Despite our best efforts here in the HIGH TIMES Cultivation Department to offer a balanced stream of stories for both the beginner and advanced grower, we sometimes tend towards the crazy, which is to say that we forget our roots. We forget about the past us, the youthful stoner getting high for the first time on some seeded bag of schwag weed.
Delaware has finally passed SB 17, our medical-marijuana bill. I attended the signing ceremony with the governor! I am a disabled 25-year-old and benefit so much from this amazing plant. I was in a horrific car accident and was in a coma for about one and a half months and was supposed to die; then I was supposed to be a vegetable; then I was supposed to have to relearn how to do everything.
It’s time to come clean. Governments can no longer spend untold trillions of dollars waging a global drug war on the citizens of the world. A new report, released by the Global Commission on Drug Policy on June 2, states exactly that. An elite, 19-member commission composed a withering, 24-page paper which states that the "global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world."
In the eternal quest to move loads of pot over the US/Mexico border, smugglers are now flying ultralight aircraft that resemble motorized hang gliders to drop bales. With wings painted black, they fly at 500 feet, make little noise, and are customized to carry loads of over 200 pounds.
Miss California Alyssa Campanella won the Miss USA contest after answering her all-important, final question. The topic? Pot legalization. Here’s what she said: “Well, I understand why that question should be asked, especially with today’s eco omy.
A decade ago, anthropologist Francis Thackeray of South Africa suggested that William Shakespeare was a pot smoker after finding evidence of smoking pipes from the 1600s in the garden of the world's most famous playwright. Traces of cannabis were discovered in the pipe remains.
Singing sensation Rihanna was recently spotted at a Los Angeles hotel wearing what amounts to a major free advertisement for us. Although she doesn't look all that high as she waits for her car, we give her the highest high-five we can for wearing the world’s finest cannabis couture.
In June, US Rep. Barney Frank (D) and Rep. Ron Paul (R) introduced a bill to allow pot laws to be established at the state level, rather than federal. Frank said, “Criminally prosecuting adults for making the choice to smoke marijuana is a waste of law enforcement resources and an intrusion on personal freedom."
Does pot offer freedom from addictive drugs? A 2010 study conducted at Humboldt State University and published in the Harm Reduction Journal found that medical-marijuana use by patients doesn't appear to compromise substance-abuse treatment—in fact, pot patients fared equal to or better than non-users for completion of such treatment.
We're high on a new collaboration between Sector 9 Skateboards and the Bob Marley family and estate. The Bob Marley series of four boards features iconic photos of the reggae legend and highlights Bob's innate ability—and courage—to unite cultures.
Remember that catch phrase for American Express? "Don’t leave home without it!” Apparently, that doesn’t apply to medical-marijuana patients: AmEx cards are no longer approved for use at compassion centers, and American Express has declined to say why. Some observers speculate that the action was motivated by complaints from companies whose employees used their corporate AmEx cards to buy meds—or perhaps an excess of fraudsters were using stolen cards.
We’re obsessed with time. And what’s worse, we invented the concept. But now we’re enslaved by it. Thankfully, we also invented 4:20—time to take a break. Now you can be reminded stylishly when you wear the 4:20 Watch. Its 35mm face, wrapped in a stainless steel housing, offers a clean, unobtrusive look and it features either a saddle-stitched, black leather wristband or a green cotton strap.
A study recently published in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses medical journal suggests that regular doses of THC slow the progression of SIV in Rhesus macaques. SIV is Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, which causes so-called "monkey AIDS."
What kind of pot should you smoke when you want to feel like a 13-yearold girl? Go for the JB Kush, named after pop sensation Justin Bieber. The word is that street dealers in Toronto are telling buyers that JB Kush “will help you get through those tough times with your loved one and make you feel closer"
According to Russ Bellville, outreach coordinator for NORML, the 1,000,000th legal medical marijuana patient added their name to the legions of others now using government-sanctioned cannabis. According to Bellville's conservative estimates, in the 16 states and District of Columbia where medical marijuana is legal, anywhere from $2.3 to $6.2 billion is spent annually.
