It was a beautiful afternoon in early autumn. I was standing in a lush garden on a hillside near Santa Cruz. The plants seemed to glitter in the bright sun. Actually, it was a pretty grim day. It was three weeks after the September 11th terrorist attacks, and US warplanes had just begun bombing Afghanistan that very day.
I really liked "The King and I" (Feb. '03 HT), but can you please tell Chris Simunek that even a good impression of Hunter S. Thompson is still just an impression. There's a reason why Thompson is so distinctive, and a writer as good as Simunek should try to find his own style.
Boxer Bobbg High Jr. of Lancaster, PA, was destined to appear in our pages. Born on April 20 and a graduate of Hempfield High School, this junior welterweight pugilist was 50-l0 as an amateur and won three consecutive Pennsylvania State Golden Glove titles, in 1990, '91, and '92.
Our national dag has arrived once again. At 4:20 on 4/20, stoners around the world will gather and celebrate the cannabis plant Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes and father of the modern hemp movement, is watching his clock closely.
The Cedar Point amusement park In Sandusky, OH, is spending $25 million to build the best roller coaster in the world. The Top Thrill Dragster will reach speeds of 120 mph and top out at a height of-you guessed It$#x2014;420 feet in the air! It will be the fastest and highest roller coaster in the world.
Hungry stoners in Canton, OH, won't be able to find "420 specials" the next time appetite strikes, thanks to a crazed antidrug zealot who became outraged over a local pizzeria's sign. Your Pizza Shop-located at 420 12th St. NW—used to have a sign reading: "Got Munchies?
Faced with a continuing decline in readership among that prime market demographic of 18to 34-year-olds, America’s major daily papers are desperate. With editors who are a bit past their prime when it comes to having a sense of youth culture, we might expect some degree of cluelessness.
Israeli stoners won’t be dancing to the techno version of the national anthem in the streets of Tel Aviv. The Ale Yarok (Green Leaf) Party fell just short of the 44,000 votes needed to qualify for seats in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, in the Jan. 28 elections.
A decade ago, 420 was barely part of the Stoner vernacular. But today, those three meaningful digits are celebrated throughout the world. Even mainstream folks have taken note of the phenomenon. In fact, April 20 has now become a regular story for the major networks and print media.
Last year, the Spanish edition of HIGH TIMES burst onto the European pot scene in the form of Yerba. The monthly cannabis magazine is already well into its second year of publication, capturing a large share of the market with its in-depth cultivation coverage and close attention to trends of the counterculture.
Aja has her hands full. she's booking judges for This year's Cannabis Cup if you plan to attend, then you'll get to kuow her. Veteran Cup-goers have already had the pleasure She's that island of calm amid a sea of stoners, the administrative muscle at 420Tours who smooths out any and all accommodation problems with her own special stoner aplomb.
What do you put in your coffee-milk, cream, or half-and-half? How about hemp? Ruth's Hemp Foods distributes an easy-to-use economical machine that lets you make your own hemp milk. Add 1/2-cup of Ruth's certified organic SoftHemp (shelled hemp seed) to 1-1/2 liters of water, and in just 25 minutes you'll have 1-1/2 liters of hemp milk.
It you're on an airplane flight and have nothing to read, sometimes you turn to the pouch on the back of the seat in front of you and pull out the catalog that offers all sorts of gadgets and doohickeys (which we promise will not improve your life one iota).
THE TRINITY The Trinity waterpipe from pH(x) Glass is a marvel to behold. Its patent-pending design is the materialization of a University of California at Berkeley mechanical-engineering student's dream the ltimate waterpipe. or bong, as we lovingly refer to them. Whether you like the way it looks or not, functionality is this pipe's prime attribute. Its all about increasing the obviously positive effect you get when you pull hot smoke through water. PH(x)'s triplechambered design has several builtin features that increase the surface-area-to-volume ratio. This forces much more of the smoke to interact with the water, increasing the water's ability to remove harmful heat and particulates. With the Trinity. huge hits become enjoyable again.
