Pakoh burst onto the pipe scene in the late ’90s, fresh out of art school. With the help of classical glass maestro Bryan “B” Clarke, along with local Rhode Island legends Carla and Patty, Pakoh honed his skills working his way up the ranks of the New England glass scene, eventually becoming the in-house artist at the Carter Institute of Glass in Warwick, RI.
Some people wouldn’t make a move in the morning without a joint (and maybe a strong cup of coffee as well). Others save their pleasure for later in the day. We’re curious. Do you wake ’n’ bake? We asked—you answered! In hordes! We stopped counting after 7,000.
The wrong side of history—it's a phrase that's been used a lot lately by the Obama administration and other progressive politicians and pundits to condemn the outdated views or actions of their opponents. While its overuse may render it a cliché and diminish its power, there are some instances in which I’d argue its use is totally justified: to describe opposition to marriage equality, the teaching of evolution, and the science of climate change.
The money I spend buying shares in the legal marijuana industry is a loan that I hope will someday be repaid with interest. I am not a day trader. Instead, I want to support one of the few truly great things that has developed in America lately amidst a sea of spying, war and corruption.
THE INDOOR ACRE Pot legalization in Colorado and the subsequent regulations have led to the rise of marijuana growing facilities of unprecedented size and scope. Join senior cultivation editor Danny Danko on page 80 for an exclusive tour inside the massive cannabis production warehouse of Gaia Plant-Based Medicine.
As we approach the new inevitability of legalized cannabis, three models have been proposed for a national marijuana market.
Proposal #1: Government-Run Monopoly
Proposal #2: Limited Commercial Market
Proposal #3: Regulated Free Market
A Different Approach
In the past, the goal of marijuana legalization was simple: to bring about the end of federal prohibition and allow adults to use the plant without threat of prosecution and imprisonment. But now that legalization is getting serious attention, it’s time to examine how a legal marijuana market should operate in the United States.
Getting busted for pot in these countries will make you wish you stayed home.
United Arab Emirates
Despite a democratic revolution in 2011 that kicked off the Arab Spring, this small North African country near the Mediterranean Sea has a big problem with pot: Get caught with a joint, roach or even rolling papers in Tunisia, and you’re looking at one to five years in prison and a fine of 1,000 dinar ($632).
Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg is now a cannabis columnist. The openly pro-pot celeb, who co-hosts the daily talk show The View, got the gig writing for the Denver Post’s “Cannabist” section after the paper’s marijuana editor, Ricardo Baca, appeared as a guest on Whoopi’s show.
Move over, corn—Nebraska’s got a new crop to reap, one that doesn’t involve GMOs. In April, Governor Dave Heineman signed a bill into law allowing the University of Nebraska and the state Agriculture Department to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes.
“Marijuana use may lead to heart attack complications, death, a study says.” Or so claimed a FoxNews.com headline in April. The report came in response to a French study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, in which investigators reviewed five years of data in regard to drug-induced incidences resulting in hospitalization.
In April, the Weather Channel website Weather.com showcased its anti-pot bias by citing cannabis cultivation as a major contributing factor to California’s chronic and complex drought-one that National Geographic speculated could last as long as 200 years.
US Attorney General Eric Holder says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about legalized pot based on developments in Colorado and Washington. But don’t get too comfortable. He implied that the Feds will continue to bust otherwise legitimate pot businesses.
In April the mainstream media, as usual, trumpeted the latest scary antipot study, this one published in the Journal of Neuroscience and linking casual pot use in young adults to “brain abnormalities.” But the research was hardly definitive—and, in at least one respect, it was borderline deceitful.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill in September 2013 allowing “medibles” to be sold to pediatric patients. But due to a medical pot program that is too costly and bureaucratic (requiring approval from both a physician and a psychiatrist)—not to mention a shortage of participating doctors-New Jersey parents have been frustrated by their inability to obtain medicine for their children.
UN Report Bashes Legalization; Uruguay Bashes Back
Hipolito Mora, a top leader of the “community police” self-defense network in the Mexican state of Michoacán, was detained by state police on March 10 as a suspect in the slaying of two members of the movement. The detention comes amid an armed standoff between rival factions of the selfdefense network in the town of Buenavista Tomatlán.
There has been mounting speculation in recent months that Jamaica is finally about to decriminalize ganja (as it is ubiquitously called throughout the country, even in official circles). But now there’s something approaching official confirmation: A March 6 report on the MercoPress news service cited a statement made by Dealana Seiveright, a leader of Jamaica’s Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce.
The Egyptian media reported on March 2 that Abdullah Mohamed Morsi—the son of ousted president Mohamed Morsi of the conservative Muslim Brotherhood— was arrested for possession of hashish. The young Morsi and a friend were detained at a security checkpoint in the Nile Delta’s Obour City, where officials say they found two “joints of hashish” (presumably hash-laced tobacco) in their car.
Electronic producer Pictureplane opens up about prelegalization life in the Mile High City.
