I think I have déjà vu. You know déjà vu: when you feel like everything is eerily familiar. Like you’ve done something or been somewhere before. I’ve been here before. This is our annual glass issue, in which we showcase the work of top glass artists—and guess what?
Wow! The mouth-watering photos displayed in issue after issue, and all those tips and techniques from world-class growers, are enough to make any true pot enthusiast crave the next edition of HIGH TIMES. I get high just imagining smoking the various buds as I flip through its pages.
Maybe a little grayer and a tad slower, Cheech & Chong are still on the loose and ready to "make a dope deal" with anyone and everyone who comes out to see them. Richard "Cheech" Marin, 62, and Tommy Chong, 70, have been touring with the “Cheech & Chong Light Up America & Canada” reunion show since September, proving once and for all who the real Kings of Ganja Comedy are.
Looks like somebody really wiped out just north of the US-Mexico border. In San Diego, CA, Border Patrol agents discovered an abandoned fiber-glass surfboard in Border Field State Park. When they took a closer look, they found that the board had been hollowed out and glued back together.
It’s been said that every time Europe looks across the Atlantic to see the American eagle, it observes only the rear end of an ostrich. Oh, yeah? Well, every time we look across the Atlantic at you guys, all we see is a whole lotta smoke! According to a report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 71 million Europeans say they’ve toked up.
Remember The China Syndrome? Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda save California from a nuclear meltdown after a faulty turbine goes kablooey, nearly causing a radioactive spill. In November, the Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, SC, also had a spill.
Two North Dakota farmers are continuing their lawsuit against the DEA in their quest to grow industrial hemp. A US District Court initially dismissed the suit in November 2007, but farmers Wayne Hauge and David Monson have refiled it in the Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals.
There’s a certain kind of apparel that stoners flock to—comfortable stuff, duds to get toasted in. Seedless Clothing is one of the companies in the booming field of cannabis-related commerce that has dedicated itself to easy-wearing fashions, thereby improving the saggy self-image of hope-lessly dressed stoners throughout the world.
According to the Mayan calendar, we’ve just entered the Sixth Day of the Galactic Underworld. It’s not the latest Star Wars installment—it’s a time of mass spiritual transformation. The last time this happened, the world got beatniks, hippies and the Age of Aquarius.
According to producer Judd Apatow, Brad Pitt's turn as a stoner in True Romance was the inspiration behind Pineapple Express. Apatow says he "thought it would be funny to make a movie in which you follow that character out of his apartment and watch him get chased by bad guys.”
Bill "the Spaceman" Lee, the refreshingly honest pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos in the '60s, '70s and '80s, was recently inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. Lee, who says he smoked a joint with George W. Bush back in 1972, was always open about smoking pot throughout his career—and still managed to win 119 games.
For centuries, the Japanese garden has been known as a tranquil refuge from the stresses of daily life. These days, there's a new plant in the garden: Recent media reports state that pot culture and cultivation are booming in Japan, and recent arrests have shown the trend making inroads with every profession and age group in the country.
In November, the Philippine Marines and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency raided a mega-garden of 100,000 mature pot plants in Sulu, an island province of the Philippines. The plants were nearly eight feet tall. Officials have hunches that Abu Sayyaf, a militant Islamist separatist group, is growing marijuana to fund their terror activities.
Last month, Paul Armentano examined the reality behind the Feds oft-repeated claim that Mexican cartels have invaded California and now operate mammoth pot plantations throughout the state ("High in the Hills," Feb. ’09). But what’s one big lie when you can tell an even bigger one?
Thudding onto desks around the world is yet another critical study of our failed War on Drugs. This time, it’s the turn of the Beckley Foundation, a United Nations-accredited NGO (nongovernmental organization), to attempt to convince lawmakers to introduce some semblance of sanity to cannabis laws.
In the Canadian province of Alberta, the city of Calgary has blossomed on the prairie. Marijuana culture has quietly blossomed here as well.
Beyond the two cavernous party tents, bales of hay dot the landscape. The farmland that rolls to the horizon has already begun to turn bland in color— those autumnal, gray-brown hues that linger for months until spring finally arrives here in Calgary.
Is it possible that the stoner community's Kush lust has come to an end? After assuming its customary position as the month’s most submitted strain in January, Kush has now failed to find the top spot two out of three times in the first quarter of 2009.
