I'm new to growing, and you guys and your magazine, along with Jorge, have got me this far with no problems. The reason I'm writing to you, though, is that I saw your January 2010 issue with the Alanis Morissette interview, and she said she had plants grown through the ashes of Woody Harrelson's father.
We recently caught up with actor Justin Kirk [a.k.a. Andy on Weeds), who’s gearing up for the sixth season of the hit series. Although he’s already won the coveted HIGH TIMES Stony Award for his work on the show, it seems he still hasn’t quite mastered the art of the interview. How do you account for the longevity of Weeds?
The week of April 20th has become a nationwide festival of events. Across the country, our stoner holiday is being used as a platform for celebrations, parades, and rallies. In the spirit of honoring our special day, even the THC Expose is moving its event.
After one of the most severe winters on record, it's nice to see the green hues of summer return. It's time to kick back and bask in the summer breeze. Recently, on a particularly balmy day, a young horsewoman decided to take a breather following a ride across the prairie. Once she lit up, her horse got in on the action and took the meaning of "grazing in the grass" to a whole new level.
Now, New Jersey really is the “Garden State.” In January, outgoing governor Jon Corzine signed a state medical marijuana bill, making New Jersey the 14th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. (While medical use is not legal in Maryland, the state does allow those arrested to use a medical defense in court.
The California Supreme Court has struck down the state's limits on how much medicine a patient can legally possess. The court unanimously ruled that the limits imposed upon med ical pot patient Patrick Kelly of Lakewood—8 ounces of dried marijuana, six mature plants or 12 immature plants—conflicted with Proposition 215, the 1996 voter-approved initiative that made California the first state to legalize medical marijuana.
An age-old tradition of Japanese ceramics flows through the blood of the young entrepreneurs at Chojiro Ceramic Pipes. Rather than crafting elaborate bowls and cups for tea ceremonies, they're crafting bowls and bongs from clay and finishing them in the raku process (handmolding as opposed to molding on a potter's wheel), which means that each of their pieces is unique.
In 1986, Joseph Williams Jr.—better known to hiphop fans as Just-Ice—emerged onto the rap scene with his debut record, Back to the Old School, quickly following it up the next year with Kool & Deadly and his hit single "Going Way Back," which even then paid tribute to the pioneers of hip-hop.
Security seems to be breaking down everywhere these days. First came the White House party crashers, and then the underwear bomber who eluded multiple levels of security in his bid to blow up a jet on Christmas Day. Now NASA has discovered its own security breach.
Trees are idefinitely one or natures miracles: They shed alt their leaves in the autumn and miraculously grow new ones each spring. They shade us in the summertime and make coot sounds when the wind blows through their branches. Everyone knows that the rings on a stump tell us the true age of a tree, but when a woodsman took his power saw to this tree trunk recently, a special message from Mother Nature was revealed—the equivalent of seeing the face of Jesus on your screen door!
The first HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup debuts June 19 and 20 in San Francisca
California will very likely de cide whether to legalize cannabis for adult use—once and for all—with a ballot initiative this November (see page 40). Meanwhile, the Obama administration's "states' rights” approach to medical marijuana has largely settled that once-contentious issue in favor of compassion, common sense and reasonable regulation—at least in states with medical-cannabis laws.
Pot comics Cheech & Chong stopped by the set of the Internet news program Washington Unplugged to promote their new tour, "Get It Legal,” which kicked off in January. Both comics left no stone unturned as they promoted both the tour and the issue of medical marijuana.
Don't want your kids smoking weed? Then you might want to consider hiding their iPods. So alleges a new study published in the journal Addiction. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine surveyed the musical preferences of 959 ninth-graders.
Every year about 90,000 people develop glioblastomas, which are the most common and most aggressive type of primary brain tumor in humans. They are difficult to treat because they spread throughout the brain. However, a recent study suggests that cannabis may be of benefit in combating the spread of brain cancer cells.
