If Tom Forçade were alive today, he'd turn 64 on September 11,2009. I often wonder what this magazine would be like if our founder hadn't shot himself in 1978 at age 33. When I first came to HIGH TIMES in 1987, I hadn't even heard of Tom Forçade, and I guess that's the way he wanted it.
For more than three decades, HIGH TIMES has bravely (even brazenly) published the truth about one of the wonders of nature, defending with great good humor both this botanical gift and our constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness against a ceaseless disinformation campaign and often-vicious intimidation tactics on the part of vested financial interests, religious hysterics and governmental agents of herd control.
This centerfold, titled "Joy of Tons," appeared in the March '78 issue. It's arguably our most audacious. And if you're asking whether there was photo fakery performed, the answer is yes. But you're wrong anyway—it's the window and the TV that were added to the shot!
What do you do when you're lost and out of pot? Pull out your iPhone and hook yourself up. The new iPhone app called "Cannabis," which was approved by Apple, allows users to find the nearest legal supplier of medicinal marijuana. Open your iPhone or iPod Touch and you'll see a map with the nearest distributors.
Our March '99 issue featured an interview with heavy-metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, who was promoting Black Sabbath's big reunion tour. The photo shoot featured a slew of cool props, including four ounces of kind bud. When the Ozzman shuffled in, the sight of all that weed blew him away.
You know how you always lose your lighter? Those days are over—because now you'll be using and losing a laser! Wicked Lasers, the world's top brand of high powered lasers, makes military-grade green, red, and blue handheld laser pointers, which come in a range of outputs and size and—guess what!
It's hard to believe, but it's true. HIGH TIMES has reached middle age and a huge celebration is in order. But our celebration will be tempered by some very sobering facts. Since the first issue of this magazine was published in 1974, over 14 million of us have been busted for marijuana crimes, mostly for simple possession.
This Dogg is a champion. When Snoop Dogg appeared at the 2002 Stony Awards dressed to the nines, the resulting image became one of our most popular covers of the decade. Maybe it was the blunt hanging from his lips or the slick threads he was wearing.
When soldiers return from Iraq, they always talk about how good it is to be back on American soil. But while on duty, it's always good to keep yourself informed about what's growing in American soil. These two soldiers stationed near Baghdad recently took a breather in order to check some back issues.
We've never gone wrong covering reggae music: Something about the beat matches the rhythms of cannabis perfectly. And no star represents or personifies the genre more than Bob Marley. We've honored the ultimate pot superstar with four covers, three of them after his death.
Many readers store away their magazines for future reference, or as collectors' items in the hopes that an eBay buyer will one day pay thousands for a particularly valuable issue. Your best bet for making a fortune from your HIGH TIMES collection is with our very first issue.
Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, normally a firebreathing competitor, basically said "So what?" when it was revealed that his catcher, Geovany Soto, tested positive for pot at the World Baseball Classic last spring. Piniella claimed it was the delayed disclosure that affected Soto's performance—not the pot.
The legendary Owsley Stanley, also known as "The Bear," produced roughly five million hits of pure LSD in the San Francisco Bay Area during the '60. Counterculture historians cite his ability to cook up high-quality acid as the impetus for the hippie movement.
Yes, it's true: We actually put Madonna on the cover, and we should be horsewhipped for it. It was in May of '85, and our only excuse is that someone here must have been stoned. Madonna and Rosanna Arquette were promoting their new movie, Desperately Seeking Susan—not a bad film, but it wasn't Up in Smoke.
Jack Herer is the grand old man of cannabis activism and the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, the seminal work of the modern hemp movement, which has sold 750,000 copies. He has graced the cover of HIGH TIMES on three different occasions.
After years of escorting multi-ton shipments of high-grade ganja from exotic locales like the Cayman Islands to the lucrative shores of America, Captain Zero retired from the smuggling business, but he still serves as Costa Rica's most beloved unofficial leisure consultant, as well as the inspiration for the cult-classic surfer book In Search of Captain Zero.
If HIGH TIMES were a baseball team, Cheech & Chong would be our Babe Ruth. The world's most infamous Stoners have made the cover seven times, the all-time record. Although, technically, only Tommy Chong appeared on the cover all seven times—he posed Cheech-less on three occasions back in the days when the duo was broken up.
