A Friend with Weed is a Friend Indeed When marijuana is a big part of your life, you want to be able to share cannabis with the people you care about. No one wants to have to hide their use of pot—how can you really be close to someone if you’re unable to share with them something so important to you?
As the old joke around the High Times office goes, the company ever institute a drug-testing policy, it would be to ensure that the staff is always at least a little bit stoned. The reality is, though, we know how lucky we are that our company would never drug-test us.
In Prison for Pot My husband is sitting in Lebanon prison (Ohio). He was my teenage love, and I am still hopelessly devoted to him. We have four children together, and I take at least one or two of them with me each week to visit. There’s a limit on the number of visitors to each inmate, so we won’t be a family until his release next November.
SOFRESH FARMS Rows of organic marijuana plants thrive as they flower away on this Oregon pot farm. Learn all about how they combine old and new techniques to cultivate clean green craft-quality cannabis on page 68.
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There are hundreds of cannabis strains, and each has its own ancestry, characteristics and name. Some of those names are testing the limits of trademark law.
As marijuana goes legit, we still see vestiges of the outlaw days. When the market was black, cultivators who created strains named them whatever they wanted, using even the brand names of established products—who was going to complain?
Pot is the hot-button issue entering 2018, with many interesting developments on the horizon.
New Legal Sales In California, pot czar Lori Ajax is ensuring that the Golden State doesn’t undergo a marijuana shortage like the one that plagued Nevada in 2017. One strategy Ajax is exploring involves granting temporary fourmonth licenses to cultivators to produce a suitable supply ahead of the official kickoff of legal sales in 2018.
We were really looking forward to the day when robots would bring us our bud. Unfortunately, that day won’t be anytime soon, at least not in California. The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has peremptorily put the kibosh on the use of robotics as kush delivery systems—neither drones nor autonomous vehicles will be utilized.
When states consider legalizing weed, pearl-clutching anti-pot people voice their loudest concerns over the children. Won’t kids turn into hopheads if weed is readily available? So far, the answer is “No, not really.” The latest data comes out of Washington State, which went full legal in 2012, with the first pot shops open for business in July 2014.
Something new is coming to Pennsylvania, and it happens to be something old: hemp. This year, 14 sites around the state are growing hemp for research purposes, in anticipation of the inevitable changes in laws that will allow commercial grows of this harmless plant.
Lady Gaga is no stranger to the green, and she is refreshingly candid about her cannabis consumption. In her new behind-the-scenes Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, the credits have barely begun before she is relating what it’s like to be toking hard in the presence of another of the planet’s great divas: “That was the night I gave Beyonce, like, a panic attack,” Gaga says.
In fact, there is a role for robots in the cannabis industry. A company in Seattle recently unveiled BudBot, "a robotic cannabis packag ing machine." The robotic arm requires a human operator to load containers of bud, which the device then weighs, sorts and places into 1-, 2or 3.5-gram packages.
Organa Brands, a Denver-based multitiered cannabis company, has done very well since legalization and, like a lot of cool cannabusinesses, likes to give back to the community. The problem being, though, is that some charities do not want support from marijuana companies, at least not publicly.
Regular users of weed walk differently than nonusers, according to new research published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The researchers said “the aim of the current study was to investigate balance and walking gait in adults with a history of cannabis use,” and so that’s what they did, finding that stoners moved their knees faster when stepping forward and tended to move their shoulders less than non-stoners.
What could be better than the widespread legal availability of our favorite plant and medicine? In Las Vegas, the answer is “More, please.” While city code makes dispensaries shut down between 3 and 6 a.m., the City Council unanimously voted to let one dispensary—Oasis Cannabis—remain open 24/7.
Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has been doing his homework. A year ago, when asked about cannabis policy in a BuzzFeed podcast, he admitted to a knowledge gap on the subject, saying, “I’m not the guy to ask on this.” As a representative of a med-pot state, “I should know more,” the senator added.
Why do we toke up? For many stoners in the Denver metro area and its environs, the answer is simple: to get a good night’s sleep. Surveys conducted by Houston-based Consumer Research Around Cannabis show that a strong plurality of users do so for the soporific benefits of good bud.
As easy as making coffee or tea? The LEVO appliance aims to make oil infusion into a one-two-three mess-free countertop experience. If you use a Keurig for your caffeinated bevvies, you’ll definitely dig the modern LEVO unit, which makes small-batch, on-demand infusions.
If you need to keep your stash discreet, Hakuna Supply has just the storage case for you. The locking book box looks like a sophisticated addition to your bookshelf—but inside the rustic leather cover, under lock and key, is a good old-fashioned hollowed-out hiding place.
The steady flow of new cannabis products is ever-widening, as more and more novice consumers turn to legal weed as a safe way to unwind. Marketing to the “cannabis curious” is a huge new industry, and savvy designers are stepping up to meet demand.
The band Elder cut through the noise to reveal what's real.
Elder albums, like the majestic Dead Roots Stirring (2011) and the band’s new Reflections of a Floating World, aren’t merely released—they break free from confinement, like the Amazon emerging as a modest mountain rivulet and becoming a force of unstoppable rushing power.
Killer Mike and El-P have set the bar high for innovative and explosive hip-hop, and at the same time have forged a genuine friendship that inspires countless fans.
Heavy smoke wafts through the air in Run the Jewels’s trailer as Killer Mike puffs on a joint. His partner in crime, El-P, is sitting comfortably on the couch after the duo’s Maha Music Festival set in Omaha, NE, was cut short due to an impending storm.