“The effects of daily cannabis use on teenage brains is worse than originally thought, and the long-term effects appear to be irreversible, new research from McGill University suggests.” So screamed an article by the Canadian Press news agency about a study, released in December, purporting to show the brain-damaging effects of pot use by young people.
Living in a cashless society means that paper money will be worthless. So how do you buy pot?
LIFE WITHOUT MONEY
You're in the parking Lot at a hippie jamband concert. You're really jonesing for fresh nuggets, and you seem to be in the perfect place: Several hundred fellow tokers are roaming the lot with pot in their pockets. But are they setting? WeLL, yes and no.
While the top submitted strains of the month seem to be written in stone, Kush offered some surprise with a dramatic average-price drop (more on this month's plummeting prices in the Index Watch). Kush finished April with an average price of $360-that's $50 less than its previous month's average and a whopping $82 down from its 2010 high ($442 in January).
Veteran DJs Diplo and Switch give life to a send superhero.
Theorize, if you must, on the effects of globalization on indigenous urban-music genres like dancehall or baile funk. Or speculate, if you prefer, on the exploits of a (fictitious) Jamaican mercenary and veteran of the covert Zombie War of 1984 and what the soundtrack to his adventures would be like.
HARVESTING THE KILLING FIELDS WITH DANCEHAIL'S FAVORITE CARTOON MERCENARY
Times are often stressful for a one-armed Jamaican mercenary devoted to saving the world from zombies, pimps, mummies and teabaggers. So it’s a good thing that marijuana exists to keep this cartoon ruffneck’s PTSD from breaking loose. Unsurprisingly, Major Lazer is often difficult to pin down for an interview-but luckily, we were able to ask him some important questions, which the good major responded to from a secure, undisclosed location.
If you don’t know the name Tarrus Riley, you soon will. The Jamaican-born roots-reggae singer's music, which combines classic reggae riddims and familiar pop melodies, is just that infectious. In fact, Riley named his most recent album Contagious.
The perma-grin says it all. Weeks after returning to Los Angeles from the eight-day-long Emerald Triangle tour, a psych-rock caravan he dreamed up and routed around a few of California's top spots at the height of fall harvest, "Farmer Dave” Scher is still waxing nostalgic about the trek's stop in Nevada City.
Let’s face it: Only an utter fool could render the life (and music) of Afrobeat originator and Nigerian political/spiritual icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti ineffectual. Truly a self-made man in every way, Fela founded and supported his own nightclub and autonomous commune, had up to 27 wives at one time, and survived two armed incursions by a Nigerian military sworn to crush him—all while selling boatloads of records with a joint glued to either hand.
HIGH TIMES UNSIGNED BAND OF THE MONTH CIRRUS MINOR
Cirrus Minor isn't your typical one-niche pony. While most bands pursue a single genre of music and restrict their efforts to the tried-and-true expectations within that style, Cirrus Minor is a psychedelicrock band founded on the belief that every style of music has something to offer.
Amsterdam is home to many diverse museums, including wellknown attractions like the Rijks, Van Gogh and Tulip museums, as well as more unorthodox exhibits like the Sex, Torture, and Hash, Marihuana & Hemp museums. Last year, I paid a visit to the most recent of these illicit exhibitions—a museum devoted exclusively to that notorious narcotic, the coca plant.
Swastikas seem to be more acceptahie than breasts.
Mikal Gilmore, one of the best journalists covering the counterculture, is the author of Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents. "For more than half of the subjects here," he states, "including Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary and the Haight-Ashbury, psychedelics were a major factor in their lives ...."
Whether deserved or not, California possesses an allure that has captivated Americans. Ever since the days of the Gold Rush 160 years ago, the West Coast has beckoned those seeking to better their lot in life or reinvent themselves. For close to a century, California’s massive entertainment industry has drawn thousands of dreamers to Hollywood.
In one of California’s wealthiest enclaves, medical pot is shunned.
