Our first annual college special may be the most controversial issue we’ve ever produced. One thing is certain: It’s the first issue to provoke an angry letter four months before it was even published (see Letters, page 8). For over 15 years, I’ve received mail from students who mistakenly believed their college had been given some sort of award by HIGH TIMES. Not true.
Dude, Vancouver is not, no way, the number-one pot anything (“Top Six Pot Spots," Aug. ’02 HT). I just got back, and they are smoking warehouse weed grown by motorcycle gangs. The B&Bs are no help, they direct you to a junkie-laden area to fend for yourself.
The Lakota nation leads the battle for legal hemp.
PINE RIDGE, SD—Nearly everyone in the cannabis/hemp movement believed that by the year 2000, American farmers would be growing hemp again. But despite a massive education campaign and strong signs that the public supports the issue, no legal hemp is being grown on American soil.
Jeff Beverly was one of the original Cannabis Castaways who were stranded on an Amsterdam houseboat at the 2000 Cannabis Cup to judge the world’s finest weed. But when he’s not rolling great joints, he’s rolling hard for the San Diego Bushwackers, his quad rugby team.
Texas activist Lee Otis Johnson, whose 30-year sentence for giving a joint to an undercover cop made him one of the two best-known pot prisoners of the Nixon era, died June 12 at his home in Houston. He was 62. Johnson, a student leader at Texas Southern University, had been active in the civil-rights movement before his 1968 arrest.
The seed industry has finally reached critical mass. We’re not even sure what that means, but we’re positive that certain seed companies have arrived at this juncture. Take Ashley, for example. She serves as office manager for Vancouver’s newest purveyor of fine cannabis strains, the AAA Seed Company.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Cheech & Chong’s cult classic Up in Smoke, stoned-cold fans can now purchase smokin’ memorabilia to honor America’s favorite potheads. NECA, a Kenilworth, NJ company, is hawking tin lunchboxes (with matching thermos), shot glasses, drink coasters, munchie jars and even Up In Smoke vans that are actually votive candles, perfect for stalker-types.
NEW YORK CITY-Late last June, two New York Mets baseball players were smoking pot in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn near Shea Stadium, when one became violently ill with seizures. Relief pitcher Mark Corey, 27, became light-headed and began to vomit after a few tokes on a joint.
TBILISI, GEORGIA—The former Soviet republic of Georgia, a nation of 5 million people in the Caucasus Mountains south of Russia, has gained the spotlight since the announcement that US military trainers will soon be arriving to assist its army in clearing the notorious Pankisi Gorge of terrorists.
Pantera's Phil Anselmo is not content to have just one band. Superjoint Ritual and Down are two of his latest stony side projects.
On stage, Philip Anselmo is the consummate rock star, full of primal bravado and undeniable presence. Tonight at The World in New York’s Times Square, he’s fronting the hardcore thrash act Superjoint Ritual. Between spitting out acidic vocals, Anselmo extends his arms into a Jesus Christ pose before the mostly male minions, his lips pursed tightly, nodding with approval at the fierce cacophony he and his bandmates are creating.
Florida's favorite punk band balances a love for pot with a straight-edqe stance.
The HIGH TIMES photo shoot is just hours away and the Fender bass decorated with pot leaves on the neck has yet to arrive. That has New Found Glory’s bassist, Ian Grushka, in a cold sweat. Clearly, he wants to make a good impression. The bass, which was made specifically for this shoot, comes in the morning express-mail drop at MCA Records.
For Patti Smith, every song is a ceremony. Stepping out early as a poet-turned-punk, she began an audacious mission that only a true music fan could love. Gathering conventional music influences and bending them to her will, she became a stoned conduit for the transcendent rites of godhead rock'n’roll.
John C. Reilly and Tim Blake Nelson portray Texas-fried potheads Phil and Bubba in Miguel Arteta's existential mindbender The Good Girl. Reilly's wife, Justine, played by Jennifer Aniston, can't conceive and blames it on Reilly’s pot-smoking.
Feasting on ganja dishes might just save the world.
Chef Ra’s World-Peace-Meal Ganja Curry
It has been one year since Sept. 11. The entire world was turned upside down by these murderous acts. Suicide bombings in Israel have horrified my heart. Women and children die on both sides, and this is a shameful situation. The Palestinians live in squalor in need of nationhood.
From fingerprints on passports to high-tech sensors intended to stanch the flow of B.C. bud, we're entering a new era of surveillance.
B.C. BUD BARRICADE?
BLAINE, WA—On May 14, President George W. Bush signed the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act. The measure allocates an additional $3.2 billion to increase security around the nation’s perimeter, including funding to hire 8,000 new Immigration and Naturalization Service and Border Patrol agents.
