For the last 10 years, Grow America existed as a section in the back of High Times. With its own cover, it had the feel of a minimagazine within the magazine. It included cultivation features and various long-running columns such as Jorge's Rx and Garden Calendar, Pix of the Crop, THMQ, and HighTech and Tip of the Month by Kyle Kushman.
What happened to the Pot 40? It’s my favorite part of the mag to read while smoking a bowl. LF Salina, KS The Pot 40 has been replaced by the Pot 10 (see page 14). Regarding the new wave of anti-pot ads, I think the government is accomplishing exactly what they want, and it's not to keep kids from smoking it.
Tommy Chong was a major presence at Comedy Central’s Commie Awards show in December. Despite the fact that he’s in jail serving a nine-month sentence for interstate bong sales, Chong received an award: Best Comedian Behind Bars. And who accepted that award?
Following his airport bust, TV talk-show host calls for decriminalization.
VALERIE VANDE PANNE
Emmy Award winner Montel Williams was fined $100 last November when Detroit Metro Airport security "issued a citation for paraphernalia related to his prescription," according to a statement issued by his public relations representatives.
The Santa Cruz patients raise their cannabis cigarettes in a toast at a screening of the film Pumping Iron. “We're going to let patients light up with Arnold,” enthuses Andrea Tischler of the Compassion Flower Inn, referring to the famous scene where bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger raises a joint to the camera and takes a hit.
1 FREE TOMMY CHONG! One of our favorite funny men is in jail—for what, selling Chong bongs? It's time to get up and stand up for our rights, and this starts with Tommy Chong's, who's in the pen for five more months. 2 DENNIS KUCINICH Former Cleveland mayor, current Ohio congressman, and Democratic presidential longshot Dennis Kucinich is Willie Nelson's choice.
Though drawn from more popular strains, Cherry Melon has a fairly broad and diverse genetic background. Exceptional phenotypes (outwardly measurable characteristics) of a third-generation hybrid of Haze, Northern Lights, and Skunk were inbred.
The average THMQ ounce price for marijuana in North America as of December 2003 was: $265 Mile Ranch Basic BC Buds: $50C Killer Purple #1: $150C Los Angeles Purple Bliss: $400 San Diego Mexican: $75 Middletown Purple Haze: $600 Blueberry: $400
California's Bigfoot of pot offers this advice: energy transference
I have personally known Sasquatch since 1975. He was my late husband's best friend until his last breath. His wife was maid of honor at my wedding 26 years ago. So, as you can see, we have a close relationship. I know Sasquatch well. Sasquatch grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California and went into the Marines at an early age, then to college, where he studied horticulture.
EXPERT ADVICE FROM A BRITISH COLUMBIAN COMMERCIAL GROWER ABOUT CLONING, SECURITY, NUTRIENTS, WATER SOURCES, AND MORE.
BUILDING A BETTER GROW-OP
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SECURING THE GROW-OP
They call me “BC Hardcore.” I'm one of those marijuana growers the government would love to put in prison, but they'll never catch me. I’ve been in this business for 25 years, sucking down electricity, water, and fertilizer, producing the finest commercially-grown marijuana in the world.
WHY I LOVE NICKELBACK, CANADA'S OFTEN REVILED AND DEFINITELY STONIEST ROCK BAND.
It's not cool to like Nickelback, but I don't care. I'm heading to Atlantic City in a stretch limo with Kyle Kushman and a few other friends to see them perform at the brand new Borgata Hotel on none other than Halloween. Listening to the lyrics to the band's third album, The Long Road, on the ride down I focus on the last track, See You at the Show," with its High Times-friendly sentiment, "Light it up and burn it down."
Canada’s a very large, diverse country. Not surprisingly, attitudes towards cannabis vary greatly from province to province, region to region, and even neighborhood to neighborhood. Despite recent rumblings about the government decriminalizing cannabis, there are still plenty of places where home growers get busted for a few plants in their backyards or closets and can expect to do prison time, such as Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Maritime provinces, Yukon, Nunavit, and parts of Ontario and Quebec.
Holland, Europe’s marijuana mecca, is facing unprecedented opposition from its least-friendly neighbors. Coffeeshops are being threatened, and major expat growers like Soma are facing legal sanctions. Despite these concerns, the 2003 Cannabis Cup went off without a hitch.
At last year’s Cup, former High Times editor-in-chief Steven Hager was arrested for possessing too much of Amsterdam’s prized pot. He spent a night in jail and received a stiff fine. Is that any way to treat the founder of the Cannabis Cup? Hager was a no-show at the 16th Annual Cannabis Cup in November—dubbed the "Conspiracy Cup”—fueling rumors of his demise.
The music at the 16th Cup was solid, if not spectacular.
Each year Cannabis Cup impresario Mike Esterson works diligently to provide an exciting and diverse musical lineup for the event's five nights at the Melkweg in the Leidseplein section of Amsterdam. At best, he's usually able to provide three major headline acts to go with the many lesser-known performers who play on the Melkweg's two stages.
