THE PERFECT VIDEO GAME FOR EVERY SCENARIO Some stoner stereotypes are just spot on. For instance, cannabis consumers really like video games. There’s just something about getting high that makes gaming that much better. But sometimes it can be difficult to find the right game for certain occasions.
THE STONED-DRIVING DILEMMA is not new. With cannabis legalization spreading, authorities have been quick to demand standardized regulations for driving high, but any semiregular smoker knows that THC impairment is not a onesize-fits-all issue.
GUN CONUNDRUM Everyone knows that marijuana should not be a Schedule I drug. Alcohol has a terrible track record with irrational and unpredictable behavior—exactly what the feds inaccurately insist happens to cannabis users. So why are opioid/alcohol users allowed to have guns when legally registered cannabis users are not?
HARVESTING Taking down, drying and curing your plants is the final step in a long process and can be difficult to navigate without the right equipment and information. Get the lowdown on all of the tools and know-how you need to harvest properly from Erik Biksa on page 44.
STYLE DOPE NAILZ Finally, a nail polish for stoners! Check out Dope Nailz Lacquer, available only at dispensaries, p.30 ENTERTAINMENT HIGH & DANDY The Dandy Warhols catch up with High Times to chat about weed, recording and hitting the road, p.32
CREATING A NATIONWIDE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT CAN BE COMPLICATED. FROM SEA TO SEA, PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES ACROSS THE GREAT WHITE NORTH ARE GEARING UP FOR THE SUMMER ROLLOUT.
WHILE MARIJUANA ADVOCATES in the United States fret over the fate of the green revolution, their neighbors to the north are going all-in. This summer, Canada will become the first G7 nation to legalize it for all adults. (It would have been the first country in the world, period, but Uruguay got there first.)
DESPITE GREAT STRIDES IN POT-LAW REFORM, SOME INDUSTRIES CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PROHIBITION.
LAW ENFORCEMENT Nothing has changed in terms of the police’s position on marijuana. Law enforcement continues to block cannabis at every turn and uses cheesy propaganda to maintain the status quoafter all, the War on Drugs has done wonders for police coffers.
Gun-owning Hawaiians who happen to be medical-cannabis card holders were alarmed in November when the Honolulu Police Department demanded they surrender their firearms. “Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition,” Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard wrote in a notice to card holders, as reported by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
A Kansas couple will not be receiving any money for damages after Johnson County officers raided their home looking for (but not finding) weed. Adlynn and Robert Harte said that deputies lied to a judge to obtain a search warrant for their home—an understandable allegation since the warrant had been based, in part, on tea leaves found in the Hartes’ garbage.
A Sheetz convenience store in New Kensington, PA, is trying out a quirky idea to discourage drug use: blue lights in the toilets. “The blue light system makes it so that somebody who is looking to inject heroin or an opioid can’t find their veins,” Sheetz spokesman Nick Ruffner explained to the Valley News Dispatch.
Notable marijuana enthusiast Cheech Marin has a new gig: showing Californians how to get their paperwork in order before launching their cannabusinesses. Marin appears in a new public-service announcement that publicizes the California secretary of state’s website for potential ganjapreneurs.
A Vail, CO, man saw an SUV he fancied on Craigslist, but rather than offer cash for the vehicle, he thought he would barter for it with four pounds of “homegrown blackmarket” marijuana. Shawn Langley, 39, texted the owner with pictures of big bags of dope and testimony to its high quality.
Sweet Leaf, one of the largest cannabusinesses in Colorado, was abruptly shut down by police in December. Multiple locations, 10 in Denver and one in Aurora, were shuttered after authorities said Sweet Leaf employees were selling more than the legal limit—one ounce per day per customer.
An Orlando man had to be rescued by the fire department after stealing a swan boat, then stranding himself on a fountain in the middle of Lake Eola. The gent, 36-year-old Keith Thurston, was reportedly hopped up on ecstasy at around 3:30 a.m. when he pinched the boat from a lakeside rental joint, then pedaled out to the fountain.
Black people in the United Kingdom are eight times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs, while white people are more likely to actually be carrying drugs. This is according to a recently released annual report by the UK’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, which examines the efficacy of policing across England and Wales.
