Born on Long Island, NY in 1974, Marbleslinger was 19 when he hitchhiked from New York to Alaska. Somewhere on the trip, he realized that he didn’t fit into the framework of mainstream society. After graduating from Ithaca College, he was introduced to flame-working through good friends.
When renegade publisher, visionary political activist, cosmic prankster and reefer revolutionary Thomas King Forbade founded this magazine in 1974, many of his contemporaries in the cannabis-smuggling underground firmly believed that MariJuana would soon be legalized, with high times and justice for all!
High Times is great! It teaches me a lot about herb and the great things it does and all the ways that it helps people. I live in Maryland, on an island where there are just two ways on and off, so pot is hard to come by—and whenever I do find it, it’s pricey.
THE HAZE CRAZE Senior cultivation editor Danny Danko investigates the myths and lore surrounding the spectacular sativa known as Haze (Jurassic Haze pictured here). Bonus: Top Ten Haze Strains of All Time! Check it all out starting on page 60.
During the recent exchange of missiles in the Middle East, Israeli medical marijuana growers remained at their posts, making sure that their lifesaving cannabis survived.
Missiles had been filling the sky for days when Elad Spiegel's army reserve unit was called back into service by an emergency draft of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Within hours he contacted his commander, packed his bags, kissed his wife goodbye, and drove off for the legally operating medical marijuana production facility where he works full-time as head agronomist, charged with the care and nurturing of up to 3,000 cannabis plants at any given time.
Top researchers are paving the way to make marijuana a mainstream medicine.
DR. IGOR GRANT
DR. DANIELE PIOMELLI
DR. RAPHAEL MECHOULAM
DR. DONALD ABRAMS
DR. SEAN MCALLISTER
Dr. Grant, director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at University of California-San Diego, recently oversaw a comprehensive set of studies mandated by the California Legislature to answer the taxpayer-funded $8.7 million question: “Does marijuana have therapeutic value?”
Another indicator the nation is moving towards marijuana came with the latest CBS News poll that, for the first time, found the same percentage of Americans supporting pot legalization as those who oppose it. In a survey conducted Nov. 16-19 (following the Nov 6 legalization of cannabis in both Washington and Colorado), 47 percent of those surveyed said pot should be legal and 47 percent think it should remain criminalized.
Breaking the Taboo, a new feature documentary from Sundog Pictures, exposes the harsh truth of modern Prohibition: “The War on Drugs has been raging for 40 years. Over a trillion dollars has been spent, millions of people imprisoned, and countless thousands killed.
Pay cable has long been the source for cannabis-centric TV programming. You’ve got Weeds, obviously, and series like Breaking Bad and Entourage that regularly feature pot. But now marijuana is breaking into the broadcast networks’ prime-time lineup!
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a.k.a. LEAP—the kick-ass anti-Drug War organization composed of ex-cops and other law-enforcement types—has publicly urged President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to “respect and abide by the democratically enacted laws to regulate marijuana in Colorado and Washington” after the two states legalized the recreational use of pot in November.
In the state of Washington, hundreds of pot cases have been tossed by county prosecutors thanks to the retroactive application of Initiative 502, the ballot measure that legalized recreational pot use with nearly 56 percent of the vote.
The 2012 California outdoor harvest brought joy for for two reasons. Prices are up and busts are down. DEA stats indicate that state and federal law enforcement agencies eradicated an estimated 1.5 million plants from outdoor gardens, mostly on public land, down from a decade high of about 7.3 million plants in 2009.
A national poll issued in November by Forum Research out of Toronto reports that a “supermajority”—65 percent of all Canadians—supports decriminalization, if not the outright legalization and taxation of marijuana. Forum Research conducted a phone survey of 1,849 Canadians and found that the country’s anti-pot generation appears to be dying off—or at least experiencing a rational change of heart—as only 17 percent of those polled believe that Canada’s current pot policies should remain in place.
Iran carried out the death by hanging of 10 men convicted as drug traffickers in October, defying pleas from the United Nations, the European Union and international human rights groups to spare their lives. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was “appalled” by the hangings, which add “to the alarming execution rate in Iran”—more than 300 people since the beginning of 2012.
For introspective Jason Sudeikis, there's nothing more serious than comedy. Thankfully, Movie 43 delivers serious laughs.
“Comedy equals tragedy plus time.” This venerable axiom means that, if you’re a professional comic, you usually have to wait a few years before a catastrophic event is ripe for laughs. It’s like a show business statute of limitations: Those who dare breach this law risk a public thrashing.
Psychedelic skate artist Chris Dyer blends graffiti, comics and visionary images into mind-bending art.
