We are very pleased to announce: The Buds Are Back in HIGH TIMES! There are literally hundreds of magazines that cover politics, art, music and popular culture, but for the last 30 years HIGH TIMES has been the only voice on the newsstand consistently dedicated to serving the marijuana masses.
I was reading the 30th-anniversary issue (Nov./Dec. HT) and came across the article regarding Reverend Christie filing a federal injunction to stop any further arrests in Hawaii ("The God Defense”). He's mistaken about the Supreme Court case with Timothy Leary: It was not won on religious grounds.
Did we mention the buds are back in HIGH TIMES? These pink ladies were sent our way by a grateful gardener in Washington State who grows by the name of Bigfoot. a.k.a. the ape-like missing link Sasquatch—who, according to local legend, roams the Pacific Northwest to this day.
RATING THE BEST OF NEW YORK CITY’S C.O.D. SERVICES-THAT’S ‘CANNABIS ON DEMAND.’
You can get anything you want in Manhattan, so long as you've got the money to pay for it. And you can get it all delivered, including some of the finest cannabis in the world. Just call the hotline when you get home from work, answer the phone when they call back, and you should be hearing the buzzer ring by the time you finish eating dinner.
Some important facts we ignored in the main story: Why is New York so lucky? Why isn't there weed delivery in [insert wherever you live]? It's because we're dense (in population). With so many cannabis customers per square mile, delivery in Manhattan makes sense.
HOW CANNABIS CONSUMERS CAN BALANCE THE SCALES AND HELP KEEP THUMB-HEAVY DEALERS HONEST
It’s the Stoner’s take on an old riddle: Which weighs more, an ounce of feathers or an ounce of weed? The answer, of course, often depends on whose scale you’re using, if you even get that far. Most times, the bud you buy is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition.
CELEBRITY SMOKESPERSON NELLY TOUTS LAUNCH OF NEW PRODUCT LINE
The manufacturers of the popular Billies Blunt cigar have now unveiled the Blunt Patch, "specially designed to curb the cravings of the hip-hop generation.” Multiplatinum poster boy Nelly announced the new product launch at a press conference in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.
NATIONAL MEDICAL-MARIJUANA DAY NORML, the Cannabis Action Network, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and others join forces under the auspices of the Emergency Coalition for Medical Cannabis to declare Nov. 15 National Medical-Marijuana Day, and will mark the day with protests in Washington, DC, and nationwide.
It takes all types of tokers to make the joint (or blunt or bong or bowl) go round, but what if your personal smoking circle is a table set for one? Is it healthy to maintain a monologue with Mary Jane? Is it okay to be a loner stoner? There are as many answers to that question as there are solitary, dreamy-eyed guys and gals who on any given night venture up to the roof, spark some herb and fly solo into the stars above.
Thailand's Drug War transforms backpackers' Eden into Paradise Lost.
TIPS FOR THAI TRAVELERS
Victor Paul Borg
In the first of a series of nightspot raids, police stormed the elite Bed Supper Club in Bangkok on a steamy Saturday night in August 2003, demanding a urine sample from everyone inside. Thai police can invoke this power if they "reasonably suspect” that drug consumption has taken place, and a positive test—even if no drugs are found—can result in a prison sentence of up to one year.
the First, during a televised address to the nation in 1989, held up a small baggie of crack cocaine and offered a cautionary tale about the young man arrested selling it "across the street from the White House." At trial, the bust was revealed as a DEA set-up planned to provide fodder for Bush’s speech—but that’s another story.
Macaulay Culkin learns the hard way that Oklahoma is not OK for pot smokers.
Ever see a picture of yourseLf when you're baked and think: My God, how can I feel so good and look so bad at the same time? Still, we admire Macaulay for maintaining his signature smirk in this stonier-than-stoned mug shot, filmed on location at the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office.
1 THE BUDS ARE BACK No, your red eyes don't deceive you: HIGH TIMES is back in full botanical glory. We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed getting stoned while making it. 2 RODNEY DANGERFIELD-R.I.P. The legendary man of no respect spent his final days on Earth touting the benefits of medical marijuana.
