Readers will recognize the name Kyle Kushman from his cultivation question-and-answer column at hightimes.com on the Web, and also from the many grow articles he has written during his five-year association with HIGH TIMES. When the idea came to expand the cultivation reporting in the magazine, Kyle was the first man we called to join the full-time team.
In your August issue, a lady wrote a letter about her husband who gets stoned every day and does nothing. Well, as someone who gets high on a daily basis, I go fishing, camping, swimming, biking, mountain-climbing, bowling, Frisbee golfing, see movies, etc.
For three years now, a tiny town in Michigan has hosted Hemp Aid—four days of pot, politics, peace and music.
It's a town so small that it’s not even listed in the Rand McNally Road Atlas index, but for Memorial Day weekend HIGH TIMES editor Steven Hager declared Vandalia, Michigan "the coolest place in the universe." The occasion was the third annual Hemp Aid, a four-day pot-legalization rally and music festival that drew 3,500 people to Rainbow Farm.
On a perfectly rainy spring evening in Seattle, the line stretched around the block at the town’s hippest nightclub, aro.space. Arriving late and harried from the airport, we tried to get out of the cab as quickly as possible, but the driver’s puzzlement demanded an explanation.
England’s Kula Shaker love all things Indian and green. Singer Crispian Mills even offers this cosmic grow tip: 'Chant Krishna mantras to your plants.'
Harking back to a sound as unmistakable as the sweet smell of sativa wafting over a concert crowd, English rockers Kula Shaker channel the summer of love with a healthy dose of psychedelia blossoming in their fuzzed-out guitar, infectious organ rides and loose, flowing wash of Middle Eastern musical motifs and instrumentation.
Coming down the home stretch of our special Top 25 lists (in honor of HIGH TIMES’ 25th anniversary), we realized that we still had the most important list of all Top 25 Lists yet to compile: Best Munchies! So chow down and check it out... Then try completing this list and tell us what you think!
Just how serious is Shades, the 4-CD retrospective from Warner Archives/Rhino chronicling 30 years of Deep Purple? As serious as a spinal tap. Although these proto-metal posers appeared patently absurd to critics, the band endured loads of infighting and numerous personnel changes in order to churn out album after album of big, dumb fun.
In every great band, each member is crucial to creating that special mixture, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been no exception to this musical rule. Back in 1991, with the success of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Peppers became international pop stars.
Kenya Winchell, the granddaughter of '40s muckraking gossip columnist Walter Winchell, has been known to dig up a few exposes of her own. An ace camerawoman whose L.A.-based public-access show, HEMPTV, chronicled pot prohibition. Winchell focuses her lens on Amsterdam and the 10th Annual Cannabis Cup for Cannabis Conspiracy, which won Best Feature Documentary at the recent Lower East Side Film Festival in New York.
Michael Lyons' novel Cultivating the Texas Twister Hybrid (HiTMoteL Press, 2267 28th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94116), set in Texas in 1977, is the story of Walker Underwood, an "overeducated slacker" who plants a massive crop outside of Austin under the tutelage of a master grower.
"Rob, are you OK? Rob shook his head. "What's wrong?" I asked. "I can't breathe." It was a good time to take a break. Rob Braswell removed his head. The production director of HIGH TIMES was sweating profusely and clearly in oxygen debt. But he was hanging tough and expressed no regret for allowing himself to be sealed up in an alien mask and photographed as the cover model for August '95, our so-called “UFO" issue.
The former NBA great and present-day NBC broadcaster Bill Walton went "head-to-head" with Larry Johnson of the New York Knicks during last June's basketball playoffs. Walton called Johnson “a sad human being” and “a disgrace to the game of basketball [and] to the NBA” after the injured Knick's poor performance in Game Four of the championship series versus San Antonio.
If you've always wondered what it would be like to drink bongwater—well—then you have a serious psychological problem that can’t be addressed in this column. But if you want a beverage that will satisfy your desire for a stimulating alcohol-free tangy picker-upper and keep you looking cool, then you gotta try Bong Water™ soft drinks.
CIA AND US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUED FOR 'LOOKING THE OTHER WAY'
Subpoenas for the Dope Spooks
Rat-Packing on the Messenger
SAN FRANCISCO—Last March 15, two unprecedented lawsuits were filed against the Central Intelligence Agency and the US Department of Justice in federal courts in Oakland and Los Angeles. Both cities were scourged by drug-related crime and death in the crack epidemic of the 1980s, an epidemic greatly facilitated by the CIA’s acknowledged policy of not reporting any drug criminals to the DoJ over that period.
