Every month, it seems, a new poll is released with numbers that demonstrate the growing acceptance of cannabis. Whether it’s simply the question of medical use or whether the nation should pursue full-blown legalization, we are witnessing a marked increase in the number of Americans who have changed their minds about this plant.
"Over the last four decades, NORML took what was then a nascent marijuana-legalization movement in this country and moved it into the political mainstream. Because of NORML's willingness to challenge marijuana prohibition and to make the case that marijuana consumers are good citizens, not criminals, we are now approaching the tipping point with this issue in America.
A few years back at the HIGH TIMES Stony Awards, Olivia Munn, the irrepressible former host of Attack of the Show, demonstrated proper bong technique on one of the trophies. Ever since then, her career has been on a high of its own: She's taken on a new gig as a correspondent on The Daily Show, starred in Perfect Couples, and now she's making a new film with Pierce Brosnan and Sarah Jessica Parker titled I Don't Know How She Does It.
Marijuana’s aphrodisiacal qualities are no secret, but a recent article published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine tries to link pot use to sexual dysfunction. The piece entitled "Impact of Cannabis Use on Male Sexual Health" ran in January, but media coverage was delayed until Valentine's Day, apparently to remind us all that pot and sex don’t mix.
It was a year ago on April 15 that the father of the modern cannabis movement passed away. Jack Herer dedicated his life to legalizing the plant. Thousands were inspired by The Emperor Wears No Clothes, his book exposing the myths and celebrating the miracles of marijuana, and thousands more now reap the benefits of his life's work as the legal cannabis industry gains economic strength.
So how did those 33 Chilean miners last year survive while trapped in a mine for over two months? They got high! According to 33 Men, a new book by journalist Jonathan Franklin, family members sent pot along with the letters that were delivered to the trapped miners. Setting a new low for bureaucratic compassion, the book reports that "officials from the Chilean government became so concerned that they discussed getting a drug-sniffing dog" to intercept the weed.
When a day, week or month is given special status, the rationale is often that there's an issue, cause or disease that hasn't been getting the attention it deserves. How sad, then, that hemp merits its own week. Though the plant is woven throughout our history—in fact, its cultivation actually continued into the 1960s—it is now an outlawed agricultural crop, vilified as an evil cousin of marijuana, even though its myriad uses and fiscal benefits have been consistently documented in the mainstream press for over 15 years.
President Obama famously pledged: "Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my administration." But not, apparently, when it comes to marijuana. Last December, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske announced on ABC News Radio that an increase in self-reported marijuana use by young people had occurred, blaming the spike on a predictable scapegoat: medical pot.
Last year in San Francisco, HIGH TIMES held its first stateside Cannabis Cup. Competition among competing California dispensaries was fierce, but the process of deciding a winner was heavenly. On June 25 and 26, the second HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup will be held, and it promises to be bigger and even more bodacious.
Want a bong made in the good old USA? Better yet, how about a bong grown in the good old USA? That's what you'll get with the Maui Wowie BooTube, made from bamboo grown in the rainforests on the eastern slopes of Maui, one of the islands of Hawaii.
The tests are in and Charlie Sheen is clean—for the moment, at least. Although he was vacationing in the Bahamas, the actor agreed to return to the US in order to take a blood test for RadarOnline. A court-certified California laboratory administered the test and the results were revealed on Good Morning America.
If you’re legal, why hide? Protect your legal pot crops when you run the original Medical Marijuana Grow Flag up your pole. The flag measures two by three feet and is made of extremely highquality, durable, 500-denier material. You know you're legit—now let the authorities know it, too.
You probably don't think that much about your lighter: You flick it, light your joint or bowl, and put it down. Then you usually lose it, or somebody steals it, and you have to buy another one. But what if you could get a super-lighter that was worth keeping an eye on?
Screen legend Jack Nicholson told the UK’s Daily Mail that he still smokes pot. "I don't tend to say this publicly, but we can see it's a curative thing,” the actor said. He also spoke some hard truths about the global drug trade: "The narcotics industry is enormous.
When unrest in the Middle East spread to Libya in late February, leader Muammar Gaddafi, in a rambling speech, blamed alQaeda for dosing the protesters: "Their ages are 17. They give them pills at night, they put hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their coffee, their Nescafe."
Contradictions and hypocrisies abound in the 54 pages of the 2010 report outlining the latest "DEA Position on Marijuana." Wasting no time, the first page of the position paper asserts that the campaign to legitimize "medical" marijuana (their quotes, not ours) is wrong because it’s based on “two propositions" (ditto), neither of which is true: one, that science views marijuana as a medicine, and two, that the DEA targets sick and dying people instead of the drug.
Pot laws vary across the USA. So you might want to think twice before crossing these state lines.
KANSAS: Possession of any amount can result in a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for first-time offenders. For a second conviction: three and a half years and a $100,000 fine. The punishments are even more severe for possession or sale near schools or even public parks.
Big Sky country meets Big City stoners at the first-ever Montana Chronic Challenge.
