Monday, March 30, 2015
The Macpodz have been Michigan’s answer to Psychedelic Jazz Jam since forming in 2006. My first Macpodz experience was in 2008. The scene was Hoxeyville Music Festival nestled in the woods of the Manistee National Forest just outside of Cadillac. It was the first year at a new site and the buzz was all about the headliners the Macpodz from Ann Arbor, a groovy jam band with high energy and a hard jazz influence. As they played to please that Hoxeyville night, I fell in love with their psychedelic jazzy sounds, funky drums and amazing horn driven by trumpeter Ross Huff. What a tasty music treat....The Macpodz, lead by bassist Brennan Ducan-Andres gave a high energy performance that can’t be beat. Amazing jazz piano played by Jesse Clayton twinkled through the dusk as they set the sun at Hoxeyville that year.
Michigan has a long history of being the birthplace of new ideas and useful inventions. Cannabis cultivation is not a new thing per se, but indoor cultivation has only been mainstream here in Michigan since 2009 when the medical marijuana laws came into effect. Chris Atkinson is full of that entrepreneurial spirit and has taken his recent experiences from disaster clean up in Mississippi. In the vacuum of the dismal Michigan economy, bright minds turn to cannabis as the new frontier of growth. The Grow Rite botanical solution is a perfect example of this phenomenon.
I suppose it’s like a double edged sword. On the one hand, the fact that our Federal Government is actually taking cannabis research seriously is astounding. No, seriously, it’s just inconceivable. It’s a huge step. Just the mere fact that our representatives in Congress are actually talking about cannabis in any way other than a prohibitory fashion is beyond remarkable. On the other hand, a rescheduling of cannabis is not exactly what the community was hoping for…at least not the “Cannabis Community.”
April is a good time to sprout seeds of your favorite strains. Outdoor growers that are not using feminized seeds need the time prior to planting to sex their plants by sprouting some potential mothers plants. Indoor growers also find that spring-cleaning means cleaning out old genetics that have been stressed from a long winter.
I was thinking about something that I heard on the television when I was half-paying attention during the administration of my Iguana, Wolfgang’s, meal in the living room. I heard a reporter say that a member of a professional sports team was “under the influence of the performance-enhancing drug marijuana.”
I thought to myself:
“Did I really just hear him say performing enhancing drug and then the word marijuana?”
Lately there seems to be what can only be termed as a “culture of debt dependency” taking root with the students and staff of Mott Community College. The dynamic has become as follows, MCC claims that due to (what could only be the less than scrutinous manner in which eligibility for student loans was determined and disbursed initially) “too many students cutting and running when funds are dispersed” (MCC phone conversation) Mott will now be holding financial aid in the form of loans for 60 percent of the semester, and an additional 14 days to verify attendance and ensure that students are fulfilling their academic responsibilities with regard to said funds.
There are a few things that are truly crucial in the first few weeks of life for a new plant. Seeds and clones both require consistent temperatures and closely regulated environments to grow well. The better life a plant has the first few weeks when it is really establishing itself as a plant, the better the outcome will be in the end.