You can certainly be forgiven for thinking that every issue of HIGH TIMES is a “green issue,” given our consistent coverage of the world's greatest marijuana and how to grow your own. But it's also high time that cannabis smokers and growers started extending their definition of truly "green" ganja to include some basic concerns for the well-being of Mother Earth.
I'm writing as a sometime subscriber and student involved with drug-law reform. I've really been enjoying your recent interviews with cannabis activists! People like Steve Kubby, Marc Emery and Richard Lee are so inspiring for those of us who wish to see weed legalized during our lifetime and Look for successful examples to follow in terms of strategy.
In the classic rock-documentary spoof This Is Spinal Tap, dimwitted Nigel Tufnel takes the stage in a cowl and cape and speaks spookily about the ancient Druids who hung out at Stonehenge: "Nobody knows who they were ... or what they were doing."
You're holding the 400th issue of HIGH TIMES in your hands. Those of you who own all 400 issues may have grandchildren— even great-grandchildren. We salute you! Here are some other notable 400s:
In 400 BC, Alexander the Great defeats the Persians, despite the superiority of their hash. In 400 AD, chrysanthemums are introduced in Japan. On an equally pleasant note, the Goths are slaughtered by the Huns on the Danube River. 400 years ago, the Basque witch trials get underway, the largest witch hunt of the Spanish Inquisition.
Top jocks prove that pot and athletic performance are natural partners.
Years ago, the TV comedy show Laugh In featured a weekly segment called "The Fickle Finger of Fate." Early this year, everybody got to see exactly how it operates. In November, Olympic phenomenon Michael Phelps was photographed at a South Carolina college party taking a bong hit.
PROBLEM It's the dead of winter and you have the AC on full blast, 24/7. You Just had three pallets of potting soil delivered to your one-bedroom apartment. Your tiny apartment generates 50 pounds of used potting soil every 90 days—even in winter!
The recent decriminalization bill that passed in Massachusetts last November (by a whopping 65 percent) has angered law enforcement officials and legislators all over the commonwealth. The website masscops.com offers Massachusetts' "finest" a forum to discuss issues related to their jobs.
Our own Vaporella was on the scene for Barack Obama’s inauguration in January. Close to two million people from across the nation attended the event, despite the threats of subzero temperatures, extreme over-crowding, a lack of Port-o-Potties, George W. Bush in attendance, and the specter of Pastor Rick Warren giving the invocation.
In January, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said illegal drugs are keeping banks afloat. In an interview published in the Austrian weekly Profil, Viennabased UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa stated: “Interbank loans were funded by money that originated from drug trade and other illegal activities” and “that some banks were rescued in that way."
On June 13-14, the THC Expo will host the entire hemp and cannabis industry under one roof at the world-renowned Los Angeles Convention Center. It promises to be a one-of-a-kind consumer show, with over 300 cannabis-related businesses exhibiting their products and services.
Alan Abel is the infamous prankster who once mounted a legendary campaign to clothe naked animals. With Abel’s hoaxes, no one suffers, financially or physically, though some may experience a bit of wounded pride—especially those journalists who forget to check their facts.
Amy Winehouse decided to drop her appeal of a drug-possession charge in Norway. Following the arrest of Amy and her husband in October 2007, the British soul singer claimed the police had made errors in the case. She was planning to appeal her fine of $428 and was due to appear in court in Bergen, Norway, in January.
Hemp-bale houses herald a revolution in the construction industry.
The town of Madoc in Ontario, Canada, wanted to build an outdoor bandstand for its summer concerts in the park. Fleming College was approached, since it features a Sustainable Building Design and Construction program in its curriculum. But Chris Magwood, the lead instructor for the program, informed the town that his students actually build entire buildings, complete with heating and plumbing.
To date, the investigation of marijuana's impact on mental health has yielded more questions than answers.
'POT PSYCH' 101
PSYCHOSIS & SCHIZOPHRENIA
WHAT THE FYTYRE HOLDS
Marijuana provides a seemingly endless variety of physical benefits, from inducing the munchies to intensifying sex, not to mention its myriad medical uses. But for the most part, pot is smoked for the positive psychological effects that the vast majority of its users experience.
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: $347 (last month: $375; YTD: $374) CURRENT KIND INDEX (350+ PER OZ): $419 ($455, $455) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $276 ($253, $264) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $107 ($96, $90) Kush once again finished as the month's most submitted strain, despite its average price dropping nearly $100 from April.
California's Eagles of Death Metal (who are, in fact, not really a metal band at all) give HIGH TIMES a lesson in dope, politics and rock'n'roll.
Imagine that you’re 11 years old and turning on your record player (assuming you had one before the advent of CDs and iTunes). You've just swiped your parents’ copy of Exile on Main St., and you're preparing to crank it for the millionth time.
Man, did people represent for our tat contest! We knew there were a lot of inked stoners out there, but we weren't prepared for the sheer number of entries. Thank you all for expressing your indelible love of the herb! These are just the top entries, as judged by the HIGH TIMES staff.
Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination—Robert Kennedy, National Security, the Mafia, and the Assassination of Martin Luther King By Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann (Counterpoint) Forty-five years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, facts continue to be uncovered or declassified.