Since 2005, Stacy Hochanadel has been fighting for the life of his medical-marijuana dispensary in Palm Springs. He’s been fighting for his own life since 1994. Stacy was 17, with a football scholarship to Colorado State, when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis following a swim in the Colorado River.
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There are now 15 states in the US with medical-marijuana taws of some kind. However, most of these states have strict growing limits, and many of them severely restrict what medical growers can and can’t do within the confines of their growroom.
In this exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book, The HIGH TIMES Field Guide to Cannabis Strains, senior cultivation editor Danny Danko reveals the highest-quality pot varieties hailing from America’s neighbor to the north.
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British Columbia long ago established itself as Canada's pot-paradise province, and the strain called Romulan led the way. First brought into the Vancouver Island area by Romulan Joe [a.k.a. Mendocino Joe) back in the '70s, the strain was a fa vorite with local breeders who worked with the rare clones in order to select for and isolate the classic "Rom" traits.
How does a company cash in on a hemp harvest? By dedicating itself to producing the finest hemp foods on the market. That’s the story of Manitoba Harvest, a Canadian company whose bottom line is as healthy as its products.
HOW HEALTHY IS HEMP?
Borders are just imaginary boundaries separating populations. Geography is often oblivious to the arbitrary lines of demarcation that governments impose, The Canadian province of Manitoba, situated in the heart of North America, is generally flat and dotted with thousands of lakes.
An exclusive excerpt from The Official HIGH TIMES Pot Smoker’s Handbook Featuring 420 Things to Do When You’re Stoned.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)
Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER)
Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
Americans for Safe Access (ASA)
Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
Will this be the year that we finally legalize marijuana, once and for all? Well, probably not for all, but there will be a major push to pass the Tax, Control and Regulate Cannabis Act of 2010 this November in California—a voter initiative similar to Prop. 215, which was enacted in 1995 and protects medicalmarijuana patients and providers.
The Oscar-nominated star of Fight Club explains the unique challenges-and philosophical joys-of playing a hydropondic ganja grower on the big screen.
Any movie that includes an A-list Hollywood star debating the relative merits of using sodium-vapor versus LED lighting in his hydroponic ganja growroom will likely get the attention of HIGH TIMES. In Leaves of Crass, a dark comedy out this month, Edward Norton plays identical twins—one an Ivy League professor on the academic fast track, the other a down-home pot grower drifting into dangerous waters.
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The infamous strain in honor of the famous Jack Herer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Photo by Bullets.—Mink Hope you like my garden. My wife’s a cardholder and I’m her grower. I spend most of my time thinking of better ways to grow and make my small grow closet more effective.
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MEDICINAL STRAIN OF THE MONTH BUBBA KUSH
Welcome to our mini-section devoted wholly to medicinal strains, news, uses, developments, activism, politics... everything and anything, really, that is medically related to marijuana. This is your Cannabis Clinic! Every so often, while interviewing, photographing or researching for this column, we come across an individual, company or initiative that embodies the true spirit of our cause and everything that is right and good with the cannabis universe.
Whoever first mentioned cakeballs to me can rot in hell. The idea got stuck in my head until these adorable little trailer-trash truffles became my winter obsession, and now my skinny jeans are too tight. Damn it. The Internet’s saturated with cakeball ideas, but adding ganja to the mix means some tweaking is required.
Celebrity endorsements, activist-approved herb and the future of marijuana marketing.
Recently, I turned on my TV to check the weather forecast before a very early-morning flight, and the first commercial I saw was Kid Rock promoting a new brand of whiskey. Traveling through New York City's Time Square just one week earlier, I had spied a huge video running an advertisement featuring Sean "P. Diddy" Combs promoting vodka.
This summer, I received an email from Clifford Deuvall in Waco, TX. "I’m a former Texas educator and Vietnam vet put on 100 percent disability by the VA," he told me. "I had to do methadone treatments for four years due to military injuries. After getting off of the methadone, I told my doctor I wanted a better quality of life and wanted to take cannabis instead.
