Many glassblowers maintain that their art is second only to animation when it comes to exercising the boundaries of their imagination. In animation, anything is possible. In the medium of glass, only the laws of physics limit a glassblower’s creativity.
It’s a question we often ask ourselves dreamily: “What if pot was legal?” With prospects looking brighter all the time, we asked you whether legalization would affect your smoking habits. With more than 2,100 responding, nearly two-thirds of you said you’d smoke the same amount, legal or illegal.
Guess what, people? High Times is turning 40! That’s right—our premier issue came out in 1974, and now here we are, bringing you the January 2014 issue. Who would have thought that we’d be up there with Time, Vogue, Playboy and National Geographic as one of the longest-running publications on your local newsstand?
I believe it’s time for a revolution—a cannabis revolution. When our forefathers did not want to be ruled by a distant monarch, they fought for their freedom. When African-Americans wanted equal rights, they stood up and sat in the front of the bus, they protested, they broke the laws meant for their oppression—and when the people of America saw these things happening, they also began to change their ways and brought an end to segregation.
HEAVENLY LIGHT We didn’t say it; the Bible did. According to Genesis 1:29, God said: “I have given you every herb-bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.” We have no doubt that cannabis was included, especially seeing this shot from a Trinity County garden. Read on page 73 about the fall harvest in “Buds of Autumn."
The Feds call it “parallel construction.” But the practice is really evidence-laundering that denies Americans their rights.
Remember that traffic stop when you got busted for weed—the one where the cops said you made an improper lane change? Remember how you were driving so carefully that night, knowing you had marijuana in the trunk? Out of all the cars on the freeway—including several that were weaving or speeding or otherwise posed a far greater traffic hazard—how in the world did yours manage to arouse the suspicion of Officer Observant and his trusty dope dog, Sniff?
It’s tough to name the prime garden spots in America, but let’s give it a shot!
EMERALD TRIANGLE, CA
DANIEL BOONE NATIONAL FOREST, KY
THE “BIG ISLAND” and MAUI, HI
THE SMOKIES, TN
YAKIMA VALLEY, WA
The northwest California counties of Trinity, Mendocino and Humboldt are the stuff of legend. Local economies are dependent on the pot industry. With hidden hills and fertile soil, the Triangle is the cultivation equivalent of Northern California’s Napa Valley wine country.
You can’t OD on pot. Unlike virtually any other intoxicant—or even food or water—cannabis can be consumed frequently without concern of a health risk. A new study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center confirms this.
Madonna had quite a weed-related week in mid-September. On the social media website Reddit, during the “Ask Madonna Almost Anything” live Q&A public chat, a fan asked: “What is the best present you got for your [55th] birthday?” The Material Girl frankly replied: “I got a bong in the shape of a penis.
Alcoholism is a devastating disease taking an enormous toll on most of the body, especially the brain. But apparently, some of the cerebral harm wrought by booze can be countered by cannabinoid compounds. According to a new study published in the Pharmacology Biochemistry and, Behavior journal, delivery of non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) via the skin can reduce alcohol-related brain damage.
Brille “Bree” Green of Lansing may only be six months old, but she’s already the center of a case that’s become a rallying point for Michigan medical marijuana advocates. In September, the Ingham County Family Court, authorized by a Child Protective Services (CPS) petition, snatched baby Bree from the Green residence because her mother, Maria Green, was growing cannabis in the house.
Although the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program (DCE/SP) destroyed less than 4 million plants nationwide in 2012—compared to over 10 million eliminated as recently as 2010—the total poundage of dried pot seized is on the upswing.
Like we've been saying, legalizing pot would boost any country’s economy, with no negative impact on the public’s health. A new study out of England agrees. The University of Essex’s Institute for Social and Economic Research calculated legalization could potentially save the government over 1 billion British pounds annually, nearly a third of that trimmed by eliminating the arrest and prosecution of pot users and cultivators.
In the aftermath of September’s horrific floods in Colorado, a local pastor claimed that the disaster was due to God’s wrath over legal pot and “decadent homosexual activity.” Pastor Kevin Swanson hosts Generations With Vision, a radio program.