Some claim New England's best buds are here. Prices tend to be lower with the right connections. Busts for small amounts usually end in probation, but expect to attend “drug education" courses and undergo “drug abuse evaluations.” Busted while driving will cost you your license for six months.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently okayed warrantless searches for drugs in an overwhelming 8-1 decision. The ruling was based on the Kentucky v. King case from 2005, in which police officers in Lexington, KY, entered an apartment without a warrant while in pursuit of a suspected crack dealer during an "undercover buy" operation.
STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY RATES THE TOP COLLEGES FOR MARIJUANA ACTIVISM.
1) Northern Illinois University
2) Northeastern University
3) Northern Virginia Community College
4) University of Oregon
5) Columbia University
6) Utah State University
7) Virginia Commonwealth University
8) University of Michigan
9) University of Connecticut
10) Roosevelt University
11) University of Maine
12) San Jose State University
13) West Chester University
14) Los Angeles City College
15) Florida State University
16) Lewis & Clark College
17) Emerson College
18) University of Northern Colorado
19) Rutgers University
20) Kent State University
As the largest student organization in the US working to involve young people in the political process, Students for Sensible Drug Policy focuses on changing the debate about the War on Drugs on campus, at the state level and even in Washington, DC, where our national office lobbies federal officials-including a call to stop denying student loans to those with a single marijuana conviction while, incredibly, people convicted of violent crimes face no such sanctions.
A NEW GENRE IS ON THE RISE—LIKE SMOKE FROM A BURNING MACHINE.
GNOME & SPYBEY
FOR YEARS, THE GENRE OF ELECTRONICA HAS EARNED BOTH PRAISE AND SCORN FROM MUSIC FANS ACROSS THE SPECTRUMBUT DURING THAT TIME, IT'S TAKEN ON MANY DIVERSE FORMS AND STRETCHED FAR BEYOND THE DANCE HALL INTO THE REALMS OF PUNK, INDIE AND JAMBAND.
Lenny Bruce was the first stand-up comic to explode the taboo about decriminalizing marijuana. Fifty years ago, he predicted: "Pot will be legal in 10 years. Why? Because in this audience, probably every other one of you knows a law student who smokes pot, who will become a senator, who will legalize it to protect himself.
JUDAS PRIESTESS TAKE THE CONCEPT OF A TRIBUTE BAND TO A HIGHER PLACE.
A sleek black town car glides to a halt in front of a run-down warehouse in industrial Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The tinted rear window rolls down, and a raven-haired woman clad in leather and spikes peers at me over a pair of blackout shades, though the chilly sun is casting its last rays of the day.
Square Grouper is Miami media studio Rakontur's pot-fueled follow-up to their hit documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Necessarily told at a slower pace, it chronicles the tales of those who made money hand over fist "fishing"— i.e., importing and exporting beautiful bales of 1970s greenery (a.k.a. "square groupers")
A NEW NOVEL ILLUSTRATES THE POWER OF AN ICONIC DECADE.
They say if you can remember the '60s, you probably weren't there, but Guy Maynard has just blown that theory to dust with the release of his first novel, The Risk of Being Ridiculous (Hellgate Press). I've been waiting a long time for an On the Road for my generation, or maybe just something that could approach the emotional complexity of actually living through those times without resorting to the one-dimensional clichés that riddle most attempts— and I think I've finally found it.
HIGH TIMES UNSIGNED BAND OF THE MONTH GLADIATORS EAT FIRE
Gladiators Eat Fire is an organic, psychedelic, hardcore group from the heart of Seattle, WA, on a sonic journey in search of identity and freedom of self-expression. In March 2011, the band celebrated the official release of their debut full-length album.
All this talk around the office about our low-budget closet-cultivation issue brought to mind the memory of the first time I tried to grow weed. Back in my high-school days, my buddy Mike and I used to hang out in the park around the corner from his apartment building every weekend with our misfit metalhead crew, drinking forties and smoking jays.
IN A STATE THAT HAS WEATHERED SOME DEVASTATING ECONOMIC HITS OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS, A THRIVING CANNABIS INDUSTRY HAS TAKEN ROOT. UNFORTUNATELY, POLITICIANS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE NOW TRYING TO DISMANTLE MICHIGAN’S MEDICAL-MARIJUANA PROGRAM. BUT THE STATE’S TOUGH, SAVVY ACTIVISTS ARE FIGHTING BACK.
