Twenty-five years ago, Keith Stroup, who founded the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in 1970, resigned as executive director. A controversy led to his departure. In 1978, angry at the federal government for spraying the herbicide paraquat on Mexican pot, Stroup failed to protect then-White House drug czar Peter Bourne when it was rumored he'd attended a NORML party in Washington and used cocaine.
The latest award given to the Omega Garden (Best Complete Hydroponic Garden, "6th Stash Awards," HTGA #3) has a rather large mistake in it. The article says that the system produces 5 lbs. using 2,000 watts of light, but our unit comes with two 600-watt lamps for a total of 1,200 watts.
Alaska and Nevada voters can radically alter their states’ pot laws.
Alaska and Nevada have reputations as maverick states. Alaska is the US's final frontier, while Nevada has long had a reputation for legally allowing such vices as gambling and prostitution. Also, neither state has an income tax. It's appropriate, then, that both states have initiatives to regulate the possession of cannabis for adults 21 and older on the November ballot.
Eight times a week since opening in March, Arj Barker, Doug Benson and Tony Camin, dressed in black except for their white socks, sit on stools and perform The Marijuana-Logues for New York audiences at the Actors’ Playhouse. The Sunday matinee starts at 4:20 p.m.
Efforts to decriminalize ganja in Jamaica are moving slowly.
Four years after Prime Minister P.J. Patterson appointed a National Ganja Commission to examine marijuana's social and economic impact on Jamaica, decriminalization of the plant on the Caribbean island is still several years away. "There's a consensus that a negative image of ganja is no longer there,” reports Dr. Morais Guy, chairman of the joint select committe of Parliament that studied the commission's report.
Australian breeder Scott Blakey does time for a questionable crime.
HOW TO BECOME A CRIMINAL? GO TO JAIL!
These were the words printed on Scott Blakey’s 40th-birthday present, a T-shirt he received while awaiting trial at La Stampa prison in Italian-speaking southern Switzerland. In March, Blakey, a former breeder for Amsterdam’s Greenhouse Seeds and Mr. Nice Seeds, was convicted of exporting his cannabis genetics to Switzerland and teaching the Swiss to grow, and sentenced to four years in prison, with a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs ($3,875) and a 10-year banishment from the country.
"Vansterdam,” British Columbia's pot smokers' Mecca, suffered a major blow late in April when the building that housed the infamous toker-friendly Blunt Bros. Café and the Kind Seed Co. burned to the ground. Adjoining stores on W. Hastings St., including the fetish-wear shop Cabbages & Kinx, the leftist Spartacus Books and the BC Marijuana Party bookstore also suffered damage.
1 PENN & TELLER Their Bullshit series on Showtime targets such liberal causes as animal rights and ecology. But their War on Drugs episode (#17) is the best. 2 AIR AMERICA The new liberal talk-radio network features Al Franken, Janeane Garafolo, Chuck D and a host of other lefty commentators.
The G in legendary variety G-13 stands for "government,” and 13 stands for the 13th letter of the alphabet, M—for marijuana. This code name was given to the variety purportedly pinched from the US government’s marijuana research facility in Mississippi.
Trans-High Market Quotes (THMQ) reports and analyzes pot prices. The average THMQ price per ounce for marijuana in North America as of April 2004 was $305. ALBERTA Calgary BC Bud: C $200 (US $146) CALIFORNIA Los Angeles Purple Bliss: $500 Marin County G-13: $250 COLORADO Colorado Springs AK-47: $400 CONNECTICUT South Windsor Watermelon Poppy: $760 FLORIDA Naples Skunk #1: $400 ILLINOIS Danville White Rhino: $480 LOUISIANA Baton Rouge Fire: $400 MASSACHUSETTS Boston Blueberry Haze: $360 MISSOURI O’Fatlon Blueberry: $480 NEW YORK New York City Silver Haze: $300 Nyack Skunk #1: $550 NORTH CAROLINA Durham Afghani: $400 QUEBEC Montreal M-39: C$180 (US$131) TEXAS Austin Northern Lights US x the Real McCoy: $350 Port Lavaca Schwag: $50 THMQ is compiled by Preston Peet.
Grown in 120 countries, marijuana is the ideal peasant farmer’s cash crop. By Martin Booth
Hash: Morocco to Lebanon
Marijuana: Colombia to South Africa
Africa proves the theory that the poorer a country, the more likely it is to produce cannabis.
