This month we present the winners of the 2007 HIGH TIMES Stony Awards, which were held in Los Angeles and hosted by Tommy Chong. Anyone who thinks movies about smoking pot are just plain silly should remember Tommy Chong. After entertaining an entire generation with his iconic portrayal of the befuddled stoner, Tommy was targeted by the U.S. government in 2003, was given the option of either going to jail or watching his son go to jail, and served nine months in prison for selling bongs.
I want to thank you for putting out information about drug testing and our legal rights as citizens, and for reminding people of freedoms that are long gone (like the ability to smoke Mary Jane without having to worry about being clean to get a job).
Here's an example of pointless scholarship. A study titled "Cannabis Use in Tourism: A Sociological Perspective” was published in the July issue of the Journal of Leisure Studies. The authors, Carla Santos of the University of Illinois and her doctoral students, conducted in-depth interviews with 18 people, mostly Israeli, regarding tourist behavior in hot pot spots like Amsterdam, Morocco, Jamaica and Vancouver.
The 16th annual Seattle Hempfest was another outstanding success, despite threatening skies and occasional rain. The Seattle Police Department estimated that 150,000 attendees strolled through Myrtle Edwards Park for two days in August, shopping at almost 300 booths and listening to dozens of bands.
This year, the Bluegrass State—which is also famous for its "green” grass— was no longer the powerhouse pot producer that it had been for decades. A severe drought that scorched corn and soybean fields across the Southeast also took its toll on pot crops.
Recently, Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) indicated that, if elected president, he would end federal raids on marijuana clinics in states that have legalized medical marijuana. That makes the Democratic presidential hopefuls unanimous in their stated intention to allow states to create and carry out medical-marijuana policies without having to fear the DEA.
For a fourth consecutive year, pot arrests in the US hit an all-time high. In 2006, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, arrests totaled 829,627, an increase from 786,545 in 2005. As in previous years, 89 percent were for possession, not sale or manufacture.
In September, the HIGH TIMES Bonghitters softball team won the first-ever NYML (New York Media League) Championship Tournament with two dramatic come-from-behind wins. The Bonghitters' first win came in the quarterfinals in the heart of Central Park, against archrivals (and arch-conservatives) The Wall Street Journal.
Anita Roddick, the founder of the global chain of Body Shop cosmetic stores and a tireless advocate for a variety of causes on a host of battle-fronts, died in early September from a brain hemorrhage, according to her family. She was 64. Roddick was dedicated to the concept of principled, moral leadership in business.
In late August, Alex White Plume hosted the sixth annual Lakota Hemp Days on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Alex and his family tried to grow hemp on the reservation three times from 2000 to 2002, but each year those crops were seized by the DEA. Lakota Hemp Days celebrates the White Plumes' stalwart commitment to the plant.
In September, two NBA stars were snagged for pot violations within the same week. Shawne Williams, of the Indiana Pacers, was stopped by cops for an illegal lane change while driving. The arresting officer reported a strong smell of pot emanating from the car.
Last May, Wu-Tang Ctans Method Man was busted in New York City after his Lincoln Naviga tor was putted over for expired tags. Cops said that pot smoke poured out of the vehicle when they investigated, and a subsequent search turned up nearly 30 grams of marijuana.
Although the DEA doesn’t consider marijuana to have medicinal value, they do consider it to be the equivalent of hemp. At least they're consistent: When they're wrong, they're really wrong! To date, hemp laws have been passed in a dozen states, with North Dakota leading the way.
Let's say some bespectacled government official knocks on your door tonight and wants to know whether you and your family are currently using illicit drugs. Do you A) Slam the door in his face and spark up a fatty; B) Let the stool pigeon in and proceed to lie to his face; or C) Tell the nice fellow to make himself comfortable while you settle in for your nightly toke?
A California county deals wisely with medical marijuana.
California’s Mendocino County, one of the more progressive areas in the country when it comes to integrating medical marijuana into the local political and law-enforcement dynamic, continues its evolution. Mendocino County is located in the heart of Northern California's famed "Emerald Triangle,” where some of the highest-quality marijuana in the world, medicinal or otherwise, is harvested.
What could turn out to be a controversial—if not downright scary—new method of “community drug testing” that utilizes a single teaspoon of wastewater from a particular city’s sewers is currently being studied by researchers from Oregon State University.
During the early 70’s, the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM) resulted in violent intra-tribal strife on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. As AIM activists squared off against the corrupt tribal government and police force, Pine Ridge became the most dangerous place in the nation, with the highest per capita murder rate.
Smaller countercultural gatherings offer more freak per fest.
There’s something about arriving at a festival late at night. I'd just driven over one of Colorado's steepest mountain passes, through a raging thunderstorm, with the absolute blackness of unknown cliffs looming beyond every hairpin curve, threatening to swallow up my rental car.
