So California's Proposition 19, which would have basically legalized adult use in the Golden State, didn’t pass. Is it the end of the fight? Hardly—new legalization initiatives are already being crafted. We’re not wringing our hands and crying, "Woe is us!"
I am writing this letter to address the issue of legalization. Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) is a plant that is rolled up and smoked in a manner similar to tobacco. In 2000, 18.1 percent of all deaths in the US were related to tobacco consumption, while 3.5 percent of deaths the same year were due to alcohol.
Laughter and living on the edge keep Shelby Chong and her man, Tommy, running on high octane.
You don't smoke pot. As a nonsmoker, how do you view the battle to get marijuana legalized? Current pot laws are based on lies and rooted in racism. I'm very disappointed that Prop 19 didn't pass in California. Maybe they should have named it better, like Prop 420.
Last October, the venerable Gallup Poll released its latest survey on marijuana legalization, reporting that a record 46 percent of Americans (18 and older) support marijuana legalization for recreational use—as opposed to legal medical marijuana support, which polled at an overwhelming 70 percent support.
Arizona has become the 15th state to pass a medical marijuana law. Voting on the measure was extremely close; the final tally wasn't achieved until two weeks after Election Day, passing with a margin of only 4,341 votes. The new law allows patients with diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and any other "chronic or debilitating" disease that meets state guidelines to purchase 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks, or grow plants.
At the end of last year, an endless stream of supposedly secret US State Department cables were made public by WikiLeaks. Several classified and secret memos posted on media websites revealed the US government's deep-seated belief that Mexico's Drug War is a terrible failure.
It was nine in the morning when the tour bus of country music legend Willie Nelson pulled into a checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, TX late last year. As any dedicated stoner knows, 9 AM is a perfect time for toking up, a great way to greet the day. Unfortunately, waking and baking is illegal in most parts of the US.
Your wife is in labor and you’re stressed out. There’s a baby on the way! So what would you do to chill out? If you’re like most stoner dads-to-be, you keep yourself medicated. That’s exactly what a Uniontown, PA man did. Unfortunately, a nurse taking a cigarette break in the hospital parking lot reported the smell of pot to police.
Folks, if you haven't heard yet, airports are using body scanners to ensure that passengers aren't carrying weapons or bombs. Guess what? They also reveal whether you’re carrying your stash, as rap star Kurtis Blow discovered late last year, when he was scanned at Los Angeles International.
Snowboarding and weed—they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Mmmm... peanut butter and jelly, with marshmallows and Doritos and— Wait, what were we talking about? Oh, right—snowboards... like this bud-festooned model from Smokin' Snowboards.
In Holland, city officials in Rotterdam and The Hague have distributed about 30,000 pot-scented scratch’n’sniff cards in the hope that citizens will assist them in busting grow ops. The cards read: "Assist in combatting cannabis plantations."
One of the more vexing dilemmas in the world of stonerdom is how to eliminate all those telltale signs of toking, especially—smoke! But the bright folks who make the Ionic Bulb may have finally come up with the answer. In fact, the Ionic Bulb is positively magical: It removes smoke and odors in just minutes by emitting a healthier, more natural light full of negative ions that attach themselves to pollutants and quickly neutralize them.
At Least once a month, it seems, someone in America undergoes a religious experience wherein a likeness of Jesus or the Virgin Mary suddenly appears on a screen door or a slice of toast. But let's talk about miracles you can believe in! The new toasters from Burnt Impressions will turn your morning meal into a breakfast of champions.
In support of Prop 19, actor/comedian Zach Galifianakis toked up on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on the eve of the election. Before lighting up, he said: “It’s a tricky thing politically to jump on that bandwagon, ’cause I think that maybe people see it as taboo still.”
Maybe you missed it, but the winner of 2010's "What were they thinking?" award went jointly to Ramone Hollins, Cory Young and Darius Thomas. They're three active duty Army soldiers from Fort Carson, CO who were busted in November for allegedly breaking into Rocky Road Remedies, a Colorado Springs dispensary.
