With this, the second issue of High Times' Grow America, we hit our stride. Back home from Amsterdam after the Cannabis Cup and well rested from the holiday break, HTGA is finding its legs. While the first issue was devoted to the Cup, which allowed us to fill a large part of it with stories and photos about the event, for this issue we really had to think hard about what our readers want to see in the magazine.
Tommy Chong should just send all profits to charity ("Free Tommy Chong," HTGA #1). This way he can still discuss his jail time and incarceration and not have to worry about being hassled by the Man. Also, try to put some legalization ads in non-drug-related spots.
Which Democratic candidate will take marijuana-law reform seriously?
As the Democratic candidates wrestle for primary voters, it’s become fairly clear that none of the front-runners will be supporting a change in marijuana policy anytime soon. While Senators John Kerry and John Edwards and former governor Howard Dean have all admitted to past pot use, they differ somewhat on the relatively benign medical-marijuana issue.
Montreal’s first cannabis cafe opens right across from a police station.
Montreal's Chez Marijane isn't the first Canadian establishment to allow and promote marijuana consumption on the premises, but it’s the one drawing international attention to its challenge of existing laws. The cannabis cafe is actually a political outpost for Bloc Pot, a Canadian provincial political party dedicated to the reform of marijuana laws, which has an office 10 blocks away.
Anonymous letter questions the Waldos’ credibility.
Legend has it that 420 was coined by five guys named Waldo in San Rafael, California, in 1971. Though legions of Deadheads were originally convinced the term was a smart reaction to an alleged California criminal code for "marijuana smoking in progress,” this was proven otherwise by the Waldos, who had legitimate evidence (letters, artwork) to verify that they had indeed conceived of 420 as a time to smoke pot when they attended San Rafael High School.
On January 11, more than 30,000 plants were found growing under 1,000 lights in a former Molson brewery in Barrie, Ontario, an hour north of Toronto. The hydroponic marijuana factory in the 58,000-square-foot building even had dormitories for its workers.
1 4/20 It's Hippie New Year and International Pot Day rolled into one big, enormous fatty celebration. If it's Tuesday, it must be 4/20. 2 PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY, AND KIND Busted for possessing pot during a traffic stop in upstate New York, Art Garfunkel, the falsetto-singing half of Simon and Garfunkel, was fined $100.
I took first place in the Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards with my exclusive breed, Sugar Plum, which is Berkeley Blues (Berkeley x Blueberry) x Haze Plum (Haze x Plum). The main purpose of the OMCA is to determine which strains are most effective for different ailments.
Trans High Market Quotes (THMQ) reports and analyzes pot prices. The average THMQ price for marijuana in North America as of January 2003 was $254. KENTUCKY Louisville Northern Lights x Skunk: $300 Commercial: $200 MAINE Bangor Maine Green Bud: $240 Commercial: $160.
104 words and terms the cannabis cultivator needs to know.
Acclimate To habituate to a climate. Generally refers to the practice of getting sprouts that have been germinated indoors under artificial lighting used to more intense sunlight by allowing them only a few hours of direct sunlight each day.
Vaporizers are quietly transforming the way people consume cannabis. These remarkable inhalation devices can save your lungs, stretch your stash, and conceal use from outsiders.
Types of Vaporizers
The Future of Vaporization
In the 10,000-year human history of cannabis use, smoking is a relatively new phenomenon. In India, consumption began with a bhang—cannabis flowers soaked in hot milk and spices. In the biblical Middle East, cannabis resin marinated in olive oil was applied directly to the skin—the anointing oil of Jesus.
Vancouver, British Columbia, is the heart of Canada's burgeoning marijuana marketplace. Stores that cater to beginning and advanced marijuana growers dot the townscape, and in every neighborhood you can find a thriving smoke shop. Best of all, acquiring great seeds for your garden is easy.
How to stop relying on animal by-products and become a conscientious grower.
The Soil-Food Web: Beyond NPK
Vegan Organic Amendments
Bubbling-Bucket Method for Compost Tea
Organic agriculture has been defined by the National Organics Standards Board as "an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity." Conventional, non-organic agricultural techniques—including the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, growth regulators, antibiotics, and hormone stimulators—are primarily driven by short-term monetary gain, accompanied by little ethical concern.
Despite a major DEA raid 18 months ago, the WAMM medi-garden is back up and running.