Overzealous law-enforcement and runaway government “anti-drug” agencies are funding all kinds of whiz-bang technologies to bust our brothers and sisters for employing and/or enjoying cannabis. According to an August New York Times article, University of Utah researcher Dr. Jason West, with financing from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), is creating a model that can identify the geographic origin of cannabis plants based on certain chemical calling cards.
Dr. Mitch, Is there really a marijuana suppository, or is that just a joke? K. Rector Hey K., Marijuana, like a lot of anti-nausea drugs, is available as a suppository (nobody who's feeling queasy wants to swallow a pill). Suppositories can get THC into the bloodstream, but compared to cool vapor, they’re a real pain.
Some would-be cannabis-law-reform activists are intimidated by the prospect of campaigning for sensible marijuana laws in conservative parts of the country. Josh Schimberg isn't one of them. As the leader of Texas NORML for over a year now, Schimberg has presided over some of the most exciting events in Texas cannabis history.
It’s nearly 1 A.M., and a small but dedicated cadre of HIGH TIMES employees is waiting backstage at B.B. King’s on 42nd Street for what will be an all-too-brief audience with sonic innovator, musical jester and inimitable genius Lee Perry, a.k.a.
The 10th annual Carifest on Randall's Island in New
York City marked the return of dancehall DJ Desmond "Ninja Man" Ballentine, a.k.a. the Don Gorgon, heralded by many fans as the greatest Jamaican-born MC. Ninja Man took the stage at Carifest, dressed like a genie, after a 15-year absence from the United States.
We’re rolling down the road with Todd Snider—literally. His manager, "Elvis" Hicks, is twisting some seriously dank buds as we drive to the shoot location. Hicks swears that Snider hired him based on his dexterous fingers, and as you get to know the talented country-rock songwriter, you almost believe it.
Once upon a time, a mother decided to give her little girl a fiddle instead of a Barbie doll and to urge her toward filling her life with song and art instead of cartoons and candy. That girl was Alison Krauss. From small-town talent contests in Illinois to entering the Billboard charts at age 19 and joining the Grand Ole Opry as one of its youngest members, her career hasn't missed a single beat of its dobro-backed symphony, resurrecting bluegrass from the past and painting it newgrass.
You might want to read this while listening to "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane: "Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call." I smoked a hookah for the first time at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Cleveland, I liked it.
When both the Internet and I were younger, I, like many guys, admittedly spent more than a few hours online in search of imagery to feed my seemingly insatiable libido. Amid an ocean of erotica, I encountered a few truly exceptional beauties that instantly became objects of my adoration.
The seventh annual Stony Awards celebrate the best films and television shows that are best watched baked, the ones that tickle the Stony bone. A Stony-nominated film doesn’t have to be about getting high (though it helps), nor does it have to be bursting with Purple Urkel in every shot (though I’d probably vote for that film).
Normally, the phrase "foreign film" conjures up an image of black-and-white Frenchmen puffing cigarettes while discussing modes of existential alienation. But fear not, because the not-so-self-important import that won our Stony for Best Foreign Film was smuggled into America across the northern border, and the best "buds" who star in Trailer Park Boys: The Movie typically have little more on their minds than growing some Maple Leaf marijuana and rolling it into six-paper joints.
Consider this: In terms of sheer lumens (the actual amount of light hitting a surface), sunlight can travel 93 million miles and still reach the Earth's surface at 5,000 lumens per square foot. In terms of your plants, that might not seem like a big deal, especially with all the fancy high-intensity discharge (HID) lights we find in grow shops these days.
HIGH TIMES invades Las Vegas, a city founded by gangsters, taken over by businessmen and visited by suckers. Can a pot party attended by 300 people be thrown without getting busted? Will Pot Star be forced to prostitute himself to clear his gambling debts? Will Bobby Black finally get a penthouse Pet to call him "Daddy?" Will the author ever stop complaining? For the answers to these questions and more, read on.
The ancient Greeks believed that dead souls traveled across Acheron, "the river of woe," in a boat ferried by Charon, who plucked gold coins from under their tongues before depositing them in Hades. The modern-day equivalent to this underworld tributary is known as Las Vegas Boulevard, and there are thousands of Charons here, called "dealers," who wear white shirts and bow ties throughout the shakedown.
The HIGH TIMES film crew and I tripped around Spain last year to shoot some of my favorite gardens for Jorge Cervantes’ Ultimate Grow DVD #2. This insider’s trip to Spanish growrooms, greenhouses and backyard and guerrilla gardens was so interesting and fun that we decided to share a few exclusive details about 10 of the 30 gardens (that’s all the space we have) that we visited for the shoot.
