This year's HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in Denver was a first for the residents of Colorado—and also for me. The Friday before the event marked my first day as a cultivation reporter for HIGH TIMES, and in fitting manner, my editors Nico and Danny decided to ship me off to the Mile High City for a trial by fire.
Thanks for bringing your Doobie Awards to Austin again this year. What a great event!! It was awesome to see Danny and Bobby as well as Rita Haney. My son Denny works with Jay Massey blowing glass, and he walked me through the different processes used to make this most unique trophy.
In the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, we were told that we should brace for more terrorist attacks on US soil. But terrorism is nothing new to the cannabis community. Seattle Hempfest founder Vivian McPeak spells it out: "Terrorism is terrorism, and it takes place daily in our own country. I have witnessed Americans being hunted, brutalized, and persecuted in the name of prohibition, and with a ferocity that has historically been reserved for the most despicable of criminals.
Pot not only makes mac-and-cheese taste like pasta primavera direct from Italy—it's the main reason that medical marijuana became legal in California, once it was discovered that pot stimulated the appetites of AIDS patients dying from wasting syndrome and other side effects that dangerously suppressed natural hunger.
It’s expensive being the pot arrest capitol of the nation. In 2010, New York City law enforcement spent $75 million—approximately $1,500 per arrest—busting over 50,000 minor pot offenders. According to a recent report commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance and co-authored by Queens College sociologist Harry Levine, NYC police made 50,383 lowest level marijuana possession arrests in 2010 wherein pot was either consumed or possessed in public.
Once and for all, it's become clear that the Obama administration is no friend of cannabis. Several states have received warnings from the Justice Department suggesting that prosecution of licensed growers and dispensaries could be imminent.
A scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has estimated that indoor pot growers are responsible for 1 percent of our nation's energy consumption—$5 billion yearly. Dr. Evan Mills conducted the research in his spare time and without federal funds, so we were particulary intrigued with his analysis of the findings, "If improved practices applicable to commercial agricultural greenhouses are any indication, such large amounts of energy are not required for indoor cannabis production," he wrote.
In late April, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske addressed the drug problem in America. For once, cannabis wasn't in the crosshairs; prescription painkillers were. Apparently, Americans take 80 percent of all the prescription painkillers in the world.
Last year, Russia passed a law permitting pot to be sold for medical purposes. In June, the first store to sell pot over the counter is scheduled to open in the town of Nizhny Novgorod. Future stores are planned for Moscow, Irkutsk and Samara.
In Pueblo, CO, Marisol Therapeutics grows medical marijuana in a bright, airy greenhouse and then supplies it to patients via their two dispensaries in Pueblo County. But there may be some magic in their medicine—because, as the buds were popping last spring, a strange new cannabis creature emerged amidst the plants.
As we reported in "Canadian Chill" (June '11). Health Canada has taken ineptitude to a whole new level in its implementation of the nation's medical-marijuana program. Apparently, Ontario courts agree: Justice Donald Taliano of the Ontario Superior Court struck down the country's Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, arguing that patients in need are not being afforded full access to cannabis.
On April 20th, we announced our new Miss HIGH TIMES for 2011—Clazina Rose from Newport Beach, CA. Clazina is more than just another pretty face on the pot scene—she works in not one but two medical marijuana dispensaries and has attended nearly every major marijuana event in the last year, including our Stony Awards and both Medical Cannabis Cups.
According to a report released by See Change LLC, a Colorado investment consultation firm, medical marijuana sales stand at $1.7 billion while Viagra's top out at $1.9 billion. But keep in mind, pot sates only occur in states where they're legal.
When you can smoke your bling, you know you're onto a good thing. That's why you should check out these Wrist Bracelet Hookah Pipes from Shhmokewear—they're not actually all that blingy, but they are exceptionally functional. At first sight, they look like trendy, well-crafted accessories made from hemp and decorative beads.
Back in January, Montel Williams was detained at the Milwaukee airport when TSA officials discovered a pipe in his luggage. The pipe tested negative for pot, but he was still charged with paraphernalia possession. In April, a Milwaukee judge dismissed all charges.
A recent study by researchers at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee assesses the effect of aerobic exercise on subjects who, on average, smoked approximately six joints per day. The study's 12 volunteers ran on a treadmill for ten 30-minute sessions over a two-week period.
