Well, it’s summertime now, and a lot of you are wondering where your next spliff is coming from. We realize that, while most of our readers don’t want to grow out huge rooms or build their own hydroponic system, they just don’t want to pay for herb either.
The April issue is hands down the best I’ve ever seen. You did a spectacular job of covering the Cannabis Cup, and the pictures of the various strains looked so vivid I could almost swear I smelled the sweet skunky smell of high-grade marijuana.
VH 1’s rock reality show Bands on the Run may have given us a glimpse of life on the road for an up-and-coming rock band, but it left out a key aspect of the ever-classic “sex, drugs and rock’n’roll” equation—the drugs! Apparently, it was in the bands’ contracts that the use of drugs was prohibited and would lead to termination.
There is certain stuff in life that you want to keep in a secure, watertight place. (We’ve provided a photographic clue as to what that stuff might be.) The slick, screw-top boxes by Novus are the perfect choice for safeguarding your delicate valuables.
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is apparently so indecipherable that the filmmakers have seen fit to release the official, authorized Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion Book. It is very different from the original J.R.R. Tolkien series, because there are lots of big, color movie stills to look at, so you’re not tempted to use your imagination.
Guess what? We’re not the only ones who like drugs. Apes seem to enjoy stimulants and hallucinogens, too. In fact, some of the roots they’re munching on show promise in treating human addiction. Professor Michael Huffman of the Primate Research Institute (Kyoto University) and Don Cousins, author of The Magnificent Gorilla, report in a recent issue of the journal African Study Monographs that apes may be getting high from a pick-me-up of the kind found in coffee.
New York City artist Eric Doeringer says, “I'm interested in the intersection of art and subculture in America.” There’s been a head-on collision. Currently at Soma NYC, a dual underground boutique and art gallery, Doeringer is showing three of his pieces in an exhibition titled “Smoke Filtration Systems."
After our May cover hit the stands, featuring a sexy 420 hitchhiker clad in a pot-leaf hot-pants outfit, we were inundated with requests for information about the ensemble. Fair enough. Check out teensyweensy.com for all the info you need on ordering a string bikini, a thong, a sundress or even some racy cannabis swimwear, and tank tops for the dudes.
Hit the road as HIGH TIMES Records, the magazine’s latest undertaking, announces its first all-star hip-hop tour, with dates in the US and Canada. Smoke clouds will be rolling through Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Montreal, Los Angeles and many more cities to celebrate the release of THC: The Hip-Hop Collection Vol.1.
“I am the Hemperor,” Bunny Wailer declared back-stage at the 9th Annual Bob Marley Caribbean Festival in Miami on Feb. 9. He was wearing a stunning hemp outfit. “Bob would be proud.” Former Wailer Bunny joined the Marley family for their annual birthday tribute to Bob.
PHILADELPHIA—It was midseason for the NBA, three days of star-studded events in the City of Brotherly Love to celebrate the greatest players in hoopworld. But who cares about running up and down a hardwood floor and getting all sweaty? Not us.
In recent years, NBA players were drug-tested only for cocaine and heroin. But recently marijuana, steroids, amphetamines and LSD have been added to the league’s drug agreement with the players. In 2002, a total of 12 NBA players tested positive for marijuana during training camp.
Korn’s stony bassist takes his rock fans by surprise with a weed-heavy hip-hop album. By Troy Johnson
“You’ve got to have a messed-up voice to be a rapper, and my voice is fucked up,” declares Korn's bass player, Fieldy. Judging by rap’s major players, Fieldy is onto something. After all, Eminem’s whiney pipes suggest he missed his flu shots, and Busta Rhymes’ tracheotomy-like rasp could be used as a smoking-cessation ad.
Hip-hop legends De La Soul tackle the ghostly subject of weed.
