When HIGH TIMES founded the Counterculture Hall of Fame four years ago, the intention was to celebrate counterculture history by examining the lives of our saints and saviors. So far, most of the inductees have been very famous: Bob Marley and Jack Kerouac, for example.
Peter Tosh died under mysterious circumstances as well. I believe that a lot of what Alex Constantine wrote in the article about Marley (“Chanting Down Babylon," Feb. '02 HT) is true. I was a member of the White Panther Party in Frisco in the mid-'70s.
Sometimes you need to take a break from all the shooting. Because at some point, you need to reload. That's what Method Man (left) and Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan had in mind when they took time out from shooting their new music video, "Pinky Ring."
Last month, we reported that former Dallas Cowboys lineman Nate Newton had been busted while driving in Louisiana with intent to distribute 213 pounds of pot. He was released on $100,000 bail. But Nate jumped offsides again. A month later, in December, he was hauled in by DEA agents while driving down a Louisiana highway with 175 pounds.
The most often-asked question at the Cannabis Cup is “How are you able to judge so many strains of pot?” We’d tell you, but we can’t remember how we do it either. However at this past year’s Cup, one judge unveiled a unique device designed for speeding up the judging process.
How do you figure out the assets of each strain when you’re a Cannabis Cup judge? Follow the lead of two-time HIGH TIMES cover model Watermelon. She brought a calculator to the 2001 Cup to better tally her score sheet. But how does a calculator help you assess the best marijuana?
It doesn’t take a whole lot of brains to get things right. People want a comfortable place to kick back and smoke their weed. A little coffee might be nice. Maybe a sandwich or some cookies or something. Actually, lots of munchie choices would be nice.
Hollywood paparazzi report that Julia Roberts was spotted rolling up what appeared to be a doob while taking a break on the set of her new film, Full Frontal. She and her boyfriend then passed it back and forth and handled it with all the standard body language that attends pot-smoking.
Jeremy Giambi of the Oakland Athletics got lucky in Las Vegas last December. Although he was caught with a small amount of pot while going through security checkpoints at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, Giambi wasn’t arrested.
At the end of 2001, NBC’s Today Show ran a highlight reel of the past year’s funniest moments. Hosts Katie Couric and Matt Lauer watched their personal stumbles with glee, giggling all the while. When the segment ended just before a commercial break, Lauer chuckled, then editorialized jokingly that the gaffes were “just one more reason why marijuana should not be legalized”—which can only mean that the staff of Today is thoroughly familiar with the concept of being high on the job.
Marijuana and matrimony go together like Renee Boje and Chris Bennett.
ROBERTS CREEK, BC—The wedding was supposed to have started at 4:20, but that was a distant memory. Because 5:20 came and went. Then 6:20. Now the hands of the clock crept toward seven. But the 200-plus guests were hardly restless. Nearly everyone had a joint in their hands.
Sci-fi author Spider Robinson was one of this year's Cannabis Cup celebrity judges.
Spider Robinson, the award-winning science fiction writer from Vancouver, believes in the fundamental goodwill of human nature. His 29 books, including the celebrated Callahan’s Place series, reflect his hopeful vision and sense of humor.
Wouldn’t you like a little bit of convenience the next time you need seeds? Then get yourself over the border and check out the Kind Seed Company, located in downtown Vancouver. Kind Seed is committed to providing authentic genetics from Amsterdam, as well as their own line of proven Canadian-bred strains.
In the Oct. '01 HIGH TIMES, Al Aronowitz chronicled the Beatles' breakthrough experience with pot ("Let's 'Ave A Larf"). After George Harrison's death on November 29, we asked Al to reminisce about his good friend.
To me, George Harrison is a mythic character, like an Atlas with the world on his shoulders, the kind of mythic character for whom the constellations were named. To me, he is like the stars above. He is still there and will always be there. His presence, his impish sense of humor, his good cheer, his warmth, his spirituality and the kindliness engraved on his face are all still there, ready to emanate from my loudspeakers or loom in my memory.
Jim wanted me to come down to New Orleans to cater a private party for a bunch of his friends. Of course, he requested I cook up the finest in “herbal cuisine.” I told him to score a pound of the finest weed money could buy, and I would cook up enough dangerous dishes to get the whole town higher than a kite.
The Cannabis Cup is more than a pot convention. Yes, marijuana is the main attraction, but who could deny the power of bands like 311 and Steel Pulse to draw hundreds of judges each year
For five nights every November, HIGH TIMES and 420 Tours set up shop in the historic Melkweg concert venue. Each night has a musical theme-reggae, hip-hop, world-beat-with bands and DJs blaring in the building’s two main rooms: the smaller Old Room and the larger Max.
