Ever since Snoop Dogg declared a few months ago that he'd stopped smoking the chronic, HIGH TIMES has been besieged with questions. The irony of a man who was named Stoner of the Year last March at the HIGH TIMES Stony Awards—and who appeared on the cover of the subsequent July '02 Stonys issue—denouncing weed certainly didn't escape the press.
I’m writing on behalf of several lifelong readers who have been dismayed by your assertion that hip-hop culture represents or reflects the counterculture. When you selected Snoop Dogg as “Stoner of the Year,” we groaned, but also recognized that he had promoted recreational cannabis use, if not always in a responsible manner.
All wars end, right? So maybe we're getting closer to the end of the War on Drugs—or at least the war on marijuana. Time magazine recently asked: "Is America Going to Pot?" According to the Time/CNN poll that appeared in the issue (November 4), 72 percent of Americans think that people arrested with small amounts of marijuana should not go to jail.
Noelle Bush, Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s daughter and the president’s niece, was sentenced October 17 to 10 days in jail after having been caught the previous month with 0.2 grams of crack in an Orlando drug-treatment center. The 25-year-old woman was sent to rehab by a drug court in February after she got busted for trying to fill a fake prescription for Xanax.
Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been a model of self-government and community-based living since 1970 and features a free market of pot dealing. Smoking hashish from special chillums made of compressed sea foam is a popular pastime.
A bag stuffed with a half-kilo of pot almost found its way onto a charter flight taking the Florida Marlins home from Montreal during the final week of the baseball season. According to team officials, Luis Pérez, a former Marlins bullpen catcher who’s now with the Expos, asked a Marlins video coordinator to take one of his bags back to South Florida for him.
Late last September, Minnesota Vikings star receiver Randy Moss ran a dangerous crossing pattern in Minneapolis traffic. When he tried to make an illegal turn, a traffic officer stepped in front of his car to stop him. Moss then used his car as a downfield blocker.
In a report to be published in the scientific journal Neuroscience Letters, Dr. Nathaniel Milton, a biochemist at London’s Royal Free and University College London Medical School, will present research that suggests cannabinoids may help ward off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and lessen its effects in those who have it.
She holds an accounting degree and distributes glass smokeware throughout the Southwest. Some describe her as a “cannabis angel” and truth be told, she can often be found hovering above the Earth at heights of 10,000 feet and higher. She’s marijuana model Endeé, who appeared on our November cover as a Tantric princess and who shows up in this issue as a primitive pothead in “The Stoned Age” (page 44).
If The Simpsons makes you giggle, Homer and Bart will make ideal smoking companions. These plastic waterpipes are made by Skewville Headquarters, which specializes in parody smokeware. Smoke out of a Toke bottle or toke on Mrs. Buddhaworth’s.
Living Tree Paper is at the forefront of shifting our reliance on forests. Their paper, made from 90 percent postconsumer waste and 10 percent hempflax, is now available at all Staples stores. Carolyn Moran, president of Living Tree, and actor Woody Harrelson have enlisted celebrities as spokespeople.
More than 1.5 million passengers are exposed each day to SkyMall magazine— you know, that catalog with all the Sharper Image-type gadgets, stuffed in the seatback between the airline mag and the barf bag. How many of today’s business trippers, holiday travelers, or other frequent flyers have noticed the ad for the ATN Guardian Eye?
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK—Office workers love them or hate them. They are symbols of pure, free-wheeling, urban chivalry riding through our security-soaked disinformation age. Nearly every city in the world depends on bicycle messengers, fearless men and women who rush packages through rain, sleet, slush, and snow, in the desert, the tropics, the mountains—whatever their locale has to offer—transporting urgent and important cargo that sometimes weighs 100 pounds or more while dodging buses, jaywalkers, SUVs, taxis, and traffic police.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony can't get the chronic in Cleveland.
The Cleveland-based hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony seem uncomfortably out of place in the stuffy Sony Records conference room as we meet for the HIGH TIMES interview. A strict no-smoking policy is in effect for the whole building, and you can almost feel the tension.
Ice Cube is still smokin' with the third installment of his Friday franchise.
Craig Jones, as portrayed by Ice Cube, has provided audiences with endless laughs since the release of Friday in 1995. That film, a respectable box-office success, has become a major video-rental cult classic. Stoners everywhere have found it all too easy to relate to the exploits of Craig and his sidekick Stony (Chris Tucker), as well as his cousin Day-Day (as portrayed by Mike Epps in the 1998 follow-up Next Friday).
