I just got back from Las Vegas. A couple of generations ago, the town was known as "Sin City" or the "Devil's Playground" legalized gambling, the Rat Pack, showgirls, fast living, easy come, easy go. It was all so wicked! Times change, though.
I’ve been a huge HIGH TIMES fan for years. “R” the connoisseur was my favorite columnist, which tells you just how long this organic farmer has been around. Reading about the exotic and not so exotic herb that he sampled and rated was really wonderful.
Rob Eakle hits three consecutive humps as he slices down the serpentine track running through the hills above Los Angeles. On the last hump, he goes airborne. Eakle is riding a mountainboard, the newest way to go fast and achieve cheap thrills.
Celebrities have really been under the microscope, especially those with political views and comments against the war in Iraq. Take a look at the uproar over the remarks of Sean Penn, the Dixie Chicks, and the peace-loving duo of Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon to see how far "opinion bashing" can extend.
TYLER, TX—Glaucoma patient Robert Randall’s landmark lawsuit led to the establishment of the federal medical-marijuana program in 1978, despite the law’s insistence that pot has no medicinal value. But the first Bush administration closed the program to new patients, and today only seven remain.
When the DEA announced the launch of operations Pipe Dream and Headhunter on Feb. 24, DEA head John B. Brown III announced: “People selling drug paraphernalia are in essence no different than drug dealers.” Holy shit! America must be crawling with drug dealers, because we're finding paraphernalia everywhere!
Could someone please jettison Leno and Let terman from their 11:30 late-night talk show slots and install someone, say, just a little bit funnier? Someone like Conan O'Brien, maybe? Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which airs at 12:30 AM on NBC, is missed frequently by early-rising stoners.
Sunlight fades a little earlier each day and the nights grow colder, but the crops are ripening. Soon the special day arrives when gardens are tended one final time. At last, the buds of summer can be trimmed and cured, and the timeless celebrations can get underway in the village square.
The coolest pipes actually start out really hot. Take the Celebration Pipe, for instance. Each pipe is handcrafted from a unique ceramic composite, textured with lava rocks, and fired to over 2,350°F. After they cool off, the bowls are plated with 22-karat gold, platinum, opal, or exotic Hanalei Blue.
The earlobe is the Christmas tree of the body. People hang just about anything off of this multiply pierced piece of flesh. Do you know yourself? Style is how we communicate our spirit to the outside world. If you really know your inner dude or dudette, then quit following fashion and express yourself with authenticity.
If you're doing the wild thing, you want things to go smoooooothly. Check out Sexy Ganja by Canolio. It's a personal lubricant made with hemp oil. It's water-based, nongreasy, fragrance-free, and tasteless. According to the makers, Sexy Ganja will enhance the sexual experience, helping to reduce some dysfunctions like frigidity, impotence, and loss of desire.
A glass artist named Malia stokes the flames of her obsession.
At what point does a pipe become art? Or vice versa? And does it matter? Only the owner can truly decide whether a smoking instrument is worth tainting with the tars of tobacco or cannabis. However, these days glass art which features a bowl and a hole has been targeted as a top-priority evil—so abominable that Attorney General John Ashcroft has launched Operations Headhunter and Pipe Dream to take down the paraphernalia industry.
FROM PRIMUS TO JAM BANDS, LES CLAYPOOL COVERS THE WATERFRONT.
“The more you can do it yourself, the better you are in the long run,” Les Claypool told the DIY gathering at the CMJ convention in New York last October. “That’s my philosophy.” Former Primus bassist, Claypool, is everywhere these days. He’s all over the Live from Bonaroo DVD, jams with Warren Haynes on Gov’t Mule’s The Deep End, Vol.
Guitarist Eric Krasno is the only member of Soulive who smokes pot, so it's no big surprise when he's the one selected to handle the HIGH TIMES interview. The remainder of the trio, brothers Alan (drums) and Neal (organ) Evans are tied up with last-minute arrangements.
Few people live in communes anymore. Sharing space and resources with 20 others or more is far too much hassle for most But it was one of the cornerstones of the '60s hippie scene, “going back to the land" and living collectively— and it’s the territory T.C. Boyle explores in his ninth novel, Drop City (Viking).
The ganja smoke swirls in circles over my head as I gaze at the fast-moving motherwaters. Memories of past adventures, friends, and lovers flit through my head as the cool summer breeze dances off the water. Living in air-conditioning just doesn’t stack up to sitting on the banks of “The River” smoking a big fatty.
Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee Review Platform: Game Cube Developer: Atari Games Publisher: Pipeworks Software This game rocks! I mean it in a White Lion or a Warrant kinda way. The chords are simple, the boys are good-looking, and it's got a good beat (even though you may feel guilty revealing to your friends that you know all the words to "Here I Go Again").
