Born to hippie artist parents in Marin County, CA, Dustin Revere was always encouraged to follow his creative passions. He dabbled in a few different mediums—jewelry, painting and photography—but in high school, began designing and fabricating bongs out of ceramics and plastics.
Despite pot’s increasing acceptance, many of us in the cannabis community have lost jobs because of our pot use. So in this era of tolerance, how safe is your job? Amazingly, nearly a third of you seem to have it pretty good. The bad news is that half of you fear the worst.
For most Americans, Thanksgiving is all about football, family and turkey. The holiday’s true purpose, however, is actually a harvest celebration. It was this meaning that former High Times editor in chief Steve Hager had in mind when, during Thanksgiving week 26 years ago, he gathered an intimate group of herbal aficionados in Amsterdam to sample marijuana strains from different seed companies, decide which ones were the best and then honor them with awards.
High Times has been receiving an increased amount of letters from veterans regarding the various issues they face in the US. This month’s letters section is dedicated to those men and women in uniform. It is High Times’ firm belief that a country willing to send its young servicemen and women into harm’s way abroad should allow them to make up their own minds about marijuana here at home.
The scenic canals of Amsterdam preside over our annual coffeeshop crawl known around the globe as the Cannabis Cup. Visiting weed judges rubbed elbows with pot superstars while wandering the town in search of the world’s best pot and hash.
Perhaps at no time in human history has it been more crucial to get involved and battle corrupt corporate interests—the catalysts of our own self-annihilation.
Contaminated soil, undrinkable water, birth defects in both animals and humans: This is what the people of Japan can expect from their inexplicable use of nuclear power—“inexplicable” in that Japan is the only country to have ever been subjected to uranium’s use as a weapon of mass destruction.
Many enlightened ministers have paid the price for having faith in marijuana.
Bishop Edward Turner
Pastor Erik Johansson
Reverend Richard Arko
Pastor Alvin “Nicky” Davis
Father Cyril Papudov
The bishop may have lost a lucrative gig due to his cannabis connection. Compensated with a six-figure income by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office to oversee the department’s Multi-Faith Clergy Council, Turner was relieved of his duties in November after it was revealed that property he owned in LA housed the Manchester Caregivers dispensary.
It’s staggering that members of the news media can talk so authoritatively about issues they know nothing about. Take Bill O’Reilly. In December, on his FOX News program The O’Reilly Factor, Shrill Bill expressed outrage over the Denver Post’s November hiring of Ricardo Baca as its new marijuana editor, specifically Baca’s role as a “cannabis critic.”
The Prohibition era, which lasted from 1920 to 1933 (while cannabis remained legal), was a 14-year mistake that lead to the rise of murderous, organized crime. Now, 80 years later, one of the primary architects of Prohibition—the Woman's Christian Temperance Union—is reinventing itself in the 21st century, with marijuana as its target.
As the new year kicked off, Colorado “adult use” centers opened for business and saw long lines of consumers eager to purchase recreational pot. So where's it all come from? From huge grow ops like this one operated by Patients Choice, one of the state's leading canna-businesses.
In the state of Washington, it’s illegal for recreational users to grow. 1-502, the successful ballot initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, forbids residential ganja gardening and only permits purchase of pot from licensed retailers.
Newly released statistics from the Kansas City, MO Police Department indicate that the amount of cannabis confiscated by KC cops in 2013 increased by a joint-dropping 4000 percent from the previous year, for a total of approximately 850,000 pounds.
Uruguay’s landmark national legalization of the production and sale of marijuana in December was immediately denounced by the biggest obstacle to global ganja decriminalization—the International Narcotics Control Board. The Austria-based INCB is the body of the United Nations administering international drug treaties, including the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which outlawed pot worldwide— with the exception of medical/scientific research—and includes Uruguay as a party.
Medicinal cannabis has already been clinically demonstrated as effective in treating some mental health afflictions. But for the past decade, advocates have been fighting the pernicious stigma that pot is a cause for the onset of schizophrenia.
Susan Sarandon, one of Hollywood’s top stars since the 70s, recently revealed on the Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live that she prefers to be baked when attending one of Tinseltown's ubiquitous awards shows. Watch host Andy Cohen asked Sarandon pointblank: “Name one major Hollywood event that you showed up to... stoned?”
Okay, no pun intended, but this one doesn’t pass the smell test. Reuters all too credulously reported on November 1 that, according to doctors in Albania, hundreds of people have fallen ill harvesting cannabis. The news agency quoted an official at a hospital in the southern city of Gjirokastër saying that since June of last year, some 700 people have sought treatment for the effects of planting, harvesting, pressing and packing the crop.
“You like strippers? I got some coming.” The statement hangs in the air for a three-count before Juicy J breaks into a laugh. “Naw, naw—I’m just playin’.” He almost had us, though. Since the release of his 2012 hit “Bandz a Make Her Dance”—featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz (and porn star Alexis Texas in the video)—Juicy J’s name has become almost synonymous with the strip club.
