I was wondering what the deal is for submitting pictures on the site. Is that specifically for the Pix of the Crop, or do you guys pick out a couple to put in the magazine along with your own? If not, is there a way to submit pictures for the mag, 'cause I know I've got something I haven’t seen on the site or in the mag for a while.
We've already criticized "Green Crack" (Jan. '10 HT) as a poor choice for a strain name. But let's be fair: There are many more spectacularly bad names for pot out there. Check these out!
JFK (JUST FUCKING KILLER)
Obviously coined by a cat owner who rarely changes the kitty litter. It’s a clone-only strain; some say it’s a Trainwreck cross. To be fair, many smokers say it does leave a very cat-piss-like odor after a joint is burned. Every bit as bad as “Green Crack.”
When you’re hot, you’re hot—and pot definitely is. An October Gallup poll found that 44 percent of Americans now favor the full legalization of marijuana. That’s an increase of 13 points since 2000. Experts predict that if public support continues to grow at this rate, most Americans will favor legalization by 2013.
Just before Christmas, US Customs agents posted at Los Angeles Harbor inspected a shipment of Christmas ornaments from China. Santa must have fucked up, though, because those Christmas ornaments were actually 316,000 glass bongs. The Feds, of course, played Scrooge, announcing that the importer was under investigation, though no arrests were made.
Just before Christmas, Snoop Dogg appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and helped out in a cooking segment. While they prepared brownie batter, Snoop noted: "Trying to make some brownies—but we're missing the most important part of the brownies.”
The grueling dog-sled race known as the Iditarod spans 1,150 miles across Alaska, from Anchorage to Nome. Mushers and dog teams travel across treacherous country in sub-zero temperatures, often in the dark. The race, which begins March 6, can take over two weeks.
Vaporella returned from Amsterdam gushing about the great ganja-and the guys Herewith, her top 10 Cannabis Cup Crushes:
1. Erik Advanced Nutrient's go-to guy. A David Beckham look-alike—need I say more? But whatever you do, ladies, please make sure not to bend it. 2. Josh from Underground Originals the real big Book or British Smiles would include his. No matter what anyone says, the UK is A-OK 3.
My first trip to Amsterdam was a memorable one: Less than two hours after I arrived, I was onstage hosting the official opening ceremonies for the after I arrived, I Was onstage the official opening ceremonies for the 22nd Annual Cannabis Cup— right after toking up on some super Dutch weed called Headband in the HIGH TIMES green room, I vividly remember looking out on the crowd and seeing the blue, green and red stage lights reflecting off a huge, dank cloud of herb smoke that hung over the large international audience.
If you’re a dedicated pot smoker, then you know what gunk buildup is like in your bowl. Usually, you’re forced to unbend a paper clip or use the point of a pen to scrape out the burnt residue of a sticky bud. Not any longer. Smoke Better is marketing the most ingenious line of devices that we can remember (which really isn’t very long, it turns out)—spring-loaded pipes!
What does a responsible business do when it wants to help out in the community? It joins the local chamber of commerce. And that’s exactly what Mother Earth’s Alternative Healing Cooperative in Fallbrook, CA, did. Bob Riedel, the co-owner of the dispensary, said that when he submitted his application, it became a hot topic of discussion for the chamber—so much so, in fact, that the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce had its members take a vote in order to decide whether Mother Earth’s should be admitted.
Following in the footsteps of Oaksterdam University, America’s first institute of higher learning dedicated to the study of cannabis cultivation, MedGrow Cannabis College in Michigan has now opened its doors, offering a six-week course on medical marijuana that covers all the basics of successful cannabis cultivation.
In December, reports surfaced that Lil Wayne was having problems moving his upscale pad in Miami. Why? It seems that Lil Wayne likes to puff—all the time. A prospective buyer told the New York Post: “A member of Wayne’s posse opened the door to the overwhelming smell of marijuana.
Well known to everyone in the medical-marijuana movement for her infectious smile and endless enthusiasm, Madeline Martinez, executive director of Oregon NORML, has opened the Cannabis Cafe, an Amsterdam-style coffeeshop in Portland for qualified registrants of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and members of Oregon NORML. Cannabis is not sold at the café, but after paying a monthly membership fee, patients can vaporize or smoke their own on the premises, as well as share medicine with other members.
A Native American political prisoner paints behind bars
Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement, has has been wrongly imprisoned for 32 years.. Convicted of the murder of two FBI agents following a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in 1975, his case represents one of the worst miscarriages of justice in US history, wherein evidence was fabricated and witnesses were coerced to give false testimony.
Steve Horowitz says: "In a different life, I used to be America’s magnet king. I sold hundreds of thousands of magnets to realtors. It was easy, over-the-phone sales, and it was a great advertising tool for them.” Well, we all know what happened to America’s real-estate market.