Pot smugglers in Mexico have been using a cannon to blast bundles of weed over the border into Douglas, AZ. Mexican authorities found the big gun in a van on the Mexican side, in Agua Prieta, along with 1,800 pounds of weed divvied up into 900 cannonball-size packages.
US Attorney General and general irritant Jeff Sessions has launched his first big salvo in the idiotic and futile War on Drugs. In January, the nation’s chief law enforcement official announced he is rescinding an Obama-era policy—the famed Cole Memo—that had been instrumental in allowing states to legalize marijuana.
Smoking-accessory company Asche Industries has joined with cannabis fashion brand Blunted Objects to create a limited-release, four-piece functional fashion collection. Designed to transcend everyday routines and elevate your smoking experience, the collection consists of a gold weedgrinder pendant, a roach-clip bracelet and a lighter sleeve, plus a black-leather, gold-zippered pouch to store your stash in.
The marijuana industry is a bro-heavy culture. While the legalization and normalization of cannabis has pushed back against decades of men dominating the black market, most facets of the current weed industry have a disproportionate number of males running the show—from grow operations to weed shops to magazines.
Pretty up your fingertips with Dope Nailz Lacquer, a nail-polish line sold exclusively in selected dispensaries and online. Designed for weed lovers, with a gold leaf stamped on each bottle, polishes are named after strains like Green Crack (an army-green hue), Blue Dream (deep marine) and Super Lemon Haze (sunny yellow).
THE DANDY WARHOLS WORK SMART, NOT HARD, TO PRESERVE SANITY AND KEEP ENTHUSIASM HIGH AFTER TWO DECADES TOGETHER.
IN LA FOR two sold-out shows at the Teragram Ballroom, two members of the Dandy Warhols— front man Courtney TaylorTaylor and keys/bass/vocalist Zia McCabe—chatted with High Times backstage before the gig. THE FIRST TIME Courtney Taylor-Taylor: I was a 70s kid, so I don’t even remember when I first smoked pot.
THE UPLIFTING GROOVES AND FEEL-GOOD VIBES THAT POWER THIS VERMONT QUARTET ELEVATE YOU TO THAT HIGHER GROUND.
IF YOU'RE PAGING through this magazine, suffice it to say that you love weed. A lot. So when you read about this band of dudes who hail from the green state of Vermont, it shouldn’t come as a surprise (though it did for me) that they know their way around a rig and can talk the cannabis talk.
A COLLECTION OF SOOTHING CANNABIS-INFUSED TEATIME RECIPES.
Mary Jane Gibson
IN HER BOOK The Cannabis Spa at Home, author Sandra Hinchcliffe outlined how to infuse olive oil and create DIY recipes for terpene-filled soothing salves and balms. Now Hinchcliffe has turned her attention to the art of tea and its intersection with cannabis cuisine.
ADDRESSING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND INEQUALITY IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY.
J. J. McCoy
LAST YEAR, NEW Frontier Data and Women Grow partnered to produce the cannabis industry’s first industry-wide report about diversity within its ranks. The survey, 2017’s “Diversity in Cannabis: Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Inclusion in Legal Cannabis,” canvassed 1,741 self-selecting industry stakeholders across 29 states and Washington, DC.
The US Price, Eastern and Southern indices all finished April down from their previous month’s average. (The Eastern and Southern indices tend to be dominated by black market prices.) Meanwhile, the Western Index bounced back from its March average, finishing the month at $260 an ounce.
THE FINAL STAGES OF CANNABIS PRODUCTION REQUIRE PATIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB. WE REVEAL THE KEYS TO PROPERLY DRY, CURE AND STORE YOUR HEAVY AND HEADY HARVEST.
YIELD SIGNS Take two pot growers and give them both similar equipment and the same strains. Check back after harvest time, and you’ll often see dramatically different results in the final quality of their buds and how they smoke. While some of the differences may occur due to growing practices and management, much has to do with whether the buds were harvested at peak ripeness, and how they were handled, processed, dried, stored and cured.
