I know all about the conflict within, the questions circling your head and the various answers that come to mind. As Mr. Danko would ask, “Why go hydro when you can do organics?" Indeed, many of my outdoor friends agree, and many of my Cali buddies love to get on the bandwagon, too.
Cannabis has calming effects on the body regardless of the way it is ingested: either by smoking it, eating it, drinking it in a tea or absorbing it through the pores by a holy anointing. If pharmacia indeed means "witchcraft," it makes sense that the devil would be in control of one of the largest revenue-producing industries in the world, not to mention all the doctors who get large kickbacks prescribing pharmaceuticals (possibly as the “sorcerers" of evil that Revelation was referring to).
On September 15, the 18th Boston Freedom Rally took place on the hallowed grounds of Boston Common, where American revolutionaries have always staged protests. MASS CANN, the highly effective grassroots organization that also serves as the Massachusetts chapter of NORML, sponsored this well attended rally, which drew a diverse crowd of reform-minded people from across New England and beyond.
When star running back Ricky Williams, who is currently under suspension from the National Football League for testing positive for pot four times, applied for reinstatement in October, the Denver-based group SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation) saw an opportunity.
Fundamentally, the war on pot is a war on American citizens. Whether you’re a medical user, a hemp farmer, a paraphernalia dealer or an artist who blows glass pipes, if you’re dealing with cannabis or a cannabis-related industry, you’re the enemy.
Linda Macia of Manchester, NH, is a member of Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana. She uses a wheelchair and suffers constant pain from nerve damage, fibromyalgia, reflex-sympathetic dystrophy and degenerative arthritis. During a September campaign event in Exeter, she asked presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) whether he would commit to ending the federal arrest of patients and caregivers in states that permit the medical use of marijuana.
Reversing earlier moves to decriminalize pot in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new legal and spending measures against drug use and distribution in October. Two years ago, members of the Liberal Party, which was then in control of the Canadian government, introduced legislation to eliminate criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
His name is Ras Leon and he's the mastermind behind Blazing Hits 1, a compilation CD featuring some of the biggest reggae stars from Jamaica and throughout the world. So it's fairly predictable that the release of super-smokin' Blazing Hits 2—plus an exquisite specimen of Pineapple— would bring a huge smile to his face.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the Wake-Forest University School of Medicine examined reports submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1998 to 2005 regarding prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
There sure has been an epidemic of celebrity busts lately. So who’s next? The odds makers at HIGH TIMES give you the inside line.
CELEB: Snoop Dogg THE BUST: Frustrated by his inability to board airplanes with his stash, Snoop begins traveling by bus with John Madden. Madden realizes that he can eat even more with a case of the munchies. He demands Al Michaels’ immediate dismissal, and Snoop becomes his broadcast partner.
In October, DEA agents raided the Oakland factory of Tainted Inc., a company that specializes in producing medical-marijuana candy. The homes of Tainted employees were also raided, and three arrests were made. During one arrest, an agent shot and paralyzed a Doberman pinscher.
George Michael, the British pop star who won't go away, recently told the BBC: "I"m constantly trying to smoke less marijuana. I'd Like to take Less, and to a degree it's a problem." No, dude, you're the problem. This is the same asshole who, last June, was banned from driving for two years and sentenced to 100 hours of community service after he was found passed out at the wheel of his car in the middle of London traffic, thoroughty medicated on booze and pills.
Seen any Mexican terrorists lately? If you live in Northern California, you should have. According to the Eureka Reporter, California, and much of the West Coast, is being "invaded by Mexican drug cartels that are growing marijuana [and] no state, or national forest, is exempt from this invasion."
A man identified as Mexican national Eloy Infante-Toscano, 40, was shot and killed by a Humboldt County Sheriff's deputy on October 3 after Infante-Toscano allegedly aimed a shotgun at the deputy near a pot garden on MAXXAM/Pacific Lumber Company (PALCO) property.
Each fall, the forces of cannabis legalization converge to deliver news and trade strategies in what is essentially a "state of the union” meeting for the marijuana movement—the annual NORML conference. This year's conference was held the weekend of October 12-14 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles.
Hearing of a career as a THC tester must have many HT readers dreaming of a life immersed in cannabis. And for Anndrea Schorzman-Hermann, that’s exactly what the job is. In 2005,2006 and 2007 she was granted an Industrial Hemp Authorization for hemp THC sampling.
Since 1990, more than 10.4 million Americans have been busted for pot. That's according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, which revealed in September that a record 829,625 Americans were arrested for violating marijuana laws last year.
Ken Wolski’s first foray into marijuana law reform came in 1968, when he wrote a letter to the editor decrying the arrest and harassment of wounded Vietnam veterans caught smoking in local parks. But that letter was just the first act in a long career of advocacy for those who use cannabis to treat pain and illness.
Dr. Mitch, Is it okay to mix weed and Viagra? Mr. Happy Hi Happy, I wouldn't recommend it. Viagra can be hard on men with heart disease, and marijuana inhibits the enzyme that breaks Viagra down, so it can make the effects worse. In one published case, a guy had a heart attack after using both at the same time.
Revitalized and rejuvenated, Arizona-bred brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood have overcome heavy adversity to once again link up as the Meat Puppets. After nearly a decade apart, they’ve reconvened to create some freshly minted, iridescent psychedelic folk perfectly reflective of the past but aimed toward future minions.
THE 7TH ANNUAL STONY AWARDS TAKE TINSELTOWN BY STORM.
For the first time this year, HIGH TIMES decided to move our Stony Awards show from New York City to Los Angeles, to coincide with the annual NORML conference. On Saturday, October 13th, we high-jacked the Knitting Factory on Hollywood Boulevard and threw a smokin' party packed with a slew of stoner celebrities.
AJAX, PHUNK JUNKEEZ, KOTTONMOUTH KINGS AND THE GUY FROM MÖTLEY CRÜE
Mary Ought Six
When music and marijuana are mentioned as one, my chin starts its heavily herb-inspired bob thinking of trippy jam sessions by the Grateful Dead or the deep funky reggae tunes of Bob Marley—or any of the musical Marley family, for that matter.
I spent a weekend at the 11th annual Earthdance celebration, a global festival for peace held in Northern California and uniting with other celebrants at more than 250 locations in 50 countries, providing a wide variety of live music, workshops, speakers and inspiration, and fostering a worldwide sense of community.
BOBBY HOSTS A ROCKIN' PARTY FOR SPLIFFSTAR THREADS AT THE PALMS.
One Sticky afternoon in July I was pleasantly surprised by a trio of female faces suddenly peering around the door frame to my office: Renée Perez, Charlie Laine and Andie Valentino (Penthouse Pets for November 2005, February 2006 and May 2007, respectively).
Before there were commercials featuring trendy girls in tiny skirts grinding to the rhythm of mojitos being mixed, a fugitive Italian bartender taught me how to make mojitos. He called himself Tiberio, and he was one of the most famous and beloved drink slingers in Mexico.
Adding mota to your mojitos is a fun twist on an old classic. The sugar and lime accentuate the earthy taste of the bud, and the buzz is sublime. Some people heat the alcohol or let the ganja steep for at least three weeks, but even the lowest heat burns off alcohol quickly, and letting any herb steep too long results in bitterness.
HOW A NEW GENERATION OF GREEN GANJA GROWERS JUST MIGHT SAVE THE PLANET.
Such looseness in personal contact may be a result of widespread marijuana usage; certainly it is associated with it. One of the riskiest experiments of the new government was to deliberately make marijuana a common weed. Not only were legal prohibitions ended, but free top-quality seeds were distributed, in a campaign aimed at providing "do-it-yourself highs."
At the Namaste Center for Sustainable Ganja Farming, the entire staff strives to grow weed—and live life—in harmony with nature and the universe. Here’s a quick guide to the local lexicon. Now the fastest-growing segment of the food market in America, organic farming involves growing crops (including cannabis) without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, which are largely made of petroleum, contributing to global warming and the depletion of natural resources.
A part of American folklore that dates back to the end of the Civil War, hobos forged a distinct counterculture along the lonely railroad tracks that are the backbone of America. In pieced-together camps ("jungles”) just far enough from town to avoid law enforcement scrutiny, they created a society with its own laws, etiquette and language. Their numbers swelled during the Great Depression as destitute men crisscrossed the country on freight trains in search of work. The post-Vietnam era produced its own surge of itinerant train travelers as veterans, juvenile delinquents and drug culture casualties sought solace and freedom along the American rails. Today the mantle has been passed (however reluctantly) to squatter punks who started arriving on the scene sometime in the early '90s.
Hidden as it is within the lowa cornfields, I almost drove right past Britt, host of the National Hobo Convention for the past '107 years. The convention dates back to the post—Civil War era, after migrant workers formed their own organization.
hy-drop-on-ics n. (used with a singular verb): the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil; soilless growth of plants.... And if that doesn't do it for you, keep on reading because there's plenty more where that came from.
We all know that snowboarding and pot go hand in hand. Ask any snowboarder—from the diehard shredder to the weekend warrior—and they'll tell you about pulling off the trail for a smoking session at an abandoned ranger station (known as a smokeshack) or hot-boxing a gondola.
We preview some of this season's dankest snowboard gear.
Grenade "Doobie Brothers" glove: This is one in a long line of indica-inspired gloves from the stoners over at Grenade. The Doabie Brothers [MSRP $45.95, pictured with the "Grenug" sticker: MSRP Priceless] glove is named after Eric and John Jackson; a pair of pothead, pro-snowboarding brothers.
(Left and below) Here are some pictures of my Lemon Skunk from Jordan of the Islands.—Juggalo Joel This is Mandala's Hashberry at day 48 of flowering—the densest buds have ever seen on a plant. It has a very exotic peach aroma as well as being very sticky and covered in crystals, as you can see.
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: $385 (last month: $376; YTD: $381) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $455 ($440, $448) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $279 ($287, $283) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $109 ($67, $88) Kush edged out Blueberry in a close race for February’s most submitted strain; this honor goes to Kush for the second straight month.
More and more eco-conscious ganja growers are switching over to organic mediums and nutrients in an effort to provide more natural, flavorful and cleaner-burning pot. Should you?
WHAT DOSE "ORGANIC" MEAN?
DANNY DANKO'S MAGIC ORGANIC MIX FOR 5-GALLON BUCKETS
MAKING ORGANIC TEAS
ORGANIC PEST CONTROL
RELIABLE COMPANIES SELLING ORGANIC PRODUCTS
An organic product can broadly be described as any product that's derived from a recently living organism. To grow organic pot means that your growing medium and plant foods result from natural sources and not synthetic salt compounds dreamed up in a lab.
Are your bags of buds Looking a Little light lately? If you've been looking for a scale that will tell you exactly whether you bought a real eighth or quarter, look no further. The Dual Scale from TK weighs in the usual gram format but also can be set to weigh eighths, quarters and ounces, making it easy to know exactly what you've got in your bag or jar. This innovative scale will discourage pot-pinch ing!
When we received our first shipment of Raw rolling papers a few years ago, we knew they’d be a hit. Ultra-thin and light brown due to the lack of chlorine bleaching, these papers were a delight to smoke compared to the typical thick white wraps. Now they’ve come out with Raw King Sizes, Raw Filter Tips and Raw Rolls, and we couldn’t be happier. The King Sizes are creaseless, so they burn smoother, and the Rolls allow you to choose the length of joint you want to spin up. The Filter Tips, like all the other products, are 100% chemical-free and made from natural unbleached fibers.
Portable washing machines take all the work out of making ice-waterextracted hash. You can avoid the traditional frantic stirring and splashing around associated with bag kits by taking advantage of the wash cycle to agitate your trimmed leaf material and separate the gland heads and stalks that make up hashish. With the trian gular-shaped silk-screen bags from Aqualab Technologies, more precious trichomes filter out into the water for collection than with any other brand of filtration bag kits. The innovative Zipcro Locking Strap ensures that no green material makes its way through the zipper and into your hash, making for a much purer, more concentrated product.
AlwaysLit Lighter Caddy
Beware the lighter thief. Everyone knows one: This person asks for a quick light and pockets the torch as soon as you’re not looking. Protect your lighter and your session with the AlwaysLit Lighter Caddy, the newest in a genre of products designed to save money by thwarting the ever-present flame mooch. Simply strap the caddy onto your glass tube or pipe and you’ll never suffer again. The retractable device comes in three different sizes to attach to almost any puffing piece and is available in a variety of colors.
I have your Bible and first DVD, but what nutrients do you recommend? What are the nutrients and supplements that are must-haves, in your opinion, in order to provide top-notch harvests? Catica Via Internet Dear Catica, There are more nutrients on the market than I can name, and many of them will suit your plants’ needs.
Buy seeds this month! There is nothing like diving into the details of a seed catalog when you are a prisoner of winter weather. Shop for seeds on the Internet and in HIGH TIMES. European and Canadian trips are expensive when holding devalued US dollars, but the stinging exchange rate does go a little further in Canada.
The Feds tried to shatter the glass industry four years ago, but as history has repeatedly proved, you can’t stop art. And that’s exactly what the producers of glass paraphernalia are—artists! Once again, we showcase some of the finest glass creations in the art world, imagined exclusively for discerning cannabis consumers who are particular about how they burn their buds.