After slowly changing the Drug War mind-set created by 80 years of prohibition, after gathering signatures, lobbying local legislators and, ultimately, changing state laws to legalize cannabis, you’d think simply purchasing legal marijuana in a dispensary would be the easy part.
FINALLY, it is that time of year again. The lab results have been tallied and the charts compiled. Records have been broken and The List is set for the Strongest Strains on Earth. No other entity on the planet receives and tests a more diverse cross section of cannabis strains from around the globe than the High Times Cannabis Cup.
In response to your article about Christians and cannabis (“Onward, Christian Stoners,” Feb. ’17), why not? Just check out Genesis 1:29: “And God said, behold, I have given you every herb-bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, which is the fruit of a tree-yielding seed.”
DREAMWEAVERS Joint rolling has ascended to new highs. These hand-woven blunts by @masteringtheartofrolling are just one example of the incredible artwork that members of the National Joint League created for an exclusive photo essay—check out the treasure trove of smokable masterpieces on page 60.
News Pro-Pot Protest Thousands turned out in the nation’s capital to show support for cannabis. p.26 Entertainment Atmosphere Slug from the hip-hop duo Atmosphere discusses self-effacing rap and the perks of legalization, p.32
As more states legalize pot, the number of people losing their Second Amendment rights continues to rise.
With dramatic progress on marijuana legalization well underway throughout much of the US, responsible weed consumers no longer need to feel like criminals. Unfortunately, Americans who use ganja—whether they’re patients in need of medicine or among the tens of millions who indulge for recreational purposes—are still treated like lawbreakers by federal agencies.
Cannabis has never killed anyone—but other commonly used drugs have.
Acetaminophen The Food and Drug Administration has linked at least 980 deaths in 2013 to acetaminophen, a pain-relieving drug found in products like Tylenol. It also causes liver damage. From 2006 to 2013, acetaminophen killed more people than all other over-the-counter drugs combined.
Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, DC, on January 20 was marked by massive protests worldwide, but the headiest form of civil disobedience took place in DC’s own DuPont Circle, where some 8,000 joints were handed out to protesters and attendees, despite public pot use being illegal in the nation’s capital.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is spearheading an effort to help marijuana-related businesses emerge from the financial-services Stone Age of cash-only transactions. Cannabusinesses are still largely prohibited from using banks, which hampers their competitiveness and long-term success, while limiting any business to cashonly transactions invites crime.
When ESPN sought to bulk up its College Football National Championship coverage earlier this year by including NBA legend Bill Walton, the Worldwide Leader got more than it bargained for. Walton, a renowned Deadhead and unabashed fan of cannabis, appeared resplendent in Uncle Sam red, white and blue, complete with sequins and an American-flag-patterned top hat.
The DEA has placed Washington State in the crosshairs of its marijuana-eradication program, despite cannabis being legal there since 2012. In fiscal year 2016, Washington ranked fourth in the nation in eradication funding, as the Feds spent a ridiculous $760,000 destroying pot plants in the state.
Getting realistic about recruiting, the US Air Force is relaxing its rules for previous marijuana use by potential cadets. According to a statement by Gen. David Goldfein, the USAF chief of staff, “the Air Force is evolving so we are able to access more worldwide deployable Airmen to conduct the business of our nation.”
A Florida man who was the victim of a home invasion ended up going to jail after cops arrived on the scene and sniffed out his illegal grow op. Michael Mora, 37, shot and killed 25-year-old Lhosdanny Brena Colarte, one of four suspects who broke into Mora’s residence in January 2017.
Police in a small New Jersey town are catching some heat after sharing a photo of a big bag of confiscated weed on Facebook. The Absecon Police Department posted a pic of the pot with the message, “If you were supposed to buy some Candy Kush this weekend, we have it here at the #Absecon PD.
California voters legalized recreational cannabis last November, and on New Year’s Day 2017, a brave artist transformed one of the Golden State’s signature landmarks into a celebration of legal weed. For a brief but beautiful morning, the globally recognized “Hollywood” sign overlooking Los Angeles became “Hollyweed.”
