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ISSUE 4 2011
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In this issue:
THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED!
A report has just been issued by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, condemning the ineffective and often damaging policies implemented in the War on Drugs. What does this mean for our industry, and how can we move forward? ›› 5

A Cease-Fire in the Drug War?
Doesn’t it seem as if overnight, Cannabis has become socially acceptable in America? The Global Commission on Drug Policy has just released a report about the utter failure of the War on Drugs, despite the billions of dollars flushed through it over the years. HR 2306 could present the first-ever modern Federal legislation that would allow peace for the pot industry, since its criminalization in 1937. A mind-blowing documentary called What if Cannabis Cured Cancer is now sweeping the globe, allaying many of the fears regarding medicinal marijuana that plague the medical community – as well as vindicating the thousands of activists and proponents who have been shouting (at seemingly deaf ears) for decades about the merits of our beloved plant. It’s true. Cannabis is not that bad for you. If the product is grown organically and handled carefully, the consumption of the drug – even smoking it, although we cannot deny the dangers of smoking in general – is not physically addictive, and most of the negative consequences of its effects can be directly attributed to the shortcomings of the user. The punitive nature of America’s drug policies has done more harm than good in incarcerating first-time, non-violent individuals who, at worst, should be in drug treatment facilities. In moderation or clinical settings, Cannabis presents a therapeutic substance that treats more ailments than any other single drug in the history of medicine and should not be unjustly demonized. Allowing people to grow weed will not lead to the immediate collapse of human civilization, nor will it plunge our youth into the depths of depravity. We need education, quality control, safe access, protection for care-givers and patients; but mostly, we need to be TAXED so that cash can be put towards the necessary legislation, organizations and social programs. Sorry, drug dealers: we all know that if weed were ever legalized the price would drop. Why panic? It won’t drop that much, and if laws loosen, the groups of

ades about the freedoms lavished upon the smoking masses in this low-lying nation. Well, it’s all potentially about to crash and burn, as the Dutch government wants to issue marijuana membership cards to legal, tax-paying residents only, restricting their purchases to the one coffeeshop nearest to their house. At a maximum limit of three grams. Read on to find out how this might affect your next vacation.... Finally, no Drug War edition would be complete without a mention of Eddy Lepp. Perhaps one of the most famous Green Prisoners in the world, Eddy is

What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?
SEED PIRACY

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Simon, proprietor of Serious Seeds, explains how the Cannabis seed industry is even more susceptible to piracy than the music world, and what will happen if it’s not prevented. ›› 14

Hemp Kevlar

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HOW TO FEMINIZE CANNABIS The Devil’s Harvest Seed Company reveal their secrets of Cannabis seed feminization, why they do it and what the future holds for this Amsterdam label. ›› 20

people who secretly like Cannabis, but avoid it due to issues such as the fact that it’s still absurdly classed as Schedule I, will soon join the ranks of your customer lists. Demand will likely increase, and you can finally go legit! This issue of SSUSA presents a few different ramifications of the War on Drugs, including some of the international effects of bad drug stigma, such as the impending ‘Weed Pass’ in the Netherlands. You’ve all heard for dec-

hardly visible in the Cannabis press, despite his famous arrest and incarceration. Due to his contributions to the medical Cannabis community over the years, we felt that he deserved a ‘visit’. It’s ironic that some of the very pioneers who assisted in the liberalization of US pot laws are locked away and cannot enjoy the new freedom themselves. Things are looking up, folks; however, we’ve still got a long way to go towards complete legalization. How are you helping?

FROM THE EDITOR

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Something Missing?
Don’t see your company, product or techniques featured in the pages of SSUSA? Wish your activist organization could get a little free press? Contact us! Are you or is someone you know particularly gifted with a camera? Then why not submit your amateur photos to SSUSA? They could end up on the cover! Subject is of your choosing, and an emphasis on Cannabis is absolutely not necessary. Be as creative and expressive as possible, and you might just see your work on the front page, or within the next issue of Soft Secrets USA. Photographers will be credited for their work. Cannabis photos are rarely used for cover shots. Oh, and let’s keep it classy, people! Not into photography but still have an interesting talent or story? Contact us if you think you deserve a place in our publication. Feel free to let us know about new books, television and film projects; festivals, events and demonstrations, medical advances, green prisoners or even interesting companies who deserve a little support and media coverage. We love hemp, and are always happy to highlight the innovations that make this industry so exciting. We hope to hear from you. * Press concerns and photos (minimum resolution 300dpi @ 4x4 inches) may be emailed to Kristie@softsecrets.nl. * All submissions will be handled with discretion. Soft Secrets USA is not responsible for unsolicited submissions, either for graphics or text.

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IN THIS ISSUE:
Cease-Fire in the Drug War? Page 3 Girl: Warlock The War on Drugs Has Failed! What if Cannabis Cured Cancer? HR 2306 Strain Awards Eddy Lepp Dutch Weed Pass Seed Piracy Hemp Kevlar How to Feminize Cannabis Didymium Glasses Mila’s Journey Rolling Papers Breeding Grubbycup’s Stash Pollinator Company HT Medical Cannabis Cup International Seed Market Thanks, Jacques Kalamata & Panama Red LED Trial: Critical Jack Male Cannabis Dangerous Pastry Royal Queen Seeds Hy’s Deli by oz. A Stoned Selection Gil Scott-Heron Gay Pride San Francisco Colophon 1 3 5 7 9 10 12 13 14 17 20 23 24 26 29 31 31 33 36 37 38 39 41 42 42 44 45 46 46 FROM THE EDITOR STRAIN REPORT LEGAL FILM REVIEW/MEDICINAL LEGAL STRAIN REPORT GREEN PRISONERS AMSTER-RANT
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The Warlock was created in the early 1990s by Gerrit, the owner and breeder of Magus Genetics. Due to personal circumstances Gerrit was not able to continue his business and we from Serious Seeds decided to incorporate the strains of Magus Genetics into our program. The Warlock won the 3rd place at the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1997. Short and bushy during the vegetative period, it grows huge, compact buds with few leaves in flowering. Especially indoors the Warlock is a good yielder, with a harvest of 400-500g per square meter. The clear white pistils change to a tan/pinkish color when ripe. Warlock has a sweet smell with a tinge of sour, reminiscent of fresh fruits. The effect is felt very quickly after the toke and is a strong high, which is felt more in the head than in the body. Due to its high THC content, the Warlock has good medical qualities for pain relief and against insomnia. Name: Pedigree: Warlock Mostly indica (Skunk/Afghani x Afghani) Breeder: Gerrit from Magus Genetics Producer: Serious Seeds Height: Short and bushy Weight: Good yielder (400-500g/m2) Flowering Time: 55-60 days

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Not only was this drug considered to be responsible for the moral depravity spreading through the US via foreign immigrants. Portugal decriminalized the use of drugs. Paul Volcker. it is easy to spot the correlation between prohibition. by the way – and to be promiscuous with black men. A couple of countries decided upon new approach- DRUG PROMOTION (PHOTO BY MANTAS RUZVELTAS) es. governments continue to invest increasing amounts of funds into a losing battle..5 A REPORT FROM THE GLOBAL COMMISSION ON DRUG POLICY The War on Drugs Has Failed! Since the last hundred years. To give a concrete example. And yet nothing has really changed since the War on Drugs first started. economists. Ernesto Zedillo. cocaine and opiate use have all increased over a ten year period (1998-2008) with a respective increase of 8. given a bit of thought: to ‘End the criminalization. the Global Commission on Drug Policy has recognized the need to re-evaluate the international approach to drug use and production. hard-drug use. JUNE 2011 In their new report. everyone thought it would be for the best. after having consumed the drug. claiming it would see increased drug use amongst youth and become a drug user’s haven. with budgets surpassing $40B a year in America alone. In the first week of June however. This situation is one of which many are aware: politicians. While drug use and possession are still legally prohibited. harsh repression and propaganda – as well as a recognized waste of taxpayers’ hard earned cash. the international approach to drugs has been one of intolerance. high prices and no quality control – which can potentially lead to disastrous health issues. If we are to look at relevant historical references. Prime Minister of Greece. 2001. other countries still stubbornly deny that a new approach is needed. Despite this.5%. The results of prohibition remain the same today as they were then. depression. not criminal offenses. Having heard of this decision. And who pays the price for all this? One simple answer: you and me. marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others. reinforcing the apparent need to combat it by any means possible. on the first of July. The war on Cannabis is the perfect example. the taxpayers. consumers also have to deal with insecurity in obtaining the drug. More exactly.’ Also. History has shown this on numerous accounts. In 2010. Most of us with a basic understanding of market and social dynamics have known that it was an approach bound to fail. it was also accused of causing depravity in white women who. WAR ON DRUGS REPORT. former Secretary General of the United Nations). In a publication released in the beginning of June 2011. insecurity. governments worldwide have so far refused to adjust their approach. to: IS IT THE CANNABIS OR THE PROPAGANDA CAUSING DEPRAVITY? (PHOTO BY KAT) . ANY means possible. had published an article recognizing the failure of the War on Drugs and offering a set of principles and recommendations to efficiently tackle the issue. the Global Commission on Drug Policy published data claiming that rather than dropping. the Commission has officially recognized the utter failure of the War on Drugs – as well as the devastating consequences it has had on society and its members. With no other source of income. the government has to use taxation to finance its inefficient war. So. taxpayers pay the government to ultimately help the very criminals it claims to fight against. 27% and 34. to sum up. former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve and Economic Recovery Board and Kofi Annan. Buddy Kush When the decision was made to start an official war against the use of drugs back in the early 20th century. Their conclusions are basic and most are obvious. Even though Portugal was able to show positive results over the last ten years. The Financial Times estimated that the War on Drugs had far-surpassed the trillion-dollar mark. ill health and criminality: the alcohol prohibition that took place in the 1920s. the death of brain cells and mental disorders: these are some of the many scare tactics used over the decades to convince people of the dangers of drug-use. waves of propaganda and misinformation were very efficient in convincing the citizens of the risks these drugs brought to the established order and moral values of the new world. former President of Mexico. sociologists – as well as the criminals involved. With no regulation whatsoever. Cannabis. broadly generating an uproar from neighboring nations and international press. Mind you. increased use. would start listening to the Devil’s music – which we now call ‘Jazz’. However. Substances leading to violence. Enter the Global Commission on Drug Policy Together with a group of illustrious commissioners (amongst whom were George Papandreou. it also affected white people by encouraging them to abandon their moral values.5%. but for a very few pioneers. it was surprising to read that the Global Commission on Drug Policy. violations of those prohibitions are considered as administrative violations. neighboring countries were quick to paint gloomy pictures of the country’s future.. a part of the United Nations.

