When Steve Hager returned as editor-in-chief last year, one of the first things he said to me was, "we need to take the Miss HIGH TIMES contest to the next level." His idea? Make it an actual pageant, fly the staff and a bunch of finalists down to Negril, sell tickets and photograph and film the whole thing.
Jimmy Wilson (a.k.a. Chef RA) will truly be missed. He was a very cool dude and always had a good word for everyone at any time. I have some fond memories of him: at the turtle races, on the river fishing and when he came down to Louisiana to visit and rode down some hills on the horses like a wild man having a great time!
DEA spreads fear in California but creates thousands of new activists.
Ashley Kennedy Boudreaux
LOS ANGELES—On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the DEA sent shockwaves of apprehension and anger across the state when they raided 11 medical-cannabis collectives in the Los Angeles area. Although the Feds haven't filed charges as yet (they have a year to do so), they did seize thousands of pounds of medicine and thousands of dollars of operating revenue in an attempt to push the state-sanctioned dispensaries into a fiscal spiral.
Ever wonder what happened to ZZ Top? So do we. However, recently we did cross paths with ZZ Pot. He’s a medical user doing his cultivation thing high in the hills overlooking San Francisco Bay. Actually, his name is Joe Dirt, and he’s a devout organic grower who has chosen Bubba Kush and Purple Kush as his two best buddies.
So how do you know when you're really, really, really stoned? When architecture like this looks perfectly normal. This is the surreal Krzywy Domek (Crooked House) in Sopot, Poland. It’s a 4,000-square-meter building located in a local shopping district that houses restaurants and other shops.
Once again, Major League Baseball opens the season carrying baggage. The steroid scandal continues to broaden, highlighted by a ruling in the government’s investigation that allowed the Feds to see the names of at least 100 players who tested positive.
Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick is known for his elusiveness. One of the finest running quarterbacks in pro football, Vick is a hard man to catch. In January, he proved it again. At Miami International Airport, Vick reluctantly surrendered a water bottle to security.
Smoke out of a pipe that was 20 million years in the making. The artist behind Caveman Pipes scours the creeks and rivers of Ohio for exquisite rocks, then fashions them into the sleekest, most durable pipes on the planet. Get stoned on stone!
Recently, New York City cops announced that they had busted a sophisticated and violent drug operation that provided Big Apple stoners with the most expensive and potent marijuana in city history: a special brand called Purple Haze that costs $560 an ounce.
On a recent segment of NBCs Today show, food editor Phil Lempert trumpeted hemp foods, calling them "the hottest products in 2007." Lempert also called them "powerful nutrition." Several hemp foods and beverages were displayed, including Manitoba Harvest's Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Butter.
Stoner history buffs with deep pockets might consider acquiring the exceedingly rare and historically significant silver-and-tortoiseshell "Liberty” snuffbox (ca. 1760-1820). It’s engraved and inlaid with silver and features a winged heart above a scene of houses, fences and trees.
Last December, students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst held a rally to protest a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment. Led by the Cannabis Reform Coalition (the oldest registered student organization of its kind in the country) and supported by members of the student government and other campus student groups, the rally focused on a new university policy that has allowed plainclothes officers to freely roam dorm hallways under the guise of curbing crime.
Alarms are sounding in the UK over what has been reported as apparent "widespread contamination" of herbal cannabis. Analysis has shown that the contaminant is glass beads, 50 to 120 microns in diameter, added to marijuana by unscrupulous dealers looking to increase weight.
SAFER'S Mason Tvert generates a legalization debate.
Mason Tvert and Steve Fox co-founded SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation) in 2005 following two alcohol-related deaths on Colorado's college campuses. Arguing that college students—most of whom are under the legal drinking age—should not face more severe penalties on campus for pot use than they do for alcohol, Fox and Tvert succeeded in convincing the targeted campuses to pass "alcohol equivalence" initiatives supported by SAFER. The activists next ran a successful version of their ini tiative in Denver.
Despite billions of dollars spent on interdiction, the War on Drugs is failing miserably.
The National Drug Intelligence Center reports that the War on Drugs is going about as well as the war in Iraq. Their annual report, released this past January, provides clear evidence that little progress is being made in stemming the tide of illegal drugs.