Mexican President Vicente Fox annoyed Washington by stating the only way to combat drugs was to legalize them.
Homegrown: US to Europe
Despite international pressure and eradication initiatives, producer countries continue to meet the annually increasing worldwide demand, each producing either hashish or marijuana. In 1995, the main producers of hashish were Morocco (35 percent), Pakistan (30 percent), Lebanon (20 percent), India and Nepal (5 percent) and Afghanistan (5 percent), with the remaining 5 percent coming from various minor sources such as Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Sunshine, a festive Mediterranean lifestyle and favorable laws have made Spain the new cannabis capital of Europe.
Eight Is Enough
Nol van Schaik, owner of the Willie Wortel coffeeshops in Haarlem, the Netherlands, moved to southern Spain several years ago to grow outdoors. He's currently planning to open a private cannabis club in Malaga similar to the ones in Valencia and Seville, a place where you can buy pot and smoke it.
When did you first experience cannabis? My first memory of smoking cannabis was at the local graveyard one dark night. I was scared shitless the cops or one of my dead relatives would nab me. It was worth it. I got completely spaced out on some very stony Afghani hash plant.
Paris’s Le Musée du Fumeur is a museum, gallery, cafe, cigar bar and headshop all rolled into one.
In France, the police often turn a blind eye to small growers.
Michka in the Middle
I’m having trouble taking my eyes off the antique hookah parked against the far wall in Paris's Le Musée du Fumeur, or Smoking Museum. It looks good for a whirl, but that might not be such a smart idea. We are, after all, in France, where pot-smoking is illegal (cannabis is a Class I drug, like heroin), and the museum, now a little over two years old, is only a stone's throw from the neighborhood’s police station.
Spend Valentine’s Day Weekend in Vancouver at the BC Lovers Cup.
The Blunt Bros. Cafe in Vancouver was a focal point for both local and out-of-town smokers before it burned down on April 25 (see story on page 14). The cafe had a relaxed ambience. The decor showed a touch of class, and a sweet sensi breeze was always in the air.
Maximize lumens and save space with this unique circular garden.
If you can cut some wood and measure angles correctly, this could be the garden for you.
The phone rings, startling me out of a restless sleep. I’d been waiting for this call for almost four hours. “Get ready," a voice says. "I’m coming to get you." I look at the clock on the wall. It’s 2:30 a.m. "Great," I reply. I drag my gear outside to wait in the rain for an early-morning photo shoot.
It's one thing to be a patriotic pothead. It’s another to be a soldier stationed in Iraq who believes that marijuana is 'the true blossom from Mother Earth.'
'The locals love the shit. They hear the word hashish and a smile can be seen from ear to ear!'
On April 27, High Times received the following e-mail from a man named Michael S. Copeland. The subject read: "Plant in Iraq.” I have a friend over in Iraq fighting the war. Friends and family keep in touch with him via the guestbook at dankmobb.com.
With headshops under fire, glass-blowers have had to scale down their artistic creations.
The State of Paraphernalia
Hot Product: Glass Erotica
At 5:30 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 24, 2003, Tommy Chong and his wife, Shelby, were awakened by DEA agents. A full-blown raid was underway. About 20 agents clad in SWAT gear swept through the Chongs' Pacific Palisades, Calif., home, seizing computers, business records, cash and glass pipes of every kind.
Take a trip on the 24/7 party boat known as Jam Cruise.
Jam Cruise Essentials
The 612-foot-high, 21,909-ton Regal Empress was built in Scotland in 1953. Fashion designer Normal Hartnel debuted his "Olympia Collection” of ball gowns and summer dresses on the cruise ship in October of that year. A half-century later, the old ship has been transformed into the site of Jam Cruise, an event created by Cloud 9 Adventures.
I'm worried about my electric bill. My friend is using a 150-watt lamp because he's afraid of being busted. I don't want the electric company to turn me in. How many watts can I use and still be safe? Arlo Huron, Ohio Dear Arlo, Americans use a lot of electricity.
Summer is in full swing. Temperatures have risen even in high mountain climates. Frost is no longer a danger. Plants started or transplanted now will need more water. Cuttings and seedlings set outside still need to be hardened off in order to adjust to the outdoor weather.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the responsible use of marijuana by adults. It’s none of the government’s business whether we drink alcohol or smoke marijuana when we relax with friends. The right to privacy, and similar provisions in all state constitutions, should protect such conduct from governmental interference.
