This is a special issue because it contains some of my favorite people. It’s no secret that Ken Kesey was my primary role model when I was growing up. After I became editor of this magazine, I tried to make contact with Ken, but it was difficult, especially since the magazine’s relationship with the extended Grateful Dead family had become strained prior to my arrival.
You cannot put two cyberbabes on the cover of the March issue (or is it the same one twice?) and not feature them in a spread. If I have one complaint about your mag, it's that you need to even out the bongs and buds with more babes. And your women and weed issues once or twice a year don’t cut it.
In January, a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled that marijuana users can legally drive in Idaho, as long as they can pass a field sobriety test. The ruling came in a case involving Idahoan Matthew Patzer, 21, who was stopped for a broken taillight in 1998.
The National Enquirer was skulking around a backyard party at Charlize Theron’s home in Hollywood and claim that they photographed the actress smoking an apple. The Enquirer speculated that she was probably smoking an "apple bong." Could be, and so what?
If you’re on the trail, make sure to stop by the government-licensed stores in Varanasi (Benares), India where bhang is sold. Bhang is an edible cannabis treat that may look a little unappetizing, but is actually quite delectable. Each luscious morsel of bhang is handcrafted into a goli.
Willie Nelson, America’s most beloved marijuana-smoker, has recorded four NORML public-service announcements, now playing on NORML’s Website. These spots are being sent out to radio stations across the country with the request that they schedule them for free airtime.
A new pot-friendly venue called the New Amsterdam Café has just opened its doors in equally pot-friendly Vancouver, B.C. The Canadian coffeeshop scene is already flourishing in Vancouver, with other cannabis bistros like Blunt Brothers doing a brisk business catering to the pot crowd looking for a place to hang.
Let’s be honest, Frito Lay, you knew! When you kicked around names for your new snack food, everybody knew what "the munchies" means. Don’t be coy. Everyone thought it would be a good idea to spin the term for pot-induced appetite enhancement into a trademarked brand name.
It started in Seattle about a year ago. Now it's spread to New York City. According to insiders, both the Seattle and New York W Hotels are experiencing a rash of thefts on the fourth floor. Apparently, hotel guests at the W can’t resist taking the sign on the door for "Room 420."
If you follow sports, either you possess a deep appreciation for athletic prowess or there’s nothing else on TV. For all of you stoners who suck on a bong while watching multimillionaires cavort in the grass, here’s our list of top pot players.
At Selkirk College in British Columbia, you can actually take a class called "Medical Marijuana 101." The course description reads: "Anyone who is considering applying for a section 56 exemption to use marijuana for medical purposes or any 'designated grower' who may consider growing for a medicinal patient should take time for this course."
In Northern California, conflicts between loggers and protesters are nearly as numerous as the trees that have fallen to the chain saws. Attempts to bring perspective to the battle generally slip into the same myopic muddle from where it originated: Tree-huggers versus working folks, corporations versus citizens—truth and balance get lost in the spaces between the arguments' angles.
SOUTHBRIDGE, MA—HIGH TIMES readers are a loyal bunch. Our celebration of a plant ridiculed and condemned by more "respectable" media brings out a following far fiercer than that of Time, Rolling Stone or Cosmopolitan. So when an Xtramart gas station/convenience store in Southbridge, Massachusetts took HT off the shelves in mid-January, a blizzard of calls to Boston’s WAAF-FM rock station convinced the chain to put it back.
On British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, about a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, a dedicated group of Canadians have formed an effective network to promote holistic well-being and access to wellness resources. The Sunshine Coast Wellness Collective is a nonprofit society dedicated to providing members with a variety of healing services, including medical cannabis.
For the past five years, the Cannabis Action Network based in Berkeley, CA has rocked the Bay Area with their annual 420 Hemp Festival. Once again on April 20th, CAN will stage the event for a sixth time and feature headline acts, DJ sets and separate stages for acoustic and jazz artists.
This flag is illegal. Why? Because this version of Old Glory is made completely from cannabis materials—and we’re not talking about hemp fabric. It was created by Forest Ray, 26, a Pacific Northwest artist and former Air Force demolitions expert who specializes in using gooey pot resin as ink, pot ashes as charcoal, and 100%-hemp paper/fabric as his canvas.
Jim Wakeford, a Canadian civil-rights activist, is once again facing criminal charges of cultivation, possession and trafficking marijuana, in spite of winning a constitutional exemption in 1999 granting him the right to use and cultivate pot to alleviate his suffering from AIDS. On Nov. 9,2001, police raided his home in British Columbia and confiscated his computers, paper files and grow light, along with 1,000 grams of buds and 28 plants.
It was hard experience that taught the rave community about the threat of Ecstasy-related heatstroke and dehydration—both potentially fatal conditions. Users would lose track of how hard they were pushing their bodies, collapse on the dance floor and wind up in the emergency room, struggling to survive catastrophic internal-organ failure.