From 2004 to 2008, Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams struggled to choose between pigskin and pot. In 2008, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes was arrested for marijuana possession—a few months before he was named the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XLIII, catching a six-yard touchdown pass with just 35 seconds left in the game.
Way back in 1974, HIGH TIMES published its very first issue. Everything sure is different in 2009! (Well, not everything-pot will still get you busted.) Check out how the world has changed in the last 35 years. Seeds were found in bags. If you had Panama Red, you scored some pretty good dope.
This January '91 cover featuring Willie Nelson and Kentucky attorney Gatewood Galbraith remains amazingly fresh 18 years later. It's not hard to see why: These two dudes never quit! At the time of this photo shoot, Galbraith, an outspoken proponent of marijuana legalization, was campaigning to become the governor of Kentucky, and the legendary country star was offering his enthusiastic support.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wililam S. Burrough's Naked Lunch, the groundbreaking book from the Beat Generation's guiding light.
For most of his life, William Seward Burroughs searched the world for new, exciting substances to smoke, eat, shoot and otherwise ingest. There wasn't a drug he didn't try: marijuana (which he cultivated in Texas), yage, peyote, mushrooms, cocaine and—most notoriously—heroin.
Until his death in 1997, at the age of 83, William S. Burroughs appeared frequently in our pages, twice as the subject of a HIGH TIMES interview and countless other times as a contributor. On the 50th anniversary of Naked Lunch, we're proud to present a choice nugget from each of his full-length interviews.
To celebrate our own anniversary, HIGH TIMES offers a "highly subjective" list of the best drug-inspired books of all time.
Kubla Khan (1816) Written under the influence of opium, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem provided generations of schoolkids with their first vicarious drug experience, including images like "the sacred river," "dancing rocks" and "lifeless ocean" that anticipated the work of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and Jim Morrison of the Doors.
Since 1974, HIGH TIMES has been tracking strains and prices at home and abroad. While the magazine has changed a great deal since the mid-'70s, THMQ remained a constant and has become the source of information on the marijuana market. This was possible thanks to the thousands of readers over the years who've sent us the straight dope about their local smoke.
There are people out there who manage to live a rock star's life without ever picking up an instrument or singing a note. One such individual is Mick Rock, the dominant photographer on the 70s glam scene, whose iconic shots of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Queen defined an era.
This feature-length documentary blazed a trail through the film-festival scene up north, winning Best Canadian Documentary at the 2007 Edmonton International Film Festival, and has since been accepted into 32 festivals worldwide and won many other awards.
Jeramy Gritter was born in Harlem but grew up in Allentown, PA, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming the lead guitarist in a rock'n'roll band. Once out west, he did modeling gigs with Mickey Avalon, whose music he'd later produce.
By juxtaposing philosophy and philandering, the sublime with the obscene, and the profound with the profane, authors Like Henry Miller and Louis-Ferdinand Céline created some of the most poetic, erotic and existential works of fiction ever written.
According to the evidence, HIGH TIMES was actually supposed to be a joke.
The first thing
you have to know about Tom Forçade is that he wasn't only a liberating force—he was also a prisoner of romance. At the Revolutionary Media Conference in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1969, Forçade predicted that there would be "a daily underground paper in every city, and a weekly in every town."
HIGH TIMES & the Cannabis Cup have plenty to celebrate in '09!
Quality Comes Easy...
... Or Does It?
Building a Green House
Controversy and the King
A Look Ahead
It's true—HIGH TIMES is 35 years old! It's an amazing notion to think about: that through thick and thin, good times and bad, there is still a magazine dedicated to all things cannabis—and this despite the evils of prohibition. Heaven knows how they've tried to eradicate this plant, this magazine, and perhaps even you and me once or twice.
Tom Forçade (born Kenneth Gary Goodson) grew up in Phoenix, AZ. Testing as a genius at an early age, he lost his father in a car crash when he was just 11 years old. Tom blazed through college in two and a half years, earning a degree in business administration from the University of Utah.
For 35 years, the legendary pot strain known as Haze has inspired speculation on its origins and ancestry Now, HIGH TIMES unearths the true story behind the illustrious provenance and genetic history of this most celebrated of sativas. By British Hempire.
The master grower behind California-based cannabis-research company Trichome Technologies has written his first grow book, The Fundamentals of Medical-Grade Cannabis Production(Green Candy Press), an all-inclusive manual for high-grade growers.