’ organized crime and traffickers. Switzerland. This dynamic will not change unless the legality of drug use and production in itself is revised. 11. thereby reducing the harms linked to the underground market. Drug policies must be pursued in a comprehensive way. living conditions. we must also take other social repercussions into account. with a special focus on youth. To be Perfected… Stimulating governments to experiment with regulation and decriminalization – as countries such as the Netherlands. Countries continuing to invest heavily in law enforcement should focus on Conclusions Isn’t it amusing that these facts – which have been preached by activists for years – are finally being acknowledged now that a group of governmental celebrities is repeating them? Regardless.6 ‘encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation. petrochemical. considering the problem rationally (not emotionally) and learning from past mistakes is the key to moving things forward. adapt it – modify it to suit your needs. plus medical-. COMPARISON OF THE CANNABIS MARKETS IN FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS The Measure Themselves: In order to tackle this vast task. because of certain countries which. the control of the drug market and the funds it generates will remain as they are. small scale dealers come next. In this case. Policies should be a global. as well as revenues that the government can then tax to finance rehabilitation centers. judge the results and. More than that. naturally.org/report STIMULATING GOVERNMENTS TO EXPERIMENT WITH REGULATION AND DECRIMINALIZATION HAS PROVEN THAT A LESS REPRESSIVE APPROACH LEADS NOT ONLY TO LOWER DRUG USE. 4. pharmaceutical companies. while also eliminating the need for an illegal market in one fell swoop. To this end. 3. security firms. points six and seven). as peer pressure. 10. the ‘forbidden fruit’ effect. Offer a wide and easily accessible range of options for treatment of drug dependence. However.and construction industries the day hemp is fully legalized – but entire new markets will appear. Until this is done. social and cultural realities into consideration.’ An ultimate goal is ‘to rethink the approach now in place with regards to people involved in the lower end of the illegal drug markets. Develop new sentences for first-time/ small-scale dealers..globalcommission ondrugs. the conclusions are as follows: The Principles: 1. There are a couple of notions that appear to be lacking. Spain and Portugal have done – has proven that a less repressive approach leads not only to lower drug use but also to less health issues linked to their consumption. Not only will economic interests shift – imagine what will happen to the paper-. they could potentially find themselves without employment. It is essential to everything we do in life. the drugs market. Together with the necessary regulations and quality controls this could create a more secure. drug use will never cease. it can be summarized in a pyramidal structure with the end-user a continually repressive approach to dealers help in curbing consumption? Instead. the Commission has agreed upon a list of four principles and eleven recommendations they hope can help rectify the situation. socio-economic status or. Invest more in evidence-based prevention. prevention. 5. this publication has created waves throughout international press and has . It is therefore important to be critical. followed by larger scale dealers and organized crime forming the wide base. Through open discussion and effective education. health specialists. to keep all these facts in mind and to discuss the issue in its entirety to guarantee as smooth a transition as we can. society’s leaders) will actively need to take part in order to start rectifying generations’ worth of misinformation. Base drug policies on human rights and public health principles. forbid research into certain drugs. 7. We must act now! A very good first step. 2. taking diverse political.. etc. Base drug policies on solid evidence. This would thereby limit drug use linked to external influences such DOES THIS MEAN I’LL GET MY CROP BACK? (PHOTO BY KAT) placed at the top. 4. check online at: http://www. however (i. The Recommendations: 1. Based on discussion. shared responsibility. Stop considering drug users criminals and offer them health and treatment services to those in need. BUT ALSO TO LESS HEALTH ISSUES the health sector. 3. 2.) This seems a very commendable set of principles. This is why extensive efforts must be made to provide adequate resources for prevention – with a focus on the ‘sensitive’ social groups such as youths – as well as the developing of easy access to treatment for the people suffering from drug dependencies. if lacking. to invest in drug prevention and drug education. Encourage experimentation with regulation models designed to undermine organized crime and benefit the health and security of end users. there is no denying that. It is time for us to face the issue head-on and adapt. How will really opened up the debate about our approach to drugs worldwide. Judging the success of the War on Drugs by the number of arrests made. The day our approach to drugs evolves. law enforcement. The necessary steps towards rectifying the situation will contain big challenges. What about you? For more information on the report. If one looks at the current structure of drug trade/use. And indeed. so long as a curious mind exists. educational initiatives and so forth. Challenge misconceptions about drug users. Needless to say we’ll be doing our part. allowing institutions to focus on drug use linked to larger social issues (childhood trauma. which can easily be applied given the extensive research done internationally by recognized authorities. is not in any way a measure of success – especially when the consumption of said drug continues to rise. 8. This will create new jobs. we should discuss the possible creation of licenses allowing the production of these drugs. As many have said before. 6. involving all relevant parties (families. law enforcement etc. drug use in itself and drug dependency.e. to focus repressive actions on violent criminal organizations[. It is quite an accurate representation of the control each group has on the market. the number of drugs intercepted. neglect. socialand political experiments done internationally. decades’ worth of propaganda will have to be addressed before any truly unbiased conclusion can be reached. The War on Drugs has failed. Imagine how many people profit from the War on Drugs: the prison industry. 9. even today. The UN must provide leadership in global drug policy reform. textile-. all concerned parties (families. etc. but also give everyone the information necessary for them to be able to make an educated decision with regards to drug use. Pursue an open debate and break through the taboo surrounding drugs.) which truly do need attention. create jobs and economic income and reduce health risks (with regard to altered substances). trustworthy means of distribution. Establish better methods to measure the progress. You try an approach.] but first and foremost to begin the transformation of the “global drug prohibition regime” by replacing current measures with responsible policies and strategies built on facts and not on ideology and political convenience. we can not only ensure that the misconceptions are dispersed. despite certain shortcomings. There are exceptions though. especially [with regards] to Cannabis’ and ‘offer health and treatment services to those in need. it is time for the relevant institutions to face the facts.

in other realms. Many people like to believe they truly ‘know everything there is to know about Cannabis’. eat. Whether or not the above are true. shielding healthy cells and inciting the ‘suicide’ of cancer cells. has protective. Most animals and other organisms also have cannabinoid receptors. Forget what? According to Dr. neuroprotector.lenrichmondfilms. one cannot argue about the proven role and functions that cannabinoids (endogenous. be assured that your education will still have been expanded through the watching of this astonishing film. After millions of years of evolution (beginning with the humble sea squirt) humans have developed a sophisticated system of receptors – one of the densest of its type in the human body – specifically designed to accept the exact chemical compounds produced by the Cannabis plant. fights diabetes. antiinflammatory. smell. If Cannabis (and the drug compounds therein) is so dangerous. providing physical. The documentary begins with a brief education on the ancient relationship between Cannabis and humans. nutrient transport and metabolism. causing a shift from hunter/gatherer societies to static. Due to the oily nature of the cannabinoids (the stuff that spreads all over your fingers when you handle buds) the compounds are easily able to slip between the two parts of the body. Written and directed by Len Richmond Narrated by Peter Coyote Edited by Massimo Mazzucco Running Time: 60 minutes .’ It is a known fact that the lack of pain memory is one of the more important evolutionary aspects of our bodies. Raphael Mechoulam. Even if you already knew much of the information covered in What if Cannabis Cured Cancer. malignant tumors and bacterial infections.Color . scientific evidence that will only fail to silence opponents to medical marijuana if they choose to entirely ignore the research. . including the nervous-.com Some important cannabinoid functions: THC: Mimics the body’s own ECS. effect and duration of each of your favorite strains. such as ethno-botany. where they can then destroy cancer cells in a carefully-guided attack. forget. we need our ECS for mechanisms that help us to ‘relax. anti-psychotic. BY 1942. CBD: Non-psychoactive. activists. THCV: Mostly in S. This means that our very most precious and essential systems are being aided in function and control by the ECS.or herbal) have in the human body. the ECS regulates our moods. affects the impact of THC. but cannabinoids actually have a semi-protective effect on the body. bronchial dilator. ALL CANNABIS-BASED DRUGS HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM US PHARMACIES. Hard facts replace conjecture. THESE FOUR CANNABINOIDS ARE CONSIDERED AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE 400+ COMPOUNDS FOUND IN CANNABIS. Anthropological conjecture exists over whether Cannabis consumption somehow stimulated early human language skills. You read that correctly: human beings produce the endogenous version of the herbal cannabinoids responsible for the myriad effects brought about by the consumption of weed. doubters. agrarian ones. makes ‘high’ come on faster but last less time.. CBN: Primary product of THC degradation. Activists from within the community will rejoice: the merits of medbut extremely in-depth. Anti-proliferative (inhibits cell growth). Writer and director Len Richmond has stunned viewers with a masterpiece documenting the bio-chemistry of Cannabis: What if Cannabis Cured Cancer answers questions that viewers perhaps never thought to ask. It is this action that takes place when certain cannabinoids pass into the brain. Whether you ingest. growers. smokers. Anti-metastatic (stops cancer’s ability to spread). Perhaps short-term memory isn’t such a bad thing after all. African/Thai strains. Cannabinoid impact on cancer: Seeking out cancer cells and preferentially killing them. and storage. virus-induced leukemia. then that’s definitely not true. circulatory-. or ECS. THIS DOCUMENTARY WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FILMS YOU EVER WATCH. KURT CANNABIS (MALCOLM MCDOWELL) AND CONNIE CANCER (ROSEANNE BARR) LIGHTEN THE MOOD IN A SPECIAL COMEDY SHORT. plus a few others. or we. you will obtain the peace of mind that comes with certainty: everything we’ve been saying for years about the benefits of Cannabis has been true. will burst. the unique combination of these compounds. CANNABIS PHARMACEUTICALS PRESENT A LESS-TOXIC ALTERNATIVE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ALREADY ILL. Anti-angiogenic (prevents fresh blood supply to tumors). known as endogenous cannabinoids. Type II diabetes.and immune systems. presenting a quick. and is now scientifically-proven. the man who discovered THC in 1964. scientists claim that hemp was the first intentionally cultivated plant. sedative. or endoSativa Diva cannabinoids. Apoptopic (hastens death of cancer cells).. then why do we produce nearly atomically-twin substances that our body requires to survive? According to Di Marzo (1998). anti-depressant. preventative effect against malignant tumors. encourages cancer cell death. sleep. may act as anti-depressant. blends together to present the exact flavor. Many of its protective and therapeutic effects may be attributed to the ability of these substances to move freely through the ‘brain/blood barrier’. doctors. anti-epileptic. fights LEN RICHMOND HAS STUNNED VIEWERS WITH A MASTERPIECE DOCUMENTING THE BIO-CHEMISTRY OF CANNABIS: WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER ANSWERS QUESTIONS THAT VIEWERS PERHAPS NEVER THOUGHT TO ASK ical Cannabis are explained empirically. as well as virus-induced leukemia. AND WHY WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO DO SO FOR THE SAKE OF THE HUMAN RACE. ‘We need to have a way to One of the reasons that Cannabis does not physically addict is because of our ECS – our bodies recognize cannabinoids. Ever wondered why Cannabis gets you high? It’s no accident. Naysayers.Stereo . strongly inhibits tumor growth in leukemia and breast cancer. In addition. reproductive.and lung cancer tumors. anxiolytic (anti-anxiety).DVD » www. anyone who has ever had an opinion about Cannabis must watch this film and truly become enlightened. slows growth of lungand breast cancer. anti-inflammatory. THC has also been medically-proven to slow the growth of breast. CBC: Found in extremely low levels. If nothing else. education into the physical workings of these substances. Not only does smoking moderate amounts of weed NOT cause cancer. forget and protect’. smoke or vaporize it. drink. However.DOCUMENTARY 7 What if Cannabis Cured Cancer? THIS MINDBLOWING FILM EXPLAINS HOW AND WHY WE GET HIGH FROM CANNABIS. is responsible for modulating energy intake. The endo-cannabinoid system. their original intent was to receive the same compounds when produced by the human body. and this is especially important for brain cancer patients. If you haven’t seen this film. which protects the brain from infection and other harm. but research diverges here as the functions sometimes differ between species.

