Big Bang burst from darkness creates infinite mandala universe. In a cold, remote area, far from the center, lies the Milky Way, where Mother Earth blossoms forests and oceans brimming with life. One day, a dark cloud gathers over the Mediterranean, spreading death and darkness.
I have never seen anything like the Cannabis Cup. It was amazing to see the vendors, activists, and of course, all the smokers! I can’t compare this event to any other, really. For me it was an intense spiritual experience. There are some things we could learn from the Europeans about drug policy and environmental awareness.
At the 2002 Cannabis Cup, our favorite weed diva, Watermelon, hosted a night of marijuana entertainment called The Bong Show, in which she served as mistress of ceremonies. The hit of the night was Watermelon's stoned striptease using a squeegee (you figure it out).
A recent University of Michigan survey reported that smoking, drinking, and drug use are all dropping among US teens. The survey queried 44,000 students at nearly 400 schools nationwide. The data gathered indicated that cigarette smoking has dropped 4 to 5 percentage points among eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders.
Just before the New Year rang in, film actor Ryan Phillippe was looking for a little privacy. He didn’t find it. Phillippe, who starred in the stoner hit Homegrown, was photographed in Pacific Palisades, CA, scrunched down in the front seat of his car, apparently in the act of enjoying a few tokes.
French scientists recently announced that they have recreated the perfume the ancient Egyptians used to enhance their sex lives. For years, researcher Sandrine Videault attempted to find the formula for the legendary kyphi perfume. She received some assistance from the classic Greek writer Plutarch, who wrote that kyphi had the power “to send someone to sleep, to help them have sweet dreams, to relax them, to drive away the worries of the day, and to bring peace.”
Just before the holiday season, singer Whitney Houston appeared on Primetime along with her husband, Bobby Brown, to discuss the pressures of showbiz. When host Diane Sawyer queried Houston about her drug past, Houston admitted that she had used alcohol, pot, cocaine, and pills at one time or another.
"It's staggering," says John Lieberman. He should know. He and his partner, Jim McKenna, have launched a campaign to stop the global deluge of America Online compact discs. The two Northern Californians are asking fed-up consumers to send the CDs to them.
All mind-altering drugs, including alcohol, are forbidden by Shari’a (Islamic law), but at least some Taliban frontline troops went to battle medicated. However, it was not Afghanistan's legendary opium or hashish that comforted Mullah Omar’s beleaguered fighters.
The last time we saw Dorothy, she was lying in bed, surrounded by farmhands, wondering which of them had slipped her a tab of acid before the tornado. But even though she famously claimed that “there’s no place like home,” Dorothy recently took another trip—this time to the 2002 Cannabis Cup.
Waterpipe wars are waged over which weapon can provide the smoker with two fundamental priorities: aesthetics and functionality. One of the clear front-runners is Spectrum 69, a West Coast company that markets glass smokeware fashioned from the clearest European simax, an extra-heavy glass tubing, in both 46mm and 50mm diameters.
Dreadlocks, the ancient hairstyle made famous by Bob Marley, are popping up everywhere, on people of every race, color, and culture. Some hair naturally dreads, but what do you do when you want to create beautiful, manageable dreadlocks and your hair just says no?
Mila has been on the cutting edge of hash-making technology for a decade, and the Pollinator Company, based in Amsterdam, has become the premier outlet for prospective hash makers worldwide.
The Pollinator Company has been running strong since 1994. What led you to start a business? Survival and wanting to give people an opportunity to make their own hash, as I loved it so much. What is your personal background? Middle class. My parents traveled quite a bit.
On the heels of winning a Doobie Award for their last album, Bionix, De La Soul came to Amsterdam with big grins on their faces. On Sunday, November 24, mixing up old-school classics such as “Me Myself & I” with the R&B style of “Baby Phat,” they delivered the best hip-hop performance in the history of the Cup.
In the small libraries of verbiage dedicated to the life and work of Bob Dylan, several facts tend to be overlooked: He is one of the most extraordinary vocalists of his time—not merely an eccentric stylist, but capable of packing more passion and nuance into one word than an opera house full of Pavarottis.
THE ACTIVIST NETWORK The frontline troops strut their stuff on the Net.
