March 2003 will go down in history as the month the US attacked Iraq and possibly set World War III in motion. This followed the Bush administration’s crackdown on paraphernalia in February, when they arrested 55 law-abiding citizens for selling pipes.
Well, holy shit!! I was so surprised to open up my May edition of HIGH TIMES and find a fully-clothed beautiful woman on the front! Your issue featuring Frances McDormand (May ’03 HT) is certainly a step toward a more modern representation of women.
If you really want to show your support of marijuana legalization issues, follow the lead of Stanky Danky. The Las Vegas—based clothing and record label wanted to promote their company. They settled upon an indoor growroom motif, a theme that wraps around the entire truck.
Now that Attorney General John Ashcroft has protected California from the horrors of medical marijuana, glass pipes, and bongs, surely he will also support the actions of the state law enforcement’s efforts to hunt down illegal gun users, especially terrorism suspects?
After the late-night gabfest Politically Incorrect was canceled by ABC, Bill Maher searched for a new forum for his brazen political commentary. Looks like he found it with Real Time, now airing on HBO. We especially loved show number three, in which Maher and Woody Harrelson opened the broadcast sharing a bong while playing Woody’s favorite game, "Name Something That Can’t Be Made From Hemp.”
It’s gotta be weird when you wake up at dawn with drug warriors scouring your house in search of bongs, but that’s what happened to Tommy Chong last February. DEA agents and other authorities raided his Pacific Palisades, CA, home and also raided the factory in Gardena where Chong Pipes are manufactured.
Come to the Seattle Hempfest on August 16th and 17th at Myrtle Edwards Park in downtown Seattle. This year the Hempfest will spotlight the many practical applications of the hemp plant. For thousands of years, mankind used this benign plant for sustenance and survival.
According to the United Nations, Ecstasy use is just rolling along, and it looks as though synthetic drugs are destined to be the most popular illicit drugs of the future. The report released by the UN International Narcotics Control Board stated that the ease with which synthetic drugs can be manufactured, the constant supply, and high availability have all contributed to their popularity.
In March, in the midst of a high school championship basketball game in Grand Rapids, MI, a senior player allegedly dropped a small bag of pot on the court during play. Ottawa Hills High School was matched up with nearby Northview High School when the bag was spotted in the first quarter.
A year ago, we profiled Happy Campers swimwear in admiration of their bodacious bikinis—stylish tops and bottoms that have been daringly designed from hemp. The response to their sleek line of swimsuits has been overwhelming, so what has Happy Campers done?
It’s tough walking around on the planet. Everything you put on your feet gives you the willies. Toxic glues hold the shoe together, and of course there’s that cattle thing. Perhaps you’ve heard that leather is manufactured from cowhide. You know, cattle?
If you’re shocked and awed by the shockingly awesome glass pipes of today, then perhaps you’d like to meet the top artists of the glassblowing industry. Check out Taboo Glass, an extraordinary DVD that showcases the world’s best glass artists.
SAN FRANCISCO—It’s a brisk March evening in the City by the Bay. The Melting Point Gallery has opened its doors for its new show. It wasn't supposed to be a controversial exhibition, but the events of the past 10 days have shaken the artists who are showing their work.
“Our message is positive about life and how to enjoy it,” says Sum 41’s lead singer/guitarist, Deryck Whibley “I like the Sex Pistols and the Clash, but grew up with California punk like Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Green Day, Offspring, and Pennywise.
For seven years now, HIGH TIMES has thrown one of the most popular parties at South by Southwest (SXSW), the four-day spring-break music festival and conference in Austin, TX. What started at Emo’s and Stubb’s moved to the Vibe on East Sixth Street three years ago.
Much like the storytelling sagas of VH1's "Behind the Music," entire books are now being devoted to the making of classic recordings, all geared toward inquiring music lovers the world over. Well-written tributes provide us with historical context, recording artists' personal biographies, and relevant quotes from participants, friends, and peers, as well as critiques that lead to greater musical appreciation.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to make my way to the HIGH TIMES offices in New York City to shoot my first cooking DVD. True fans of ganja cooking will enjoy this offering because it features a visual demonstration of cooking with Jah’s herb.
