Before I Started working at High Times 15 years ago, I thought marijuana was simply something you smoked to get high. To be perfectly honest, I knew very little about this complex subject. I wasn’t aware of pot’s medicinal uses or that it could also be made into clothes, paper and rope—or even that our founding fathers grew the stuff.
I'm not clear on the amount of personal marijuana use asked for in the initiative. I was thinking it was three grams, but I've also been hearing it's three ounces. I'd like to be sure by November. Bunny Beatty, NV No amount is specified in the initiative.
In March of 2001, Irvin Rosenfeld called Delta Airlines to confirm a flight reservation he'd made 30 days earlier. "I'll be traveling with my medical marijuana,” he explained. "I just want to make sure there won't be any problems." As one of only seven patients in the federal government's Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) medical-marijuana program, Rosenfeld is legally entitled to possess and use cannabis just like any other prescription drug.
In 1975, glaucoma patient Robert Randall was the first American to receive federally grown medi-pot. There are currently seven people left on the Compassionate IND program: Irvin Rosenfeld, Elvy Musikka, George McMahon, Corrine Millet, Barbara Douglas and two patients who prefer to remain anonymous.
The Supreme Court is about to decide whether Americans can legally use medical marijuana. Angel Raich is the reason why.
When Angel McClary Raich voted for Proposition 215 to legalize medical marijuana in California in 1996, she never imagined it would lead to a showdown with US Attorney General John Ashcroft before the Supreme Court. 'Im excited, nervous and fearful,” Raich said at a June 28 press conference following the high court's announcement that it would hear the Justice Department’s petition to overturn a 2003 federal appellate court ruling in favor of Raich.
Singe bakes in Baghdad as civilian government takes over.
Summertime in Iraq is not fun. Temperatures rise to 125°F. In the Green Zone, where American soldiers are relatively protected, Specialist Carlos (Singe) Arellano has observed the transfer of power back to an Iraqi civilian government.
Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau teamed up with celebrity talk-show host and multiple-sclerosis patient Montel Williams to support New York's medical-marijuana bill on June 16. The 83-year-old DA declared at a press conference, "There's absolutely no reason for not using marijuana for medical purposes."
Ray Charles, who passed away on June 10 at 73 years of age, leaves behind a musical legacy of blues, soul, jazz and country music. The blind pianist, best known for hits like "What'd I Say” (1959) and "Hit the Road, Jack” (1961), had a special fondness for the song "Let's Go Get Stoned” (1966), written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson.
BILL MAHER His Real Time HBO taLk show is the best platform on TV for a frank and biased discussion about marijuana and the Drug War. SEATTLE HEMPFEST The biggest marijuana event of the year takes place in Myrtle Edwards Park on Aug. 21 and 22. If you live in the Northwest or British Columbia, don't miss it.
In southern Afghanistan, nearly every village grows cannabis. By rubbing the plants on wool carpets, villagers remove the resin to make hash blocks. The Afghan men smoke the hash (at times mixed with tobacco) in ornate water pipes; the women are not allowed to smoke hash.
Spiderman is one of the many strains available from cannabis clubs in California. This plant was most likely grown indoors using some kind of hydro method. Owing to the sativa-dominant lineage, it has a very cerebral high combined with a slight body high.
In the remote town of Denny, CA—known for its quality buds and outlaw reputation—a few locals continue the town’s long tradition of cultivation, fulfilling their aspirations to grow medical marijuana in their backyards.
Trans-High Market Quotes (THMQ) reports pot prices (by the ounce), strains and locations. UNITED STATES NORTH CAROLINA Asheville: Cali Orange, $400 ARIZONA Mesa: Black Domina, $400 NORTH DAKOTA Fargo: Blue Moon- shine, $380 ARKANSAS Jonesboro: AK-47, $480
Canadian medi-schwag is forcing patients who don’t grow to score kind bud on the black market.
Jari Dvorak hands me a Health Canada joint. Afflicted with HIV since 1996, Dvorak would rather smoke black-market pot, but I insist on trying out the government product. The smoke begins to swirl around the room in his downtown Toronto apartment, and after a couple of tokes an ashy aftertaste invades my mouth.
Three years ago, Canadian medi-grower Shawn Jackson was given a year to live. It's 2004. Any questions?