“It’s your sovereign right to feel good,” says George Evelyn, the mastermind behind the legendary downtempo beatheads Nightmares on Wax. The argument he’s making, upright on a soft sofa backstage before a show in New York City, isn’t just a political one.
Comprehensive history of marijuana looks under every leaf.
Get ready to win some bets with this one, an incomparable book that makes me want to fashion some new word for the study of the intricate dance that humans have done with the cannabis plant across most of the planet for the last several millennia.
It’s common knowledge that you can find a decent to phenomenal hot dog on nearly any New York City street corner. Almost as prevalent around Gotham are the candied-nut stands, whose sweet aroma beckons to any stoner strolling in the vicinity. Given that I’ve recently moved back to the Wild West, I wondered if I would miss these crunchy metropolitan treats along with Central Park, the West Fourth Street subway stop and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
It was the first time I went on the road for High Times, the first time I met a pot grower, and the first time I smelled fresh, uncured marijuana. It was also my first cover story, “The Field of Dreams” [Jan. ’95]. Steve Hager had met this older farmer, Hillbilly Al, at a Rainbow Gathering, and the two had connected—not only because Al had bags of free herb, but also because he was one of the most spiritually adept humans ever to have walked the planet.
After hitting a record low of $286 an ounce in March, the US Price Index rebounded this month and closed at an average price of $302 an ounce. Meanwhile the Kind, Mids and Schwag indices essentially held steady in April. Diesel’s reign as the top strain was short-lived.
What's new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
Dutch Master Nutrients
Dutch Master Nutrients
Hydroponic growers rave about the amazing plant foods made by Dutch Master Nutrients. Since 1998, this Australian company has provided high-quality nutes to hydro growers the world over. Simple-to-use A and B sets for the vegetative and flowering stages can be supplemented with additives that enhance growth throughout the plant’s life.
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Hiding your valuables is important, whether it’s keys, credit cards, cash or your precious pot stash. That’s why we love the new Slot Flops from ArchPort, a pair of flip-flops with a secret stash pocket that keeps your items safe from thieves and prying eyes. Perfect for the beach or just kicking back by the hotel pool, Slot Flops provide peace of mind for your sole.
Dutch Master Nutrients
Eliminating odors is better than covering them up with perfume. The candles, lotions and mist sprays from Kushley Organic Products are petroleumand paraben-free, which means no nasty chemicals being released. All Kushley products are made with natural, organic plant extracts and work perfectly to remove unwanted scents and incriminating odors.
Dutch Master Nutrients
PVC tubes are not advised for use in essential-oil extraction for many reasons. The new aircraft-aluminum and stainlesssteel tubes from CaliExtractions provide a stable and non-toxic environment for extracting hash oil from your leaf, trim or bud. They come in many different sizes, but the company is also willing to custom-build a unit to your exact specifications.
As the cannabis industry continues to grow, successful entrepreneurs are separating themselves from the rest of the pack. Cheeba Chews, based in Colorado, has raced to the forefront of the “medibles” marketplace.
Whoever uttered the words “If there’s no candy in heaven, I’m not going!” undoubtedly possessed a prodigious sweet tooth. However, we wonder what they’d have to say if they ever tried Cheeba Chews, which pretty much negate the need for such an ultimatum—because Cheeba Chews provide a bit of cannabis-induced paradise right here on earth!
As the High Times Cannabis Cup commences its next quarter-century of existence, new political challenges have presented themselves in Amsterdam. But our community is formidable—and there should be little doubt who will prevail in the end.
It was Thanksgiving night, and the time had come for the final award of the 26th Annual High Times Cannabis Cup. Ben Dronkers had just been inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame for his role as a pioneer of the European cannabis scene.
This year’s musical entertainment kept the Cannabis Cup aglow.
Mary Jane Gibson
The 26th Annual Cannabis Cup summoned a slew of talent to Amsterdam’s storied Melkweg, a gorgeous warehouse venue smack in the center of the canal-ringed city, just steps from the Leidseplein and the scores of coffeeshops participating in the Cup.
As the primary author of legalization initiative 502, Alison Holcomb was the driving force behind legalizing pot in Washington State. Now widely regarded as the most effective activist in Washington, Alison was named Freedom Fighter of the Year at the 26th annual High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.
Senior cultivation editor Danny Danko reveals the flavors, highs and distinct characteristics of the incredible buds and hash chosen as the world’s finest in our annual pot contest.
SEED COMPANY SATIVAS
SEED COMPANY INDICAS
SEED COMPANY HYBRIDS
SEED COMPANY HASH
JUDGE YOU NEXT YEAR!
HIGH TIMES CUP WINNERS
The 26th Annual High Times Cannabis Cup, much like the ones that came before it, is anchored by this category. These are the buds that all of the Cup attendees smoke in the various coffeeshops and vote on during the week. For the first time in over a decade (back when the Noon won for Blueberry at the 13th Cup in 2000), a coffeeshop other than the Green House or Barney’s took first place.
Our Canadian grow correspondent gives us a rare peek into the future of large-scale medical marijuana production in this behind-the-scenes look at one of the leaders in the global cannabis-cultivation industry.