SEEKING JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF TEXAS DRUG FRAME-UP.
TULIA, TX—Justice may be coming for this town’s black community, decimated by the arrests of 46 people in a 1999 drug sweep that became a national example of Drug War racism. On April 1, state District Judge Ron Chapman of Dallas ruled that all 38 of the convictions stemming from the arrests be vacated.
Pat Stoner is running for re-election as alderman in Milwaukee, WI. Unfortunately, his campaign is being dogged by his own unique popularity. As of April, 40 of his 150 redwhiteand-blue campaign signs had disappeared. “It seems the younger generation has decided that being a stoner is cool," says Stoner.
SEATTLE—More than two million prisoners—a number bigger than the population of Philadelphia or Houston— now sit behind bars in the US. Despite alternative-sentencing initiatives for drug offenders in states like California, the number of incarcerated Americans continues to rise.
COURTS NULLIFY CANNABIS CHARGES, BUT FEDS FIGHT BACK.
MONTREAL—Imagine the next time your stash runs low you head over to your friendly neighborhood marijuana shop and peruse the latest Chiba-Chiba and Hydro-Quebec harvests. You examine some new seeds, then step over to the taster counter for a sample cookie and a freshly rolled bifta.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy ended its controversial “drugs and terror” ad campaign in May, after 15 months. The ads drew the ire of the progressive sector for insinuating that pot-smokers were financing al-Qaeda. They also irked the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, which was cut out of a role in creating them.
ANN ARBOR, MI-Though April 5 was technically a spring day, the 32nd annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash took place on a gray, sleeting Michigan afternoon. Although hacky-sackers and street vendors weren't as ubiquitous as in years past, thanks to the chill, the rally on the University of Michigan Diag lived up to its reputation.
A ballot initiative in Columbia, Missouri, to eliminate criminal penalties for possession of marijuana failed at the polls on April 8, by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent. Written by University of Missouri-Columbia law student Anthony Lee Johnson and backed by both local and national reform groups, Proposition 1 would have reduced penalties for possession of 35 grams or less to a $25 fine for a first offense and required marijuana citations to be handled in municipal rather than state court.
WEB-HEADSHOP BUSTS INCREASE NEED FOR COMPUTER SECURITY.
A little extra paranoia while surfing the Web may be in order these days. When federal agents shut down online headshops across the country in February, they also seized the businesses' domain names. Now when visitors go to busted sites—including pipesforyou.com, smokelab.com, and colorchanging-glass.com—they’re greeted by a message from the DEA saying “the Website you are attempting to visit has been restrained,” with an American flag in the background.
Once again, California law is out of line with the Feds. Six weeks after DEA agents raided headshops from San Diego to Eureka, a state appeals court over-turned the conviction of a Riverside County youth for possessing two bongs. The youth, identified only as “Johnny 0.," had been charged with violating his probation after his probation officer found the bongs—one glass, one made from a shampoo bottle—in his bedroom.
TWO CALIFORNIA MEN CONVICTED IN MEGADOSE LSD BUST.
SAN FRANCISCO—On March 31, two Bay Area residents, including an official at a University of California drug-research program, were convicted by a federal jury in Kansas of operating the largest reported LSD lab ever seized by the DEA. In an 11-week trial in Topeka, William Leonard Pickard, 57, of Mill Valley, CA, and his assistant Clyde Apperson, 47, of Sunny-vale, were convicted of two counts each of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute LSD and possession with intent to distribute.
EXPANDED CRACK-HOUSE LAW ADDED TO CHILD-ABDUCTION BILL.
NEW ORLEANS—The correlation between baby-snatching perverts and pacifierslinging music promoters is tenuous at best, but on April 10, Senator Joseph Biden’s (D-Delaware) revived version of last year’s failed “RAVE Act” was approved by both the House and Senate after being quietly folded into the PROTECT Act, better known as the Amber Alert Bill.
9TH CIRCUIT HOLDS OFF DER RULE OUTLAWING EDIBLE HEMP PRODUCTS.
□n April 17, the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay against the DEA's “Final Rule” banning hemp-based food products, which was scheduled to go into effect April 21. The rule would have outlawed any hemp products that could be ingested by humans, apparently on the belief that a few stray micrograms of THC would make a handful of hempseed-flour pretzels as mind-warping as three bowls of Chef Ra's Rasta Pasta.
WHY AREN'T YOU A NORML MEMBER? BY PAUL ARMENTANO, NORML PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR
If just half the people who smoked pot joined NORML, marijuana prohibition would arguably collapse under the sheer weight of our membership. Unfortunately, only a fraction of those who suffer under prohibition become involved in the legalization movement.
