It’s about that time again! Stoners across the country are bidding farewell to summer and preparing to head back to campus. As the new school year looms, many students are anxious to return to the relative freedoms of dorm life. However, even without parental supervision, there are still plenty of hazards to getting high in your dorm.
In the years since High Times came out with its first annual “Pot Jobs Report” in 2014, the cannabis industry has experienced remarkable growth. Analysts estimate that by 2025, the business of cannabis will be worth more than $24 billion—up from an estimated $6.6 billion in 2016.
It was at my first NORML conference, in Washington, DC, in the fall of 1973, that I met Tom Forçade, the founder of High Times. I was introduced to him by Keith Stroup, who had started NORML three years earlier. Tom looked like a movie star to me, with his wide-brimmed hat and long hair.
NORCAL WINNERS High Times brought the Cannabis Cup back to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA and the competition was fierce. Behold the flower winners from the 2017 NorCal Cannabis Cup! Read more about this epic event, and check out all the winners, on page 105.
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A do-nothing Congress actually appears to be doing something to bridge the perverse chasm between state and federal marijuana laws.
The news out of Washington, DC swings between gloomy and terrifying these days, but if you look closely, you’ll see something encouraging: There are politicians—real, live politicians—who are doing the hard work necessary to solidify the gains of the pro-marijuana movement.
The revenue from state taxes on marijuana isn’t just improving infrastructure, it’s also improving lives.
Reducing Crime In 2016, Alaska passed a bill directing half of the proceeds from the state’s excise tax on commercial pot into programs intended to reduce the number of repeat criminal offenders. This year, $3 million in reefer revenue (projected to increase to $6 million in subsequent years) will bolster a fund to reduce recidivism rates by addressing the various issues associated with repeat offenses, such as substance abuse and domestic violence.
Sales of recreational weed will surpass those of medical pot for the first time ever this year, predicts Marijuana Business Daily in its recently published Marijuana Business Factbook 2017, with total cannabis sales expected to top $5 billion, up from $4 billion in 2016.
A Seattle police officer has been charged with smuggling hundreds of pounds of weed to the East Coast. Alex Chapackdee, a 17-year veteran of the department, and his brother-in-law, Tuan Van Le, were nabbed along with two other men following an FBI investigation launched in 2015.
A company in Oakland, California, has developed what it calls “the first technology to rapidly, accurately, and inexpensively detect and measure the levels of both marijuana and alcohol in a person’s breath.” Hound Labs Inc. has commenced clinical trials of its hand-held breathalyzer at the University of California, San Francisco, and expects to publish the results later this year.
It’s official, High Times has been acquired by a group of entrepreneurs, cannabis pioneers and entertainment veterans—marking the company’s first change in ownership since its inception in 1974. The new High Times Holding Company (HTHC), comprised of our Cannabis Cup events, a number of digital properties as well as the print publication in your hands, was purchased by an investment group with experience in media, entertainment, technology and, not least of all, cannabis.
The Internal Revenue Service is determined to crack down on weed merchants, even in fully legal states like Colorado. Because cannabis, insofar as the federal government is concerned, is illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, pot bnsinesses don't get to enjoy the perks of normal taxpayers, in particular the right to declare business expenses.
The Secret Service is looking to expand its ranks by some 3,000 agents in the coming years. To bolster the available candidate pool, the agency’s new director, Trump appointee Randolph Alles, has said the Secret Service will ease up on restrictions that would have barred pot smokers in the past.
The marijuana industry is growing at an unprecedented rate, and other than outright bans, regulations vary vastly between states, creating a complicated legal patchwork that can be difficult (and expensive) for startups or smaller companies to navigate.
More job applicants in the United States are testing positive for drugs, according to a report from the labanalysis company Quest Diagnostics. The use of marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and heroin are at their highest rates in more than a decade.
Americans lead the world in waking and baking. According to the 2017 Global Drug Survey of 29 drug-using countries, a whopping 21.9 percent of the Americans who smoke pot torch one up within an hour of getting out of bed. The United States was followed by Mexico and Greece, with 18.4 and 15.9 percent wake-and-bakers, respectively.
Cannabidiol can reduce seizures in children with Dravet syndrome, according to a new study discussed in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dravet syndrome, a rare lifelong form of epilepsy that begins in infancy, is characterized by frequent and prolonged seizures.
A dynamic new collaboration between the cannabis industry and the arts community, 1964 Supply Co. launched its inaugural line with a limited-edition series created by nine world-renowned illustrators, tattoo artists, animators and sculptors.
This deluxe pipe wouldn’t be out of place in the hands of one of the hobbits or dwarves from The Lord of the Rings. Each lavastoneware piece is individually sculpted, fired twice, and plated with precious metals and lusters. A Shire-dwelling creature would surely be pleased with the golden details reflecting the glow of a well-packed bowl, as will any marijuana-loving mortal.
KushMoji is a free weed-themed emoji keyboard that connects cannabis companies with weed lovers through branded emojis that link back to the companies’ websites. Cannabis companies can’t use traditional digital-marketing techniques on social-media platforms like Facebook because pot products are still flagged as “inappropriate” content.
