If HIGH TIMES founder Tom Forçade invented marijuana journalism, then Keith Stroup, who started NORML in 1970 and retired as its executive director late last year, invented marijuana activism. Nowadays, there are a myriad of high-profile propot groups fighting the good fight, while at the same time fighting each other for contributors and sound bites.
I'm the soldier who was on the Grow America cover 'Buds Over Baghdad" (GA #4). I just wanted to thank you for what you've done for me. I can't wait to fly out and meet y'all in person. I have a new album online at dankmobb.com. I recorded it here in Baghdad.
Okay, time to come clean. No one in the HIGH TIMES office can remember who sent us the photo to the right. And how do I know? Because I went around like a detective, holding up the photo and individually asking absolutely everyone involved in our operation if they know anything at all about it.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices (by the ounce), strain and location. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $324 (last month: $316) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($400+ PER OZ): $500 ($461) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($200-$399 PER OZ): $315 ($305)
HOW TO GATHER ALL THE GUANO A GROWER WILL EVER NEED.
GUARD DOG ON DUTY
I've been in the wildlife damage-control business since 1992, earning my income by removing and relocating nuisance wildlife from people's homes and yards—unharmed. Our calls involve raccoons in the attic, opossums under the house, snakes in the grass, birds in the chimney, moles underground, hornets on the side of the house, honeybees in the wall and every other conceivable encroachment of wild America into a domestic environment.
THE SUPREME COURT'S BAD PRECEDENT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA.
CANNABIS CAVEMAN EVICTED
Any grade-school graduate can tell you that the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and that its nine justices are appointed for life by the president, facts that—coupled with a recent AARP survey showing nearly threefourths of senior citizens support medical marijuana—would seem to indicate that Angel Raich has a good chance of prevailing in her court battle against the federal government [Raich v. Ashcroft].
It was a cold Wednesday night in December, and hundreds of fans huddled into the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, OH, eager to check out Damageplan, a new band featuring former Pantera members Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. But just as the lights dimmed, the amps buzzed to life, and Dimebag strummed the opening song's first chords, the crowd's familiar roar of excitement suddenly morphed into screams of fear and disbelief when a man with a handgun ran onto the stage and began firing at the unsuspecting guitarist.
A ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION OF TODAY'S BURNING ISSUES.
The federal government has been issuing warnings about super-potent Mary Jane as part of a campaign to justify a new round of legal persecution for marijuana smokers on the one hand, while offering former pothead parents an easy excuse to be hypocrites on the other...
Aprit 20 IT'S 4/20, DUDE! This is it: the new international day of celebration for cannabis enthusiasts. Events on 4/20 are far too numerous to list here—everything from concerts and rallies to more, uh, private affairs taking place wherever stoners meet.
Let's get one thing straight, once and for all, before moving on to this month's quiz: Smoking pot does not make you lazy. This tired stereotype—known in quasi-academic circles as "cannabis amotivational syndrome"—is actually a myth created by those who oppress us.
Marijuana is meant to be eaten. Long before man invented smoking, weed flourished on planet Earth— a staple of stoner diets the world over. And as anyone who's ever attempted an outdoor grow can attest, we humans are far from the only species to find pot a potent plant of which to partake.
So it seems that my memory has been waning somewhat over the past few—oh, lefs see— years. Both the United States Surgeon General and my mother would like me to believe this forgetfulness (a condition I fondly refer to as "memory, schmemory") has been caused by pot-smoking.
Bobby Black rolls a joint, then rolls for damage at the Dungeons & Dragons 30th Anniversary celebration.
I know what you’re thinking: Why is a guy devoted to being cool attending the Dungeons & Dragons 30th-Anniversary party? Isn’t that game for geeks? Well, allow me to shatter that myth. The truth is, true cool has never been about being popular; rather, it springs from a sense of empowered alienation.
British author/rrbiographer Barry Miles has devoted his literary life to the counterculture. He was at the epicenter of the revolutionary hippie scene in London, co-founding the Indica Bookshop and editing Europe's first underground newspaper, The International Times.
PART 1 (JAN. '05 HT) SHED LIGHT ON ALL THE NECESSARY EOUIPMENT AND SET-UP PROCEDURES FOR BUILDING A PERSONAL GANJA GARDEN UNDER $500. NOW THAT YOU'VE ASSEMBLED AND TESTED THE GROWROOM (USING THE CHECKLIST AND INSTRUCTIONS), IT'S TIME TO START THE GARDEN.
ECO-ACTIVIST/ACTRESS DARYL HANNAH WANTS TO SAVE THE WORLD.