The Florida Cannabis Action Network has designed a colorful, easy-to-navigate Website with flcan.org. Here smokers and tokers can learn what their rights are when confronted by police. Plus there are handy tips on everything from cannabis cooking to drug testing.
Rockstar Games drive me crazy! Nearly every title they market is a winner, and GTA: Vice City is no different. This is a must-buy for anyone who owns a gaming system. Do whatever you have to do to get your hands on a copy. Break windows, run over pedestrians, or shoot out windows with your semiautomatic rifle.
MONTREAL—Canada is likely to decriminalize possession of up to 30 grams of pot in 2003, after a House of Commons committee called for easing up on takers. “I don’t like to give you a date or a time frame, but let’s say the beginning of next year, the first four months of next year,” Justice Minister Martin Cauchon told reporters in December.
According to their corporate statement, “GW Pharmaceuticals is a company developing a portfolio of prescription medicines derived from cannabis to meet patient needs in a wide range of therapeutic indications." And the London-based company is not blowing smoke.
JERSEY COURT RULES FORFEIT FUNDS DISTRIBUTION UNCONSTITUTIONAL
A December 11 decision by New Jersey Superior Court Judge G. Thomas Bowen has declared that it is unconstitutional under state law to disburse the proceeds of civil forfeiture back to the police and prosecutors who seized them. Bowen's decision was made in the 1999 case of the State of New Jersey v.
NORWAY, ME—Aaron Fuda, founder and organizer of FUDAfest, was arraigned December 9 on multiple misdemeanor charges resulting from a police raid on the festival last July. Fuda, 34, has been running the Fully Unclothed Dancing Activism festival on his land here since 1992.
1. Always have a valid driver’s license. You can be searched, arrested, or issued a ticket if you’re driving without one. 2. Keep all vehicle paperwork in one location, in the glove box or another easy-to-reach place. The less you move around searching for your paperwork, the better.
Lying about marijuana is nothing new to Drug Czar John Walters.
The recent allegation that America's rehab centers are overflowing with pot-addicted teens is a whopper even by Drug Warrior standards. According to Walters, pot is “by far the single largest factor in illegal drug addiction in the country.”
“I wish we had a dozen Anthony Lorenzos, but I’m glad for the one we already have,” says Jodi James, head of the Florida Cannabis Action Network. "He’s out there busting his ass every day, and that’s what we need to get the job done.” Lorenzo, 28, is state volunteer coordinator for Florida CAN. Born in Cleveland, he now lives in Tampa, Florida.
MARCH 12 Alternatives to Punishment in the War on Drugs College of Charleston, Charleston, SC Dr. Gene Tinelli speaks on "Alternatives to Punishment in the War on Drugs.” Organized by Reconsider. Contact: Mike Smithson, (315) 488-3630; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org; Website, reconsider.org APRIL 6-10 Conference on the Reduction of Drug-Related Harm Chiangmai, Thailand 14th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug-Related Harm, sponsored by the International Harm Reduction Coalition in partnership with the Asian Harm Reduction Network.
Former Football Star Nate Newton Gets Five Years for Pot
Stocking Prisons With Nonviolent Drug Users Backfiring
Racine Ravers Challenge Arrests, Fines
Police Seize Bail Money—Claim It Smelled Like Pot
AUSTIN, TX—The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class-action suit charging racial discrimination in a series of drug busts that occurred in 2000 in the rural east Texas community of Hearne. The 28 people arrested included 15 percent of the town’s African-American men between 18 and 34 years old.
TORONTO—The Canadian government will appeal an Ontario court ruling that threw out marijuana charges against a 16-year-old Windsor youth. Justice Douglas Phillips ruled Jan. 2 that the laws against pot possession were unconstitutional because the government failed to follow a 2001 court order to revise them within one year in order to give medical users immunity from being busted.
SANTA CRUZ, CA—Attempting an end run around the federal marijuana laws, the city council of Santa Cruz voted 7-0 last December to deputize medical-marijuana caregivers Valerie and Michael Corral, authorizing them to "cultivate, distribute, and possess medical marijuana."
Tobacco companies used to deny that cigarettes killed people. Now they brag about it.
