Who put Chris Simunek and Pot Star in charge of the Judges’ Lounge? Instead of the usual Om circle heartsong, the judges were unexpectedly greeted with heavy-metal striptease. I couldn’t tell if the audience was enjoying it, or just simply stunned.
I was there. It was great! I met a lot of really good people. Took tons of pictures of buds and hashish. I met a guy from Down Under and we had coffee and wake’n’baked every morning before the fun began. As far as the package goes, I went for the 420 Senator deal.
The 11th Annual Cannabis Cup saw the grand opening of the Judges’ Lounge, a melting pot of cannabis celebrities, HIGH TIMES staffers and official Cup judges. Located above the Hemp Expo on the top floor of the Pax Party House, it was a place for sensi-shoppers to kick back and fire up.
What do you get when you mix punk, hip-hop and the power of the mighty Delta? A Blues Explosion!!
Jon Spencer doesn't dig being compared, extrapolated, metaphored or similed with anyone else. He ain’t nothin’ but a Blues Explosion Man. That means taking the stage like a hillbilly on fire grappling with an angry rap star. Punk-rock bravado, rockabilly crooning and power-glam styling.
ON THE ROAD WITH BEASTIE BOYS’ STONER DJ, MIXMASTER MIKE.
“They throw pot at us while we play. Pipes, weed, hash... underwear.” laughs Mixmaster Mike, who, as the Beastie Boys' DJ, has elevated the art of beat-blending to an all-time high. Known for his tripped-out soundscapes, Mike's precision cuts and techniques have won him a host of international DJ championships.
Redman (left) is a highly respected name among MCs and rap fans, a position he effortlessly maintains on his fourth album, Doc’s The Name 2000 (Def Jam), another heaping helping of the style that made the legendarily blunted Funk Doc (and Mar. ’93 HT cover boy) possibly hip-hop’s most consistent MC. Redman and longtime cohort/producer Erick Sermon have evolved from their early P-Funk sample fixation to hone in on a creative and highly effective brand of East Coast jeep funk.
November 1978: The Drug Czar Gets His Nose in Trouble
When President Carter’s drug-policy chief got caught snorting cocaine, it produced the best-selling issue of HIGH TIMES ever—and a devastating setback for the pot-legalization movement.
“WHITE HOUSE DOPE SCANDAL,” blared the cover of the November 1978 HIGH TIMES, over Kristin Johnson’s caricature of a winking, grinning President Jimmy Carter shoveling cocaine up a cavernous nostril. The late ’70s were heady times for pot-smokers.
The jailed rapper Keith Murray (convicted for assault in a questionable case going back to 1995) has a new weed song on his latest album, It’s a Beautiful Thing (Jive). “I put Visine in my eyes so no one can tell/Look in the mirror, said to myself/Yo, you high as hell,” he raps.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—"Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me,” 16,000 people chanted along with Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and Chuck D of Public Enemy, onstage for a “Killing in the Name” encore at a Jan. 28 benefit for the Mumia Abu-Jamal defense fund.
Were Canadian Eco-Entrepreneurs Set Up for DEA Coup?
Following a dramatic Christmas Eve raid on Nicaragua’s first industrial hemp farm, seven Canadians and one Nicaraguan were charged with marijuana cultivation. Ontario horticulturist Paul Wylie of Hemp Agro International was jailed, and warrants named six Canadian partners in the firm.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—They were cutting the cake at Ron Raber’s son’s seventh birthday party here Jan. 3 when a police emergency-response team smashed the door in. “Everybody get the fuck on the floor!" the ski-masked officers screamed. Raber’s dog, a pit-bull-Labrador mongrel named Kona, bit one of the cops.
California Libertarian Candidate Busted for Medical Marijuana
SQUAW VALLEY, CA—In 1998, 52year-old Steve Kubby crisscrossed California campaigning against the War on Drugs, running for governor on the Libertarian ticket. His low-budget campaign, which featured South Park parody commercials and a savvy Website, gained him a fourth-place finish.
OKLAHOMA CITY—Governor Frank Keating has denied parole to Will Foster, a father of three from Tulsa serving 20 years in jail for growing marijuana. Foster, 40, convicted in January 1997 of growing 66 pot plants, had won a unanimous recommendation for release from a state parole board last August, as well as letters of support from five officials at the North Fork prison in Sayre.
REDWAY, CA— Children growing up in Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties have never known a summer without military occupation by marauding combat helicopters and face-painted soldiers in camouflage uniforms, local resident Ed Denson pointed out to a federal magistrate at an unprecedented hearing here on Jan. 18.
Raul Salinas, Jr., reprobate brother of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, was sentenced to 50 years in prison last January for the murder of his brother-in-law, Jose Francisco Ruiz-Massieu. He had already spent the last four years in jail.
One in seven US drug prisoners is behind bars for marijuana-related offenses, new data from the Bureau of Justice Studies reveal. Nearly 40,000 Americans are incarcerated in state and federal prisons for marijuana violations. Of these, 28,650 are state inmates, and 10,538 are federal.