SPACE CASE GRINDER
SPACE CASE GRINDER In the battle for grinder supremacy, Space Case has stepped up to the plate with their superior titanium grinders, thin enough to fit snugly in your pocket. The innovative Space Case has added thick. diamond-shaped teeth, the better to tear into freshly dried kind bud with. A Couple of quick spins, and voilà—ground pot. They've also added an enhanced grinder/pollinator to their line. You can grind. stash. and catch resin with this all-in-one product.
THE MUTE Mutes are essentially air filters with an opening to blow smoke into. They're great for concealing smoke in places like offices and dorm rooms. The Mute, from Mute-It, is so small, it could be mistaken for an air-freshener disk. The opening is also small. so you'll need to exhale slowly. It promises 2000 uses.
HV STEM A simple bowl for your glass bong shouldn't be very complicated. right? Glass Torture thinks otherwise. They've created stemware with unique bowl holes to inhale air through. One is a double-barreled stem with two holes side by side. Another has a rectangular slot. which provides more air without allowing bud shavings to fall through.
THE ORIGINAL GREENSKEEPER POLLINATOR
THE ORIGINAL GREENSKEEPER POLLINATOR This nifty little device is handmade with loads of ingenuity. It's basically a glass jar with a removable, airtight lid on both ends. The inside of the jar is divided into two compartments by a micronmesh steel screen. Most of the space is reserved for storage. while the Screen allows precious trichomes to squeeze through to the other side. The lower half's lid has a black collection plate precisely mounted to catch the green-brown resin.
OTTER BOX In this age of stealth, metal breath-mint containers won't do when trying to transport your stash. The folks at Stashboxx have adapted ideas from other industries to produce a line of airtight plastic stash containers. Out of nine differently sized Otter boxes. six are lockable and five have "pluck-and-pull foam." Model 2000 (6-1/2" x 3-7/8" x 1-5/8") resembles a tackle box, while the larger one looks like a camera case. The 2000 has room for a whole bud, a thin pipe, and a lighter. The larger models, like the 5000 ( 9-3/8" x 8-1/2" x 4-7/8"), are great for carrying glass; just cut a hole in the gray foam interior and you've got a terrific carrying case with room for other goodies.
TRUE BLUNT SINGLES
TRUE BLUNT SINGLES Blunt smokers clearly like their flava. An added attraction to the pot-tobacco mixture now is flavorings-everything from chocolate to cognac. True Blunt Singles, from bluntwraps.com, come in eight flavors-banana, bubble gum, butterscotch, cotton candy, grape, peach, piña colada, and sweet cherry. These individually wrapped flavored blunt tubes offer optimal freshness.
SMOG-OUT When it comes to air fresheners, bathroom sprays are just too strong. Smog-Out, from Formula 420, smells more like shampoo than deodorant. Formula 420 also has a full line of glass cleaners.
HEMPIRE Available in 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" sizes, Hempire papers remain the class product in the hemp rolling-paper market. Delicately thin, the paper rolls perfect joints. Unlike other brands, Hempire packs come in various colors. Collect them all 25 of them!
INSPECTOR VAPORS In the world of vaporizers, the heat gun has taken over. Popularized by Eagle Bill in Amsterdam. this technique allows you to use a glass bong rather than a stand-alone vaporizer. Inspector Vapors creator, Til0. formerly the rapper in Methods of Mayhem, is marketing this kit, which includes a 14-inch crooknecked glass bong, a large 3-inch deep glass bowl, and a 1,200-watt hair dryer-shaped heat gun. This all comes packaged neatly inside an 18-inch-long padded and lockable aluminum travel case.
The cannabis connoisseur has needs. After procuring the finest-quality buds, the connoisseur turns to a wide variety of products that will enable usage of said buds. Here, then, are HIGH TIMES' recommendations for the best stoner gear currently available.