Few people have done more to advance the cause of medical marijuana than Mary Lynn Mathre has. With almost 30 years of experience in the field of addiction nursing, Mathre has devoted much of her career to educating doctors and medical professionals about cannabis.
Being able to exercise your civil rights during a police encounter can mean the difference between incarceration and freedom. Yet most Americans have no clue how to do it. Steve Silverman started Flex Your Rights in 2002 to teach people about the protections afforded them by the Bill of Rights.
Flawed drug tests are coming to a workplace near you.
On April 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed guidelines and standards for hair-, sweat- and saliva-testing for federal employees. These guidelines, if adopted, will be added to existing protocols for urine-testing and give the drug warriors more weapons in their battle against civil liberties.
Similar to Mila's Pollinator (pollinator.nl), but cheaper and a bit less durable, the Tumble Bee (from the same people who make the Honey Bee Oil Extractor) rotates leaf trim electronically, allowing the treasured trichomes to fall through silk-screened mesh onto wax paper to be collected and pressed into connoisseur-quality hash. The lid of the removable silk-screened barrel is magnetic, making it easy to empty and fill. It comes in four sizes, according to the dry weight of the material to be tumbled.
Get started growing hydroponic plants cheaply and quickly with the EzFlow Ultra from EzHydroKit. It comes with a grow tray, water pump, nutrients, reservoir, PVC frame, pH testers and adjusters, rockwool cubes and grow rocks, and a high-output 125-watt compact fluorescent light and reflector. This system grows one large plant and can yield up to 65 grams of dried bud per grow cycle. It takes less than an hour to set up the EzFlow Ultra, which also comes with a handy grow guide explaining every step of the process.
Trimming large amounts of bud can be extremely time-consuming. The Aardvark is the latest product in the emerging "industrial clipper” industry to ease the burden of harvest-time bounty. Participants at the 2003 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam watched wide-eyed as plant after plant was trimmed in record time at the Aardvark booth. The product works by rubbing the opening of the wand lightly against the buds. When leaves touch the drill-bit-like device inside the wand, they're clipped off and vacuumed away (the Aardvark can be adapted to fit most vacuum cleaners). Use the clippings to make dry or water-extracted hash. A biodegradable spray is provided to clean the parts when they get sticky (which can be quite often with superior strains). The Aardvark takes a little while to get used to, but can definitely save trimming and clean-up time for the high-yield grower.
New York is but a memory for our trusty cultivation reporter.
5 Tips for Growing Medical Marijuana
At the end of March, I condensed my possessions and took off across the country in a rental car. With my cat Mugsy beside me (he appeared in the first story I wrote for High Times back in 1994), I drove from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coast—3,466 miles in seven days, including stopovers in Detroit and Denver.
As the most prominent voices/faces of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir illustrate in their solo careers a wider, loose-knit familial context of creativity and expressiveness that sometimes gets lost behind the immensity of the Dead legend.
A munchies-movie for stoners is coming to a theater near you.
The costar of this summer's stoniest movie, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, doesn't eat meat or smoke pot. With that out of the way, allow us to introduce you to Kal Penn. You probably remember him from roles he played in Van Wilder (Taj Mahal) and Malibu's Most Wanted (Hadji)—two stereotypical Asian characters.
Summer is the time of year when we all love to hit the road. There are music festivals, weddings, hippie gatherings and family reunions to attend. For every road trip I make in the summer travel season, I pack a Chef RA dessert basket (containing my Soul Kitchen Sugar Cookies— see recipe below).
I've had a love for bicycles ever since I received my first red Huffy BMX bike at the age of 5. Thinking back on it now, that may have been my first experience feeling high—jumping curbs, bunny-hopping over trash cans, the inevitable power-wheelie contests between the neighborhood kids.
No, but Jon Gettman offers some cautionary words on the subject. Peter Gorman profiles Dr. Tod Mikuyia, the controversial California doctor who’s written more than 7,000 recommendations for marijuana. Valerie Vande Panne provides a state-by-state look at medi-pot in the US, and Dave Silberberg reports on Canada’s plan for pharmaceuticalization.