The Cannabis Cup has two primary missions. To protect and preserve quality strains of cannabis, the world’s most beneficial plant, and to protect and preserve the counterculture, a culture that uses cannabis as a sacrament. Holland is the only country where we can hold these ceremonies and share our sacrament without fear of harassment.
I was just reading the latest HT and as always loved it! I was very excited to hear (“A Day With Jay, Feb. ’00) that there is a Jay action figure from the movie Dogma. I didn’t see a number or Web address to buy one. Do you know where I can? Dustin Shelton, Washington Jason Mewes seems a bit odd, to say the very least.
In 1997, Drug War Czar Barry McCaffrey convinced Congress to fork over $1 billion for a five-year media blitz “to fashion antidrug messages in movies, TV and other media.” Unfortunately, television execs weren’t thrilled with the terms of the deal.
In the Warren County, KY sheriff's department, it’s important to be thematically correct when seizing marijuana. An alert reader in Bowling Green snapped this shot of a freshly impounded pot crop in the back seat of a patrol car appropriately marked “420.”
We always wondered about that Whitney Houston movie Waiting to εxhale. What does the title mean? Now we know. While passing through security at Hawaii’s Keahole-Kona International Airport, the pop diva was asked to open up her bag for inspection.
Ever wonder why everything sucks in your life? We have some answers for you. Just over two years ago, an underground organization with unlimited resources, no government ties and a commitment to undermining the status quo through the proliferation of chaos was unleashed upon the world by the Comedy Central television network.
A convivial convocation of marijuana lovers and stars of the cannabis movement.
When cup judges wearied of the trek through Amsterdam’s cold November streets, they found a warm hearth back at the Pax Party House. Upstairs at the Pax, seed companies, smokeware manufacturers and other pot-oriented businesses conducted cannabis commerce, but on the main floor, the Cannabis Cup Judges’ Lounge featured music, entertainment and smoke-filled rooms.
The Cannabis Hall of Fame was founded in 1997, with the induction of Bob Marley during the 10th Cup. Ras Menelik, a Rastafarian priest who was hand-picked by Marley, officiated the ceremony, which was concluded by Rita Marley singing her hit song “One Draw.”
FISHBONE, CULTURE, KOTTONMOUTH KINGS, CONTROL MACHETE AND THE CANNABIS CUP BAND PROVIDED THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE 12TH ANNUAL CANNABIS CUP.
The Melkweg, or Milky Way, is Amsterdam’s answer to every cool club you’ve ever been to in the States. Literally located on a canal, you have to walk over a tiny drawbridge to get to it. Inside, the lobby splits off towards two rooms with stages, one larger than the other.
Reggae was the theme for the second night. Rasta ambassadors Culture routed their European tour through Amsterdam in order to play the Cup. The night was a sellout, with a big Dutch turnout creating a standing-room-only situation in the large room.
The Cannabis Cup Band's lead singer steps out with a solo album.
Since his first appearance in HIGH TIMES [“Skadanks Pass the Herb,, Sep. '94], Rocker-T has become the lead singer and spiritual force of the Cannabis Cup Band. With the release of If Ya Luv Luv Show Ya Luv [Positive Sound Massive Recordings], the Brooklyn-born ragamuffin is now a solo artist as well.
The creator of the Cannabis Cups, Robin Ludwig, is also an accomplished blues guitarist.
Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig wears many hats. Usually, a big floppy one hangs off the side of his head. He’s the goldsmith who hammers out the Cannabis Cups each year. And he’s an accomplished blues guitarist who has just released his first album, The Five Points Band (available at www.amazon.com and CD Now).
Never been to a Phish show? Well, now you can... without going. The six-CD set, Hampton Comes Alive [Elektra], is a joyous celebration of the cuddly Vermont band’s awe-inspiring music. For phans, they’re the ultimate soundboard tapes of back-to-back shows recorded in Hampton Beach, VA on November 21-22,1998.
A Best of the MC5? It’s high time! While these Michigan radicals released just three albums over the course of their tumultuous career, the MC5’s urgent call to arms was an illuminating flashpoint between '60s revolutionary consciousness and '70s punk nihilism.
Paul Krassner may have demanded a paternity test when he was called the “father of the underground press,” but his magazine The Realist was definitely a pioneer. Impolite Interviews [Seven Stories] collects 21 Realist interviews from 1959 to 1999.
Patrick Mathews is “an award-winning wine writer” who was commissioned to write a book about cannabis. Readers would hope for some sophisticated analysis of similarities between fine wines and fine cannabis, but Cannabis Culture [Bloomsbury Press] is actually more a personal overview of cannabis in world culture today by a Tom Wolfe wannabe.