The DEA can’t account for seized cash. According to a Justice Department review released in January, Drug Enforcement Administration agents routinely disregarded agency rules on the handling of seized cash, jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars taken in drug raids.
In his groundbreaking postmodernist essay "Simulacra and Simulations,"Jean Baudrillard argues that the simulation of reality has replaced reality itself. This is accomplished through the saturation of our culture by media signs and symbols that have altered our perception of reality, becoming all we know of the real and thus, over time, realer than the real—or hyper-real.
Originating in the South Pacific, the psychoactive roots of kava produce a mild, natural tranquilizer that can be used to treat tension, nervous anxiety and restlessness. The roots are most commonly chewed, but they can be ground into powder and mixed into tonics.
This past fall in Washington, DC, I attended a seminar for nonprofit executives. Leaders from some of our country's most respected and venerable public-interest groups and charitable foundations were present. As always, the inevitable moment of truth approached when the seminar facilitator turns to the participants and asks them to stand up and state their name and what organization they represent.
In order to be a truly dedicated marijuana-policy-reform activist, one must be a stakeholder in the movement. When Andrea Tischler was arrested for cultivation, she became just that. In the '70s, she began focusing her attention on the criminalization of marijuana, gathering signatures for NORML in California's first statewide effort to decriminalize.
As any stoner with basic cable who has stayed up after 10 p.m. will tell you, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is a feast of dementia funny enough to keep you coming back night after night, yet disturbing enough to make you question your own basic human values. Call it comedy for cannabiphiles.
It’s difficult to explain the appeal of Aqua Teen Hunger Force to those who have never seen it. The anchor of Cartoon Channel's edgy, late-night "Adult Swim" line-up, the show’s driven by absurd, offbeat humor cut with horror-film grotesqueries.
The masked visage of Darth Vader drawn in the dusty back window of the black van signals that mc chris is nearby. The diminutive, helium-voiced rapper has turned his humorous, pop-culture-fueled raps into a career thanks primarily to the airing of his song "Fette's Vette” during an episode of the cult cartoon Sealab 2021.
Stephen Marley, Bob Marley's second son, is smoking a perfectly rolled spliff in his home studio in South Miami. He starts with freshly chopped herb on a cutting board, then adds a "lickle" loose tobacco and twists it up using a long Rizla paper.
Don't Look Back: '65 Tour Deluxe Edition (Docurama) Directed by D.A. Pennebaker In the spring of 1965, filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker followed Bob Dylan on his tour of the UK armed with only a handheld camera and one crew member. The end result was the cinéma vérité classic Don't Look Back, probably the best rock’n’roll documentary of all time.
Ethan Nadelmann, head of the Drug Policy Alliance, has said: "No one should be punished for what they put into their bodies.” Of course, he's referring to punishment by law enforcement, but the punishment can also come from the insides of a curious experimenter.
Chef RA died in his sleep on Dec. 26, 2006, sometime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. He was 56 years old. I first met the Great RA (Jim Wilson) shortly after my dad moved us to Urbana, IL. We were living in the faculty-housing center, and my brother and I had just gotten a go-cart.
While a lot of folks like to talk about organic bud because it's trendy and the product is tasty (and, of course, healthy), many rely on secondor third-hand word of mouth to formulate ideas for growing. This can result in subpar harvests due to inaccurate information, half-truths or just plain lies.
Organic growing starts with your medium. In most cases, that medium is soil. Outdoor cultivators can spend years grooming their fields in preparation for an organic crop. The amount of nutrients in the earth, the amount of water the soil can hold, and the quality of drainage in the fields are all very important factors in an organic grow.
Composting is a method that decomposes natural matter for use in organic gardens. Compost eventually becomes organic medium that is rich in the nutrients needed for vigorous cannabis growth. Carbon-rich materials like dead leaves and flowers, as well as nitrogen-rich "green" materials such as grass trimmings, kitchen scraps and fruit peels, are great ingredients for a compost heap.
Recently, biodynamics has become the hottest buzzword in the elite world of wine-making, but few people seem to know what this esoteric practice is really all about. To the uninitiated, biodynamics sounds like a bunch of complicated New Age hooey or straight-up witchcraft: stuffing manure into a cow horn and burying it in a sunny spot for a year, then digging it up and making a fertilizer tea—who’s got time for that?
