WHAT IF YOU could gather together great stoners from across the ages for the greatest pot party ever? That's what we've tried to do this month. There are 92 cannabis stars cavorting on our cover in some form. Not everyone depicted on it is a hero, but everyone shares a close link to the pot community.
Hey, HT! I run a grow shop and have a customer who was wondering if HIGH TIMES could create a spot on its website or on YouTube where growers in the community could upload videos? The page could include daily pictures and videos for the underground community to enjoy.
MICHIGAN MUSCLE On September 7th, nearly 2,000 Michigan activists rallied on the lawn of the state capitol in Lansing, demanding that politicians respect the state’s medical marijuana law. It was the biggest rally for legal cannabis in state history.
In the third installment of their stoner saga, an estranged Harold and Kumar rekindle their friendship with the help of Santa Claus, Neil Patrick Harris and, of course, plenty of weed.
When we last left our pothead protagonists Harold and Kumar, they were getting their smoke on with their girlfriends in Amsterdam, so you might expect that this next film would begin with them high and happy. But as I learned from H&K creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, that’s very far from the case.
Montel Williams, one of America’s most prominent medical marijuana patients, has become the public face of the Abatin Wellness Center, a discreet and upscale dispensary in Sacramento, CA. Williams, who’s battled multiple sclerosis for years, also recently announced his involvement with a group seeking licenses to open another dispensary in Washington, DC, of the same name.
Humboldt County’s Potluck aim for the stoner soul.
Look closely at any crowd of Potluck fans and you’ll see him, as clear as the tattoo on 1Ton’s right forearm: The Universal Soldier. He’s the slump-shouldered, bare-chested homie in the bucket hat leaning with the angular momentum clutching a mic as if his life depended on it.
Tatanka specializes in dub, progressive reggae and electro soundscapes. Heavy Caribbean drum-and-bass grooves provide the pulse for the party as the music invites you to get down and dirty. These Denver dub warriors released their first studio EP, Sounds in Technicolor, last year.
Fool’s Gold mix Latin and African influences—not to mention some herbal spice—to create a new American pop sound.
On their eponymous debut album in 2009, LA beatboys Fool’s Gold surprised the indie-rock crowd with a bracing batch of jammy rock/pop tunes liberally laced with African, Latin and other worldly sounds. They’ve recently released their follow-up, Leave No Trace, a record far more focused on brief songs, tighter structures and a somewhat pared-down sound (the band was trimmed to five members from a one-time high of 15 players).
Take one fairly focused look at the world and you might think the party’s over. But you’d be wrong— it’s never been bigger. For a generation after the rave format emigrated to the States, the numbers for electronic dance music (EDM) “massives” swelled to populations the size of small cities.
Forty years ago, researcher Melanie Dreher traveled to Jamaica to focus on the culture of ganja. What she witnessed radically changed her perspective. Moreover, her insights—revealed in a series of letters to a colleague—are amazingly prescient as our community seeks substantiation of the benefits of cannabis.
JULY 30, 1970 Dear L— I’m beginning to think I am not your best choice for this project. I’ve never smoked anything in my life, and I’m coughing through every interview [smile]. The men in the village are very patient, though, and willing to answer all my questions.
Experimental intravenous administration of THC resulted in only a low percentage of minor adverse effects in human subjects according to a 13-year review of clinical trial data published in the journal Psychopharmacology. The US Department of Veterans Affairs conducted the review of eleven separate studies evaluating 266 participants (14 schizophrenia patients and 252 healthy subjects—76 of whom were regular pot smokers).
25-year-old mother of four receives 10-year prison sentence for selling $31 worth of weed.
The tragic tale of Patricia Spottedcrow is a particularly wretched example of Oklahoma’s Draconian pot laws. Spottedcrow, 25, was sentenced to spend 10 years in prison for selling marijuana to a police informant on two separate occasions in late 2009 and early 2010—for a grand narcotrafficking total of $31.
During the excruciatingly cold winter of 2009-'10, while my NYC and New Jersey friends and family were avoiding black ice and yellow snow, I was the detestable bitch in the middle of a 10-month stretch in the beautiful, sunny northern coastal town of Cabarete in the Dominican Republic.
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After hitting a year-low average of $328 in December, the US Price Index kicked off the new year by dropping an additional $12. The Mids Index also fell (by $6), while the Kind Index finished slightly above its previous month’s average. Both indices finished January below their 2011 averages.
The world of cannabis is very much like the stat-saturated world of baseball: There are top performers in every kind of category imaginable. So we decided to present our own picks for the most memorable achievements in marijuana land— best the and the worst, the hits and misses.
Most Confusing Legal Ruling
Dumbest Pot Bust
Oddest Name For a Non-Pot Product
Best TV Show
Coolest Grow Op
Best Stoner Rock Band
Most Effective Pot Activist
Best New Way to Ingest Pot
Most Pot-Friendly State
Top Pot Heroes
Stupidest Anti-Drug Ad: Slomming
Best New Album to Zonk Out To
Top Baseball Stoners: Past & Present
Best New Psychedelic Tour: Roger Waters’ The Wall
The Evolution of Tokers
Most Daring Grow
Top Pot Comics
Top Pot Legends
Top NFL Stoner
Best Stoner Guitarist
Biggest Domestic Garden
Best Celebrity Activist
Top NBA Stoners
Most Transparent Ad Grabs For Stoner Dollars
Best Ganja Yoga Class
Most Promising New Politician
Biggest Foreign Pot Farm Bust
Top Pot Rallies
Best Headphone Experience
Most Amazing Pot Cure (Well, Almost)
The backbone of so many modern-day strains, NL5 x Haze is Sensi Seed Bank’s cross of Northern Lights #5 and the formidable Haze. The resulting strain achieves a perfect balance: It’s both classic and new, with the sweetness of the Northern Lights and the tang of the Haze blending into a rich, robust smoke that provides a nearly psychedelic and supremely uplifting high.