PIPE MAKERS, HEADSHOPS DROP OUT OF BUSINESS AFTER RAIDS
SAN FRANCISCO—In the wake of the February 24 federal drug-paraphernalia raids and the indictments of 55 store owners, pipe makers, and distributors in 10 states, a growing number of smoke-shop and glass-pipe businesses have ceased operations, at least temporarily, in what had been a burgeoning multimillion-dollar industry.
SAN FRANCISCO—On March 10, US District Judge Martin Jenkins refused to issue an injunction to block the Department of Justice from potentially prosecuting two Bay Area medical-marijuana patients. Angel McClary Raich, 37, and Diane Monson, 44, had sued Attorney General John Ashcroft, seeking a court order that would permit the pair to consume, grow, and/or obtain medical marijuana without interference from the federal government.
BUT MANY PATIENTS MIGHT KEEP GETTING IT FROM THE COFFEESHOPS
The Dutch government’s mid-March decision to allow doctors to start formally prescribing medical marijuana and pharmacies to start legally filling those prescriptions may be more of a rhetorical victory for reform than a broad new avenue of distribution.
NO STUDENT IN COMA AFTER 11-STORY PLUNGE DURING POT BUST
CHARLOTTE, NC—In what a family member calls “suspicious” circumstances and what police term a suicide attempt, a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte fell 11 stories from his dormitory window on March 7 while police searched his room for marijuana.
CIA VIETNAM BLACK-OPS SPECIALIST TAPPED FOR ANTIDRUG POST
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge has named former CIA black-bag operations specialist Roger Mackin as head of the department’s counternarcotics office. The position, technically titled counternarcotics officer/interdiction coordinator, will require Mackin to coordinate drug-interdiction efforts among the federal agencies charged with that duty, including the CIA, DEA, FBI, and Customs.
David England was arrested at his Johnston, IA, home in March on charges that he was running a marijuana-trafficking operation. Central lowa drug agents found nearly 5 pounds of packaged marijuana and about 72 young plants in England's basement.
President George W. Bush announced his intention on March 22 to nominate a woman, Karen P. Tandy, to take over as head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. If confirmed by the Senate, where her nomination is expected to sail through unimpeded, she will become the first female to head the DEA. Tandy will replace acting administrator John B. Brown III, a DEA agent who took over the top spot from former representative Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), who left to become undersecretary for border and transportation security at the Department of Homeland Security.
USING THE ENVIORNEMENT TO EVICT PRO-ZAPATISTA INDIANS
NUEVO SAN GREGORIO, MEXICO— The Maya Indian settlement of Nuevo San Gregorio is a cluster of huts in a green valley of the Lacandona Selva, the jungle along the Guatemalan border that is a stronghold of Mexico’s rebel Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).
Narcocorridos, the graphic ballads depicting the trials and triumphs of drug lords in the border zone of the Drug War, have been banned from radio play in four Mexican states. The state of Nuevo León has banned them outright, while in Sinaloa and Baja California, radio stations voluntarily eliminated the songs from the airwaves under pressure from the government.
If popularity were the sole measure of success, then the multibillion-dollar DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program would be triumphant. However, if one is to gauge success by actual results, then America’s most pervasive and expensive youth drug-education program is a gigantic and incontrovertible flop.
Much of the credit for Canada’s recent moves toward saner marijuana policies can be laid at the feet of Alan Young, a 46-year-old professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto. After nearly a decade of battling in the courts, Young’s efforts are now knocking the foundations out from under Canada’s pot prohibition.
June 6—7 BREAKING THE CHAINS: COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND THE WAR ON DRUGS Milwaukee, Wisconsin Midwest regional conference on the discriminatory history of punitive drug policies, alternatives to current policy, and how to advocate for positive change.
Oregon Pol: Protesters Are Terrorists PORTLAND, OR—Days after critics called Portland antiwar protesters “terrorists,” State Senator John Minnis introduced a bill to “create the crime of terrorism” and apply it to people who intentionally cause injury while disrupting commerce or traffic.