Mitch Earleywine’s Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence (Oxford University Press) is a valuable and instructive resource for anyone interested in cannabis and/or the reform of marijuana laws. The book achieves its objective of providing a balanced and definitive primer on the most widely used illicit substance in the United States, stressing in its conclusion regarding marijuana’s health effects that research “results confirm that marijuana is neither completely harmless nor tragically toxic.”
Take your first steps toward self-discovery at erowid.org.
If you’re wondering what it’s all about or what the purpose of life is—or if you’re just basically howling at the moon—get a clue at erowid.org. It’s an on-line information library of psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related topics. Compiling the experiences, words, and efforts of hundreds of individuals including users, health professionals, doctors, therapists, chemists, researchers, teachers, parents, and lawyers, the information found on the site offers everything from solid, peer-reviewed research to fanciful creative writing.
I spent a lot of time playing The Mark of Kri. When I say “a lot,” try nine hours. Either it was the hash I was smoking, or the game was so incredibly intricate that I lost track of space and time in the midst of the challenge. The game features a detailed story line and a fantastic combat system.
When Jerry Garcia died and the Dead stopped touring, it marked one of the most depressing periods in my life. For years, I had followed the band around the country during the hot summer months. From parking lot to parking lot, I cooked up my world-famous Rasta Pasta, serving it up to my hippie brothers and sisters from coast to coast.
NEW YORK CITY—The kids in the candy pants may have succeeded where a lot of other activists have often failed: derailing a draconian Drug War bill. The Reducing America’s Vulnerability to Ecstasy (RAVE) Act of 2002, which would expand the federal “crackhouse” law to make it easier to prosecute rave promoters, was expected to pass easily after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved it unanimously in June.
L.A. conference attacks Drug War’s racial effects.
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LOS ANGELES—“It’s absolutely impossible in the [world] we’re living in now to think about civil and human rights without looking at the impact of the War on Drugs,” said Sharda Sekaran of the Drug Policy Alliance at the group’s “Breaking the Chains: People of Color and the War on Drugs” conference.
Clayton Helriggle was a 23-year-old Ohio man who liked to camp, play guitar, and smoke pot. In November, he planned to follow the Other Ones tour. In the April 2001 issue of HIGH TIMES, he had a large cannabis plant pictured on the “Grow America” page, his friend Joseph Wilbur fondly remembers.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND—New Zealand Green Party Member of Parliament Nandor Tanczos has been made the subject of a police investigation after a member of the right-wing New Zealand First Party filed a complaint with police October 2.
MURPHY, NC—Christopher L. Wood, a 26-year-old father of three, had run into trouble with Cherokee County law enforcement before. In 1996, he was convicted on felony marijuana charges and did time in the small, 1920s-era Cherokee County jail in western North Carolina.
It was a depressing election for Drug War opponents as voters in four states rejected measures to legalize or decriminalize marijuana, give drug offenders treatment instead of jail, and legalize hemp. The defeats were the biggest electoral setback for the antiprohibition movement In the last six years.
As soon as Alvaro Uribe was sworn in as the new president of Colombia on August 7, he began moves to eliminate the left-wing FARC rebels as a disruptive political force. But while his supporters, including the US, see the programs implemented by the new administration as hard-nosed and essential, Uribe’s detractors see them as moves toward a totalitarian state that will operate as a puppet of the US and a cover for his own corruption.
The antipot ads are back—and with a vengeance. This past fall marked the much-ballyhooed relaunch of the White House’s National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, made possible with a new $175 million annual appropriation from Congress.
THE LAWYER AND THE PATIENT: ROB AND ANGEL McCLARY RAICH
OAKLAND, CA—While most newlyweds fret over setting up house or having kids, Angel McClary Raich and Rob Raich are embarking on what could become a landmark case in the legal struggle over medical marijuana. Angel is director of Angel Wings Patient Outreach, Inc. an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that provides services for medical-cannabis users; Rob is one of California’s leading pot lawyers and represented the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative in its attempt to win a medical-necessity exemption from the federal marijuana laws.
CHATTANOOGA, TN—Rudy Raines, a Tennessee man, faces felony pot-possession charges after he was busted drying his stash in a convenience-store microwave oven while a police officer was drinking coffee nearby. Officer David Ashley said Raines told him “it was a Twinkie.”
Entertainment reporter Geoff Boucher wrote in the Los Angeles Times: “You might be able to imagine Garth Brooks without his cowboy hat or Britney Spears without the bare midriff... but Snoop Dogg without a joint in his hand? It may be a pipe dream, but the chronic king of hip-hop has announced that he is abstaining from marijuana as well as alcohol.
