The July issue you're holding in your hands is the result of "March Madness" at HIGH TIMES. This past March, we staged the 3rd-Annual Stony Awards (3/3), hosted a bash at the CTA show in Las Vegas (3/4), sponsored our 6th-Annual Party @ SXSW in Austin (3/16), moved to new offices (3/19) and produced this issue (March into April).
As a whistleblower and an outspoken, strong proponent of the legalization of marijuana, I am perplexed and disturbed by Paul Krassner's article in the May issue ("Murder at the Conspiracy Convention") misquoting me. Mr. Krassner's apparent lack of research and inability to accurately report raises questions as to his professionalism and/or his agenda.
This ain't no smoke shop—even though that's what the sign says. Chronic Creations, with two stores in Los Angeles, stands as one of the premier outlets for the highest-end glassware available. The very best glassblowers in the industry are represented here—Clinton, Jason Lee, Marcel, Brock, just to name a few.
It was St. Phatty's Day in Vancouver. As she does on all major stoner holidaze, Cherise Mitchell put out a spectacular spread of virtually all-vegan cannabis cuisine and treated her patrons to a rollicking night of pot comedy, ganja giveaways and good eatin'.
Heartland rockers Puddle of Mudd toke their way to the top of the charts.
Forging ahead of the hard-rock pack, Los Angeles-based Puddle of Mudd are currently selling out shows across the country in support of their resounding platinum debut, Come Clean (Interscope). Despite being labeled the latest "bad boy of rock" for a recent arrest involving an abusive girlfriend, lead singer/rhythm guitarist Wes Scantlin deserves better headlines for the unwavering perseverance and hook-filled, post-slacker grunge-metal his quartet unleashes.
Another year, another South by Southwest Music Conference & Festival.
TOP 5 SHOWS @ SXSW
Each year the HIGH TIMES party at SXSW gets bigger and better. For the 2002 bash we returned to The Vibe on E. 6th St. in the heart of Austin's club district. Competition is fierce. There are at least five daytime parties going at once. If we didn't have our own party, I'd have been at Mojo Nixon's over at the Continental.
There's more to Austin than bands and bats. The jewel of Texas also hosts an ambitious film festival.
Austin's SXSW Film Conference & Festival precedes the SXSW Music Conference & Festival by five days and runs a total of nine. Starting on the second weekend in March, the Film Fest peaks with an awards show. This year, more than 160 features and shorts were screened at six locations.
The DJ, as opposed to the radio announcer, has long been a rather shadowy figure to the general public, even as he (or she) has exerted an increasingly crucial influence on popular music over the last several decades. Filmmaker Doug Pray's documentary, Scratch (Palm Pictures), delves brilliantly into this cultish demimonde of adults who act like gleeful children at the sight of a pair of turntables and a stack of vinyl.
I live in a small town in the Midwest and people around here have a thing about being free in America. The 4th of July is a day for a big hometown party filled with fellowship, good food, massive amounts of ganja and fireworks. The 4th of July affords us the opportunity to express our love for this country.
coca-collateral damage Ecuadorian Indians sue to halt herbicide spraying.
While the eyes of the world have been on Afghanistan since Sept. 11, several major political changes have occurred in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia that have gone almost unnoticed by the Western press. On March 20, a car bomb exploded in front of the US embassy in Lima, Peru, killing nine people and injuring dozens more on the eve of a South American trip by President George W. Bush.
SAN FRANCISCO—Patients in yet another rural California county are finding local law enforcement resistant to recognizing the legitimacy of the state's 1996 medical-marijuana law. Sally Farrington, a 54-year-old grandmother and medical-marijuana patient from Hathaway Pines, was arrested last Dec. 4 by the county sheriff's department.
PORTLAND, OR—Dr. Phillip Leveque is under fire from the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, which has accused him of endorsing medical-marijuana applications for patients he did not personally examine. Leveque, who has provided documentation for more than 40% of the applications filed by patients under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, has denied any wrongdoing.
The Massachusetts state medical board has dropped misconduct charges against Dr. Lester Grinspoon for admitting he smoked pot, but Grinspoon is requesting an apology, on the grounds that the accusations were so ridiculous they should have been immediately rejected.
Public-housing residents can be evicted for drug violations as minor as their grandsons smoking a joint, the Supreme Court ruled March 26. The 8-0 decision upheld the Department of Housing and Urban Development's "one-strike policy," which allows local housing authorities to evict tenants for drug use by their household members or guests—whether or not they knew about it.
Hemp-food makers got a break March 7, when the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the DEA's ban on food containing trace amounts of THC. The temporary stay means that hemp foods can be imported and sold legally in the US until the court decides the issue.
Bush transforms from compassionate conservatism to compassionate coercion.
There's a new buzzword in Washington, but for marijuana-smokers it's anything but comforting. In the White House's 2002 National Drug Control Strategy, President George W. Bush—the so-called "compassionate conservative"—debuted his latest plan to deal with America's 19 million pot-smokers: "compassionate coercion."
Jon Gettman never intended to become either a pot-legalization activist or a public-policy specialist with a doctorate in regional economic development. His introduction to activism and civic affairs came from working in a headshop while he was in high school, he says.
Despite press and hacker attacks, office break-ins and computer breakdowns, Ruppert vows to continue his struggle to expose the Secret Government.
Michael C. Ruppert
I am flying on an airplane to Austin, Texas in what is now the seventh stop on my post 9/11 lecture series. I've graduated to TV appearances and, as I look at my schedule ahead, I see five states in less than seven weeks. After Texas it's back to the wonderful city of Portland, Oregon for three lectures.
When I moved from Venice Beach to Desert Hot Springs—from one California extreme to the other, from the ocean to the desert—I thought that I would keep a low profile. But when I was invited to speak at a local decriminalization-of-marijuana rally, I couldn't say no.
WASHINGTON—On March 28, Federal District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington overturned a law prohibiting public funds from being used to place a medical-marijuana initiative on the District's ballot. Rep. Robert L. Barr Jr. (R-GA) has attached the ban as an annual rider to the District's appropriation bill, but Judge Sullivan called it unconstitutional.
ANNAPOLIS, MD—A Maryland House committee chairman abruptly canceled a vote on a medical-marijuana bill when he realized it would be approved. "I'll be damned if I'm going to pass something that's against federal law," Delegate Joseph F. Vallario Jr. told stunned members of the House Judiciary Committee Mar. 22.
UK Experts Give Green Light to Marijuana Reclassification
Canadian Study: Pot No Risk to IQ
US Abandons Hope of Eliminating Afghan Opium Crop in 2002
UAE Gives Women 25-to-Life for a Joint and an Ounce
LONDON—The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Illicit Drugs has given the green light to British Home Secretary David Blunkett's proposal to downgrade marijuana's legal status to the "low-risk" category. Marijuana, the report said, is safer than alcohol and "is not associated with major health problems for the individual or society."
"HIGH TIMES—y'all real for making this awards show," Snoop Dogg exclaimed during the acceptance for Best Soundtrack (The Wash) to kick off The Stonys on Sunday, March 3 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York. "Fo' shizzle my nizzle. I'll be back next year doin' the same thing."
The Los Angeles County Coroner reported Feb. 2 that Blow director Ted Demme had cocaine in his system at the time of his death on Jan. 13. A blood clot in Demme's heart muscle caused his death, which was ruled "accidental." Demme suffered "sudden cardiac death" after playing basketball.
pH has a very definite impact on the happiness of a plant. Incorrect pH levels can render nutrients unavailable, and even cause them to disappear from the sail altogether. Find out how to control this volatile variable.
chemistry and math
active and passive transport
pH and soil
measurement and control
Surveying some of the resources available to marijuana growers, both on the Internet and in print, I realize there is a lot of information about what to do, but very little on why things happen. One such topic is pH. There is a lot of information about how to change pH, control pH, and how important it is, but very little about what pH is and why it is important.
During the filming of Black Hawk Down, the Pentagon persuaded its producers to change the name of Army Ranger John Stebbins, portrayed by Ewan McGregor, because the true-life "patriot" had been sentenced to a 30-year prison term for sexual assault on his daughter.
HIGH TIMES: I appreciate you taking the time to do this today after finding out that George Harrison died. Warren Haynes: I just found out. I just got a call from Rob [Baraco], our keyboard player, saying that we want to do "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" tonight.
Thank God for turntables, HIGH TIMES and California bud with seeds. One Happy DJ Coatesville, Pennsylvania Here's this year's crop of Afghan Purple in full sun and all organic. Plus it's all medical, so we're legal to grow. We averaged over two pounds per plant.
Here is the field O' Skunk. Grown organically, using Age Old and B'Cuzz. Stinky, smooth and gets ya' super-ripped! Smoke all you want, I WILL grow more! Thanks, HT, for the tips. 2Kind High in the Rocky Mountains Grow your own, grow organically!
Here's a new product that screams the moment you open the bottle. That's because this stuff stinks! Dark Energy is a secret blend of L-amino acids, beneficial vitamins and bionutrients. All good stuff, but there's only one way to know if it's worth the money and that means trying it.
Most readers can't help themselves. You get the new HIGH TIMES and immediately scope out the centerfold, then flip right to Grow America to glaze over this month's pot shots. I bet some of you wish the whole magazine was filled cover to cover with pictures that make your mouth water.
Cannabis is a moisture-loving plant, which means it thrives when water is abundant, but its roots must also have an ample supply of oxygen. Providing both is the trick.
The two questions I most often get asked by new growers are: How often should I water? And how much? Several factors contribute to how much moisture a plant needs and how often it must be watered, including the composition of the growing medium, the environment in which it's grown, and its age and size.
Prescott: Kind Bud, "With a few orange hairs, nice lime-green with lots of crystals, too bad it is bone-dry": $65 1/8-oz; $100 1/4-oz. Commercial Green, "Life's too short to smoke shit like this": $25 1/4-oz. White Widow, "One-hit kind bud, very pale green, almost looks white with bright orange hairs, this stuff is dank, as good as any pot East or West": $100 1/4-oz.
The August 2001 issue of HIGH TIMES has an article on a thermodynamically ventilated grow cube. I made a cube 2' x 2' x 4' with a door on the front so it looks like a cabinet. Is this the best size? What kind of lights should I put in the box? My dream since I first read HIGH TIMES is to be on the cover and/or maybe just see pics of my girls in the magazine.
Each day is shorter than the last. Take solace in this fact, because each day is closer to harvest. July is often the beginning of truly hot summer weather in cooler climates. Warmer climates have experienced hot weather for more than a month.
Where are the top pot vacation spots? How much is the weed? Is it any good? Am I safe? So many questions. Thankfully, we have the answers. Before you pack your bags, check out our favorite places on earth for lighting up and kicking back. Woody Harrelson and Bill Maher host the annual confab, held in San Francisco, birthplace of the 420 phenomena.