AS MORE AND MORE STATES LEGALIZE CANNABIS FOR RECREATIONAL USE, AUTHORITIES ARE ATTEMPTING TO ESTABLISH AND ENFORCE STANDARDIZED STONED-DRIVING LAWS. WHILE EXPERTS AGREE THAT STONED DRIVING CANNOT BE REGULATED IN THE SAME WAY AS DRUNK DRIVING, THE QUESTION REMAINS: CAN LEGISLATORS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MEET THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY CANNABIS CONSUMPTION BEHIND THE WHEEL?
EVERY FEW WEEKS, Chris Halsor has volunteers in Colorado take part in a scenario that at first blush seems too good to be I true. He transports them, free of charge, to a respectable hotel where, in a comfy, goody-filled RV in the parking lot, he has them get really high.
MEET AN AWARD-WINNING GROW TEAM FROM WASHINGTON WHO’VE PERFECTED LARGE-SCALE INDOOR POT FARMING USING A COMBINATION OF CAREFUL STRAIN SELECTION, MODERN SCIENCE AND AGE-OLD WISDOM.
THE CITY OF FLOWERS Common wisdom in the cannabis-cultivation community has it that as growers scale up the size of their grow space, the quality of their product inevitably suffers. Indeed, it is quite difficult to produce A-grade flowers in a massive warehouse, but it certainly can be done.
WELCOME TO PART III of our “Concentrated Cannabis” series. In our first installment, we examined the history of concentrates as well as the different types of extracts and how they are produced. In Part II, we discussed the latest techniques for extraction and how concentrates affect the body and mind.
RUN-INS WITH THE LAW ARE SADLY COMMON FOR CANNABIS CONSUMERS. OUR HANDY GUIDE EXPLAINS WHEN AND HOW TO RETAIN THE LEGAL SERVICES OF THE BEST POT LAWYER POSSIBLE.
WHEN BILL SHERMAN (this is not his real name—due to the sensitivity of his case, he asked us to use an alias) came home to a dozen narcotics agents in his apartment one night, he knew he would need a pot lawyer. The cops had forced entry without a warrant, having figured out that Sherman was receiving out-of-state cannabis-oil shipments, which he used to treat his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
MONTEL WILLIAMS HAS A LOT TO SAY ABOUT MARIJUANA. THE TALK SHOW LEGEND WAS OFFICIALLY DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IN 2000, AND USES MEDICAL CANNABIS TO MANAGE SYMPTOMS OF THE DEGENERATIVE DISEASE. WILLIAMS SERVED A TOTAL OF 22 YEARS IN THE MARINE CORPS AND THE U.S. NAVY, SO HE WASN’T A RECREATIONAL CANNABIS USER—BUT WHEN HE WAS PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS TO MANAGE THE PAIN CAUSED BY MS, HE QUICKLY DISCOVERED THE HEALING BENEFITS OF MARIJUANA.
PURPLE LEAVES, ROOT APHIDS, GROW TENTS, COMPANION PLANTS AND MORE...
SUBJECT: Purple Leaf FROM: Lori H. I'm in New York State and my plants are almost ready to harvest. I noticed that on one plant, one leaf is turning a shade of purple. What does that mean? What am I doing wrong? It seems to have happened overnight, and it’s the entire leaf.
INCREDIBLY EASY SLOW-COOKER CANNABIS CHILI THAT WILL LIVEN UP ANY PARTY!
IN A WORLD INCREASINGLY crowded with new cannabis chefs and cookbooks, it’s good to have time-tested experts like Cheri Sicard, whose advice you can rely on. Known as “Cannabis Cheri” to her friends and fans online, Sicard is a committed activist who founded the Marijuana Lifer Project, which connects nonviolent prisoners of the War on Drugs with resources, pen pals and clemency campaigns.
MARIJUANA AUTHORS, TERPENES, AND A STANDARDIZED STONE.
I’m confused about how alcohol and cannabis interact. Carrie Nation Hey Carrie, Join the club! Alcohol slows THC metabolism. Although data suggest that THC has little impact on driving, when combined with alcohol it makes drivers genuine dinga-lings.