Denver is fast becoming America’s cannabis mecca, and outsiders are beginning to discover the metropolis’s enlightened flavor. Nodding knowingly are native creatives like Pictureplane, an artist bred in this spiritually rich environment.
Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee Penny talks about her first toke and her latest album.
“It was awful." That’s how Dee Dee Penny, frontwoman for the group Dum Dum Girls, remembers her first toke. Never one to smoke or drink as a teen, Penny took her first puff at the ripe old age of 20, while attending the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Sleaze metallers Syphilitic Lust finally found a decent strain, and here they are to lay it plain.
Syphilitic Lust’s ugly, unholy and old metal comes from a dark place, crafted by three men at disparate crossroads in their respective rides through the fabled green fog. With just a cassette and a seven-inch under their belts to date (though a full-length is due shortly on Challenge the Throne), the band have been making a name for themselves from California to the Czech Republic and back again with their filthy, primitive street metal—and a little sleight of hand.
Focusing on the theme of cannabis culture, this award-winning documentary takes a comprehensive look at our country’s long history of reefer madness, the governmental hypocrisy that accompanied it, and the pro-pot activist movement that developed to fight back.
We’ve all heard of the magical properties of hemp oil by now, courtesy of Rick Simpson, but there’s another school of healing thought that finds raw cannabis juice to have slightly different (but equally valuable) medicinal properties. Note, though, that raw cannabis is non-psychoactive: THCA is the acid form found in fresh, raw flowers and fan leaves, but it needs to be decarboxylated or heated to yield our psychoactive friend THC.
Civil asset forfeiture was devised to fight drug kingpins, but soon became a handy way for the police to rob Americans.
The War on Drugs has produced countless examples of injustice and cruelty being perpetrated against nonviolent drug users. One of them is civil asset forfeiture. The seizure of property has always existed in the US, but it usually involved police agencies impounding ill-gotten gains either under criminal law—a guy buys a car with a fraudulent check, say, then gets busted, convicted and loses the car—or administrative forfeiture (as when drugs are found and no one steps forward to claim them).
All indices experienced significant gains this month. After hitting a record low in July, the US Price Index reached a year-high in August, finishing $50 above its previous month's average. The Kind Index also set a new high for 2014 at $414 an ounce - $39 above its previous month's average.
What’s new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
1 Trim Like a Pro
2 Fight Mites
3 Enhance Your Air
4 Throw Shade
$18.99, spring-loaded; $15.99, classic version pro420.com Growers love the new manicure scissors from Pro 420, made specifically with cannabis trimming in mind. The blades are manufactured from non-stick-coated stainless steel, and the handles are designed for comfort and many hours of use. They’re available in both the spring-loaded and classic versions, with free and discreet shipping provided.
$29.70, 50 ml; $54.50, 100 ml miteshield.com Anyone who’s battled a spidermite infestation knows the frustration that arises when all their efforts fail. Finally, there’s a nontoxic organic treatment for these insidious pests that works in a onetime application, whether in soil or hydroponic mediums. Apply diluted MiteShield not only to defeat these growroom invaders, but to strengthen your plants’ resistance to future attacks.
Enhancer C02 Dispersal Canisters
$39.95 tnbnaturals.com Indoor farmers know that providing carbon dioxide to their plants results in larger yields. The new Enhancer C02 Dispersal Canisters are efficient, affordable and 100 percent organic. Simply add warm water, replace the lid, shake to activate, and watch the CO2 levels reach 1,200 parts per million in a 12' x 12' x 12' area for two weeks per canister.
Prices vary retrosuperfuture.com If you’re looking for stylish sunglasses with a cannabis theme, look no further than the new line from RetroSuperFuture. The classic Italian-designed frames and quality lenses make these shades perfect for anyone who wants to protect their eyes and look good doing it. Comfortable and sleek, this fashionforward eyewear proves both chic and useful.
We always wondered what would happen if the shackles came off the cannabis plant. Now we know! The business of buds is booming in the Rocky Mountain State, and cannabis entrepreneurs are staking out the future. Check out some of the best and brightest among Colorado’s commercial cannabis enterprises.
Making History Daily
An Empire in Pueblo
Bowled Over in Boulder
The success of legalization has not only changed Colorado—it’s changed High Times as well. No longer are we confined to covering personal gardens; now we get to see industrial-size mega-grows, like the cultivation facilities of Patients Choice of Colorado—an expansive, blooming testament to the new era of cannabis freedom that all of America will soon enjoy.
If you want to get high, you’ve come to the right place. The elevation of Alma, one of High Country Healing’s two locations, makes it the highest incorporated town in North America at 10,578 feet. The population numbers well under 1,000—go too fast and you’ll drive right through.
Over the 4/20 weekend in Denver, High Times mounted the biggest cannabis-industry expo ever. Call it one more signpost on the road to total legalization-and there’s no turning back!
HIGH TIMES US CANNABIS CUP Winners of Colorado 2014
As the High Times staff arrived early Saturday morning at the Denver Mart, a sprawling expo center just north of downtown, eager ticketholders had already begun to form a line. By 10:30, a half-hour prior to the scheduled opening of the second U.S. Cannabis Cup in Colorado, the line snaked around the complex and beyond.