Kid Rock's DJ sings up a storm on his sophomore album.
At 28, Uncle Kracker's already seen many of his dreams realized, both as turntable master for Kid Rock and in his own career, but that doesn't mean this workaholic has any plans to slow down. Two years after Kid Rock hit the jackpot with 1998's Devil Without a Cause, catapulting him to superstar status, Kracker followed with his solo debut, Double Wide, which went on to sell more than two million copies.
Back in 1995, when DJ Spooky was first coming up in the New York scene, I asked him about the role of drugs in his music. "I've done so many drugs, I am dope," he replied. He was kidding, of course, but his music is dope: cinematic and distorted, free-associating rhythms, and hooks outside linear time.
A band's conflict between the desire to let its musical freak flag fig and the need to come up with bite-sized chunks of catchiness for airplay purposes can make for some interesting records. Far Phish, coming off a two-year hiatus, it's an even more fascinating quandary.
When you visit project42O.com, you'll find a search engine geared entirely to the pot world, a good place to begin your 420 World Wide Web search. Tons of sites are listed here, grouped under such headings as fun and recreation, health and medicinal, legalization, grow guides, and hydro ponics.
I sat on my couch for six hours and played The Getaway until my fingertips were red and swollen. Still, I played on, oblivious to my bruised digits-until my roommate held an intervention. I'm ready to admit it. I have a problem. I'm addicted to The Getaway.
A batch of monster cookies heralds the new season.
CHEF RA'S MAGIC PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
I have no Idea where you live out there in this big global village. But if you happen to live in the Midwest or the Northeast, this winter has been a complete snowed-in bitch! People who live in places that don't undergo the change of seasons don't understand the rebirth we experience in springtime.
Ganja guru faces five years for growing medical marijuana.
SAN FRANCISCO-Cannabis activist and former HIGH TIMES columnist Ed Rosenthal was convicted Jan. 31 of three federal felony conspiracy and cultivation charges for growing medical marijuana in an Oakland warehouse. "I'm not guilty of what the government accuses me of.
Airmen were on speed when they bombed Canadian soldiers.
Two "Top Gun" fighter pilots flying on amphetamines when they bombed Canadian paratroopers in Afghanistan last year are in limbo as the US Air Force decides whether or not to prosecute them for the deaths of four Canadians. An Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury inquiry, could take months to decide the fate of majors William Umbach and Harry Schmidt, who dropped a laserguided 500-pound bomb from their F-16 plane onto Canadians performing live-fire drills outside Kandahar on April 17, 2002.
2003 NORML Conference Hyatt Hotel, San Francisco, CA "Back to Basics: Stop Arresting Marijuana Smokers," NORML's annual conference, with the last day a special campus activists training day. Speakers include San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan, ACLU president Nadine Strossen, former NFL star Mark Stepnoski, and sex-advice columnist Dan Savage.
Daniel Pinchbeck never expected to become a psychedelic cosmonaut. The son of beatniks (his father was an abstract painter and his mom is Joyce Johnson, a former girlfriend of Jack Kerouac who helped publish Abbie Hoffman's first book, Revolution for the Hell of lt), he was too busy swimming in Manhattan's hipster illuminati and freelancing for magazines to pey much mind to heavy trips.
San Francisco doctor seeks subjects for pain-relief research.
SAN FRANCISCO—Dr. Donald Abrams, an oncologist and cannabis researcher at the University of California-San Francisco is seeking cancer patients for a study entitled "Marijuana in Combination with Opioids for Cancer Pain: A Pilot Study."
Judge rules the state violated his constitutional rights.
A federal judge in Camden, NJ, ordered Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion released from jail Jan. 25, ruling that the state violated his First Amendment rights when it charged him with parole violation for advocating legalizing pot. Forchion, 38, who served 16 months of a 10year sentence for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, was paroled into the state's Intensive Supervision Parole program in April 2002.