Daryl Hannah walks the walk by living off the grid. Her solar-powered home in the Rocky Mountains is a model of eco-friendly design, with an organic vegetable garden and spring water which runs through it. She drives a car that burns recycled french-fry oil from fast-food restaurants.
Our research department spent the past few months toiling tirelessly in the HIGH TIMES Library and Research Facility (HT LARF), carefully compiling the cannabis credentials of today’s top celebrity stoner starlets, and now—following a highly organized scientific process—they've produced the following Top 10 list for your exclusive edification.
Deep in the South American jungle, growers are using Dutch genetics to produce the best pot on the continent.
HASH MAKING IN LA SELVA
At five degrees north Latitude, near Medetllin, Colombia, pot protégés are giving new life to Colombian cannabis. They've traveled deep into the foothills, hired land from the paramilitaries—the group that controls the area—and set up several ganja greenhouses.
America delves deeper into Columbia's coke-fueled civil war.
Who Are the `Narco-Terrorists'?
Civilians Caught in the Crossfire
More Blood for Oil?
BEWARE OF BURUNDANGA
The ongoing civil war in Colombia—recognized by the United Nations as the world's third-greatest humanitarian disaster, after Congo and Darfur—has been pushed from the media spotlight by the crisis in Iraq. Meanwhile, Colombia has quietly received $3.3 billion in US aid since 2000, mostly military aid.
I produced four of the finest plants in my closet at the age of 18. They were my babies, but alas, there's never enough. My problem is parents and—you guessed it—"da man” is always trying to hold me down. How can I grow so no one will know? TW O'Malley Dear TW, If you live and grow in your parents’ home, my first suggestion is that you find your own digs.
Outdoor weather affects the atmosphere indoors. The spring can be wet and warm or cold and dry depending on your geographic location. Keep an eye on indoor temperatures and humidity. Take electrical conductivity (EC) and pH readings daily.
To get you all, ready for a great outdoor season this spring, here are some shots of Spanish gardens taken from the "Bitox & Plants Forum" in the "Hall of Classics" section, This post by Grego can be found in the Overgrow Forum "Step-by-Step Tutorials, How to Start Seeds for Outdoors."
The opportunity to spend so much time around plants again has helped to reacquaint me with techniques that positively promote accelerated growth. Observation is the key to knowledge. Growing healthy plants doesn't need to be overcomplicated, especially with so many great bottled fertilizers and amendments (e.g., Botanicare, Bio-Bizz, Dr. Hornsby's) available.
Applying fertilizer to leaves with a spray provides dual benefits. Foliar feeding promotes vigorous growth while also cleaning leaves of dust and residue that hinder photosynthesis. It allows plants to absorb nutrients directly through the leaves, excess droplets strengthen foliage by weighing down fan leaves and new shoots. Dutch Master, an Australian company, has developed a superior foliar-feeding system that consists of Penetrator and two different formulas of Folitech, one for vegetative growth and the other for flowering. Folitech uses high-energy lipids, called phospholipids, that promote increased branching and shorter internodes. Penetrator works as both a wetting agent and a nutrient-delivery accelerator throughout all stages of growth. Price: Penetrator, $17.99 per liter; Folitech, $49.99 per liter. Contact: Hydro Wholesale, 866-803-2100, hydrowholesale.com.
Should you find yourself with a harvest so huge you dread trim ming it, the Trim Pro helps ease the burden. A sharp fan-like blade rotates just underneath the protective lid, sucking in leaves, cutting them away from colas and into a storage bag. Devastatingly efficient, Trim Pro can even be used simultaneously by two people. Certain unnamed Cati outdoor growers report blazing through plants in 10 minutes that used to take hours, cutting days off harvesting. Trim Box is a quieter, smaller unit. Prices: Trimpro, $2,000; TrimBox, $1,000. Limited time offers. Contact: West Coast Growers, 888924-4769, westcoastgrowers.com.
THIN AIR GROWING SYSTEM & SEED DISCS
Water-culture systems eliminate the need to support roots with materials such as rockwool, expanded clay pellets, coco fiber or soil mix. Thin Air has created an automated, self-contained aeroponic system that takes you all the way from sowing seeds to harvest. A Little Giant pump powers nutrient solution through the misting arm to spray roots in the 28-inch-deep con tainer. This depth allows taproots plenty of space to grow downwards, as they would in nature. Also, germinating seeds is a snap with the Seed Disks provided. Simply soak them down, place a seed on top of the mesh and, in a few days, you'll have a seedling ready to grow with no transplanting hassles. Leave growing mediums behind and start growing in thin air." Price: $665. Contact: Thin Air Growing Systems, 303-5303206, thinairgrowingsystems.com.
