Last year, we created the first list of Counterculture Colleges (HT October '02) and made a big mistake by elevating a small college (Evergreen), surrounded by a hostile community, to the number one slot. As a result, a campaign of harassment came down on the student body.
Just finished reading the letter titled “No Politics” in your August issue. The issue before (with Pauly Shore on the cover) really did it for me. Not only did it have pot picks, a conspiracy theory, and a fun one about Joan of Arc (complete with valid historical facts), it also had loads of social and political coverage from around the world.
A recent study conducted by the UN concluded that 163 million people around the world use pot. The study also stated that cannabis is the most widely produced, trafficked, and consumed illicit substance. Marijuana production is on the rise, too.
When NORML director Keith Stroup appeared on Court TV's Crier Live (May '03), along with a spokesman from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, we were pleasantly surprised by Catherine Crier's impassioned support for medical marijuana.
Here's a little 420 synchronicity: California State Senator John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) recently sponsored a bill designed to allow California medical marijuana users to acquire identity cards that would protect them from arrest by state and local law enforcement officers.
After Eric Rudolph, the alleged Olympic bomber, was arrested after five years on the run, family members revealed that he had grown and sold pot. Everyone used the occasion to bash pot-smokers. CBS News framed their coverage thusly: "[In] the Army, [he] took copious notes during explosives training.
"People respond to my art," says Cornelia Jensen. We can see why. Cornelia, who just finished a highly successful exhibition at the Lola Gallery Art & Design House in San Francisco, paints lush portraits of the cannabis plant. Of course, she allows herself a bit of artistic license.
Here are a few more beautiful reasons to go with glass—these statuesque beauties are handcrafted and inspired by the rolling sea. They spring from the creative will of Pyros Soft Glass. "The ocean is very vivid in our work," says Carlos who runs Pyros.
We know a star when we see one. Jen O’Brien, who appeared on our cover holding a bud exactly a year ago, was awarded the "Vert” title at the World Cup Skateboarding Awards in Los Angeles. Her performances earned her a string of wins throughout the year.
Not a list of party schools for stupid stoners, this annual guide is all about finding a place where members of the counterculture can find sympathetic local communities, encounter an on-campus activist network, and be guaranteed a quality education at a reasonable price.
HIGH TIMES Editor Steven Hager and former head of DEA Global Operations Robert Stutman have announced their college dates for this fall. Some of these dates are tentative and others may be announced soon. For the most up-to-date info, go to hightimes.com 9/8 Southern Illinois State University 9/9 State Fair Community College Missouri 9/10 University of Alabama 9/16 Virginia Tech 9/17 Longwood Virginia 9/25 Fort Lewis, Colorado 9/30 Waterbury, Connecticut 10/1 Drew University, New Jersey 10/23 Southwest Texas State
ESCAPING BIG BROTHER AT THE BLUNT BROS SPRING HARVEST CUP.
VANCOUVER—By his own admission, President George W. Bush liked to party in his youth. But like many a good-time-boy-gone-straight before him, our fearless leader found religion and decided to banish high times forever. That goes for everyone in America, by the way.
The son of Hank Williams, Jr., and grandson of Hank Williams has proclaimed himself Hank III—part country traditionalist, part cow punk, part headbanger.
From Nashville, Tennessee, to Luckenbach, Texas, you can tell a lot about a man by his cowboy boots. Held together by duct tape, Shelton Williams' shit-kickers scream "punk survivalist." They're tailor-made for his speed-grass country band, Hank III, which hit the stage with a vengeance at the New Orleans, Louisiana, Howlin’ Wolf.
THE MOVIE ABOUT 1976, MADE IN 1993 AND NOW CELEBRATING ITS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, IS ONE OF THE GREATEST STONER MOVIES OF ALL TIME.
“Ya got a joint?” Matthew McConaughey asked an exuberant crowd of 2,200 fans at the Dazed and Confused 10-year anniversary cast reunion in Austin, Texas on May 31. "It'd be a lot cooler if ya did," he drawled with a big smile. The crowd cheered loudly, as if everyone was sharing that cosmic joint McConaughey prodded Wiley Wiggins to produce in the Stoner film.
The term "son of" can be an awfully heavy load to bear, never more so than in the case of Ziggy Marley. His musical and commercial accomplishments over his so-far 23-year career will always be offset by the fact that his father is Bob Marley, whose back catalog vastly outsells Ziggy’s own work year after year.
Dominos and space cake are all the entertainment you need in Jamaica.