HONOLULU—A federal appeals court in San Francisco has cleared the way for Aaron Anderson, veteran hemp and marijuana advocate on the Big Island of Hawaii, to sue Hawaii County for $3 million after he was busted for 25 pounds of sterilized hemp seed.
PORTLAND, ME—Voters in Maine next month will be considering a tightly written medical-marijuana proposal which is opposed by the federal government—and also by some local activists, who consider it overly conservative. The initiative, if passed, will remove criminal penalties for medical-marijuna use, though only for a list of specific major illnesses.
JACKSONVILLE, FL—Florida breezes lofted hemp kites high and cooled the crowds gathered at the second annual Jacksonville HempFest on June 5. Throngs of barefoot attendees waved small American flags and enjoyed speeches from Jack Herer, Elvy Musikka and Paul Adams.
TALLAHASSEE, FL—Florida's Supreme Court has upheld the "medicalnecessity” defense for marijuana patients. Last June, it refused to reverse a lower-court decision throwing out the conviction of George Sowell, a 61-year-old glaucoma patient.
Last spring, North Dakota brashly opened the front door to legal hemp cultivation, while Minnesota and Hawaii worked through the back door, and other states lined up to follow. North Dakota’s new law empowering farmers there to “plant, grow, harvest, possess, sell and buy industrial hemp” passed resoundingly (86-7 in the House, 44-3 in the Senate) and was signed into law by Republican Gov. Ed Shafer. Rep. David Monson (DOsnabrock) authored the law with a sharp reminder of all the money farmers across the border in Manitoba made on their 1998 harvest.
VANDALIA, MI—The marijuana-initiative movement is beginning to reach into the Midwest. In Michigan, activists have launched a campaign to get a far-reaching marijuana-legalization initiative on the state ballot next year. The "Personal Responsibility Amendment,” unveiled in May by Saginaw lawyer Gregory Schmid at the Hemp Aid festival here, would legalize "limited personal use” of marijuana in private for people over 21, legalize medical marijuana and sharply restrict forfeiture.
WAITSFIELD, VT—For six years, until last April, Denny Lane couldn’t afford to fix the plumbing in his mountaintop cabin, because he dedicated every dollar he had to elevating the Vermont Grassroots Party to the Green Mountain State’s third major party.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—In the land that gave the world the word "cannabis,” a new pro-pot party made a surprisingly strong showing in its first run for office. Ale-Yarok, the Israeli "Green Leaf" party, won 34,000 votes in the May national elections, of 3.7 million votes cast.
KENTUCKY HIGH COURT TO HEAR HARRELSON CASE The Kentucky Supreme Court agreed to hear actor Woody Harrelson’s case challenging the state’s hemp law. “Our whole goal is to get a ruling on the constitutionality of the law defining hemp as marijuana,” said Charles E. Beal II, Harrelson’s attorney.
Police who improperly seize medical marijuana from California patients must return it. according to a ruling by the state Supreme Court. The decision forced Mendocino County police to return a half-pound of dried marijuana to Christopher Brown of Ukiah.
How can we end the Drug War, and how would legalization actually work? Two recent books explore the subject.
How Would You Legalize It?
The Conscience of a Conservative
What would the world of legalization look like, and how would we get there? Jefferson Fish’s anthology, How to Legalize Drugs (Jason Aronson), tries to answer those questions. Its 24 essays—by such drug-policy luminaries as Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Ethan Nadelmann, and federal Judge Robert Sweet—discuss the history of the Drug War, strategies for ending it and ways to manage legal drug use and sales.
Condemning the explosive, Drug War-fueled growth of the prison-industrial complex, Amnesty International has cited the United States as a major human-rights violator. The British-based organization’s critique of the US prison system also includes the rapid rise in the number of juveniles being tried and incarcerated as adults, the increasing numbers of women serving hard time, the use of prison labor and the fact that the United States is the only Western nation that still has the death penalty.
Canada Court Throws Out 'In Plain Smell' Search Alibi
TORONTO—Smell alone is not enough for police to automatically arrest someone suspected of drug possession, says the appeals court of Canada’s largest province. “The sense of smell is highly subjective, and to authorize an arrest solely on that basis puts an unreviewable discretion in the hands of the officer,” wrote Justice Marc Rosenberg of the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Sometimes it just takes one catalytic circumstance for a person to make up their mind to find or make time to do something. For me, it was learning that my employer (for whom I have faithfully and loyally worked for eight years, receiving numerous promotions without a single sick day) had decided that I was not worthy or deserving of my job unless I could prove that my lifestyle met the arbitrary standards of their scrutiny—based on the contents of my urine!