The Encyclopedia of Euphemisms defines “states’ rights” as a euphemism for racial bigotry. It was the rationale once used by a Southern governor, the late George Wallace of Alabama, when he tried to prevent Innocent little black children from attending public school.
“Even the best lobbyists rarely, if ever, change any votes. They perform many necessary tasks, from motivating would-be leaders in Congress to actually take the lead, to serving as rag-pickers of critical legislative intelligence.
Sick people can almost always find a way to medicate themselves without disrupting their everyday routines, either by popping a pill or administering a shot on the go. So should patients in medical need of marijuana have it any differently?
April 3 Ann Arbor Hash Bash University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan This year's Hash Bash begins at HIGH noon on the University of Michigan Diag, with Tommy Chong the featured speaker. Contact: Pure Productions. (734) 668-7420; Website: www.hash-bash.com April 9-10 Journey to the Glades Hemp Festival Seminole Indian Reservation, Florida Widespread Panic headlines, with camping opening on the 9th and concerts and speakers on the 10th.
the little bitty lobby of the Quentin Hotel is a viper's paradise. For the duration of the Cannabis Cup and for several days before and after the official festivities, this cozy space overlooking a lovely canal just off Amsterdam’s busy Leidseplein is filled with celebrants variously sorting, rolling, smoking and singing the praises sorting, rolling, smoking and singing the praises of the vast cornucopia of sacramental materials made available by Holland’s illustrious seed merchants.
Patty Collins is the first person to repeat as a celebrity judge. She returned this year to analyze the evolution of strains over the past 10 years.
The Cannabis Cup Banquet
The Pax Party House
Breakfast of Champions
The celebrity judges were buried in samples from the seed companies. There were five judges at my table all getting the same samples, and we were running out of room to place them on the table. There was a James Bond-like case, complete with a high-tech, laboratory-quality bong and samples; one large red box full of six foot-long colas, pipes, scissors and a jar of finger hash; a cute wooden shoe with a hemp sail and filled with bags of pot.
One day before the official start of the 11th Cannabis Cup, de Dampkring, the Cup champion for the past two years, withdrew from competition. The announcement was accompanied by press releases, four-color flyers and special menu items. As a result, the event received unprecedented coverage in the European press.
In 1988, Skunk #1 (aka Orange Bud) became the first strain to win the Cannabis Cup. During the past ten years, a parade of kolas and flowers have been entered into the prestigious contest. However, for the photo-spread, we chose only the best.
When asked what had been the best adventure so far, all 10 "Caravanistas" agreed it was the visit to Kuna, when the crew flew in a small one-engine plane to one of the 365 Caribbean islands of San Blas, along the coast of Panama. In 1925, the Kuna led a successful revolution against the government, ejected the white and mestizo population from their islands, and became a nation within a nation, with their own traditional council of elders, locally elected representatives to the Panamanian parliament, and the right to decide how to educate their children, maintain their religion and language, and use their land and the richness of their oceans.
HIGH TIMES: Did you start out wanting to be a doctor? Dr. Deepak Chopra: I started out wanting to be a writer of fiction. But then my father convinced me I would be a better writer if I became a doctor, because I would understand more about human nature.
We're always interested in seeing what you've got growing. Send pictures, tips and war stories to: Grow America, HIGH TIMES, 235 Park Ave. South, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003. For every picture we put in the magazine, we'll send NORML 25 bucks! What are you waiting for?
We’re looking for a few good buds. Welcome to Pix of the Crop, our new monthly photo contest. Send us your entries for Best Nug, Flower, Grow Room and Stoner of the Month. These pictures are for publication, remember, so lousy-quality photos just won’t do!
Eleven is my lucky number! During Thanksgiving week, November 1998, I was one of 11 celebrity judges at the 11th Annual Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Our job was difficult and demanding. We had to smoke copious quantities of world-class marijuana, tour state-of-the art breeding and growing facilities, conduct seminars, attend official parties, visit friends and coffeeshops, select the best all-around seed company and present awards.
Hey everyone, what’s happening out there in Marijuana Land? Once again, I’ve compiled some serious questions and some silly questions and answered them with the usual disdain and maliciousness you’d expect of me. My critics have said that this column is flippant [who, me?], nonsensical, careless, not politically correct [hurt me!], potentially harmful [like pot?] and basic trash.
I want to share the virtues of using foil-faced rigid insulation board in your grow-room. Rigid insulation board is a building material produced in 4' x 8' sheets which is used to insulate structures. It comes in various thicknesses and configurations.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 25 years. You, the faithful and loyal HIGH TIMES readers, are responsible for the quotes that are placed into the THMQ column. So, do your duty, fire up a monster spliff, rip a few bong hits, read THMQ thoroughly, then grab a pen and paper and write out a list of pot prices in your area.
It's been eight days in soil and my seeds haven’t sprouted. How long can it take? Uncle, the Car via Internet Usually seeds sprout within a week under good conditions. Cool temperature slows down germination. Old seeds sometimes take longer to germinate.
Imagine being able to alter your watering regimen with a few keystrokes from a remote location. Or how about installing a security system that downloads pictures of your garden at two-second intervals any time a motion detector is tripped? The future of outlaw cultivation is here.