Micro’s work is a tip of the hat to the side-scrolling video games of the 1980s. His pipes are frequently decorated with miniature layered scenes and bright line work. He’s been at work for over 12 years and is mostly self-taught. In the past few years, demand for his work has exploded.
When we inquired whether you drive while high, we received over 500 responses in less than a week. The poll, titled Taking the High Road, sparked lively commentary, with most respondents claiming that pot made them safer, less aggressive drivers.
There’s this guy who sends me books on how to kill people, how to win knife fights, how to shoot down helicopters, how to booby-trap things, how to build improvised explosive devices ... I don’t know what his deal is, really. He writes me letters suggesting that if I reviewed these books, I might inspire our readers to rise up and wage some kind of stoner version of Heiter Skelter against the Man.
I just wanted to let High Times know something that happened to my wife and me. We lost everything in a grease fire from cooking. My wife needs her medicine and was growing marijuana plants in the attic. The fire department found them, and she was arrested.
BANKING ON BUDS There’s been a seismic shift in the philosophy of growing. With the rise of legalization, growers are focused more than ever on organization and efficiency in order to maximize profits and grab hold of market share in the burgeoning new economy.
A new petition asks President Obama to commute the sentences of five federal prisoners sentenced to life without parole for nonviolent marijuana offenses.
So begins the first shot across the bow in the effort to free long-term marijuana prisoners in the wake of the landmark votes in Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Filed shortly after President Obama’s reelection in November 2012, this appeal for executive clemency seeks commutation or immediate parole consideration for five federal prisoners: John Knock, Paul Free, William Dekle, Larry Duke and Charles Cundiff.
Amsterdam is still the center of cannabis tourism, but other marijuana-friendly metropolises are on the rise.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
FREETOWN CHRISTIANIA, DENMARK
The trendy capital city is situated in a country that decriminalized cannabis (and all other drug possession) in 2001. But there are conflicting reports on the availability of weed on the street. One reported hot spot is the Aqueduto das Águas Livres, site of the largest stone arch in the world.
Last year, the mainstream media trumpeted a Duke University study that found teen pot use is “dangerous for the developing brain.” But Swedish researcher Ole Rogeberg now asserts that a person’s economic status and education have a far more profound effect on IQ than pot smoking.
Troy Dayton, the CEO of the ArcView Group, a San Francisco-based company that connects investors and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, says that following the Election Day victories in Colorado and Washington, he’s hearing from “entrepreneurs who are just interested in the sector and want to put $25,000 to $50,000 to work, all the way up to billionaires and venture capital funds that are looking to make investments.”
Hey, heard the good news? The War on Drugs is over! Or at least It's been declared not to exist. Federal Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske spoke before a police gathering at the University of San Francisco in January. He was there to hype the Obama administration's new “21st-century” anti-narcotics strategy and somewhat ridiculously announced, "There is no War on Drugs,” because the emphasis now is supposedly on education and treatment.
Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the Bay Area, can remain in operation— at least for the time being—after a federal judge blocked its landlords from evicting the dispensary from its two locations in Oakland and San Jose, CA, where it serves over 100,000 patients.
Newly elected Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto recently told CNN that while he opposes legalizing marijuana, the vote to legalize recreational pot use in Colorado and Washington last year “could bring us to rethinking the strategy.”
Medbox, a Los Angeles-based company that pioneered the use of traditional vending machines as a means to distribute medical marijuana, plans on installing modified versions of its machines in Colorado and Washington to provide easy access to pot, which was recently legalized in both states for recreational use.
In late January, the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected a petition seeking to reschedule cannabis’ status defined by the Controlled Substances Act, which lists pot as a Schedule I drug, laughably in the same category as heroin.
File this one under “We told you so!” A federal official intimately involved in the War on Drugs recently admitted what High Times has been reporting for years: There is little, if any, evidence connecting ruthless Mexican drug cartels to outdoor cannabis cultivation on public lands in Northern California or anywhere else in America.
West Africa: Narco-Terrorists Control Northern Mali?
Bolivia: Progress Seen in Coca Policy
Mexico: Bloody Christmas in Michoacán, Sinaloa
Burma: Kachin tribesmen get bombed in opium war
Mali has been divided since April, when Islamist rebels seized the north— a vast stretch of the Sahara, including the old caravan city of Timbuktu. Harsh Taliban-style rule has been imposed, and ancient Sufi shrines recognized as UN World Heritage Sites have been destroyed by the rebels as “idolatry.”
Flosstradamus’ new EDM joint is rolled from many different strains.
