In this issue we celebrate Jorge Cervantes, HT's grow expert and the man responsible For answering your cultivation queries in the back pages of every magazine. Jorge sowed his first seed back in the late 70s, when indoor marijuana cultivation was little more than an urban myth.
I would like to let you know that your magazine and Website are informative and just plain awesome. I’m a firefighter and was involved directly in the World Trade Center relief effort. Unfortunately, these past few months have been a bit difficult.
Everyone needs a hobby. Smoking a finely rolled doob is good enough for most pot lovers, but some people need more.
Rolling Paper Rich pulls out stacks of oversized binders filled with plastic pages, the kind normally used to protect baseball card collections. But this collection has nothing to do with the big leagues. Rich is a premiere rolling-paper collector who has amassed thousands of books of cigarette papers, each one a tiny piece of smoking history.
MONTREAL—The 3rd annual Quebec Cannabis and Hashish Cup went down in Montreal the weekend of November 10-11, and the 600-plus pot fans who scored passes were treated to two days of sick buds and hash, as well as a premium pastry spread to quell the munchies, which are known to be epidemic at such events.
BAD COP, NO DONUT ALBUQUERQUE, NM—An Albuquerque policeman and his pilot face disciplinary measures after using a police helicopter this week to swoop in for a midnight snack of doughnuts. The officer and his civilian pilot were on night patrol over the city in a Kiowa OH-58 helicopter when they landed in a vacant lot next to a Krispy Kreme doughnut store at around 1 AM. Police spokesman Brian McCutcheon said after landing the chopper they “ran in and grabbed a dozen, came back out and took off.”
Dennis Peron, the godfather of medical marijuana in California, was arrested Nov. 14 in Cedar City, Utah, where police caught him smoking a joint in his motel room. “I lit a joint in the room and the smoke went down the hall and someone called the cops,” Peron told HT afterwards.
CLALLAM BAY CORRECTIONAL CENTER, WA-In the early morning hours of February 2, 1998, Washington State prisoner Sylvester Mahone felt like he had had enough. Locked up in isolation in one of Clallam Bay Correctional Center's Intensive Management Units (IMUs)—the kind of bare-bones, supermax concrete isolation cells increasingly common in state and federal prisons—Mahone, now 29, was infuriated that a guard had spit in his dinner.
SAN FRANCISCO—Cannabis Healing Californians (CHC), a prominent medical-marijuana club in San Francisco, closed Halloween week following the DEA raid of the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center in West Hollywood a Few days before. “We Felt we’d be more effective with our doors closed and doing political action,” says co-founder Robin Few.
WASHINGTON—Hundreds of students converged on George Washington University in Washington Nov. 10-11 for the ‘‘Student Leaders in Drug Policy and Justice” conference organized by the Students for Sensible Drug Policy. ‘‘Our names won’t be used to perpetuate this war any longer," SSDP National Director Shawn Heller said in his opening remarks.
KILLING RAISES DOUBTS OF MEXICO'S HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITMENT.
MEXICO CITY—Digna Ochoa, one of Mexico’s leading defenders of Zapatista rebels and indigenous activists, was brutally murdered in her Mexico City office on October 19. President Vicente Fox’s administration has promised full support to Mexico City prosecutor Bernardo Batiz, who is leading the investigation.
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George W, Bush has been portrayed as representing essential good, a defender of freedom and justice, while Osama bin Laden has been depicted as pure evil, a distributor of cowardly terrorism.
VANCOUVER-The Canadian city known for its libertarian views on marijuana now has a public pot-smoking venue. The Marijuana Teahouse, which opened Oct. 30 at 169 West Pender on the edge of Vancouver’s skid row, is a combined 4,000 square feet of couches and coffee tables, fantasy wall paintings, teas and delicacies made especially for those who enjoy their pot in calm surroundings.
Early in November, a Vancouver police official told a Canadian Senate special committee that city cops were no longer arresting people for pot possession. “In practical terms, we have de facto decriminalization or de facto legalization, based on the wide margin of discretion afforded to the police,” Inspector Kash Heed said.
There are rare times when the old get to give back to the young and the young actually want to hear what the old have to say. “There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. There's a man with a gun over there. Telling me, I got to beware.
Each week on the hit sitcom That 70s Show, actor Tommy Chong entertains audiences with his portrayal of Leo, the lovable pot-toking Fotohut storeowner in search of a clue. Good-natured, yet hopelessly absent-minded, Leo epitomizes what America has come to believe is the stereotypical stoner.
NEW YORK CITY—“I’m helping someone.” Those were Vincent Kane’s last words to Fire Captain Chris Ryan after being ordered by radio to leave the tumbling Tower 2 of the World Trade Center on September 11. He has not been heard from since. Kane, 37, grew up in a family dedicated to civil service in Breezy Point, a quiet Queens beachfront neighborhood nicknamed the “Irish Riviera.”
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.
DAN SKYE (2) Zack kicks back at home. Every Christmas we get to see Ralphie beat the living crap out of the neighborhood bully "Scut Farcas” in A Christmas Story. The movie is on TV approximately 24 hours a day during the holiday season, so we’ve all seen wild-eyed Zack Ward get pummeled hundreds of times.
