The Cannabis Cup has been celebrated for 13 years, but there was something very special about this year’s event. Maybe it had something to do with inducting the first living person into the Counterculture Hall of Fame, or maybe it was the incredible energy created by bringing leading women of the marijuana movement together for the first time.
Hey, thanks for Jerry ("Jerry Garcia and His Magic Shield," Jan. '01). I was really happy to see that y'all have finally given something to the biggest advocate of pot. I have been a longtime Dead fan and to see him on the cover of HIGH TIMES really brought back some memories.
Last November, the winners of the Cannabis Castaway Contest were stranded on an Amsterdam houseboat for three days, with virtually unlimited access to the 19 coffeeshop strains entered into the prestigious Cannabis Cup. Would they create a new pot vocabulary while searching for a strain worthy of bearing the title of Cannabis Cup winner?
"I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be," outgoing President Bill Clinton told Rolling Stone last December. "We really need a re-examination of our entire policy on imprisonment...
AUBURN, CA—Christmas came early for Steve and Michele Kubby, as a Placer County jury voted Dec. 21 11-1 to acquit them of felony charges that they ran a commercial grow operation from their home near Lake Tahoe. The judge declared a mistrial on the most serious charges against the couple, who each faced up to 10 years in prison for growing 265 marijuana plants.
Imagine this. On December 8th, the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death, hundreds of his fans flocked to the memorial mosaic at Strawberry Fields in New York's Central Park to celebrate his music and contemplate his message of peace. Some of the crowd deemed it necessary to contemplate that message while enjoying a higher state of consciousness.
New President Vicente Fox faces Drug War corruption, US pressure and rebellion in Chiapas.
CABINET OF CONTRADICTIONS
DRUG WAR SHAKE-UP?
UNCERTAINTY IN CHIAPAS
Vicente Fox took the oath of office on Dec. 1, becoming the first Mexican president to break the Institutional Revolutionary Party's power monopoly in over 70 years. The deposed PRI was mired in narco-corruption and riven with bloody vendettas.
NEW YORK—Charges against a buyers'-club operator have been reduced after cops raiding the club gobbled 50 pot cookies intended for patients. Thirty to 40 police raided the Big Apple Medical Marijuana Buyers' Club in the East Village last Nov. 8 after two men were arrested for selling pot outside the building, says director Kenny Toglia.
The Chilean secret police and military have been "flooding Europe and the US with massive shipments of cocaine," for almost 20 years, the British newspaper The Observer reported last December. Reporter Hugh O'Shaughnessy wrote that "there can be no doubt" that former dictator General Augusto Pinochet, who seized power in a CIA-backed coup in 1973, was involved.
Julia Butterfly Hill climbed a towering redwood tree in the Headwaters National Forest near Stafford, CA in December 1997 and began a tree-sit that would last two years. Her goal was to save the 1,000-year-old redwood she was occupying, and draw attention to the devastating logging practices of Pacific Lumber/Maxxam Corp.
PURGED SOLDIERS JOIN PARAMILITARY Defense Minister Luis Fernando Ramirez officially confirmed the "sad and certain Colombian press reports that 57 former military officers have formally joined the United Colombian Self-Defense (AUC) paramilitary network, which is responsible for widespread massacres of suspected guerrilla sympathizers.
FREE SPEECH DOESN'T COME CHEAP, BUT A HALF MILLION MIGHT HELP.
CLEVELAND—Talking about legalizing pot in a neighborhood bar full of off-duty cops proved dangerous for James Martin. Officer Patrick Brown dragged him out of the bar, beat him unconscious and arrested him for assaulting an officer. But last November, a Cuyahoga County jury awarded Martin $459,000 in damages, to be paid by both Brown and the city of Cleveland.
New Jersey State Police do discriminate against black motorists, state Attorney General John Farmer admitted on Nov. 28. Attorneys for motorists stopped as a result of "racial profiling" are now combing through over 90,000 pages of previously classified documents released by Farmer's department.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 26 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 THMQ0 thoroughly, then grab a pen and paper and write out a list of pot prices in your area.
Police tactics and corporate globalization remain hot topics.
Silja J.A. Talvi
SEATTLE—On November 30,1999, Seattle was thrust onto the global economy's stormy center stage. Even the early 1990s hype over the city’s grunge scene couldn't top the lingering impact that the 1999 demonstrations against the World Trade Organization meetings here have had on the trade-dependent Emerald City, and on political protests in cities across the world.
A second Canadian province has held the nation's marijuana law unconstitutional, and given Parliament one year to rewrite it to accommodate medical users. In Calgary, Alberta last December, Justice Darlene Acton ruled that the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act’s section outlawing marijuana cultivation unconstitutionally denied pot patients a legitimate supply.