Dr. Lester Grinspoon is associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of Marihuana Reconsidered (Harvard University Press, 1971) and Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine (with Dr. James B Bakalar, Yale University Press, 1993). This op-ed is a response to an article that appeared in the January 2010 HIGH TIMES, "Rick Simpson's Hemp-Oil Medicine," written by Steve Hager, HIGH TIMES creative director.
Like everyone else who has been working over decades to ensure that marijuana, with all that it has to offer, is allowed to take its proper place in our lives, I have been heartened by the rapidly growing pace at which it is gaining understanding as a safe and versatile medicine.
Deep Chunk x Strawberry Cough - C$250 St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, CANADA
Woody’s Haze - $350 Loveland, OHIO
OG Kush -$420 Clinton Township, MICHIGAN
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: $374 (last month: $368; YTD: $363) CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $451 ($414, $437) CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150-$349 PER OZ): $271 ($296, $280) CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1-$149 PER OZ): $97 ($108, $96) Once again, it’s Kush in the top pot spot for the month.
Slightly Stoopid rocks Amsterdam's ultimate pot party, after enjoying the Cup's ultimate pot testing.
"Mad respect to all of you for even making it out here amid this madness,” Slightly Stoopid complimented their highly appreciative crowd during a headlining set at the Green House Coffeeshop's official Cannabis Cup party. "Now let’s turn this entire place into one giant smokestack!” Naturally, the ganja-loving crowd was happy to oblige, making full use of Amsterdam’s legendary freedoms to create a cannabis cloud in the air so thick that it practically obscured the stage from view.
Douglas Valentine was a professional tree surgeon until 1981, when he began a career as a writer and investigative reporter. In 1990, he published The Phoenix Program, an account of the CIA-sponsored assassination program during the Vietnam War that resulted in over 26,000 deaths.
Get Your Ya-Ya's Out! 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set (ABKCO) Coming as it did smack in the middle of the Rolling Stones’ greatest string of studio albums—Beggar’s Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street—the rush release of the 1970 live album Get Your Ya-Ya's Out!
Prior to the Fire (Tee Pee) “We’re Priestess, and we’re going to fuck you!” This was the rallying cry with which Montreal r.o.k. stallions Priestess opened their shows for years, and it was a promise they consistently made good on: Live, this band is one of the most obliterating I’ve ever seen ...
Chronic City (Random House) When critically acclaimed writer and MacArthur "genius grant” recipient Jonathan Lethem publishes a new, herbinfused novel called Chronic City, HIGH TIMES’ resident literati get excited. In his earlier Fortress of Solitude, Lethem brought a masterfully restrained take on magic realism to the New York of the 1970s, following the adventures of a pot-smoking street kid named Dylan as he blazes his way through a wasted adolescence on the seedy side of the Baked Apple—a great read from cover to cover, right down to the obscure HIGH TIMES reference buried deep in the text.
Contra (XL Recordings) This quartet of Columbia University grads emerged in early 2008 with one of the most feted debuts of the year, boasting an intoxicating blend of chamber-pop savoir faire, indie-pop whimsy and Afro-pop rhythms that sounded like they were cadged directly from Paul Simon’s Graceland.
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When you’ve been to as many Cannabis Cups as I have (this November made 14), they tend to all run together. Consuming that much coffee, cannabis, hash and Heineken makes it all too easy to lose track of exactly what happened when.
America's medical pot pioneer weighs in on California's dispensary scene.
One of the architects of California's historic medical marijuana bill, Dennis Peron championed medical marijuana a generation before it became legal. He was also founder of the groundbreaking San Francisco Compassion Club in 1994. I caught up with him as California gears up for a battle for adult recreational use in 2010.
Montana is vast and quiet, except for the ever-present wind blowing across the land. Its wide-open spaces and rugged scenery evoke a profound sense of reverie. This is what’s called “God’s country.” Naturally, the buds growing in His backyard are nothing less than glorious.
Our truck bounces across the farmland. A tall, rangy farmer in his late twenties is at the wheel. The sun hasn’t quite risen above the mountains on this chilly fall morning in Montana. The wheat and alfalfa crops have been harvested, and the adjacent hay fields are now dotted with bales.
I've seen with my own two eyes the medical benefits of marijuana. My mission started after losing my father and aunt to cancer. Those experiences really opened my eyes to the suffering not just of the victims, but also of the family members. For every person with cancer, there’s a whole loving family also affected.
Adventure at Amsterdam's annual pot party, the 22nd Cannabis Cup!
RETURN TO THE TEMPLE
GLOBAL GANJA GATHERING
CALIFORNICATING AT THE CUP
DUDE, IT'S A HASH INTERLUDE ...