DAVE MATTHEWS OFFERS DNA EVIDENCE TO REFUTE CHARGES OF 'ILLEGAL DUMPING.’
Ever dream of getting really close to your favorite rock star? To discover what's deep inside him? Well, if there were any Dave Matthews fans on the Chicago River on Aug. 8, they may have gotten more up close and personal than they planned to. Authorities in the Windy City are investigating an incident in which Matthews' tour bus allegedly emptied its sewage container of up to 800 pounds of human waste while crossing the Kinzie Street Bridge, showering dozens of sightseers gathered on the deck of a tour boat that was passing underneath.
Texas teen finds a ‘roach’ in her McDonald's parfait.
We’ve all heard horror stories about what really goes on at fast-food restaurants—everything from unsanitary conditions (see: the five-second rule) to lost orders (see: "They fuck you at the drive-through”) to outright sabotage undertaken by disgruntled burger-flippers (see: special sauce).
High-school administrators mistakenly enforce 'address code' with T-shirt ban.
It’s never easy being the new kid at school. The more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider surrounded by strangers. So it’s not hard to understand why Terrell Jones woke up one Monday morning and decided to make the trip to his new school in a T-shirt that reminded him of the hometown he left behind.
Ask around at any office space: Things tend to move a little slower on the last day of the week, HIGH TIMES being no exception. The staff is confined to cubicles, after all, so why shouldn't we be susceptible to the same sustained slowdown that strikes every other enterprise on Friday?
I HOPE YOU GET CARPAL-TUNNEL SYNDROME FROM YOUR GAME CUBE.
I am so unbelievably bored I can’t even blink. You’ve been at it with your XBox, PlayStation, Sega, whatever the hell this version is, for a good—oh, let’s see—47 minutes and 25, 26, 27 seconds now. Am I even sitting here, or what? How long will you keep getting killed by the guy standing behind that brick wall on the left side on the screen (Left side!!! Good God.
PISCES (Feb. 23 - March 20): Tossing your roaches on the ground is not good for stoners and other living things...it's great for them! Keep up the good work. ARIES (March 21 - April 20): It’s okay to admit you’re wrong. But wouldn't it save some stoner-time to be right every so often?
The last time I went to a "penthouse” party (which was purported to be filled with models in swimsuits and underwear), it turned out to be held in a penthouse, and the models all turned out to be men. But there was no question this time—the Penthouse 35th-anniversary party at the Spirit club in NYC was the real deal.
If there are three drug-related films that define the '60s, '70s and '80s, they could easily be Easy Rider, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused. From the avant-garde, on-the-road consciousness of Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider to the raucous small-town stoners of Richard Linklater's Dazed to the suburbanization of the counterculture in Amy Heckerling's Fast Times, each is a stony signpost along the celluloid superhighway.
2l3’s “MARY JANE” Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg pay tribute to their smokey girlfriend and the late Rick James (”I wake up in the morning and hit that thang”). On The Hard Way (TVT). Krayzie Bone’s “GET CHU TWISTED” Typical Bone Thugs tongue-twister, this solo joint's produced by Lil Jon.
CALIFORNIA CHART-TOPPERS MAROONS LOVE THEIR CHRONIC.
ROCKIN’ in the STONED WORLD
It's an easy picture to imagine. As night falls, a tight-knit group of friends—all from Los Angeles, none older than 15—head to the rocky shores of Malibu to consume the first bag of weed they ever bought. The deal had gone down earlier in the high-school bathroom—20 bucks and a quick handshake is all it took to guarantee a long, giddy night.
FROM ALI G TO TENACIOUS D, HIGH TIMES HAS A WAY OF GETTING PERFORMERS TO POSE WITH BUDS.
Maroon 5 (see preceding pages) are just the most recent in a long line of musicians to mug for our cameras with muggles. Bob Marley was HIGH TIMES’ first ever, in 1976. (But we’re saving that one for our March issue.) It starts something like this: We arrange for the photo shoot, come up with a concept, arrive with the necessary materials and hope for the best.