CHEF RA'S GANJA CAKE AND CREAM
Stoners love games. Some favor video games, others prefer board games like Trivial Pursuit. But dominos remains my number one game of choice. Dominos are easy to find and played all over the world, plus, you don’t need to buy expensive electronic equipment.
Publisher: Vivendi Platform: Playstation: 2/Xbox Developer: Universal Int’l Studios I love to break things and playing Playstation’s new release, Hulk, provides me with a way to handle my anger issues. There is not much to this game—smash, crash, break, and smash some more.
CALIFORNIA PHYSICIANS INVESTIGATED FOR RECOMMENDING POT.
SACRAMENTO, CA—There's been a potentially ominous development in the war on Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, which was passed in 1996 by California voters, legalizing medical marijuana for patients to use, caregivers to grow, and doctors to recommend.
PHARMACEUTICAL GIANTS GET SET TO DISTRIBUTE CANNABIS MEDICINE.
LONDON—In May, a historic marketing agreement was entered into by Bayer and GW Pharmaceuticals to market and distribute Sativex. Sativex is a whole-plant cannabis extract medicine developed by British company GW for use by patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) or severe neuropathic pain.
TULIA, TX—The Drug War scandal that has been unfolding in the Texas Panhandle town of Tulia since July 1999 has nearly ended with the release of 12 of the last 13 townsfolk who were incarcerated due to a bogus undercover investigation. The 12, all imprisoned for at least three years, were sent home shortly after Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill freeing them on bond while their cases are investigated by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
MED-POT PATIENTS BUSTED BY FEDS AFTER BEING EXONERATED BY COUNTY JUDGE
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA—Outspoken medical-marijuana patients Gary and Anna Barrett of Victorville, CA, were arrested by the DEA on May 21, 2003 on a federal grand jury indictment for allegedly cultivating over 700 plants at their homes in San Bernardino and San Luis Obispo counties.
The European cooperative law-enforcement agency Interpol and the Swiss authorities arrested and charged more than 100 Swiss nationals and foreigners for alleged marijuana cultivation and distribution. “Operation Indoor” is the culmination of a year-long clamp down on marijuana cultivation and distribution in Switzerland.
"THE GREAT AMERICAN BOWL" RAISES AWARENESS, BUT NO $$$.
Goldenvoice, Luxe Media Group, Edgar Entertainment, and HIGH TIMES hosted the first-ever NORML benefit concert, dubbed "The Great American Bowl,” at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles on May 23rd. Tenacious D and Bill Maher headlined the show, which included performances by Fieldy’s Dreams, Particle, Dubcat, Whitestarr, and Bonzai Tribe, and appearances by B-Real (Cypress Hill), Jack Herer, Pauly Shore, Ed Rosenthal, Keith Stroup, and comedian Rob Cantrell.
NORML CHALLENGES DEA OVER THE SHUTDOWN OF A MONTANA BENEFIT.
What if you threw a party and nobody came? Under a new party-pooping federal law known as the first RAVE Act, this exception may become the rule for organizations promoting views deemed dangerous by Big Brother. Congress sneaked the legislation through in April as an 11th-hour amendment to the Child Abduction Prevention Act, more popularly known as the “Amber Alert" law.
Getting arrested can change your life dramatically. If you get thrown in jail for drugs, it stays on your record and can tarnish your credibility for years to come— especially if you are a student. This is what happened to Adam Jones of Montana.
October 24—November 11 BRITISH GATHERING OF THE RAINBOW TRIBES ON THE ISLE OF MAN 'Samhain Gathering’ This gathering will bring together the Rainbow tribes and families of British Isles—that is to say, of the Scottish, Welsh, Irish, English, and Cornish nations—at their ancient and holy geographical centerpoint on the Isle of Man.
When I read the L.A. Times headline "Drug Testing Fails to Deter Student Use,” it felt like I was witnessing a blade of grass growing through concrete. A federally funded study of 76,000 students found that drug use is just as common in schools with testing as in those without it.
It all Started back in 1948, With Allan Funt and Candid Camera—film an unsuspecting dupe in an outlandish situation with a hidden camera. It’s a formula that has forever appealed to the television voyeur and over a half century later, Candid Camera, is still going strong.
GRAVITY AND GANJA HAVE CREATED A BROTHERHOOD AMONG THOSE WHO SEEK THE MEANING OF LIFE THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND FAST RIDES.
