In October of 1996, Puff Danny flew from Detroit to Seattle to take a crash course in lampworking. He returned to the Great Lake State and set up a small home studio and practiced for a year and a half. Two years later, he decided to return to Seattle for more lessons.
IN 1995, I EXPERIENCED MY FIRST CANNABIS CUP. IT WAS ALSO THE FIRST TIME I VISITED AMSTERDAM. I REMEMBER WALKING INTO THE GREEN HOUSE, TRYING TO LOOK COOL AS I ATTEMPTED TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY HOW ONE PURCHASES BUDS IN A DUTCH COFFEESHOP. LUCKILY, SOMEONE WAS DOING JUST THAT, SO I SIMPLY FOLLOWED HIS LEAD.
I took my girlfriend and myself to our first Cup. I bought early bird tickets in June, saved the whole summer to go, got my luggage stolen within the first three hours, had the whole disappointing debacle of not having an Expo—and still had the best vacation of my life.
WHAT’S IN YOUR WAREHOUSE? Another day comes to a close in Northern California. Frank, who works at Camp Cool Farms in Mendocino County, closes the door on a warehouse full of freshly cut buds while his trusty poodle takes a final look around the premises.
Worried about a drug test? Get your facts straight. Here’s the lowdown on the persistence of THC in your body.
How long is marijuana detectable in urine? Urinalysis identifies the presence of the carboxy-THC metabolite, a primary byproduct of delta-9-THC. Because carboxy-THC is fat-soluble, it has a prolonged detection period in urine compared with the metabolites of many other controlled substances.
The anti-pot crowd is losing-and remains defiantly stupid.
Director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana In January, this mouthpiece for the Drug War wrote: “We have been promised great things with legalization. However, we can expect to be let down. Voters in other states should watch Colorado closely and engage in a deep conversation about where they want this country to go.
A comprehensive report released by Hawaii’s state auditor recommends implementing dispensaries in the Aloha State. The Hawaiian legislature legalized medical marijuana in 2000, but the current law doesn’t permit dispensaries and limits caregivers to only one patient apiece.
The Obama administration has instructed US Attorneys not to stand in the way of Native American tribes growing or selling marijuana on their reservations. The new policy opens the door to legal pot shops and grow ops on the 325 federally recognized reservations across the country.
The hard part about raising money for a worthy cause is usually raising the money. However, a Washington State businessman who held an auction in order to donate the proceeds to a local school district found that it was almost impossible to give that money away.
A federal appellate court unanimously struck down a 2011 Florida law mandating drug tests for all welfare applicants—even those not suspected of illegal substance use. The three-judge panel found that Florida officials did not demonstrate there was a “more prevalent, unique or different drug problem among [welfare] applicants than in the general population.”
Plantformers has added a new landrace strain to their library. The Amsterdam-based company has released Mekanika Haze, a heady sativa that can be traced back to the Amazon rainforest where it is believed to have been used by Santo Daime practitioners for healing purposes.
Chew on this: A biotech company is producing a pharmaceutical-grade cannabis chewing gum containing psychoactive THC. The gum, branded as MedChew, uses a slow-release formula similar to nicotine gum to allow for more efficient absorption of cannabinoids through the mouth lining, bypassing the digestive tract altogether.
The very first cannabis-friendly lodge in Colorado ski country, cleverly dubbed Bud and Breakfast Silverthorne, features Grateful Dead-themed rooms. For $149 per night guests can stay in the Bob Weir, Phil Lesh or Bill Kreutzmann rooms.
The $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep the US government from shutting down for a few months also effectively ends the federal war on medical marijuana. The bill, signed by President Obama, includes the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment, which blocks Justice Department funds from being used to prevent states “from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
On November 20, tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Mexico City in a massive demonstration of public anger over government corruption and the abduction of 43 college students at Iguala in Guerrero state. The marchers converged on the capital’s enormous central plaza, the Zócalo, where President Enrique Peña Nieto was burned in effigy and clashes erupted.
Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan increased by 7 percent from 2013, according to the 2014 Afghanistan Opium Survey released November 12 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Opium production may increase by as much as 17 percent, with yields estimated to reach 6,400 tons in 2014, compared to the previous year’s total of 5,500 tons.