An oft-leveled criticism against the Grateful Dead is egregious sloppiness: missed cues, off-key vocals, excessive noodling. Even Deadheads will cop to its accuracy, contending that when one takes chances, the chances are greater one will stumble.
What to watch for in 2018 as the Golden State officially enters the legal marijuana market.
AS THE CALENDAR turns to 2018, all eyes will be on California. With its adult-use market opening statewide on January 1, the Golden State’s green rush for cannabis-market riches and tax revenues looks to open with a boom heard across the nation and within the halls of Congress in Washington, DC.
Kush kicked off the new year as the dominant strain, accounting for over ten percent of all January THMQ entries. The US Price Index held steady in January, while the Southern Index dropped $7 from its previous month’s average. Out West, the price of pot was up $9 from its December average, while the Eastern Index held steady, closing January $1 above its previous month’s average.
Whether you are growing at home in a converted bedroom or basement, a closet or a small grow tent, the need for optimal atmospheric conditions in your garden is just as important as it is for professional commercial growers in large warehouses or greenhouses.
When the Juggalos invaded the nations capital to protest a 2011 FBI report designating Insane Clown Posse's fan base as a gang, no one knew exactly what to expect.
The Juggalo March on Washington was announced over a year ago during Insane Clown Posse’s notorious annual festival, the Gathering of the Juggalos. ICP’s ardent followers, known as Juggalos, are among the world’s most passionate and ridiculed fan bases, and the idea of marching on Washington to fight for civil rights, while admirable, didn’t fit with most people’s preconception of the group.
The state of Oregon boasts some incredible cannabis farms that are at the forefront of growing organic craft-quality flowers. Our Pacific Northwest cultivation correspondent reports on one such facility producing perfectly pristine pot.
Oregon tokers are spoiled. It’s not an exaggeration to say that yon can’t even give away shitty weed here. Bud that would trip everyone’s trigger in another state doesn’t even disarm the safety here. And sofresh farms’ products, with buds as dank as they get, are miles ahead of those of the state’s average grower.
The drug testing industry has its roots in 1980s-era Drug War paranoia. Thirty years later, it has ballooned to a multi-billion dollar industry operating at the expense of the working class. In spite of state-wide legalization efforts, mandatory drug screens for job seekers remain prevalent throughout the country.
When O.penVAPE, a Denverbased manufacturer of vape pens and cannabis-oil cartridges, began expanding from a promising start-up to a midsize business in 2014 during the heady early days of Colorado’s recreational-marijuana market, company executives decided it was time to establish concrete human-resources policies.
Aeroponic cloning results in successfully rooted cannabis cuttings quickly and easily. Learn the tips and tricks for prosperous cloning from industry pioneer EZ-Clone.
Experts familiar with the grow-gear industry say that the business today is just the tip of the iceberg. Once national legalization kicks in across North America, the gardening sector may never be the same again. The industry that designs, manufactures and supplies your favorite growing gear didn’t sprout up overnight—it’s been evolving for decades through different legal and political climates and an ever-growing customer base.
High Times had a busy summer, hosting the mother of all marijuana festivals back-to-back in Canada and Michigan. HT culture editor Mary Jane Gibson and senior cultivation editor Danny Danko break down all the action from these two epic events!
Mary Jane Gibson
North of the Border There’s something in the air on Vancouver Island—the whole place feels mystical, magical, ancient and powerful. Adding to that sacred spirit, clouds of pot smoke created a golden summer haze among the dark pines ringing Lake Cowichan at the first-ever Cannabis Cup Canada.
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SUBJECT Starting Seeds Outdoors FROM Gorilla Joe I want to plant seeds directly in my outside location instead of germinating them inside. Is this unwise, and can you give me any advice? Dear GJ, It’s ideal to start your outdoor crop indoors, but if for some reason that’s impossible, you absolutely can plant directly in your chosen location.
Special occasions call for luxurious edibles to celebrate the season!
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Sophisticated and elegant enough to feature on your holiday table, this Brie and pear tart seamlessly blends the taste of cannabis into rich, creamy cheese and juicy fall fruit. Incredibly simple to make, this dessert is sure to impress your friends with its seasonal flavor and hard-hitting THC potency!
I see a lot of THCa products. What do they do? Ernest Import Hi Ernest, THCa (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is common in undried cannabis plants and turns into THC in the presence of heat. Rodent and petri-dish experiments suggest it’s an antioxidant, protector of neurons and fighter of cancer, but human studies are few.
Despite legalization efforts, colleges continue to ban marijuana use, forcing students to give up their medicine or face disciplinary action.
WHAT’S A MEDICAL-MARIJUANA-CARD-HOLDING college student to do when they are required to live in on-campus housing but their medicine is banned from the premises? According to most university policies, they’re forced to choose between suffering or facing disciplinary action.
Jeff Riedy became aware of NORML back in the '70s after reading about the activist group in Rolling Stone magazine. But back then, he wasn’t politically involved. It wasn’t until years later that he finally realized that “you cannot complain if you have not first made an effort to effect change.”
FLOWER OF THE MONTH POT TAKE Hello, I'm a professional freelance photographer, and I recently took some beautiful photos of my good friend's babies. I hope you enjoy! MelvinCole GROW OF THE MONTH NORTHERN EXPOSURE Picture from my outdoor grow in Ontario, Canada Shandman
2018 Hydro Report Cultivating cannabis without soil results in explosive growth rates and heavy harvests. The High Times cultivation department reports on the latest hydroponic techniques and new equipment to increase yields and grow bigger and better buds.