I just flew back from Amsterdam, and boy, are my lungs tired. Seriously, though, folks, every time I visit Holland, I'm humbled by the country’s commonsense approach to cannabis and its citizens’ deep understanding of the fine art of living.
Richard Cusick's Message column in the Dec. '05 issue about the Seattle Hempfest was very inspiring. It reminded me of Vegoose, which took place in Las Vegas on Halloween weekend. The festival had four huge stages boasting more than 40 musically diverse groups, from Atmosphere and Talib Kweli to Trey Anastasio, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh and Primus.
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Did you hear? Marijuana has just been legalized in Denver. Fucking le-galized! With 54 percent approval, the good citizens (Denvarians?) of that fair city voted to legalize up to an ounce of herb for anyone 21 or older, and so now weed's totally legit and everyone's getting high right in the streets—except, of course, that it isn't and they're not.
Actually, instead of taking an airplane, retired police detective Howard Woolridge rode on horseback from Los Angeles to New York City—a four-month journey—to drum up support for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), the 3,000-member-strong organization he co-founded in 2002 to organize opposition to the Drug War among cops, DEA agents, prosecutors, judges, jail guards and others tired of fighting on the front lines of this losing battle.
Unemployed? Stoned? Enjoy investigating things? Maybe it’s time to consider a promising career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Don’t worry if you’ve been refused employment by the FBI in the past: New rules now under consideration will do away with any discriminatory hiring standards based on previous illicit intoxicant use, focusing instead on a “whole person” evaluation—a change that would overturn the current policy barring anyone who’s used marijuana within the past three years or more than 15 times total.
Canadian heroes the Trailer Park Boys plot an American invasior
Alert the Border Patrol, Homeland Security and the DEA: Canada's most notorious gang of petty cons plans to arrive in America this summer with the release of Trailer Park Boys: The Big Dirty, a feature film based on their Juno Award-winning television show—already a mainstream hit north of the border.
Man oh man, is that ever a terrible feeling: calling your father to come bail you out of jail—even if it’s for something as small-scale as smoking a joint at a concert in front of the wrong undercover cop, or protesting a war we should never have started in the first place.
I was on the road for my “Head versus Feds” college lecture tour (a debate with former DEA Special Agent Robert Stutman) right up until the day before traveling to Amsterdam for the 18th Annual Cannabis Cup. Consequently, I was way too tired to make sure I’d packed everything I needed.
A wise man once observed that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe there are only two kinds of people in the world, and those who don't. There are likewise two kinds of Stoners walking around on Planet Earth: those who've already enjoyed the privilege of patronizing one of Amsterdam's many coffeeshops, and those who keep telling themselves that they're going to get there someday soon— and then repack the bong and forget all about the idea among their other high priorities.
Mason Tvert is on a mission to convince Americans that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. In November, Tvert's quest resulted in arguably the most significant change in local marijuana policy in decades—legalizing possession of one ounce of marijuana in the city of Denver, CO, for adults 21 and older.
This fall’s big splash in marijuana-law reform advocacy was the successful municipal effort in Denver, which depenalized the possession of one ounce of marijuana. Denver followed the lead of other cities that have either decriminalized pot or de-prioritized marijuana arrests, such as Amherst, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Austin, TX; Columbia, MO; Madison, WI; Oakland, CA; and Seattle, WA. One of the principle and effective rhetorical points that NORML’s founder, Keith Stroup, has repeatedly made is that marijuana consumers should be treated under the law like alcohol consumers—no better, and certainly no worse.
In the cat-and-mouse game of drug testing, there’s a new mouse in town, and the cat hasn’t figured out how to catch it— yet. A new study conducted at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University has determined that papain, a digestive enzyme derived from the papaya fruit, significantly decreases concentrations of THC when added to a urine sample and—wonderful to behold!—was not detected under Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guidelines.
Cure your jet lag with a glass of hot hash chocolate in Amsterdam.
HOT HASH CHOCOLALE
Easy Bake Dave
If you live in North America, odds are you will arrive in Amsterdam sometime in the early morning, after spending the overnight trip tossing and turning in an airplane seat, unable to move or sleep. The temptation will be to immediately make your way to the coffeeshop nearest to your hotel, buy half the menu and indulge in a giant spliff followed by seven bong hits and a round of vaporizing before walking right straight back to the hotel and getting some much-needed sleep.
