When I came to HIGH TIMES over 12 years ago, the cannabis protest movement was dying. Few people knew about the medical benefits of marijuana; even fewer knew the environmental benefits of hemp. What a difference the last few years have made!
Just received the 25th Anniversary issue today. I think your magazine is fantastic. Back in late '98 I was in a bookstore and saw a copy of your magazine. I hadn’t seen it since way back in the '70s. I purchased it, and for the next four months I drove 60 miles just to buy the magazine.
We’re not sure what it is we like best about Sharon Stone: her intellect, her acting skill or her ability to appear naked in every film she does. Stone exposed a little bit more of herself in a recent issue of Movieline magazine, declaring, straight up, that pot is "Terrific!
Who says weed costs $2,000 per ounce? That’s what Tinseltown is trying to sell us. In American Beauty, Kevin Spacey quits his 9-to-5 and devotes the rest of his life to bodybuilding and getting high on incredibly expensive government-grown pot.
When comedian Dave Cross appeared in his HBO special last fall, he inexplicably labeled HIGH TIMES a "juvenile, immature publication & a notch intellectually below Highlights for Children." Gee, Dave, your newfound opinion of HIGH TIMES must have occurred sometime after you got covered twice and gladly agreed to pose for a photo.
It’s time to update your vocabulary for the next thousand years. HIPPIE SPEEDBALL: A strong cup of coffee and a joint of the sticky green; a favorite of wake-and-bakers. SNARFING THE BART: When your bong hit is so powerful that you end up inhaling or even swallowing the bongwater.
Last issue, Jack Herer told Senior Editor Steve Bloom in the HT Interview that he got out of the paraphernalia business because "it detracted from his aura as a hemp person." We’ve all been concerned about Jack’s aura, but it looks like it’s all better now.
"It's not a headshop, it's a hemp-lifestyle shop." So says Craig Rubin who owns 2000 B.C. in Los Angeles. He sells pipes, papers, one-hitters, screens, roach clips, etc. He devotes an entire area of the store to high-end glassware and calls it Bong Canyon.
Widely described as one of the world’s most civilized cities, Amsterdam is also a place where social experiments are an accepted part of life and tolerance for eccentric behavior is routine. As in New York’s East Village or Berkeley, CA, radical community experiments abound, except that here, police harassment is practically nonexistent, urban gardens are encouraged rather than bulldozed, and squatting abandoned buildings is legal.
The HIGH TIMES conference room is where the editorial staff meets and makes high-level, super-secret decisions that determine the destiny of mankind. All of the covers in the 25-year history of the magazine hang on the walls, a living monument to our past. It's kind of like the White House, really, with all of the dead presidents staring down at you. All of that pot, all of those joints—gone. You get kind of emotional. Amazingly, 41 of these covers have been photographed by one master Iensman, Andre Grossmann. A native of Bavaria in southern Germany, he migrated to the US in 1983 and worked as a photographer's assistant in New York City before venturing out on his own as a freelancer. He has been published widely, and is most proud of his frequent contributions to Der Spiegel, Germany's Time magazine. In his 16 years Stateside, Grossmann has established himself as one of the handful of great marijuana photographers in the world. He is a modest sort, but clearly is moved by a recent appraisal of the '99 HIGH TIMES calendar. "Someone was admiring my photos and mentioned that I seemed to make the flowers look like religious objects." He smiles and says,"I guess that is the ultimate praise." For Andre, it's all about lighting. "You never stop learning," he says. "It never ends. I'm always thinking about how I can make things look better." Whether in the studio or the great outdoors, Grossmann is known for his attention to detail. He has shot well over 50 centerfolds, and his work has taken him deep into the cannabis-commodities community. "I get nervous sometimes shooting large quantities or a large garden," he confesses. "I always look forward to afterward, when I take those big relaxing breaths." —DS
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Y2K Survival Kit
With all the recent talk of Santa packing his sleigh with the materialistic trappings of Babylon, I realized the world needed me to rescue it from the depressing commercialism of the holidays. Sitting in my Ganja Mountain hangout in Westmoreland, Jamaica, an idea popped into my head. Why not pick all the fine-spun green buds I could find on Ganja Mountain, mix them up into my world-famous Ganja Brownie recipe and then wrap them in a special package, stamped "Y2K Survival Kit"? I’ll tell you a secret. Ain’t nothing to survive, brothers and sisters, but you will be high. Santa RA loves you. Ingredients: 1/3 cup peanut butter chips 1/3 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1/2 bar milk chocolate [melted] 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup flour 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/4 oz ganja sun leaves [or higher-grade buds, if desired] Directions: Heat butter over very low flame in a double-boiler pan while crushing ganja in the butter and heating it for 30 minutes over the low heat. [Do not burn the butter in the pan.] Add milk chocolate to the ganja/butter mix and continue heating till chocolate melts. Set aside and allow to cool. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch pan with butter and dust with flour. Beat vanilla, sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl. Add the choco/butter/ganja mixture and beat into the bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and baking powder, then pour into pan. Bake for 25 minutes, till firm. Pour chips over the top.