In the wake of the events of Sept. 11, efforts to increase national security through the use of more advanced identification and surveillance equipment are enjoying almost unprecedented public support. Biometrics—the automatic identification of a person based on physiological or behavioral characteristics—is big business.
Rallies in more than 50 cities protest DEA actions.
FORT WORTH, TX—More than 3,000 people in 55 cities turned out on June 6 to protest the Drug Enforcement Administration’s war on medical-marijuana users. It was the first day in a national campaign of civil disobedience intended “to put the Bush Administration and the DEA on notice that we are going on the offensive,” says Stephanie Sherer of Americans for Safe Access.
NEW YORK CITY—Once again, the New York State legislative session has passed without any action on the state’s Rockefeller drug laws, whose 15-to-life mandatory minimums for possessing four or more ounces of heroin or cocaine are widely considered the harshest drug sentences in the nation.
Two Earth First! activists injured in a 1990 car-bomb blast in Oakland, CA—and falsely charged with setting the bomb themselves—have won $4.4 million in damages from the FBI and city police. On June 11, a federal jury in Oakland awarded $2.9 million to the estate of the late Judi Bari and $1.5 million to Darryl Cherney, both organizers of the 1990 “Redwood Summer” protests against logging old-growth forests.
Supreme Court rules that schools can order drug tests.
By a 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for schools to require drug tests for students involved in extracurricular activities. The June 27 decision overturned an appeals-court ruling that the Tecumseh, OK school system violated student Lindsay Earls' Fourth Amendment rights by forcing her to take a urine test before she could join the school choir.
August 31 Hanfparade 2002 Berlin, Germany Sixth annual hemp legalization rally at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, starts at noon with rally at 4 PM. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org September 7 911 Festival Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA Free concert in Speedway Meadow with Michael Franti and Spearhead headlining, to raise consciousness on prison and military issues.
Webster’s dictionary defines “normal” as “conforming to the usual standard, type or custom.” NORML (minus the “a”) not coincidentally recognizes that marijuana-smoking is a common, mainstream activity that more than one-third of American citizens have engaged in.
Shawn Heller, national director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, is disgusted with the entire War on Drugs. "Drug laws as a whole are not only un-American, they violate the essence of the Constitution. Marijuana certainly shouldn't be Schedule I, but the idea that Schedule I even exists, that the Department of Justice is determining what the legal status is for possessing a plant or chemical either in your body or on your person, this is just a crazy idea."
Grannies Busted in NYC BROOKLYN, NY—Two Russian-immigrant grandmothers, Roza Shusterman, 79, and Faina Kodner, 77, were arrested May 29 for selling the potent prescription opiate Dilaudid-hydromorphone-to Russian teens in the Brighton Beach neighborhood for $10 a pop.
SIOUX FALLS, SD—More than 13,000 signatures calling for a vote on the South Dakota Industrial Hemp Act were submitted to the Secretary of State’s office on June 18, probably assuring that the measure will make the November ballot. The proposal would allow cultivation of hemp containing no more than 1% THC, and has been endorsed by the South Dakota Farmers Union.
Vermont Governor Signs Compromise Medical-Pot Bill MONTPELIER, VT—On June 21, Vermont’s Governor Howard Dean signed legislation to set up a task force to investigate options for allowing the legal use of medical marijuana. The measure is a compromise between a strong medical-marijuana protection bill passed by the state House of Representatives and a very weak bill passed by the state Senate.
The media wants you to believe that you're the problem
This marks the first anniversary of last September’s terrorist attacks. Surely you shuddered at those TV commercials-so insultingly simplistic they backfired by inspiring curious young people to turn on: “Where do terrorists get the money to fund their activities?
For many, it may seem as though one of the biggest parts of the post-9/11 struggle is over. After “fringe loonies” kept throwing hard facts at politicians and the media for eight months (all the while enduring verbal, written and, for some, physical attacks), something gave way.
These are not party schools for stupid stoners, but places where intelligent users of cannabis can receive a quality education. What's the difference? Smart stoners use the herb when appropriate, either as a tool to enhance creativity, or as a medicine to relieve stress, while stupid stoners abuse it through inappropriate use.
#1 EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON
#2 NEW COLLEGE SARASOTA, FLORIDA
#3 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR
#4 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON
#5 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY TALLAHASSEE
#6 OBERLIN COLLEGE OBERLIN, OHIO
#7 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER
#8 HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY ARCATA, CALIFORNIA
#9 BENNINGTON COLLEGE BENNINGTON, VERMONT
#10 WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT
Mother Nature reigns supreme in the Pacific Northwest. Sure, the lumber companies have been trying for years to turn its beauty into napkins and newspapers, and there are the unnatural acts committed by the odd serial murderer—Ted Bundy and the Green River Killer were both particularly fond of the Cascade Mountains—but after mankind is done carving his mark on this particular part of the Earth, the forest is sure to swallow him up body and soul.