By the time we stepped down into the sweaty basement club Maloe Melo, our heads were spinning. And not because we’d been to too many coffeeshops. No, this was a case of musical overload. On this October night in Amsterdam we’d already seen at least 10 bands, and we were just getting started.
Paul McCartney’s first release of all-new material since the death of his wife three years ago doesn’t find him brooding or depressed. Instead, inspired by his relationship with fiancée, Heather Mills (one song is named for her), he’s produced an unpretentious and optimistic set of songs.
Travel online to creepy places shrouded in mystery.
Bermuda-triangle.org What is happening in the region of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami, Florida, and Puerto Rico? Over the years, ships and planes have disappeared without a trace and without explanation. Gian Quasar (whose work has appeared on The History Channel, TLC and Discovery Channel) blends Bermuda Triangle literature, photos and original artwork to retell the stories of each incident, especially those occurring over the past 20 years.
SANTA MONICA, CA-Americans for Medical Rights, the drug-law-reform organization which has introduced successful medical-marijuana measures in eight states, is planning to launch a new ballot initiative in 2002, in which voters would authorize their state government to distribute medicinal cannabis.
ELMIRA, NY—One of New York’s only cannabis compassion clubs was closed recently, when police raided the home of 65-year old Sherrie Wilkie in upstate Elmira on Dec. 5 and confiscated two pounds of medical marijuana. Wilkie, who suffers from severe arthritis and has a pacemaker, was arraigned on Dec. 13 and charged with felony possession of marijuana in the second degree.
NEW YORK CITY-The New York State Supreme Court has thrown out a defamation lawsuit against the Narco News Bulletin of Mexico. “This court determines that Narco News, its Website and the writers who post information are entitled to all the First Amendment protections accorded a newspaper, magazine or journalist in defamation suits,” wrote Supreme Court justice Paula Omansky in her decision Dec. 7.
Peasant leaders killed as pact with coca-growers breaks down.
Just a week after peasant roadblocks had ended in exchange for military troops returning to barracks in Bolivia’s conflicted jungle region of Chaparé, talks broke down at a Nov. 27 “coca summit” in Cochabamba, the region’s largest city. The government immediately responded with new arrests and attacks on leaders of the campesino coca-growers, or cocaleros.
SENATE CONFIRMS JOHN WALTERS AS NEW DRUG CZAR WASHINGTON—On Dec. 5, the Senate confirmed John Walters as Drug Czar by voice vote. President Bush’s nomination of Walters, who opposes needle exchange and medical-marijuana use and prefers the incarceration of drug users over rehabilitation, stirred anger among all classes of Drug War opponents.
MPP SUES FEDS OVER DC REFERENDUM WASHINGTON-The Marijuana Policy Project is suing the US government in federal court, arguing that citizens in the District of Columbia have a constitutional right to run a medical-marijuana ballot initiative.
CANADA: HEMP CRACKDOWN VIOLATES WTO, NAFTA WASHINGTON—Canada’s embassy in Washington says the DEA’s new hempfood policy breaches international agreements. In a letter to the agency, the embassy complained that the DEA is barring a Canadian product without assessing health risks or notifying World Trade Organization members.
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND PROTESTS COLOMBIAN SPRAYING WASHINGTON—World Wildlife Fund vice president for endangered species William Eichbaum wrote Russ Feingold (D-WI) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Nov. 21 questioning the legality of the US aerial herbicide-spraying program in Colombia.
My mother used to recite a short limerick to me when I was a boy: “Spring has sprung The grass is riz I wonder where the flowers is?” Well, if you’re looking for brilliantly colored opium poppies, the place to be is in Central Asia, specifically Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
It's called the circle game. What goes around, comes around. Here it comes again!
In 1968, while speaking at an Unbirthday Party for Lyndon Johnson held during the Democratic Convention in Chicago, I revealed to the audience the true story of a reporter who had once interviewed LBJ. After the formal question-and-answer session, the President, referring to the Vietnam War, told him, “What the Communists are really saying is ‘Fuck you, Lyndon Johnson,’ and nobody says ‘Fuck you, Lyndon Johnson’ and gets away with it.”
Bill Clinton’s parting shot to the marijuana community—much like his eight-year presidency—is one for the record books. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Year 2000 Uniform Crime Report, police arrested an estimated 734,498 persons for pot violations in 2000—the final year of the Clinton regime.
A high-profile lawsuit was the last thing Irvin Rosenfeld wanted March 27, 2001, when he attempted to board a Delta Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Washington to hear oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative’s medical-marijuana case.
As the DEA prepares to ban hemp foods, activists give it away.