When they came out of the box in 1989, De La Soul merged their laid-back, humorous attitude with eclectic musical tastes that went beyond James Brown and Parliament to include jazz, reggae, pop and psychedelia. Their debut, Three Feet High and Rising, announced the birth of the D.A.I.S.Y. age (Da Inner Sound, Y’All), spinning progressive raps intended to uplift rather than simply reflect the sad realities of the 'hood.
Long before The Simpsons ruled the Earth, there was Firesign Theater. The closest thing to an American Monty Python and a comic institution for 35 years, Firesign Theater changed the face of comedy records in the late '60s. Mixing counterculture satire with the timeless sensibilities of radio’s “Golden Age,” Firesign Theater was intellectually daring and considerably more surreal than Cheech and Chong.
Peyote.com The ultimate list of peyote links—a must visit! Offers direct info on purchasing peyote cacti online, for horticultural purposes only. Maps.org/paj Gain access to the Peyote Awareness Journal (PAJ), a bimonthly publication which represents the voice of the Peyote Foundation.
According to me, it’s mandatory that you consume mass quantities of weed during “Derby Days,” because Kentucky has some of the best pot-growing countryside in America. My first year, we loaded up my VW microbus with a bunch of dirty-ass hippies and took off to see the greatest two minutes in sports.
“Allegheny Three” get federal prison time for illegal camping.
NEW YORK CITY—Three Rainbow campers are about to start serving federal prison terms for refusing to sign permits for the July 1999 Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest. The “Allegheny Three”—Joanee Freedom, Garrick Beck and Stephen Principle—insist that they are not leaders of the loose network of hippie tribes known as the Rainbow Family, and thus have no legal authority to sign the forms.
Native Americans get ripped off by BIA bureaucrats.
SEATTLE—Where the US government is concerned, owing $10 billion to Native Americans is hardly worth breaking a sweat. In what now amounts to the largest and longest-lasting financial scandal involving the federal government, the Native American Rights Fund is representing over 500,000 Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust beneficiaries against the Interior and Treasury departments for their failure to properly administer the Indian Trust Fund.
TULSA, OK—The Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing limiting the religious use of peyote to Indian tribe members only. Peyote is a Schedule I controlled substance, but current DEA rules give exemption for “the nondrug use of peyote in bona fide ceremonies of the Native American Church and members of the Native American Church," which leaves a gray area as to whether non-tribal members can legally use peyote.
NEW YORK CITY—There were no neutrals on Park Avenue on Feb. 2, just protesters and riot-geared police. The area around the World Economic Forum meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria luxury hotel was completely locked down, the streets stripped bare of the normal Saturday-afternoon crowds of tourists and shoppers.
Could “pharmaceuticalization” derail the medical-marijuana movement?
Though few governments have embraced marijuana’s medicinal properties, the number of pharmaceutical companies seeking to bring cannabis-derived drugs to market is growing. What—if anything—does this trend bode for our efforts to legalize medical marijuana?
“I want to reach everyone,” Melissa Manning earnestly claims. Having spent the last seven years traveling the country tabling on behalf of hemp and marijuana, she seems genuinely pained at times by the difficulty of trying to connect with less-than-compassionate sectors of society.
Credit-information companies may be selling your “consumer profile" to the Feds.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center is worried. In January, the Washington-based privacy organization filed a complaint in federal court, seeking disclosure of what personal information is being sold to law-enforcement agencies by marketing and consumer-profiling companies.
San Francisco Medical-Pot Raids Coincide With DEA Head's Speech.
SAN FRANCISCO—The Bush Administration broadened its crackdown on medical marijuana in California on Feb. 12, as DEA agents raided a prominent San Francisco cannabis club. Five people were arrested in the Bay Area and British Columbia, including former HIGH TIMES gardening scribe Ed Rosenthal.
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Jamaican Lawmakers to Debate Decriminalization KINGSTON, JAMAICA—Jamaica’s Parliament will debate decriminalizing marijuana this year. On Feb. 11, the Jamaican Cabinet forwarded the National Commission on Ganja’s August 2001 recommendation to change the law to allow private, medicinal or religious use of the herb by adults, while keeping cultivation and exportation illegal.