The Flosstradamus Effect
In the midst of 2012’s Summer of EDM, Flosstradamus can rest easy. See, alongside prescient DJ/producer/ promoter crews like NYC’s Misshapes, LA’s Dim Mak and Philadelphia’s Hollertronix, Josh “J2K” Young and Curt “Autobot” Cameruci possessed the foresight of their sort-of namesake by crossbreeding EDM, indie rock and hip-hop at their parties, during a time in the early 2000s when single-genre nights were the rule.
Municipal Waste mix punk, metal and a lot of herb.
The 2010 “Big Four” tour featuring thrash trailblazers Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax signaled that the original punk/metal hybrid had returned to prominence. But Municipal Waste have been on that tip since the dawn of the new millennium, building the momentum that’s made them the preeminent old-school throwback act.
Eternal Tapestry like to play with space and time.
Portland five-piece Eternal
THE WEE WEED HOURS
Tapestry are a collective of like-minded psychedelic souls who don’t come off all that “psychedelic” in the normal sense of the word. Tapping into the more experimental side of the European progressive/art rock of the ’70s, the band broadens the psych palette to surprising new degrees on their latest album, A World Out of Time.
For those who’ve been wondering how much truth lies behind the media sensationalism about global drug cartels seizing on Africa as their new theater of operations, Africa and the War on Drugs clears the air in a welcome way. The authors depict a strategy by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to hype the threat and replicate the usual hardline policies throughout the African continent.
Putting the “pot” in cheese-and-gravy-covered potatoes.
MYSTICAL DISCO FRIES
In homage to the grand opening of New Jersey’s first medical marijuana dispensary, the Greenleaf Compassion Center, this month’s recipe is for that Jersey diner classic, disco fries. If you’ve ever suffered through a serious illness, you already know that eating healthy, nutrient-rich food certainly aids in the healing process— but as any true Jerseyan will attest, disco fries are a special kind of cure all their own.
When it came time to set up an interview and photo shoot with actor and comedian Nick Offerman, the man behind the mustachioed mystique of Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson (see page 90), I felt it important to source some truly top-level cannabis for the occasion.
What’s new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
1 Clean Scene
2 Ash Catcher
3 Hash Bash
4 Better Butter
Green Air Clean Air Freshener
Shakespeare wrote that “discretion is the better part of valor,” and we highly agree. Rather than covering up odors, try the new Green Air Clean Air Freshener, which is made with an organic enzyme that actually attacks smoke. It’s 100 percent safe for humans and pets, and we love the strong berry scent. With 700 to 1,000 sprays per bottle, this is an efficient and economical way to stay safe and smelling good.
Tap Dat Ash
How many times have you broken a glass piece when all you wanted to do was tap out some ashes? With the Tap Dat Ash ashtray, you’ll never have to worry about breakage again: The silicone/ rubber frame is dishwasbersafe and even has handy storage areas for bowls and rolling papers. Try one out and you’ll see why they call it “the last ashtray you’ll ever need.”
Making ice-water-extracted hash is quite rewarding, yet the process can be tedious and messy, to say the least. The new Wacky Blaster from Wacky Willy is an automated hash-making machine that agitates and separates seven different grades of hashish by itself. Simply place your water, ice and trim in the unit and let it do all the work for you—all you have to do is collect your hash, dry it out and you’re good to go.
Cooking with cannabis has endless possibilities, but nearly every dank dish starts with marijuana-infused butter or oil. The Magical Butter is a fully automated and microprocessor-controlled appliance that grinds, heats and stirs your bud into butter, oil or tinctures. Stainless-steel construction and LED technology ensure successful extraction every time, and the self-cleaning function adds a welcome ease of use.
While the Kind Index finished May below its previous month’s average, the Mids Index experienced an uptick in price per ounce (+$11). As a result, the US Price Index closed the month within $2 of its year-to-date average ($5 below its previous month's average).
Heavy yields of big buds in the fall are the result of proper planning and planting in the spring. Danny Danko breaks down the basics of mastering these early stages in order to harvest more down the road.
Start Early Now, Harvest Heavy Later
Maintaining Mother Plants
The Vegetative Stage
Onward Into Flower
As winter fades away, our thoughts turn to renewal. Spring always brings with it hopes for the future: The ground begins to warm, and tender young shoots emerge from the soil. But these plants are perennials, destined to grow out year after year without toil, while our beloved cannabis is an annual and must be planted each spring in order to grow bigger throughout its vegetative stage in the summer and then enter its flowering stage in the fall.
Hunter S. Thompson was one the first high-profile supporters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. NORML founder Keith Stroup remembers what it was like to work and party with the king of gonzo journalism, whom he affectionately refers to as Doc.
These cousins to the cannabinoids are the reason why various strains smell and taste different from the rest. Terpenes aren’t just the “fingerprints” of a cannabis strain, which can be used to determine the purity and lineage of any given variety: They are also the key to pot’s medicinal properties.