Massachusetts voters legalized recreational weed last November, but state-wide sales won’t launch until July 2018, thanks to a controversial bill signed by Governor Charlie Baker. In the meantime, Bay Staters can give away up to an ounce of cannabis, but they’re barred from selling pot.
Alternative pin-up sexpots the Suicide Girls have released a trio of vape cartridges dubbed Chill, Hustle and Zero. As you might guess from the names, Chill is an indica to help you unwind, Hustle is a sativa for the on-the-go girl, and Zero is a hybrid that supposedly allows you to toke without getting the munchies so you can stay model-lean.
Harnessing the healing power of hemp-derived CBD, this cold-therapy pain-relief treatment is perfect for arthritis, back pain, sore muscles and joints, and more. A cooling sensation quickly spreads when you roll on a thin layer of mentholated CBD Living Freeze.
A pioneer of pot-infused topicals, the Colorado company Apothecanna gets it just right with Lip Buzz, a soothing balm that’s ideal for cold climates. This protective, nourishing topical restores natural moisture and treats chapped-lip discomfort with mango butter, shea butter, cannabis, peppermint, grapefruit and ylang-ylang oils.
This pretty piece glows like moonlight—and when you spark up a bowl, the Opalite Moonstone natural-healing crystal pipe just might connect you to the cosmos. Calli Co. touts its pieces as “representing the cosmic identification of oneself with the universe and the infinite oneness with God, peace and wisdom.”
Before Drake and Macklemore found success rapping about their most intimate fears and faults. Atmosphere's (self-) conscious rap helped cast this more authentic mold.
“I never put a lot of effort into making people think I was supercool,” says Sean Daley, a.k.a. Slug of the hip-hop duo Atmosphere. “Some of my favorite rappers are so fucking cool that if I met them, I would probably be heartbroken how normal they were.”
Suicide Silence guitarist Mark Heylmun finds solace in cultivating weed.
THE FIRST TIME Suicide Silence guitarist Mark Heylmun tried to smoke weed, he was in fourth grade. He found a pouch of tobacco that he mistook for marijuana and sparked it up—with disappointing results. “I was way too young to be smoking weed anyway,” he says with a laugh.
In 1995, punk rock’s big cheese, Mike Watt, released his first solo record, ball-hog or tugboat? To promote it, the ex-Minutemen/Firehose bass thumper organized an econo-type tour in which several like-minded chums—many of whom were in bands that later became superstars—joined him onstage for musical wrasslin’ matches wherein whichever pencil-necked geek came out on artistic top was irrelevant as long as the resulting tuneage kicked major butt every which way but loose.
WITH THE ELECTION of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in Congress, the GOP has vowed to move forward with its long-time pledge to undo the Affordable Care Act. While it remains to be seen what approach the Republicans will take to replace the ACA, overhauling the country’s health-care system presents a timely opportunity to address an epidemic gripping the nation: the explosive growth in opioid addiction and abuse.
All indices, with the exception of the Southern Index, finished May below their previous month’s average. The Western Index dropped for the third straight month, falling to just $253 an ounce. The Southern Index jumped $10 from its April average, raising its year-to-date average to a whopping $359 an ounce.
Relaunching an American industry is hard but vital work-non-whiners preferred.
When you go from consumer to producer (of anything), your units of measure change. I’ve spent much of the past three years—in my customary role of comedic investigative journalist, camera crew in tow—surveying hemp farmers from Oregon to Kentucky.
The ancient art of rolling the perfect joint takes on new life in the age of social media and modern marijuana culture.
Competitive group The National Joint League pits the most creative rollers in the world against each other—and the smokable results are amazing. Search for #creativerolling on Instagram, and feast your eyes. Avant-garde techniques like weaves, gold wraps, and oil and hash dips add glorious detail to the artistry as rollers one-up each other with each new piece.
It's finally that time of year again, when we look at the lab data compiled from the seven High Times Cannabis Cups held across the United States in 2016 to determine which pot varieties top the charts as the strongest strains on Earth. This year we consider both THC and CBD levels, as well as a regional breakdown of the charts, providing us with a more rounded view of potency given the variation in testing procedures from lab to lab.
Our Canadian cultivation correspondent visits a med-pot farmer who lost the use of his legs as a teen. Discover his (innovative techniques for achieving a successful harvest despite any physical challenge.
People who grow medical cannabis know that it’s hard work. Even the non-growers among us can get a sense of the hard-ships and complexities through friends or associates who do (or by reading magazines like this one). Nobody said that farming was easy, although so many of the people who have taken up the challenge call it “rewarding”—and not always in ways that you might expect.
Should you worry about inhaling pesticide residues on the cannabis you’re smoking? Find out how to source a safe supply of eco-friendly weed.
Old-time heads will remember the Great Paraquat Pot Scare of the late 1970s, when Mexico, as part of a US-government-backed cannabis-eradication campaign, sprayed the potent herbicide onto fields of weed destined for export to the United States.
COMEDIAN AND SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CAST MEMBER PETE DAVIDSON IS KNOWN FOR BEING OUTSPOKEN AND FOR PROVOKING AUDIENCES WITH UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS. WHETHER HE’S ROASTING FELLOW COMEDIANS, POLITICAL PUNDITS OR JUSTIN BIEBER, DAVIDSON’S BARBS MAKE PEOPLE SQUIRM AND LAUGH IN EQUAL PARTS.
Guerrilla growing, when to water, adding humidity. burnt leaf tips and more...
Is it possible to grow in a wooded area? We have many near where I live, but I’m not sure how to get started. Dear Big Pooch, Yes, it is possible to set up a guerrilla grow in a wooded area, but there are a few things you need to consider and a few factors that must be in place.
Celebrate the best of spring with tender carrots glazed in cannabutter, maple syrup and herbs.
Dissatisfied with a corporate career trajectory, Chris Yang abandoned an almost-completed master’s degree in hospital management and decided to become a cannabis cook. Spending days marinating in marijuana and YouTube cooking videos, Yang taught himself the basic techniques by watching Gordon Ramsay and built a significant Instagram following.
Delivering a specific functional effect with cannabis-infused edibles is a growing trend these days, as producers combine our favorite herb with a host of other medicinal plants to produce a range of desired effects. The custom-designed highs from Swerve Confections include Buzz Bars (makes you lively), Snooze Bars (makes you sleepy) and Snuggle Bites (makes you horny).
A versatile staple for your pot pantry, the Mary nara sauce from Flourish Cannabis can be used with pasta, to top a meatball sandwich or eggplant parmesa n, or even more creatively in a Bloody Mary Jane cocktail! Handcrafted by the culinary professionals at Flourish, the Marynara sauce contains 12.5 mg of THC per tablespoon.
What’s the word on marijuana and PMS? Cherry McGrew Hi Cherry, Women report that weed is great for some symptoms but not others. Irritability, depressive moods, anxiety and sleep problems respond well, as you’d guess. Most strains of the plant are less helpful for breast tenderness, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
In 2017, the real fight for marijuana-law reform will be coming to a neighborhood near you.
As THE WELL-WORN saying has it, all politics are local. And when it comes to defending our current progress and continuing to roll back marijuana prohibition nationwide, that’s never been truer. Our victories since 2012 cannot be overstated.
An Oregon activist uses his social-media prowess to battle for cannabis-law reform.
Born and raised in Oregon, Johnny Green is a marijuana activist who divides his time between volunteering for Portland NORML and spreading the word on marijuana-law reform via his blog Weed News. Green passionately believes that fostering awareness and providing accurate information is vital to overcoming the reefer-madness propaganda that has prevailed for so many decades.
FLOWER OF THE MONTH BLUE AND CREAM Check out this amazing bud we grew this year on the farm! I don’t know the strain name but the whole plant including the stem is dark purple. Smokey and the Bandit CLOSE UP OF THE MONTH USE THE FORCE Hello, I’m an associate of Final Touch Wellness out here in Calaveras County, California.
Live Your Dreams Learn about lucid dreaming—including techniques that allow you to enjoy any fantasy, confront past traumas, and explore the frontiers of consciousness—with an excerpt from the groundbreaking new book Dreaming Wide Awake by David Jay Brown.