An artist as nomadic and multicultural as his work, Chris Dyer was born in Canada, grew up in Peru and now travels the world incessantly (with occasional pit stops in Montreal) with his Belgian wife, Valerie. Steeped in the adolescent world of comic books and skate culture, Dyer is best known for recycling old skateboards as canvases for original, colorful, detailed works.
With the release of their new album, Move On, Quimby Mountain Band is definitely “on the move.” Whether playing at the historic Stanhope House, the Stone Pony or at festivals throughout the Northeast, QMB is becoming known for their spirited shows and exuberant fan base.
It is possible to be accepted as an American anywhere in the world if you are reasonably polite and can talk about Elvis. A few Hezbollah guys once bought me beers at an ice cream joint in Beirut in exchange for Elvis stories. People who hate Elvis are either Buddy Holly fans or, more often in my experience, dangerous schizophrenics.
From France (by way of New Jersey) with love, a guide to making the sensual sensi sweets.
Mary Ought Six
A few weeks ago, I went with a friend to Le Petit Parisien here in our lovely town of Montclair, NJ, and life will never be the same. I hadn’t yet tried the latest craze, French macarons, but there was something about them—a glow, an aura, an invitation—that overrode my good sense regarding a two-bite cookie costing nearly $3.
In 1974, when High Times started publishing, the best Cannabis sativa didn’t come from your neighbor’s basement, the backwoods of Humboldt County or a statelicensed medical marijuana dispensary. Back in those heady days, high-flying pot smugglers like our illustrious founder, Tom Forçade, still flew in planeloads of superpotent smoke from Hawaii and all points south, including Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and some parts of Asia.
What’s new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
Boost Your Gas
The dry-ice method of pollen extraction works by freezing the cannabis plant’s trichomes which break off and fall through mesh. Simply load your Kanga Can hash-making device with dry ice and leaf trim, and shake gently. The agitation releases the gland “crystals,” which collect at the bottom and can be scraped up, pressed and smoked.
Raw Clipper lighters
From the folks who founded the amazing Raw franchise comes the new Raw Clipper lighters. Sporting the same iconic logo as the famed rolling papers, these eco-friendly lighters are refillable and re-flintable, so you won’t be throwing them away anytime soon. They use a cleaner-burning isobutane as well, so they’re perfect for hitting bongs and bowls.
Discretion is the better part of valor, and sometimes you really need to cover your smoke trail. That’s why we love the Smokebuddy personal air filters— compact devices that eliminate smells at their source. Simply blow your hits into the unit and it magically removes all smoke and odor. Convenient and discreet, they’re also perfect for traveling.
The folks at CO2, Boost have been providing easy ways to get essential carbon dioxide to your plants for years. Their new and improved Boost Buddy gasbags use a proprietary organic formula that produces plenty of CO2 for a 4' x 4' grow space safely and affordably. For under $40, you can significantly increase your ultimate yields.
After experiencing rebounds in average price last month, the US Price, Kind and Mids indices all finished March below their previous month’s average. Only the Schwag Index has consistently increased each month so far in 2013. US Price Index
We already know that pot is nonaddictive. With the evidence mounting that it can aid recovery from brain injury— and provide highly effective stress relief— it’s time to let medical marijuana take the field.
It happens a few times each NFL season: During a game, a violent collision occurs. Play stops, the fans go quiet, medical personnel gather around the fallen player and TV announcers become deadly serious. Usually they say something like, "This puts it all in perspective." Puts what in perspective?
The outdoor harvest of 2012 is providing higher profits for pot growers than last year—and the market is booming nationwide.
In Mendocino County, where the annual yield of outdoor California buds is greatest, a backhoe’s engine rumbles to life. A grower is in the driver’s seat. He shifts gears and the giant spade descends, curling inward, extracting a massive hunk of earth.
Take steps to ensure that you get the most out of your harvest.
When it comes to growing the highest-grade ganja on earth, true experts understand that what happens after harvest plays an outsized role in the smell, flavor and smokeability of your end product, and that drying and curing is a process too many beginners rush through—or overlook entirely.
HT's senior cultivation editor tracks down the goods on a legendary marijuana strain with an almost psychedelic punch.
The Haze Craze
Our tale begins in the late 1960s in Santa Cruz, where a mild climate and a dry autumn combine to allow farmers to extend their outdoor growing season beyond October. Here, along the California coastline, the Haze Brothers cultivated an exotic variety of pot that quickly earned fame within the area’s small circle of cannabis connoisseurs at that time.