A thick fog blankets the coast, but the sun will be out soon in full force. Rob Eakle, a 30-year-old professional mountainboarder and lifelong surfer, skater, and snowboarder, along with his gravity-defying boarding brethren (three other pro boarders named Jimi, Chad, and Leroy) lounge around their $2,200-a-month surf shack in the supercool part of Newport, CA, known as Newport Shores.
Growing enough greens for yourself is easy. With a little effort and patience you can harvest more than you need. This often leads to unfettered sharing, which tends to become a way of life. Everyone hates unreliable and risky transactions. Here’s a few gardens that can be grown out in small spaces.
For those who thrive on marijuana’s mental massage, the war is still on and we must keep our heads down. But we are lucky that cannabis will produce so much, in so little space, that you can grow almost anywhere! The corner of a basement, an attic crawl space or a spare room can be used for an inconspicuous grow chamber.
TREMENDOUS STRIDES HRVE BEEN MADE IN THE LAST CENTURY TO CHART THE WORKINGS OF THE BRAIN RND TO FORMULATE SUBSTANCES BENEFICIAL TO MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH. BUT WHAT ADVANCES DOES THE BRAVE NEW WORLD HOLD? HERES A PENETRATING LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF DRUGS.
WHITHER THE FUTURE DRUGS?
FUTURE EMPATHOGENS (ECSTASY)
FUTURE NOOTROPICS (SMART DRUGS)
FUTURE CANNABIS/MEDICAL MARIJUANA
CANNABINOIDS & CANNABINOID ANALOGS
TRANSDERMAL CANNABIS PATCH
A HIGH BEYOND DRUGS
SOME OR SALVATION?
THE YEAR IS 2050. The sun is rising over an American metropolis and we’re inside the high-tech condo where our hero resides. Let’s call him McKenna, as homage to that late, great psychedelic pioneer of the 20th century, Terence McKenna. McKenna just finished his morning workout and breakfast, so now it’s time to take the first of his daily regimen of drugs.
With his new Spearhead album, Everyone Deserves Music, Michael Franti further establishes his reputation as the tireless voice of conscious hip-hop. Born in Oakland, California, raised in Davis, and since 1984, a resident of San Francisco, Franti burst on the music scene in 1986 with his formative group, the Beatnigs, which evolved into the critically acclaimed Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
You won't find this in the Yellow Book... Try the Green Magazine. Phit Native Philadelphia This garden belongs to my friend and me. It's all AK-47! J.F. Selma, California These Strawberry Cough plants are a week into flowering. Just two months from now, each plant will yield around 2 ounces of premium, organic nugs like the one I'm holding.
Waiting for this original Hash Plant to reach peak ripeness isn’t so hard. The Woodcutter Northern California This beautiful gem was expertly cultivated by Dr. Greenfingers in Granada, Spain. A lucky partaker commented that it carried a sweet, spicy taste and that it looked like an exotic coral reef creature.
There are many high-tech devices in the cultivation industry that can improve the productivity of your garden by feeding the plants more efficiently, providing optimum climatic conditions, purifying supply water, controlling odor, and/or combating infestation.
So you’re contemplating whether to use a charcoal filter or an ozone generator? One can’t have too much peace of mind—so why not use both? I prefer canister filters with active charcoal over ozone for two reasons. Charcoal filters alone will remove 99% of all odor particles, which is good enough in most cases.
What do you get when you mix a tried-and-true California strain with one of Amsterdam's finest? Very stoned.
Out in California, growers have access to some of the world's best strains of marijuana. However, years of decriminalization and lenient laws in Europe have sprouted many new strains that rival US efforts. Fortunately, air travel is easy and cheap, and seed banks in Europe are more than happy to sell you some of their best strains.
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 started to germinate seeds between wet paper towels. I put them on a plate, covered them in plastic wrap, and put the plate in a desk drawer. Then I started doing research online about growing this wonderful plant. I planted the first couple of seeds when 1-inch white roots started to appear.
October is harvest month for the majority of varieties. Everywhere from Canada to Texas plants are dead-ripe now. Temperatures also drop during this month, especially at higher latitudes, and plants might need protection from frost. Temperatures below 40° cause plants to stop growing and could cause damage to foliage if there is a windchill in effect.
What's the world's favorite pastime? No, not smoking pot—but it's a close second. Once again, it's time for an extra-special "Sex" issue. Check us out as we go—ahem—deep inside the wonderland of sex to once again reveal the glories of ganja and makin' whoopie.