I work for a regulated cannabis facility in Michigan... yes i hate it. Ask me anything

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Hi @robertfink

Welcome to GN. You living most of our dreams on here, dont let people around bother you. You have to learn to work in a team, try and find good things about them.

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It’s hard for some people. I UNDERSTAND where he’s coming from. The industry sucks the passion out of it.

Lots of huge egos,underpaid, people in positions because of nepotism.

Each facility I’ve been too always has spider mites issues, bud rot, overcrowding of the plants.

I feel the OP sometimes those dreams end up being nightmares. Plus if you have your own grow you risk issues or falling behind schedule.

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Too true @rucifer999, the dynamics of working in a team and for someone.

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One of my kids worked for professional firms in Northern California for several years. All legal, all license, and, loaded with nepotism.

Now he grows peaches and tomatoes professionally and does his own weed grow at home.

I can’t comment on the weed scene here in Tucson, I am pretty much a recluse and keep to myself.

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Surprises me not. Growing weed at home for yourself is a time comsuming job in itself. Working for a commercial interprise growing it is no different than any other agricultural enterprise. It is work, in some parts of it hard work, it is menial labor for the most part. I see the “my dream is to have my own cannibis grow house” all the time. For some it would be just that, but not for the vast majority. If they got their dream they would quickly tire of it. Bottom like is just like anything else it is and has to be a job.

Marty

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A dispensary employee here in Mesa AZ told me directly that he cherry picks the cannabis he sends off for quality control testing and state regulations. Do you do the same?

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It happens with any job. I am usually by myself. I am somewhat happy about that. I am in control of environmental and contamination. I wouldnt work in somewhere poisioning our community. Or id fix it! I am always afraid of ol grandma eating poisoned edibles.

Very underpaid. I pay for some of the actions to take place out of pocket. I am using this experience for my next level. Try to use all experiences to aid your growth. The only way your find your happiness in the future, is by sowing it now.

Jobs will always be unsatisfying. I had so many, i made them into a career. Now im a bit happier. Stressed more but happier. My work is my work. If i dont like it, i walk away. Broke or not.

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We are coming up our first harvest now. I have worked for a different company that did exactly that however. Honestly the testing requirements is what makes me hate the flower we are growing. Basically the only way to get it passed testing is doing a combination of what you said, as well as dousing everything with fungicides which oxidize the terpenes.

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#truth thanks for sharing brother

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Appreciate your honesty @robertfink.

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What’s the mold issue from? Have you guys located the problem?

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There is no mold problem and everything is looking good so far. For me its more about the extreme precautionary measures of the (possibility) of mold, mildew, budrot etc. I like my weed to taste like weed lol. Unfortunately michigan has some of the toughest testing for such things to the point where the flower is treated with a hydrogen peroxide based solution which in turn oxidizes and alters the terpene profile of the flowers. And for the most part i like the job other than that. Its like growing a beautiful patch of flavorful strawberrys then going out of the way soaking them in water or something in order to make them not taste like strawberry… just so you can sell them. Also the issues im having with the job are more of a personal ordeal related immature coworkers.

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I dont know if we would get mold is what im saying… basically they’re not going to risk it at all so it just hurts me as an organic grower. I took precautionary measures but only during vegatative cycle leading up into flower, but never once did i spray anything during flowering. And i guess maybe i just got lucky. I guess it makes sense because spores can easily come in off of anyone working in there, where as when i had my medical grows I kept it very sanitary and nobody but my roomate and our girlfriends ever entered the rooms.

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Yeah i agree 100% with you if you could see my work history lol. But at the same time my life experiences are even better. I took this job around a month ago. I took this job with the intention of just keeping my head down and getting a very basic pay for very basic work. I have previously ruined my like with alcohol and lost my driving privileges as a result of it. This job is 10 minutes away and it just felt meant to be at the time. I stay because my operations director and me have a great relation (i feel) i went without work for a couple months just to get back in the industry.

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I really am curious about possible similar effects of the use of Hypochlorous Acid @TheMadFlascher . We haven’t been testing this long enough to know yet so… Curious.

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I work with numerous commercial growers and have helped many progress past this stage. With proper airflow and VPD management, mold risks shrink to basically zero making their current hydrogen peroxide practice unnecessary. I would be glad to offer some free help if you are interested. On average I increase yields about 6 grams per square foot and improve quality. I am travelling to see customers over the next week so my earliest opening would be the week of August 8th. Shoot me an email if you are interested - [email protected].

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Yeap I was wondering about that myself. Some one was asking a while back about adding it to the water H2O2 during the cleaning process. I think it was Hap. My feeling is that if you give em the proper ventalation you won’t get mold. I would be much more worried about pests. It never rains inside so no reason for the buds to ever be wet to grow mold if you keep the RH down and stir up the air good. I run 5 circulation fans and two light cooling fans, and one eshaust fan in my little 5x5 tent. Have never had mold inside. Got it outside one rainy fall. Rained every day or every other day for a couple of weeks, lost about half the bud.

Marty

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Mr Monkey,
Hypochlorous acid will have NO DETREMENTAL effect on any plant tissue…we tried to illustrate that with our first test…Ravenchief applied full strength (460ppm) hypochlorous acid at pH 3.7 on plants in flower and had zero effect on pistils, nor would it effect trichomes…try that with hydrogen peroxide !

There seems to be very little understanding in the difference of chemistrys…both hydrogen peroxide and sodium hypochlorite (common bleach) are strong oxidizers and will attack tissues, animal or plant ! There’s a reason that a dentist will use hypochlorous acid instead of hydrogen peroxide or bleach when concluding root canal operations…it’s a LOT more effective disenfectant and will NOT HARM tissue !

Now if you believe and prefer hydrogen peroxide for you disease treatments …use it !

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@TheMadFlascher I just ordered the machine, my question is do you know how long the shelf life is of the solution?

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