CANNABIS CUP Hawaiian Snow - Green House NYC Diesel - De Dampkring Laughing Buddah - Barneys Breakfast Bar COFFEESHOP CUP Green House Barneys Breakfast Bar De Dampkring SATIVA CUP White Haze - White Label Seeds Biddy Early - Magus Genetics Hawaiian Snow - Green House
Our resinated reporter manages to judge 20 hash varieties and explain what it takes to grow award-winning Dutch buds.
BEST DUTCH BUDS
Amsterdam always feels familiar and new at the same time, thanks in part to my brain becoming immediately saturated with THC the moment I arrive at Schiphol Airport outside Amsterdam. I had come to attend my fifth Cannabis Cup. The 420 Tours crew greeted me and about 20 other judges after we cleared customs.
Welcome to the trade show you’ll newer see in America—that is, until cannabis becomes legal.
The Hemp Expo at the Cannabis Cup is a surreal experience. Imagine your typical trade show or swap meet, only every product relates to the cultivation and consumption of cannabis. The whole life cycle of the hemp plant is represented, from seed companies to grow products, grinders to smoking devices.
The memories and misadventures of a 10-time Cannabis Cup veteran.
PRETESTING THE BUDS
Ten fucking years. Has it really been that long? Ten years of Mind Erasers and mushrooms, of Heineken and hashish, of coffee for breakfast, weed for lunch, and beer for dinner. Ten years of 14-hour binges and of shakily stumbling down some forgotten straaten at sunrise.
I'm using Miracle Gro once a week. Is this too often? Is it OK to use dehumidified water to feed my plants? Heady Guy Philadelphia, PA Dear Heady, Some plants require or can withstand high levels of fertilizer while others can't. In general, predominately sativa varieties require less fertilizer than indica-dominant types.
February is the deepest part of the winter and often the coldest month in most climates. This is perfect indoor growing weather. Humidity outdoors is often very high because the air is so cold. Intake air should be “conditioned" or warmed before introduction to the grow room to avoid burning leaves.
My interest in NORML and marijuana-law reform began the summer of my senior year in high school. Just before leaving for college at Florida State University, my best friend was busted for possession of a marijuana pipe. He was also supposed to attend FSU, but because of a six-month probation sentence, he was forced to remain in our hometown.
"Commando Squad" may seem an ironic name for a group of patients, but Jacki Rickert, Gary Storck, and Jim Miller are some of the hardest working and mobile people in the medical-marijuana movement. As founder and director of Is My Medicine Legal Yet (immly.org), Rickert has dedicated her life to medical-marijuana activism.
Medical marijuana is the answer for liver transplant candidate Tom Walker. As long as he doesn't fail a drug test.
My mother used to say you could die from smoking pot, and up until recently I thought she was wrong. Consider the following: Tom Walker (not his real name) is dying of liver cancer. He knows he’s lucky to be on an exclusive list of patients set to receive a liver transplant as the organs become available.
Advanced Nutrients was recently touted in Forbes as being the fastest-growing nutrient company in Canada. That’s not surprising since they’ve assembled an impressive line of nutrients and amendments that excel in all growing methods, from hydroponics to dirt farming.
Growing cannabis is an extremely grounding experience. In our modern urban society, we produce very few things we use in our daily lives. Making something that heals both mind and body is very satisfying and rewarding. Growing your own medicine brings out deep shamanistic qualities.
Since the dawn of time humankind has tried to figure out why marijuana contains a mysterious property that causes the user to develop a serious appetite. During the '60s the counterculture hippies came up with a phase to describe the condition: The Munchies.
Ever since groove-trio Medeski Martin & Wood first opened for Phish in the mid'90s, jazz-meets-jam-band ensembles have been multiplying with startling intensity and growing diversity. For this column, the Jazz Devil focuses on four groups offering new CDs of rocking, funky jazz.
Danny Clinch considers his gig directing the 270 Miles from Graceland: Bonnaroo 2003 DVD a "dream assignment." Best known as a still photographer—he's shot the likes of Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Tupac Shakur, Metallica, Phish, and Tony Bennett—Clinch made the leap to documentary filmmaking in 2002 with the Stonynominated Pleasure and Pain, which followed jam-rocker Ben Harper onstage, backstage, at home, and on the road.
If the post-Aaron Sorkin producers of NBC's The West Wing want to stoke their 25-36-year-old target audience, they're certainly not acting like it. Before he left the show, Sorkin inflicted his beloved fictional President Josiah Bartlet with multiple sclerosis.
Mike Corral provides an update on one of the most controversial medical gardens in California (pictured above). Max Yields runs through an alphabet of cultivation and marijuana terminology for the beginning grower. Steven Hager takes a deep breath and examines the many vaporizers now on the market, including Cannabis Cup winner the Volcano.