Prohibitionists’ claims that marijuana use threatens the mental faculties of users, particularly adolescents, stands as one of the chief tenets of current Drug War rhetoric. Recently, however, researchers at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University countered this allegation with an assault equivalent to a B-2 bomber.
NEW YORK—Rob MacDonald, 36, one of the organizers of May's Million Marijuana March here, was found dead in his apartment June 6, of what family and friends said was a heroin overdose. He had recently relapsed into drug addiction after breaking several bones in a fall.
COMBINING THE TRUEST ELEMENT OF ROCK-THE RAW ENERGY AND IRREVERENT ATTITUDE OF PUNK, THE TRIPPY JAMS AND PSYCHEDELIC EFFECTS OF ACID ROCK, THE POWER-CHORD HOOKS AND KILLER LICKS OF METAL, AND EVEN THE RHYTHM AND GROOVE OF FUNK—A NEW FORM, 'STONER ROCK,' HAS EVOLVED FOR THE MILLENNIUM.
At Dosage, the weekly stoner-rock night at New York's Continental club, DJ Laurie Es spins everything from the MC5 and the Stooges to the newest local bands to, of course, the mandatory Black Sabbath. I’ve seen dozens of great bands there—Atomic Bitchwax (featuring Monster Magnet guitarist Ed Mundell), the all-female Bottom, Dripping Goss, Roadsaw, Sixty Watt Shaman—but Core stand out as the best live band to play Dosage.
While the mainstream was blinded by the Seattle rock explosion in the early ‘90s, a band of high-school kids calling themselves Kyuss emerged from the Southern California desert to redefine heavy rock. Their experimental song structures, spacy jams and pounding grooves resulted in some of the trippiest metal ever recorded.
Two states to the north of the Zapatista stronghold of Chiapas, new Mexican rebel groups are emerging in the mountains of Guerrero. These mountains, the Sierra Madre del Sur, are also one of the country’s top dope-growing zones—making the situation ripe for evil and murky intrigues.
This is Trichome Technologies' second facility. These plants are grown in a semisoilless mix—1/3 perlite, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 Super Soil, a generic soil brand from Home Depot. Despite using primarily hydroponic techniques at Trichome Tech, we insist on keeping large numbers of plants in soil for research, comparing data on different samples.
You’re dying to do it, it’s been a few months already, the buds are big and fat and you’re all out of smoke. Wait! Before you chop down those magnificent outdoor buds, take a moment and heed the advice of our foremost grow guru.
When to Harvest
"The hardest part about harvesting is waiting until it is ready. Even after growing for more than 20 years, it’s hard to wait until the buds are completely ripe to harvest." says Felipe, a homegrown Californian. “That’s why I sacrifice one or two plants for an early harvest.
Jello Biafra has been injecting his brand of sardonic political and social criticism into American culture since the late '70s. Biafra, 41, grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and moved to California in 1977, where he formed the legendary punk band the Dead Kennedys, started the Alternative Tentacles record label and ran for mayor of San Francisco.
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?
As summer gives way to fall, our seasoned sensi-scientist gives advice on cutting down your crop.
Whether you are growing indoors or out, the anticipation of harvest starts about three weeks before the plant is ripe. The buds are in the home stretch. Every day they are a little closer to ripeness, but not quite there. By this time the buds have almost finished growing.
For those of you out there who are choosing your growing medium for the first time, or if you are looking for a new alternative, you may or may not have heard about coconut fiber. It's also called coir, pronounced "core," and you have probably come across it before.
When I judge weed, whether it be in an exotic country or a dealer's stash at home. I look for how it affects my senses. First, I open the bag and bury my nose deep inside, being sure to take it all in. Next, I reach in and pull out a healthy bud and give it a visual inspection under proper lighting, all the while bullshitting about the pot market to whoever is listening (this allows me more judgment time).
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.
I have had the privilege of writing the Ask Ed™ column for more than 16 years. It has been a great learning experience for me, forcing me into the position of constant student and researcher. Intriguing questions which deserve answers can take days to research and are worth the effort.
Our 132-page Spectacular 25th Anniversary Issue is here! The biggest and best issue ever, featuring a giant tri-fold centerfold! Plus...
The 25 Best Covers
Our Top 10 Centerfolds Ever!
Pot Stories for the Soul by Paul Krassner
Ed’s Greatest Hits
Find out just what made us The Most Notorious Magazine in the World. You won't believe these covers from our storied past. Personally selected by art director Frank Max, these are the greatest centerfolds ever to grace the pages of HIGH TIMES.