WASHINGTON—The battle to reschedule marijuana is moving to the federal courts. Former NORML head Jon Gettman’s 1995 petition to have the Drug Enforcement Administration move pot out of Schedule I—the category for drugs with “a high potential for abuse,” “no currently accepted medical use” and “a lack of accepted safety for use... under medical supervision,” according to the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970—was rejected by the DEA in March 2001.
In December 2000, newly appointed President Bush stated, “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator," and now it seems that his wish is coming true. The invasion of America was the mother of all conspiracies.
Welcome to our best STASH Awards ever! This cultivation compendium has been growing bigger every year, identifying the products that will make your growing experience bountiful and trouble-free. The competition is getting fierce, as the quality and quantity of choices for cultivators are at an all-time high.
A paradise tailor-made for the pot-smoker seeking a tropical refuge, Costs Rica is cool for all the right reasons.
For starters, the Costa Rican experience features a lush tropical climate, white-sand beaches, warm, crystal-blue water, a friendly and peaceful culture, delicious food and lodging that can suit any traveler’s budget and needs—whether you’re a backpacking boho or a deep-pocketed traveler.
In the mid-'70s Brian Jahn began taking pictures of such counterculture luminaries as Iggy Pop, the Police and the Ramones when he was still just a teenager. He first came to HIGH TIMES’ attention after his book Reggae Island (De Capo Press, $18.95) was published in 1992.
Psychedelic experience undoubtedly led to the formation of many of the world’s great religions. Although the real story has frequently been obscured, a careful reading of the Bible shows evidence of hallucinogenic substances. Few preachers talk about it, but a number of Biblical heroes are depicted as getting drunk on alcohol, and the use of the powerful aphrodisiac and hallucinogen mandrake is mentioned twice (Genesis 30:14-16, Songs 7:13).
HIGH TIMES: Tell me about your childhood. What led you to art? Alex Grey: Most every child that’s given the chance enjoys making pictures. My father was a graphic designer and artist. He encouraged my early drawing and guided my development until I became a rebellious teenager.
Nothing like waking up in the morning, stepping out hack and taking a deep breath. I swear to you, it’s intoxicating. Anonymous California With all of life’s bullshit, all it takes is two little plants and I’m good to go. Chip Rommel The Boro, USA Wanted to pass you a picture of my latest license plate.
Where’s Waldo? The question still lurks... A gift of humble offering AJ’s Glassworks USA A faithful reader since the '70s, I give credit to HIGH TIMES for what you’re seeing. In my county, where I’m a medical user, we’re allowed 10 plants and 2 lbs.
Wow, we’ve come a long way baby! Even I will admit to thoroughly enjoying much of the hydroponic produce I’ve encountered lately, even when smoked side-by-side with organics. This should be credited to outstanding growers who’ve increased their knowledge, leading to better cultivation practices and techniques.
The latest expert opinions suggest there may be several “perfect” times for harvesting marijuana. The best time to harvest for potency may not coincide with the time for greatest yield. Personal taste plays a role too. Some people prefer certain fruits more or less ripe; personally I like peaches a little crunchy.
Maybe you're not interested in building a large growroom that would consume a sizeable portion of your time. Maybe you don't want to risk having 50 budding ladies in your basement or garage. Maybe you don't even have a basement or a garage. In any case, here’s a simple solution to your problem—one that will keep you in smoke without draining you of cash.
For those of you who don’t want to build your own grow box, here's a rundown of complete systems you can buy.
QuickGrow Systems Maximum Yield Hydroponic System
Lil' Sprout Systematic Home Growing Appliance
Power Grow Systems
QuickGrow Systems Ltd.
QuickGrow Systems Ltd.