LONG AGO, WE WANDERED THE EARTH SEEKING SUSTENANCE AND SHELTER FROM THE ELEMENTS, EVEN THEN, WE WERE THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BUD.
THE MEN OF THE CLAN JUST LEFT. They grabbed all their gear after sunrise, gnawed at a few of the bones left around the fire from the night before, then headed out to hunt for meat. The women of the clan are also setting out, with children and toddlers in tow, carrying pointed sticks.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ELVIS THAT MAKES ALL THEM OLD LADIES GO NUTS? OUR INTREPID REPORTER PACKS HIS SUITCASE FULL OF ACID AND HEADS TO GRACELAND TO INVESTIGATE THE ELVIS MYTH. TORN BETWEEN THE PERFECT LOVE OF ELVIS AND THE EARTHLY REWARDS OF SATAN, WILL THIS JOURNALIST EVER MAKE IT BACK FROM THE FARTHEST REGIONS OF THE LYSERGIC UNIVERSE TO TELL HIS TALE?
HOW GREAT THOU ART
HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL
THE ELECTRIC GRACELAND ELVIS TEST
ANYPLACE IS PARADISE
I’ll never forget being four years old and watching Elvis’s “Aloha from Hawaii” satellite broadcast back in '73. My diaper days were behind me, I owned the fastest Big Wheel on the block, and now this: a comic-book man-god dressed in a red-white-and-blue American eagle suit and cape, singing “Dixie” with sweat running from his eyes like tears.
This grower and his faithful pooch recently conducted a grow experiment. With subtle differences in atmosphere, they grew out two rooms to see which would produce the greater yield
One thing commonly agreed upon is that mankind's best friends are the dog and the plant. It would seem they go together—after all, what other alarm can keep you company while working in the garden? Plus, even if your pooch doesn't enjoy a buzz of its own, it'll certainly benefit from the extra playtime it receives thanks to your stoned indulgence.
LAST JUNE, CHRIS BENNETT ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF CANNABIS IN THE BIBLE. THIS MONTH, HE CONCLUDES HIS INVESTIGATION WITH A MORE DETAILED EXAMINATION OF THE CANNABIS-ENRICHED ANOINTING OIL USED BY JESUS AND HIS FOLLOWERS.
JESUS THE INITIATOR
"CHRIST" is THE GREEK TRANSLATION of the Hebrew Messiah. In modern English, this term would be translated as “the anointed one.” The title “Christ” was placed upon only he who had “God’s unction upon him.” This holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus,1 contained over 6 pounds of kaneh-bosem—a substance identified by respected etymologists, linguists, anthropologists, botanists, and other researchers as cannabis extracted into about 6 quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs.
Is A Long Strange Trip an authorized biography of the Dead? I never use the word authorized, because authorized implies a single point of view as being the only point of view. That’s ludicrous, because that was way too subjective a phenomenon for one point of view.
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, 419 Park Ave. South, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10016.
Just one of my girls, moments before harvest. L.J. Unknown Hello, dry world, from my basement nugget factory. I suggest 4,000 watts, peat/soilless medium, and lots of air circulation. P-Boy Ontario CANADA I helped my cousin raise these lovely children.
At this point the most important thing to anyone growing in the US should be security. If you don’t tell anyone, no one should know. Still, one of the most common slip-ups leading to ripoffs or arrests is the telltale odor of crystally colas. We’ve reviewed lots of ways to deal with odor, and a new machine is the first to incorporate passive (absorption) and active (neutralization) technologies all in one system.
One day while I was at work one of my “heavy-duty” electrical timers fried and melted down all over the carpet, which began to burn. The timer was not old. I have no idea what happened. Fortunately, I was spared jail time for this miscalculation/mechanical failure, which I attribute to my good karma.
Keep your buds tasting their best with this organic amendment
People I meet and smoke with always ask me how I get my pot to taste so good. The answer is that I am an intense caretaker and lover of plants. To get medicinal cannabis, I grow organically in a soil rich in worm castings and all the other nutrients and trace minerals needed for a healthy herb plant.
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 THMQ column’s quotes. 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.
What can you recommend for a first time absolute novice who has smoked his share of bad grass and wishes to grow his own? Canuck Stoner CANADA Dear Canuck, Growing plants comes easier to some than to others. For some, growing is as easy as planting a few seeds in pots under a light.
Check the HIGH TIMES Website, hightimes.com, for the 15th Annual Cannabis Cup winners and pick your favorites. Remember, varieties are judged on several criteria, including appearance and stone. Also, look for characteristics that fit your needs,such as drought tolerance and resistance to pests and disease.