I had planned to begin this column about cigarettes with a quote from federal Drug Czar John Walters that 4 million Americans are “addicted to a drug [marijuana] more dangerous than heroin, cocaine, PCP, cigarettes, or alcohol,” but apparently it was a hoax reported by Progressive Review.
The plan was to collect the coffeeshop weed samples, bring them to a private dinner party, and have eight experts narrow the field of 27 strains down to a reasonable three or four.
IN CEREMONIES BEGIN RESPONSIBILITIES
When a cultural autonomous zone is created, peace culture spontaneously erupts. Native American activist and poet John Trudell calls this “all tribes culture"; I call it “the counterculture."
On the eve of war, the counterculture gathered to celebrate peace. Counterculture Hall of Fame inductees Joan Baez and Bob Dylan were honored, and some of the world's finest herbs and resins were shared. Just about the time the crew figured out it was a great year for Dutch weed, the Cannabis Cup's founder and fearless leader was kidnapped by the constabulary, throwing the event into a potential tailspin.
In my wildest dreams, I never imagined that one day I’d be told, “Before you can leave tonight, you must blindly sample every coffeeshop entry and choose the best three.” The eight celebrity pre-testers were given instructions to meet at the Quentin Hotel for transport to a secret location.
Find out what's going on behind closed doors in Amsterdam. Where do all those potent seeds come from? How are they grown? HIGH TIMES visits award-winning growers in their gardens. See what goes into breeding a Cannabis Cup winner.
Sensi is one of the oldest, most successful seed companies in Amsterdam. They have won numerous Cannabis Cups and are responsible for such classic strains as Silver Pearl, Jack Herer, and Northern Lights #5 × Haze. In the ’80s, Sensi Seeds founder Ben Dronkers partnered with Nevil, of the Seed Bank, to create the company that exists today.
Let’s start with your college career at Pitt. How do you evaluate that? It wasn’t really all that satisfying. We had several average seasons and only went to one bowl game in the four years I was there. But I was able to do what I wanted to do there footballwise individually.
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I don't know what else to say, except we call this Wonder Bud. Smoke Dogg Portland, Oregon My friend had been growing this plant in his bedroom for over a year. Then he realized it was a female and asked me to flower it in my growroom. Even though it was only Mexican, it was tasty and got us pretty high.
Those who have used fish fertilizers can testify to their amazing benefits. I love and swear by them. If you haven’t tried them, get ready for something that will definitely aid in producing some of the most awesome, clean-tasting, bountiful smoke you have ever grown.
Tired of emptying your closet, or mounting hooks and tying strings from wall to wall when it comes time to dry your precious buds? Try using cardboard boxes. Typical computer-monitor or television-size boxes work best but any size will do.
CALIFORNIA'S BIGFOOT OF POT OFFERS THIS ADVICE: ENERGY TRANSFERENCE
I HAVE PERSONALLY KNOWN Sasquatch since 1975. He was my late husband’s best friend until his last breath. His wife was maid of honor at my wedding 26 years ago. So, as you can see, we have a close relationship. I know Sasquatch well. Sasquatch grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California and went into the Marines at an early age, then to college, where he studied horticulture.
Tucson: Sweet Tooth #3: “The best buds in town, followed closely by Afghan/Northern Lights. These buds will blow any other hydro off the block. Cared for right here in Arizona growrooms. These buds have been well tended, cured, and grown to their max.
You estimate a yield of 0.25 to 0.5 grams per watt for the average garden. Is that light in the growth or budding stage? Can you supply two 5,000-watt budding rooms with one 2,000w-3,000w vegetative room? Buzz Memphis, Tennessee Dear Buzz, Twenty years ago, I saw a growroom that was lit by a single vertical l,000w metal-halide lamp under a 4' cone (China hat) hood, the most inefficient available.
Spring has sprung in Southern states, but be careful, freak storms and cold snaps can bring back the chill of winter. Keep an eye on the weather report, and cover plants or bring them inside if temperatures dip below 50°F. Days are longer, and will continue to lengthen until midsummer.
High, oh my! It’s that time of year again, when the planets, stars, and calendars align themselves on April 20th for our National Stoner Day. Check us out as we delve into the sociological implications of 420. What are the deeper meanings of 420?