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Stephen Marley salutes his father's music with the help of some hip-hop friends on Chant Down Babylon.
One of Bob Marley’s most cherished dreams was always to break through to the American R&B audience. This was a dream deferred during his lifetime, but which has fulfilled itself over the 18 years since his untimely passing. Marley now enjoys the status of an African-American icon, frequently quoted and namechecked in hip-hop lyrics, and whose image is as ubiquitous as those of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
It virtually goes without saying that Carlos Santana is one of the most distinctive guitarists in the history of rock. His ringing tone has burned itself into the consciousness of music fans for more than three decades and has become recognized the world over.
BOSTON—It was an hour after 4:20, and the lowering sun cast a golden glow on the bow-fronted brownstones of Beacon Hill, the glass corporate towers of downtown, and the thousands of pot-smokers assembled on the Common for Mass CANN’s 10th annual Boston Freedom Rally on Sept. 18.
RED FEATHER LAKES, CO—At 7 am on the morning of August 21, 150 heavily armed police officers invaded the 25th annual Bongathon smokefest here, arresting 42 campers on marijuana and other charges. "Completely intimidating," says Michael Davis, owner of the 40-acre ranch which hosted the event.
WEST DES MOINES, IA—The second annual Bud-hafest, lowa’s homegrown heavy-music festival, came to a premature close on August 28. Scheduled to end at midnight, the event was canceled at 9 PM. It is unclear who ordered the shutdown.
AMSTERDAM—Several marijuana-seed companies here have stopped production in the aftermath of government moves to tighten the laws and increase penalties for pot growers. The new laws, enacted last April, increase penalties for cannabis offenses from two years to four years in prison, and outlaw indoor growing of marijuana for seeds.
SUMMER HEATS UP BRITAIN'S MEDICAL-MARIJUANA DEBATE
'COMPASSION OVER BUREAUCRACY'
House of Common Sense?
When the House of Lords recommended Parliament legalize medical cannabis last November, the British government responded predictably by rejecting the findings and hoping the issue would go away. It hasn’t, and if last summer was any indication of things to come, the UK will remain at the forefront of the medical-marijuana revolution.
MADISON, WI—Robert "Prez Bob" Kundert, head of the American Cannabis Society, died here Sept. 6 after a long lung illness. He was 77. Kundert, a World War II veteran and lifetime Madison resident, made his mark as a pot activist in the 1970s, when he parodied the American Cancer Society’s "Thank you for not smoking" motto with his own ACS’ "Thank you for pot smoking" signs.
KEY WEST, FL—In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 21, Joseph Anthony Hart, 51, succumbed to bone-marrow cancer in the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center. Joe Hart was the founder and director of Medical Cannabis Key West.
In their never-ending quest for a "drug-free America," prohibitionists are zeroing in on free speech in books, magazines and on the Internet. In 1999, federal and state legislators introduced proposals to outlaw the dissemination of cannabis-related information in print and on the World Wide Web.
