Thanks for the replies as always guys. It's 4am here and woke up and saw this. I'll post more in the morning but a few things I wanted to clarify.
Those plants in veg are no more than 4 feet currently. Those are small 1 gallon pots they are in. It's like an optical illustion because of the angle I think. I was considering chopping a bit off though, but not sure I'll have the time to veg it out any longer before they HAVE to go into the flower room to ensure a perpetual crop.
Am growing with one 1000w HPS.
My goals are to grow good medicine with adequate yields to keep me and wifey going til next harvest (We go through about 100g a month). I'm not a new grower, but I am a noob. This is close to 30 indoor grows for me and I've only ever had 2 that were like "Wow this is awesome and good yield too"
I've done textbook LST, FIM/Top on almost all my grows and in the end yes lots more tops but small airy buds and nothing substantial.
Biggest plant I've harvested was 54g and smallest was 13g.
5 out of my last 7 grows have gone hermie so I'm also trying to get over that.
As far as mites go I have Insectisidal Soap and my own concoction of rosemary, peppermint and cinnamon oil. I've had one terrible infestation 2 grows back and lost 3 of 12 plants.
I live in rural canada, am disabled, same with wife. We have no money (we're going under just running our HPS to be completely honest)
We travelled to the city once with a little bit of money we saved to try to buy better products but every place we went to said "Canada doesn't allow most miticides, and the ones that are available don't work at all" So drove all the way back home empty handed.
She is terrified of bugs so I can't even introduce ladybugs to the system she'll only let me use poisons lol.
I really REALLY don't think this is mites, as my vision is quite good and I've gotten good at spotting them with the naked eye even from afar yet I can comb this plant from top to bottom with a loupe and see nothing. It could definitely be some other pest but not mites and of course not gnats as I'm not seeing any signs of them either. In my experience when I see that speckling from mites, it's usually only on a small part of one leaf and I need only look under it and it's adjacent leaves to find them. Not the case here unless they're moving down to the soil during the night lol. No webbing or anything either and the speckling you see in the pictures would indicate a very bad infestation where they'd be visible everywhere.
It's literally only on the leaves closest to the light. The colas that stretched higher than my reflector have no such damage, neither do the backsides or any of the lower leaves. The leaves did this speckling only in the places that were hot to hold my hand. And they were MUCH closer to the light than you see in this picture hence why they're spread apart now.
I'll be going over them again tomorrow as I do every day though and keep you updated.
As for the 'scale' I thought it was that too until I looked up pics of scale. These things I'm seeing are that size though, but never in a cluster its just a single one on a stem near the canopy. They look almost as if you pricked your finger with a needle then let that little blob of blood dry. Only its solid bright red or solid neon orange. I've been picking em off as I find them and haven't saw any in a few days whereas there was a new one every day there for a while.
Thanks so much for the support I really can't tell you how grateful I am to talk to people who know about this stuff.