Come with us on an eye-opening trip inside the massive pot-growing operations at Gaia Plant-Based Medicine and learn what it takes to make a huge marijuana production facility thrive.
Back to the Start
Send in the Clones
Let's Veg Out
Rockwool: Good or Bad?
Quantity and Quality
Walking into the headquarters of Gaia Plant-Based Medicine, it’s easy to forget that indoor marijuana growrooms this size have existed for only a few years. For those of us who grew up thinking that 20 lights was a big-time grow, the numbers are staggering: Gaia’s eight full-time cultivators work in a vast, 44,000-square-foot facility that grows over 20,000 plants.
For hundreds of years, the Bauls have been celebrating the legacy of Lalon Shah, whose spiritual songs, sung under the influence of cannabis, are said to connect men and women with the divinity inside themselves.
Bangladesh, the eighth-largest country in the world in terms of population, is an overwhelmingly Muslim nation. But beneath this statistical uniformity lies a sect, the Bauls, that for centuries has championed a spirituality beyond the concepts of traditional religion, powered by pot and helping to maintain a surprisingly resilient counterculture in the South Asian delta region.
Eighteen years ago, Ah Warner was a young mother searching for an all-natural body-care product to treat her baby daughter's diaper rash. After discovering the moisturizing properties of fertile hempseed oil, she joined the movement to legalize industrial hemp-growing in the United States and even developed her own line of hemp-based lotions.
ON THE EVE OF THE HIGH TIMES CANNABIS CUP IN DENVER, SUPERSTAR RAPPER ICE CUBE TOOK THE STAGE, ACCOMPANIED BY HIS SON O'SHEA JACKSON II, AND WORKED THE CROWD INTO A FRENZY. ICE CUBE IS MORE THAN A PERFORMER-HE’S AN UNRELENTING, CHARISMATIC FORCE, A FIRE-AND BRIMSTONE-PRESENCE.
When discussing pH and its importance in growing healthy plants, it’s useful to define exactly what pH is. And while there’s some debate over the literal translation of the abbreviation—some refer to it as “possible” or “potential” hydrogen (H), while others insist that it comes from the German Potenz or the French puissance (“power”) of hydrogen—one thing is certain: It’s all about the hydrogen.
Featured Strain of the Month: Grape Ape, 18.49% THC
This month’s featured strain, Grape Ape, is an almost entirely pure indica variety (think Afghanica’s purple pheno) whose ancestry can be traced to Northern California and whose name has become just as mixed as her lineage. Grape Ape, Grand Daddy Purple, Purple Urkel, the Purps—these are all closely related varieties (if not, at times, one and the same) that provide very similar effects.
Power outages, foliar feeding, CBD-rich strains, curling leaves and more...
I've got a couple of startup questions that I need some help with. If I wanted to start growing indoors (in tents) and grow hydroponically, which hydro setup should I choose (NFT, ebb-and-flow, DWC, etc.)? By the way, I’m going to have only about 5 feet of height and plan on running two or maybe three tents, if that helps.
Isn’t there a story about a guy who said that hemp paper could raise the dead? B. Leif N’Zombies Hi B, As the story goes, a prominent Chinese official named Cai Lun became tired of writing on bamboo back in 105 CE. He invented a process for making paper out of hemp, but it didn’t find favor with the ruling dynasty.
If you cruise Instagram, you'll see the exploding culture of "dabs." It appears that everybody and their grandma (#elderlywhodab) are smoking or blowing BHO these days. So how do you know if the amateur BHO you’re smoking blows or glows? Here’s an introductory list of attributes that you should look for or inquire about with your extract artist in order to avoid terriBHO experiences.
Cheech and Chong kick off the 4/20 festivities in Colorado.
With Ice Cube, Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Kahlifa, I thought the entertainment for our Cannabis Cup weekend in Denver couldn’t be better—that is, until I learned that Cheech and Chong were appearing at the Fillmore Auditorium that Thursday night.
If you don’t think we're making progress, think again! Here’s a quantitative look at how far we’ve come—and also how far we have left to go.
Allen St. Pierre
There are 40 million cannabis consumers in the United States; six to eight million regularly purchase the herb. There are over 150 NORML chapters in the United States and around the world. NORML has more than 520,000 Facebook friends and 130,000 Twitter followers.
Following a stint in the US Navy, Tristan Tucker began advocating for cannabis legalization. He was drawn to the issue of marijuana-law reform once he realized how many of his own conditions—as well as those of his fellow service members—could be successfully treated with cannabis instead of harsh pharmaceutical drugs.
I’m a photographer in Michigan, and I was hired to shoot some photos. I acquired my legal medical marijuana license and came up with this pic. This isn’t my crop, and I don’t grow marijuana. With permission from my client, enjoy the pics! Derek G.
Our cultivation department compiles their annual list of the best grow products of 2014. Our STASH Awards (Significant Technological Achievements in Secretive Horticulture) highlight new technologies, as well as tried and true methods for producing quality cannabis.