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However. Although the bill is sure to be opposed by many.. Dr. but also the level of his enthusiasm and commitment to the cause. HR 2306.) and Barbara Lee (Calif. and that nations should begin reviewing current drug policy with a possible view to eventual legalization.’ Frank also authored the State’s Right to Medical Marijuana Act in 2001. there is a RON PAUL HAS LENT HIS NAME TO AN OTHERWISE ALL-DEMOCRAT PROPOSITION and damaging to society. The expectation is that the excessive levels of criminality involved in the Cannabis industry will decrease with the more favorable legislation and regulations many states have already begun to implement. but despite (or perhaps due to) his apparent eccentricity he enjoys a wide following. despite not always agreeing on matters of policy.LEGISLATION 9 HR 2306: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 A MAJOR SHIFT IN THE APPROACH TO US MARIJUANA LEGISLATION. FOR TEXAS’S 14TH DISTRICT ground in marijuana campaigning and a consistent pro-hemp voting record. sell and smoke marijuana – where it is not prohibited by state law – would no longer be committing a Federal offense. it is a positive step in the continuing effort to raise awareness in political circles. having signed the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 (HR1866 2009-H1866) to ‘grant each state regulating authority for the growing and processing of industrial hemp. continued prohibition of Cannabis should be acknowledged as pointless outspoken criticism of US monetary. all cynicism aside. BOTH RON PAUL AND BARNEY FRANK HAVE A STRONG BACKGROUND IN PROHEMP AND MARIJUANA CAMPAIGNING. and perhaps a few more Congressional Representatives will stop and think for a moment longer when considering HR 2306. a strong dislike of the ‘nanny state’ – and belief in self-determination and our inherent freedom to decide what to put into our bodies. FOR THE 4TH DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS and Frank continue their liaisons in the future and that Dr. The legislation would limit Federal interference in marijuana law enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling. AS WAS EFFECTIVELY THE CASE PRIOR TO 1937 As a staunch supporter of small government. Federal raids on dispensaries would no longer occur as citizens invoking their right to cultivate. Steve Cohen (Tenn. as was effectively the case prior to 1937. and was in itself remarkable in that HR 2306 SEEKS TO REMOVE MARIJUANA REGULATION FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND HAND IT BACK TO THE STATE.).. this is the first that seeks to entirely remove Federal control (at least within state boundaries). Mass. Texas).and foreign policies.. REPUBLICAN HOUSE REP. However. Barney Frank. as well as to campaign in favor of online gambling within the US. While previous proposed bills have sought to limit Federal control or legalize certain aspects of marijuana or hemp. has attracted significant media attention. . Many more moderate Republicans seek to distance themselves from him. this bill could be deemed a well-timed move to guarantee media coverage and increased support from a wider demographic. John Conyers (Mich. Such bi-partisan arrangements – while not uncommon – are likely to attract more attention in the media. Nevertheless. and four further democrats: Reps. the popular liberal. With levels of public interest remaining high. and as such is a milestone in the saga of Cannabis politics. On June 23rd. and de facto leader of the libertarian Tea Party movement. showing not only the level to which this elder statesman is informed. and in 2008 proposed the Personal Use HOUSE REP. Presidential candidate. and as a 2012 Presidential hopeful. It seeks to remove marijuana regulation from the jurisdiction of the Federal government and hand it back to the state. of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act (HR 5843) which initially died in committee. and thus Ron Paul has lent his name to an otherwise all-Democrat proposition. DEMOCRATIC RON PAUL. The bill is being publicized using the decades-old but still effective argument: that prohibition of alcohol had negative effects so severe it was quickly deemed unworkable – and for the same reasons.). all such publicity is good publicity for the Cannabis cause. his interest in pro-marijuana legislation apparently extends beyond the hypothetical: Paul has even promoted the cause of industrial hemp in the past. So. Paul is no stranger to controversy. The bill’s authors do however stress that it is ‘not a legalization bill’. Paul would remain so emphatically in favor of pro-marijuana legislation – were his presidential campaign to prove successful. vote. Republican Congressman for Texas’s 14th District. with trafficking offenses remaining under Federal jurisdiction. It comes at a very relevant time – just after the Global Commission on Drug Policy released statements to the effect that the War on Drugs has so far been a failure. let alone the House. Much has been made of the so-called ‘unlikely’ partnership between Ron Paul and Barney Frank. it’s clear there is yet another subject upon which they agree – and have done for some time. Production. Frustration that people are being wrongly-deprived of medical marijuana due to outdated and restrictive laws is a sentiment strongly echoed in several of Paul’s previous statements. and was re-proposed in 2009. It is to be hoped that Congressmen Paul good chance of this bill getting at least a little floor time. sale and taxation of Cannabis would be wholly regulated by state authorities. it seems that the link between these two very different politicians is not so tenuous after all. Jared Polis (Colo. 2011 the bi-partisan bill.). He has a proven record over the past few years on pro-marijua- BARNEY FRANK. His stance is informed by a long belief in the states’ ability to govern themselves. contrary to many of the more sensationalist reports appearing in By Kali Mist the initial days following the announcement.). Ron Paul is known for his na issues. was proposed to Congress by Ron Paul (R. Democratic House Representative of the 4th District of Massachusetts– the second openly gay member of the House of Representatives – also has a strong backit was the first that sought to remove marijuana legislation from the Federal level – but limited to personal amounts. When it comes to marijuana. HR 2306. and is unlikely to pass committee. with its bi-partisan authorship. only to die again. Barney Frank (D.. and it is true that on many issues their views are entirely unaligned. they have teamed up in the past to campaign for reductions in military spending. This bill was each time co-sponsored and supported by Ron Paul. it would be contradictory to his stance to condone Federal control over most everyday aspects of life.

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he would devote the rest of [his] life to helping people and telling them about the Sacred Plant. and an appeal is in process. Today. As the number of states where democratically-passed leg- MOST DISPENSARIES CHARGE $15-$25 A GRAM FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA.’” Rev. I fear for our future as a world power. THROUGH THE CHURCH THE COST WAS ABOUT A DOLLAR A GRAM. If you try and work hard enough they will all come TRUE. which we proved (in spite of where I am) that we could do. but did not mitigate his sentence. She was a healer and was able to help many people.Green-Aid. write. as a rattlesnake with a broken back. She was one of the kindest souls I have ever met and just about all who knew her will testify to that. many of them are wonderful people and we would all be better off with many of them home with their families. to a woman whom he says “is the love of my life. Even while Eddy is serving out his sentence for similar activities. Eddy’s congregation was comprised of cancer patients. Grubbycup Linda developed thyroid cancer.” Irrigated by a drip system with overhead misters. follow your dreams.” country means they “are really no worse than the rest of Corporate America. “Life in prison is very boring. discuss making provisions for large scale licensed indoor cultivation. If the big business and the banks aren’t brought to heel soon. and again forced Eddy to watch a loved one suffer. According to Eddy. my strength. and offered a way for people to obtain medical islation allowing some local use of marijuana rises. but artificial lighting is much more expensive than using natural sunlight. Arrested in California. Grubbycup awaiting appeal. they are still striking out at everyone in their death throes. but in conflict with Federal law. She was my ‘Little Bitty Pretty One. Linda passed away shortly before Eddy was arrested. Eddy advises to get the most out of Cannabis: “Go slow and enjoy the benefits. “Either you never met her or you loved her. especially the closer relationships you will have with the ‘most high’ as you understand it. after the loss of his first wife. The guys I am in here with. CA until his conviction and sentencing in 2008. versus the overseeing Federal government’s more restrictive stance.com. 25 acres of land were held by the Church for use by the congregation. indoors allows for increased security and seasonal flexibility.” Cannabis has been illegal in California for less than 100 years. Eddy is housed at Lompoc Federal Prison Camp in California.” Sadly. His garden was operated in compliance with California State law.” The Church was “loved and wellreceived. and sadly as a nation. read. Current prescription costs are beyond the financial grasp of many.12 GREEN PRISONERS POLITICAL PRISONER AND ACTIVIST EDDY LEPP TALKS WITH SOFT SECRETS USA Eddy Lepp Speaks Eddy Lepp owned and operated Eddy’s Medicinal Gardens in Lake County.” The Church made charitable donations to the local poor. “I broke no laws in the state of California. Big business is killing this country. He became involved with helping people connect with safe access to medical Cannabis after his father was diagnosed with cancer. I am most definitely a political prisoner. and pressure from citizens to restore that freedom to the citizenry is mounting.. Through the Church the cost was about a dollar a gram.” Eddy eventually remarried. Judge Marilyn Patel noted the ten-year mandatory minimum was excessive. Eddy explains. Growing Cannabis “THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED!” 5 “ONE MORE WAY THAT HEMP PLASTIC COULD SAVE OUR LIVES” 17 “HOW TO FEMINIZE CANNABIS” 20 . ‘Eddy’s Medicinal Gardens and MultiDenominational Chapel of Cannabis and Rastafari’ was a dream. I have kept my word as Jah did for me. California cities. When she developed cancer. at some point the Federal government should accept the will of the citizens. the re-legalization movement seems to be making progress. he “made a promise to Jah (God) that in exchange for spiritual strength for his wife. There is little to do and less to care about. Eddy inhabited the gray area between what states claim to be the rights of its citizens to seek non-pharmaceutical relief. There are eight million people without health insurance in California. helping. In a democracy. It began with FDR and has resulted in the loss of our greatest asset: the great American farmer. We were still planting as late as May or June.” There are six-and-a-half more years remaining in Eddy’s sentence. The illness made eating difficult for his father. such as Oakland. and smoking marijuana helped. my friend. and medical care charges more to private citizens than it does to insurance companies. Eddy contends that the religious use of Cannabis is nothing new: “It is the main ingredient in the holy anointing oil in the Bible. She was special. love and puka shells. Peace. In March they were still being planted. highlighting the problems related to using only traditional cancer treatments. the will of the majority of the population should determine the direction of government. “From what I understand they are all indoors and that makes them cost prohibitive. I am never closer to Jah as when I use the Sacred Herb. “I believe they have already lost the fight but. visit » www.” When asked about his first wife Linda.. I [play] Bocci. AIDS patients and other medical users seeking to grow their own medicinal Cannabis – and Rastafarian sacrament. If you believe in something.” To learn more about Eddy’s case and those of other Green Prisoners. Most dispensaries charge $15-$25 a gram for medical marijuana. She goes to many events and never tires of telling the world of our FIGHT FOR JUSTICE. my partner. A Rastafari minister. “At his memorial his doctor told me I added several months to his life by having him smoke marijuana. a belief that we could help ourselves and others without help or aid from the government.” Time goes slowly for imprisoned Eddy. the legalized extortion of money that the insurance and pharmaceutical companies are allowed to enjoy in this “We started in December with plants going into the ground. and using natural and organic nutrients. it is only a matter of time.” Cannabis without paying black market prices or contributing to the cash flow of underworld smugglers.