So much has been written about the tragedy of Detroit. Every manner of urban ill has beset this once-great city: massive unemployment, blight beyond comprehension, rampant crime, decades of political corruption. Understandably, many of the residents have fled: Over the past 10 years, Detroit's population has plunged 25 percent and now stands at just over 700,000—in a city that once numbered close to two million.
I’ve got a sweet gig—but that's an understatement. To be more precise, one of the sweetest parts of my gig is Amsterdam. Not only does the whole HIGH TIMES staff cross the pond every November to throw the biggest pot party in the world, but I get to go there once or twice each summer and get my grow on.
What many Amsterdam visitors often don’t realize is that coffeeshops selling cannabis cannot, by law, also sell alcohol. Bummer... but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink your booze and smoke your weed in plenty of other 420-friendly establishments! Here’s our list of the top 10 places that will let you blaze away while enjoying some sweet nectar at their bar.
EVEN THE SMALLEST OF SPACES CAN PROVIDE A CONSTANT SUPPLY OF PERSONAL POT WHEN PROPER GROWING TACTICS ARE IN PLACE. WITH A FEW SIMPLE ADJUSTMENTS, THAT EXTRA CLOSET CAN PRODUCE ENOUGH BUDS FOR YOU NEVER TO BUY WEED AGAIN.
CLEAN IT OUT
The first thing you must do is to remove everything from your chosen closet and clean the floor, walls and ceiling thoroughly with a mild bleach-and-water solution and a new mop. Get a bucket of flat-white paint and roll or brush it on to cover all of the surfaces for the best reflectivity of light, and cover or fill any cracks or holes with joint compound.
If you’ve ever grown a marijuana plant, you know what it's like to wait three months to enjoy the fruits of your labor. But with a little planning and upkeep you can be harvesting buds on a weekly basis.
THE CHRONIC GARDENER
WILL BUILD TO SUIT
EVERYBODY MUST GET CLONED
CANNABIS CONVEYOR BELT
SIMPLE PERPETUAL HARVEST SCHEME
WANNA GET REALLY CRAZY?
How would you like to spend just cents on the gram and never rely on dispensaries or sketchy weed connections again? Welcome to the world of perpetual harvest. As the name implies, a perpetual-harvest grow op provides a continuous yield of buds every one to two weeks.
I took part in a harvest on land owned by two brothers who were in their early thirties and had resolved their sibling rivalries to become friends. They had 100 or so plants, all Cannabis indica, and they estimated that each plant would produce at least a pound and perhaps two.
When The War was released in 1994, Elijah Wood’s performance led film critic Roger Ebert to praise him as “as the most talented actor in his age group, in Hollywood history.” Indeed, Wood has been a Hollywood standout since he first appeared in the Paula Abdul music video "Forever Your Girl"
A MISSOURI COUPLE START AN SSDP CHAPTER AFTER SEEING POLICE KICK IN THE DOOR OF A NEIGHBOR.
In May of 2010, my husband and I came across a story on our local newspaper's website about a drug raid in our neighborhood. The story also featured video of the raid— which allowed us to sit and watch as law-enforcement officers in paramilitary-style combat gear stormed into the nearby home of a man named Jonathan Whitworth.
DAVID SLOANE TRANSFORMS A POLICE VEHICLE INTO A ‘TRUTH’ CAR.
NORML chapters across the country are always looking for creative ways to bring the message of ending marijuana prohibition to the masses. This month's Freedom Fighter is using one of the symbols of our oppression to make a point about freedom.
Dr. Mitch, Is it possible to make a cannabis snus? Jaako K. Hi Jaako, Snus—packets of moist, steam-pasteurized snuff from tine to Sweden—provide users who tuck them nicounder the lips; the nicotine gets absorbed through the mucus membranes of the mouth and creates an effect similar to smoking cigarettes.
OUR GANJA GOURMAND CONSIDERS HER DESERT-ISLAND DISH.
EASY RUSSIAN COFFEECAKE
If I were stranded for an ungodly amount of time on some savage island, I could survive solely on Russian coffeecake. I proved this white I was in New York recently for 10 days. Though it's neither standard Russian fare nor traditional coffeecake, this cousin to the babka is perfect zombie-apocalypse survival food.
A NEW SUPREME COURT DECISION DEPLETES OUR RIGHTS EVEN MORE.