Medical-Marijuana Cultivation, WAMM Style
September 5, 2002: To us, this will always be known as DEA Day. This was the day the federal government descended on Santa Cruz and raided our medical-marijuana garden. They took my wife, Valerie, and me to jail and destroyed 167 beautiful budding plants.
The maiden marijuana voyages of 28 outstanding writers, musicians, actors, activists, athletes, comics, politicians, lawyers, and smugglers.
Bill "The Spaceman" Lee
David Lee Roth
I had smoked cigarettes for over a year, but never marijuana. But since I had the unmitigated gall to sit up cross-legged in a lesbian apartment sipping wine, I felt I had the stamina to smoke a little grifa [Ed.: This is a little-known term for marijuana].
Dallas' Polyphonic Spree spread joy to a cockeyed world.
When it comes to music, there are two kinds: the kind I like and the kind I like to hate. There's no in-between with me, and all I've heard lately is, in my opinion, crap. So when I was asked to do a piece on the Dallas-based band the Polyphonic Spree, who I was told had a new "far-out, psychedelic sound,” I readied myself for a long litany of e-mails from some lame publicist, early-morning ringing at my door with next-day-air press kits full of kiss-ass quotes, and the inevitable long-distance phone calls from my editor berating me.
I'm epileptic, manic-depressive, and have paranoia problems. After I found that marijuana helps me, I quit taking prescriptions and now suffer no side effects. This amazing plant was put on earth to heal all people, and it has helped me. In an effort to improve on the black-market pot I used to buy, I started growing my own organic plants.
Outdoor temperature and humidity changes will affect the indoor growroom climate. This is when the biggest changes take place in most climates. As daytime temperatures climb outdoors, indoor temps rise and humidity decreases. But beware: Cool nighttime temps can cause humidity to escalate quickly, as intake air is cooler.
Join NORML at its national conference in Washington, DC.
ALLEN ST. PIERRE
All too often, members of Congress and their senior staff lament to NORML that if only more citizens who supported marijuana-law reform contacted their elected officials, policy change would come in leaps and bounds rather than by the yard.
Had a sack of weed or stylish glass pipe confiscated at a concert lately? It's perfectly legal for private security guards to check you and your bag upon entering a stadium, arena, theater, or club. Here are a few suggestions for how to sneak a little smoky into the next Phish show.
Looking at his political background, Tim Beck may seem an unlikely choice for Freedom Fighter of the Month. Yet this one-time Republican political candidate may soon be responsible for the enactment of the first significant marijuana-law reform in the Midwest in recent memory.
A controversial follicle drug test is about to be standardized.
How to Beat a Hair Test
On January 15, the federal government announced plans to expand its employee drug-testing program to include hair, saliva, and sweat tests. Federal standards for these tests are forthcoming. At the moment, standards exist only for urine tests.
Green Air Products enters the additives market with its Bio-Genesis line of OMRI (Organic Materials Research Institute)-certified organic stimulants and supplements. No matter how you grow, you’ll want these additives on your shelf.
The skinny on soil, nutrients, lights, and flowering.
5 Grow Tips
I’m hoping that some of you are ready to grow your own. And I'm here to tell you exactly how to get started. You might not achieve the highest yield or grow the strongest pot you've ever smoked (then again, you might), but you will succeed. For the most part, growing is simple.
Not many artists can deliver a one-two punch, let alone a triple reverse. But Ryan Adams has pulled it off. Within just five weeks, the stylistically promiscuous singer-songwriter released Rock N Roll, fully worthy of its name, then issued a pair of gorgeous meditations on sex and death, Love Is Hell Pt.
There’s a dangerous situation that all of us face in our everyday lives. Most of you have never really thought of the impact that smoking or eating weed has on your supermarket shopping habits. First of all, you've got to know that I hate going shopping.
Even though he wasn't alive to see the published version of Kesey's Jail Journal (Viking), Ken Kesey likely would have approved. Oversized and richly illustrated in his own hand, it stands as a fitting tribute to a writer who lived his life larger than most.
Back in the '60s, incense was on the periphery. We used it to hide things, such as the unmistakable smell of burning cannabis. Since then I’ve become a student of incense, learning how cultures around the world have developed their own traditions and uses for it.
An excerpt of photos and sidebars from Jason King’s coffee-table pot-picture book. Kyle Kushman presents the High Times’ Grow America awards for the best grow products in a dozen categories. Harvest the same amount of resin-drenched buds with half the light.