This past January, Robin "the Hammer" Ludwig, who is the designer and sole producer of the Cannabis Cup trophies, had his metalworking workshop destroyed in a fire. The Hammer also had his personal possessions hammered, as his workshop is in his New York City apartment.
The 4:20 phenomenon snowballed on the Grateful Dead tour one summer. In the parking lots before shows, groups of hippies huddled together In spontaneous shows of brotherhood—4:20 seemed to inspire participants to break out huge amounts of weed.
Although there have been concerns expressed by hempseed companies and consumers about the DEA’s enforcement of the ban on THC in edible hemp products, some businesspeople are shocked at the uproar. "Hemp foods are legal in the USA," insists Richard Rose.
For the ganja preparation in this dish, we use olive oil instead of butter. Place the finely chopped ganja and the olive oil into a double-boiler pot(two pots, one that fits inside the other, separated by water). Over an ultralow flame, cook the ganja in the oil the 45 minutes.
RAPPERS GO TO THE mOVIES: The directors have figured there’s a lot of untapped talent in our industry. Some can’t act to save their lives. They’re trying to filter out and break new faces. It’s a positive thing. But we have to be careful of the roles we take, so we don’t stereotype ourselves with one-dimensional roles.
MITCH MYERS reviews five hot jazz/jam-band albums.
Some jam bands use funk to put the fun back into jazz, while other freewheeling folks employ outrageous improvisation, a heartfelt sense of tradition, humorous kitsch and copious amounts of weed. There’s cross-pollination too, resulting in dynamic (joint) collaborations and the courage to take music to new extremes.
“From Houston to East 14th, from Second Avenue to the mighty D... when I die, bury my ashes on the Lower East Side." Poet laureate of ghetto junkiedom, self-proclaimed "philosopher of the criminal mind," Miguel Pinero wrote an award-winning play-Short Eyes—about prison life in the 70s, but never left the heroin/hustling life despite his literary success, and died of liver failure at 41.
Here lies the home of Zany Zoo. Presenting more than 600 comical animal files at your disposal to download, you can get your giggles via hilarious cat vs. mouse imagery. But this classic battle represents only a few of the hundreds of images separated into individual categories.
Attorney General John Ashcroft has taken considerable flak in progressive circles for leading the recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana in California, including last Oct. 25's DEA raid on the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center in West Hollywood.
Barry Reingold, a 60-year-old San Francisco retiree, enjoys daily visits to the local gym where he works out and talks politics with his friends. But in the new post-September 11th America, those discussions earned him a visit from two FBI agents.
VANDALIA, MI—Cass County Prosecutor Scott L. Teter will not file charges against the police and FBI agents who killed Rainbow Farm owner Tom Crosslin and his partner, Rolland Rohm, last September, calling the deaths "justifiable homicide."
Those who control the messenger control the message.
In recent years government officials have joined forces with the National Association of Broadcasters, the Magazine Publishers of America, and Hollywood to incorporate Big Brother’s antidrug message into the popular media. Not surprisingly, the Feds are now targeting the journalists themselves.
Med-pot activist Sister Somayah Kambui in hot water.
LOS ANGELES—The trial of medical-marijuana activist Sister Somayah Kambui, who was arrested in October 2001 for growing dozens of plants in her back yard near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, began January 18. Activists around the country fear that the prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney John Kildebeck, may push to try her under California's "three strikes" law.
Dana Beal, founder of Cures-Not-Wars, editor of The Secret History of the '70s and coauthor of The lbogaine Story, has been ass-deep in the underground for over three decades, from the Yippies to the Million Marijuana March. While a controversial figure in the movement, the Ohio-born Beal, now 55, is unquestionably one of the most outspoken advocates of harm reduction and marijuana legalization in the US. One of his early cohorts in the counterculture was the founder of HIGH TIMES. “I met Tom Forçade at a [Vietnam War] protest in New Haven, Connecticut,” Beal recalls.
April 8-13 DRUG EDUCATION WEEK University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Five days of presentations on different topics in the Drug War, followed by a Saturday free concert in Downtown Gainesville Plaza. Sponsored by Florida Students for a Sensible Drug Policy; speakers include Rob Kampia and Kevin Aplin.
There are two ways to look at the story of Delmart Edward “Mike” Vreeland. One way is to state that it represents the biggest expose of the lies of September 11 that we’ve ever seen. An increasing amount of documentary evidence is confirming that Vreeland is a Navy lieutenant—jailed in Canada since December 6, 2000—who conducted secret intelligence ops for the US government.
OTTAWA—A Canadian hemp firm that distributes goods in the US announced plans to sue the US government for over $12.7 million in damages because of a recently enacted DEA ban on hemp food and oil products. “We are filing this NAFTA action because the DEA, through its recent ruling, seeks to effectively prevent Kenex from accessing American markets for its hemp food products,” Kenex president Jean Laprise said in a statement.