Dr. Mitch, What’s the word on marijuana and high-school dropout rates? Karen Valentine Hi Karen, Although we’re not fans of underage use, recent work suggests exactly what you’d expect: Marijuana doesn't make anyone drop out of high school, but high-school dropouts do smoke.
Joining with fellow activists changed both my life and the pot laws of Massachusetts.
I will never forget the day in September of my sophomore year at Boston University when a fellow student—a person I'd met only once before—saw me on the street, handed me a “Schools Not Prisons" pin and said, "Stacy! We're having our first meeting tonight of this club I think you’d really love.
Over the years, various authors have used a multitude of names to refer to the same parts of the marijuana plant. This inconsistency has led to some confusion. Their incorrect use of botanical terms has further muddied the discussion. Most of the confusion centers on female flowers, the focus of most marijuana-growing discussions.
Known for small, stealthy storage and transport devices, Tightpac has now come out with a great line of larger models called Breadvacs. Aside from storing dull stuff like coffee beans and loaves of bread, these ingeniously water-resistant devices perfectly contain the odors of cannabis using a patented vacuumseal technology—just twist the locking handle right to seal (or left to unlock) the airtight unit. Plus the whopping 10-liter capacity holds up to 700 grams of buds or hash, and it's made of EUapproved recyclable food-grade polystyrene no. 6.
The latest in electronic and digital ballasts just got a bit dimmer. Quantum Horticulture's Dimmable Electronic Ballasts are one of the most popular—not to mention efficient—ballasts on the market. They're available for use with 400-, 600-, 750and 1,000-watt bulbs, and they’re compatible with systems running on both 120-volt and 240-volt current—switching back and forth is as easy as changing the power cord. To further enhance their usability, these ballasts strike both metal halide (MH) and highpressure sodium (HPS) bulbs; alternating between the two merely requires changing the bulb and flipping a switch. But perhaps the best feature of the new Quantum ballasts are their dimmers, allowing growers to run their tamps at 100, 75 or 50 percent—ideal for the various stages of plant growth. And they run an average of 15 percent cooler than other electronic and digital ballasts, increasing their life over the long term.
BOLT AND GO NUTS
Unfortunately, both police and thieves seem to think little of our privacy and our right to secure property. Luckily, many products exist to hide our valuables away from prying eyes and fingers. The stealthy Hide Away Nut & Bolt looks and feels like a real bolt and fits perfectly into a toolbox or along with your camping or fishing equipment. At three inches in length, the Hide Away can keep a handful of joints well concealed, yet still within easy reach in the garage or on the roof deck. The aluminum casing and acrylic lining ensure that your prized possessions stay yours forever. Hide your treasures in plain sight!
Vaporizing our favorite herbs has undeniable health benefits over smoking, especially for medicinal users, but a lot of people have been put off by the price—there's quite a gap between the cheap Chinese models and the more expensive (and trustworthy) engineering marvels. Luckily, that gap has now been bridged by the Extreme Vaporizer. Both efficient and affordable, this unit even has features that many of the pricier vaporizers don't, such as a remote temperature control, a balloon-filling capability, and the versatility to operate as a whip system for personal use. Plus the digital-precision temperature control and a ceramic heater with a lifetime warranty ensure years of use—so stop stalling and get vaporizing now!
I have two 65-watt fluorescent lights that I keep 18 inches above my pot plant. Is this is the correct distance? They've been on a 12-hour-on/12-hour-off light cycle for three weeks and not much has happened yet. I should have much more growth by now, according to my research.
Two years ago, one of the great comedy duos in entertainment history reunited. The stoner world rejoiced and filled arenas nationwide to see Cheech & Chong in their "Hey, What’s That Smell?" tour. Now they’re on the road again with their new "Get It Legal" tour—and everywhere our boys go, they’re talking up legalization with candor, common sense and a whole lotta laughs.