A Harris poll released in March 2011 revealed that a whopping 74 percent of American adults support legalizing medical marijuana in their state, with 48 percent "strongly” supporting legal medical pot and only 18 percent opposed. As you might expect, the numbers were lower for people endorsing legalized recreational use in their state (42 percent in favor versus 49 percent opposed).
Scientific trials have documented the anti-cancer properties of cannabis and its constituents for over three decades. Yet it was only in March of 2011 that the website of the National Institute of Cancer (cancer.gov), a component of the US government’s National Institutes of Health, acknowledged for the first time the herb’s therapeutic utility for patients living with disease or suffering from the adverse side effects of cancer treatment.
Former New Mexico governor turned marijuana advocate Gary Johnson announces his candidacy for president.
It’s safe to say that the vast majority of politicians don't support the legalization of marijuana; it’s an even safer bet that most Republicans eyeing their party's nomination in 2012 wouldn't be caught dead at a pot rally, let alone at the offices of HIGH TIMES.
Diesel failed to make the top five most submitted strains for the first time since February 2008. This remarkable 41-month streak is equaled (and surpassed) only by Kush, which once again took the top pot spot for the month. Blueberry was the third-most-submitted strain, and Cheese reached the top five again after a four-month hiatus.
The Cali collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All plan their own apocalypse for 2012.
Transmitting live from the city that has mainlined Radio Disney, Lindsay Lohan and tiger blood into the corroded arteries of middle America for the past decade, the members of the anarcho/hip-hop/skate-kid collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All need to break it to you harshly on how they decided to make music, conquer the world, shove it in your face and swaggle it around a little bit.
Ziggy Marley brings us Marijuanaman, a comic-book hero for a new generation.
Mary Ought Six
Grammy Award-winning reggae-music legend Ziggy Marley has taken the plunge into the comic-book universe with Marijuanaman, a 48-page, full-color, hardcover graphic novel created in collaboration with celebrated comic-book writer Joe Casey and the radical stylings of artist Jim Mahfood.
After 45 years, the publishing world is finally ready to release a Merry Prankster’s take on the Vietnam War.
In 1958, Ken Babbs arrived at Stanford University, joining Ken Kesey, Larry McMurtry, Robert Stone and several other soon-to-be-celebrated authors in Wallace Stegner's creative-writing program. Four years later, however, Babbs was flying missions as a Marine helicopter pilot in Vietnam, part of the first wave of "advisors" sent into that country.
There have been at least a gazillion histories written of the 1960s, but John McMillian's latest, Smoking Typewriters, subtitled "The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America," is one of the best. Many chroniclers louse up their tales of freak history by neglecting the subject's inherently subversive humor.
The work of Rick Simpson still hasn't been recognized.
Over a year ago, I wrote a feature article in HIGH TIMES, "Rick Simpson's Hemp Oil Medicine," which explained how a disabled hospital-maintenance worker in Nova Scotia, Canada, had cured his skin cancer with a topical application of homemade hash oil.
Maine has historically been a fruitful breeding ground for buzz-worthy and prolific songwriters who go on to garner national attention. But classic acts like Don McLean and Noel Paul Stookey, and contemporaries like Patty Griffin and Ray LaMontagne, represent only a small cross-section of Maine's rich heritage when it comes to producing a special breed of thought-provoking artist.
I have to admit: When I first accompanied my girl Vegas and the CS Travel crew down to Negril last March for the Little Feat Fan Excursion, I wasn't much of a fan. Sure, I'd heard "Dixie Chicken" and "Rag Mama Rag" on the radio, but their crowd was a good 20 years older than me, and I was frankly more excited about the idea of free food and booze at Breezes than the band's performance.
THIS FAST MARCH IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, THE NINTH ANNUAL HIGH TIMES DOOBIE AWARDS FOR MUSIC WERE ONCE AGAIN HELD AT EMO'S DURING THE SXSW FESTIVAL. AS USUAL, THEY WERE PRECEDED BY A PRIVATE VIP COWBOY CUP PARTY-TESTING THE BEST CANNABIS THAT AUSTIN HAD TO OFFER.
TEXAS IS THE REASON
THE COWBOY CUP
THE DOOBIE AWARDS
My first visit to Austin in 30 years took place during the two-week-long independent movie and music festival known as South by Southwest (SXSW), or just "South by" for short. Hipsters, hip-hop artists and rock bands from around the world converge on the capital of Texas for those two weeks, filling up the stinky bars and posh venues alike with bearded energy and going wild in the streets of downtown.