The producers of three award—winning strains throw open the doors to their grow ops.
Simple Garden, Super Plants
Last April, we brought the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup to Denver. For two days, the dispensaries of the Rocky Mountain State shared their products with thousands of attendees. Over 150 different samples of pot, concentrates and assorted edibles were entered into the official competition—and two stellar dispensaries took home the top three prizes for best strains.
As the Dutch government threatens to regulate Holland’s coffeeshops out of existence, people are debating where Europe’s next pot hotspot will be. High Times says: Go east, young man! To Eastern Europe, that is. With its lax marijuana laws, legal seeds and tolerant attitude, the Czech Republic is the new stoner sanctuary.
Denizens of the Dark
A Doctor in the House
Stoned to the Bone
Prague—I’m sitting in the land that my ancestors called Bohemia, participating in a national ritual that has been occurring here since the days when the fashion statements were made in steel, leather and animal pelts. When I say “ritual,” perhaps you imagine me genuflecting before some Christian deity—but no, that doesn’t happen much here in the Czech Republic, which is generally regarded as the most atheistic country in Europe.
Canadian medical marijuana growers have discovered a key way to increase harvests and maximize each plant’s potential to produce pot planting density.
Why Are My Yields Low?
Lighting for Optimal Growth
Do the Math
Medical growers who have worked hard to create and maintain the perfect grow environment sometimes end up with disappointing harvests for their efforts, even when working with a strain that’s considered a good yielder. Here’s an example of one such seemingly perfect room:
20 COOLEST GROW GADGETS UNDER (And Why You Can’t Live Without Them)
Sure, there are plenty of badass grow gadgets out there, but how many of them are both high in quality and easy on the wallet? The High Times Cultivation Department set out to see just what the market was like these days for inexpensive yet productive grow gear. And wouldn’t you know it—some of what we found is pretty damn cool!
1. 2'x1' Complete Propagation & Cloning Kit
2. Propagation Heat Mat
3. GrowOp Floros 1,000-Watt HPS Bulb
4. Pocket-Sized Digital pH Meter
5. Digital All-In-One Atmosphere Monitor
6. The RF Bug Detector
7. Thermal Shield: Reflective and Thermal Film
8. Green Hornet LED Night Lights
9. Smelly Proof Bud Bags
10. The Digital Rack Scale
11. 5-Quart Pressure Sprayer
12. Breathable Fabric Aeration Pots
13. Six-Tiered Drying System
14. Drip Ring Watering Column
15. PowerPlot Organic GroMaxx Disc
16. Wind King High-Speed Industrial Fans
17. Complete pH Testing and Adjusting Kit
18. Solar Wind 8” Inline Fan
19. CO2 Boost Buckets
20. Payload Bags
Who says you need an entire nursery room to make clones and populate your garden? It couldn't be easier (or the space required any smaller) when using this compact all-in-one propagation kit, which combines Super Plugs' organic starter plugs (72-count, with propagation tray and insert), a tall propagation dome, a 2-foot high-output T5 fluorescent light and a customizable light stand (which can hold up to two T5 strip lights).
When Wal-Mart fired a card-carrying medical-marijuana patient for failing a drug test, it probably didn't expect to end up in federal court.
IN 2009, three days before Thanksgiving, Joseph Casias was fired from his job at the Wal-Mart in Battle Creek, MI, after testing positive for THC. Casias—who'd been named the company's Associate of the Year in 2008—was given a mandatory drug test after he sprained his knee while struggling to control an overloaded, top-heavy cart of merchandise.
Males vs. Females, When Ants Attack, HID Help and more!
SUBJECT: Males Gone Wild FROM: Eric I started growing outdoors six years ago, usually growing 10 or 12 plants each summer, about half of which resulted in female plants each season. My growing conditions aren’t ideal, but the girls usually yield enough pot to last me through the winter.
In his new book Marijuanaland, Jonah Raskin examines California's exploding marijuana culture.
Jonah Raskin is a major figure in counterculture journalism. He holds a Ph.D. in English and American literature, though he got much of his education after he joined the Yippies and raised hell with Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Paul Krassner.
Bobby's bachelor party was an herb-infused combo of hilarity and headbanging.
TO THE TYPICAL guy, a bachelor party means lots of Jäger shots and lap dances. But I'm no typical guy—so instead, I reserved a night at New York’s Delancey club, booked a few metal bands, enlisted my cannabis cabrón Jose Man-gin (from SiriusXM) to act as host, and invited my loved ones to come tear me a new bong-hole.
IN RECENT YEARS, the US Department of Education has awarded tens of millions in taxpayer dollars to fund controversial student drug-testing programs in public high schools. The result? Teens who attend schools with “suspicionless” drug-screening programs possess fewer civil liberties than their peers—and are no less likely to use illicit substances.
NORML's Women's Alliance coordinator cultivates compassion in California.
Despite being relatively new to our movement, Kyndra Miller stands out as an invaluable, impassioned activist. Before getting involved in marijuana-law reform, Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC San Diego in 1994, then went on to graduate from Sacramento's Lincoln School of Law in 2002 and also pass the California Bar.
This strain was named in honor of grow guru and longtime High Times writer Jorge Cervantes and it is tasty! -Grown by ez-steezy Here’s a shot of some of my sticky icky. Hope you enjoy! -Mike C. Hey, what’s up High Times! This is Grecco, I’ve contributed to your magazine before and I had a few more pics to pass your way.
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