IF YOU HAVEN'T already figured it out from the cover, this issue is dedicated to the home grower, who—in these days of unbalanced marijuana prohibition versus a sane and compassionate medical marijuana policy-is really the soul of our movement.
Thank you so much for putting on the Michigan Medical Cannabis Cup. As you were able to discern for yourself, we are going through some turmoil here. There were some skeptics, but the post-Cup response has been very positive. If this event is destined to return next year, rest assured that the Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs (MACC), myself and many others will offer our assistance.
HO, HO, HO GREEN GIANT The jolly green giants of Camp Cool Farm flourish in the outdoor sunshine of northern California. Curious as to how exactly one grows monster plants that yield 10+ pounds? Check out our outdoor cultivation story, “The Gold Standard,” on page 72 for the details...but we warn you, it certainly isn’t easy!
Heavy police presence at the first-ever HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in Michigan threatened to kill everyone's buzz.
At high noon on October 15, the doors of Bert’s Warehouse Theater in Detroit swung open, and Michigan’s marijuana community eagerly filed in for a two-day expo and awards show planned for the weekend. HIGH TIMES had already been in the city for a week in order to accept strain entries from Michigan’s top caregivers.
As a co-founder of the Yippies (Youth International Party)—best known for demonstrating against the Vietnam War at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago—I find myself comparing and contrasting our movement with Occupy Wall Street.
It should be obvious to marijuana-law reform advocates that 2011 was the year the government decided to fight back—and fight back with a vengeance. By year’s end, it was apparent that President Barack Obama’s campaign pledge to respect state medical-marijuana laws had become ancient history.
Mexico’s harvest has doubled in the past five years, especially in the Sierra Madre mountain range. Since 2006, the Mexican soldiers who had previously slashed and burned illegal crops have been gradually redeployed. Now, President Felipe Calderón is sending the military into metro areas to battle the ruthless and heavily armed drug cartels that are terrorizing the country.
One of the original high-CBD strains—created overseas in breeding projects in Amsterdam and Spain—finally gets the credit it deserves here in the US. Cannatonic X, a phenotype of the original Cannatonic line, took home top honors at the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in Detroit.
If the federal government conducted the War on Terror with the same multi-pronged ferocity that it’s displayed going after medical marijuana, maybe we’d have gotten out of Iraq and Afghanistan a lot sooner. As reported by California Watch, US Attorney Laura E. Duffy, one of four federal prosecutors in the Golden State, recently announced that medical marijuana advertising in her district (including San Diego) will be the next area of canna-business to be targeted by her office, including any newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, and even online providers that run pot ads.
is a nu-disco re-edit machine. Featuring Wyllys on the turntables and Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastasio Band on horns and vocals, this professionally trained group of groove enthusiasts delivers every time they step on stage.
Hailing from Harlem, the hip-hop MC known as Rugz D. Bewler sits down with HIGH TIMES to talk about moms, marijuana and making music.
He burst onto the scene with his 2010 mixtape, Beider’s Day Off. Later that same year, he released Save Beider: The Memoirs of Muhammad Mc’Fly, and followed that up with By Any Means Necessary in 2011. With songs like “Window Wavin’” with Curren$y and “White Paper & Women (Pass Dat Shhh)” featuring Smoke DZA and Terri Walker, Rugz D. Bewler wears his marijuana smoking habits on his sleeve.
A Native American headdress. An old skateboard in the corner. Piles of vinyl and anime DVDs. Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner has accumulated a lot of interesting stuff over one lifetime, and he’s similarly bridged many disparate musical traditions over his years as a session bassist for Suicidal Tendencies, Erykah Badu, George Duke, John McLaughlin, Snoop Dogg and brother-from-anothermother Flying Lotus.
Known for the exotic locales of his music videos, which practically drip with trippy imagery, director Jason Goldwatch stopped by the HIGH TIMES office to discuss his love of pot, psychedelics, and pushing the artistic and spiritual envelope.
Cody Canada shows that those Red Dirt cats know their green.
“Them boys from Oklahoma roll their joints all wrong, / They’re too damn skinny or way too long”: So begins “Boys From Oklahoma,” a song by singer Cody Canada’s first band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, now defunct. It goes on to slag Kansas weed (“I got some [weed] in my guitar case and I’m not the type to brag / But it’s a damn sight better than that Kansanian schwag”) and herald Louisiana, where, though the gators eat all the seeds, “On a bayou night by the light of a full moon / You can walk out and pick you a sack full of ’shrooms.
The most famous 'lost' album in rock'n'roll history is finally here.
Can an album be “perfect” if it’s never been released? Such is the debate stirred by the Beach Boys’ SMiLE, the mega-ambitious 1966-’67 concept album from BB visionary Brian Wilson and mercurial lyricist Van Dyke Parks, which was expected to be the ultimate musical statement of the psychedelic ’60s.
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Activist Campus of the Month
Websites like fark.com andreddit.com have revolutionized the way we receive news. While the reporting is handled by professionals, consumers have the opportunity to submit headlines they believe are newsworthy, and, in a very democratic process, other readers vote up (or down) the articles they like best.
THERE ARE FEW dishes in this world as comforting and filling as shepherd’s pie. When I was growing up, this family favorite tasted so good after a long, hard day working on the farm. Or at least that’s what dad would say—I was a blatant chore deflector and would hide out with a book and some drawing paper whenever I thought I could get away with it.
What's new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
Maximize space and go vertical, thereby tripling your harvest. The 5’ x 5’ Buddha Box Vertical Grow Room from Supercloset stands 7 feet high and uses two super-cool, dimmable Lumatek 400-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights to grow up to 48 plants. The plants grow in toward the vertically positioned lights to produce bigger yields and take advantage of all that extra surface area. This unit will pay for itself in no time.
