Any journalist assigned to report on a war risks taking fire, and HIGH TIMES' new Canadian correspondent Chris Bennett has been no exception. Deeply embedded in the global Drug War for more than a decade, Bennett has never been afraid to jump into the fray, whether reporting on Jesus' use of cannabis as a sacrament, a DEA raid on his employer or even the extradition case against his own wife—American refuge Renee Boje, who fled to Canada in 1998 to avoid a prison sentence stemming from her work as a caretaker for a state-sanctioned medical-marijuana garden in California.
So I just got my April issue and I must say I couldn't be more pleased with your choice for Miss HIGH TIMES. Although I did enter the contest, and although my fourfoot glass bong and I lost to a girl with giant breasts, it's cool because I had a good time and I think the contest is a great idea.
STUDENT WINS SUIT AGAINST SCHOOL OVER STONER-SIGN SUSPENSION.
Joseph Frederick woke up on a frigid morning in January 2002 with a simple, though admittedly juvenile, plan. The 18-year-old senior at Juneau-Douglas High School in Alaska decided to get some friends together and hold up a giant banner reading “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” across the street from his school as the Winter Olympics torch passed by, hoping to have that subversive bit of stoner humor seen live on TV. Unfortunately, school principal Deborah Morse immediately seized the sign and later subjected Frederick and his co-conspirators to school suspensions.
Health Canada wants their fucking money, man. The only national agency in North America officially licensed to grow and distribute medical marijuana has C$170,000 in outstanding debts to collect, and they're sick of hearing all the same old lame excuses from those who puffed their government greens and then stiffed them on the bill.
DUELING POLITICIANS DEBATE HOLLAND'S MARIJUANA TOLERANCE VIA RAP-MUSIC BATTLE.
The whole beef started with "Weed Boulevard,” a plan approved by the Dutch town of Maastricht that would move all coffeeshops and other marijuana-related businesses out of the city center and concentrate them on an otherwise isolated stretch of road even closer to the nearby border.
MOROCCAN HASHISH FARMERS CONFRONT A CRACKDOWN ON CANNABIS IN THE RIF MOUNTAINS.
In last month's issue, HIGH TIMES published a feature-length story on cannabis farming in Morocco, including the world-renowned hashish sieved from the fields of marijuana grown in the Rif Mountain valley—a region verified by the United Nations as the leading global producer of hashish.
On March 20, 2006, a benefit concert was held at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom to mark the third anniversary of the US war in Iraq. "Bring 'Em Home Now" featured musical performances by Michael Stipe, Steve Earle, Rufus Wainwright, Bright Eyes, Fischerspooner and Devendra Bernhart, comedy by Margaret Cho and celebrity guest speakers Chuck D. and Susan Sarandon.
Which country should the United States invade next? Iran? Syria? Maybe take a few steps back, get a running start and try it all over again in Iraq? Not so fast, says Bruce Willis, who naturally chose a publicity appearance for his latest film as the ideal venue to advocate "going to Colombia and doing whatever it takes to end the cocaine trade.
Budapest-based activists practice public "Civil Obedience" in the face of pot prohibition.
Péter Juhász is Hungary's most outspoken stoner by far, often discussing his pot smoking in nationally televised political debates. Still, Juhász's attorney was leery when her client insisted on presenting a bold piece of evidence at his January trial for publicly admitting marijuana use to the cops—a live, three-foot-tall cannabis plant.
BURNING QUESTION: WHO TODAY SUPPORTS MARIJUANA PROHIBITION?
The No. 1 question submitted to NORML’s popular Web page: Who today supports marijuana prohibition? Answer: No single individual within the US government bureaucracy or any private entity is responsible for America’s misguided war on marijuana.
When he entered the Washington State penal system in 1987, after receiving a 304-month sentence for shooting a drug dealer during a robbery (the jury rejected his claim of self-defense), Prison Legal News founder and editor Paul Wright immediately recognized a dire need for a publication by and for prisoners, and despite having no previous journalism schooling or experience, he set out to fill the void.