Green House Seeds 1st Place High Times Cannabis Cup, Seeds, 1998 This one harks back to the days of the legendary breeder Nevil Schoenmakers (sometimes misspelled “Neville”), who serendipitously acquired an almost pure Haze and selected back to stabilize its most extreme sativa characteristics.
Take a tour of one of the most unique gardens we’ve ever profiled in the pages of High Times: a state-of-the-art underground facility surrounded on all sides by concrete. This sealed atmosphere allows the grower to create the perfect environment to encourage the growth of medicinal-grade marijuana on a commercial scale.
A Controlled Environment
It’s All in the Design
Underground in an undisclosed semi-rural location in Canada lies the ultimate bud bunker. No, this isn’t a government-built facility—rather, this state-of-the-art grow bunker is the work of devoted medical marijuana cultivators, federally licensed under Canadian law.
Voters in Colorado and Washington State made history on Election Day 2012 with a full frontal attack on the federal government's ongoing pot prohibition. So is it time to "break out the Cheetos," or will the Feds strike back?
Implementation: The Marijuana Stores Are Coming!
The Feds vs. the New Green Economy
Amnesty for Pot Prisoners?
This November, voters in Colorado and Washington State approved by a wide margin ballot measures legalizing possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for all adults 21 and over, plus state-licensed commercial cultivation and sales. The Rocky Mountain State will also allow up to six plants to be grown at home for personal use.
The director of The House I Live In discusses the appalling human toll of the War on Drugs.
IF NOVEMBER TAUGHT AMERICANS ANYTHING, IT’S THAT THE COUNTRY IS WAKING UP. INFORMATION’S RENDEZVOUS WITH DESPERATION HAS CAUSED THE VEIL NOT SIMPLY TO BE LIFTED, BUT VIOLENTLY RIPPED FROM THE FACE OF A SOCIETY LONG ENTRENCHED IN FALSE HOPES AND “TRADITIONAL VALUES” THAT HAVE SO OFTEN UNDERCUT THE RIGHTS OF SIGNIFICANT GROUPS OF PEOPLE.
Personal growing, CO2 for roots, ladybugs, molds and more ...
I try to grow as clean as possible—I even subscribe to Kyle Kushman’s recommendations for “veganic” farming—but I’ve had some issues from time to time with a variety of pests. My question is: Can ladybugs really eradicate spider mites or thrips?
What are these roadside sobriety tests you’re always ranting about? Driver Dan Hi Dan, Actually, I’ve always badmouthed urine screens, since they’re no indicator of driving impairment: Metabolites can still be present in the urine of someone who hasn’t used the plant in weeks.
At the end of 1990, there were three of us at an impromptu lunchtime gathering: Steve Bloom (then HT's part-time news editor), an anonymous Deadhead passing through town, and me. I provided the joint and, as we passed it around in a circle, Bloom handed me a flyer he’d picked up at a Grateful Dead show in Oakland a few days earlier.
For some, part of becoming an adult means leaving the adult industry behind.
As A VERY happily married man, I have little need for pornography anymore. Back in my bachelor days, however, I accumulated quite a collection-including several years of Playboys, some 30 DVDs and over 100 VHS tapes (yes, I’m that old). So it was a real thrill for me when I covered the 2006 Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas, where I got to meet many of the industry’s superstars (including Ron Jeremy, Jenna Haze and Tera Patrick), with one very notable exception: the “Queen of Porn” herself, Jenna Jameson.
Cannabis prohibition has made America ripe for government abuses.
Allen St. Pierre
Of the many compelling reasons to end cannabis prohibition as soon as possible—personal liberty, medical access, religious tolerance, industrial hemp—one of the most important (as has been well documented in dozens of NORMLizer columns) is to stop providing the federal government with a prime excuse to invade the privacy of otherwise law-abiding citizens.
This November, Washington and Colorado became the first two states in the nation to pass voter measures legalizing the adult use of marijuana. And the success of the effort in the Evergreen State was thanks in no small part to the work of Initiative 502’s intelligent and politically savvy campaign director, Alison Holcomb.
Aloha from the Islands Blueberry Headband grown in my greenhouse in beautiful Hawaii. South Bay Ray Chunky Buku Another one from K11ng a.k.a. "the Johnny Boone of LEDs." This is Burmese Kush looking candyfied! Big apple nugz3 Jersey Buds Our nuggets from the Garden State.
It’s been a full quarter-century since the first pot entrepreneurs, aficionados and judges started convening in Amsterdam for the annual High Times Cannabis Cup. (Time flies when you’re having fun!) Get the complete rundown on all the festivities of the 2012 Cup, and introduce yourself to the top strains that emerged at the world’s foremost international marijuana competition.
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