Over the last 10 years, we here at HIGH TIMES have received an ever-increasing stream of e-mails and letters imploring us, in no uncertain terms, to immediately put the Kottonmouth Kings on our cover. Some of us learned to tune out the frequent requests, mistakenly lumping them in with the rap-metal hybrid phenomenon that spawned so much crappy music during the late '90s.
My girlfriend and I love your mag and make it a point to read every issue side by side with the Volcano packed and our heads in the clouds. This girl is seriously perfect for me in every way. I just wanted to let you know that we appreciate the work your staff puts in, because it really shows, and if you print this, I would like to take the opportunity to ask for my girl's hand in marriage.
From Kurt Bobowick, a glassblower from Burlington, VT, comes this American-flag mosaic made of 290 handmade, hand-numbered pipes, just in time for the November elections. "My intention was to present the image and let the audience decide what it means to them,” Bobowick contends, "not to make a statement or push any sort of political agenda.”
It's official: After years of entertaining theater crowds in New York and Los Angeles, the Marijuana-Logues is taking its show on the road—all the way to the Cannabis Cup! The three-man comedy crew, comprised of Arj Barker, Best Week Ever's Doug Benson and Tony Camin, 'deliver a sidesplitting ode to their favorite herb by covering aspects of cannabis culture that any stoner can relate to in an intimate.
Considering that Syd Barrett only recorded three albums—The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn with Pink Floyd (for me, the high-water mark of '60s psychedelia), then The Madcap Laughs and Barrett solo—his musical legacy is one of the most unique in the history of rock’n’roll.
With her first new album in a decade, Joan Jett comes out swinging.
Joan Jett has always been one free-spirited, badass chick. Initiated into the world of sex, drugs and rock’n'roll during the mid-’70s as a teenage guitarist for the all-girl group the Runaways, Jett soon went solo—via her own Blackheart Records—and embarked on a multifaceted career that established her as a platinum-selling artist, producer, Broadway performer, activist, movie actor and DJ.
LOOSE ENDS, SHORT BLURBS AND SOON-TO-BE-LOST THOUGHTS
An Interesting Item in the New York Post's Page Six gossip column caught my eye, and I’m quite surprised it didn't cause a bigger stink. The item concerned Michael Jackson's attempt to make a Hurricane Katrina fund-raising record à la "We Are The World."
Troops around the world because they're people too, they love rock'n'roll, and they don't decide the policy—yet they have to suffer for it. I sit with a lot of these people who come back, and they're babies who have to live with these hideous injuries...
Every year on Halloween, I bust out in some kind of freaky-ass costume that usually scares the hell out of straight Babylonian weekend revelers. This year, I decided that I would dress up as an African witch doctor. Wanting to do something more than the stereotypical Hollywood portrayal of a witch doctor, I took my six-foot-long dreadlocks and wrapped them up into a tower on the top of my head, like the lead singer of the reggae band Steel Pulse.
I arrived at work late, jacked up on my morning blend of Starbucks, Strawberry Cough, Vicodin and Excedrin, booted up the ol’ G5 and began checking my e-mail, when up popped a message from my friend Jesse in LA. It said simply, "Have you seen this?” with a link underneath.
When I heard that Cirque du Soleil was planning a Beatles show in Vegas, I figured it was a bad choice. The true power of Cirque du Soleil lies in its otherness, in the distinct chiaroscuro landscape that the company presents. I had the idea that any attempt to link that magic with some preexisting body of work, particularly one as charged as that of the Beatles, was doomed to failure from the outset.
Calling all stoner voters: Make sure your voice counts this fall.
Pot on the Ballot
The Chill of the People
This November’s elections promise to be a big moment for marijuana on the ballot. Nevadans will vote on a regulation initiative that would establish a system of legal distribution and sales. South Dakota could become the next state to legalize medical cannabis.
Despite a recent court ruling, Lakota hemp continues to grow.
In the spring of 2000, Alex White Plume and his family planted hemp on their family-owned land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, where he currently serves as tribal president. Backed by a newly written resolution issued by the Oglala Lakota tribal council permitting cultivation, the White Plume family signed contracts with buyers of the crop and looked forward to harvest.