Like a toothless dog yapping at our heels, Congress has once again taken up the cause of trying to federally outlaw tampering with a drug test. On March 8, Representative Edward Whitfield [R-KY] and Representative Elliot Engel [D-NY] introduced the National Drug Testing Integrity Act of 2006 [HR 4910], which seeks to prohibit the manufacture, sale, marketing or distribution of products designed to help you pass a drug test.
After Ratso Sloman ghost-wrote Howard Stern's autobiography, Private Parts, he compiled an oral biography of Abbie Hoffman, Steal This Dream. Stern wasn't impressed. "Well," said Ratso, "Stew Albert likes it." "Who the hell is Stew Albert?" asked Stern.
In my February column ("Reflections on a Secret Society"), I mentioned that Soma, the ancient sacrament of the Rig Veda, is actually cannabis. This comment prompted a reply from Jon, who complained: "Soma’s actual identity is the Amanita muscaria mushroom...well-documented in R. Gordon Wasson’s book Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality (1968)."
Hi HIGH TIMES, My name is Kenny, and I'm a Long-time reader and indulger. I am sending you a present that you could hang in your office, if you want. Or auction it off for a charity of your choice. I am a Vietnam veteran, spent 19 months there. The weed was like nothing I have smoked here.
HIGH TIMES is proud to announce the arrival of The Virtual Joint—a short movie that you can view, download or copy and pass along to your friends. It’s a bit hard to imagine now how we ever lived a day without this thing. Have you ever watched The Yule Log during the holidays?
Most people go out of their way not to smell like bud, but Fresh cosmetics CEO Lev Glazman spent countless hours in a lab synthesizing the aroma for his newest cologne, appropriately named Cannabis Santal. “I like the scent of cannabis," declares Glazman.
For HT readers who like their dank nugs heady and their music equally so but can't stand the trappings of jamband psychedelia, there may be hope for you in a rising subgenre known as "psyche rock." You could also call this genre "psychedelic garage" or "drone."
The music industry is a dying behemoth operating on an outdated business model that has as much relevance to the modern world as the zeppelin or butter churn. It's run by greedmongers who've been shoveling dog shit down the listening public's throat for years. It deserves to die. I for one am getting great pleasure hearing its death rattle.
File-sharing software and free online downloading have no more killed the record biz than cassettes did in the '70s and '80s. What killed the record biz was and is poor management from the top down. Now let me qualify that. The major record labels are dying.
In a future issue, HIGH TIMES will take you deep inside one of California's largest marijuana-candy factories for an exclusive tour of a Wonka-esque dream destination where medical-grade grass meets connoisseur-quality chocolate to create cannabis confections of the highest order imaginable.
The month of July has always been a traditional mile-marker down through the ages for the counterculture—lots of weddings, Fourth of July celebrations, Rainbow Gatherings. The power of the flower has returned to Mother Earth. There is a reawakening of the earth's trees, greenery and little mariwanna plants as they begin to reach for the sun.
Scarcely a month after covering the porn awards in Las Vegas, I found myself attending another convention fueled by adolescent fantasy: the first-ever New York Comic-Con. Despite my leather-clad exterior, I’ve always had a serious geek streak.
As a longtime Syd Barrett fanatic, I’ve come to the realization that the other principal members of Pink Floyd—Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason—are four of the most evil fuckers in the history of recorded music. There’s a lot of talk about what a lunatic Syd Barrett is/was (most of it coming from the Floyd themselves), but if you ask me, Syd Barrett just woke up and realized that his bandmates were assholes, the life of a pop star was not what he thought it was going to be and, like South Park's Eric Cartman, one day said, "Screw you guys, I'm going home.”
WHEN THE WORLD'S LARGEST ONLINE CANNABIS COMMUNITY VANISHED, RUMOR AND INTRIGUE FILLED THE VOID.
POM WEAVED STORIES OF MURDER PLOTS, EMBEZZLEMENT AND CORPORATE GREED.