etc. friendly city. In their war on the growers. then you’re out of luck… unless you have a ‘wietby O’Riodon pas’ (weed pass). but it doesn’t stop there.’ They’ve just cut the police force. A Monsieur Valiant. So much for free choice. then fight about it with the European Parliament later. probably involving money. Weed may be ‘legal’ in the do. He suggests the government should set aside a hundred thousand acres and start major cultivation. PLEASE DON’T COME AGAIN Well. also. who until now have been the bad guys with their relentless persecution of the Cannabis user. Fortunately there are number of groups challenging the law on the grounds of discrimination (which is against a current EEC law). Then the highly-taxed product would be sold in local tobacconists.and personal details. they realized it was an opportunity to do the same in Holland. the move will expand an already huge black market. the pass is only valid in the coffeeshop nearest to where you live. but the Minister of Justice is just pig-headed enough to try and push it through. despite all the advice to the contrary. In a brain-churning stroke of ostrich politics. if France can come up with something positive. whether it’s good or bad. Whereas the US system is run by medical practitioners. Sure. but the government in The Hague is not listening. they will just have to buy off the street. This is a moment for some clear-headed thinking and an admission that recreational wants to push the price to over thirty dollars a gram and then tax it. What if this information falls into the wrong hands? It could have far-reaching effects: denial of auto insurance. because they will have everybody’s bank. the Dutch government is busy banging another nail into the coffin of Cannabis tourism. There have been rumors of a rather cynical plan that would explain the continuing onslaught on the growers. an ex-cabinet minister. has put forth a proposal to bring Cannabis under the same law that governs tobacco. an unelected coalition of tight-assed racists and poker-faced deniers. THEN YOU’RE OUT OF LUCK… UNLESS YOU HAVE A ‘WIETPAS’ (WEED PASS) coffeeshops. so why don’t politicians get it? It makes me wonder if there isn’t some ulterior motive. but discriminatory and a denial of people’s rights. prices have been rising steadily. along with all the weirdos who smoke it. you have finally been issued with a weed pass and you need a smoke. Importers and non-licensed growers would still be prosecuted. Unfortunately you can only get one of these if you’re a legal. why can’t Holland? So. They even know when you buy and how much because payment must be done with a bank card – no more cash. they would prefer a more liberal approach. a tradition as Dutch as tulips and cheese. RESIDENT TAX-PAYERS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE DUTCH GEDOOGKABINET (TOLERANCE CABINET) THE NEW CARD – EFFECTIVELY PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP. private companies now deal with a large part of the busts. Meanwhile in the criminal world. When the Minister of Justice was asked about the increase in street dealing that would follow such a move. has been wrestling with the ‘Cannabis problem’ since they first got together in their grubby little pact. As a result of all the busts.AMSTERRANT 13 Dutch Weed Pass: THANK YOU. as I write this. off limits to you and all other visitors to Holland. They wished Cannabis didn’t exist. because the card is not valid anywhere else. visited by millions of people and (according to the statistics) a quarter of them will safely visit a coffeeshop. and tourists were ripped off all the time.. should you come to visit the fair city of Amsterdam and want to buy some weed. This government. To close THIS TINY CARD COULD INCITE A HUGE UPROAR. This is the same justice department that carries out more telephone taps than any other country in the world. it is the police who serve the warrant and make the arrest. champagne corks are already popping. his reply was simply. but the government will not listen. This could be a law within six months. Today. Well. when we had lots of bad drugs and violence on the streets. tourists will potentially only be able to access the passes from their hotel reception or doormen. When medical marijuana became big news in the States. Amsterdam is a clean. They have decided they don’t want your dollars any more and the next time you visit Europe they’d prefer if you went elsewhere to smoke your dope. negatively impact a job application or a custody hearing. Quality will go down and there is the added opportunity to get involved in a violent street crime. In order to get a pass you have to register your name. but not so harshly. The public know this. bringing in enough revenue to kick-start the economy. This is dangerous territory and infringes upon our human rights. Now. with a few changes. address and social security number. The city of Amsterdam is against the plan and a number of other cities in Holland have also expressed doubts. SHOULD YOU VISIT AMSTERDAM AND WANT TO BUY SOME WEED. are suddenly looking at it in a favorable light. (PHOTO: MARCEL VAN HOORN) them to visitors is not only stupid. ‘the police will deal with it. tax paying resident. This is a mistake of Himalayan proportions and experts have told them so. but a hundred mature plants can get you a 10K fine and the chance of a life-changing experience. This is sending us back to the ‘80s. but then private enterprise takes over. The new weed pass will fit very well into their plan. After that. but we Cannabis use poses no threat whatsoever to society. or. they want to turn our coffeeshops into private clubs. you’ll have buy from your nearest coffeeshop. ours will be run by the justice department and they will want everybody’s name and number. after all the ID checks. Yes. It is believed the government All this is happening in a time when the French. folks. . if you’re lucky you might find something good and buy the maximum allowance – three whole grams! ONLY LEGAL.

I started to sell the seed tubes and now almost everybody is doing it. but not the full labeling. People can ask whether shops not on the list are real or not. you’re obviously selling seeds as if they were Serious’ – and he didn’t even bother to deny it. People ‘buy’ something by credit card and never get anything. According to him he wasn’t doing anything wrong. Basically: ‘What do you care? If they have complaints I have to face them. Lots of people are trying to parasitize on the popularity of certain names. If they buy seeds and they have a bad experience – even if they fucked up themselves – we give them new seeds. but I don’t visit forums a lot so can’t say where for sure. ‘No. and we By Jules Marshall operate in a world that is not really protected like regular companies are. I’m getting complaints here and they’re not getting Serious Seeds from you. yep. I was a grower back then. lots of times you will find what you get is not what you anticipated. They pay for all those people who parasitize on them. It has happened already that companies copy the packaging too. So pirates have been there from the start – because it’s lucrative. The packaging was sort of mine. especially when you are operating internationally. I also get emails regularly from people ‘I bought these AK seeds from this shop – are they real?’ Sometimes they are and sometimes they’re not. How much are pirates typically making on ripped off seeds? How much cheaper are generic seeds compared to branded AK-47 seeds from you? AK-47 is not the most expensive seed but it is certainly not a cheap one either. There are also Black Lists too. But we have done it since Day One. Serious Seeds is the only company as far as I know who individually number each seed package. So would you like to see or would you advise other companies to be as careful as Serious in documenting and labeling their varieties? Copying what you’re doing? You can see that the main interest of establishing companies is still making money. especially those who are not in the position of being able to browse real-life shops for their growing needs. it seems. they come to buy our WHITE RUSSIAN IS ONE OF THE MANY LEGENDARY STRAINS CREATED BY SERIOUS SEEDS . It is a lot of hassle to do it: checking numbers. The days of popping over to Amsterdam or asking a friend to send or bring some back are over. and now he was selling his own seeds as if they were Serious. He used to buy Serious Seeds from us. but I don’t think it is. it’s not just Chanel. The names and intellectual property of well-known quality weed strains are being increasingly ripped off too – but without the protection in law granted to legitimate businesses. Growers are basically victims. let’s say. People know that. If they’re lucky they get bogus seeds. and we keep a database of that. And that is interesting enough for pirates to want to copy. which websites are not to be trusted? I have seen such sites. But as with the rest of the ‘Net. SSUSA spoke to Simon. The ‘Net. We guarantee this. This is only because of this problem. Simon: Yes. but in our business we are far more limited. I don’t know exactly how other companies deal with complaints. We are also the only company that guarantees our seeds – to protect the customer. whose award-winning household names. and from the type of the complaint it was clear that these were not Serious Seeds they were getting. it’s written about in forums and so on. We want them to have a good experience with our seeds. Soft Secrets: You were talking about ripping off the names of weed strains. talked to the owner. although I can’t remember where I saw them. He’s been operating for a couple of years. So 80 Euros (ca. cyber-squatters and pirates. the Cannabis seed business is a victim of the ease with which ideas can be ripped off and copied. $115) for 11 seeds. They can make lawsuits and all the rest. right to the last detail. such as Bubblegum and AK-47. Its sort of ‘upper-middle class’. so we go very far with our customer service. especially the Spanish companies. they can call and check ‘is this a good one or not?’ It’s all to protect the end customer. Prada and branded cigarettes that are being faked and pirated. Nobody else is doing it. If you’re buying seeds off the Internet by name. So the fact that nobody does it is already pointing in that direction. Today. Are there independent websites where growers can discuss among themselves which seeds or sellers are legit. His first line of argument was that he had to deal with possible complaints. and it filters back to me. When did you first become aware of this problem with piracy? Before I had started my own business. basically. They build pirate websites. sometimes not selling anything at all. It’s a widespread thing.’ I said. He had been selling our seeds for a while. OSB – a shop from Canada. Serious Seeds has a shop list of legitimate shops on its website which sell the real thing. is a haven for fly-by-night merchants. are among the worst hit by this scurrilous activity. Very little. But at some point we got a couple of complaints very close to each other from their customers. takes the whole back cover of the High Times for an advertisement. I’ll give you an example of one case – Ontario Seed Bank. And with virtually no chance of them being caught. when you had Skunk and Northern Lights already and in Amsterdam there were shops with seeds with those names way cheaper than the original. old-school seed breeder extraordinaire and owner of Serious Seeds. The idea usually is just to sell them and wash your hands [of it]. and I’m not here to advise other companies. said ‘hey man. but not totally. fielding complaints. So I called the shop. it may sound like a trivial thing. So you can see that they take over good ideas. It’s very widespread.14 INTERVIEW Pirates of the High Seeds The Internet has been a huge boon for growers around the world. and only if they’re really lucky do they get the real thing. We have a list of legit sites. and blah blah blah. you’re making money while giving us a bad name. selling the seeds as if they are real.

and is still doing it. a couple of years ago. So now there are coffeeshops or grow shops and bars or whatever. don’t just go by the name. You have to stop immediately. . which is fine. But what is the difference to this and if Mr. they agreed to stop using my names. and are registered in Canada. They’re even harder to track down. they are not in the business and know no better. All we can do is try to protect our interests and name as best we can. this issue. and after three months shut the whole business down and start a new thing. I mean. There is. and since it was not a delibAs a variant. Chronic – popular names. and you also find out what the packaging looks like. That’s how weird it can get. They are offered seeds under these names and they buy them and sell them. because they think it’s funny. They all seem like equals in the booklet but I see them as copies and in my opinion. Sensi Seeds and so on. maybe find out what was going on through your personal networks and had a bit more control. Oké 47. when he smokes alone or with friends some AK-47. there’s a lot to say about this subject. Also. That is also difficult: people who did not lift a finger to make seeds themselves – they have no clue how much time it takes.15 decides: that’s what I want. Now it is all about big companies in Spain growing massive amounts of seeds and selling to everyone. GROWERS ARE BASICALLY VICTIMS. If something just reminds you of AK-47. but it is also good for the end customer. The coffeeshops that are buying them. ultimately. look at the website of the company to see if it is a legit shop. AK-47 is probably the most copied name in the business. There have been cases and law suits about names already.’ He thought it was perfectly fine to do that. let alone internationally. variations on names is common throughout the industry. with complete documentation from seed to consumer. they just start selling seeds with somebody else’s name. Several coffeeshops in Amsterdam are starting to sell seeds under their own name. seeds. So a customer has to not just look at the name but also look at the company who is producing it. he’s doing it with other companies too. From customers I know. Like I said. It’s happening in Holland. you could put out inquires. nonpoisonous product. selling them under their own name. right next to my entry is an AK-48. Luckily I found out right away.com. they don’t know enough about erate action against Serious Seeds. and they did: to AK-48! The best thing is to check which company has made the seeds. that he shouldn’t be confused with names that are the same or similar and he’s not getting what he wanted. not your copies. But when you see them all printed together it looks like they are all in the same league. That is my main concern. I guess when the seeds business was mostly confined to Amsterdam or Holland. THEY PAY FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO PARASITIZE ON THEM. So what should growers do to safeguard their choice of seeds? Another thing you see is… Paradise Seeds contacted me – no I contacted them. but in European courts they have a hard time not to burst out laughing. Armageddon 47 and Jack 47. They look very similar but are not. so I think we have a responsibility to warn them. I went along with the name changes by Nirvana. AK-74. Kaya 47. you don’t want to moan about it all the time. White Label seeds and others but there are still a lot of companies selling AK-47 at some point. so they don’t appreciate the problem. I guess one answer is to do something like they’re starting to set up in America. I found out a couple of months ago that nowadays… this business started with small seed companies. They sell seeds of course. Nirvana started selling AK-47 until I spotted this at a Cannabis Cup a few years ago and said ‘What the AK-47 IS PROBABLY THE MOST COPIED NAME IN THE BUSINESS fuck is this? You’re using my name. If those two are matched. they’re all bought from a big producer – and guess what? They started selling seeds which are originally Serious names: Bubblegum. where you treat the marihuana industry like any other branch of the agricultural industry. Like that it is clear that they were derived from AK-47. and it’s not permitted to mention all the awards the strain has won. Yes. but with the Internet it’s almost impossible. After my intervention they changed the name to something referring to or close to AK-47. So there you have it. To take part under those conditions is just degrading to the original and to my company. Their website is called paradiseseeds. theirs are legal and ours is not. What you also see is people start a website and start selling seeds. a Jack 47. not really living up to the original.’ Finally they understood my point. but there is no danger of confusion with the original. goes to the shop and asks for AK-47. and the rogue site is attracting attention away from the original site. but you have to pay a lot of money for such protection. Olé 47. My names are protected in Benelux. Heineken was there or a cigarette company? I tell you what the difference is: we’re dealing with a very relaxed. There are seeds called OK-57. You have to look at all these things to boost your chance of success. AK-47 as if it’s completely normal. to name only a few. So you have to be on the lookout even here in Amsterdam. Before they buy their seeds. then the chances of success are greater. and at some point Wow. it’s back to the old Caveat Emptor – buyer beware. because they pay the price. But it’s very hard to find out who’s behind it. Unlike the name of the seeds. that’s one way. to make them realize that this is going on. Or so I hope. But my concern is that the customer. while they are selling really dangerous drugs – except. and someone else started a site called paradiseseeds. this is seldom copied. It’s all about money. Especially when all you can have printed is the name and flowering time. nl. It means when I pay for an ad in a booklet or guide or whatever. then it’s OK by me. Nirvana promised they’d change the name. So just pinching your names and sticking them on their own seeds? Yep. All copies of the original AK-47. A company in Amsterdam – Spliff – just started selling Bubblegum.