Pro-wrestling champion Rob Van Dam stripped of belt after marijuana arrest.
So who’s the highest-flying athlete in pro wrestling? You can search every top turnbuckle in every squared circle in every arena in America and find none higher than former ECW/WWE champion Rob Van Dam, the onetime HIGH TIMES interviewee who was recently busted by a state trooper in Hanging Rock, OH, for possession of 18 grams of marijuana.
A bill to protect medical-marijuana patients falls short in now-annual vote.
Since 2002, New York Democrat Maurice Hinchey and California Republican Dana Rohrabacher have offered an amendment to a congressional spending bill that seeks to prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal law-enforcement agencies from using taxpayer dollars to harass and arrest patients who are in compliance with their state's medical-marijuana laws.
“Young people—particularly college students—are the ones who need to step it up, light a fire under this country’s ass and keep it burning,” Mason Tvert, director of Safer Alternatives for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), tells HIGH TIMES. “There are millions of people who think marijuana should be legal, but it’s not a high priority for them.
Michigan courts approve draconian law targeting driving under the influence of drugs.
This June, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the state's controversial DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) law is constitutional. That makes Michigan the 13th state to approve a so-called "per se” driving law—a zero-tolerance Drug War weapon that makes it a crime to drive a motor vehicle with even the minutest trace levels of marijuana in your blood, saliva or urine.
Of course I hope I'm wrong, but it’s not unlikely that Robert Anton Wilson could be dead by the time you read this. In fact, he was already on his deathbed in the middle of June, surrounded by his family. Then, suddenly, he made a U-turn right there in that bed.
California's historic medical-marijuana bill, Proposition 215, was approved by voters back in 1998. Supposedly, it guaranteed safe access to legal cannabis for medical users. But the Golden State isn't a marijuana utopia yet.
There are upwards of 150,000 medical-marijuana users in California. Most of them acquire their medicine from the dispensaries that can be found throughout the state. At last count, well over 150 dispensaries were already operating, and every month a few more open their doors.
Ignored by the mainstream media for 10 years, the Kottonmouth Kings cracked Billoarils Top 40 for the first time with koast To Koast, their 10th CD release. While the Kings may not get radio play or MTV coverage, they do have one of the largest and most fervent fan bases around, and that's why they'll be headlining the 19th Cannabis Cup this November. In town for a sold-out gig, the Kings dropped by HIGH TIMES for the first time in seven years. Pakelika speaks and Brad is now Daddy X, but their enthusiasm for the chronic remains undiminished.
What’s the origin of the Kottonmouth Kings? Daddy X: D-Loc and Johnny Richter, we all grew up within a three-block radius in Orange County, CA. At the time, I’d moved up to Los Angeles and was doing nightclub promotions just when they were getting out of high school.
The final stage of cannabis growing—from cutting and trimming your branches to drying and curing your buds—determines the quality of the pot you produce. These easy-to-follow harvesting instructions will help lock in flavor and potency for the best smoke you've ever grown.
Properly processing cannabis at harvest is a craft that must be mastered in order to enhance and preserve the psychoactive properties, taste and appearance of the finished product. Many talented growers neglect to implement some of the following techniques, resulting in buds that fail to reach their maximum potential.
“Every time I come down here, I see shit I haven’t seen," Roger Lewis says, grimacing. We're in his Toyota, driving around New Orleans's devastated Lower Ninth Ward. Roger is the sax player in the city's famed marching combo, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
One of my goals while in New Orleans was to meet up with Emily Harris, known around the HIGH TIMES office as the Weed Woman of New Orleans. Harris captured our hearts and bongs when her photo appeared in a Sept. 9, 2005, New York Times story about "New Orleans holdouts."
Pix of the Crop is reader-driven. Your submissions make all the stoners of the world dream of kind nugs. Send pictures (no Polaroids), tips, questions and stories to: HIGH TIMES, 419 Park Avenue South, 16th floor, New York, NY 10016. Digital photos can he e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must he hi-res for publication.