It was the beginning of February when they first started washing up on different cannabis forums around the Internet, like so many shipwreck survivors reconnecting on shore, searching for answers: "Any other Overgrowers here?" "I am, do you know what happened?" On Jan. 31, overgrow.com, the Web's most popular cannabis-based Web site, disappeared.
POLITICIANS FIND THEMSELVES LINKED TO OVERGROW AND OTHER "DESPICABLE CAUSES.”
Overgrow’s sudden disappearance wasn’t the first time the site became the subject of Internet intrigue. In late 2003, Jeremy Stamper, a patrol officer from Mossyrock, WA, and a self-described "political accountability advocate," began registering the names of elected officials and then created Web pages connecting them to politically embarrassing Web sites, including Overgrow.
WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE FOR A STONER VACATION? STEVEN HAGER, POT STAR AND BOBBY BLACK ALL WEIGH IN WITH THEIR CHOICES FOR THE ULTIMATE CANNABIS GETAWAY.
I first heard about Ibiza 12 years ago from Arjan of the Green House in Amsterdam. "It's the most beautiful island in the world, and the best place for parties," he told me. "It was rediscovered by hippies. Many people who visit never leave. It's a very spiritual place."
This winter we went to the third annual Secret Cup near Barcelona. This is a local cup where all the grow shops and a few outstanding individuals present their finest. The affair is held at the only cannabis restaurant in the peninsula, also near Barcelona.
Negril is just 45 miles west of Montego Bay and is located on the beautiful west end of the island of Jamaica. Once a hippie enclave in the '60s, Negril maintains its liberal roots and day-long party atmosphere, which has made it a cult vacation favorite for hip modern-day stoners.
Amsterdam is truly one of the greatest party cities in the world, especially if you're a pothead. Not only is it home to arguably the best marijuana in the world, but it's also the freest in its attitudes toward smoking pot. Personal amounts of marijuana can be purchased and imbibed in any of a hundred different coffeeshops.
The art of acquiring cannabis in new and strange places takes one deeper into the culture of both your host country’s stoners and your fellow foreign travelers. This can lead either to the most remarkable moment of your journey or, if you’re not careful, the biggest bummer of your vacation.
OVER THE PAST 11 YEARS, SERIOUS SEEDS' FIVE TRUE-BREEDING STRAINS HAVE WON NUMEROUS CANNABIS CUPS, THANKS TO THE SIMPLE PHILOSOPHY OF QUALITY OVER QUANTITY.
A SERIOUS SITUATION
PUTTING SERIOUS TO THE TEST
GREEN BORN IDENTITY-G.B.I.
For Serious Seeds, a well-known Dutch seed bank founded in 1995, the secret of their success is simple but sound: Less is more. Simon, the owner and breeder of this highly awarded company, concentrates on just five high-grade cannabis varieties instead of producing countless mediocre strains.
THE END DRAWS NEAR, and many of us embedded in the counterculture are gripped with a sense of urgency about our political, social and environmental future. Whether confronting climate change, the quagmire in Iraq or the erosion of civil liberties, few activists foresee a widespread transformation in consciousness just around the corner.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices (by the ounce), strain and location. To submit, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $342 (last month: $336, YTD: $341) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $434 ($431, $445) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $266 ($266, $268) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $93 ($89, $88) TUTTI FRUITY Birmingham, AL-$350 "Indoor-grown, organically.
A visit to the heart of Holland, where cannabis flows freely in and out of coffeeshops and North American reefer refugees can become pot entrepreneurs.
Upon arrival in Amsterdam, my colleague and I check into our hotel and immediately set out to find some strong sativas to power us through our first day and avoid the inevitable jet lag caused by overnight flights. Sitting in the Grey Area and puffing on some Blueberry Haze, my thoughts turn to supply and demand.
The next generation of grow rocks properly supports plants while also providing essential nutrients directly where roots need them most.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO USE DIATOMITE
The next generation of grow rocks properly supports plants while also providing essential nutrients directly where roots need them most. Imagine a growing medium that's a perfectly stable base for your plants and at the same time provides roots with long-lasting and reusable elemental minerals.