It took every last ounce of my patience and every QP of my fear of jail not to slap that bitch's hand away from my brownies the instant her fire-engine-red Lee Press-On Nails clicked against the tray's tinfoil covering. The effort of restraint made all the blood rush to my head, ruining my high—which made me even more pissed off.
NEW AMSTERDAM’S PREMIER POT PARTY RETURNS, BIGGER AND BETTER THAN BEFORE
THE 2ND ANNUAL BBD CUP ENTRIES
Well, once again the cheapskates at HIGH TIMES wouldn’t spring for me to go to the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, so once again I took matters into my own hands and brought the Cup to me—sending an invitation out to all my hardcore heads: Grab a sixer of Heineken and an eighth of the best bud you can find and head on over to BBD HQ (location classified) for the Second Annual BBD Cup.
It was 1975 when Patti Smith made her seismic shift, rising above arbitrary antecedents and godhead influences that included dead French poets and the British Invasion of rock'n'roll. She was the ultimate fan turned punk rocker, spouting ecstatic Beat poetics over bruising three-chord struts.
Ecstasy goes on trial, this time as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
THE TRIP TO WELLVILLE
Mary Ought Six
I first learned of federally sanctioned MDMA research seeking a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2005 at Mind States, a yearly conference in San Francisco attracting psychedelic artists, dabblers, scientists and scholars interested in the latest developments and discoveries in consciousness and mind exploration.
Sean Paul sees the light with his latest dancehall-reggae smash.
“Everyday, we be burnin’ / Not concernin’ what nobody wanna say / Some got gold and oil and diamonds / All we got is Mary J. / Legalize it, time you recognize it,” sings Sean Paul on "We Be Burnin’,” the first single from his latest album, The Trinity (Atlantic), which hit the Top 10 in November.
Bob Marley’s youngest son is becoming the family's biggest star.
Bob Marley, who would’ve turned 61 on February 6, clearly had a plan when he sired 12 children. The eldest Marley siblings, all born to Bob and Rita—Ziggy, Stephen, Cedella and Sharon—formed the first Marley family band after Bob’s death in 1981.
The potheads have the power at the 18th Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup.
THE CANNABIS CUP'S A LOT LIKE SUMMER CAMP
LEGENDS OF CANNABIS PARTY
FREE EDDY LAPP
THE CUP IS AS MUCH ABOUT PEOPLE AS IT IS ABOUT POT.
MORE MR NICE GUY
FREEDOM FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Alex White plume
They arrive in Amsterdam like the huddled masses of European immigrants who landed at Ellis Island at the end of the 19th century: tired, cold, dazed, confused, sober—and yearning to be stoned. These pothead pilgrims reach the Cannabis Cup registration center in groups of two, three, sometimes 10 or more, often fresh from the airport, all seeking a new life in the land of marijuana freedom, if only for the next five days.
'I'm not interested in most people. I’m interested in the people who know what’s going on.’
John Trudell came a long way to serve as a celebrity judge at the 18th Annual Cannabis Cup, a journey spanning a lifetime of art and activism that first kick-started into high gear in November 1969, when, recently returned from a stint on a Navy destroyer off the coast of Vietnam, he joined a group of 100 Native Americans—self-described “Indians of All Tribes”—who occupied the abandoned prison on Alcatraz Island, citing tribal treaties giving them rights to any unused lands.
South Dakota activists are picking up the gauntlet once more and mounting a massive signature campaign to get medical marijuana on the '06 ballot. In this region of ever-shifting weather, the skies look promising.
Bob Newland is 57 years old. A native of South Dakota, he’s run for political office six times. He's campaigned for Congress, the US Senate, state Senate and the offices of governor and attorney general. His record is 0 for 6. “Before I die, I’d like to win one election,” he says.
HOW MANY POTHEADS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB?*
Stoner comedy is sweeping the nation. With that in mind, here's our list of the Top 10 Pot Comics and five inductees into HIGH TIMES' Comedy Hall of Fame.
HIGH TIMES' TOP 10 POT COMICS
1. BILL MAHER
2. DOUG BENSON
3. AMY POEHLER
4. SACHA BARON COHEN
5. TENACIOUS D
6. JON STEWART
7. JIM BREUER
8. SARAH SILVERMAN
9. JAY LENO
10. JACKIE “THE JOKE MAN" MARTLING
HIGH TIMES' COMEDY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
CHEECH & CHONG
Lenny Bruce was the first comedian to work marijuana into his stand-up comedy routine. Claiming that since he didn’t smoke pot, he was qualified to comment on it, Bruce challenged politicians to change the laws that prohibit the use of marijuana.