“The business of America is business,” said Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the US. No wonder it was the front page of the Los Angeles Times Business section that reported the DEA’s February 24, 2003, raids on head shops and Internet sites selling drug paraphernalia, an industry estimated to be worth $1 billion a year.
Pauly Shore is eating a corned beef sandwich at the Stage Deli on Seventh Avenue in New York’s Times Square. The Stage, which names its overstuffed sandwiches after celebrities, is within walking distance of B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill, where the Stony Awards are scheduled to take place later tonight.
The followng movies have already been released: A MIGHTY WIND (Warner Brothers) Christopher Guest is back with yet another mockumentary, this time focusing on the ’60s folk era and a fictional reunion concert. DOWN AND OUT WITH THE DOLLS (Whyte House) This saga about a Portland, OR-based girl group is marred by bad acting, but the movie gets interesting with an ugly catfight near the end.
One and a half years after 9/11, America has finally lost its shit. If there are indeed five stages of grief, then I’d say we've dropped anchor somewhere between anger and denial. In the weeks leading up to the Iraq war it seemed as though this nation was hurtling full-on into a state of syphilitic insanity.
To pick your patch, you will need to figure out how much risk you want to take, how much energy you want to expend, and how much you want to grow. Outdoors, there are two basic types of marijuana gardens, backyard and guerrilla. Backyard marijuana can be planted in an obscuring greenhouse, hidden among garden foliage, or planted in pots on terraces.
It is difficult to understand a 15th-century person through the lens of another time, but Joan of Arc was a real person filled with the same fears, likes, dislikes, and traditions as the people of her period. She was born to a peasant family in 1412 A.D. in a small village called Domremy in the French-speaking duchy of Lorraine.
Sportswriter, journalist, comparative literature professor, scriptwriter, producer, director, actor— which one has been your real passion, and how have you delegated your energies? The real thing was always directing. The first movie I wrote seriously was The Gambler , for Karel Reisz, one of the great human beings and a brilliant director who, sadly, just died.
Organically grown White Rhino x Jack Herer. The final dry weight was a little over 30 grams. This was my first time, and I couldn’t have done it without you. Poppa B. Syracuse, New York This is where we stay in Guatemala, so beautiful. These guys grow some of the best bud in Central America.
Grown in Guatemala, this bud was X-tra stoney and lasted all through our Christmas and New Year’s stay. Elena Death Valley, California I like to call it nature's candy. R.B. Ontario CANADA The seeds came from Cousin Jake in New England. I grow on a rooftop, so I put out plants like tomatoes and roses.
Every person growing cannabis in America has to worry about it. It's unavoidable, thanks to the federal government and the black market. A simple plant, a miraculous plant that bears fruit several times a year, can have a value of $5,000 a pound, with a retail street value (broken up into 1/8-oz units) that can push $8,000 a pound.
When it comes to growing in soil, there are as many types of mixtures you can use as there are growers. Quality ingredients are essential, in addition to a little knowledge of successful mixes. Drainage and aeration are two important factors to proper root development and will ultimately determine the overall vigor of your plants, though they're not the only factors.
Growing outdoors certainly has its pros and cons. Variables like weather and wild animals make taking care of an outdoor garden seem a bit unpredictable. For some who must indulge, obstacles like these are welcome in comparison to fears of incarceration when cultivating cannabis indoors.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the past 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 currently growing Chronic from Serious Seeds and an Early Pearl x Blueberry hybrid indoors with excellent results. Can I grow Kali Mist and Durban Poison outdoors in North Carolina? Or should I use a more adapted indica strain? When should I plant?
Hot weather is everywhere now. Temperatures above 85° slow growth to a screeching halt. Shading plants midsummer decreases water consumption and increases growth. Plants transpire or release water from leaves to keep cool. A hot plant uses much more water.
Time to check out the top pot spots on the planet. Get your stoned self in gear and take off to destinations where the pot is sweet and the memories last a lifetime. Travel the globe looking for buds and bliss. Plus, we reveal the location in the nation that tops our list for great ganja, reasonable prices for road dogs, and fun for all kinds of stoners.