DANK SIDE OF THE moon
“I accidentally brought pot from New York!" one of my cannabis colleagues exclaims. “Crappy pot, too ... old, dry dust in a crumpled-up baggie I must have forgotten about in the bottom of my luggage." Freshly arrived in Amsterdam, the HIGH TIMES staff takes a moment to relax and regroup at the Dolphins, a centrally located coffeeshop with free Wi-Fi and an underwater-themed decor.
Every year, the who’s who of heavenly headies comes together from around the globe, meeting in Amsterdam—the Mecca of Pot—for the world’s foremost cannabis competition. Because of Amsterdam’s relaxed attitude towards marijuana, the Cup can have several different layers of competition.
The first thing you notice are the new signs posted everywhere in bars, nightclubs and coffeeshops throughout Amsterdam. Some say "Smoking Permitted, No Tobacco”; others, "No Smoking, Cannabis Only.” They're an interesting reflection of the new anti-cigarette laws in Holland, but with an important and very Dutch provision allowing consumption of the herb, while curbing the smelly and disgusting practice of mixing buds with tobacco.
Is cannabis oil a cure-all? Rick Simpson thinks so. For the past seven years, Simpson has been growing cannabis in his backyard in Canada, making an essential oil and then providing it free of charge to cancer patients and others with a wide variety of ailments.
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More Families Using Pot to Treat Autistic Children
Not that we didn’t already know this, but recent news regarding cannabis use in the treatment of multiple sclerosis has begun to be extensively discussed in the medical community. Science has already shown that cancer patients, glaucoma patients and others can benefit from medical marijuana, and now a new analysis shows that it can help treat MS as well, with patients finding relief from the muscle spasms that are a hallmark of the debilitating autoimmune disease.
A longtime Northern Cali favorite that originated just up the coast in British Columbia, Canada, Romulan is a legendary strain with high medicinal value. These days, Romulan genetics have spread across the US and parts of Europe, but its native roots are back in Asia.
Tri-color rasta pasta that will send you stumbling into the night.
TRICOLOR RASTA PASTA
Snitches get stitches. That’s what they say around here, but I must confess—I think there are times that snitching is not only okay, it’s absolutely necessary. If you rat out your friend for pot, you’re doomed to burn in hell. But when cops shoot innocent people in the back?
The NORML Women's Alliance needs more ladies who want to legalize it!
Allen St. Pierre
In progressive politics, there’s no more powerful force than angry mothers and grandmothers, especially if they're well organized! Women's groups played leading roles in every American social-justice movement, including both the enactment and repeal of alcohol prohibition.
In the 20-year history of the Freedom Fighter of the Month award, only a dozen activists have been named twice. One of them is Madeline Martinez, who takes our high honor this month for opening a first-of-its-kind Cannabis Café in Portland, OR, that’s garnered worldwide media attention, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Al Jazeera and the front page of USA Today.
Dr. Mitch, Back in the day, my health teacher said that people waste a lot of pot by smoking after they're already high. He said that once you're high, you really can't get any higher, so you may as well just stop. Is this true? J.A. Zero HI J.A., Not really.
When do you think marijuana will be legal? Five years? Twenty years? In your lifetime? Students for Sensible Drug Policy is working round the clock to make it happen sooner rather than later. Although California and other Western states have been drug-policy reform pioneers in the past, some of the most recent and exciting developments toward a more sensible approach to marijuana laws have happened in states in the Northeast!
Nothing tastes sweeter, or grows greener, than your very own homegrown outdoor ganja. So let's start off the season right!
Terrace or Rooftop
Seeds and Clones
HIGH TIMES Cultivation Department
An old Zen Buddhist saying puts it plainly: "Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” A lovely sentiment, no doubt—one that touches on the self-sustaining beauty of the natural world and our delicate, symbiotic relationship to the plant kingdom.
I'm a hydroponic grower, and I use Hydroton grow rocks as my medium. What's the best way to clean the rocks? Also, what's the quickest way? Thanks! Hydro Tom Dear Tom, The best way isn’t always the quickest, and vice versa. It’s important to properly clean and sterilize the rocks between every use.
Calculate your cultivation HIGH-Q with our monthly grow quiz, featuring highly educational questions for beginners and experts alike.
1. The walls of an indoor growroom should be ______. a) reflective b) flat c) white d) all of the above 2. Mixing polymer crystals into your soil will improve the______. a) nutrient levels b) water retention c) THC levels d) flowering time 3. Seven days before harvest, fertilization should______. a) stop b) double c) continue at the same pace d) begin tapering off
In warmer climates, April is the month for moving your plants outdoors, particularly if you can protect them in a small greenhouse. Outdoor soil should be thoroughly thawed, which means you can begin working it—pulling weeds, adding amendments and other wise preparing for future plantings.
The past year was a watershed in the world of marijuana, but 2010 promises to be even more earthshaking—especially in California. Will the state legalize adult use? Will Los Angeles and San Diego ease up on dispensaries? Is resentment against those who are getting rich in the industry causing a backlash?