New York City ain’t got nuthin’ but a whole lotta folks bein’ borin'. Walkin' everywhere, drinkin’ their coffee, readin’... whatta buncha squares! The beer's too brown, the girls too smart and the cars all look like roller skates. They got somethin’ there s’posed to be good on gas mileage called a “Smart Car," but it looked pretty dumb to me.
Kush and Diesel tied for the month’s top pot spot. This marks the first time Kush didn’t finish as the month's most submitted strain outright since December 2010, when Diesel took the top honors. Also this month, Blue Dream returned to the top five for the first time since December 2010, although the strain’s average price is down $45 from last December.
The reggae legend discusses ganja's mystical power.
Delroy "Junior" Reid has been blazing a unique path in the music industry ever since he recorded for the great Hugh Mundell at the tender age of 14. He was raised in West Kingston’s notorious Waterhouse district, and after receiving his start with Mundell, he went on to sing, as a teenager, for Sugar Minot's Youth Promotion label as well as the legendary King Jammy’s label.
“Whoa, this is pretty cool!" Ian Graham, bassist and vocalist for the Lansing, Ml, trio Cheap Girls, looks appreciatively around the cramped, dark practice space that's been secured for the band’s HIGH TIMES interview. "Not bad," agrees his brother, Ben, squeezing in behind the drum kit, where he can generally be found.
Kermit Ruffins breathes new life (and smoke) into New Orleans jazz.
Kermit Ruffins is the undisputed legatee of Louis Armstrong's musical spirit. Though generations apart, their similarities are broad: Both are internationally known for their ebullient horn-playing, gravelly vocals and radiant personas.
The psychedelic drug DMT, whether romanticized by Terence McKenna or demonized in the art-house exploitation flick Enter the Void, presents not only an overwhelming, unsettling and indescribable phenomenon to its users, but a potentially insurmountable challenge to a documentary filmmaker.
Prohibition, segregation, and discrimination are still issues.
California’s Prop. 19 was defeated, but the bottom line remains clear. In the words of author/activist Harvey Wasserman: "The simple truth about America's marijuana prohibition: Any law that allows the easy incarceration of any citizen anytime those in power want to do it is the ultimate enemy of democracy.
HIGH TIMES UNSIGHED BAND OF THE MONTH MORTAL WRATH
Drummer Chris Grapes and guitarist Michael Kirby founded Mortal Wrath in August 2008, then brought musical compatriots Donnie Moore and Mike Berg (on bass and vocals, respectively) to complete the lineup. The band’s music erupts in shock waves from the mountains and forests of West Virginia, with a modest little town called Romney as the epicenter.
Normally, when HIGH TIMES associate publisher Rick Cusick comes charging into my office, it’s to update me about one of his advertisers, brag about his daughter, or dork out on some new book he's into. But not this time. "Got any cool shit I can have?” he demanded.
Jack may be gone, but his legacy lives on in both the work he dedicated his life to, and the strain that was named in his honor.
Feeding, Lighting and Environmental Controls
Harvesting, Drying and Curing
On April 15,2010, while millions of Americans stressed over the deadline for filing their income tax returns, the worldwide cannabis community mourned the loss of beloved activist, author, elder statesman and friend Jack Herer The months following Jack’s passing have seen an outpouring of fond remembrance expressed in a variety of ways, from millions of bowls smoked in his honor to inspired works of art in a variety of media.
Israel’s progressive med-pot movement is a growing trend.
THE ABOVEGROUND ‘GROW SHELTER'
NUTRIENTS, MEDIUM & IRRIGATION
FLUSHING, TRIMMING & DRYING
WINDS OF CHANGE
When I first got word that they were growing weed in Israel, my first thought was of underground bunkers. When the next thing I heard was that the Israeli government had actually sanctioned the growing, my second thought was still of some forlorn bomb shelters, tucked away in an abandoned military base far out in the desert somewhere.
Founded in 1996 by the Doc, this company specializes in small batches of high-quality seeds and the reproduction of hard-to-find "clone-only" strains to make them available to the growing public. For years, Dr. Greenthumb has provided a steady stream of superb strains perfectly suited to indoor grows white also able to withstand the harsh outdoor conditions in Canada.
The members of the Humboldt Growers Association strive to produce perfect pot while maintaining respect for their elders and the environment. Here's how to create your own sustainable pot farm from seed to harvest in Northern Cali style.
Inside the HGA
Mom-and-Pop or Cash Crop?
Plant Seed for Great Weed
Pests Attack Weak Plants
Hot Fun in the Summertime
HUMBOLDTI LOCAL'S HOT SOIL MIX
What’s the Cure?
Most pot farmers shy away from showing potential rivals how to replicate their success, but not Humboldt Local. As a charter member of the Humboldt Growers Association—a newly formed nonprofit cannabis-cultivation trade organization— he actually wants to share his secrets and best practices.
THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW WITH DR. RAPHAEL MECHOULAM
The history of Israel marks it as a place of intense spirituality for many religions, most notably in Jewish, Christian and Islamic cultures. Now, a much more recent counter-culture can also point to the Holy Land as a major component of its heritage, not to mention the ground zero, of sorts, of the modern medical-marijuana movement.
