Is this really the 5th STASH awards? A lot of great products have been honored, close to 50 now. We don’t repeat categories very often, as these products are so good that it’s difficult to unseat a STASH winner. Many products find their way to the infamous THC Test Team for evaluation.
First of all, big ups to all the participants of the Cannabis Cup. This event sets the standard for the herb market and continues an ancient relationship between man and the evolution of the sacred herb. Just a few thoughts, though: You had 27 strains to sample and judge in one night?
May the Force be with you—and you, and you, and you.... That’s the way things are going with the Jedi religion popularized by the Star Wars films. British officials at the Office of National Statistics reported that nearly 400,000 people wrote “Jedi” on their 2001 census form.
Jack Herer, the undisputed father of the modern hemp movement, is still hammering away at the anticannabis forces. Despite suffering a devastating stroke three years ago, the tireless "Hemperor”—as he is known throughout the stoner world—spreads the word as best he can.
Here’s the judgment on the Drug Enforcement Administration from the White House Office of Management and Budget: According to their recent report, the DEA “is unable to demonstrate progress in reducing the availability of illegal drugs in the United States."
Steve Marcus has been creating artwork for more than a decade for magazines, newspapers, and animations. Cannabis Cup veterans will recognize his work from the 13th Cup, in which he offered his vision of a luminous ganja goddess. He has also created poster art for Tibetan freedom concerts, the Boston Freedom Rally, the late Rainbow Farm in Michigan, and a slew of other pot-themed events.
Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights and Magnolia, was asked recently by the British magazine Uncut how he deals with success at such a young age. Anderson, who is 33, replied, “I smoke too much pot, probably. Judging from his reception at the Cannes Film Festival, we respectfully disagree.
Although most stoners carry lighters, purists believe that butane may not be the healthiest source of fire. So if you care about your combustion, why not go natural and use the sun instead? Solar Hit USA has just created the first solar-powered pipe, designed with a magnifying glass built right into its structure.
Experience the highs and lows of the pot trade when you play Pot Smugglin’ Blues, the board game based upon the experiences of former ganja importer Will Berger. With every spin you’ll be forced to deal with crooked police, pirates, windstorms, mutiny, and the US Coast Guard as you try to move your load of weed across the Gulf of Mexico.
As the snows melted this spring in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a grower named Carly stepped out to reveal the prime specimens of her winter indoor crop. Carly is a 20-year-old grower from Southern California who is just beginning training in the healing arts.
His fame is growing, but Jordan of the islands remains a mystery man. He’s just one of the faceless B.C. breeders rocking the North American cannabis industry with great new seed strains.
Where did the name “Jordan of the Islands” come from? Well, Jordan is my real name, and most of my strains have their origins here. I grew up in this area, born and raised on Vancouver Island. I’ve moved around a lot in this area, so I know the region well.
Veteran pot activist John Sinclair has reinvented himself as a New Orleans blues scholar.
John Sinclair is preaching the blues. “Potheads have abounded throughout blues history,” he explains. “Little Walter was a well-known viper who was replaced in the Muddy Waters band in the early 1950s by another harmonica player called Henry ‘Pot’ Strong.
On May 11,1981, 22 years ago, Bob Marley succumbed to cancer. Since then, thousands of Marley fans have attended the numerous tributes to the Rasta leader held during his birth month of February. These events are the equivalent of Mecca for reggaephiles.
For a listener to outgrow once-favorite artists is a usual occurrence. But what happens when artists outgrow their target fan base? Such is the interesting conundrum facing Philadelphia’s Roots and Chicago’s Common. Phenomenally popular on college campuses, both acts currently find themselves needing to reach younger street listeners, even as their artistic and intellectual aspirations spiral ever upward.
The Internet can get you down. Drug War horror stories pile up. Take a break and check out pothumor.com for a much-needed tickling of the funny bone. Find pot games, pot-friendly music, cartoons, and posters promoting the wonderful weed. Like they say, “Just about anything else marijuana-related that’s funny and cool" is here.
MISTER MOSQUITO Platform: PlayStation 2 Publisher: Eidos Interactive Developer: Zoom This is by far one of the strangest and most enjoyable games I have ever played. I admit to having been a bit skeptical. I mean, come onthe character you play is a mosquito.