Dustin Revere and his wife Rita founded the Revere Glass School back in 2006. The medium of glass is a magnet for many, Dustin says. Hundreds of artists have taken their first steps in glassblowing at Revere Glass studios. “They’ve either heard about making pipes or seen our YouTube videos,” he says.
Every year, Thrasher magazine bestows Skater of the Year upon one exceptional athlete. It's the most coveted award in the industry, a recognition of cumulative efforts and achievements. Superstar skater Wes Kremer earned the award this year.
As the walls surrounding marijuana prohibition crumble, show off your pot pride with these gorgeous glittery ganja earrings, made of golden washed brass with metallic enamel, and suspended from gold-fill French ear wires. A portion of the sale of these American-made earrings will be donated to Life For Pot, an organization defending non-violent offenders serving severe sentences for marijuana.
Charlo Greene—who famously walked off her TV reporter job on-air with the words, “Fuck it, I quit” last September—is under investigation by the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC). The commission claims it “needs to investigate” whether Greene violated campaign finance law by using funds generated through an IndieGogo campaign to promote a political agenda.
In a bustling Times Square studio thick with drawled chatter, Takeoff—the youngest member of the Atlanta rap trio Migos—points at his various articles of clothing and utters the word “dab.” His golden Margiela sneakers: “Dab.” His Fendi belt: “Dab.”
Brooklyn folk rockers Heaven’s Jail will smoke ’em even if they haven’t got ’em.
“I told my dad we had a song on NPR, and he said, ‘Oh, NPR! You must be doing really well!’” laughs Francesco Ferorelli, the front man and guitarist for Heaven’s Jail. “I was like, ‘Yeah ... I’m still on my lunch break from my office job.” If indie rock hasn’t quite discovered Heaven’s Jail yet, that should come as no surprise: Raised in New York City on a steady diet of Scorpions and Mobb Deep, Ferorelli still hasn’t quite discovered indie rock.
“Why don’t you shut it off and see how it’s recording?” is the first thing we hear from Bob Dylan on his The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11. Shut it off indeed—and then record it again. And again. Or just toss it off and fuck around.
Classically trained pastry chef Marla Molly Poiset decided to infuse cannabis into gourmet patisseries and chocolate after watching her daughter battle leukemia. A self-described “total lightweight,” Poiset doesn’t smoke herself and says that “even five milligrams will affect me” when eaten.
After some fluctuation to start the year, the THMQ settled down in April. All indices finished within $3 of their previous month’s average with the exception of the Schwag Index (+$11). Blue Dream finished as the second-most-submitted strain for the first time since October 2014 (a six-month span).
What's new for cannabis cultivators and connoisseurs.
$1.49 each permaclone.com Aeroponic clone machines that mist the cut ends of roots work effectively to produce roots on cuttings. It’s important, however, that all of the equipment is free of viruses and molds. That’s why we love the new Perma-Clone collars that are easy to heat sterilize, making them truly re-usahle. They allow you to root quickly, avoid infections and save money, all under a 5-year warranty.
Prices vary theglassmafia.com We’re always looking for solid, functional glass pieces for consuming our flowers and dahs. The variety of strong bongs from Glass Mafia is impressive, and they’re also quite affordable for “homegrown” American glass. The blower, Mike Miller, is also the owner and operator, and Glass Mafia stands behind its products 100 percent. Its retail location is the Maine Daze Smoke Shop in Portland, ME.
$49.99 eatcannibles.com Using a clever play on “moka pot” (the term for the popular stovetop espresso maker created in Italy), the Mota Pot incorporates the same design to make rich, cannabis-infused butter for all your baking needs. Once your ground buds are nice and decarboxylated, this simple and ingenious device will infuse, strain and collect the budder in a single container for use any way you see fit.
The Grow Tube
$595.90 hydroponicsgroup.com The Grow Tube is a compact, single-plant grow tent that’s perfect for any small, stealthy yet high-quality operation. It comes equipped with a 400-watt HPS lamp, magnetic ballast and, most exciting of all, a cool tube with reflectors. The entire tent with its flood-proof bottom is lined with a reflective coating, making this a great deal for your money.
Aristotle said, "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Welcome to the world of glass pipes!