Sometimes the best places to cultivate cannabis are right under your nose. Camouflaging a common piece of furniture can provide both stealth and wealth in the form of homegrown, high-quality pot.
My buddy JP and I decided to start our grow while smoking some pricey bong rips on my couch. The first place we thought of was directly in our line of vision: the dresser. If we could fashion it into a grow box, the cabinet could provide inexpensive nuggets for months to come.
I'm a big fan of light movers and strongly believe in the benefits of spreading intense lumens over a distance for efficiency. From the old-school track systems to the Sun Circle of the '90s, I’ve tried them all—and many require more than a passing knowledge of wiring and other electrical know-how to assemble and install properly. The new Lifelight Rotating System from IGS Hydroponics is easy to set up, with ballasts built right into the spinner and simple "'plug and play'" technology that makes it a breeze for even one person to install. The system pictured rotates four 250-watt lights (either metal halide or high-pressure sodium) and needs a sturdy brace point from which to hang. So get your lights moving and enjoy the benefits of bigger lumen footprints and larger yields without the hassles. Prices: Starting at $717.97 Contact: IGS Hydroponics Supplies, 858-578-4477, IGShydro.com
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Remote Hideaway book safe
One of the most unfortunate and devastating consequences of the War on Flowers is the "rip-off": Unscrupulous and violent miscreants prey upon peaceful ganja people who can't complain to callous or misguided authorities. With the Remote Hideaway book safe, valuables both vegetable and mineral can be hidden in plain sight yet are almost impossible for quick-working cowards to discover. With eight different titles and ample room for cash and grass (or even a gold bar or two), these safes provide peace of mind along with easy access to those things you hold near and dear. Price: $19.95 Contact: Remote Hideaway, 866-811-8115, remotehideaway.com
IGS Hydroponics Supplies
For centuries, humans have pulled agricultural products from nearby water sources, using seaweed and rotten fish to nourish their crops. These organic techniques, both natural and highly effective, have endured for years and have yet to be improved upon by modern science. Ocean Magic, from Green Planet Hydroponics, uses all-natural marinealgae extract to supplement an existing nutrient regimen, providing an aquatic boost during all stages of plant growth. Price: $31.99 for 1 litre Contact: hydro-america.com or mygreenplanet.com
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CO2 Boost Buckets
For years, indoor growers had only two real options for supplying necessary CO2 to their gardens: gas tanks and generators. Both have their disadvantages (tanks are conspicuous and heavy, while generators require open flame and produce heat). The CO2 Boost Buckets from TK eliminate the need for either by using gas created from mushroom production to slowly but consistently provide a constant stream of CO2 for the full 60-day-average flowering period of cannabis. Perfect for smaller grow closets and cabinets, the CO2 Boost Buckets are a completely organic and natural way to double your harvests. Price: $125 plus shipping Contact: CO2 Boost, 800-955-8384, CO2boost.com
I have a small closet growroom with a one-plant hydro-bucket system. Would an Ionic Breeze from Sharper Image be a good way to control odor? Should it be inside or outside the room? Todd Quebec City, Canada Dear Todd, There are many ways to disguise or remove the pleasant fragrance of great cannabis that are more economical than the Ionic Breeze.
Fourth of July weekend is the first major vacation weekend of summer. Everybody seems to be on the road. Prepare your growroom and water your outdoor garden heavily before leaving. The long weekend will give your plants plenty of time to get thirsty, so make sure they have enough water to last at least four days.
The biggest pot star in the universe visits HIGH TIMES to talk about his first stoner experience, how it felt to be railroaded into jail and his plans for the future. Look for Tommy's soon-to-be-released film (a/k/a Tommy Chong) and autobiography (The I Chong: Meditations From The Joint) to both come out this summer.
No, this is not a Geico commercial—just a friendly reminder to be safe on your travels through the marijuana destinations of the globe this summer. The lizard is a survivor, a wily creature that can lose its tail if it’s caught in a trap and grow another one shortly thereafter.