Marcy Duda doesn't attempt to glamorize or romanticize the life that she lives. Yes, there are the regular mentions in the Massachusetts press for her testimony in front of state legislators or her demonstrations outside the DEA office in Springfield, near her home in Ware.
"IT” HAS ARRIVED! August 3-4 Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine. Phish, masters of the jamband universe, return for another of their famed festivals. Features three sets of Phish each night. Check out www.phish.net for the latest Phish news, or visit phishtickets.rlc.net to purchase tickets.
When my daughter, Holly, was 11 years old, she decided to come stay with me in San Francisco for a whole year. This was a courageous move for her— a new city, a new schlool, new friends. Holly’s best new friend was Pia Hinckle, whose father, Warren, was then editor of City of San Francisco magazine, published by Francis Ford Coppola.
Killer bud is running wild in Sin City, leaving thousands wasted. Join the hunt as we track down the perpetrators.
There’s a multicar collision up ahead—way, way up ahead. The radio says the traffic is now backed up 30 miles. Nothing out of the ordinary out here on 1-15, the interstate that crosses the Mojave Desert and brings miilions of Southern California gamblers to and from Las Vegas.
We all love the pungent aromas of fresh herb.Unfortunately, situations arise when these heady scents become a liability. Luckily, there are ways of dealing with your sweet and stinky dilemmas. It is all about controlling your environment.
For years, indoor growers have been trying to control the powerful odors emanating from their growroom. These smells have been known to cause suspicions and even arrests at times. Growers have used everything from scented candles to fabric softeners in the room.
Most travelers to Negril fly into Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, then figure out which route to use next. One is the in-country road; the other is the “coast road.” If you travel the coast, keep the ocean on your right, and you can’t miss Negril.
No one can tell me how many people live in Nimbin—not the government bureaucrats, not the town founders, not the editor of Nimbin News. Then I find out why: many come to Nimbin to disappear from official society. A proclamation on the Rainbow Cafe’s facade reads: “ESCAPED REFUGEES WELCOME HERE.” Besides, not everyone in Nimbin has an address, certainly not those who live in vans and caravans and shacks hidden away in the rain forests.
I arrived in Amsterdam at 7 AM following a night flight from JFK Airport in New York. Hotel check-in wasn’t until 2 PM, so I had a good seven hours to begin my decompression. I consulted the 2002 edition of the Cannabis Cup guide and searched for an open coffeeshop early in the morning.
Cannabis in the Kullu Valley is a ubiquitous weed, colonizing the countryside, even making its way to the tubs of soil outside the Manali police station. Farmers have to hack it back frequently to prevent it from choking crops, and children play hide-and-seek in its lush clusters.
NORML'S RECENT POWWOW BY THE BAY WAS ONE HELL OF A POT PEP RALLY.
The beleaguered marijuana troops set up tents, unfurled flags, and rolled out sleeping bags at the Hyatt Regency on San Francisco's Embarcadero in a strategic effort to make their opinions known. Basically, they’re fed up with marijuana prohibition and are not going to take it anymore.
Phish’s bass player, Mike Gorden, is happy to be back on the road with his mates this summer, after a brief winter tour following a self-imposed two-year band hiatus. This will be Phish’s longest tour since 2000, culminating in another of their legendary festivals on August 2-3, this time dubbed simply “It" by Gordon.
Quickgrow Systems of Vancouver now offers a bargain-priced version of their popular dual-chamber, dual-lighted Quickie grow cabinet. The Quickie SDV is the “stripped-down version,” providing you with the essentials at a much lower price.
Late in the season as buds grow large, so do concerns over losing your ladies. We hope your garden is well away from passersby who might help themselves. This camouflage tip is meant to stymie law enforcement and their unwanted efforts to clear the woods of beautiful Mary Jane.
Creating feminized cannabis seeds is an art. Just like art, there are a few different methods of application. I have written about some of my different methods of making seeds in previous HIGH TIMES articles. I have used gibberellic acid, pH stress, light stress, and fertilizer stress to force my female plants to make seeds.
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.
August is usually the hottest month everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Scorching temperatures abound. Temperatures above 85°F stifle growth. If possible, shade plants from midday sun in hot climates. Shade protects plants from the sun, which lowers water consumption and increases growth.
You don't want to miss Kyle Kushman’s 5th Annual Hydro Report. Get the lowdown on the year's best hydroponic gear including grow kits, nutrients and growth amendments, and electronic and environmental hardware. Our THC test team has been working overtime with a leading panel of hydroponic scientists to bring you up to the minute data that will aid you in your struggle to create the perfect laboratory bud.