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: $366 (last month: $360; YTD: $349) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $443 ($434, $443)
Pot patients and grow-tech pioneers Cultivate hydro cannabis by harnessing one of our most reliable natural resources—the sun.
Mary Ought Six
On Sept. 7,2005, local law enforcement raided the Patients’ Alliance medical-marijuana cooperative, confiscating nearly 500 plants. What started off as a “routine” visit with no federal involvement ended poorly, with all of the medicine—growing and processed—confiscated, patients and workers harassed and the disheartening loss of the sense of security they had worked so hard to build.
A relatively simple, cost-effective process can make your next harvest all the danker. Follow these instructions and learn how to make better bubble hash at home using wet, trimmed sugar leaves, water and ice.
When cannabis trichomes are separated and collected through a process involving ice, water and silk-screen filters, they form concentrated, soft and extremely potent hashish that bubbles and melts near flame if prepared properly. This is bubble hash.
What appears to be a regular coffee table is actually a stealthily designed hookah servicing up to four putters at a time. Hidden chambers in the Hookah Table house all the necessary tubing and bowls, which are put together with threaded fittings so they're easy to detach when it's time to clean the parts. The tables are available in a variety of different hardwoods and styles and are fully customizable for your particular needs. So invite some trusted friends over, fire up your Hookah Table and take your partying to another level.
Age Old Organics
Organic fertilizers sometimes get a bad rap for being inconsistent and difficult to “dial into" a plant-feeding regimen. Age Old Organics has solved this dilemma with a perfectly formulated blend of natural ingredients, including fish, seaweed and guanos, that provide all of the nutrients necessary for proper growth in both soil and hydroponic applications. The Grow and Bloom formulas contain all the essential nourishment to vegetate and flower healthy organic bud bushes. Add some Kelp formula as a weekly foliar feed to ensure that micronutrients “green up" any lackluster-looking leaves. The innovative spout fills perfectly to the line to make measuring easy and the organic-nutrient dosages more precise.
Nothing slows down a tight growing schedule like poorly rooted clones. Weeks waste away while seemingly healthy cuttings degrade from green and perky to limp and wilted. The new Rooting Compound from EZ-Clone, the makers of the premier cloning machine on the market, contains all the vitamins and acids necessary to promote root growth, restrict fungus and keep diseases from penetrating the vulnerable cut ends. The thick gel coats the stem to encourage multiple rooting sites, making for more vigorous and healthy clones. Dip the cuttings into the rooting compound and then place them into an EZ-Clone machine; the constant misting action keeps essential hormones constantly available to the cut ends for maximum absorption. Well-rooted clones perform perfectly, making pot production EZ!
Many indoor growers, frustrated by traditional mediums such as rockwool or soilless mixes, have increasingly turned to coconut fibers as their solution. Loose and airy, the ground-up husks retain water without drowning roots. The B’Cuzz Coco from Atami requires no soaking or pH balancing, as it's pre-steamed and buffered. Hydroponic gardeners rave about the ability of this coir-based substrate to allow maximum amounts of oxygen to reach the roots, resulting in increased growth and stronger pot plants. Throw in the fact that it's completely natural and biodegradable and maybe you'll go cuckoo for coco, too.
I’m a loyal HIGH TIMES magazine and Web-site reader, a young weed grower and a smoker on a tight budget. I’m growing two plants in a 3.5' x 5' space where the ceiling is slanted from 3 to 4 feet high. They're a month and a half old and 14 inches tall.
Make reservations now for the 19th Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup—Nov. 19 through 23 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (cannabiscup.com). Also, hit hightimes.com for more background on the subject. Long-growing tropical sativas planted in summer are about the only crops in the ground now.
This past July, HIGH TIMES and Penthouse teamed up to throw a "joint" cocktail party to celebrate the release of our August "Ganja Goddess" issue, featuring Pet of the Year Jamie Lynn. Held at the fabulous HeadQuarters gentlemen's club in New York, the soiree was also attended by Pets Melissa Jacobs, Krista Ayne and Olivia Kent, as well adult actress Jennifer Steele, hip-hop superstar Redman, pro skater Robbie Gangemi, former FUSE TV metal mistress Juliya, and HT staff and friends.