Still the only North American company to formulate their nutrients specifically for cannabis growing, Advanced Nutrients continues to dazzele pot farmers with new innovations. Bud Blood has an NPK ratio of 0-39-25, making it perfect for use during the first week of flowering to initiate earlier blooming and more bud sites. Big Bud, which can be used throughout the middle (weeks 2-5) of the flowering cycle, shows particular promise. Reports from the field indicate it clearly and convincingly enlarged bracts and dramatically increased yield. Super-size your flowers! Price: Big Bud, 130 grams, $15.95; 500 grams, $59.95; 1 kg, $109.95; Bud Blood, 130 grams, $13.95. Contact: Green Coast Hydroponics, 877694-9376, gchydro.com.
Green Coast Hydroponics
Ever wonder where all that spicy imported hash in Amsterdam comes from? The documentary film Hashish uncovers the truth. Daniel Grabner travels to Ketama, in the mountains of northern Morocco, and somehow convinces locals to give him unprecedented access to their ancient hash-making process. Unbelievably candid scenes show the harvesting, sieving and pressing of hashish from plants that virtually the whole region grows for subsistence. This film also explores the social costs and benefits of a business intricately tied to daily life in many parts of the world. Price: $19.98 Contact: Pathfinder Pictures path finderpictures.com.
Green Coast Hydroponics
BLUNTPOWER AIR FRESHENER
Come harvest time, all the charcoal filters and ioniz ers in the world cannot cover up your illicit odors. For those who prefer to deny their neighbors the aroma of success, check out Bluntpower air freshener from Jazzy J. It's extremely concentrated, so just one squirt is all it takes to mask any other smell. We especiaLLy enjoyed the Melon Peach scented version, which one staffer likened to "a big Jolly Rancher descended from heaven engulfing everything." Straight up, this stuff is strong. Price: $4.99 per one-ounce bottle or six-pack intro ductory offer for$19.95. Contact: Jazzyi's Air Fresh'ners, 866-841-9139 x3442, jazzyfresh.com.
Green Coast Hydroponics
SUBCULTURE ROOT INOCULUM
Conscientious cannabis grow ers use organic plant foods to produce superior buds, but it can be difficult to get the most out of organic nutrients unless roots are able to absorb them. SubCuLture Root Inoculum from General Hydroponics contains 52 different types of beneficial microscopic organisms that colonize your soil and break down nutrients to aid root uptake. Hydro-organic growers can benefit as weLl by adding 1 ounce per 50 gallons directly to their reservoir. Remember, you don't have to be able to pronounce bacillus, trichoderma or mycorrizae to allow them to work for you. Price: $13.95 per ounce Contact: Better Grow Hydro, 877-640-4769, bghydro.com.
Still the only North American company to formulate their nutrients specifically for cannabis growing, Advanced Nutrients continues to dazzle pot farmers with new innovations. Bud Blood has an NPK ratio of 0-39-25, making it perfect for use during the first week of flowering to initiate earlier blooming and more bud sites.
Last November, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether Angel Raich and Diane Monson are legally protected medical patients or common criminals. The cannabis-law reform movement waits on pins and needles for the high courts decision (due sometime between February and June).
Diane Monson never intended to be a poster person for medical cannabis, but if five US Supreme Court justices find her story compelling, she just might make history. A ruling in favor of Monson and Angel Raich would protect pot patients from federal arrest in states that allow medical use.
DISSENSION TRICKLES IN THE RANKS AS THE DRUG CZAR PUSHES STUDENT DRUG TESTiNG.
Recently, US Drug Czar John Walters paid a visit to the Washington Press Club to talk about declining teenage drug use. The occasion marked the latest release of the Monitoring the Future (MTF) Survey, a 30-year-old government-funded study designed to estimate drug use among America's school-age children.
A few months ago, I took a trip north of the border to visit my boyfriend’s family in Canada. It was my first time meeting his parents, and of course I was nervous as hell, but they ended up being really cool people (who raised a really cool son for me to date).
The infamous 1938 pot-scare movie that launched marijuana prohibition became a stage musical in 1999, thanks to director Andy Fickman, and won a Stony Award. Now Reefer Madness is a movie again—the musical, that is—and will air on Showtime in April, starring Neve Campbell, Alan Cumming, Steven Weber, Ana Gastmeyer and Neve's brother Christian as Jimmy (the character who goes mad on reefer).