Ceci n'est pas une pipe... wait a minute.... Aside from being one freaky-deaky, Alienmeets-Beetlejuice-looking thing, this elaborate glass creation actually is a pipe. The small black bowl in front of the lower set of Predator claws (next to the model’s right index finger) connects to a stem behind the mask that the wearer can inhale through.
The creators of Weed Nation Soldiers transform Bobby into a stoner superhero.
I’ve always been drawn to comic books. The grand and complex tales of superheroes are like modern mythologies that fire the imagination. So you can imagine my excitement when the creators of the stoner superhero comic Weed Nation Soldiers decided to base one of their heroes on me.
There I stood, a few years ago in San Francisco, with my feet spread apart and my arms outstretched against the side of a car. As I was being frisked by a police officer, I realized that he was facing the back of my Mad magazine jacket, the face of Alfred E. Neuman smiling at him and saying, “What, me worry?" And, indeed, this cop was worried.
Are the planets aligning in favor of medical marijuana? Recent events in California-and the season of change that America is experiencing-may herald a new era of freedom nationwide.
"We’ve won!” On the night of the Felix Kha ruling, that’s exactly what Jeff Jones was thinking. Jones is the executive director of the California Patient ID Center, whose branches in Los Angeles and Oakland have assisted 100,000 state residents to obtain proper IDs in order to gain access to medical pot.
Over the past decade on the West Coast, cannabis competitions have followed hot on the heels of harvest. Late last year, the San Francisco Cup had its second gathering, while the Santa Cruz Cup held its third annual contest. These are more than just bud battles: Cups are networking events, opportunities for doctors, patients and growers to come together and trade information on all things cannabis.
Dr. Jean Talleyrand, MD, is the president of MediCann, a group of integrative medical clinics dedicated to providing health and wellness services, including evaluations for medical marijuana. An alumnus of the School of Medicine at both Brown and Boston universities, Talleyrand began his practice in California, where he issued his first medical-marijuana recommendations while working for San Francisco’s Department of Public Health. He found that medical marijuana perfectly complemented his interest in alternative health care. Talleyrand sat down with us to share his professional views on the issue of medical cannabis.
What is MediCann? MediCann is a group of 17 health clinics located throughout California, from Eureka to San Diego—the exact locations are on our website, medicannusa.com. Over five years, we have exploded to 17 locations, and the need continues to grow.
Learn how to save money and the planet while growing the greatest, greenest ganja on Earth with a return trip to Northern California's Namaste Center for Sustainable Ganja Farming.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: "Let the Sunshine in!"
COMPOST TEA TIME
GROW YOUR OWN (FOOD)
JUST SAY NO TO DIESEL DOPE
COMMUNITIES AGAINST POT POLLUTION
THE TRIMMING TEEPEE
CLEAN GREEN GANJA
AN ECOTOPIAN INTERVIEW WITH ERNEST CALLENBACH
During the height of last year’s ganja growing season, HIGH TIMES dispatched one of our New York City-based reporters to Northern California to investigate a group of environmentally conscious medical-marijuana providers. He returned with a story entitled “Weeditopia” (hightimes.com/weeditopia/), which detailed not only the ecologically friendly cultivation methods employed by the residents of the Namaste Center for Sustainable Ganja Farming (a pseudonym), but also the unique lifestyle that flourished on their land.
Americans are always looking north, wondering if it’s really true: Is Canada a pot paradise? Not quite-but they’re working on it.
POT OF THE PROVINCES
WE LOVE WEED, EH?
WE LOVE WEED—NOT!
Much has been made of Canada's relationship with cannabis. Rumor and conjecture conjure up images of Dutch-style coffeeshops in areas like BC’s Vansterdam and Ontario’s Yongesterdam, as well as clinical-grade, government-grown medical cannabis swiftly and widely prescribed by progressive doctors unswayed by the draw of profit, and a garden in every apartment, villa, bungalow or igloo—in short, a verdant veritable mecca of marijuana.
Earn a diploma in dank at Oaksterdam University, America's ultimate-and only-institute of 'higher' learning.
RICHARD LEE INTERVIEW ONLINE
Just set foot in the lecture hall, and you can immediately tell that Oaksterdam University isn't a real college. How? Because the students show up on time, take detailed notes and pay close attention to their instructors. Also, some kind-hearted soul has brought in enough homemade pot brownies to share with the entire class.
It's a grower's dream home: an eco-friendly, Gaudi-esque palace that operates completely off the grid for under $100 a year, where you can have a hydroponic garden in the middle of your living room that runs off your bathwater. Oh, and did we mention it's constructed entirely out of garbage?
This is a medical grow of Master Kush, indoor hydro, rock-wool. They're four weeks into flowering. It took a lot of shots with different lighting to get this pic. Thought you might like to take a look. Thanks! —Sherlock Holmes I live out in Hawaii and here are a couple of pics of some bud I've gotten out here.