At the recent HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in Detroit, MI, LighterMate won Best Product of the Expo. Why? They’re magnetic! These simple, colorful lighters stick to any metal surface, thereby reducing the risk of losing them. LighterMates are easy to refill and made with “green” materials. LighterMate also markets slick oversized grinders for party rolling.
Looking for a 100% organic product without the foul odor of many liquid fish solutions? Try MediOne from Green Planet Nutrients. Consisting of Norwegian sea kelp, blood meal, sulfate of potash, humic acids and plenty of steamed Atlantic menhaden (herring), Medi-One provides a well-balanced plant-feeding regimen. The N-P-K ratio of 4-3-3 and numerous trace elements allow you to use MediOne in both the vegetative and flowering stages of growth.
Bowl in One
Hitting the links high is essential. So, the next time you find yourself debating whether to use wood or iron, don’t stress: Either one delivers a clean stroke. That’s because Big Hitter Golf Pipes are designed to help you “make the green” on every hole. Both “drivers” come with easy-to-clean bowls. You’ll never hook or slice when you address the Big Hitter Golf Ball Pipe. Fore!
Once again, Kush landed in the top pot spot, narrowly edging out Diesel as the month's most submitted strain. Kush has been the market's most submitted strain for 13 of the last 15 months. Diesel, Purps, Haze and Blue Dream all made repeat appearances in the top five this month.
You've finally made the decision to grow your own cannabis under lighting indoors. What comes next? Danny Danko provides a primer for getting started from choosing the best possible location to making it from seed to harvest successfully without ever leaving your home.
Cannabis Indoors 101
Room, Tent or Growbox?
INDOOR GROW FAQ
Indoor Grow-Light Options
Avoid Light Leaks
INDOOR GROW TIPS
A plant’s natural habitat is outside, in nature, with full sunshine beaming down and roots planted firmly into terra firma. The checks and balances of wind and rain, coupled with prime planting conditions, result in huge, strong trees laden with heavy buds.
Hybrids, male plants and pollination techniques for the adventurous connoisseur.
Breeding Hybrid Generations
The Importance of Males
Collecting & Storing Pollen
Keep It Simple
As a home grower, once you’ve learned to grow cannabis successfully, even more fun can be had from creating your own seeds, clones and (if dedicated enough) perhaps your very own variety. Beside increasing your enjoyment and marijuana knowledge, you’ll no longer have to buy seeds or clones for each new crop.
Setting the bar for outdoor grows doesn't come easy.
SUSTAINABLE, RESPONSIBLE GARDENING
WATER & IRRIGATION
MEDIUM, CONTAINER BOXES AND TERRACING.
YIELD & HARVEST
It's been a long time since anyone found gold in these parts—but that doesn't mean it's no longer here. Much like the fabled alchemists of yesteryear, who sought the secret of turning base metals into gold, the savvy farmers of NorCal have known for generations that gold grows in trees.
There's a lot of money to be made in predicting the end of the world.
The Mayan Calendar
Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em
Can’t We All Just Get Along Once A Large Portion Of Us Die Horribly?
How Freaked Out Should I Be Right Now?
Take, for example, the case of Harold Camping, the Christian radio broadcaster and self-proclaimed biblical scholar whose end-time predictions brought in millions of dollars to his organization, Family Radio. In 2009 alone, Family Radio received $18 million in contributions, and as Camping’s May 21, 2011, deadline for Judgment Day approached, hundreds of devout listeners emptied their bank accounts to help him spread the word.
The multiple Emmy award-winning actor talks about smoking with SflOOp I)ogg arid our need to legalize the "herbal medication" as soon a~ possible.
Despite the fact that it's a phone interview and he speaks with the exact same voice you recognize from television. it only takes a moment to realize that Jeremy Piven is not, in fact. a lot like Ari Gold, the brash Hollywood agent he played to great acclaim on HBO’s Entourage.
Bud Rot, Light Leaks, Switching to Hydro, Trellising and More.
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Any news on the alleged links between marijuana and schizophrenia? Is this stuff ever going to die? —Wizard Hi Wizard, New data from the United Kingdom show that childhood trauma, not cannabis use, seems to be one of the key issues in developing psychosis.
Roger Adams was a true pioneer, the first isolate and synthesize cannabis.
IN 1968, WHILE my father was the head of biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he was approached by a student who had recently been arrested for possession of marijuana. Since the student believed that marijuana was misclassified as a narcotic, he asked my father to testify to that effect at his upcoming trial.
The Motor City becomes the Motaa City at our first-ever Michigan Medical Cannabis Cup.
I'LL BE HONEST—Detroit's never been high on the list of Places I was dying to visit. However, that doesn't mean I wasn't a fan of the machines and music that have called it home: Motown Records and the MC5, GM and Eminem, and especially Parliament Funkadelic and Pontiac.
RECENTLY, FOUR US Attorneys in California declared a statewid crackdown against large-scale medical cannabis cultivators and sellers. In conjunction, the Internal Revenue Service issued a long-awaited $2.5 million ruling against a major medical cannabis dispensary in California.
A Massachusetts activist puts the 'grass' in 'grassroots.'
Cara Crabb-Burnham first got involved with the marijuanalaw reform movement two years ago when she became an active leader with the Emerson College chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). During her school break, she helped organize volunteers and logistics at the 2010 Boston Freedom Rally.
Check out the high-flying scene at our most recent blowout. See the sensational strains of Holland, meet the international melting pot of melted judges, hear the music of the Cup and heed the message trumpeted to the world: “Marijuana is a miracle!” Senior editor Bobby Black covers a week that featured all kinds of surprises (good and bad); senior cultivation editor Danny Danko reviews the Cup champions; and Cup founder Steven Hager gets down with the Brotherhood of Eternal Love.