On a luxury cruise ship somewhere in the middle of the Caribbean, 311 vocalist Nick Hexum disguised himself as a ninja for the ceremonial costume-night portion of the annual 311 Caribbean Cruise, giving him a rare opportunity to experience the band’s fans at their most unfiltered.
Though Brooklyn’s Vanity bill their sophomore LP, a follow-up to their excellent 2015 album Vain in Life, as a departure from the ragged, street-punk-inflected stomp that marked their debut, I deeply doubt that fans of that album will feel let down.
It’s time to end the league’s bruising, misguided policy toward cannabis
J. J. McCoy
FOR DECADES, PROFESSIONAL football players have habitually treated pain after games and practice sessions with everything from beers to over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or powerful prescription painkillers. The NFL’s dependence on drugs for pain management has drawn the attention of law enforcement, has been the subject of a federal lawsuit and is under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Nationwide pot prices on average are slightly lower as THMQ enters the final quarter of 2017. The US Price Index fell below its previous month’s average due to declining prices in the West, where legal cannabis dominates the market. Pre-fall harvest prices in the East were up $3 per ounce from their previous average, while the South held steady at $370 an ounce.
Thanks to legalization in eight states and medical-cannabis programs in more than half the country, marijuana jobs are booming. So whether you’re new to the field or a growroom veteran with years of experience to offer, High Times has the advice you need to open doors and get started.
Are you looking for a job or hoping to start a new career? If you’re ready to join one of the fastest-growing industries in the country—whose success has already been likened to the explosive growth of the dot-com boom in the 1990s—consider seeking employment in the cannabis industry.
Before the legendary cannabis-breeding company Serious Seeds unveiled a new strain called Serious Kush, they asked a trusted grower to try out four potential verisions and assess the flavor, aroma and potency of each. Our cultivation correspondent reports on the results.
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There’s no end in sight for the global phenomenon known as “Kushmania,” with new Kush-based strains and phenotypes popping out of the ground like mushrooms every month. But one variety stands out from the rest as a rare and precious specimen that deserves special attention.
Just off a rocky coastline, in the shadow of the tallest trees on earth, marijuana farmers combine age-old techniques with sustainable practices to produce some of the most potent and pristine pot on the palnet.
“Craft cannabis” is a popular term these days, but what does it truly mean? What special skills does it take to produce premium-quality pot? What can marijuana connoisseurs, patients and producers do to ensure that the buds and hash they create or consume are clean, safe and potent, with minimal, if any, impact on the environment?
Convincing the country that cannabis posed such a danger to society that only prohibition could save it was never going to be easy. Remember that, in the years before the peak reefer-madness era of the 1930s, marijuana was generally considered a benign, medically efficacious substance that was widely available in American pharmacies.
Northern California’s famed cannabis community came to celebrate the best of their best at the High Times Cannabis Cup in Sonoma.
Mary Jane Gibson
When the NorCal Cannabis Cup took place in early June, ganjapreneurs, weed connoisseurs and the entire cannabis community were abuzz over the breaking news that High Times magazine had changed hands. As attendees streamed into the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for a budtastic weekend, High Times was getting a lot of attention from the mainstream media about the investment group that had recently purchased a 60 percent stake in the company.
ACTOR JOHNNY DEPP FOUND A KINDRED SPIRIT IN COMEDIAN DOUG STANHOPE. AFTER TAKING I STANHOPE'S 2007 COMEDY SPECIAL NO REFUNDS, DEPP MADE A POINT OF REACHING OUT TO THE STAND-UP, ANXIOUS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MAN HE SAW TELLING RAW TRUTHS ON STAGE IN THE VEIN OF THE LATE GREAT LENNY BRUCE.
Drip systems, cloning troubles, spider mites, nutrients for specific strains and more...
SUBJECT: Nutrients for Specific Strains FROM Chuckie Trichome I have a newbie grow question for you. I’ve heard that there are certain strains that require a larger or smaller concentration of one or all of the three main macronutrients in order to help the plant reach its full potential.
You’re definitely going to get invited to a lot more parties if you show up with a platter of herb-boosted jerk chicken. Is there any dish at all better for an outdoor summer gathering? I think not. The smell of spicy jerk chicken grilling away stokes the appetite like no other (even if you don’t eat meat!).
Can cannabidiol really help with anxiety? Jess Stress Hi Jess, For starters, anxiety responds well to psychological treatments, so don’t hesitate to go to abct.org to find a good therapist. (A few sessions can work wonders!) Nevertheless, CBD has shown consistent anxiolytic effects in the lab.
Meet Steve Cook, the newest drug warrior in the Department of Justice.
DO YOU LIVE in a state that has reformed its marijuana laws? If so, that’s increasingly normal: Eight states have enacted full legalization, 30 have passed or implemented medical marijuana programs, and 16 have authorized the limited use of non-intoxicating CBD.
Sonja Sutton discovered firsthand how cannabis can save lives.
As a firm believer in personal liberty, Sonja Sutton always supported the idea of ending pot prohibition, but she never considered herself a marijuana activist. However, all that changed in the spring of 2000, after she received a diagnosis of terminal MFH sarcoma and began aggressive chemotherapy.
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Danny Danko describes the unique aspects of cannabis cultivation for city dwellers, especially those living in condos or apartments where odor control and sound suppression are of the utmost importance. Learn tips and tricks on how to survive and thrive while growing in an urban environment.