

Your first task is to choose the marijuana plant in which you wish to clone from. Next you should decide how many clones you wish to take from that plant. Now you must fill your small cloning pots or cups with top soil. A bag of good top soil will not need any additives to it. Make sure the small cups are filled all the way to the top and try not to pack it in, but evenly fill the cup.

Take a tooth pick and make a hole in the center of the soil and make it a tad bit bigger than the stem you will place in it, so it won’t scrape off all the rooting gel. Make a 45 degree slice through the branch with your clean razor, 4-8 inches below the cutting. Strip the bottom leaves off of the cutting, clip the tips of the remaining leaves and then dip up to half the stem in rooting gel.

Place the stem in the soil all the way down without touching the bottom, leaving a little room for the roots to grow, and pack the soil tightly around it. Next, water your cuttings after placing them on your tray. You are to water the soil, do not directly water the cutting. Make sure the soil is completely soaked, as the large amount of water will not hurt the cutting.

Spray the bottom of the tray and the top of the plastic dome before you place the dome on the tray. This will ensure enough humidity in the dome. Nowput your tray under the t5 lights. It can be anywhere from 1 to 3ft. below the lights. Use the same light schedule as the vegetative plants with the 18 hr. on and 6 hr. off schedule.


DOJ on Federal Vs State MMJ Laws

 By Michael Komorn,

link to original article

Attorney General Eric Holder informed the Governor’s of Washington and Colorado that the Justice Department will not interfere with the states’ laws which permit the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. This is a huge win for marijuana activists, and big step away from the War on Drugs.

Related: Uruguay Sets Price of Marijuana at $2.50/Gram

The AG sent a memo to the country’s 94 Attorney Generals which outlined what types of activities will still be targeted by the DOJ, highlighting 8 major points that the DOJ still aims to prevent. The 8 points are:

  • the distribution of marijuana to minors;
  • revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels;
  • the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states;
  • state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
  • violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
  • drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
  • growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands;
  • preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.

These 8 points are still quite broad, and prosecutors across the country could interpret many of them in ways that would favor their decision to prosecute. However, they will no longer be able to use sheer-volume of sales as the sole justification for charging and individual or entity with a marijuana crime.

Related: Sentencing Commission to Review Minimum Sentencing Guidelines

Though the Obama Administration had said on numerous occasions that federal agents would not interfere with states’ where marijuana use is legal to some capacity, US Attorneys have ignored this call for tolerance and gone ahead with prosecutions of marijuana growers and users, regardless of the directives from Washington.

Related: AG Holder’s Opinion Already Affecting Marijuana Cases

Now that the Attorney General has come out and said that the Federal Government will not interfere with the laws passed in Colorado and Washington, the Governors, and people, of those states can finally exhale knowing that a Federal Lawsuit will not be coming their way.


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