Walking into Shawn Jackson's basement, you’d never expect that more than two dozen medical-marijuana plants—some up to four feet tall—are growing just a few feet away. The walls are lined with Jackson’s military certificates, a picture of him dressed in uniform, an American flag held up by duct tape, a larger Canadian flag by his bed and scantily clad women plastered by his headboard.
CALIFORNIA'S NEW GURU OF GANJA, EDDY LEPP, IS CULTIVATING 10,000 PLANTS FOR 1,000 PATIENTS. HIS CANNABIS MINISTRY IS THE BIGGEST MEDICAL-MARIJUANA GROW-OP IN THE WORLD.
Last year, when I visited Eddy Lepp's Ministry of Cannabis and Rastafari in Upper Lake, CA, I was astonished by the size of the project and mission. But last year's garden of 700 plants was child's play in comparison to the enormous task being undertaken this season.
Since 1996, 11 states have passed medical-marijuana laws. Two more states—Arkansas and Montana—will decide in November. There are numerous medi-bills in statehouses across the country, and several cities will vote to deprioritize pot arrests. Finally, in Alaska, Oakland and possibly Nevada, tax-and-regulate initiatives would essentially legalize cannabis for all uses. So get out and vote, stoners!
MEDICAL-MARIJUANA VOTER INITIATIVES
TAX-AND-REGULATE VOTER INITIATIVES
DEPRIORITIZATION VOTER INITIATIVES
Valerie Vande Panne
In the United States, marijuana law has changed significantly since the mid-1990s, when states began to churn out medical-marijuana ballot initiatives, starting with California’s Proposition 215 and Arizona’s Proposition 200, both in 1996.
The main target of California’s campaign against doctors who recommend medical marijuana, Tod Mikuriya is fighting not just for patients, but for his professional life.
From Bucks County to Berkeley
Bringing Down the Doc
In November 1996, the voters of California passed Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act. That law permitted patients throughout the state to use, possess and grow cannabis—and their caregivers to possess, grow and provide cannabis—on the recommendation of a physician.
THE MEDICAL-MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES OF CALIFORNIA ARE LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR A MODERN CANNABIS INDUSTRY.
It's a sad fact of American medicine that patients have come to be regarded as consumers. Those with the most wealth get the best health care. Nowhere is this more evident than in the pharmaceutical industry. Prices for name-brand medicines most commonly prescribed for seniors have risen at least three times faster than the rate of inflation over the last four years.
Sixties soul shouter supports Bay Area dispensary.
At Least two times a week, Lydia Pense works a shift at the We Are Hemp pot dispensary in Hayward, CA. There, she helps people with serious illnesses and intractable pain. But probably few of the patients who come into the nondescript whitewashed building know that Pense is one of the true legends of rock'n'roll.
In Los Angeles, Chris Bliss is loading up his car with candy bars and heading north to the San Francisco Bay Area. When he arrives, he'll make stops at medical-marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley and other towns, distributing Bliss Confections, his self-styled brand of marijuana-laced chocolate bars.
Despite the fact that no deaths have ever been attributed to cannabis use, the question persists: Does marijuana cause cancer?
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We’ve all heard how you're supposed to smoke pot: Put a lit joint to your lips and inhale deeply for at least five seconds, then exhale the smoke. Wrong. In fact, that’s the worst thing you could do. The longer the smoke stays in your mouth, throat and lungs, the more harmful it is for you.
Tennessee hosts the best rock festival in America.
It’s 95 degrees and Mindy Smith is not happy. In the heat and humidity, she can't tune her guitar. "I’m so frustrated," the folk singer tells the crowd. "Pray for me. I need prayer." At the Bonnaroo Music Festival in southern Tennessee, prayer isn’t hard to find.
I have a question about which fertilizer to use during seedling, vegetative and flowering growth. Please recommend brands and their corresponding nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium percentages. I don't want to burn them with too much nitrogen at any stage of growth.
Almost since our inception, NORML has pursued a dual strategy: seeking to advance the decriminalization of marijuana, while simultaneously aiming to legalize the medical use of marijuana for seriously ill patients. We've always tried to treat these two issues separately.
On May 27, the Vancouver Island Therapeutic Cannabis Research Institute (VITCRI) in British Columbia was raided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Nine hundred plants, along with computers and equipment, were seized. VITCRI provided medical marijuana for nearly 400 patients enrolled in the Vancouver Island Compassion Society (VICS) and Canadians for Safe Access, two organizations run by Philippe Lucas.