JEB BUSH’S DAUGHTER BUSTED FOR XANAX SCAM TALLAHASSEE, FL—Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s 24-year-old daughter, Noelle, was charged with prescription fraud Jan. 29 after she allegedly tried to get the tranquilizer Xanax from a Tallahassee drugstore by calling up and pretending to be a doctor.
BRAZIL PRESIDENT SIGNS SOFTER DRUG LAW BILL BRASILIA, BRAZIL—A new drug bill that makes the distinction between users and dealers was signed on Jan. 11 by Brazil’s President Fernando Cardoso. It is expected to receive final approval by Congress and become law.
OTTAWA—The first crop of medical cannabis commissioned by the Canadian government and grown in an underground mine in Flin Flon, Manitoba, was ready for use as of Jan. 1, but government-licensed medical-marijuana patients will have to wait several months for it, according to statements by Health Canada, the federal ministry.
It was ironic that Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and Time magazine contributor Roger Rosenblatt got into a fistfight over which one had been the first to declare “the end of the age of irony.” Both, of course, were referring to history’s latest dividing line, the day of those terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
It is Wednesday, and a small crowd has formed in the waiting room of the B.C. Compassion Club. Disability checks arrive in the mail from the government today, so club members have hurried over to make their purchases of medical pot. Club staffers circulate through the room, offering samples from today's menu and taking orders so as to minimize the waiting time for members.
Taken alone, either one of Ken Kesey’s claims to fame would have won him that fabled indelible mark in the annals of Amerlcan culture. The young author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest—the 1962 novel whose intransigent anger at authority presaged a cultural explosion—would be remem bered today even if he hadn’t gone on to actually pioneer, even spark, that very explosion.
Here's the list you've been waiting for. Find out where to get seeds, which varieties people are talking about and tips on security.
What about seed-challenged US residents?
When the Department of Defense started the World Wide Web, little did they know that it would turn into a simple, easy platform to sell marijuana seeds and trade THC theories worldwide, virtually instantaneously. To prohibitionists, the Net has been a shot in the foot; to the ever-increasing legions of cannabis connoisseurs around the globe, it has bestowed a blessing of independence.
Since some readers have difficulty understanding the distinction between real conspiracy research and the disinformation peddled by tabloid newspapers, we decided to send one of our best researchers to a conference of questionable merit. Conference or a con job? You decide.
It was Memorial Day weekend and I was on my way to Conspiracy Con 2001 to witness the prophets of the sinister in action. Also taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California that same weekend was the Charismatic Catholic Convention.
Mother of Liv Tyler and former lover of Steven Tyler, Todd Rundgren and Elvis Costello, Bebe Buell has had a most adventurous rock’n'roll career. Rebel Heart (St. Martin’s Press) chronicles her many liaisons in New York and London in the '70s and '80s, which included shagging Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Jimmy Page.
I’m an active participant in OMMP, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Under state law, I’m allowed three budding plants and four in the vegetative stage. However, since my retirement from the Navy (20 years), I’ve been refused employment, evicted from my apartment and labeled as a drug dealer simply for ingesting a prescribed drug.
As you can see (in Northern California) the weed has been freed! This was all harvested with no legal hassles under state law, as per Proposition 215. We owe so much to those who fought and died in the war on weed. Alan, Pam & Matty SONOCO Farmers Inc. California A little TLC yields much THC. This "Juicy Fruit" always satisfies my sweet tooth.
Organo Starter Grow Plugs need no preparation or conditioning before using like rockwool cubes. There’s no need to mix up special cloning or seedling-formula nutrient solutions. Plus you can forget past worries about over-and underwatering, because this material has the perfect density to retain the perfect moisture level.
Our wizened wizard of weed takes a whack at this revolutionary technique.
As I write this article, I am ready to harvest my tenth and final crop in the growroom that my daughter and I started together. I actually think many fathers should try doing a project like this with their sons or daughters, as it is a true learning experience in a myriad of ways.
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.
Thanks for your great tips on growing, your book is my Indoor Bible! If you take a 4’ x 4’ space, add the same number of plants, same genetics, same light system, etc. Which system will win? Everybody tells me that aeroponic systems can be harvested one or two weeks earlier.
It’s spring up north and summer further south. Most climates have experienced the last average day of frost, but it could still be too cold at night in many climates to get strong growth. Move plants indoors after dark if temperatures dip below 55° F. All plants can go outdoors by the end of the month in all but the coldest alpine climates, where they could need the protection of a greenhouse.
Ever want to grow one or two plants but simply didn't have the space? Here's your ultimate guide to micro-gardens. Not only will you learn how to build your own cube, but also check out the prefab kits you can buy in stores. If you're looking for a minigarden, be sure to check this issue out!