Valerie Vande Panne
ARLINGTON, VA-As of Feb. 6, foods made with the hemp seed will be as illegal as marijuana, due to a new Drug Enforcement Administration interpretation of an existing rule. The new regulation quickly inspired “taste-in" protests at DEA field offices in 74 cities in the US and two in Canada.
WASHINGTON—After nearly 20 years of refusing to approve a single medical-marijuana human research trial, the Drug Enforcement Administration has simultaneously approved three, with a fourth approval thought to be just weeks away. All three patient trials will involve the use of smoked marijuana, and be conducted at the University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR), at the university’s San Diego and San Francisco campuses.
What's it like being the number-one celebrity judge at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam? For Paul Krassner, it was an adventure filled with unexpected surprises and heavenly delights. This year's inductee into the Counterculture Hall of Fame, Krassner was the perfect choice to pen the cover story for our annual Cup special.
When the news that he was the new Prime Minister of the Islamic State of Afghanistan came in over his satellite phone one morning last December, Hamid Karzai was still reportedly bleeding from the ears and nostrils. A misdirected 2,000-pound American bomb had detonated right next to him at Kandahar International Airport, when a B-52 overhead was erroneously fed the computerized coordinates of the US Special Operations spotters calling it in.
Our intrepid cultivation reporter was given four days to sample every single coffeeshop entry in the Cannabis Cup. Read on to see which strains went above and beyond the call of duty.
Just knowing that you’re going to Amsterdam to participate in the 14th annual Cannabis Cup is enough to get any toker’s mouth watering, but getting invited to be one of 11 judges who vote on and decide the winner of the Press Cup is a Stoner’s dream come true.
Three of HIGH TIMES' heavy hitters gave seminars at the 14th annual Cannabis Cup. Over consecutive days at the Pax Party House, Soma, Jorge Cervantes and Kyle Kushman talked about their experiences cultivating, researching and perfecting grow techniques so you can score at home.
Derry is the winner of the 14th Cannabis Cup, and proprietor of Barney's Breakfast Bar in Amsterdam. Notable for its fine food, as well as outstanding hash and cannabis, Barney's was founded in 1986 and named after a well-fed house cat that has since passed on. This year, the shop also won the HIGH TIMES Press Cup, a blind competition judged by members of the international cannabis press.
HIGH TIMES: So, you were born in Ireland? Derry: Yeah, in County Galway, on Ireland’s west coast. A small rural town called Ballinasloe. Left there when I was 18. Went to India for a few months, came back, spent a year in Ireland, left again, and came over to Amsterdam when I was 19.
I’m chillin’ with a mudslide, just checkin’ the girls outside my bedroom window. This stinky little garden yielded over four pounds of delicious dank. Kryptonite Gardens Southern California These tasty treats are Jack Herer, and they tasted even better than they look.
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.
100%-organic Blue Haze from Homegrown Fantaseeds. This truly is the smoke of the gods; only six weeks flowering time. Thank you, Age-Old Organics and Heaven’s Stairway. Ancient Hippy Somewhere in Maine As you can see it only took one light (and perfect conditions) to grow a ton.
Don't choke trying to reach orbit. Give your lungs a break and let gravity take you higher than ever.
Have your smoking sessions grown dull of late? Are you yearning for a new smoking apparatus? So many gas-mask bongs are showing up in Grow America that it’s safe to assume that everyone’s looking for the knockout toke. But a huge toke that causes a five-minute choke is not my idea of the ideal smoke.
SNEAK-A-TOKE Is there someplace you’d like to toke, but can’t because of smoke and odor? Build yourself a smoke mute in minutes, then take a hit any time you like. Pictured is our industrial version, great for home or office. Run down to an army-navy store and buy a surplus gas-mask filter, which sells for around $20.
Creating an artificial growing environment indoors presents a number of challenges. Security must be considered, the proper climate must be maintained, and everything necessary to the plants’ growth and development must be provided by the grower.
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.
Next time you are in Paris, stop and see the new Musée de Fumer just three blocks from the Voltaire metro stop at 7 rue Pache; tel. 011-33 (0) 1-4659-0551; Website, smokingmuseum.net. Headed by French cannabis author/activist Michka, the museum melds all kinds of smoking, from cannabis and datura to tobacco.
Spring is here! The last average day of frost has passed in much of North America and Europe. Even if nights are too cool to transplant outdoors, plants can be moved outside during the day and returned indoors at night. In cool climates, growers will have to move the schedule forward according to weather.
Never before have so many of the world’s leading seed companies been featured in one single issue of HIGH TIMES. Jorge Cervantes gives us the dope on the best marijuana seed on the market. Learn where to go to get the very same genetics that won the Cannabis Cup this year.