Hosting this year’s Doobie Awards at SXSW with Bobby Black was a mind-blowing experience with plenty of perks. The minute I got off the plane in Austin, I walked past Ghostface Killah in the airport. I took this as the high sign of an epic music weekend.
When it comes to Spain, the "King of Cannabis" is still pretty much the same man as in Amsterdam—and everywhere else in the world, for that matter: Arjan, the self-proclaimed king from the Green House Seed Company, either sits atop or very near the throne.
His name may be Swerve, but the impresario behind Cali Connection follows the straight and narrow in his quest to create great seeds.
In The Godfather I, mob boss Michael Corleone tells his wife, Kay: "In five years, the Corteone family will be completely legitimate." Cut to the present-day cannabis industry and a seed company called Cali Connection. Check out the font on its logo: It's instantly recognizable as the typography used in the Godfather titles.
Master breeder Swerve shares some tips for creating great seeds.
We try to follow a pretty strict regimen. We want our seeds to be consistent—something that we would choose to grow personally. Producing a prime seed strain takes 12 to 18 months. First, think about what you want to achieve and which parents will be best suited to achieve that goal.
Three of Colorado's premier cannabis producers share the stories behind their successful seed-breeding and strain-collecting projects with Danny Danko.
BREEDER 1 THE LEGEND OF TIERA ROJO
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
BREEDER 2 ADAM DUNN FROM T.H.SEEDS
BREEDER 3 SCOTT AND THE STORY OF THE DEVIL’S HARVEST KREW
I'd heard the story from several reliable sources in the Denver area of a Texan man, recently relocated to Colorado, who possessed some of the most sought-after genetic material in marijuana-growing history. As the tale went, he'd traveled throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and parts of Africa collecting landrace seeds from hard-to-reach places to bring back home.
At the beginning of April, Denver hosted the Second Annual HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in a search for Colorado's top dispensary strains. But it was more than an awards show—it was a medication celebration!
For lowlanders, the air in mile-high Denver is heady. If you arrive from a life at sea level, the first few days of thinner oxygen can render you sleepy or lethargic. Add the duty of evaluating the top medicinal strains in Colorado and the term "higher elevation" takes on a much deeper meaning.
A long-distance journey into the belly of an edibles judge.
Being an edibles judge is no easy feat: You need to allow ample time for each entry to take effect before moving on to the next one. Usually, for me, anywhere from two to four hours is sufficient: I have a high metabolism and an extremely sensitive stomach that produces a quick response to anything I ingest.
When I met up with Kid Cudi at the Denver International Airport, he told me he hadn't performed live since November—in fact, at last year's Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, to be precise. He was worried that he might not remember the words to some of the songs.
Snowdawg is a hybrid of Bubble Chem x Oregon Snow; the Bubble Chem is a Bubbleberry x Chem '91 cross. Grown indoors in organically amended soil and fed only organic nutrients. 16.6 percent THC and .65 percent CBD. All judges noted its well-balanced high.
1) Snowdawg from Natural Alternatives for Health 2) Alpha Blue from The Farm 3) Island Sweet Skunk from Grass Roots Health & Wellness Center 1) Banana Kush from Mile High Green Cross 2) LA Confidential from 420 Wellness 3) Chemdog from Highland Health
The New York Times has called him “arguably the most important intellectual alive today.” He’s written over 150 books, appeared in over 100 documentaries, is counted the living thinker most frequently quoted in academic papers, and was on the Unabomber's list of planned targets.
This is a shot of our all-organic, Prop. 215 -legal pot for Pix of the Crop.—Soulful Joe This Northern Lights was a plant I found in a pack from Homegrown Fantaseeds. Look at all the cool colors she produces!—Wunderkind Heres a picture of a handsome Hash Plant bud—Fort Collins homegrown, only the best! We are super-proud of the medical cannabis we grow here in Northern Colorado, and appearing in your magazine is the ultimate honor.—Da Ganja Samurai
How the SSDP National Conference brings together student activists from across the country.
Ever since I got back from the Students for Sensible Drug Policy national conference, I've wanted to tell everyone about it. But the reaction of many of my peers has been somewhat ... disheartening. They all say the same thing in different words: "Oh, you went all the way to DC for a drug-policy conference?
This past March, Ben Masel received some horrible news: He’d been stricken with lung cancer. Speaking to the Wisconsin State Journal, he said: "I’m feeling pretty upbeat about stuff. Not about having cancer, but overall. I’m definitely not in the ’Oh, no, poor me, I’ve got cancer’ mode."