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On July 31, the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Uruguay’s General Assembly, approved a bill to legalize cannabis by a vote of 50 to 46. The bill now goes to the upper house, the Chamber of Senators, where lawmakers have assured President José Mujica that they have a majority to pass it.
It’s a rainy Sunday night at Brooklyn’s Union Pool. The open courtyard of the perennial pickup joint is sparsely populated: a few longhairs stand around a small, lilypad-choked pool, gesturing damply with limp white cigarettes; two Swedish postteens clink beer bottles, their faces happy and open in the fluorescent pink glow of the taco truck parked next to a small wooden fence.
The human juggernaut known as White Wizzard defiantly cranks out a real-deal metallic squeal in thee classic style, harking back to the days of Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy—songs, melody and good rocking times loom large and reign utterly supreme.
West Coast rockers Apache roll some fat East Coast Js.
I don’t wanna be known as one of those music-writer guys who constantly throw around the obvious and overused word “infectious,” but what is just as infectious as Apache’s music, Chicano dialect/Bay Area slang and all-around good vibe is their need for weed.
The self-titled debut from Sweden’s Holograms was a revelation in fist-pumping post-punk, led by “ABC City,” a pulsating chant that rhymed “desolation” with “isolation.” The fact that these noisemakers were signed, seemingly out of nowhere, to the influential (if shoegazey) indie imprint Captured Tracks only contributed to their mystique.
When I asked a friend for the recipe for some drop-dead brownies of which I had vague, beautiful memories, he sent me to the source: Sammy, a.k.a. Fieldmouse, and his lovely wife behind the flavors, Lisa. Lisa generously offered to bring me over a brownie and a few yummy “Fieldmouse bites” (heart-shaped kief/crumb candies) along with the recipe.
The men who hold the nation’s highest office often persecute pot smokers.
IN OUR 40-YEAR history, High Times has witnessed the administrations of eight US Presidents. The magazine debuted in 1974 just months prior to Nixon’s resignation, and has withstood the virulent anti-pot policies spawned by Ronald Reagan and continued on through the Clinton years, two Bush administrations and the Obama presidency.
The US Price, Kind and Schwag indices all opened 2014 below their previous month's average. The US Price Index experienced the biggest drop, falling $21 to a four-month low of $323. Meanwhile, the Mids Index kicked off the new year $12 above its December average.
What's new for cannabis cultivators and conoisseurs.
Keep on Rollin'
Joint-rolling machines have been around for decades with little to no innovation—until now. The new CB Rollers reinvent a tired technology and turn it into something modern and multi-tasking. The roller portion of the unit is flanked by a storage chamber on one side and a grinder on the other, with a space below for rolling papers. Pretty much the only thing it doesn’t do is smoke your joints for you.
Portable vaporizers are making many strides, but few of the vapes or pens on the market have what it takes to combine stealth with style. The Ascent Vaporizer by Da Vinci utilizes glass-on-glass technology and works with herbs and oils. The digital display allows you to dial in the perfect temperature for the heating element, and the three-plus hours of battery life ensure proper vaping.
Whether you call them one-hitters, bats or “oneies,” they’re a must for outdoor consumption in places where discretion is of the essence. The slim Black Box from Titanium Deviations features a 3/8” thick titanium bat with a larger storage capacity than traditional wooden boxes. A built-in titanium poker ensures that the one-hitter stays in proper working condition. There’s also a smaller version called the Little Black Box (5/16” thick).
Here at High Times, we’re proud to support stoner-owned and -operated businesses. Even better is three such companies collaborating on a useful product. The new Dab Station brings together Dab Tools from Happy Daddy as well as Slick Stack containers and an Oil Slick pad, all encased in a beautiful wooden case made by Myo Mr. Keifbox, to help out in your hash-oil travels.
Thousands celebrated sensible pot policy at the second U.S. Cannabis Cup
"You know, I just have to say ‘Thank you!’ to everyone in Washington who made this possible.” That feeling of deep appreciation, expressed by a Cup attendee who drove to Seattle from Idaho to try her first dab, was prevalent at the second-ever High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup.