For the cost of an ounce of kind bud, novice growers can construct their own indoor micro-gardens.
ASSEMBLING THE GROWROOM
STEP 1: Prepare the Location
STEP 2: Power Strip and Extension Cords
STEP 3: Mount the Equipment
STEP 4: Make the Power Connections
STEP 5: Power Up and Test the Growroom
READY TO GROW
The question I’m most often asked by hightimes.com readers is, "How can I start a small, inexpensive indoor garden with stuff I can get anywhere?” Many people are reluctant to purchase indoor growing equipment online or from grow stores, particularly for their first small garden.
School’s in: This month’s lesson is about planting seeds and taking clones.
Propagating seeds and clones is the most important skill to master in cannabis cultivation. if your beans will not sprout or your cuttings refuse to root, all other aspects of growing become insignificant. However, with the proper medium and the right conditions, young plants receive the boost they need to start life healthy and vigorous, providing you with bigger, better buds.
Picking a winner is never easy in Vegas, unless you're a judge at the 2nd-Annual Las Vegas Cup.
at the Vegas Cup
It’s well past noon and Sheckwood is getting nervous. The 2nd-Annual Las Vegas Cup, which Sheckwood has painstakingly organized, is scheduled to get underway at 9 p.m. But one of the seven strains is missing. Purple Kush, Strawberry Cough, Vegas Lights, Shishkaberry, Sweet Tooth and Jack Herer had already arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
The 17th Annual Cannabis Cup is taking place Nov. 21-25 in Amsterdam. HIGH TIMES will have complete Cup coverage in a future issue, of course, but by that time it will be too late to help this year’s judges survive what can be a “kind" of grueling experience. That's why we compiled this exclusive guide to survival strategies for stoners in Amsterdam.
SMOKE WITH YOUR HEAD, NOT OVER IT
TAKE A SAUNA BREAK
STAY OUT OF THE BIKE LANE
AVOID TOBACCO MIXES
USE THE BUD-DY SYSTEM
You should be thirsty for adventure at the Cannabis Cup, not water. This is not just for your comfort—it's for your safety. You may be wondering at what point exactly a common case of cottonmouth morphs from a cannabis-consumption inconvenience into a life-threatening emergency.
The first time you walk into a coffeeshop in Amsterdam, you'll think to yourself: Holy shit, it's real! Even seeing it, I can hardly believe it. But you'll be shy at first, shuffling your feet, taking in the vibe of the place. Then you'll think to yourself: Now what?
I heard you never should use a credit card to buy seeds because that leaves a paper trail. I live in the US and want to order seeds from a company that advertises on the Internet. Should I pay with a check or international money order? I tried contacting the companies, but they never responded.
In winter, indoor climates are regulated by home heating systems. Gas and oil heat yield water vapor as a by-product. This by-product increases humidity in the home and growroom. Wood stoves and electric heat dry the air and lower relative humidity.
I planted only 10 DJ Short seeds and ended up with five females and five males. I grew out larger numbers of clones from each of the five mothers to decide which ones would continue in my growroom. I was graced with a range of phenotypes, which I believe represent what’s possible when growing Blueberry—very short, squat, mostly indica.
Mendocino County in Northern California provides the freedom to live a healthy lifestyle, both spiritually and physically. From there, you can take it anywhere you want: Meeting people from all lifestyles happens daily in the Emerald Triangle, and along with all types of folks come all types of growers.
Specifically designed for indoor growing, Solar NRG bulbs have the highest lumens (light output) yet recorded. The Retro models are metal-halide bulbs that run off high-pressure sodium (HPS) ballasts without dropping lumens like most conversion bulbs. The Super Red spectrum HPS version closely mimics the warm orange and reddish hues of autumn sunlight for spectacular results during flowering. Price: Retro & Super Red 400-watt bulb, $99.95; 600and 1,000-watt bulb, $119.95; plus shipping.
West Coast Growers
We spotted these slip-ons for sale at the Vans Warped Tour this past summer and just had to buy a pair. They’re made of canvas and thick rubber soles; only a limited supply is still available Price: $35, plus shipping.