Governor Gary Johnson headlines this year's NORML conference.
Anyone who has ever attended the national NORML conference knows it is an educational and inspirational experience, as well as a great opportunity to network with friends and colleagues from across the country who share your opposition to marijuana prohibition.
Leave it to Fishwrap to devote an entire issue to the Beach Boys. From the contents page, which mimics the flipside of an album cover (stories listed as song titles, bylines as publishing credits), to the back-page reproduction of the hand-written lyrics to "I Just Got My Pay," the 36-page Winter 2001 edition is a true collector's item.
I remember hearing the claim a few years back at the Cannabis Cup and scratching my head: "Women are discriminated against in the marijuana movement." Had I been missing something? I had traveled extensively in the world of marijuana, and had closely covered the emerging hemp industry from the time of its rebirth in the early '90s.
When Absolutely Fabulous arrived on our shores back in '94 and took up residence on Comedy Central, we immediately fell in love with Patsy and Edina, two aging, trend-hungry harpies. Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders play the wickedly irresponsible women who careen through life in a haze of champagne, cocaine and even the occasional joint.
It doesn't matter whether you smoke or not. The Simpsons is hands-down the best show on television, animated or otherwise. Only live sports action is close in entertainment value, because it's the only other venue on the tube where the viewer can't be sure what will happen next.
It's now in its third printing, but we don't understand. If the book is so damned successful, how come everybody keeps breaking the rules? Simon Worman wrote the Bible of pot-smoking etiquette when he first published The Original, Unofficial Joint Smoking Rules.
On Friday, Dec. 22, lame-duck President Bill Clinton signed clemency papers commuting the harsh sentences of two women imprisoned for minor roles in larger drug conspiracies. The act was the culmination of a year-long effort by Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) which had sought clemency for 11 offenders.
"The downfall of prohibition will happen as conservatives realize that intimate, consensual adult activity is not for the government or big business to control," avows Lennice Werth of Crewe, Virginia. Founder of Virginians Against Drug Violence, she's worked for over two decades to educate people and legislators on the benefits of hemp and the menace of indiscriminate incarceration.
Vincent Van Gogh's mastery with the brush continues to haunt us. One piece in particular is especially intriguing. Vince called this work, hanging in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Skull of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette. It was completed around 1886, but the funny thing is, we see something entirely different here.
I can't imagine why my boss, Steve Hager, would leave me off the list for the Cannabis Cup. All right, last year I understood, I'd been fucking around a bit. Actually, it was advanced research. Classified stuff. I don't like to talk about it. It's hard to remember anyway.
Although I believe that medical checkups are the main cause of disease, I recently went for one anyway. The doctor wondered why I was in such good shape. "I never take any legal drugs," I explained. "Well," he responded, "whatever works for you."
This unofficial sequel to GoldenEye 007 comes fully loaded with futuristic weaponry, state-of-the-art gadgets and a buxom star agent. Perfect Dark is composed of dozens of small missions that clue you in to the unfolding plot: a simple kidnapping rescue leads to evidence of government involvement in an extraterrestrial war.
This month we visit sites that will solve your grow problems.
DUTCH DELIGHT SITES
Web Chron Force
Featuring an extensive glossary and diagrams on the physiology of plants, Pjotr's Greenhouse (xs4all.nl/~nail/), a Dutch site, has an extremely detailed grow section, pulling together all the information you need to know about growing marijuana on rockwool substrate.
March 9-11 Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison industrial Complex New York, New York A Northeast regional conference, following the large national gathering in 1998, to focus on the effects of the prison-industrial complex in the Northeast.
Bob Marley wrote the song "Three O'Clock Roadblock." He sang: "Now that they stopped me, I've got to throw away my little herb stalk"! The tune describes a situation very familiar to people throughout the world. You're in your car cruising down the "highway," minding your own business, when up ahead you see police stopping cars at a roadblock.
The Cannabis Cup now boasts star-quality bands, lifting the event to even greater heights.
NOVEMBER 19: GALACTIC
NOVEMBER 20: PATTI SMITH
NOVEMBER 21: NUCLEUS ROOTS/HEADMIX COLLECTIVE
NOVEMBER 22: JEFFERSON STARSHIP
Every year it starts with an e-mail like this: "Our band smokes the phattest buddha. It's our dream to play the Cannabis Cup. What do we have to do to make it happen?" Bands all over the world want to play the Cannabis Cup. After 13 years, the Cup has become a musical status symbol.
Goddesses come in all shapes and mindsets. They have unique creative viewpoints, and there are dazzling artistic differences within the wide range of sonic sisterhood. Three singing goddesses are all poetic spirits who shine brightly.