In February 2007, Willie Nelson sat down at his home in Maui and smoked a joint with his old friend Keith Stroup, the founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Between them, the two old heads hatched a plan for the Austin Freedom Festival, a benefit for marijuana-law reform, which was held in August. Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel all played in praise of Nary Jane, and NORML shared the proceeds the Marijuana Policy Project, the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana and Green Aid. Just before he hit the stage, Willie sat down once again to talk with HIGH TIMES. Of course, gaining an audience required the patience of a saint.
The Pope of Austin, Texas
Merle Haggard steps off Willie Nelson's bus just as HIGH TIMES steps on. In the 11 highly focused minutes that follow, the Pope of Austin, TX, will pontificate on being medicalized in Hawaii, arrested in Louisiana and pissed off in Texas. The Red-Headed Stranger will film a fast potcast and spend three minutes more posing for a national magazine cover with fistfuls of weed.
I hate to admit it, but the tides are turning. In fact, they have turned and there's no denying it anymore. I remember my first growroom system (circa 1995) was homemade and featured a large Utz pretzel barrel as my hydroponic reservoir. For years afterward, I still preached the good word of handcrafted systems, using inverted Coca-Cola bottles as grow pods and hanging (eek) 100watt halogens over sprouted bag seeds of Mexi mid-grade....
This is one massive plant which came from seed, grown in a 3-gallon grow bag full of GH compressed coco, under 1k Hortilux. Four 5inch stakes help keep it all in check. Thanks for many great years of budding success! —Xtrakritical Via Internet Check out my Buddha watching over my precious garden.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices (by the ounce), strains and locations. To submit prices, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $376 (last month: $348; YTD: $376) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $440 ($445, $440)
Reggae music and ganja smoking go hand in hand. If you're as big of a Bob Marley fan as we are, you'll love the clothes and gear from Zion Rootswear, the only provider of officially licensed and Marley Family-approved merchandise. They've got new and vintage styles of long-sleeve and short-sleeve tees, hoodies for men and women and much, much more! Check out the styles online or find them at your local retailer. Zion Rootswear also sells licensed goods from Willie Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Johnny Cash, so you're sure to find something you like. Price: Various
Growers who dispose of their plant trimmings without making them into hash are missing out on one of the tastiest and strongest ways to get high. Using ice water to extract the glandular trichomes from the leaf provides a soft piece of hash that must be tasted to be believed. The kits from Trash Bags are affordable yet heavy-duty and durable with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects. Ranging in size from five to 50 gallons in sets of three to eight separate bags, you'll have a wide variety of flavors and potency in several grades of premium quality hashish that bubble and melt when heated. Try some on a nice glass bowl and you'll never throw out your trim leaves again. Price: starting at $180
Ever wonder why fresh fruits from the tropics taste so much better than bland supermarket produce? It's because traditionally organic mango and pineapple growers understand the benefits of using bat guano (a.k.a. bat droppings) as a perfect flowering fertilizer for blooming plants. Buds swell as they ripen and flavors are greatly enhanced when plants are fed a diluted guano tea. Rich in phosphorous, the bat guano from Guano-Gro also contains beneficial fungi and bacteria that act as a natural fungicide that can protect plants from disease and provide resistance to pests and pestilence. It's 100 percent chemical-free and environmentally friendly, so rest assured that your plants will thrive whether you choose to apply it as a liquid tea, a foliar application or a dry soil dressing. Always remember to wear a mask while working with dry guano to avoid inhaling potentially harmful dust. Price: packet, $17.95; pail, $39.95; bucket, $35.96.
Most people decide to grow their own pot primarily to save themselves some money and to provide a steady supply of buds for themselves and their friends. The new book Marijuana Buds for Less by SeeMoreBuds seeks to explain how this can be accomplished in the simplest terms for the hobbyist and closet grower. The idea is to grow at least eight ounces of pot for under $100. Intrigued? Then check out this easy-to-understand guide that takes you through a day-to-day journal of plant growth from beginning to end, complete with quotes and tips to get you started and keep you going strong. Beginners interested in starting up a grow but intimidated by the task should pick up a copy and get growing. Price: $16.95
Bro, I love your work—keep rollin'. Which are better for me, metal halide (MH) or high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights? My growing spaces are 2' x 3' x 6' and 2' x 4' x 6'. Should I use a 250-or a 400-watt lamp? Please help. EZ Greens Dear EZ Greens, Both grow spaces are quite small, so your biggest concern should be heat buildup and possibly humidity.
Happy New Year! If you planned and/or were fortunate enough to harvest a good outdoor crop, you should have plenty of great dope to share with your stoner friends to celebrate the New Year. Puff up, hold it in and think about your growing New Year's resolution.
You’ll think you’ve died and gone to Hydro Heaven when we release our high-ly anticipated Hydro Report '08! Every year we present a wet and wild deluge of developments in hydro gardening. Ranging from simple indoor hydroponic setups to the latest advances in aeroponic gardening, this roundup addresses a variety of growroom issues.