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and with every new piece of research a new incentive emerges for others to join in the movement. which was revolutionary in the world of polymer research at that time. as the multinationals have been demonstrating for years. eco-friendly ethics are becoming the safest choice for companies wishing to maintain their profit margins. Due to their versatile nature. With time. there is a huge amount of money to be made in plastics. Aramids are the class of highstrength. we must find sustainable and environmentally acceptable alternatives soon.4-phenylene-diamine and terephthaloyl chloride take on a polymerized liquid crystal form. SHOWING THE INTERLINKED POLYMER RINGS (© BEN MILLS EPHEMERONIUM) “With plastic waste choking the oceans. brake linings and sporting equipment. Without a return to a vastly simpler existence. cables.and vehicle armor to cover ropes. In the USA. not all possibilities are being as explored as they should. Furthermore. there’s no way we can get rid of them any time soon. and further research was undertaken immediately. drive in them. prices remain high. mean- KEVLAR HAS A VERY HIGH TENSILE STRENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO. but the impetus needs to increase still further before we see universal uptake of sustainable technologies. more and more sectors of industry will become aware of the advantages of hemp plastic. The latter type of plastics is formed at high temperatures. and with consumer awareness at an all-time high. Kevlar is also very stable in extremes of temperature – especially sub-zero levels – and has very low thermal conductivity. in the form of Kevlar and other similar technologies. MAKING IT IDEAL FOR USES SUCH AS THIS SAILCLOTH. is a synthetic ‘para-aramid’ polyamide fiber developed and patented by DuPont in 1965. But the small number of innovative organizations out there that are investing heavily into hemp research is slowly growing. synthetic plastics became the standard. A further disadvantage is its low resistance to sunlight and tendency to degrade under UV light. the monomers 1. walk on them. around five times stronger than steel. they can be molded and remolded into shapes that will be retained when cooled) or thermosetting. weblike inter-molecular bonds between the polymer chains. severe impacts and exposure to extremely corrosive or harmful chemicals. supplies inconsistent and public awareness minimal. There are now several grades of Kevlar on offer in the form of various papers. trees and soil. fly in them. One More Way That Hemp Plastic Could Save Our Lives THE KEVLAR FIBER IN ITS However. which cause them to form ring-like structures. and rapidly became seen as indispensable. para-aramids have the best strength-to-weight ratio of them all. this produces a fiber. is the tendency for said polymer rings to respond to molecular forces during processing and grow in an even. upon repeated heating. The more publicity that we can bring to these innovative hemp researchers. and dangerous to work with in an industrial setting. that does not break in the way that nylon and other synthetic fibers do – due to strong. or poly(p-phenyleneterephtalamide). When spun. but more importantly. These have a number of uses extending beyond the original use in car tires. The most significant developments have arguably been in the field of composite plastics. The new fiber had astonishing potential as a substitute for steel and more. light material (to be used as a substitute for steel in racing tires) that researchers found that in a solution of concentrated sulfuric acid.” Over the last decade or so.e. Plastics formed in this way can be thermoplastic (i. the more we at SSUSA feel we are doing something to assist their efforts. However. when not sourced from organic materials (such as hemp or flax). where a reinforcing fiber (in this case. and research into further potential uses is picking up pace in many countries of the world. (© HENRY HEATLY) DUE TO ITS FIRE-PROOF NATURE. But there is only so much the planet can stand – and with plastic waste choking the oceans. as well as heat-containing linings for aircraft. the propensity for ‘aromatic stacking interactions’ gives the fiber incredible strength and consistency: this UNPROCESSED STATE (©CJP24) A DIAGRAM OF THE MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF KEVLAR. Kevlar is generally expensive to produce due to the fact that concentrated sulfuric acid is costly. such as unsaturated polyester. There’s no escaping them in modern life – we wear them. ultra-strong Kevlar fiber can be woven to produce textiles. are usually created in the laboratory in the form of synthetic polymers – nylon. advances in hemp plastic have meant that a wide selection of products is now available. and are the best-known current application of body. acrylic and carbon fiber are common examples. yarns and fibers. so while it is possible to import hemp longed heat. or layered with resin and thermoset to form composite plastics. (© PHIDAUEX) . highly heat-resistant synthetic polymers mostly developed for military and aerospace applications. Even though the very first plastics were of organic origin. the fiber used to provide strength and durability. it was while attempting to develop a strong. Some of them are capable of withstanding intense and proKevlar. all of which show remarkable resistance to tearing and cutting as well as to fire and heavy impacts. These fibers. cylindrical shape – somewhat like a stack of coins.HEMPTECH 17 by Kali Mist Bullet-proof: Plastics are everywhere. materials and products. we must find sustainable and environmentally acceptable alternatives soon. and it is much easier to slap a patent on a synthetic product than one based on plants growing abundantly in nature. The resulting ultra-thin. the ‘bast’ fibers of the hemp plant) is mixed with a resin. but if reheated retain their characteristics and cannot be remolded. meaning that it is an excellent insulator and can be used in fire-proof clothing. or organic plant-based resins to form a wholly ‘natural’ plastic. Even the biggest global businesses are beginning to recognize the potential for bio-plastics. due to a combination of inter-related factors – domestic hemp production remains illegal. KEVLAR HAS MANY USES – AS SEEN HERE WITH THESE FIRE-STICK WICKS. Their characteristics depend on the resin used. we even use them as armor. trees and soil.

Although the company behind Crailar. and it would be expected that costs will continue to fall as the industry continues to pick up pace. Since their discovery in the 19th century. STRENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIO AND IS AN IDEAL SUBSTITUTE FOR KEVLAR IN MANY APPLICATIONS. (© JI-ELLE) used in US research into Kevlar alternatives. which produces a toxic dust. Given the rabid hostility demonstrated by DuPont towards the innocent hemp plant since the 1930s. in brake pads. Therefore. These jackets still represent a significant advance in hemp fiber research – and demonstrate major potential for the future. such as those made from Kevlar. The fiber can also be used as a basis for composite plastics. a . the silk vests tested so far have reached up to level III-A. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are even investigating the potential to create electricity-generating clothing by interweaving zinc oxide nanowires between the Kevlar fibers. sports equipment. The question now is. and are likely channeling further capital into R & D. and is also being trialled in modern Thailand as a low-cost alternative to standard bulletproof clothing for police. However. discreet items of clothing that are not apparently armored that demonstrates remarkable tensile strength. Lower-cost alternatives for Kevlar are constantly being sought. The silk of a particular Black Widow spider is even being fired from a Glock 9mm. At least one treated hempfiber product is already available. much research has gone into the field of thermosetting composites. This discreet item has a fairly low protection rating due to the thin layer of polymer textile over the standard shell of the jacket. ironically. The fact that the industry is worth so much money is in itself significant in that there is almost unlimited funding available from the top multinationals for research and development. as it appears to be even stronger and lighter. Interestingly. supplies inconsistent and public awareness minimal. who offer a level II-A bulletproof men’s jacket. are mostly non-biodegradable. it is competitive. the more necessary it seems to make them the norm – and fast! While most lovers of Cannabis have no desire to see the plant used for military or law-enforcement purposes.” resistance and tensile strength ten times that of steel. as a more benign alternative to asbestos. hemp plastics offer a cheaper and more sustainable option. and maybe better. Many of these everyday plastics have a truly terrible environmental track record – they require lengthy. Car companies such as Honda. is not actively researching bullet-proof clothing themselves. and in this manner can be used to make lightweight. such products are neither well-known nor widely-available. fast-growing and (usually) cheap. But it seems that everything Kevlar can do. The fire-resistant nature of many hemp fibers and fiber composites also makes them particularly strong potential candidates for substitution of Kevlar when used for manufacture of protective clothing for firemen – and other fire-proof items such as fireeaters sticks. it’s only right that we actually give them a reason for hating. is useful in extremes of temperature. The Kevlar fiber can also be woven into textiles. However. and in many cases stronger. can easily run into the hundreds or thousands of dollars.18 HEMP HOODLAMB’S BULLET-PROOF MEN’S JACKET (© GABE MCINTYRE) ing that additional protective measures are often needed.357 Magnum. in innumerable . Hemp Hoodlamb. more relaxed laws and a much cheaper and more consistent supply) hemp plastic and fiber products are increasingly known and used. silk itself was used in some of the earliest bullet-proof vests. which increases its softness and suppleness. seeking alternatives to these current standards is imperative. Hempreinforced plastics can have an impact but are capable of protecting against otherwise highly dangerous impacts. and are filling up landfills and the ocean everywhere one looks with harmful detritus that will never decompose. It would be most fitting if a hemp-based plastic could knock DuPont’s product off the top spot.22 and a . prices remain high. and high durability (as well as an almost silk-like texture when woven into textiles). such as those from projectiles. Crailar. the potential for hemp in such a massive sector of industry simply cannot be ignored. replacing Kevlar with hemp composite plastic would reduce the cost by a factor of around fifteen. packaging. Kevlar is used here. and thus are useful in manufacture of lightweight materials that can be used as automobile paneling (also for armored vehicles). “While it is possible to import hemp materials and products. The Amsterdam company HempWorks has an in-house clothing label. There are countless different applications. tested with shots different areas of industry: construction. These textiles are used in a wide variety of protective or industrial clothing due to their fire and chemical-resistant properties. so as a sustainable option it is clearly favorable. the raw hemp fibers can also be treated in various ways to alter the characteristics of the finished fiber. as well as comparing to or out-performing silk in many aspects. and the closer we look at natural composites. Hemp is abundant. even those based upon traditional plastics. the fiber demonstrates many of the necessary characteristics. than current industry standard materials – and not just Kevlar but also glass. fashion and jewelery. hemp can do just as well. as well as manufacture of weaponry and defensive items. vehicles. HEMP FIBER HAS A COMPARABLE. While remarkably strong in itself. Costs of such discreet bullet-proof clothing.and carbonreinforced composites (which are currently used in pretty much everything you or I own). Chrysler and Mercedes are all using hemp plastic as we speak. who will be the next industry giant to take up the challenge of making hemp economically viable? Certain stalwarts of the plastics industry would do well to pay attention to the growing hype around hemp. It is produced by washing the hemp fiber in a ‘patented enzymatic bath’. Hemp composites have been shown to be equally strong. these spiders are rare. often ‘disposable’. very good strength-to-weight ratio. While clothing based upon hemp is still expensive. and silk farming in general is often less than eco-friendly. However. In at least one of its uses. and due to the thermo-regulating properties of hemp. IF NOT BETTER. and it is clear there is much still to be done before hemp products replace Kevlar and other environmentally-damaging plastics. and hemp fiber technology still has a little catching up to do. as well as body armor and even powerboat hulls. In the automobile industry in general (but especially in Europe where there is a long tradition of hemp cultivation. a reasonable level of protection against handguns for an urban or police application. so is obviously more suitable for an urban setting than for high-risk police work or warfare. Naturally Advanced Technologies. hazardous and often costly production processes.