Martin A. Lee
The first thing you notice upon entering a well-stocked medical marijuana dispensary is the many varieties of cannabis on display—dozens of glass jars filled with glistening, manicured bud. Everyone has their favorites: OG Kush, Headband, Sour Diesel, Flo, Lemon Thai, Super Silver Haze ... Some strains are energizing, some are sedating; some are better for pain, others for inspiration.
As the cannabis industry matures and commercial cultivation becomes more intensive, top growers are creating sleek, efficient business models for the new economy
Somewhere in the euphoric aftermath of accepting his award for top hybrid at last year’s Cannabis Cup, Loud Seeds’ James Loud realized that the victory had spawned an entire array of new responsibilities. That’s what happens when the whole world suddenly wants your buds.
Just before our Medical Cannabis Cup in San Francisco last June, Hitman Glass founder Dougie Fresh sat down with High Times senior editor Bobby Black for a friendly game of “concentrate chess,” during which they discussed the company’s origin, the murder of his partner and the flourishing culture of functional glass art.
The insect set by Buck and Darby
Dougie with his late partner, Erik
The Chess Pieces art book
By enlisting top-name talent and concentrating on smokeware for, well, concentrates, Hitman Glass has situated itself firmly on the cutting edge of the paraphernalia industry. In 2010, the company raised the bar (and a lot of eyebrows) with the release of its innovative “torch tube” oil rigs.
NICK OFFERMAN ARRIVES FOR HIS HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW AND PHOTO SHOOT DIRECTLY FROM THE SET OF NBC’S HIT COMEDY PARKS AND RECREATION, IN WHICH HE STARS AS LIBERTARIAN BUREAUCRAT RON SWANSON. A MASTER WOODWORKER AS WELL AS AN ACTOR, WRITER AND PRODUCER, OFFERMAN SPORTS SWANSON’S SIGNATURE BUSHY MUSTACHE AND A WELL-WORN WILLIE NELSON T-SHIRT.
Injecting carbon dioxide, drying slow, overwatering, proper lighting and more ...
Danko Tip: If water starts pooling atop your soil mix, add a drop of natural dishwashing liquid to the nutrient solution for better absorption.
Danko Tip: Yellowing leaves are a sign of underfeeding or pH imbalance, while burned leaf tips are a sign of overfertilization.
Danko Tip: Every bend in a duct slows down airflow, so keep your ducting straight, without any bends or sagging.
Hi! I have two questions. I suffered a spidermite infestation and had to shut down and clean out my growroom. New paint and flooring was in order anyway, so I bit the bullet and remodeled. I know these little monsters can be hard to get rid of. If I have no other plant life in the house, how long can they hold out before I can deem the house safe to try again?
I hope aspiring screenwriters are hard at work on their female stoner flick right now.
I have six friends who quit heroin thanks to the plant. Why isn’t there a formal treatment program that uses this approach? William Lee Hi William, At least two studies support the idea that cannabis has the potential to help people stop using drugs that have serious negative consequences (check out informalhealthcare.com).
I moved to NEW York City at the end of 1978, having just spent six years obtaining a couple of college degrees. Even though I started publishing my own underground newspaper in 1968 and hitchhiked across North America as a teen, I’d lost all contact with my counterculture roots by the time I arrived in the Big Apple.
Getting an album autographed by rock legends Rush proves more difficult than anticipated.
As a freshman in high school, the very first song I learned to play in guitar class was a rocking riff-fest called “Bastille Day.” I wasn’t yet familiar with Rush’s music, hut after a few months of intensive, weed-drenched vinyl sessions at my best friend Paul’s place, they fast became one of my favorite bands of all time.
The answer to the question “Where will you be on 4/20?” is remarkably simple for cannabis consumers this year: You’ll either be in one of the 48 states where the possession and use of cannabis remains illegal for most people, or you’ll be in Colorado or Washington, the two states where voters were finally able to bring cannabis prohibition to an end this past election cycle.
Betty Aldworth quickens the end of pot prohibition.
Raised in a family of social-justice advocates, Betty Aldworth attended countless protests as a child before starting her career as a volunteer leader with nonprofit groups in the Denver area, where she began to learn more about the issues surrounding medical cannabis and prohibition.
This is my TGA Plushberry (Black Cherry Soda x Space Queen), an indica-dominant bigyield pheno. These girls were grown veganically in California with love. They smell like nothing I have ever produced before. Props to Subcool and the TGA crew for their amazing genetics.
With the end of 2012, five more High Times Cannabis Cups are on the books. Now it’s time to review last year’s potency levels as we list the strains topping the THC charts from Amsterdam to California— and everywhere in between! In February, the southern California cannabis community showcased the booming industry at the second High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles.