VAPORELLA’S TOP IO BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING A CELEBRITY JUDGE
10) Not knowing you’re a celebrity judge until you step foot onto Amsterdam soil. (It makes for quick jet lag recovery.) 9) Revealing your preferred methods for judging over 80 seed companies, coffeeshops and imported and exported pot and hash strains fairly and thoroughly only to realize that your decision, while indirect, is going to make someone a million dollars richer, technically makes you something of a demi-god.
I just wanna thank HIGH TIMES for putting on a great event. At the Expo, it seemed that people were constantly handing me free vape bags. The only thing I was disappointed by was that I didn’t get to try the strain from those guys, Oookie & Kabookie.
New York City cop is suing to get his Job back after failing a drug test. Counterterrorism officer Anthony Chiofalo, a 22-year veteran of the NYPD, was suspended in 2005 after testing positive for marijuana. But Chiofalo insists that his wife spiced up his meatballs with the addition of pot as an ingredient.
A few months back in Greece, two helpful gardeners arrived at the doors of a Greek Orthodox convent and asked two elderly nuns if they could offer assistance with their garden. The nuns happily accepted the offer and, in a few weeks, 30 robust plants were in bloom.
Here’s the mug shot of 17-year-old Zachary Lafrennie, who was arrested last summer In Collier County, FL. A deputy busted Zack and three friends picking magic mushrooms in a cow pasture. The four foragers were charged with trespassing, but Zack got the worst of it with a possession of a hallucinogenic drug charge.
Late last year, Drug Czar John Walters announced that smoking a joint is as bad for your lungs as consuming five cigarettes. But is it true? Does one joint do the same amount of damage as five cigarettes? Urn... nope. In fact, of the many categories taken into account in the study, marijuana was determined to be two and a half to five times worse than tobacco In terms of only one category: “airflow obstruction.”
When Ziploc Sandwich Bags first appeared on the scene, it was instant friendship. And Ziploc Snack Bags were an inspiration. But Ziploc Big Bags have knocked us on our stoner ass! They’re really, really big bags with a Double Zipper Seal Ziploc’s tightest seal ever!
Many stoners prefer a good old-fashioned joint or a simple hit on a pipe to the hassle of placing a bud in a plug-in contraption, then waiting for a plastic bag to fill with vapor. Sure, vaporizers are healthy and lots of stoners swear by them-but some of us still like instant gratification and seek simplicity when we inhale.
A true pot lover drops everything he’s doing at 4:20, grabs his pipe, fills the bowl and synchronizes his hit with that sacred stoner time. Last November, Steve-O of Jackass fame demonstrated his faithful adherence to pot-smoking etiquette by rushing out of Ivy, the popular celebrity hangout in Beverly Hills, CA, and firing up in front of some surprised fans.
Denver, CO, and the small town of Hailey, ID, passed pro-marijuana measures last November, joining the growing number of municipalities that are reducing or removing penalties for pot smoking. In Denver, voters approved making marijuana possession the “lowest law-enforcement priority.”
A recent Gallup poll found that 33% of Republicans have toked up, while only 31% of Democrats have tried pot. Yet somehow, past experience doesn’t translate into support for cannabis: Only 21% of Republicans favor freeing the weed, compared to 37% of Democrats.
A new California hemp/marijuana initiative aims for the '08 ballot.
Jack Herer is at it again. The activist legend who wrote The Emperor Wears No Clothes, the book that launched the modern hemp movement, is collecting signatures for a new, comprehensive ballot initiative. The Cannabis, Hemp and Health Initiative 2008 [CHHI] would legalize marijuana both medically and recreationally for those 21 and older and legalize hemp for industrial purposes.
A landmark medi-pot case hits the California Supreme Court.
It was inevitable from the day Proposition 215 rendered medical-marijuana legal in California that a case involving workplace drug testing and medi-pot would land in court. Gary Ross, 45, is an information-technology professional and medical-marijuana user who was fired for failing a drug test by RagingWire, an IT solutions provider in Sacramento.
Don Duncan, 36, is a vital medical-marijuana advocate (he prefers the term to “activist”) on the front lines of the federal war on medi-pot in Southern California. The Texas-born Duncan was introduced to the medical-marijuana movement in 1996, when he collected signatures for Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Initiative that legalized medi-pot in California.
Despite several decades of campaigning to establish a taxed and regulated market for adult cannabis use, such a market does not exist anywhere in the US. Moreover, a majority of Americans do not yet express-nor have they ever expressed-support for such a market.
Dr. Matthew Robinson didn't plan on becoming a leading voice in the academic community criticizing the War on Drugs. However, when his research as an associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at Appalachian State University brought him into contact with the Office of National Drug Control Policy and its statistics, he soon noticed that the government was being somewhat disingenuous in its reporting.
Dr. Mitch, Besides marijuana tea, are there any other non-alcoholic cannabis beverages? B.Steer Hey B., Several people wrote to emphasize that marijuana tea boiled with butter or oil will have a chance to extract THC, but plain water won’t do the trick.
Gifted Sri Lankan refugee M.I.A. [a.k.a. Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam) has faced savage bloodshed, racial tension and hurtful injustice her entire life. But that heartbreakingly scandalous turbulence only provided serious ammunition for the foxy, dark-skinned artisan.
HT: Your falsetto vocal style is often compared to Rob Halford. Does it bother you to be called “retro metal”? CP: Not at all. We all grew up listening to that stuffPriest, Maiden-and we wear our influences on our sleeve. I call bullshit on people who deny or won’t give thanks to their influences.
While critical consensus maintains that the Beatles’ second feature film, Help!, is inferior to their debut, A Hard Day’s Night, the passage of time and the diminishing quality of both popular film and music has contributed to the movie’s status as a comedy classic.