When Oliver Stone made Any Given Sunday, the National Football League virtually declared war on the film, attempting to block production in any way possible. But the battle was worth it: "It hurt my health at that time, but I totally enjoyed making it—I really got into it," Stone says.
Robert Platshorn last set his sharp gaze on this particular stretch of shoreline nearly 30 years ago, but he recalls its contours intimately enough to point out not only Miami's luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel—former home base of his famed Black Tuna Gang—but also the obscure, narrow, ideally nondescript channel he once used to smuggle multiton shipments of marijuana into protected waters from the high seas.
An exclusive look inside the true story of America's most notorious marijuana smuggler.'
The gun barrel painfully prodding the base of my spine was attached to an ancient M-1 carbine, a present from my Uncle Sam. Attached to the carbine was a short, tan Indio in the uniform of the Colombian Army. He forced me into the back of a rusting step-van, parked on a dirt trail, near a clandestine airstrip, deep in the mountainous jungle of Colombia.
Pix of the Crop is reader-driven. Your submissions make all the stoners of the world dream of kind nugs. Send pictures (no Polaroids), tips, questions and stories to: HIGH TIMES, 419 Park Avenue South, 16th floor, New York, NY 10016. Digital photos can be e-mailed to email@example.com and must be hi-res for publication.
What do the next 35 years have in store for medical marijuana? HIGH TIMES asked Dr. Lester Grinspoon, associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, author of Marijuana Reconsidered and Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine, and the force behind marijuana-uses.com, for a prognosis.
Walnut pie drenched in cannabis butter is much tastier than salad!
One of the hippest people I know recently called me to ask if he could give a famous actress my number, since I'm always down with playing hostess and representing the 504. "She's really cool, and she loves good weed," he said, which sounded just fine to me: I figured I could whip up a little something for the column and feed her, too.
NORML's "head" honcho pays tribute to his favorite magazine.
Thirty-five years and still growing! Not bad for a magazine started by a radical political activist who funded his venture (and his lifestyle) by smuggling marijuana—tons and tons of it, much of which he flew into the country himself in his own plane.
Dr. Mitch, I saw a headline claiming that marijuana damages DNA. Is that true? It seems impossible. Flip Lid Hi Flip, The study that generated all this news is easy to discredit. Researchers introduced the smoke from 10 joints into DNA taken from baby cows.
Portland, OR, is a verdant paradise in the Pacific Northwest that ranks No.1 in urban sustainability, quality of life-and high-grade marijuana.
A TALE OF TWO BABAS
Portland, OR, is a beautiful place, with flowers blooming in overgrown yards, lots of great coffeehouses—to keep residents alert during the endless gray days of winter—and an environmentally advanced infrastructure. The city boasts strict green-building guidelines; Styrofoam and polystyrene takeout containers are banned; and the MAX light-rail transport system and TriMet buses—with bike racks on the back—round out PDX, recently named the "most bike-friendly major city in the US" by League of American Bicyclists.
In November 1998, the people of Oregon voted to legalize medical marijuana, and the rest is Pacific Northwest history. As of July 2009,20,307 patients possess state medical-marijuana cards, 10,378 caregivers hold cards for these patients, and 2,983 physicians have signed applications, according to the official Oregon Medical Marijuana Program website (oregon.gov/DHS/ph/ommp/data.shtml).
We love to smoke bud so much that we always run out before the next crop. Then we have to pick some of the buds before they are completely mature to stay loaded. Every time I pick buds, they taste like the fertilizer smells. Somebody told me that I should rinse the crop out with plain water and not use fertilizer for the last two weeks to flush out the fertilizer.
Calculate your cultivation HIGH-Q with our monthly grow quiz featuring highly educational questions for beginners and experts alike.
1) Which of the following is not a hydroponic growing medium? a) worm castings b) rockwool c) coco peat d) clay pellets 2) To harvest the most potent marijuana possible, make sure all of your plants are____. a) sativas b) hydroponic c) purple d) females 3) In a perpetual harvest, indoor growers maintain separate rooms for______________.
It's here! That glorious time of the year! Our annual Global Harvest Report chronicles the triumphs and tribulations of this year's grow season. Global correspondents report on various conditions, yields and strains from this year's crop and examine the current market, now flooded with exotic bud from countries far and wide.