Thank the lord of living blues the folks at Fat Possum have got a good take on the real deal, bringing us the best of what’s left of a dying sport. None of that Kenny Wayne Shepherd endless-guitarsolo-hooey from this Oxford, Mississippi label, which works with L.A. punk label Epitaph to get their message out.
MONTREAL—It was one of the most controversial—and least talked-about—questions hanging over last year’s war in Kosovo. Was the Kosovo Liberation Army just a glorified band of heroin smugglers and pimps? US and other NATO elements steadfastly denied knowing that their allies in the monthlong Kosovo “intervention"—the shadowy KLA commanders who are now firmly in charge there—were involved with drug trafficking.
RAVENNA, OH—After a four-month bureaucratic battle, city Mayor Paul Jones has reluctantly allowed Northcoast NORML to open a store and office in the town’s historic district. Northcoast NORML President John Hartman rented the shop last September, but Jones’ administration refused to grant them the occupancy permit needed to open, demanding that they turn over employees’ Social Security numbers, and get approval from the town’s zoning board and planning commission—both of which are chaired by the mayor.
WASHINGTON STATE'S TOP FED PROMISES TO ABIDE BY MEDICAL-MARIJUANA LAW
SEATTLE—Sick people in Western Washington will not face federal prosecution for following the state’s medical-marijuana law, nor will local police here risk federal retaliation for enforcing it, the chief Justice Department figure in the Western District of Washington has promised in writing.
NO PISS TESTS FOR POLITICIANS, FEDERAL COURT RULES
Teachers and Welfare Recipients Aren’t So Lucky
NEW ORLEANS—It's unconstitutional for Louisiana to require random drug tests from elected officials, a federal appeals court ruled in late December. The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lowercourt ruling striking down the 1997 law, calling it a “well-crafted opinion.”
TORONTO—The Toronto Compassion Centre has survived an eviction notice, and is preparing to celebrate its third anniversary at a new location in downtown Toronto. The storefront may not be as spacious as the club would like, but the waiting room has a members’ art gallery, marijuana reading materials, general health information and a comfortable leather couch.
EMERALD HILLS, CA—As it all turned out in the end, the massive multi-task-force invasion last summer of the tiny alternative community of Emerald Hills, tucked away in the foothills of California’s San Bernardino Mountains, was the result of Drug War police budgeting.
Jim Rosenfield, a legend among the pioneers of cyberspace pot activism in the 1990s, died while ballroom dancing gracefully in a Santa Monica nightspot on Dec. 17. His absence registered immediately with drug|law-reform advocates all over the World Wide Web, where he had deftly and gracefully provided free content to many crucial communications venues.
Tuesday, November 30. It’s 7 AM in Victor Steinbrueck Park on Seattle’s waterfront. Cold rain falls on hundreds of environmentalists, steelworkers and pagans, gathered to attempt to shut down today’s meeting of the World Trade Organization.
I feel like a spy for HIGH TIMES. I have infiltrated this all-day forum— “Experience Reality: Teens, Risk and Substance Abuse” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills—presented by the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives and sponsored by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
MELBOURNE, FL— Jodi James didn’t declare this war, she’s just doing her damnedest to see that a crucial flank is covered. “Florida is definitely the state that, when it falls, the rest of the country will go,” says James, statewide volunteer coordinator for the Coalition Advocating Medical Marijuana.
SKOWHEGAN, ME—Maine Vocals founder Don Christen was acquitted last December on charges of “providing a place for minors to consume alcohol” at the annual marijuana-legalization festivals he organizes. A Maine Superior Court jury took four hours to find Christen not guilty after a three-day trial.
One of the more intrusive aspects of marijuana prohibition in the last decade has been the phenomenon of drug-testing anything with a pulse. Athletes are tested before their seasons begin, and most people in the private sector are screened before they begin their employment.
April 20 4:20 HEMPFEST Maritime Hall, San Francisco, California Benefit for the Cannabis Action Network, with three stages, bands and hemp food. 4:20 PM—4:20 AM. Contact: CAN, (510) 486-8083 April 20 420 Rally Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Assemble on the south-side steps for a march to the governor’s mansion, then return for a rally at 4:20 PM. Speakers will include Michael Pearson of the Drug Policy Foundation of Oklahoma and Michael Camfield of the ACLU. Contact: OK NORML, (405) 840-436?; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org April 29 Rouge Satter Picnic Lions Ballfield, Newton Ransom, Pennsylvania Celestial Underground presents live music from 2 PM on.