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Photos: DHSC THE FLOWERS/HERMIES BEGIN TO SHOW. AFTER A FEW WEEKS. SEEN HERE IN THE STRAWBERRY SOUR DIESEL.20 MADE IN HOLLAND How to Feminize Cannabis: MAKE HER AN HONEST WOMAN THE PLANTS ARE TRIGGERED INTO FLOWER AND SPRAYED SEVERAL TIMES. .

“Some of the genetics that we have aren’t suited to be feminized because they PRE-VEGGED FEMALE CLONES ARE INTRODUCED TO THE HERMAPHRODITE/SPRAYED PLANTS. we stress them (in one room. So we hope from that. solid shell on your seed. and it’s all about timing.to eleven liter pots. they don’t have to maintain a library. and we allow the female plants to finish their flowering period with plenty of breathing room. MAKING FEMINIZED SEEDS. the benefit is not having to keep a collection of mothers and clones – and constant storage. such as gender expression. LEDs just don’t work: this is seed production. inhibiting it causes ‘ethylene signaling’. Hermaphrodites Mixed-gender plants can ruin entire grow rooms. We treat it as though we were flowering the weed. HERMIES ARE REMOVED TO ALLOW THE FEMALES SPACE TO FINISH FLOWERING. “Our seeds are stored at room temperature for preservation. garbage out. to give you a harder. we use what works. why they do it and how their genetics are received Sativa Diva around the world. They were generous enough to share their company secrets and explain how they got started. rather than the same. LATER. Giving it everything we can. once we spray. VIABLE SEEDS. One half of the company explains: solve all their problems. but it isn’t recommended for us to do it because of the large volume we have. Why feminized? Feminized strains are a hot topic of debate in the Cannabis industry. to see if any will turn. That. Until they come up with a new invention we won’t use anything else. it’s more about safety than anything. make feminized seeds. When they’re sprayed. When we trigger them under 12 hours of light. And even when we do test we still don’t know. We use grow tents. Basically. Also. HEALTHY. but we don’t do that because if we refrigerate them and there’s a power outage. Five to six days afterward (depending on the strain and the quickness of flower) we spray it again with about three-and-a-half to four liters of distilled water mixed with STS formula. too. In computer terms: garbage in. “The third reason: just because it was a new thing that everyone thought would “Then. We don’t use RO water because we don’t stay in these places too long. which is fucking hard. “through trial and error. and the new female plants that have just started their pre-flower accept that pollen and. that we won’t cause hermaphrodites. the silver in which ‘locks out’ the copper in plants. we introduced you to the Devil’s Harvest Seed Company. We use 600w HPS “One 600w HPS is used over each meter.” While checking out a variety of feminization techniques. THE PRE-FLOWERING FEMALES ARE IMPREGNATED. that’s how we do it. When the release of pollen occurs. we keep them at room temperature and when you get them it’s up to you to wake up the seeds. others fear that they may be creating ‘zombie weed’ due to their unnatural origin. for indoor growers. So. and then we spray them again with the same dosage. and we’ll use up to six liters of a mixed STS formula. Then. it was the seemingly overnight demand for and rampant popularity of these ‘all-female’ seeds. it works. the DHSC explain how they utilize the STS method (Silver Thiosulfate) to produce feminized Cannabis genetics. they grow them out and each grower will give us feedback. then they’ve got traits in there that we don’t like to find. and to recreate something new every three months. we don’t want to have leaks and we don’t trust taps and stoppers and all that. and then we begin to see the onset of hermaphrodites starting to occur. it just allows you to grow something once. with spraying them and leaving them out exposed to 24 hours of light while they should be in flower. depending on the efforts of the grower. the STS method seems to be the most successful one in the industry. For this reason the DHSC attempts to produce their seeds carefully and in good conditions. “We remove the STS-sprayed plants after seven weeks of flowering. So how do the DHSC combat hermaphroditism? “By selection of good clones that originally have been around here so long – long before feminized seeds – and they were grown from original genetics. for three to five years if in an air-tight container. five milliliters to every one liter of distilled water. if any one of them will produce a hermaphrodite. We provide them to certain growers to test. we’ll use about four liters of distilled water (with STS formula mixed in). For us. and we take them into the room and introduce them to the hermaphrodite/sprayed plants. it appears to be the favorite. Fifteen minute break. thus. we believe that if you want to store your seeds in the refrigerator for long-term. In this issue. as a basic grow setup) with light leaks. which will repress certain traits. and they test them for us straight away. “We’re not saying it’s 100% until we test. if you want to do refrigerated storage that’s your decision. we give them all the stresses to cause an onset of hermaphroditism. that’s your choice as a customer. Because copper is a required micronutrient. new flavors every few months. It just isn’t 100% safe for us. seven days from that point. and we grow typically between 12 and 20 plants in six. the plants have fully-induced into flower. Amsterdam is known for having a really good source of tap water. On that three-week period. organic composts to allow it to naturally grow. we allow the hormones to trigger. So what makes a seed company decide to take the leap into the feminized realm? For the DHSC. so I know why people who are just starting need feminized seeds: lack of space. we lose our entire batch of seeds. It seems to be the most reliable. boring flavor for the next 12 months.” STS is a compound often found in photography labs. we spray them while they’re in their dark period with a heavy dose of STS formula. We don’t do it for flavor. It’s kept refrigerated. lights. “We also know from experience that it’s better to store them at room temperature in a cool. we dry them out and we grow them in the pre-flower. with our feminized technique. “As soon as we make seeds. The water in Amsterdam is really good anyway – I think if you look up tap waters around the world. a soil and worm casting mix with good nutrients. however. Basically. out of all the thousands of seeds. then we spray them again – typically over six plants. so we know 100% that they aren’t selected clones from a feminized plant (these are real mother plants with no [hermaphrodite] traits existent in them already). the best medium. When you put them in storage for long periods you can put them in the fridge. depending on what we’re doing and how big the plants are. but we provide it with some guanos and some of these basic. because we want to provide good seeds. dry.” Genetics are not the only concern: the quality of a person’s grow room helps to insure either success or failure. And on that. in another two weeks – so that would be five weeks of the hermaphrodite plants flowering – they release pollen. relatively new faces on the Amsterdam seed scene.” The process “We select between four and six plants. But you realize when growing with feminized that they don’t help you to develop your skills. but it works. If any do. providing everything that’s good for it: all of the best nutrients we can. and from talking to many people who make feminized seeds. dark place. . So we’re trying to provide the market with what the demand is. the DHSC found that.” The testing process is mandatory for any seed producer wishing to survive in this industry. WELL-GROWN PLANTS WILL PRODUCE STRONG. “From that point we take female clones that have already been pre-vegged. “We’re using an organic mix. was not the only reason. It’s complicated. as seed producers. This will also affect the quality of seeds. and the onset of flowering will begin. we give them a 15-minute break period. “I started with feminized in my early days of growing. we spray them a third time with a very heavy dosage.21 In issue #3 of SSUSA. CAREFUL SELECTION OF TRULY FEMALE CLONES WILL HELP TO GUARANTEE SUCCESS IN THE SEED-MAKING PROCESS. and we take them from a vegetative state into the flowering cycle. It’s about giving you really good seeds that will last long-term in storage. WHEN POLLEN IS RELEASED. Some argue that they’re the best thing to happen to both small growers and those with huge plots of land to cover. simple as that. Outdoor growers get the benefit of maximized space.

“We’re crossing it with everything we have right now. The demand goes both ways. is something with a really good flavor. and when you breathe it in. The lads suggest keeping an eye out for their Shoreline.” Photos by DHSC » www. I think it’s too dangerous to give to people because we have sprayed it with silver. the health concerns asso- way. The older. and the more interesting it can be. but the DHSC varieties are definitely recognizable around town. The North Americans are still into the old way of weed goes in the world. A willingness to pursue new customers in new regions also helps to keep growers interested. it doesn’t mean it’s everyone’s flavor – we go with it.” It’s this kind of open market that will help to ensure that certain. it’s the same as in rocket launchers. What happens to the sprayed buds? Don’t many people secretly sell them off or smoke them any- risk at this stage.thedevilsharvestseeds. THE DHSC ARE FEMINIZING ALL OF THEIR FAVORITE CLONES FROM THE SMOKE INDUSTRY IN A ‘PREGNANT’ FEMALE FLOWER AMSTERDAM. AND THEY’RE KEEPING THE GENETICS ALIVE MUCH MORE THAN WE ARE OVER HERE are doing it just to make money and just spraying every plant. No matter where So. But we’re also working on making S1 seeds with it. when the troops inhale it.22 do have hermaphrodite traits. If the spray gets on your hands. the DHSC have one simple criterion: they select what they like to smoke. They are really good lookingseeds. they were coming up with all these sicknesses.to four weeks of drying. THEY GROW THEM OUT AND EACH GROWER WILL GIVE US FEEDBACK. “It is definitely not good for our health. And again. We have our genetics that North Americans crave for over there. It’s not for amateurs and it’s definitely not to be left around for kids to play with. If we had a legal way of doing it. So. number one is the flavor. or. I don’t think it’s good for anyone. We’re trying to do this as correctly and safely as possible. the better. but that doesn’t mean that everyone in the industry is being so careful. so we wear breathing masks and rubber gloves. interesting varieties in regular. ‘cause it’s an original genetic. and we’re trying to bring it to them. The DHSC have proven that they can adapt to the ever-changing demands of the Cannabis industry. We’re also trying to get genetics from over there and bring them to people over here. we do take precautions against things like that. But that can change very fast. However. it would only end for us. You’re at no The company’s tendency to produce heavy-hitting. Part of the key to their success is keeping an eye on the international market and understanding the differing needs of growers around the world. It’s all about safety. but we’re also going to make crosses of it to preserve the genetic. we’d be able to do it even better. But we love doing what we do and that’s why we keep doing it. We hope that the hermaphrodites are a very minimal problem. That’s what gets our interest going. they’re more legal in Canada than they are in the US. The ingestion of silver through smoking. However. We need to keep it going. they’re using those seeds to sell and telling you that they’re feminized. ciated with the production of feminized seeds should be more worrying. so we’re trying to bring every available clone that is popular in Amsterdam. “It won’t. “We need to go backwards to go forwards. despite knowing it’s a contaminated product? Not the DHSC: “I don’t use that stuff afterward. The silver that’s exposed. That’s a really good thing. especially with all the genetic experimentation going on these days. We’re currently researching into old-school genetics and old strains. and goggles. once they’ve dried out. It’s mainly based for indoor growing. so we have to make S1s to keep the original genetic alive. Typically. That defines us: we’re restricted in such a way that some of America has more freedom than we do right now.” Currently. It’s not legal THE NORTH AMERICANS ARE STILL INTO THE OLD WAY OF DOING IT. what does the future hold for DHSC? “A million dollars [big stoner laugh. it can bleach your skin. But it’s the production process that’s a dangerous step – there are dangers that just aren’t good for your health. They do more groundwork. Otherwise. SUCH AS THIS SUPER SILVER HAZE. “We’re aiming towards America and Canada. “Canadians kind of learned their old school growing from the Dutch. It doesn’t really matter to us about the yield or how it’s grown. A question that frequently arises when debating the matter is whether people or the plants themselves are harmed as a result. but other people doing it. AND THEY TEST THEM FOR US STRAIGHT AWAY. There’s no parentage left for it to breed any more. he tells me to just print ‘$$$$$$$$’] Retirement! To keep developing and looking for new strains and to outsource strains in different countries. potentially causing the loss of the rent payment for months to come. beloved strains don’t become extinct. Being an Amsterdam seed company helps to set us apart: ‘they’ are there. the more fun it is.. The two explain that “the American market is still open to regular [non-feminized] seeds. plus a full coverall suit. You have to remember that these are serious chemicals – you must be a licensed company to buy these chemicals.” . Even though you may think it’s legal in the Netherlands.” When choosing strains for feminization.and feminized versions is no accident. but it’s because of the popularity of the strain.” USUALLY. as the two remind us.” That’s probably sound advice regarding much of the things one would find in a grow room. “At the moment. After that we get to know the strains and how difficult they can be.” ONE WOULD AVOID HAVING IN ONE’S GROW ROOM. because that stuff. They can do things there that we can’t over here. as well as potentially contaminating your growing/flowering space. it’s very difficult for us to resource everything.” Although they’re a relatively new company.com On Being A Dutch Seed Co. this is where it started and this is where it ends. rather than going for the hype of the new ones that are available now. “The DHSC is going fully-feminized this year. This is the guys standing next to the rocket launchers all day.. The DHSC warns: “It’s definitely dangerous to your own health. it’s the only way we can bring it to seed. We are looking into older generations. In the future we aim to make [our seeds] available to North Americans as much as they’re making their strains available to us.” After two. who ended up with Veteran’s Disease.com » devilsharvestinfo@gmail. but due to legal reasons we cannot directly sell there at present. MALES AND HERMIES ARE PLANTS THAT “WE PROVIDE [OUR SEEDS] TO CERTAIN GROWERS TO TEST.” for us to do it here. the Canadian growing style is very similar to ours over here. You have to know what you’re doing. “At the moment. and we are here.. they hope to change this soon. and they’re keeping the genetics alive much more than we are over here. So. we haven’t tested them in outdoor regions enough to know the results of where they are best suited. The more of a challenge it becomes. we’re so new that we haven’t even found the region that is most popular for outdoor growing with our seeds. we still provide as well as we possibly can. even though we’re restricted with our resources here in Amsterdam. the exposure doesn’t end there. it leaves rusty-colored spots on your skin that can stay there for a couple of days. the DHSC enjoys a primarily European customer-base. “When we find something that is ‘our’ flavor – and our flavor is our flavor. more so than the European market. the seeds should be safe. so the Army have records of people breathing this stuff in (the silver thiosulfate). but they’re not feminized. but I think it all comes back to Amsterdam. however be in the seeds any more. However.” Health concerns Hermaphrodites are one issue. and release it with the feminized label. the major difference between some American growers and us in Europe is that they’re doing it legally and we’re doing it illegally. it’s not and it’s in fact frowned upon – very hard for us to do.