In October, Sam Mellace, a Canadian medical-marijuana patient and activist, made headlines by smoking a joint in the public gallery of the House of Commons (the Canadian equivalent of the House of Representatives) in Ottawa. Mellace was protesting government delays of up to seven months in approving licenses for medical-marijuana patients, as well as the fact that topicals and edibles aren't exempted from med-pot regulations.
After eight junior high school students in Los Angeles had negative reactions to pot brownies last November, news reports claimed the kids were being treated for "possible marijuana poisoning." In truth, the incident probably resulted in wrong-headed treatment— because pot isn’t poisonous, never has been, and never will be.
California may lead the nation in medical-marijuana culture, but simple possession arrests in the state are still escalating, and minorities continue to be busted for pot at a disproportionately higher rate than white people, according to a joint report issued in October 2010 by the NAACP and the Drug Policy Alliance entitled Arresting Blacks for Marijuana in California: Possession Arrests in 25 Cities, 2006-08.
Medical marijuana would not be where it is today without the courageous work of gay-rights activists.
Thanks to its wild and often lawless past, which came with being a port town during the 1849 Gold Rush, San Francisco had already developed, by the early 20th century, a reputation for being far more tolerant than the rest of the nation at a time when homosexuality was still illegal.
Kush once again landed in the top pot spot as the month’s most submitted strain; however, its average price was down $52 from last month. Diesel, which placed second, balanced things out by jumping $54 in average price from last month. Cheese made the top five for the second straight month after making its debut in February, while White Widow made the list for the first time in nearly a year (April 2010).
Typically, jam-prone 70s bands or riff-friendly metal groups have provided the soundtrack to many a bonged-out evening. But recently, a swath of easygoing indie-rock kids have been using the herb for inspiration, hatching beach. Here are some of the best ones to smoke to.
Who: Hans Zimmerman (vocals, guitar), Ryan Maloney (drums), Kyle Edwards (guitar), Jason "Jug" Costanzo (vocals, bass) Where: Austin What: The members of this scuzzy garage-punk band assure us they’re stoners, even if their song titles— "Phoebis Cluster," "Quintana the Killer," "Half Moon Burning"—suggest they’re taking peyote out in the desert Check Out: Their debut album, Voyagers of Legend
A veteran rapper shows that being gangsta isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Once riding high atop the rap charts with their classic '91 joint "The Choice Is Yours," Black Sheep survived in the underground hip-hop periphery for years thereafter. A belated entry into the famed Native Tongue collective, Black Sheep's urban warfare dug deeper than its competitive alliance ever dared, parodying gangsta rappers as "low-life vomit-tasting pee-drinking ho-slapping" family murderers on their astounding debut, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
Hate to say it, scenesters, but the secret's out—dubstep's going big. Rihanna and T.I. have already taken a hit of the bass-heavy, slow-paced grooves developed out of South London, and now even Britney Spears is trying it on for size on her new LP.
Danny Casolaro was found dead in Martinsburg, WV, on August 10, 1991. He was the first journalist to investigate the links connecting many of the most notorious political crimes of our century, from JFK to Watergate to the October Surprise to the cocaine-trafficking contras.
Author, activist and marijuana martyr Peter McWilliams inspired millions.
It’s the 10th anniversary of Peter McWilliams's death, and although I don't believe in an afterlife, his legacy as a prolific author serves as one. Countless readers of his work continue to be awakened and influenced by his insights and activism.
Born and raised in the historic Third Ward of Houston, Texas, 23-year-old hip-hop artist/producer/song-writer IB got her introduction to the music business at a very early age, recording her first single at age 13. Constantly writing and producing, IB left for college in New York in 2005.
I was just six years old when Pink Floyd released their dark, double-vinyl magnum opus, The Wall—far too young to understand its subtle, psychological nuances and neuroses, or to attend the band's legendary live performance at Nassau Coliseum.
The harvest in California was epic, as always, and the marketplace is now flooded with product. However, along with this year's pot crops, the seeds of discontent were also sown: The price of outdoor pot is plummeting, and growers are getting anxious.