Feds indict 55 in raids on pipe businesses, seize HIGH TIMES in Idaho.
SAN FRANCISCO—On February 24, 55 people were charged with conspiracy to sell drug paraphernalia in conjunction with a coordinated series of federal raids on more than 100 homes and pipe-selling businesses from Pennsylvania to California.
NEW YORK CITY—Despite the federal law denying that marijuana has any valid medical use, about 10 to 12 state legislatures are likely this year to consider measures that would let patients use the herb legally. Maryland’s bill, the Darrell Put-man Medical Research Act, may have the best chance of passing.
Rosenthal verdict fuels the anger of the medical-marijuana movement.
SAN FRANCISCO—The federal government’s efforts to put the big chill into the medical-marijuana community by trying Ed Rosenthal for pot cultivation have made the 58-year-old father of two the most cared-about man in the San Francisco Bay area.
Massive New York antiwar protest meets police blockade.
NEW YORK CITY—Despite a city-imposed ban, hundreds of thousands of people marched in New York on February 15 to protest the impending US invasion of Iraq. Police in full riot gear responded by forcing demonstrators into steel-barricade pens, preventing most of the protesters from reaching the rally, and riding horses into crowds of people trying to march in the streets.
Texas ACLU charges racism in town’s drug busts. The DA responds: “It's typicai ACLU bullcrap!”
AUSTIN, TX—Backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, 28 African-American men busted in drug raids in the town of Hearne in 2000 are suing local authorities, charging that the raids were Tulia-style racial discrimination. The class-action suit, Regina Kelly v.
LA bugers' club staffers plead guilty in 2001 raid.
LOS ANGELES—Until it was raided by the DEA on October 25, 2001, the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center in West Hollywood was internationally respected as the most tightly run, most transparently operated cannabis club in the US. After a year and a half of negotiations with federal prosecutors, two of the five club staffers who faced felony charges after the raid have struck a plea deal.
On February 18, all 18 members of the Bolivian cabinet resigned amid a wave of nationwide protests that had left more than 30 dead over the past month. The resignations came the day after thousands marched through streets of the capital, La Paz, demanding the resignation of President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada.
North and South American drug activists meet in Mexico.
MÉRIDA, MEXICO—Under tropical sunshine and balmy Caribbean breezes, drug-policy activists from over a dozen countries merged idealism, energy, experience, and cultures during the Out from the Shadows convention February 12-15 at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mérida.
Numbers don’t lie. Or do they? Thanks to new accounting procedures initiated by the White House this year, the Bush administration’s “national drug-control budget” is no longer what it seems. In fact, it’s only half the story. In response to rising public criticism that America’s Drug War is fiscally wasteful, ineffective, and overly punitive, the White House has decided to borrow a page from the playbook of Arthur Andersen and cook the books!
Can a 31-year-old politician from Italy convince the world that drug prohibition is wrong? Member of the European Parliament Marco Cappato, young, hip, and ready to see an end to worldwide drug wars, is trying to do just that. Named European of the Year in 2002 by the influential publication European Voice for his work on privacy issues, Cappato is copresident of the antiprohibitionist Transnational Radical Party.
Septuagenarian Found Guilty in "Forced" Drug Peddling Case
Man Arrested for Antiwar T-Shirt
SEATTLE—Psilocybe Fanaticus, one of the oldest psilocybin spore-selling companies in the US, was raided on February 18, and its owners, Robert William McPherson of Amanda Park, WA, and Steven Coggin of Neilton, WA, were charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute hallucino gens, and with manufacturing psilocyn.
Paul Revere is remembered for riding his horse through the streets of pre-Revolutionary America and shouting, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” A contemporary version of Paul Revere would ride his Harley-Davidson through the streets and shout at the top of his lungs, “The thought police are coming!
When reading the STASH awards, I am always reminded that technology is great but simplicity cannot be overrated. Combining both is what the STASH awards are all about The perfect example is the newly designed Omega Garden. Science is also helping indoor gardeners, with a giant leap in growthhormone technology.
As the Canadian cannabis industry matures, new partnerships are being forged. None are as strong as the mother-daughter bond.