It’s been over 10 years since the Feds tried to smash the glass-pipe industry by launching two massive crackdowns nationwide. At the time, acting DEA administrator John B. Brown claimed: “People selling drug paraphernalia are in essence no different than drug dealers.
For six weeks every year in the Emerald Triangle,the region of Northern California encompassing Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties, six months of hard work comes to fruition with the harvesting of hundreds of thousands of pounds of prime outdoor cannabis.
This year, the Cannabis Cup turned into a protesta challenge to official oppression that showed the world we can never take pot freedom for granted.
AMSTERDAM USED TO be the Promised Land. Long before marijuana legalization took root in places like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Uruguay, the Netherlands led the world in treating cannabis consumers with respect. But now the national government is closing coffeeshops, targeting hydro stores and forcing growers further underground—much to the dismay of cannabis-friendly locals and the many expatriates from around the world who have made Holland their home seeking marijuana freedom.
At its height in 2007, the Compassionate Patients’ Cooperative of California serviced 1,000 customers a day, and grossed $1 million a week. Then the Feds came calling.
A simple perusal of The United States of America v. Winslow Norton and Abraham Norton—their indictment for the crimes of narcotics conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug-involved premises, and a dozen acts of money laundering—would have you believe that “the Boys,” as the Nortons came to be known, were the Tony Montanas of the medical pot biz.
Over the course of the 27th Cannabis Cup, we spoke with four stalwart members of the Dutch cannabis scene for their perspective on the changes in Holland. Although they’re disturbed by recent developments, Wernard Bruining, Ben Dronkers, Nol van Schaik and Simon of Serious Seeds remain optimistic that their nation will return to the forefront of the commercial cannabis industry.
You’re the founder of the coffeeshop scene, correct? At least in Amsterdambut I was doing it because I thought it was the most logical thing to do. In the old days, it was rather difficult to score hash and grass. You had to either know somebody who was a house dealer—dealing it from his house—or you had to go places where a lot of smokers would be.
Healthy roots, bud rot, marijuana storage, mother plants and more....
I’m hoping you can help me. My brother was badly burned in a workplace accident. The doctors and hospitals have loaded him up with some really hardcore painkillers, and I’m worried. I am new to the world of weed and have just started my first-ever grow with two plants, Strawberry Cough and Kush... so far, so good.
Do states with medical marijuana laws end up having plants higher in THC? Green Lantern Hi Green, The evidence suggests not: Plants confiscated by law enforcement in medical states were only 0.5 percent higher in THC than in prohibition states.
I never imagined I could be busted for weed in Amsterdam-until I was.
If you’ve read the Cannabis Cup feature on page 73—or were following the updates online— you know that Amsterdam officials unfortunately shut down the expo portion of the event this November. What you may not know, however, is that even before Holland’s government shifted to the right and the coffeeshop crackdowns began, I had my own little run-in with the Dutch politie.
Pot legalization may be just around the corner, but the United Nations disapproves.
The average US cannabis consumer or cannabusiness owner has no idea that a United Nations treaty exists banning cannabis use, production and sales. So the question is: What role does the UN treaty play in countries whose citizens have voted for legally binding initiatives that replace cannabis-prohibition laws with tax-and-regulate policies?
An activist looks to legalization for economic recovery.
Phil Bourgeois arrived in Washington, DC, to become a NORML volunteer during his senior year at the State University of New York in Brockport. A political-science major, Bourgeois had researched the anti-drug propaganda he’d been fed for years and become outraged by the government’s wasteful and racist enforcement policies.
This Wheel is Fire Check out this Cheese Candy nugget glistening in the light as it grows! Grove 867 Antlers Away Thanks again for checking out our fourth crop here at 8,000 feet in the Rockies. We only use organics—same as grandpa used. The planters are full of worms/night-crawlers, local decomposed granite mixed with Happy Frog and Ocean Forest soil, bone/ blood meal, and Willie Wiggles worm poo plus tons of love!
It’s that most wonderful time of the year... not Christmas—4/20! Our national stoner holiday! Roll up a fat one, sit back and find out everything you need to know to celebrate April 20th in high fashion with party tips, recipes and more. Plus, discover the origins of this iconic date.