"I’m trying to get out of it 100 percent," one Northern Cali grower tells me. "I don’t wanna do it—I just don’t see any future in it at all. I don’t think I could take care of my family. "Still," this grower adds, "it’s so hard not to put out an outdoor crop, because it pretty much takes care of itself."
How Prop. 19 lifted the tide of reform nationwide and pushed marijuana legalization in California one step closer to inevitability.
Richard Lee, primary backer of California’s historic Proposition 19 ballot initiative, didn’t make an appearance on the night of November 2, at least not in front of the news cameras and hopeful crowds gathered outside the three-story, 30,000-square-foot main campus of Oak-sterdam University, his flagship operation in downtown Oakland.
Incompatibility Issues Between HID Bulbs and Electronic & Digital Ballasts Uncovered.
About Ballasts, About Bulbs
Technology & Certification for Electronic and Digital Ballasts
Why Your Bulbs Are Burning Out
The Science of [Bulb] Failure
What This Means for the End User
Have you noticed that once you started using the new high-tech-electronic and digital ballasts your bulbs began burning out at a much faster rate? Well, you're not alone. The rumors are flying and, unfortunately, they are true. Depending on who you ask, however, the blame can be placed on either one of the two industries, though it is more likely that both the ballast and bulb industries are equally responsible for the problem.
It had been some time since I visited K, award-winning proprietor of the Trichome Technologies medical-cannabis research facility. For the past year, I’ve basically been trying to invite myself over to sample some of those heirloom strains of his, but he kept telling me to wait, promising the next time we met, he’d have something truly remarkable to show me.
Finding the right links to heightened plant performance.
Law of the Plant
A Tale of Two Worlds
Bridging the Gaps
One way to examine the performance capabilities of your indoor medical grow might be to compare it to a high-performance car. A driver may have the finest engine, wheels, handling, suspension and exhaust system all rolled into one beautiful machine; however, if just one part of that vehicle isn't working, you may never get out of the driveway.
She's only 37 but has lived a lifetime. In fact, Faith Evans has already published her memoirs, Keepin’ the Faith (Grand Central Publishing, 2008). She began her career as a back-up singer and became the first female artist signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs’s record label, Bad Boy Entertainment.
Cheese Cake is a new hybrid of Cheese crossed with an anonymous indica from marijuana-seeds.nl. The feminized seeds I got were fresh and popped in record time. It's a strong and easy plant to grow, and my friends think it has the most powerful stone of anything I've produced to date.
In the thick of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, DC.
"We’re not getting on this train," I predicted for the third Metro train in a row. It was impossible to board any of the trains heading for the National Mall on the morning of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's event. The rally's organizers had reached out to Students for Sensible Drug Policy as a group with a message "in line with the theme of sanity" and offered us 50 "special guest" tickets for our members.
Dr. Mitch, I feel like people who get high together become friends faster than people who don’t. Is there any research to support this idea? B.A. Head Hi B.A., There’s nothing published on this exact topic, but the research on friendship is pretty extensive.
California's Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana didn't pass last November, but it did succeeded in advancing the cause of legalization. And one of the most important victories of that campaign was the forging of a broad new coalition to end prohibition, one that now includes civil rights groups like the California NAACP, the Latino Voters League, and the Progressive Jewish Alliance; law enforcement groups like the Black Police Association and the Latino Officers Association; and labor unions like SEIU and UFCW.
Something’s wrong with my heart and my front passenger wheel. Both have been rattling in an alarming fashion of late, and I'm starting to wonder if I'm driving myself a little too hard. I have three super-cool jobs, believe strongly in real butter, drink coffee at ungodly hours of the night, and spend far too much time careening wildly down Third World roads.
Learning the lessons of California’s Proposition 19.
Allen St. Pierre
Despite falling short—54 to 46 percent—on Election Day, California's historic Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 (better known as Prop. 19) came closer than any effort in history to legalizing cannabis for all adults. It also helped push our movement forward in five distinct ways:
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!