Every year in October, occultists, Satanists, psychedelic alchemists, conspiracy buffs and garden-variety wackos converge in Oregon to discuss the metaphysical future of the world.
Friday, October 10: The Assemblage
Saturday, October 11:A Pagan Day
Sunday, October 12: The Anticlimax
Behind the Watershed Building in Portland, OR, there's a constant mass of people gathered by a rusted burn barrel. They’ll haunt and somehow reflect the lofty, abstruse and stochastic visions discussed during EsoZone, a DIY conference attempting to share information on new developments in occult practice and fringe science.
Way back in 1990, when hardcore rap ruled the day, Del tha Funkee Homosapien went against the grain, lampooning the West Coast’s thriving ruff-rider gangstas with nerdy middle-class playfulness. Now living outside the pot-friendly environs of Berkeley, CA, in nearby Richmond, Del (born Teren Delvon Jones) returns in top form with Eleventh Hour.
Bart Schneider is a big, gentle fellow who, although he’s a social animal, lives by himself in a “pad,” as he calls it, with photos of Allen Ginsberg and posters of Charlie Parker on the walls. I first heard about Schneider and his detective novel, The Man in the Blizzard, from a marijuana dealer who’d read it while tending his pot garden.
Gonzo is a top-shelf, high-energy documentary on the late, great Hunter S. Thompson. A successful doc is often only as good as its archival sources, and director Alex Gibney has tracked down some extraordinary material: from television footage of the writer as a young, unknown journalist to a fascinating song written and recorded by Hunter and his graphic collaborator, artist Ralph Steadman.
I have to pull a Bobby Black this issue and use my own mug as the Hit of the Month. This was my costume for New York City’s annual Halloween Parade, and as you can see, it sure did get a lot of attention! Even from New York’s finest. Sure it’s a little blurry, but I only had a good two seconds to take the shot before the nice officer here inquired about where that stinky, sweet smell I was giving off was actually coming from.
Bobby rocks the Cradle of Liberty at the 19th Annual Boston Freedom Rally.
During last year's election, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was fond of saying that the real America can be found in small rural towns—attempting to demonize more diverse, urban states like New York and Massachusetts. Which is ridiculous, considering that New York was once our nation’s capital, and Massachusetts is practically the birthplace of America.
You may never have heard of Michael Rossman, but he was an inspiration to a lot of young people in the 1960s, when he became an organizer of the Free Speech Movement that started at the University of California’s Berkeley campus and rapidly spread to colleges across the country.
The HIGH TIMES Cultivation Department recently tapped our R&D facility to run a experiments for us in our West Coast laboratories. The goal was to take a closer look at grow boxes and what they can offer. A few big-name companies were kind enough to donate their full lines to our labs, where we ran the systems from start to finish to give our readers a complete run-down on what to expect and how best to optimize the performance of these boxes.
If you cultivate cannabis as spiritual medicine, using it to offer up prayers, you are still subject to arrest and prosecution. But two Native American brothers whose crops were raided last summer passionately disagree-because the name of their tribe, Tuscarora, literally translates to “People of the Hemp.”
“The soldiers got your brothers." The women who lived next door gave Ross Johnson the news. They can be forgiven their assumption. The cops arrived heavily armed, a group task force of 20 federal and local law enforcement officers—dressed in either camouflage or black, supported by a Border Patrol helicopter.
Now more than ever, it's time for the cannabis community to show its support for the visionary artists of the glass-pipe industry. Buy a pipe you can believe in, a pipe that speaks to you personally. Don't scrimp—the art world needs you!
Smoked Volume 1
Some folks simply aren't content to stare down the barrel of just any old glass pipe: These days, the true aficionado wants retina-piercing colors and unique designs that blend into a piece of whoa!-inducing smokeware. It's a tall order, and one that master glassblowers have spent the last several years answering—upping their game and perfecting their technique in order to create pipes that can't be mistaken for anything other than pure and exquisite works of art. Now as never before, glass-pipe artists are producing pieces that pit form against function and explore new realms of the imagination.
Take a rare look behind the curtain at a master grower’s garden of dank delights. Our cannabis correspondent follows the green brick road to learn about new strains and exciting techniques for growing pot that’ll send you over the rainbow.