This is my Ice Kush from Advanced Seeds (feminized). It was vegged for six weeks indoors under T5 lights, then put outside in a greenhouse here in Hawaii to flower. It flourished and, true to its name, produced a good yield of white, typically Kush-shaped buds after six weeks of flowering.
Student government and marijuana activism go hand in hand.
The point of any college club is to appeal to the interests of students. There are clubs for every kind of interest, from film to computers to athletics—however, few clubs have the kind of stigma that brings the repeated attention of campus police.
It’s tough enough being a young single mother with two small children. It’s tougher still when you’re battling a debilitating illness. Like many others, Serra Frank discovered that medical cannabis was superior to any of the legal medications she’d been prescribed.
Dr. Mitch, Are those surveys that show how many people smoke in each state really trustworthy? Tokin'in Seattle Hi Tokin’, The National Survey on Drug Use and Health does the best job that money can buy, but no study is perfect. The interviews are conducted in private at each interviewee's residence.
I’ve been many things in my life—good, bad and often in between. I’ve let my heart be my guide the last few years, and it’s been a real fun trip. In the process, I’ve also seen cannabis take on a whole new image in this country.
There’s no good word in the English language for when you’re paranoid-and right.
I’m not prone to conspiracy theories, but one has to wonder when it comes to cannabis and the Supreme Court (a.k.a. SCOTUS). By this I mean the court's pervasive series of decisions on cannabis prohibition—dating back to the 1960s—that has placed a huge segment of society and the government in conflict.
Automated systems are perfect for the grower on the go. GroBot from PurGro promises "robotic automation for hydroponic growers," and it delivers with a simple unit that controls everything from lighting, CO2 injection and atmosphere control to pH, solution temperature and plant feedings—it even schedules your flushings and cleanings for you! Monitor your growroom or greenhouse with GroBot and get emails alerting you whenever there’s a problem. Plus you can set your calendar or make changes on the fly from your computer or smartphone (it requires a Web browser but no software to run). You get reservoirs, pump rack, circulating pump, pluggable relay, three different sensors and all of the necessary cables and transformers—all with a full one-year guarantee. Price: $2,880 Contact: PurGro, 706-636-3999, purgro.com
For eons, farmers have known the benefits of using fish as plant food, especially during the vegetative stage, to grow healthy leaves, strong branches and welldeveloped root systems. Now Advanced Marine Technologies' OMRI-listed Organic Gem takes liquid fish to the next level: They use fresh bottom-feeding fish from deep waters, and their unique processing renders it much less stinky than other fish-based fertilizers. High in available nitrogen, phosphate and potash, Organic Gem also contains many trace minerals and micronutrients to improve your soil’s microbial activity and promote beneficial bacteria. Plus the new "Shake & Spray” bottle makes foliar feeding simple and less messy. Price; 1 quart, $16; 1 gallon, $36; 5 gallons, $100; 55gallons, $357.50 (with kelp, $412.50); prices don't include shipping Contact: Advanced Marine Technologies, 508-991-5225, organicgem.com
Trimming up a harvest can take its toll on your fingers and hands, and using the wrong equipment only amplifies the potential damage. But now our hunt for the perfect trimming tool has ended. MariJane Snips have an easy-open spring action and soft grip that work wonders, turning tedious hours of snipping off leaves into a pleasurable experience. Sharp, sturdy and forgiving, MariJane Snips get the job done with a minimum of grief—plus the blade cover and locking orange slider make them safe and durable for repeated use. Your fingers (or your workers’ fingers) will thank you! Price: $10.99 plus shipping Contact: MariJane Snips, marijanesnips.com
Power Trip T5 Systems
T5 fluorescent lighting works great for rooting clones or vegging mother plants, and some people have even perfected ways—such as "Screen of Green” (ScrOG) growing—to produce buds without the electricity costs of high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting. The new Power Trip T5 Systems from GroSca provide plenty of light to grow plants in any stage of their life cycle. These innovative light banks are available in several sizes and can hang overhead, vertically or horizontally, for versatility in any indoor garden. At 6.A00K—the perfect color temperature for plant growth—these lights bathe your beauties in lumens without frying your tops to a crisp. Plus the five-year warranty ensures plenty of hassle-free harvests. Price: from $129.99 to $299.99 Contact: Grosca, 877-704-3849, grosca.com
Propagation is The Grow; however, some growers treat propagation only as the events that occur between the planting of the seed and the transplanting of the seedling to the main grow environment. We will correctly treat propagation as the entire process of growing, from seed to harvest, including the logistics of the grow.
My plant died a month or two ago. How do I resurrect it? DocHerbalist Dear Doc, Sorry, but once a plant is dead, it’s gone. There’s no way to bring a deceased plant back to life, so I suggest you grieve for its loss and move on to a new, more alive plant.
Senior cultivation editor Danny Danko travels to New England to report on the region's sophisticated ganja-growing gardens and the incredible local cannabis strains, including Mass Super Skunk, Day Wrecker Diesel and the unbeatable Chemdog—all lovingly shot by acclaimed marijuana photographer Brian Jahn.