Medicinal Strain of the Month: Lavender
Mary Jane Borden of DrugSense/MAP recently published one of the most compelling arguments not only for the medicinal use of cannabis, but also for its legalization as a whole. Citing scientific evidence of the links between cannabinoids, human endocannabinoids and the CB receptors in our bodies, Borden highlights the therapeutic properties of this miracle plant in the fight against breast cancer—one of the commonest forms of cancer, and also one of the deadliest.
Growing strong cannabis plants requires understanding the various mediums that hold roots in place, allowing air and food to reach the vital root zone.
A Side Note on Compost
In Part 1 of "pHiguring Out pH," we discussed all the problems that can occur when soil pH is too high or too low. Part 2 of this series will discuss most of your options for growing substrates and how each of the ingredients affects pH. Remember that pH is the inverse relationship between the concentration of H+ (acid) and the pH value.
Foliar feeding is essential to protecting and nourishing your plants at leaf level. Now out of the lovely state of Colorado comes Dragon Juice, a 100 percent organic foliar plant-spray conditioner loaded with carbohydrates, essential oils and vitamins that strengthen cells. It also fights against bugs, including the dreaded spider mite, and resists molds and mildews while enhancing the flavor and potency of your buds. Unleash the dragon on your vegetating plants and you'll see the difference in the quality and size of your yields. Dragon Juice even comes with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee or your money back. Price: 1.5 oz, $29; 8 oz, $129 Contact: ICannabis, 303-912-2013, icannabis.org
HM Digital PH-200
The upgraded HM Digital PH-200 is ideal for all the pH testing that conscientious cannabis growers have to do. It comes calibrated from the factory for three settings (4.0, 7.0 and 10.0 pH), with a measurement range from 0 to 14. It also simultaneously displays the temperature of the water you're testing, since temps have an effect on the pH of your reservoir/mixture (cooler temps = lower pH, warmer temps = higher pH). The new PH-200 also has a data-hold function that allows it to remember previous settings. HM Digital's COM-100 TDS (for measuring total dissolved solids) is another upgraded model, this time with an expanded measurement range of 0 to 8,560 ppm. It also takes readings in four scales (μS, mS and ppt as well as ppm). Like the PH-200, this meter comes calibrated from the factory, has a digital calibration to any point within the meter's range, and will also read the temperature of your solution. Price: PH-200, $79.95; COM-100 TDS, $79.95 Contact: HM Digital, 800-383-2777, tdsmeter.com
Not many grow systems arrive from the shipper ready to use, but the new Mother’s Buckets from Mother's Organics Garden Products sure do. Made from 100 percent recycled materials, these buckets hold 4 gallons of ganja-growing mix for bigger and stronger plants. They also come packed with "Miracle Pooh," a proprietary blend of organic fertilizers that ensure proper growth during the crucial early stages of life. A handle makes moving the plants around a breeze ,and a nifty tube simplifies watering. Price: $20, plus $10 to $15 shipping Contact: Mother's Organics Garden Products, 941-518-0239, mothersorganics.com
Creating ice-water-extracted hashish is simply a process of using cold water and various sizes of silkscreen to separate the glandular trichome heads from the stalks, leaves and buds left behind. Made in the heart of Humboldt County, CA, Boldtbags combine strength with function for bags that you can keep using time and time again. With eight micron sizes and a variety of different kits and multipurpose filter bags to choose from, it's no wonder they took third place in the Best New Product category at our HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in San Francisco last June. Give Boldtbags a try and you'll be puffing or vaping pure hash to your heart's (and mind's) content! Price: varies Contact: Boldtbags, 887-450-2247, boldtbags.com
I have a 6' x 3’ x 3’ growroom, and one of my sativas is getting way too tall. I never topped it off because I thought I'd be okay, but clearly things are coming to a head. She's two weeks into flowering and only about 6 inches from my grow light. I'm afraid the tops will start burning any day now, but the buds are too beautiful to top off!
Internationally recognized as the planet's foremost pot competition, the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup burned as brightly as ever in 2010, with high-class cannabis lovers from around the world traveling to Amsterdam to sample some of the best buds on Earth.