Several states are reassessing prison “boot camps” following growing reports of beatings and other routine abuses in the programs nationwide. Five Arizona Boys Ranch employees were charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 16-year-old who was being punished for discipline violations last year.
‘Right now in the United States there are eight Christian Scientists either in jail or awaiting sentencing for refusing to use drugs. So the US government is fighting two wars, a war against some drugs and a war for some drugs. If you look at the difference between the two classes, the drugs they're fighting a war against, you can generally grow in your backyard.
This year HIGH TIMES inducted the poets laureate of the Beat Generation-Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs— into the Cannabis Hall of Fame, where they were honored, like previous inductees Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong and Mezz Mezzrow, as cannabissmoking countercultural icons whose work left an indelible mark on history.
Inadvertently, I was compelled to participate in marijuana use when I accompanied Jack Kerouac to a party. The party was in a private apartment and there were four or five other couples. The hosts were Jordan Belson, a talented artist and filmmaker, and his wife, Jane, and the group had been invited especially to view Jordan’s latest film.
Whenever Dad would go out driving, I always knew something was up, because my dear mother would go “Neal!,” like in a certain tone of voice, like “Don't even think about it,” right? And what you're thinking was he’s going to immediately get in the car without Mom around and start burning reefer, you know, in front of the eight-year-old.
William Burroughs was one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. A founding member of what became known as the Beat movement, his books include Junkie , Naked Lunch , Cities of the Red Night  and, most recently, Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs .
from LAST WORDS: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs [Grove Press, $25] April 18,1997 Friday And what is this war on marijuana about? A beneficent drug with no harmful side effects. Why? There is purpose here, and clearly the purpose needs to be covered up, because it is bad.
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Excerpts From the 12th Annual Cannabis Cup Cultivation Seminars
WATER AND NUTRIENTS
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
SIMON: OK, so you want to build a room. First you have to choose the room. There are a few considerations to think about. First is security. First rule: tell nobody. Everybody who knows is an extra risk. This includes neighbors, where it’s located, everything.
HIGH TIMES: Weren’t you, for a short time, a spy for the Ml-G, Britain’s secret service? What was your involvement and how did it affect your schemes? Howard Marks: Yes, for a few months during 1973.1 was initially recruited to set up safe houses and letter drops, and to seduce a suspected female KGB agent.
I didn’t like the idea of giving the tail a second chance, but I agreed. The Peninsula lobby was a lot quieter, but Malik seemed infinitely more relaxed. His eyes twinkled and he smiled broadly. “So, you are not the Mr. Nice. You are D.H. Marks.
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This baby is sweet and sticky, all organic and 100% Northern Lights goodness. Flowered under 1000 watts for 45 days for the photo and seven more till harvest Skunk Gal Malicious, Mississippi. This one plant grew from one seed planted in April and harvested in September.
I was walking through my local mega-nursery when I saw the Hydrofarm display. Around the corner was a whole wall of assorted nutrients, guanos and things for indoor growing. For the next few days I couldn't stop thinking about growing my own.
I’d just passed through the security gates at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport when I began to feel slightly odd. Maybe it was the cheap stares from the hillbilly yokels, or maybe it was that hit of Ecstasy I took on the way to the airport. Either way, my nerves were flaring up and I had to keep my cool.
Charlotte: Schwag, “Same shit different bag, fairly seedy, harsh on the throat, but does the trick”: $25 1/4-oz; $275 1/4-lb. Nuggets, “Killer smell, white crystals, no seeds, one bowl between three people and we were toasted for over an hour”: $75 1/4-oz.
What would be a good kind of soil to use outdoors in a cool and foggy environment? Is there a soil mixture you could recommend? It is usually foggy in the morning and gets sunny around midday. Also, how do you germinate your seeds? Thanks for the info.
The company manufacturing Maxicrop makes the best liquid fish fertilizer and kelp meal, too.
Maxicrop is manufactured by Ohrstrom’s, a Norwegian family-run business. Their superior ascophyllum nodosum seaweed comes from waters off the pristine Norwegian coastline. Maxicrop is synonymous with trace elements and is known to contain over 100 minerals, enzymes and natural stimulants that speed growth at the cellular level.
In my 10 years of indoor growing I’ve never had spider mites. My secret is lots of cool night air for ventilation. I don't use CO2 Instead, I use at least double the recommended air changes. This keeps the plants healthy and vigorous. I always keep temperatures lower than what Is recommended.
See what new bong technologies are emanating from one of our nation’s leading engineering schools. OUTDOOR PLANTING GUIDE It’s that time of year again. You've been saving those seeds for how long now? HIGH TIMES guides you through your outdoor season from seed to stash.