In a case decided in May, Kentucky v. King, the US Supreme Court ruled that cops who smell marijuana coming from your home can break down the door and arrest you—just so long as they knock first and claim to have heard you destroying evidence. They don't need a search warrant or probable cause, either.
Kush retained its position in the top pot spot and narrowly edged out Diesel as October's most submitted strain. Cheese returned to the list after missing the cut in September and has now made the top five submitted strains four times in 2011.
Marijuana plants need nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in varying amounts throughout their development, but it's no good feeding them if they won't take it in. Now you can make those roots pucker up with Ubiogrow, a micronutrient formula that promotes uptake in water culture and beneficial microbes in soil setups. The all-organic solution contains only trace amounts of naturally occurring N, P and K, meaning no added chemical salts will build up in your soil or hydroponic lines. And you can use as much as you want: Ubiogrow won't burn roots or harm plants in the event of an overdose. Price: 6 oz, $11.99; 32 oz, $37.49; 1 gal, $119.99; 5 gal, $524.99 Contact: Ubiogrow, 800-381-9766, ubiogrow.com
BioBalance Foliar Spray and Soil Additive
Farmers have long looked to the sea for cheap soil enrichment such as seaweed (kelp), rotted fish, and the beneficial salts and minerals contained in nourishing waters. Billed as "Nature's Crystal Compost," the new BioBalance Foliar Spray and Soil Additive contains many of the trace elements needed for pot plants to achieve their true potential and activate enzyme function. Mineral-rich seawater is dehydrated by the sun, resulting in a unique organic application composed of sea solids, Himalayan pink sea salt and charged glacier rock dust. Once dissolved, these special crystals become the perfect additive with just the right amount of essential elements. Apply by foliar feeding with a diluted solution, or mix 2 teaspoons with every 3 gallons of soil for the full benefits of these valuable mineral salts from the sea. Price: 8 oz, $19.95 Contact: Home Grow Depot, 877-821 -GROW (47691), homegrowdepot.com
Gardeners have long known the benefits of carbon dioxide for stimulating growth, but refillable CO2 tanks are unwieldy and anything but environmentally friendly. Now you can deliver a steady dose of carbon dioxide anywhere in your growroom—organically—with C02 Boost, which harnesses the byproducts of mycological reactions in a specially formulated compost mix. This mushroom compost comes in buckets that you connect to a pump and hoses and can run anywhere in your growroom. After your initial purchase of the bucket and pump, just replace the bucket when your compost is spent. Each bucket should last up to three months when used properly. Price: One-time bucket and pump, $135; replacement bucket, $110 Contact: C02 Boost, 800-955-8384, co2boost.com
Mechanical pollen extractors have been on the market for decades with little change in form or function, but every now and then, someone tries to build a better kief trap. Yet for all the trouble, nothing really beats the ol' barebones screen-and-drum setup of the Original Resinator. Its simple, sturdy design boasts a symmetrical motor alignment that won't shake or shimmy while it does its thing. A clear cylinder encloses the screen drum so you can watch the kief amassing. A large trap door makes for easy recovery. And that's it— nothing fancy, just everything you need to make hash. Price: $579.99 Contact: The Original Resinator, theoriginalresinator.com
Tell us how you got started in the cannabis industry. I went to India when I was very young—only 16 or 17—and stayed in the mountains for a week, hanging out and smoking. I encountered an old, old man who talked about cannabis—that it can overthrow governments.
TAKE A SNEAK PEAK AT WHAT THIS REVOLUTIONARY MACHINE CAN DO!
HOW IT WORKS
In a nut (or seed) shell, the Seed Selector is a viability test for seed germination. German engineers built the machine, which took more than three years of research and development to finally bring to fruition. The machine itself weighs over 60 pounds and must be moved in a flight case due to the sensitive nature of its instruments.
I’m emailing you from BTV in Vermont! How are ya? I've loved the magazine and website for years, and I'd like to ask a question on the size of growrooms/boxes. I was looking at the Closet 400 Indoor Hydroponic System, but I'm planning something about half that size.
Discover the secrets of growroom success as we reach out to a distinguished lineup of cannabis-cultivation experts. Learn from the experiences of these skilled pot-production pros and use their advice to maximize the size and quality of your harvests.