IF I ONLY HAD A BUD
OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD
THE GARDEN BEHIND THE CUR TAIN
As a teenager growing up in New York, the only herb I ever saw was dirtweed or Mexican schwag—brown, flattened, unappealing bud loaded with seeds. Then a friend invited me to a party that his older brother was throwing. That evening, a guy named Weird A1 (not the accordionist) showed up with a large brown paper bag.
The true story of how the world’s most famous pothead got high with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the late ’60s.
I met Arnold Schwarzenegger at Gold’s Gym in 1968, when he first arrived from Europe. He was 21 years old and could barely speak English. He was the talk of the bodybuilding world and had already won his first Mr. Universe title, in the 1967 competition sponsored by NABBA (the National Amateur Body Builders Association)—a contest he would dominate for the next three years.
For the past 30 years, celebrated travel author and television host Rick Steves has shown Americans how to travel smart through his numerous guidebooks, website and PBS series “Rick Steves’ Europe." But beyond that, Steves has become one of the nation’s most outspoken celebrity advocates for marijuana legalization.
I’ve been reading HIGH TIMES for years now and its done nothing but help grow my appreciation for marijuana. You guys made me realize that I, too, could grow the best weed in the world. I did my research before starting and ended up with some amazing plants, some amazing smoke and some amazing memories.
No worries, friends. The last thing we want to hear is that you're confused about your meds! And believe me, we've been getting a lot of email from our good readers who are genuinely confused on the issue of sativas vs. indicas. So let's try to answer the question; after all, it is our medicine we're talking about here.
Soul food samosa influenced by Kenya, Hawaii, and American hybrid vigor.
Ding-dong, the witch is dead! Eight inter-minable years of white-bread fascist jack-boots on the neck of our collective soul have finally come to an end. With ferocity of determination, we've cast our votes for diplomacy, parity and progress; we've voted against imperialism, hegemony and mendaciousness.
Looking forward to the end of marijuana prohibition.
Allen St. Pierre
For nearly two years, as the centerpiece of his campaign for president, Barack Obama offered the nation a message of hope, along with a promise to bring fundamental change to our nation's government. I, along with millions of other responsible cannabis consumers, welcome that change wholeheartedly.
As founder of the Cannabis Patient Network, director of Greater St. Louis NORML and founder of Americans for Safe Access of St. Louis, Mark Pedersen works hard for the cannabis-law reform movement—and he works for free. “I don’t hold a paying position with any organization," Pedersen tells HIGH TIMES, upon learning of his selection as Freedom Fighter of the Month.
Dr. Mitch, I used to get high right before bed and sleep like a log. Now, all of a sudden, I take a little hit and I’m up all night. What gives? Pappa Soma Hey Pappa, Sounds like you’ve switched strains, perhaps to one with a lower THC and higher CBD (cannabidiol) content.
Over the last eight years, America's 25 million regular marijuana users have lived under a dark cloud—namely, the federal government’s draconian assault on their lives and liberties. The police made an unprecedented 6.3 million pot arrests under President Bush, who also reneged on a campaign promise to let states decide their own medical-marijuana policies, resulting in the indictment of more than 100 state-authorized cannabis patients and providers, many of them now serving multi-decade sentences in federal prison.
There’s nothing that compares to the flavor of properly grown organic pot: The subtle tastes and aromas created by using only "Mother Earth" are overwhelming to the senses when it’s done properly. As with vegetables, a rich organic soil can bring out the best in cannabis.
Note: Some of the photos in this column are taken from Marijuana Grow Basics: The Cannabis Aficionado’s Easy Grow Guide, $21.95, Van Patten Publishing (June 2008). After buying your new "grow bible” (best $30 we ever spent!!), my boyfriend and I set up a perfect little growroom.
March heralds the first signs of warm weather. Winter weather starts to give way to intermittent patches of spring. There should now be enough warm days and nights in southern climates to nurture a spring crop. Growers in northern climates are taking advantage of spring skiing and planning their outdoor crops.
Over the years, the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam has become one of the items that stoners put on their “bucket list”—an event they promise themselves they absolutely must attend at least once prior to kicking the bucket! Each year, we cover the high-spirited high jinks and high-flying strains that fuel the merriment that transpires every November, and culminates in the Cannabis Cup awards ceremony on Thanksgiving Day.