Dec. 2-4 1999 NORML Key West Legal Seminar Key West Hilton Resort and Marina Key West, Florida NORML’s annual legal seminar for criminal-defense attorneys. A great way to earn valuable CLE credits while hearing from some of the best lawyers around.
LAWRENCE, KS— Since torching a joint in the police station here 10 years ago, Mark Creamer, 52, has been waging a war against the forces that keep marijuana illegal. His partner is Thomas Trower, whom he met at an anti-Gulf War rally here in 1991 where Trower was giving out copies of Jack Herer’s The ℇmperor Wears No Clothes.
COLUMBIA U ‘DRUG THINK TANK’ PUSHES LIES WITH TAX, INDUSTRY $
Drug War 101: How To Lie With Statistics
Pays to be a Prohibitionist
In less than a decade, the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), a self-proclaimed "unique think/action tank" based at Columbia University in New York City, has emerged as the front-runner in perpetuating anti-drug propaganda.
KEY WEST, FL—Kay Lee wants to make prison walls transparent. "I don’t mind doing my time if that is what I have to do," says "Grandma" Lee, a 57-year-old medical-marijuana patient. "I would like to clean it up before my daughter would have to go.
"These secret societies are behind it all," my father told me many years ago. During the early '50s he was a CIA branch chief, head of the ɛast Asia intelligence analysis office. "The Vietnam War," he said soberly, "is about drugs." Many years later I finally had some understanding of what Dad was talking about.
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Experience the thrill of flying your own plane.
Be the man with the golden touch. Give poetry in precious metal.
Ever wish you had it on video? Pager-camera now lets you get it -| secretly!
New micro-size voice disguiser even works with pay phones.
New laser is unlike any other, paints a perfect horizontal line for any job.
Imagine James Bond re-inventing the utility knife. You get an entire tool shop, in a pen!
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Drive a foggy highway and your amber lenses enhance all contrast. You pick out every detail on the road. As the fog lifts, swap in the prismatic blue lenses. And enjoy all-around protection and true tones. Beach or snow? No problem. Click in the silver mirrors and the most intense light and glare is reduced to a refreshing tint. For driving, golfing, try the gold mirrors. New Solini Sunglasses give you all four colors, in one interchangeable system. Each is impact-resistant and rated to banish all UV rays. Frames are comfortable, pure nickel-silver. Comes in a cool case too.
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Solini Chameleon Sunglass System
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AirStrike Hi-Performance Plane
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24k Gold Rose
They say true love never dies. Neither will this. As everlasting as time itself, each is an actual 12" long-stem rose, layered in pure 24k gold, preserving it forever. And because each is real, no two are alike. If a more unique romantic gift is out there, we haven’t found it. Comes in a lush red box. Put one under her pillow. Or let us send one anywhere you’d like.
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The Pager Video Camera
Actual-size pager hides a complete video camera. Now you can own one of the KGB’s favorite toys - used by undercover operatives from here to Leningrad. Clip it to your belt or car visor. Connects to any TV, monitor, or VCR for viewing or playback. Measuring just 2" x 2", utilizes an ultra-clear 1/3 inch CCD camera for full 420 lines of resolution. Light sensitivity is a remarkable 0.1 lux, so it captures action even in low light, with full 120° field-of-view. Use for surveillance, store or factory stakeouts, journalism, school security, or just candid movies of your friends - you will be amazed by what you capture.
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Shirt Pocket Micro Voice-Disguiser
Here’s just some of the things you can do with our new palm-sized voice changer: fool your friends, confuse your enemies, be your own secretary, make anonymous calls for business or security reasons, or protect women and children home alone. Unlike our desk-top voice-changers, the Micro-Disguiser has no modular hook-ups! Slip it from your pocket and place it over any phone’s mouth piece. Miniature electronics alter your voice through three mechanical toned scales, high to low. Extreme settings sound hilarious, and mid-range will fool your own mother. Try one!