In 1976, Jonathan Stuart wrote a pro-pot play called Mary Jane. His off-Broadway production never got past previews. Perhaps the subject matter was too controversial. Twenty-two years later, he asked veteran producer Hal Willner to take on the project, which had evolved into an album of marijuana music.
The Cannabis Cup is ripe for video documentation, In addition to HIGH TIMES' own videos of the 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th Cups (look for the 13th Cup video soon), there have been Doug Wolens' Weed (1996), Kenya Winchell's Cannabis Conspiracy (1999) and now Glenn Hays' Chronic Amsterdam, available from Edge Films (chronicamsterdam.com).
Customs at Schiphol Airport emptied into a perplexing tangle of black-faced elves, none of whom appeared to measure less than six feet tall. Their roar was a garble of laughter and unidentifiable shouting, as the primordial giants reached into gunnysacks and pelted weary tourists with candies.
Soma is no stranger to anyone who has been following HIGH TIMES' cultivation reporting over the years. An American grower transplanted (bad pun, we know) to Amsterdam, he has become one of that city's most knowledgeable sources of superior cultivation information.
CANNABIS CUP 1. Blueberry, The Noon 2. Stardust, De Rokerij 3. White Smurf, Yazoo PEOPLE'S CUP 1. Sweet Tooth, Barney's 2. [Tie] Super Silver Haze, Green House 2. White Smurf, Yazoo COFFEESHOP 1. De Rokerij 2. Green House 3. Abraxas INDICA 1. Blueberry, Dutch Passion 2.
It was the Year of the Goddess at the 13th Annual Cannabis Cup. From November 19-23, the Cup in Amsterdam celebrated the female activists of the marijuana movement. Ina May Gaskin was the first woman to be inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame.
When you open a bottle of wine, there's a whole tasting routine you're supposed to go through: feeling the cork, sniffing, swirling, etc. This isn't just to make you look worldly in front of your date. These are proven techniques that have been handed down from one generation to the next.
CIA Operation in Peru Opens Door for Plan Colombia
FIRST HOPE TO ELIMINATE FUJIMORI
For more than 50 years, the history of US involvement in Latin America has one of often b1oody interference. From installing dictatorships to trafficking drugs, the been the puppeteer behind the scenes when US interest are at stake. Peru is no exception.
HIGH TIMES: What was it about your early life that led you to become the leader you are? Ina May Gaskin: I grew up in a small town—Marshall-town, lowa—and lived there for my first twenty years. I was named after my aged grandmother, who lived with us for most of my first twelve years.
Grow America is reader-driven. Your submissions make all the stoners of the world dream of kind nugs. Send pictures [no Polaroids], tips, questions and stories to: Grow America, HIGH TIMES, 235 Park Ave. South, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003.
We feel our homegrown frosted flakes should be part of every balanced breakfast. They're grrrreat! Zoned Big Sky Country This is Golden Haze, and it's one of the fattest flowers I've ever seen. It measured 9" around the middle and yielded almost three ounces dried.
You may think this job is easy. I admit it is fun checking out all the new grow products, but many manufacturers lack integrity, or don't live up to the high standards we require. They slap a new label on an old idea, sell cheap materials for high prices, or lack customer service.
So there you are with a magnifying glass in your hand. You know you have a bug problem, but what kind? You peer into the lens and begin moving it closer and closer until your subject comes into focus. Then, much to your dismay, you see not one, but several distinct types of nearly microscopic insects crawling around and happily munching away on your plant—and in some cases, each other.
This US grower got a chance to see how they do it in Holland!
This year a photographer friend and I had the unique opportunity to tour an underground Dutch growroom during the Cannabis Cup. As avid readers of HIGH TIMES, we assumed that all top-yielding Dutch growrooms were like something you might see on the space shuttle— computers with high-tech plant-monitoring software, etc.
Your January column has a letter from a person displeased with his purchase of the Dutch Treat strain produced by the Quebec Seed Company. Normally, I would disregard his complaint, citing early plant stress. However, I also purchased this same strain from the Quebec Seed Company and got the same results.
Plant, plant and plant some more! Plant seeds directly in ground outdoors, or plant indoors and move outdoors next month. Plant seeds/seedlings/clones outdoors if all threat of frost is gone. Place a plastic covering over plants to protect them from cool nighttime temperatures.
Celebrate the biggest date in stonerdom! It's April 20, and we deliver a cavalcade of 4:20 facts—the down-and-dirty useless trivia only a true marijuana lover can appreciate. Since 1990, the legend of 4:20 has been making the rounds in the stoner underground.