Columbia, MO, home of the University of Missouri, may join Ann Arbor, Ml, as a city where the punishment for pot possession is only a $25 fine. The city of 80,000 will vote April 8 on an initiative that would send all marijuana arrests for possession of less than 35 grams to municipal courts— instead of to state courts, where the penalty is up to a year in jail.
It will come as no surprise to most to learn that America's federal officials frequently exaggerate the potential dangers of marijuana in order to justify the nation's criminal pot policies—the enforcement of which currently results in the arrests of more than 700,000 people a year.
Madeline Martinez, the director of Oregon NORML, is a 51-year-old urban shaman committed to educating her community about the therapeutic effects of cannabis. She's a retired peace officer, a mother of two, and a grandmother of five, and has been a devoted wife for 33 years.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC—Milan Krikala wanted a reprieve from Parkinson's disease, but he had to break the law to do it—and this 78year-old knew that marijuana would reduce the pain that his prescription medications could not. When Krikala, a retired library worker, planted marijuana in his vegetable garden seven years ago, he understood that there was a possibility that police in Ostrava, his rural hometown, would find out.
CHICAGO—A 220-pound truckload of "marijuana" seized by Chicago police in December and estimated at $660,000 in "street value" turned out to be hay for a church Nativity scene. Police received an anonymous tip that a major shipment was being moved in a pickup truck.
Federal Drug Unit in Mexico Disbanded for Corruption—Again!
US Bashes Canada in Drug-War Certification Report
Bolivian Cops Attack Coca Protesters
MEXICO CITY—For the second time in six years, Mexico's elite antidrug unit has been disbanded after it was discovered to be rife with corruption. All 200 employees of the Federal Special Prosecutor's Office for Drug Crimes are being questioned, and the agency has been closed permanently, said Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha, whose office oversees the agency.
Canadian Judge Rules Med-Mar Regulations Unconstitutional
LOS ANGELES—Medical-marijuana activist Sister Somayah Kambui has lodged a lawsuit against the Los Angeles city police and county prosecutors to stop the raids on Crescent House, the South Central L.A. meeting place for her Crescent Alliance.
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), who was forced to resign that position because of his racist blooper, was also strongly against reproductive rights. Concerning legislation that would ban abortion, he once vowed on the radio, "I will call it up, we will pass it, and the president will sign it.
Marijuana-smokers, like members of other close-knit groups, have a special language. But often people in the straight-and-narrow world just don't understand it. Strange and alien to outsiders are words such as nugs, dank, permagrin, wake'n'bake, blunt, bogarting, Rastafarian, Towlie, or even coffeeshops.
"Crank it!" Frances McDormand demands. She's posing for photos as Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady" blasts out of the studio's speakers. She motions to increase the volume. Instead, it gets quieter. "Crank it!" she yells. "Woody Harrelson has a political agenda," McDormand says.
PurPLe: THe COLOr OF KINGS AND reGALITY, OF LUXUrY, weALTH, AND SOPHISTICATION. urple INVOKES FeeLINGS OF PASSION, ROMANCE, AND SENSITIVITY. COMBINE THIS MYSTICALLY POWERFUL COLOR WITH TRICHOME-CRYSTAL-ENCRUSTED BUDS, AND YOU HAVE SUCH A GORGEOUSLY RARE JEWEL THAT EVEN THE MOST JADED CONNOISSEURS' JAWS WILL DROP AS A SEVERE PAVLOVIAN RESPONSE TAKES FULL EFFECT UPON THEIR THC RECEPTORS. KIND HAS, IN TWO WORDS, BAG APPEAL. JUST WHAT IS SO CAPTIVATING ABOUT PURPLE BUDS? WHAT FACTORS ARE INVOLVED IN THE CREATION OF THESE NOBLE NUGS?