West Coast Growers
TOP SECRET NUTRIENTS
In-the-know growers are buzzing about Top Secret plant nutrients. The four-part system uses two formulas for growing and two for blooming, both divided into A and B mixes. These nutrients incorporate Reagent ACS food-grade ingredients (the purest available) as well as a pH-buffering system. The increased growth and shorter internodes will make these nutes a secret worth keeping. Price: $42 per gallon, plus shipping.
West Coast Growers
HYGROZYME HORTICUL TURAL ENZYMATIC FORMULA
Enzymes that eat proteins in reservoirs (dead roots, for example) are helpful in a variety of ways. By converting unavailable mineral clusters, the enzymes render nutrients more extractable to the living roots, greatly enhancing organic growth. Breaking down these proteins also prevents clogging of pumps and drip emitters. Sipco Industries’ Hygrozyme Formula contains a complex mix of dozens of these beneficial enzymes and is completely earth-safe. Add this product to your clone solution and shave days off rooting time. Price: $36.99 per liter, plus shipping.
West Coast Growers
NORML HEMP/COTTON POLO
Put your money where your cotton-mouth is: Show your support for the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws and hemp clothing at the same time with these spiffy black polos embroidered with the NORML logo. The 55/45 percent hemp/cotton-blend shirt, made by Hemptown, is soft yet breathable. Your purchase goes directly to fighting to change the laws that create criminals out of responsible cannabis smokers. Wanna change the world? Change your shirt! Price: $35, plus shipping.
West Coast Growers
BONSAI HERO & TESTAROSSA
A favorite among commercial growers, the Bonsai Hero lightens the load of trimming leaves during harvest. The power unit can run up to four mechanical scissors at a time, taking hours and possibly days off manicuring. It can even run off a car battery for outdoor harvesting on the fly. The Bonsai Hero is the industrial-sized model (20,000 hours of use), while the Testarossa (1,000 hours) is a more-affordable version for those with Less to trim. Price: Bonsai Hero (with one pair of scissors), $588, plus shipping; additional pairs of scissors, $328; Testarossa, $220, plus shipping.
West Coast Growers
MARIJUANA: JORGE'S RX
Since 1999, Jorge Cervantes has been advising ganja growers with his Jorge’s Rx column (see page 62). Marijuana: Jorge's Rx is packed with years of expert grow guidance from the man who wrote “The Grow Bible,” a.k.a. Indoor Marijua na Horticulture. With 144 pages and over 100 color photos and drawings, the book covers every aspect of cannabis cultivation for the beginner and expert alike. Price: $14.95, plus shipping. Contact: 800-635-8883; marijuanagrowing.com or hightimes.com.
Truth be told, simply sending NORML $35 for a membership and a T-shirt will not be enough to legalize cannabis. There, I’ve said it—and I feel better already. The message I’m trying to convey by this admission is one I’ve learned after serving NORML and the cannabis-law reform movement for nearly 14 years.
Since 2000, Steve Epstein has worked diligently to place local initiatives on the ballot in the Massachusetts Legislature and senate districts throughout the state. These initiatives instruct the district's senator or representative to introduce and support marijuana-decriminalization legislation.
In 1993, I had to take six urine tests. The stakes could not have been higher. Unsure how to proceed, I bought a copy of HIGH TIMES and ordered one of the myriad number of drug-test products advertised in the back—a "solution” which involved drinking a gallon of tea.
Real readers talk about being 'cannabis criminals'.
I was pinched on an unseasonably warm December evening in New York City. After work I met up with an old friend, and we shared a fragrant joint while strolling past the elegant brownstones of Greenwich Village. Our highly criminal intention was to get a couple of slices of pizza and then go our separate ways.
Like to grow in H2O? HIGH TIMES returns to the water for a Hydroponics special that rates everything you need to ’dro—from tables and circular gardens to nutrients, mediums and more—courtesy of Kyle Kushman. BONUS: Dan Vinkovetsky’s "History of Hydro,” the untold story featuring NASA, Israel, the Grateful Dead and some of the smartest stoners ever!