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Builder’s Mate Multi-Job Laser Level
Hang perfectly straight cabinets or pictures. Paint a waterline on your boat. Pour concrete. Cement an exact row of tiles. Level a hot tub. Build a deck, without a helper. Once you’ve used this laser, it will be the handiest tool in your pocket. Because unlike other laser levels that have only a dot, Builder’s Mate™ has a built-in line generator. Projects a ruby knife-edge anywhere. Plus the top bubble orients to 45s, 90s or any angle you choose. Replaces squares, plumbs, and transits, yet is just 6" long. Built tough of aluminum, with switch clip and batteries included.
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Craftmaster Pen Tool
A ticking package, a tangled rescue line, a broken bra strap. Now come to the rescue with class and style. Ready for every possible emergency. All you need is hidden inside! Graphic arts, modeling, first aid, wire stripping, box opening, and quick repairs anywhere. Unscrew sections for a carving blade, cutting blade, saw, hole puncher, nail remover, and more. Fix a shoe. Spear a bagel. Tweezers to remove a sliver. Scraper for stains. And of course a smooth-writing pen. Each tool is hardened stainless steel. Body is anodized, milled aluminum. Knurled cylinders spin for quick tool changes. Do-it-your-selfers, campers, hunters, gadget lovers, and of course international secret agents, all swear by it! You will, too.
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Machine Watch III
To access the time on our best-selling Machine Watch, touch the secret release button. Gleaming pistons push and slide, and the cover raises. Click it closed, and it’s protected from dust and impact. Quartz action is ultra accurate. Wear it and enjoy the compliments you’ll receive - from men, women, and any cyborg you meet.
In 1983, Prescott Bush and three other Bonesmen were accused of stealing Geronimo’s skull from the Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma in May 1918. Ned Anderson, tribal chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, tried to get the remains back. An informant gave Anderson photographs of the stolen remains, and a copy of a Skull and Bones logbook that recorded a 1918 grave robbery.
Don't let your garden go to hell. Obey these commandments and heaven awaits.
1 Thou shalt keep bugs outside, where they belong. Any infestation that occurs during flowering will have an effect on your crop that ranges from detrimental to devastating. All grow-rooms, even if they’re located in an attic or basement, can be pest-free.
In his first major interview in four years, America’s most well-known and outspoken political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, discusses his past, his counterculture roots with the Black Panther Party, and his hopes for a new trial and for the youth of tomorrow.
When Walt Disney died in December 1966, I remembered a couple of his statements with peculiar affection. "I love Mickey Mouse," he had once said, "more than any woman I’ve ever known." In 1945, Aldous Huxley went to work for him as a consultant on the filming of Alice in Wonderland.
Pink is my favorite color. This is Chemo. Aptly named, it's so strong you'll feel better even after chemotherapy. Anonymous London, Ontario CANADA Let's smoke. This nug is over the limit Scissors are required. Anonymous Weed, California Hand-carved from black birch by myself, this bowl packs ¼ oz.
This month we feature the top of the line in measuring pH. In my book this means good value as well as good performance, and these meters meet both criteria. And I found one exclusively for soil and one for hydroponic applications. Kelway Instruments makes two meters exclusively for soil cultivators.
After little consideration and not much thought, we’ve decided to focus my column on cultivation for beginners. Instead of me just bitching about the high prices of marijuana these days, I’m going to arm you with the knowledge to grow your own stash of killer buds.
All Mason jars are not created equal, and Ball brand Mason jars, although the most popular, are not the best. Testing done at K.U.L. [Kushman Underwriters Laboratory] has proven without a doubt that Golden Harvest [no pun intended] brand glass jars are superior.
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.
Of the three types of lamps mentioned, fluorescent lights are the least efficient, producing the least amount of light per unit of electricity. Metal-halide (MH) lamps produce more than twice as much light per unit of electricity. Further, they come in larger wattages and produce a more intense light than fluorescents.
Get ready for a bud bonanza! A cavalcade of cannabis! We have Jorge Cervantes reporting on Switzerland, Europe’s new grow capital. ℇd Rosenthal gives us a rundown on which fertilizers will give you those giant buds you’ve been dreaming about.