visible and infrared spectra. These different lights give off a diverse spectrum of visible and non-visible electromagnetic radiation. special clothing and eye protection ought to be worn around them. so that you can see your future grow. Some people believe that – with their power consumption up to half that of an HID and a much lower heat signature – not only do they compare. They produce light from tiny semiconductor chips. so be careful with how close these lights are to your plants. two are most commonly used in growing: metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS). commonly known as fluorescent. The intensity of your lights/ lumens they produce also play a large factor in the penetration of your leaf canopy and density of the buds you produce. with a lumen output that is small – compared to the wattage they consume.to eight millimeters in circumference. Fluorescent bulbs can also be used for flowering as long as you do not grow the plants over two feet tall by completion. An eight-hour exposure would be equivalent to a minute under the mid-day sun. which become electrified into plasma. Fortunately. the amount is trivial. Just as fluorescent bulbs are now available with increased UV-B radiation. These red spectra are what plants utilize for flowering. These glasses. MH is traditionally used for vegetation. the sodium flare produced by these lights is similar to the ones that glass blowers make working with borosilicate. the quality is greatly improved. If we live long enough. Too much of the red spectrum during this early growth phase can cause internodal stretching. make sure you TURN THEM OFF when working around them. LEDs are. at the foothills of the Himalaya range. As these lights become more specialized the spectra available will increase. The fourth and final of the lighting groups is the Light Emitting Diodes. The light at this altitude contains a larger amount of UV-B rays. The third group creates light by an electric arc in short tubes filled with various gasses and mineral salts. Didymium Glasses LIFE THROUGH ROSECOLORED LENSES Growing indoors requires various types of lights. so they appear that color. most of us will develop cataracts. Much of the green light is not absorbed by plants. Of this HID group. they have never been practical for flowering. because they give off cancer causing UV-B rays. Wear the proper eye protection. The bright. UV lenses are available from clear to Limo. Even for supplemental lighting they are marginal at best. but growing vegetatively under them will cause serious stretching. in most. At one time they were only available as such. Three years ago I would have said. this few day heads-up could save your crop. full-spectrum lights help eliminate these concerns. Fluorescent bulbs are much more efficient than incandescent ones and are an excellent choice for growing. This basically means they are pretty safe. LEDs can produce light across the ultraviolet. Luckily. more than any other. HPS lights can produce large and delicious flowers. Most LED lights are classed as ‘one’ or ‘two’ under the laser safety guide for maximum permissible exposure. at this point. and there is eye-wear that eliminates those orange spectra. promotes chlorophyll production. 23 Mercury vapor (MV) is last type of highpressure light used in growing. there is no worry of interrupting photo-periodic response. so wear sunglasses with UV protection whenever you are working around them. some growers feel that even though flowering under them does not produce the quantity. lamps. Now I would say: make sure your purchase is from a reputable company. were developed a generation ago by Aura Lens and are distributed by great glass suppliers like ABR Imagery. now there are some crossover bulbs having more of each other’s spectra. Plants in a vegetative cycle thrive under a blue spectrum. comparable to fluorescents and are on their way to challenge HID supremacy. and are usually from three. These lights will either need to be turned off. There are four major modern lighting groups. This eye-wear allows you to see the true color of your plants and spot nutrient issues several days before they would be obvious to naked eyes. protecting your eyes is important. In a hydroponic system or in soil. as long as you are not staring directly at them – your blink reflex will limit your exposure as you work around them. These lights have a profound physiological and psychological effect from wavelength energy penetrating the skin and acting at the molecular level. young or old. The second lighting groups are Low Intensity Discharge.Red pose a health hazard to unprotected eyes. giving off a light similar to sunshine. This THC production in the plants may be acting as a photo-protector (like melanin does in humans) dissipating the harmful rays. Take care of yourself. if you spend a brief or extended time under the lights. as not all LED panels are equal. imbedded in a plastic housing. The first to be developed was the incandescent bulb. but it can be uncomfortable and makes it impossible to see colors accurately. There is no reason to speed up the process. novice. wait till the technology advances. These lights are known as High Intensity Discharge DIDYMIUM GLASSES HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM THROUGH DIDYMIUM GLASSES . The only reasonable application for these lights would be using green ones for allowing you to work in a flowering room during its dark cycle. or LEDs. called ‘didymium’. Vegetate using full spectrum 6500K bulbs for the blue spectrum. and there have been several studies showing that THC levels in particular strains increased in direct correlation to UV-B light. Just like the sun. or. While these lights do produce ultraviolet radiation. and keep the lights within a few inches during their lifetime. This changes how colors appear – and can even F. they also give off a good amount of ultra-violet (UV) radiation. Get some polarized lenses to reduce glare or a pair of rose-colored didymium glasses to see the true color of your plants as they flower in the warm light. at the very least. LEDs will be as well. Whether you are a professional. These lights were banned in the US in 2008 and will be in 2015 by the EU. These tubes have a phosphor coating that emits visible light as electricity excites the mercury vapor contained inside. but they are better for small space and stealth room applications. Some people compare exposure to snow blindness.ADVANCED INDOOR GROWING The lighting you choose depends on your purpose. The reason some growers would choose a potentially dangerous light has to do with the historical origins of Cannabis in the Parvati Valley. yellow-orange light is not damaging to the eyes unless you look right at it. While these bulbs have faithfully lit our nights for over a hundred years. save your money. They have purplish-pink lenses and start at around thirty dollars. A mix of three or four 3000K for a nice red spectrum to one 6500K will provide a modest yet wonderful harvest of medicinal delight. If you decide to use mercury vapor lights for supplemental lighting. HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM LIGHT WASHES OUT COLORS. The greater health concern is exposure for long periods under cool white fluorescents. This blue spectrum. All of these lights give off some serious heat energy.