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Since our first pen-sized vaporizer review was published last fall, it’s been one of the most viewed and referenced features on our website. It seems a lot of you out there want to buy vapor pens, and you look to us to tell you which ones to get.
All across the country, fall pot crops have been harvested and are ready for market. It's a time that comes with profits, problems and setting new priorities.
The Arkansas River rose and overflowed its banks. Slowly, the floodwaters began to encroach on the rural outdoor garden of Marisol Therapeutics in Pueblo, the biggest legal garden in Colorado, with over 1,200 plants just days away from harvest.
Buds and Roses is following a straight and narrow path to ascendance in the cannabis industry.
America’s history is checkered with (sometimes violent) episodes of industrial workers fighting for better wages and working conditions. The 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, MA, which many historians call the “Bread and Roses strike,” saw 20,000 workers organize along ethnic lines to protest discrimination and unfair pay cuts.
On grow ops: “There’s a place for every application somewhere. I have yet to grow in a 100-light warehouse. I can’t say for sure whether the finished-product ratio will play out with my process in a commercial atmosphere, but I’m looking forward to the chance to try it.
As an economic boom sweeps over Asia, so does a new drug epidemic. Yaba, a form of methamphetamine mixed with caffeine and flavoring, is fast becoming the go-to drug on the continent and the preferred high for those who want to work hard and party harder.
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When it comes to yaba, Tarique started young. Though he’s only 24, it’s been a long road, visible in his pallid complexion and scrawny frame. It all began at his brother’s wedding: Amid the glitz and uproar of a Bangladeshi celebration, Tarique, then just 14, got his first taste of the vanilla-scented fumes of yaba, a small pink pill that is rapidly sweeping Asia, its rise powered not just by its saccharine aroma, but also by its primary active ingredient—methamphetamine.
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, A LEADING NEUROSURGEON AND CNN's CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT, MADE A HUGE ERROR WHEN IT CAME TO ASSESSING THE THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF MARIJUANA: HE DECIDED TO TRUST THE GOVERNMENT. “I MISTAKENLY BELIEVED THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY LISTED MARIJUANA AS A SCHEDULE 1 SUBSTANCE BECAUSE OF SOUND SCIENTIFIC PROOF,” HE WROTE IN “WHY I CHANGED MY MIND ON WEED,” HIS RECENT EDITORIAL ON CNN.COM.
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Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa! I love the podcast—the cultivation sections are amazing! I especially enjoy the rare info and insights into growing sativas and growing organically; the perspectives provided by you and the growers you talk to are comprehensive and inspiring!
My wife is screaming about some new study that relates weed to strokes. Help me out. TD Abides Hi TD, She needs to read the fine print and stop trusting the media. New Zealand researchers compared people hospitalized for strokes to those who came in for other reasons.
Recreational pot laws usher in a new era of acceptance.
The announcement by the Justice Department that it will not interfere with recreational marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington has finally sounded the death knell for marijuana prohibition in the USA. Despite over 80 years of reefer-madness propaganda, many Americans are realizing at long last that marijuana prohibition never should have been enacted.
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I’ve attended a few conventions at the massive Jacob Javits Convention Center on NYC’s west side during my life—the International Car Show once, and a few Comic-Cons—but never before had I been confronted with such delicious fragrances as I was while entering the International Fancy Food Confection Show last summer.
A new generation of lawmakers has rejected reefer madness.
Allen St. Pierre
Since the early 1990s, marijuanalaw reformers have lobbied hundreds of elected policymakers and their staffs in the push to end cannabis prohibition. Progress came slowly, if it came at all. But the “Baby Boomer” generation has the reins of power now, taking over from a World War II generation brainwashed by Reefer Madness—style propaganda.
Colt Smith is a force for change in the Lone Star State.
Rural Texas is an area not often considered a hot spot for marijuana law reform, but one Texan is looking to make changes. Colt Smith founded Hub City NORML earlier this year in Lubbock, TX—the only local marijuana-law reform group within 350 miles.
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Perfect your hydroponic pot-gardening skills with our report on the best hydro systems on the planet! Because successful growing without soil requires your operation to always be dialed in, our cultivation department has scoured the world to find products and techniques that will help you avoid costly mistakes.