From “Beasters” to Best Herbs
Bigger and Better
Inside the Big Grow
Pure Water and Climate Control
Closed Environment Agriculture
Lighting for Optimal Growth
For decades now, the abbreviation “BC” has typically been followed by the word “Bud” in the global context of stonerspeak. The opinion that may follow the term is largely dictated by where you find yourself on the underground marijuana-trading routes (which, by the way, continue to wither as the push for decrim and legalization grows).
Since their inception in 2003 as an online anarchist collective, Anonymous has been grabbing headlines with their cyber attacks on government, corporate and various other targets. But who are they? High Times speaks to the greatest hacktivists of our generation.
The Nameless “Threat”
Here We COINTELPRO Again
High Price for a Few Lulz
The FBI's Hacker Hive
Never Say Die
For a country built on dissent, US law enforcement sure takes a dim view of Internet activism. As those merry pranksters from Anonymous have discovered, the FBI don’t truck no shit: Whether you’re a whistle-blowing leaker, a crusading IT wizard or a curious college kid, our post-9/11 government views you just like a shoe bomber and will descend on you with the full force of 100 Justice Department lawyers backed by SWAT teams in riot gear.
JUST BEFORE HE WON THE CANNABIS CUP FOR BEST HYBRID WITH HIS EXQUISITE SOMARI, WE SAT DOWN WITH SOMA-THE DREADLOCKED AMERICAN EXPATRIATE WHO HAS GUIDED HIS COMPANY, SOMA’S SACRED SEEDS, TO THE TOP OF THE INDUSTRY-IN HIS AMSTERDAM HOME. SOMA’S A POPULAR, FRIENDLY FIGURE IN THESE PARTS, ONE WHO EVINCES A DEEP PASSION FOR THE PLANT AND STANDS FIRM AGAINST THE FORCES OF OPPRESSION.
Greetings, amigos! Welcome to High Times’ newest column, dedicated to exploring the latest trends in cannabis seeds and strains. To kick off our first-ever edition of “Cultivation Clinic,” I figured we’d start with the question that comes to everyone’s mind these days when discussing the first step in growing cannabis: Should I grow from seed or clone?
Proper watering, soil mixes, caterpillar damage, flowering times and more....
Are there any other good ways to prop up my plants apart from ScrOG, or is that the best method? I’m growing in soilless mix and my plants have multiple colas (tops), so I’m not too sure about using canes or where exactly to place them if they’re an option.
We all tend to interpret events in ways that are consistent with our beliefs. This confirmation bias is hard to fight: I can never remember meeting a friendly prohibitionist or a jerk who supports cannabis-law reform. My own attitudes alter my perceptions and memory, and interpreting research poses the same problem.
Amsterdam is a magical place for a hashish connoisseur like myself—a place where dreams are created and achieved. After winding through narrow streets and over canals, catching whiffs of stroopwafels and hashish in the air as I go, I find my way to the Roest—the warehouse venue for the 26th Annual Cannabis Cup.
Celebrating the late, great Hunter Thompson on his birthday with some drinks and ink in New York.
A few years ago, I wrote about a symposium called “Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills,” held at a bar in New York City and dedicated to the life and legacy of Hunter S. Thompson (Almost Infamous, Dec. ’11). The event featured a panel of speakers that included our associate publisher Rick Cusick, gun enthusiast Darren Leung and Penthouse Pet Valentina Vaughn, and it was organized by two friends of mine—former HT editor Eric Danville and former Penthouse promotions director Lainie Speiser.
As pot prohibition crumbles, our political power grows.
Allen St. Pierre
Americans are sick and tired of pot prohibition. Period. Last century’s prohibition of alcohol, which lasted a mere 13 years, is often referred to as the “Great Failed Social Experiment”—which begs the question: What better words can possibly describe cannabis prohibition, the 77-year-old public-policy disaster that has resulted in over 26 million arrests?
Can the next US senator from New Jersey start a “national conversation” on decriminalization?
It's rare to find candidates for national office who are willing to embrace marijuana-law reform. But Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, recently won New Jersey’s special election for a seat in the US Senate. From the beginning of his campaign, he ran on a strong platform of criminal-justice reform and was open about his support for medical marijuana as well as decriminalization.
FLOWER OF THE MONTH Trichome Challenge Here’s a pic of my current GDP x Qrazytrain pheno grown outdoors in NorCal. I crossed them a few years ago and they are some of my favorite smoke! Check out my art work at cargocollective.com/shanewaller Salvador Wali CLOSE-UP OF THE MONTH Zona Cola Check out our Master Bubba medically grown in AZ.
How to Save Your Garden: Dust, Aphids and Tobacco Mosaic Virus
Happy New Year from Colorado!
The Stossel Perspective
Nico Escondido breaks down the strongest strains of the past year as tested by our partner labs at five High Times Cannabis Cups in five different cities in 2013, including the first-ever U.S. Cannabis Cups in Denver and Seattle. As High Times celebrates its 40th anniversary, we’ll also list the Top 40 highest THC strains tested at High Times Cannabis Cups since we began lab testing entries in 2010!