In America, the local action-news teams would be all over the scene in minutes. A well-groomed residence would suddenly be transformed into a house of horrors in the leering eyes of the TV cameras. A blow-dried Ken doll or some hair-sprayed newsbunny would breathlessly report, “Right behind me is the house where the mother-daughter marijuana team ran the family business.”
Variety is the spice of life, they say. To this end, seed companies are perpetually developing new strains in their never-ending quest for the perfect bud. Looking for a new short-season strain, or are you ready to try your growing hand at a slow-maturing sativa variety? What are the hottest new strains on the market? Where do you get them? Find the answers to these questions and more in this guide to the latest strains that growers are raving about.
NYC Diesel/Soma Seeds
Kali Mist/Serious Seeds
Hug/T.H. Seeds-Hemp Works
Legends Ultimate Indica/Legends Seeds
Double Dutch/Magus Genetics
Buddha's Sister/Soma Seeds
Morning Glory/Barneg’s Breakfast Bar
Diablo/Kind Seed Company
Mother’s Finest/Sensi Seeds
NYC Diesel genetics began in the Big Apple before being awarded the second-place 2002 Cannabis Cup in the Best Sativa Strain/Seed Company category. The variety was also judged the Best Strain of Marijuana/Coffeeshop under the Tweede Kamer banner.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Bush regime and many local governments have moved to dramatically expand police powers, restrict protests, detain Muslim immigrants, and more—all in the name of "homeland security." Will Amencans' civil liberties be casualties of the “war on terrorism"?
On February 15, an international antiwar mobilization, the largest protest in the US—and one of the largest on the planet—was held in New York City, despite bitter cold. But activists also had to contend with unprecedented moves by city authorities to obstruct the march—moves that reflect the reductions of civil liberties in the post-9/11 US. The New York protest (see news story on page 30) became a free-speech struggle as Mayor Michael Bloomberg refused to grant local antiwar coalition United for Peace and Justice (UPJ) a permitto march on the United Nations.
Describe growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. I have nine brothers and sisters. I grew up speaking the Lakota language, and English was a foreign language. We didn’t really know how to speak English until we were in the fourth grade.
We picked up these goodies in Humboldt County. After we smoked, we had this inspiration. Stoner Sisters San Ramon, California You can't overdo a good thing! THC Hibernation Hemet, California Please, always grow organic. See you next season!
This is my favorite strain, Cotton Candy, at two weeks till harvest. I'm rockin'-nda-Rockies! A. Minded Prof. Denver I made the first one when I started flying on planes a let for work. Now I've made close to SO of them. B. Smart Oceanside, California Thanks for all the great pics and tips throughout the years.
I'm always drawn to simplicity, constantly insisting that others not complicate things. However, always be vigilant for minor changes that can have major impact. No matter what part of the grow show you want to improve on, it's likely there is a simple solution.
I've tried everything on the market for spider mites, with differing success rates. Finally, I stumbled upon a solution that's not only more effective than anything else, but cheaper and as close as your local supermarket. Your shopping list will consist of fresh garlic, jalapeño peppers, dried cagenne pepper (any brand will do), lvory dish detergent (any kind except antibacterial), and some cheesecloth.
San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. Cali-O: “Big, juicy buds bursting with orange flavor that makes your lips smack. Very up, clear high”: $350 oz. Super Kush Kif Oil: “Twist some of this sticky, potent, THC-packed elixir into the center of a spliff and you will reach the heights while your body is left behind on the couch in a powerful narcotic indica stone”: $120 1/8-oz.
Nobody seems to want to talk about infrared imaging from the air. I already know about the June 11, 2001, Supreme Court ruling that prohibits the use of thermal imaging devices on buildings, but outdoor crops are something else. Daytime visibility is not a concern of mine, due to my garden’s perfect location.
Planting seedlings now practically guarantees a strong crop. When I lived in the maritime northwestern US, a neighbor planted tomatoes on June 1 every year. He said that seedlings started then yielded just as many ripe tomatoes as those planted weeks earlier.
In New York City, Pauly Shore hosted HIGH TIMES’ annual celebration of the best of marijuana in the movies. The 30th anniversary of the classic cop flick Serpico was noted with a special award to legendary supercop Frank Serpico, who was portrayed by AÍ Pacino in the film.