What happens when Steven Hager, the editor of HIGH TIMES, and Robert Stutman, the former head of the New York DEA, get together to debate the legalization of cannabis? Sparks fly, naturally, but this odd couple has actually learned to respect each other. Since they may be traveling to a major college campus in your area soon, check the Heads vs. Feds calendar at hightimes.com for the most current dates and locations. Below are some excerpts from some recent debates. Go to the HTV section of hightimes.com to see the Heads vs. Feds video.
HAGER: In the ‘60s, this culture came about, it said, hey, we've got too much violence in our society, we want to start concentrating on peace and love and not so much war and bigotry and violence. And the United States government launched the FBI program Cointelpro to destroy the counterculture.
Ever crack open a bud and wonder at the smell of fresh blueberry or grapefruit or mango wafting up to your nose? Breeder Steve has, and providing the world with the tastiest THC is his life's work. Take a tour through the top-secret European breeding facility where Steve plies his trade.
the mendel of marijuana
breeder steve had a dream of producing the world's best organic pot. so in 1994 he founded the Spice of Life seed company from his home in Canada. Relocating to a small country in Europe, Steve found a place with plenty of space indoors and set out to realize his vision.
Pro surfer Shane Beschen stays grounded with weed— even in the waves.
"I HATE PAIN PILLS"
Metal Mulisha bad boy "Twitch" Stenberg gears up to ride again.
Wanna get high? Paragliding is the sport for you.
Now this is a backyard! Jen O’Brien's sponsors have built a skateboard park on a half-acre behind her house outside San Diego, CA. It’s about the size of an Olympic swimming pool, with a myriad of ramps, pockets, slopes and bowls. Jen is slashing along the inside of the skate structure, engrossed in her work.
Who planted the seeds of the action sports industry, now estimated to be a $5 billion juggernaut? The skateboarders, pure and simple. They were the first to challenge the laws of physics. But more specifically, it was a posse of skateboard freaks known as the Zephyr Team [a.k.a. Z-Boys], who haunted a Los Angeles beach ghetto between Santa Monica and Venice called Dogtown.
Organic flowers for the whole crew. The Eco Gang East Coast USA In loving memory of JWB #67, 2/22/76 - 3/17/02. Named after a friend who has passed, this is Big B #67. It is sticky, fruity, potent and delicious. So every St. Patrick's Day, we light one for JWB and save the roach, because he loved roaches.
Nothing like sweet Strawberry Cough and a couple hours playing X-Box. Charlie Circuit Hopewell Arkansas This is a 12' x 12' room with five 1000-watt HPS lights. The plants are Mr. Nice (G-13 x Hash Plant) from Sensi Seed Bank. We harvest a minimum of seven pounds every 90 days.
The absolute worst thing associated with cultivating cannabis (besides going to jail) is the hours of arduous trimming. It’s a labor of love and it has to be done right. I can promise that no love will be lost when you switch to one of two electric-scissor designs, the Testarossa or the Bonsai Hero.
Every step you take towards your ultimate goal, the harvest, should be maximized in every way possible. It’s overwhelming for a first-time gardener to consider and manage too many options, and it can lead to failure. The good news is that plants basically do all the work and will grow with very little assistance.
For a decade, the small Australian town of Nimbin has been flying in the face of cannabis laws and hasting one of the biggest pot parties on Earth.
Nimbin is surrounded by world-heritage national parks and great natural beauty. It is the undisputed alternative-lifestyle capital of Australia and a pioneer in the future-friendly fields of sustainable energy and intentional-community living.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 28 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.
I have two growrooms. One uses a 600watt HP sodium and a l,000w Hortilux HP sodium on a rotating system, for flowering. The other room is smaller and has a 400w metal halide light for vegetation. Do I need more light in the smaller room? Is it bad to switch the plants from 400w to l,600w after vegetation?
October means harvest time is here in most North American climates. Days grow short and sunlight diminishes. More varieties become ripe now than at any other time. During the first two weeks of October, keep a vigilant eye on your crop. Watch the white, hairlike pistils that emerge from swollen seed bracts.
The spiritual powers associated with fertility, virility and the after-life have been venerated since the dawn of history. Tantra is a celebration of the spiritual mysteries of birth, the seasons and lunar cycles, renewal, rebirth and transcendence.