When I originally launched my countercultural magazine The Realist in 1958, I requested an interview with Norman Mailer. He declined, but in 1962, after I published an interview with Joseph Heller when Catch-22 was published, Mailer called me.
The Marijuana Magician divines that Love is in the cards at the 20th Anniversary Cannabis Cup.
Typically when my boss, steve Hager, summons to me to his office, it’s to ask me whether I’ve dealt with, some contract or edited some story he’s sent me. But on this particular autumn day, Hager had magick on his mind. “Bobby-you have tarot cards at home, right?” “Four different decks, actually...why?” “Bring them in-I need them for reference.
Everybody makes mistakes, especially in the kitchen. The important thing is that we learn from our mistakes without causing serious gastrointestinal damage to our loved ones. Take my husband’s grilled Thanksgiving turkey, for example.
Simmer ganja, butter and marinade in a crock-pot on low for three hours. Strain before injecting the turkey. Inject the marinade throughout your bird in equal amounts. (Note: The marinade will cause the outside to be darker and the meat to be pinker.) Bank two charcoal piles on either side of a space large enough to fit the bird.
The DNA Genetics crew was out in full force at this year’s Cup, giving away gram after gram of their excellent Chocolope, which ended up winning second place overall for the DNA boys and the Grey Area coffeeshop. Their Cup party featured some of the best buds, hash and pot food available in Amsterdam: We especially enjoyed their cannabis infused ice creams (Hashio Pistachio and Chocolope Chocolate], with popcorn with hash oil and sprinkles made up of unpressed trichomes as the whopping topping.
Imagine a private club where presidents, prime ministers, international bankers and generals rub shoulders, where gracious royal chaperones ensure everyone gets along, and where the people running the wars, the markets and Europe say what they never dare say in public.
This gambit, Vladimir hoped, just might help him bluff his way back into the game. He had tried to shake off his controllers, and now they were after him. He needed something to trade with those who were trying to silence him. He felt that I, or rather my grandfather, could be his conduit, as I knew enough press people in Toronto to persuade them to run with his story, while my grandfather still held enough influence to keep the MI5 people at bay.
The Cannabis Cup has a center of gravity, and I can feel it. Matt, Elise and I are sitting down to breakfast at the Barbizon Palace, across the street from Amsterdam’s Central Station. If anything were to happen to any one of us, this event would certainly spin into instant chaos.
I was a Cannabis Cup virgin. In fact, I’d never even been to Amsterdam until the 20th Cup! For me, the Cup was a journey that will never end. Perhaps it was brought on by the tightening of the HIGH TIMES family, or the beautiful people of Amsterdam with their transcendental thinking.
When I was first informed that I was being sent to the Cannabis Cup as a celebrity judge, my first thought was: “On what planet am I considered a celebrity? I might like to buy some real estate there.” Sure enough, upon arrival in Amsterdam, I was given entree into the top-secret Temple, where bold face names such as Redman and Stephen Gaskin mixed with B-listers like myself, Danny Danko, Rick Cusick, Nico Escondido and a host of others.
In 1985, HIGH TIMES turned readers on to Tony Serra with the aptly titled interview “California’s Counterculture Counselor” [September 1985]. Back then, HT referred to the attorney as “just the sort of guy you’d like to have around when the Feds break down your front door.”
Hey, this is a Blueberry x Williams Wonder beauty that has a few weeks left to go. So sticky! —Sir Mungalot I would like to introduce the world to a masterpiece out of Hawaii that I've named ... "That s!%$ right there." Smoke her and you will repeat her name after the first exhale.
Trans-High Market Quotations (THMQ) reports pot prices by the ounce, strain and location. To submit prices, go to the THMQ link at hightimes.com. CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $346 (last month: $373; YTD: $370) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $459 ($444, $450) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $276 ($263, $276) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $88 ($109, $93) Kush once again topped the list to become April’s most submitted strain.
"YOU'RE NOT GOING OUT TO PLAY UNTIL YOU’VE CLEANED YOUR ROOM!”
THE PRE-GAME SHOW
BETWEEN CROP MAINTENANCE
THE LAST GOODBYE
They say that cleanliness is next to godliness, and never does this cliché apply more than in your growroom. Pests, molds and bacteria hide in the mess you create, waiting to strike when you least expect it. Keeping your growroom spic and span will prevent many unforeseen problems.
After you’ve dealt with a successful crop and cleanup, I’m going to assume that you kept the shake separate for hash production. This is a whole new mess altogether. With a room full of splashing water, wet leaves and sticky resin, it’s no wonder.
Forget about scraping your fingers and trim tools for hash. Forget about sprinkling kif over bowls or into joints. Now there’s a quick and easy way to make your own hash by pressing your kif with the Neato Press. The Neato Press from West Coast Growers is a handheld press perfect for making pressed kif hash.
I run a grow operation for a compassion clinic. Recently, I planted six germinated seeds and threw them in the dark, but they did not come up. Then I put them under two small desk-lamp fluorescents. It is Day 4 and no seeds have come up yet. Is there a problem with my setup?
Freezing nighttime temperatures give way to good growing weather in much of America. This is the month that milder coastal and southern climates receive enough sunlight to warm the ground and allow marijuana to grow. Warm-season growers can move seedlings and clones outdoors now if they’re protected under a small plastic greenhouse.
This month, HIGH TIMES salutes the Mecca of marijuana-California! It’s a land of pot pioneers with a booming bud economy. The Golden State breeds the best cannabis on the planet, blazes the trail for the medical-marijuana movement, and demonstrates to the world what marijuana consciousness is all about.