“People should be free to live how they want, fuck who they want and ingest what they want," says Nick Gillespie, the editor in chief of Reason Magazine. This libertarian-oriented philosophy sums up the magazine’s editorial content and translates into some outstanding coverage of the War on Drugs.
Martha Jones is a 57-year-old grandmother with a tinkling toy voice that stands in gentle contrast to her passionately held professional opinions. "Everybody's being duped," says Jones, the co-owner of a successful Internet retailer that specializes in drug-test solutions.
A couple of years ago, Stinky Proof's odor-control baggies seemed poised to take over the pot-storage scene. But faced with John Ashcroft's anti-paraphernalia crusade, they eventually decided to sell diaper bags instead. Fortunately, another company, Skunk Sack, has taken up the fight. Their slogan is "What's in the bag stays in the bag"—and with the odiferous strains around these days, it had better. Skunk Sacks come in three sizes: dime, eighth and ounce. Even the smelliest buds are undetectable inside these odorproof bags. The top seals with a heavy-duty double-lock zipper, and the bags are punctureand tear-resistant. Contact: Skunk Sack, (800) 753-5178, skunksack.com.
Dr. Earth Organics
There's no place for chemically formulated products like Miracle-Gro in a medi-garden. Dr. Earth provides an alternative with a variety of organic products, from soil to nutrients. Each product contains beneficial endoand ectomycorrhizae, microscopic fungi that feed the soil by releasing natural organic matter. The starter fertilizer and bud and bloom booster cost $8 each for 4 lbs; a container that size will feed 80 one-gallon or 16 five-gallon pots. These supplements can be added dry directly to soil when planting or wet as a tea. Contacts: Dr. Earth, drearth.net; West Coast Growers, (888) 9244769, westcoastgrowers.com.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the bat population. Every year, corn moths leave Mexico and try to sneak through Texas on their way to devastate corn crops in the Midwest (corn moths are second only to boll weevils in the overall crop damage they cause). Millions of bats are waiting for them, and their diet of mostly corn moths accounts for the unique nutrient profile of Guano-Gro's 100% pure organic Texas bat guano. With a nitrogen-heavy N-P-K ratio of approximately 8-2-2, Texas bat guano is essential for all aspects of vegetative growth. The guano contains all 13 essential trace elements, which many other organic nutrient products don't. Add 2 teaspoons of guano per gallon of warm water (for mixing). A 16-oz container costs $12. Always remember to use caution when working with guano: It emits a dust that should not be inhaled. Contact: Guano-Gro, guano-gro.com.
I woke up this morning and realized that I had no medicine. No sweat. A few miles down the Redwood Highway is Mendo Remedies, owned by Les Crane. An alternative-care dispensary that's totally legal under Prop. 215 and located in the back of his Twisted Colors Tie Dye shop on Route 101 in Laytonville, Crane's place is unlike clubs in San Francisco and Oakland.
There’s hardly a dearth these days of pro-pot songs or suspiciously stony band names like Chronic Future and Drug Money. Underground musical nuggets are regularly sent to the attention of Dope Trax. We listen to each and every one of them—especially those with handwritten notes marked, "Listen to track 9."
Just when you thought the history of rock music had been documented to death, here comes Festival Express. Filmed in 1970, this footage has never seen the light of day until now. A concert movie in the tradition of Woodstock and Monterey Pop, Festival Express documents the wild rock-festival tour that partied across Canada on a chartered train, stopping occasionally to perform concerts in Toronto, Calgary and Winnipeg.
It’s a beautiful late-summer night, and I’m supposed to pick up a carload of girlfriends and take them over to Marge's house for her birthday party. I'm all psyched about the prospect of driving a carload of beautiful women to the party. How many times in a man's life does this sort of opportunity happen?
For some reason, the natural pairing of wine and marijuana has been neglected amidst the excruciating analysis of pairing wine with food, cheese, chocolate and just about anything else you can think of. A few years ago in Amsterdam, a strain of Super Silver Haze turned a $12 bottle of French wine into one of the most memorable taste experiences of my life, and since then, every chance I get, I've been taking notes about pairing wine with weed.
Nimbin is the home of Mardi Grass, the world's wildest marijuana festival. Dominic Cadden and Mick Richards file the story and photos from Down Under.Cultivation editor Jorge Cervantes rates Skunk #1, Northern Lights #5, Haze, G-13, AK-47 and 25 more classic pot strains.