Dr. Mitch, Are people who get high a lot easier to hypnotize? I.M. Mesmer Hi I.M., Alas, the most recent study on this topic took place in San Diego back in 1973. It found that frequent users were indeed more susceptible to hypnosis than folks who'd never tried the plant.
Feel free to pig on me! I’ve been experimenting with a whole new lifestyle, searching for healthier ways to ingest cannabis. Now, thanks to the people at Good to Go Restaurant in Huntington Beach, CA, I am learning the art of living cuisine. You can find me there almost daily in the kitchen, learning new foods to make a healthier you, especially in the area of raw-food preparation.
Investment opportunities flourish as the popularity of cannabis grows.
Allen St. Pierre
For the last few years at NORML, not a single day has passed without someone calling us to ask how they can open a medical-cannabis dispensary or get involved in some facet of the ever-growing cannabis industry: sales, cultivation, testing, quality control, financial services, insurance, security and so on.
For years, CubeCap has provided hydroponic growers with the perfect covers for rockwool or coco blocks, reducing algae growth while conserving water and nutrients. Their DripCaps further revolutionized the process, providing built-in one-size-fits-all drip emitters and eliminating the need for messy and vulnerable drip stakes. Their newest innovation, the 10" Round DripCap, allows soil and deep-water culture (DWC) growers to get in on the fun. covering a standard 5-gallon bucket to protect the surface of your growing medium from light, while also allowing you to take advantage of slow-drip technology if you wish.
Top-watering your plants creates areas for mold and algae to grow and pests to congregate, as well as wasting water through evaporation. The Aquafeeder is a subterranean system that harnesses the environmentally friendly power of gravity to provide up to 1 gallon per hour of H2O directly to plant roots via a 12-foot soaker hose. Just bury the hose and the bottom of the unit 6 inches below the ground and hook the supply line to your garden hose. Aquafeeder does the rest by regulating the amount of water that reaches the roots, conserving precious resources while making your plants say, "Ahhhh!"
WARM IT UP
It's amazing the difference that a few degrees make for seeds and clones on the fast track to harvest—and even with the sun lamps on, your crop's roots could benefit from a little extra heat below. Higher substrate temps also create a humidity bubble in which young plants thrive. The new Seed Propagating Heat Mats, available from Hydro Wholesale, warm cloning trays 15 to 20 degrees higher than the surrounding air—and, when coupled with a thermostat, keep those temperatures consistent, resulting in quicker, less stressful development periods. Each mat fits a standard 10" x 20" propagation tray and uses 20 watts of electricity per hour.
The new standard in butane honey oil (BHO) extraction equipment comes complete with everything you need to safely make very clean, high-quality hash oil. The Tamisium Extractor is a closed system, which means that almost all of the solvent put through your material is recovered and can be reused. The closed system greatly reduces the amount of money spent on solvents and also makes the extractor a reasonably safe way to make BHO. This system is a serious (and pricey) piece of lab equipment and should be considered only by experts in the solvent-extraction field—but if you happen to be such an expert, this item is a must-have. Check out the instructional videos available online at youtube.com/tamisium.
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!
POT & SENIORS
MEDICINAL STRAIN OF THE MONTH: CHOCOLOPE
Even at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning, the residents of Laguna Woods, a retirement community in California, have already gotten a head start on the rest of the world. Today, many of them have gathered for a conference in the community's clubhouse, which hosts a steady stream of doctors and scientists sharing much-needed information on new medical findings.
In ever-changing times, we need innovators—individuals who can see problems and find solutions. That describes the inventors of the Hy-Pod, a supertent on wheels.
BOB LEE GORDON
Growers crave efficiency, and the best ones always make the most of whatever resources they have available. Add the expertise of an engineer and great things can happen. Green engineers from the Boulder, CO, medical-marijuana community have taken the tent concept of indoor growing and created something extraordinary.
I have what some might call a high-class problem: My buds keep growing so big that the branches fall down. What can I do to avoid sagging and breaking branches? Thanks for all your help over the years! Diamond D Dear DD, There are several ways to avoid or fix the problem of sagging or breaking plant limbs.
Take the largest greenhouse you can imagine and fill it with every variety of cannabis you've ever heard of—then multiply that by 20. We bring you exclusive photos of the biggest grow op in North America and break down how a small, dedicated group of growers manages to pull it off—with some help from a miraculous little bird.