Where are you from? I'm from Friendship, TX, originally. It's right outside of Houston. I lived there until I was 18, and right when I graduated, I skipped out of town and went to Galveston with my best friend Ashley. I stayed there a couple of months and decided to go to Corpus Christi for school.
Many people, male and female, share a love for marijuana. And while male growers dominate the current cannabis-cultivation community, the ladies are taking a new interest in growing the herb. My name is MzJill. I'm the first lady of TGA seeds and Subcool's better half.
This is an ATV plant crossed with Blueberry. She's just starting to flower in Tustin, CA. —DJ Eric Danger Hope you enjoy our California garden! Kush at 42 days. First grow. Can't wait!—Spazstic Outdoor Blueberry. The real kind, from Northern California.—Joeshmoe P~x 01 the Crop is reader-driven.
Wilmington, DE "This is the trippiest sativa I have ever smoked. Long, loose, spiral-shaped buds covered in crystals, with a lime-green bud color and magma-colored hairs. It was grown organically under a 1,000watt HPS light and flowered for about 13 weeks."
If you’re having difficulties maintaining a high level of successfully rooted clones, I suggest the inexpensive and foolproof procedure developed by Amsterdam's Delta-9 Labs. The cloning process revealed here was achieved using rockwool cubes; however, soil, perlite or coco mediums work equally well.
Besides the obvious security benefits of odor control, cleaning the air in a growroom or smoking area can prevent many other potential problems as well. Mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria can create health issues for plants and humans by contaminating the air around us. With the Air Lights Plasma Air Purifier, you can take steps to ensure a clean environment. Air is exposed to intense levels of germicidal ultra-violet light, producing plasma that destroys the particulates that cause odor or disease. When the air is released back into the room, all pollutants are eliminated for fresh air that will keep plants and animals healthy and odors completely under control. Choose from four units that will clean up to a 3,000-square-foot room.
Store-bought organic nutrients often suffer from inconsistencies in nutrient strength, pH and thickness of solution, causing unforeseen problems and frustrations. To solve this dilemma, the cultivation scientists at Advanced Nutrients created Iguana Juice, an organic formula for the vegetative and flowering stages of plant growth, which is designed to stay dependable and stable and to promote tremendous growth and huge harvests. Iguana Juice is a water-soluble one-part solution formulated using fish from the northern parts of the Pacific Ocean, combined with over 70 minerals, earthworm castings, seabird and bat guano, krill and yucca extracts, for an organic blend that can't be beat. Advanced Nutrients continues to pioneer organic growing for the new millennium.
PC Micro-Grow Stealth Box
Smart growers consider stealth to be one of the most important factors in a successful pot-production system. Of all the new units designed to hide gardens, the PC Micro-Grow Stealth Box provides the best camouflage ever. Disguised as a large computer case, this ingenious unit hides in plain sight under a table or on top of a desk. Included is a cool-running 105-watt compact fluorescent lighting system, a three-plant Deep Water Culture (DWC) hydro unit, air pump, air stones for oxygenation, exhaust fan, Ona odor control, nutrients, pH test kit and all necessary growing mediums. Purchase this complete kit and receive a stealthy drying unit for half the regular price.
Have you ever broken a heady glass pipe, bubbler or one-hitter by tapping it out too forcefully? The simple ash-emptying device called the Debowler keeps your paraphernalia safe and sound and all the scuff where it should be. Simply scrape the bowl out with the stick in the middle and the ashes fall safely into the well. Your glass stays clean and unclogged, and you and your friends will appreciate a fresh, tasty pipe full of greens every time.
I just picked up some Master Kush bud and it still feels a little moist, like it hasn't dried all the way. Everyone says the nuggies should be dense stinky. How can I cure it myself and get the max potency out of it? Tim Via Internet Dear Tim, You bought wet dope—something all too common in America!
The May Day Parade in Moscow kicks off the growing season in Russia and in most cool climates in the Northern Hemisphere. Killing frosts are long gone in all but the coldest mountain climates. Now is a good time to move containerized plants outdoors to acclimate to a harsher climate.
Renew your passport, buy a fancy swimsuit and get your bags [and bowls] packed-HIGH TIMES' editors and contributors gather their Top 10 ganja-vacation destinations. Find out where Danny Danko likes to "spliff" his time and Arjan—the self-proclaimed King of Cannabis— chooses to "bake" in the sun.