A Canadian grower utilizes two popular methods of hash making and discovers the pleasures of a unique new product called the Rubble.
BLENDING THE RUBBLE
The debate continues over which method produces the finest grade of hashish: ice-water extracted or dry-sieved? The problem I have with water-extracted hash is a drastic loss of flavor. The smoke is powerful but also a bit harsh. I crave the tasty "blue" smoke of a Jamaican Gum or the spiciness of a proper piece of Afghani.
Choosing when to finally harvest your plants can be an agonizing decision. Many growers lack the patience to wait out the last few days of flowering to insure maximum THC content. Others timidly allow their plants to linger on and on, with diminishing returns.
HIGH TIMES cultivation expert Jorge Cervantes' Ultimate Grow DVD takes you step by step from seeds and clones to harvest in high style. This excerpt—one of the many tutorials available for the first time in DVD format—covers transplanting.
'Do you smell a skunk?' It's the last thing anyone carrying cannabis wants to hear on the bus or in a grocery store, but it happens all the time because of stinky pot and porous baggies. Heavy-duty Green Keeper bags keep the odor in and the bud fresh with scent-reducing technology and a strong-sealing zipper. Keep the smell of your sinsemilla to yourself and stay safe. Price:4.5"x5.75", $3.00; 6"x 1.25"x3", $4.00; 8"x 9", $6.00; 7.5"x 1.25"x6.75", $7.25
When it comes to vaporizers, it's all about flavor. Who wants their expensive primo nugs to taste like burnt popcorn? The Super Vapezilla, winner of the product category at the 18th Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup, hits on all cylinders with a digital LCD display and ceramic heating element that keep temperatures at an ideal level for the best-tasting vapor. The essence of the cannabis truly shines through, hit after hit. It's not a party vape due to a difficult whip connection, but for the lone puffer looking to savor the complex flavors inherent in the variety of terpenes and essential oils of connoisseur-grade cannabis, it's among the best on the market. Price: $500
Are you sick of those annoying fungus gnats that hover around your plants? Pouring Gnatrol in your reservoir tank or using it as a foliar feed will rid your garden of these pests once and for all. Gnatrol, a biological larvicide, contains a naturally occurring bacillus bacteria that kills the eggs of gnats quickly and effectively. It's completely nontoxic to beneficial insects and other animals, so even organic growers can use Gnatrol by soaking the top of their soil mix. Once the gnats are gone, resume your regular feeding schedule and enjoy your plants without the distraction of fluttering bugs. Price: Pint, $15.99; quart, $29.99
Just like humans or machines, flowers need the proper amount of fuel to grow at optimum levels. During the crucial middle weeks of the flowering period, it's essential to provide enough phosphorous and potassium for buds to swell and fill out to their true potential. Flower Flex contains super phosphates, complex carbohydrates, amino acids and enzymes specifically designed to increase the size of budding fruits. The combination of hormones and flower boosters works for soil or hydroponically grown cannabis plants, amplifying the ultimate dry weeks 2 to 5 for shorter-flowering indicas, and weeks 2 blooming sativas. Pump up your pot with Flower Flex, Price: 100 grams, $49.95; 300 grams, $135.95; 1000 grams, $349.95
I want to start growing with the AeroFlo2. What would be the best setup, best seed company and best strain? Georgia Bound Dear Georgia, The AeroFlo2 is an excellent investment. However, you’re a new grower and need to get your hands wet. Trust me, if you invest a lot of money in a hydroponic system right away, it’ll likely stay in the box for the first three to four months.
Sunny days warm the air outdoors, but the cold sets in when the sun goes down. This day/night temperature change causes humidity to climb rapidly at night. When high humidity creeps indoors, it causes problems. Make sure to measure and control nighttime humidity to avoid mold and difficulties with water and nutrient uptake.
When Trichome Technologies—a state-of-the-art medical grow facility—traveled to Cuba, they discovered an island rich in culture, but suffering under the twin tyrannies of political dictatorship and terrible weed. Risking life and liberty, Trichome Tech took it upon themselves to deliver 300 Kryptonite seeds in the hopes that, one day, Cuba might become a smoker’s paradise.
If someone accused you of holding "Skunk Balls," you'd probably get upset. But if the year was 1991, and the place was the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, you'd actually have the winning strain in your hands— supplied by a coffeeshop called Free City.