QuickGrow Systems Maximum Yield Hydroponic System
QuickGrow’s three-chambered system allows for perpetual harvests with simultaneous propagation, vegetation and blooming. It comes fully equipped with nutrient reservoir, irrigation system, high-volume exhaust and intake fans for each chamber, C02 enrichment, coco-carbon odor filtration and eight Sylvania high-output fluorescent bulbs that produce 34,000 lumens of usable light. The biggest advantage of this machine is the space it saves and the convenience it provides. Instead of using two separate rooms in your house for the different light-cycles, you can set one of these up in a corner of your house or even in your bedroom. Setup time is also minimal. You don’t have to build tables, put up a plastic liner, supply plumbing, cut holes for intake and outtake, wire your room for all the power needed to support your lights, etc. As popularity rises, prices are falling. Once $3,000, this system now goes for under $2,500. Contact: QuickGrow Systems Ltd., 541 Howe St., Suite 300, Vancouver, BC V6C 2C2, Canada; phone, (877) 788-GROW or (604) 788-GROW; Website, quickgrow.ca
QuickGrow Systems Ltd.
The Lil’ Sprout isn’t a closet grow cube. In fact, it’s big enough to be a closet. This appliance offers multiple timeand effort-saving features. Built-in timers control irrigation (aeroponic or ebb-and-flow) and air circulation. There’s even an optional C02 delivery system that is automatically and reliably regulated. Its easy-rolling casters, large growing chamber, convertible 400-watt high-intensity discharge light, multiple growing options and reasonable price for the whole package make this our favorite machine. A reflective privacy shield is included, which provides light reflection and total darkness when the children must sleep. Pick one up for only $999.
QuickGrow Systems Ltd.
The Phototron has been around for over 20 years, selling thousands of units. Shipped to you fully assembled, its portability makes it unique. At around 30 pounds, and with a carrying handle on the lid, you can use the Phototron anywhere. Six efficient Biax lamps (24, 40 or 55 watts, depending on the model) mean no worries about electrical usage or heat buildup. The spectrum produced by these fluorescents is highly usable by plants and will stimulate good growth. You fill the base with a soilless grow medium of sphagnum peat supplied with purchase, then hand-water plants as necessary. There’s a long list of accessories that work with all Phototrons, available at phototron.com. The new Feed-A-Tron II can maintain proper moisture levels while you’re away, pumping prepared nutrient solution from a reservoir placed next to the machine. This new system also aerates your roots whenever it’s not watering. The Phototron comes in four models: Phototron VI, 18,900 lumens, $399; Phototron VII, 26,000 lumens, $479; Phototron VIII, 30,000 lumens plus a 30% increase in growing space, $579; and Phototron IX, 36,000 lumens, $599.
QuickGrow Systems Ltd.
Power Grow Systems
Nearly identical to the QuickGrow, the Power Grow System is a little bigger and is both UL and CSA listed. Two growing chambers with separate environmental controls allow operation of a veg/bloom chamber for perpetual harvests, or two blooming chambers for maximum yield, all in a single, attractive, sealed unit. High-tech components make this system totally undetectable, providing odor-free and nearly silent operation. Specific light spectrums are provided for the vegetative and flowering chambers. Bring the workload of your garden down to a fraction of what it once was. Introduced on June 30, 2001, the day the medical-marijuana laws were changed in Canada, there are now several hundred satisfied owners.
My friend told me the sticky and yucky resin that sticks on the “walls” of my pipe was hash that's good to smoke. I think it is smokable, but not good. Am I right? Mr. Master Internet Mr. Master, The tar-like residue, affectionately referred to as “choad,” is what’s left after burning bud.
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.
Summertime is here! Plant outdoors, even in the coldest climates. All danger of frost is past, in all but the highest alpine meadows. Plants should grow well virtually everywhere with no cold protection. Seeds should be sprouted and growing well by now.
Stoner of the Year candidate Jack Black and his musical partner, Kyle Gass, are Tenacious D. Chris Parker interviews the duo and Duke Lobos provides the zany photos. Plus, in Buzz: Warren Haynes and Capleton. What is pH? How does it affect the metabolism of your plants?