Despite two DEA raids, the Oglala Lakota still favor hemp cultivation.
PINE RIDGE, SD—In a 10-2 vote in tribal council, the Oglala Sioux Tribe adopted a resolution supporting the development of industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge reservation. The resolution, presented by Former Tribal President Joe American Horse on behalf of the Slim Butte Land Use Association (LUA), calls upon Congress to permit the cultivation of industrial hemp for economic necessity.
Watch out for the stoner! We’re talking about the Stoner SR-25 manufactured by Knights Manufacturing Company. It’s a gas-operated, semi-automatic assault rifle and comes with "Floated" barrels. Sounds like a high-powered rifle, doesn't it?
On the mantel over the fireplace stood my personal icon, a Donald Duck with eight arms. But on this particular day there was something vaguely different about him. Then I realized what it was. He now had ten arms. The additional arms were actually two pairs of shoelaces.
When the US first undertook the war in Afghanistan, military strategists were dismayed that the Northern Alliance showed few signs of war readiness and an inability to coordinate attacks. But according to Time magazine’s Website, there were other problems.
Television star Larry Hagman recently told Us magazine that he was introduced to LSD by David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash. After a concert in 1967, Crosby gave him a handful of what Hagman called "the purest acid available, made by Stanley Owsley, the famed under ground chemist from San Francisco."
Philadelphia Eagles star rookie running back Correll Buckhalter and fellow rookies Darrel Crutchfield and Terrence Carroll, both undrafted defensive backs, were hauled in last November after police smelled marijuana in their SUV. Buckhalter and Crutchfield were not charged and were released.
Feds approved study of Ecstasy for trauma-victim therapy.
On Nov. 2, the Food and Drug Administration approved a clinical trial of MDMA, or Ecstasy, as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If a research review board at a Southern medical school approves the protocol, it would be the first use of the drug in US research since it was placed in Schedule I in 1985.
Straight outta Vansterdam, Nickelback enjoy the fruits of their stony city.
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger discovered Vancouver’s bohemian spirit after making a teenage pilgrimage there from his hometown in Alberta to catch Lollapalooza at Thunderbird Stadium in 1992. Shortly after, he formed a band with his bass-playing older brother Mike, guitarist Ryan Peake and drummer Ryan Vikedal.
Deadhead David Grisman and Jerry Garcia are the stars of Grateful Dawg.
“Jerry Garcia was one of the kindest human beings I've ever met,” says mandolinist David Grisman, who shares the stage with the late Grateful Dead guitarist in his daughter Gillian Grisman’s documentary, Grateful Dawg (Sony Pictures Classics).
Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay imagines an herbal landscape of British coffeeshops.
The amiable British accent comes at a rapid clip through the trans-Atlantic phone lines. “We’re making an album here, not ten singles!" says Jamiroquai frontman Jason “Jay” Kay. He’s talking about A Funk Odyssey (Epic), the band’s latest album.
Emerging from the chaos of Ken Kesey’s original acid tests, an unlikely ensemble from San Francisco named the Warlocks morphed noisily into the Grateful Dead. Hurtling through time and space until the sad passing of Jerry Garcia in 1995, the Dead incorporated everything from blues and R&B to folksy Americana, avant-garde sound constructions, flat-out rock’n’roll, jazz-rock fusion, omnivorous psychedelia and the most prolific jamming this world has ever known.
Though it may seem surprising that Pink Floyd have never had an official “Best-of,” It bears remembering that their massive success—despite the occasional hit single—was never predicated on Top 40 airplay. Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (Capitol) differs from standard label-assembled career retrospectives in that It was painstakingly assembled by the band.
Robert Sabbag’s Loaded is a wild nonfiction ride through the weed-smuggling days of the '70s, of rickety cargo planes and "motherships” jammed with bulkhead-bursting tons of Colombian pot—which retailed for the then-high price of $40 an ounce.
So you want to skate like a pro, but only dream about what it might be like? Toke up, take a rip and go skate with some of the world's top professionals in this long-awaited sequel. With Career, Trick and Graffiti modes, Tony Hawk 3 offers the same basic package as previous releases, but upgraded bonuses include online play, plus enhanced Create-a-Skater and Skatepark Editor.
If you're short on space in your place, this is the console for you! just four inches high and barely wider than a Game Boy Advance, the GameCube is the most compact of all the currently advanced consoles. It includes four controller ports, two memorycard ports and a digital-out port for HDTV, and is the first video-game console to include a handle.
The motivation for providing medicinal marijuana is grounded in a simple truth— evil triumphs when good people stand by and do nothing. The director of a prominent West Coast compassionate-use organization tells her story.
I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE
The day was much like this one. The warm stillness of the late summer sun beckoned us into the garden to pull weeds. Later in the morning I returned indoors to plunk around on my computer, hoping to teach a bit to my 11-year-old niece, Heather. But what she learned that day was something quite different.
A GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL UFO/MIND CONTROL INITIATITE
A SAUCER FULL OF SECRETS
FLYING SAUCERS-THE REAL STORY: US BUILT FIRST ONE IN 1942
THE FINAL SOLUTION TO THE FREE THOUGHT QUESTION
MATTER OVER MIND
On April 29, 1945 the 363rd Medical Battalion entered Experimentation Block Five at Dachau, the setting of pitiless terminal experiments on prisoners. Inside, the medics were met by the stench of human putrescence and the shock of bloody body parts strewn from one end of the block to the other.
Trichome Technologies is owned and operated by K and Sharky, experienced, specialized cannabis cultivators. They have invested significant amounts of time, energy and money into laboratory-grade facilities to mass-produce clones. While you may not be able to exactly duplicate these specialized conditions, the following tips will serve as a starting point Learning to clone plants is just another discipline in growing. With care and patience, anyone can do it
THE RIGHT CUTTINGS
FERTILIZATION AND PH
There are three general sources for clones. The first is an outside source, such as a friend or a legal cannabis buyers’ club. The advantage of this is you save yourself time, space and work. The disadvantage is the cost, unfamiliar genetics, and the possible introduction of pests and disease into the growroom.
Tired of destroying the environment with chemical fertilizers? Sick of smoking bud that tastes like car exhaust? Want to grow organically but don't know where to start? Here’s an organic manifesto from our resident cultivation reporter.
choosing your growing medium
choosing your fertilizers
Your quest for that smooth-toking organic dream bud begins with your medium. I suggest you use only professional horticultural-grade potting mix, available at garden centers and nurseries. They’re all composed of sphagnum peat, with perlite to enhance drainage and vermiculite to increase water retention.
The de facto leader of the marijuana movement has retired. But don't think for a minute he’s stopped campaigning to legalize pot.
THE BUDDING PHYSICIAN
GOING TO POT
THE SAGAN QUESTION
DANNY AND KERRY
LIFE AFTER HARVARD
Dr. Lester Grinspoon usually waits until evening to inhale. He prefers a vaporizer because it uses less pot and lowers the harmful tars of smoking, but if it’s plentiful, he gladly rolls a joint. Sparking up in the afternoon reduces Grinspoon’s ability to work, even in retirement.
To anyone who’s been reading HIGH TIMES for the past 15 years, Jorge Cervantes is no stranger. He’s the author of the “indoor bible,” Indoor Marijuana Horticulture, as well as Marijuana Outdoors: Guerrilla Growing and Marijuana Indoors: Five Easy Gardens. In April 2000, Jorge became HIGH TIMES’ resident grow guru, taking over the Q & A section in the back and helping bring the quality of our cultivation reporting to a new level. His knowledge is extensive, his output prolific, but his history has always been shrouded in mystery. Here, for the first time, Jorge tells his story.
HIGH TIMES: When did you start to grow? Jorge Cervantes: In 1977, I'd moved up to California from Mexico and started growing up in the hills behind Santa Barbara. I had a couple of nice crops up there and a couple of greenhouses in town. Then I got ripped off twice and the fun stopped!
Life couldn’t get any sweeter than this. My two best buds. No pun intended. Stoned in California A birthday present for Pumpkin. Our thanks for making things happen. High Country While touring Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas we stopped smoking long enough to snap this picture.
Some people call me Buzzman, others call me Paco Cabrera. Some call me Waldo and lots of friends call me Bud. Now they all call me Kindbud. Upstate Nug Factory Who ville, USA The sugar frosting makes minds happy. N.Y.P.D. Ontario, California This one plant grew in a five gallon bucket outdoors, with a final week of indoor 1 /1 under 1 ,000 watts to spoil her.
General Hydroponics continues to advance and improve its industry-leading Flora series brand of liquid nutrients. Its commitment to quality has earned it the reputation as an industry leader in hydroponics and indoor cultivation. Many professional growers and propagators use GH nutrients.
Have you been coveting some new piece of equipment for your garden? Dreaming about that upgrade that will tweak your plants to the max? I’ve Found two companies that sell nearly everything you need. Normally, I would advise you to never have products shipped to your home, but these large supply companies offer relative anonymity.
COULD IT BE? HAS OUR GROW GURU LOCATED THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE KING OF KIND? READ ON AND SEE.
A Swiss grower I shall refer to as “G” manages the most productive indoor garden I have ever seen in my life—and, believe me, I have seen a few grow shows! I first met G four years ago, when he was one of 15 growers in an all-day grow seminar I was conducting near Zurich, Switzerland.
I'm a frustrated, responsible 50-year-old pot-smoker. I've decided to grow my own because I can’t find any quality dope. I invested in an ebb-and-flow hydroponic system and a Son T 400-watt high-pressure sodium light. Seeds are my problem.
Spring is in the air! In Vancouver, the first camellia blooms have opened! The freezing weather will soon be over in mild climates. Cold inland climates still have 2-3 months of cold weather. Order seeds. Do not dally! If ordering seeds through the mail seems too risky, take a trip to Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal to score some.
THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW: derry from barney's breakfast bar
It's that time of year again, where HIGH TIMES takes you on an exclusive tour of the best bud Holland has to offer. Paul Krassner, the first living male inductee to the Counterculture Hall of Fame, explains what happened at the 14th annual Cup.