GENETICS/DEGREES OF PURPLE
The origins of purple cannabis are as much a mystery as the origins of the plant itself. However, purpling is as natural as the changing colors on the leaves of deciduous trees in autumn, which is attributable in part to anthocyanins. The expression of these pigments is controlled by both genetic and environmental factors.
AN ACE POT REPORTED VENTURES INTO THE HEART OF DANKNESS IN SEARCH OF MAJOR NUGGS.
Vancouver. Shit, I'm still only in Vancouver. Every time I close my eyes and inhale, I dream of the places I've been, the pot I've smoked. When I was home, it was worse. I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. Nothing in my pipe, nothing in my stash box, not even a wisp of shake.
FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF THE YEAR: VALZRIE AND MIKE CORRAL
In 1993, the husband-and-wife team of Valerie and Mike Corral cofounded WAMM (the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana). Their aim was to educate the general public about the medical usefulness of marijuana, and to ensure that seriously ill patients had access to a safe, natural supply of it to treat their conditions.
Grown in a greenhouse from seeds that were at least five years old. We said, "What the hell, let's do it." Nothing special: Miracle-Gro, a little water... The picture tells the rest. Can't wait until they're ripe! C. Parsons Unknown You're looking at 1-1/2 pounds of mu finest Sweet Weed."
You're looking at my life's work. All medical-grade, every bit goes to the people who need it most. Classified Top Secret Every cool cat has a subscription to HIGH TIMES and a phat piece of glass. J.w St Cloud, Minnesota Whenever gou're looking for George, goull pmbablg find him hitting his Hurricane Bong.
If you haven’t heard of Technaflora Plant Products and their B.C. line of liquid nutrients, then you’ve obviously missed a few product pieces we’ve done In the past couple years, beginning with “Hydro Helpers" In March ’01. The company’s based in British Columbia, but that’s not the only reason they named their primary nutrient line “B.C.” The whole world knows B.C. is famous for great cannabis, and the owners of Technaflora wanted everyone to know where their devotions lie.
To increase the development of roots on your clones, take a little zest. Think of the zest of a lemon or orange. You get the zest by lightly scraping the fruit's rind. Similarly, but in a much gentler manner, scrape a little zest from the outer hurd of the cutting.
1 I want to grow my own weed indoors. How do I get started?
How often should I water my plants, and how much should I give them?
How do I tell males from females, and can I tell before they begin to flower?
My plants have been flowering for (x) weeks now. How can I tell when they're ready to harvest?
A friend of a friend grew weed back in the day, and he said that if I [insert any one of the many "grow secrets" that get passed around the rumor mill, like add a black light to the garden during the night cycle, trim off all the big fan leaves, use bongwater to water the garden, etc.] it will [insert a grandiose claim like double the size of my buds, make them twice as potent, make them bud faster, make them taste better, etc.]. Is this true?
As a cultivation expert for the HIGH TIMES Website, I get to read hundreds of questions every month submitted by our readers concerning every facet of growing cannabis, and I try to pass along what wisdom I can. Most concern gardening techniques or interesting problems specific to the garden or gardener in question.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 29 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 or rip a few bong hits and read THMQ thoroughly, then grab a pen and paper and write out a list of pot prices in your area.
I am growing in several Megafarm hydroponic gardens, 15 plants per system, in a 4' x 7' x 8' room. After clones root, I veg for a week, then flower. I am using two 400-watt highpressure sodium lights and will change to a 1000w HPS on a 6' track. A lot of heat builds up and is exhausted with an attic fan.
Virtually all heavily populated zones are frost-free by May 15. Check usna.usda.gov/hardzone/ushzmap.html for more information on the last average day of frost in your area. After that date, you can almost be assured that the temperature will not dip below freezing.
It's products galore in this roundup of the year's best grow gear. Whether you're looking for hydro systems, lights, soil amendments, or any other kind of newfangled device, this article will save you a lot of comparative-shopping time. We've canvased manufacturers far and wide to bring you the best of the best.