The aim of this section is not only to educate, but also to help foster a movement that, at first, may have had some of us feeling skeptical. I’ll admit that when I first heard about the medical-marijuana movement years ago, I was hesitant. I worried that this avenue might backfire, and even now I still have questions about what might happen to our good ol’ buds when, one day, new laws allow pharmaceutical companies to mass-produce medical-grade THC.
Step-by-step instructions for the best way to get high while eating chocolate.
Brownies That Don't Come Out at a Box
I seldom tell people that I write for HIGH TIMES right off the bat. Living in Los Angeles has taught me that. God love 'em, the first thing Angelenos say in social situations is: "So, what do you do?” Which roughly translates as: "So, can you help me further my career as an actor/singer/model/ waitress, or should I just move on to the next person at this lame-ass party?" Premature revelations ensured that conversations failed to evolve.
NORML’s National Legal Committee proves that the only good lawyer is the one defending your rights!
Allen St. Pierre
When I was first hired at NORML in the early 1990s, I’d occasionally pick up the phone and hear a victim of cannabis-prohibition laws sarcastically asking if he’d reached "the National Organization for Marijuana Lawyers." Additionally, a number of mainstream publications back then profiled some of the more flamboyant members of our National Legal Committee (NLC) and used their legal representation of a cocaine-cartel leader or a major heroin smuggler as a means of discrediting the organization, picturing it as little more than a front for shady defense lawyers and hard-drug dealers.
Greg Carter, M.D., M.S., has become the expert witness of choice for scores of medical-use patients throughout the Northwest who find themselves in legal trouble. A professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, he first became interested in the possible medical applications of cannabis 10 years ago, while seeking more effective treatments for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Dr. Mitch, Smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer, but smoking marijuana doesn’t? How can this be true? It seems like smoke is smoke. Cap Buster Smoke is smoke, but one key ingredient can make all the difference: Nicotine causes tumors to grow, while THC inhibits their growth.
Our HIGH TIMES guide to air circulation and odor control tells you everything you need to know about cleaning and venting those telltale hot and smelly particles from your growroom's atmosphere.
How Much Air Do You Need to Move?
Venting Is Good
Hang It Up
Yes, You ‘Can’
Odor always factors into any grow operation. One of the first things I look for when I walk into a grow situation is the type of ventilation the grower is using. The ventilation system can make or break any grow op. These range from can-style filters the size of a person for commercial operations to smaller ozone generators for personal-stash growers.
J.C. Stitch, known online for years as a savior of many plants and gardens with his simple and effective advice, puts his knowledge in book form for a comprehensive guide called Marijuana Garden Saver: Handbook for Healthy Plants. Specifically addressing the pests, deficiencies, diseases and stresses that can quickly lead to disasters in the growroom or field, this book is a must-have for indoor and outdoor farmers alike. Easy to find color-coded sections combined with full-color photographs illustrate the many possible problems, and the simple-to-read text provides quick solutions. From thrips, spider mites and whiteflies to nutrient deficiencies and pH issues, this book will pay for itself within one harvest.
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Scale manufacturers are constantly looking for more stealthy ways to make their weighing devices look innocuous. This new Ashtray Scale hides in plain sight and actually works as an ashtray until you need to measure something out. It weighs up to 500 grams at a time and is accurate down to 0.1gram. A backlit LCD display ensures easy readability and accurate measurements, and a 10-year warranty guarantees that it won’t crap out on you.
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Via-grow Expert Trimmer
Harvest time can stress even the most chilled-out farmer with an overabundance of pot and not enough time, help or energy to trim it all. But now along comes the Via-grow Expert Trimmer, a compact yet highly effective all-purpose machine that fits into its own carrying container. Weighing in at under 40 pounds, it’s perfect for the traveling trimmer looking for work or the cultivator on the go. A powerful blade and varying speed control make this unit special, and it’s easy to take apart and store discreetly. They claim it can do the work of 10 people and, at the very least, will cut your trimming time and effort down substantially.
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We’ve been fans of the dope clothing line called THTC for some time now. Based out of the UK, they make inspired hemp hip-hop fashions and "urban eco-wear for the street.” Their organic hemp and cotton-combo fabrics are stylish, earth-friendly and functional. Their new Belt is the latest sleek accessory to be added to a great line of clothing and hats—and it doubles as a bottle opener as well. Cool design and environmental consciousness make THTC (short for "The Hemp Trading Company”) a real hit.
Do I need fresh-air circulation when I have CO2 circulating in the room? I have a 5-by-10-foot growroom sealed tight. I'm running 600- and 400-watt lamps that are vented from the outside through the lights and then outdoors again. I have an air conditioner and a humidifier.
Warm weather is now with us! The last average day of frost has passed in all but the coldest climate zones. Plants can be moved outdoors in most climates. If temperatures dip below 50°F at night, protect plants with a plastic greenhouse or move them indoors if possible.
Ever wondered what it takes to get a perpetual harvest going? Stink Bud explains the ins and outs of growing your own job and maintaining practices that allow you to cultivate a continuous supply of quality cannabis year-round. Esteemed cultivation expert and author Jorge Cervantes shares his secrets to all things seedy in this incredible excerpt from his upcoming book, Marijuana Grow Basics: The Easy Guide for Cannabis Aficionados.