Mila opened her own ‘tea house’. One bad breakup was all it took – Mila’s half of the 8mm film reel was not to be reunited with that of her ex-husband until three decades later – the documentation of their pilgrimage through one of the world’s most spiritual landscapes. and they were about to hitchhike to India. within the past five years the same measures were re-introduced in the Netherlands – and were met with little or no protest. the decision to relocate was not difficult: “People were actively looking for other ways of living than how our parents did it. interesting and different world out there. It was the unfortunate event of Hans falling ill with cancer that brought the two back together: Mila realized that the film had remained without audience for over thirty years – including the filmmakers themselves. exploration. love.milasjourney. RECENTLY CLEANED AND DIGITIZED. satellite dishes and MTV. naive to their own uniqueness. one that has been lost in the shuffle of modern progress. in an attempt to reconnect with her 1970s guide.com/milasjourney RE-CONNECTING WITH THE LOCAL MONKS – SOME RECEIVED PHOTOS OF LIVING FOR MONTHS IN ROUGH CONDITIONS CREATED A FAMILIAL BOND BETWEEN MILA AND TASHI. which allow each of us to find something of ourselves in the story. Mila’s Journey TAKE A TRIP WITH THE HASH QUEEN OF AMSTERDAM Mila Jansen. That freedom was what drew Mila back to the spiritual center of Hinduism. Viewers are lucky to steal a personal glimpse into someone’s sacred.24 FILM REVIEW Mila points out a virtue of travel: “You can create a situation where there’s space for yourself. You know about her products. spiritual journey through such amazing lands. it was back to Manali via Zanskar.. quite a small country. Rinku Kalsy and Christina Jansen » www. where they encountered a visit from the Dalai Lama. Tired and suffering from the elevation. family. It was 1976 and they were on a threemonth voyage. the film also represents a different time. the Dutch police caught on and began raiding the spot weekly. frosted with snow. It was 1968. All of this against a stunning backdrop of re-discovered film. alone or with friends and family. at the time. Especially in the Netherlands. that compel you to keep watching. trekking from Manali all the way to Leh.. THEMSELVES FROM THE ‘70S AS SOUVENIRS. “But we never sold anything there. You could go. “I’ve stood at several points. the phenomenon of ‘dropping out’ held less of the negative stigma that it does today. “Everything was controlled in the West.com Anecdote Films Running Time: One hour Format: DVD Annie Perkins. In the ‘60s and ‘70s. her voyage is an amazing experience to behold and it’s difficult not to get as excited about the trip as if you were. which is debated as the first-ever ‘coffeeshop’ in Amsterdam. The possibilities were limitless. and unfortunately no longer exists.anecdote-films. Indicating how much change has occurred since then (for the worse). as she needed a break from the Dutch Police. has been long-considered one of the pioneers of the Cannabis movement in Europe. determined to capture the majesty and nature of the Himalayas and its people. quick to share a beaming smile with the camera.. due to being some of the first Westerners to pass through this rough terrain. “we just shared!” After a few years of blissful tea-sharing. Since 1994. as it reminded them of the not-so-distant WWII. actual stories of the place. something magical starts to happen. It is really a special feeling to be back here again. as well as having a peek into the history of a part of the world responsible for some of the most amazing hashish ever. Now you can see for yourself the experiences that helped to lead Mila to the top of the Cannabis industry. Kink 22. Whether you know Mila or not. THE ORIGINAL TREK WAS DOCUMENTED BY HANS SWART ON 8MM FILM. acceptance and loss. She recalls that. proprietor of the Hemp Hotel and Pollinator Company in Amsterdam. but Mila and Hans pressed on.. about to embark. One of the most poignant moments is her return to a mountaintop oasis. in one short generation. For this reason. It’s not simply the rolling green hills or craggy mountaintops. (PHOTO: CHRISTINA JANSEN) . Tashi – a young Tibetan whom they had met in the Manali Bazaar. yourself. MILA IS A FAMOUS FEMALE AT THE TOP OF THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY – WHAT SOME CALL “A MAN’S WORLD”. Upon her return to this verdant land. In fact. it is one that also has changed. It would be a combination of this police harassment – as well as stories of “India live” that were recounted by the latest traveler to patronize her tea house – that would impel her to seek a life of less restriction. I was as insignificant as a speck of sand.” she recalls. The pair were on foot.” This was an era in which the Dutch authorities were suddenly insisting that residents It is difficult to watch Mila’s Journey without being compelled to travel to India. the proceeds of this documentary’s sales are earmarked for the education of his grandchildren. Nor is it the amazing shots of indigenous people. showing a part of the world formerly untouched by Western influence – a sparkling gem of nature and spirituality.” » www. When you begin watching Mila’s Journey. do or think. She and Hans were lucky to obtain much of their footage. deporting foreigners across the Belgian border. It is perhaps these universal themes: freedom. and the whole of nature was out there – totally – untouched by man. Mila’s Journey covers multiple visits to India and shows just a glimpse of that ethereal world. high-grade hashish. I think. in an homage to the familial-type bond that was forged between them during their three-month mountain trek. and sometimes even encouraged to do so.” Besides that. so she decided to pack everything up and leave the country. spirituality. Finally. a move that incensed Dutch citizens. after learning about it through devouring philosophy texts in her publisher aunt’s French home. which ultimately led Mila back Sativa Diva home to Amsterdam. So the footage was cleaned and digitized. covering over 1500km (932 miles). their captivating footage presents a time capsule. with Henk Koster (where she also acted in the film De Verloedering van de Swieps [The Whipping Cream Hero]. and is now the subject of a moving documentary in which you can pick your way carefully along the same path to her beloved India. she’s been helping us all to make super-clean. Weeks of walking and high altitude had taken their toll. For Mila. Mila could juxtapose her book-learned education on Hinduism with carry ID at all times. re-connecting with the past is all the more important. The desire to experience India first-hand overwhelmed the wish to stay (and put up with the cops). she encounters trash-filled rivers (once sacred). 1967). which has drawn millions of pilgrims since that time. He had heard about her place (and the fact that hitchhikers could sleep upstairs) while traveling – in Afghanistan! For the first time ever. then from Leh to Lamayuru. After running an extremely successful tailored clothing boutique. I was very lucky. the Pollinator Company and Hemp Hotel. The magical place has succumbed to the temptations of the Western world. Freedom meant that anyone could go anywhere and do anything they wanted. with my arms as wide as I could stretch. and thus the time capsule has been cracked open.” The ability to travel was indeed lucky for her. 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and the excess can then be torn off along the gum line (see photo). The gum THE SELECTION OF ROLLING PAPERS AVAILABLE IS ASTOUNDING. the joint smoker. flax and other grassy fibers is far preferable – at least in environmental terms. so for this reason we should be considerate of the papers we use.and larynx cancer). It is possible to source additive-free papers. Rolling papers are an integral part of every joint. the ash it produces should be very small in quantity and a uniform light gray color. make when selecting your preferred paper? Most papers are made from hemp. lip. as are Hempire and Raw Organic Hemp papers – also claimed to be vegan! Unbleached rice papers are huge in their own right – the two main brands are Raw (who make rice papers as well as the hemp variety) and Smoking Brown (a newer introduction.26 Rolling Papers IT’S NOT JUST WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS Although the most common way to ingest Cannabis in the USA is through the use of a bong or pipe. Furthermore. Dark ash suggests that the paper may contain contaminants. Wood pulp papers are the worst environmentally. rough incarnations first appeared. There are many products on the market that are advertized as containing no chlorine. Thin papers burn more slowly – another plus for most smokers. In this article SSUSA takes a closer look at the papers themselves. flax or rice. when Napoleon began to order in bulk for his overseas troops. Production of hemp. Competitors began to appear in the 1800s. and also score poorly in terms of trace chemicals that may pose a risk to human health. Gummed papers came along in 1942 – another innovation by Rizla+. and it is wellworth investing a few hours (and a few ruined papers!) to master the intricacies. Nowadays. Ultra-thin. with the rise of global Cannabis culture. If a paper is burned as a test. we should always try to minimize the severity of the risk we undertake when we use Cannabis. transparent. a large and growing number of pot users smoke joints or blunts as a primary or supplementary consumption method. When the joint is rolled the unmoistened gum then becomes tucked under a single layer of paper. It would seem that the bulk of any lung damage incurred through smoking joints is the fault of combustion of weed and sometimes tobacco at high temperatures. many hemp papers now produced match their competitors in terms of thickness. so it is not difficult to avoid as long as one is selective. which may be blended with other natural papers such as sugar and flax. such as S. burn by Kali Mist rate and immediate effect on the throat and chest. therefore. or to make them longer-burning. thin rice paper with little or no added chemicals should burn smoothly and consistently. Their ‘fine’ weight papers appeared in 1799. but have been reported to cause greater oral and lung irritation. To this end. Colored. Pure Hemp papers are marketed as ultra-thin and additivefree. The idea when rolling a good joint is to always use as little paper as necessary. and not all are created equally. Bleaches such as chlorine or calcium carbonate and may contain additives that increase strength while maintaining low weight. The Spanish manufacturer of Smoking.D. but production was not to seriously take off until 1796. Generally. although many are bleached must be moistened through this outer layer of paper. flavored. aerated – the list goes on and on. in order to experience the flavor of the Cannabis in as unadulterated a manner as possible. and many will tear off excess paper prior to rolling. in terms of taste. but as it’s from the ubiquitous rolling paper giant we may see a rapid takeover here). It wasn’t until 1977 that king-size papers began to be marketed (again by Rizla+). Some varieties advertise use of pure Acacia gum. The thinnest papers are made from rice. finer and stronger. but were still quite bulky by today’s standards. so this rule does not always hold true. IT IS SURPRISING HOW MUCH A SLIGHT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAPERS WILL AFFECT THE FINISHED JOINT (chalk) may also be used. and therefore to be selective about choice of paper is pointless. especially blunt wraps and colored varieties. There has been much evolution since the original thick. That said. This method ensures that the absolute minimum paper is used. Many papers. But which choice should you. Chlorine is highly toxic but calcium carbonate releases only CO2 when combusted and may. and as their supporters are usually among the more health-savvy. However. but for true aficionados and those who wish to be extra careful there are non-gummed papers available. translucent papers have been around for a while and seem to have gained a majority in the market. although some are made from Esparto grass and wood pulp (which may contribute to lung-. However. Modiano’s elegant range of regular and 1½-sized papers. Bambu and many other wellknown brands was convicted in 2006 of substituting such materials for the usual hemp and linen in an effort to cut costs. clean. Thicker papers not only make a fasterburning joint with a harsher taste. The first cigarette papers were produced in 1660 by the French company Lacroix (later to become Rizla+). Others will tear off the gummed strip itself. Made from very sheer rice paper. and such papers can safely be avoided as there are many others out there that pass the test. the thinner the better. they require some HOW TO MAKE A EUROPEAN-STYLE ‘BACK-ROLLED’ JOINT . chemicals may be added to the papers during the production process in order to make the paper lighter. and in 1894 the company Zig-Zag had the brainwave of interleaving the papers (in a ‘zig-zag’ fashion). which is thought to be harmful if smoked. when it comes to papers. as well as lung cancer. Beyond the choice of base material. the range of papers available is staggering. They had been conceived of over a century prior to this. they are often made to be chlorine-free and unbleached. may also contain potassium nitrate to aid even burning – this substance is linked to acute oral irritation and respiratory tract damage. hemp papers are often thicker than rice papers and others. seasoned joint rollers have developed techniques to minimize paper usage. it is surprising how much a slight difference between papers will affect the finished joint. a good. as the Acacia gum (gum arabic) that is commonly used as an adhesive contains glycerin. present a safer choice. The more expert will ‘back-roll’: the paper is turned inside-out so that the gum is on the outside facing the roller. so it is to be hoped that they and other companies are now offering more considered products.

when combusted.27 sus seems to be that instead of adding to the flavor. However. blunt wraps are wholly or mostly composed of tobacco. Illinois House reps rejected the Senate-approved motion there. so the trend is unlikely to die out completely. Aside from the risks of harmful additives. A SELECTION OF UNBLEACHED. The consenresults. Glamorized in countless hip-hop songs. but very rewarding. Colored and flavored papers deserve a mention. thereby exposing a greater surface area of the lung to smoke damage. but this seemed to diminish before long as the novelty wore off. THE WIDE VARIETY OF NATURAL. it is thought to be in too small of an amount to pose a risk. UNBLEACHED HEMP AND RICE PAPERS OFFERED BY MANY COMPANIES TODAY SEEMS TO PRESENT THE SAFEST CHOICE menthol. FLAVORED ROLLING PAPERS AND BLUNT WRAPS WERE RECENTLY BANNED BY THE FDA. is a pulmonary irritant that may be extremely harmful to health and has been implicated as a factor in the development of MS (as it may cause damage to myelin nerve sheaths). Rolling blunts also encourages greater weed consumption as more is packed in. manufacturers of such papers seem to be very reluctant to disclose these important details. Rizla+ introduced menthol and strawberry flavors in 1906. and nowadays the range is very wide. unbleached hemp and rice papers offered by many companies today seems to present the safest choice for pot smokers. Colored papers also are increasingly viewed as a pointless and perhaps harmful complication. on the other hand. ostensibly in a drive to reduce teen smoking. A US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection ruling from 2008 defined them as drug paraphernalia. Others say they go out quickly. Fans cite a cooler. with some branding it ‘ridiculous’. citing the negative impact on their image from the strong association that blunt wraps have with smoking Cannabis. A simple online search for additive-free. unbleached hemp or rice papers yields impressive A WIDE SELECTION OF DYED PAPERS IS AVAILABLE. Although glycerin is also present in the gummed strip of ordinary papers. . BUT MAY CONTAIN HAZARDOUS ADDITIVES. UNREFINED HEMP AND RICE ROLLING PAPERS practice to master and can be expensive. There is very little information available that gives insight into what other additives are used in flavored papers and what the effect may be when smoked. Fans point to the burn test as demonstrating their superior properties. it was brittle and difficult to work with). are very popular indeed. Cloves release eugenol. At first their use increased rapidly. Cigar companies back these campaigns. but many question this. However. either. the likes of which would have been unseen ten years ago. The wide variety of natural. Blunt wraps. a cheap cigar can be split and re-rolled with the same result. As none of us want chemicals in our pot. smell. however. but also with a nod to certain perceived inherent health hazards. Research suggests that levels of acrolein released by smoking with transparent papers is negligible. The more of us that support the trend for natural rolling products. for some reason). This substance. They are based on wood pulp (from eucalyptus trees) which relies upon heavy A JOINT MADE WITH A TRANSPARENT EUCALYPTUS CELLOPHANE ‘PAPER’ and some users have mentioned irritation of the throat after use. as they are reported to contain around 14% glycerin (to increase the suppleness and smoothness of the cellulose) which. and they are not difficult to obtain wherever you reside. and all the associated risks remain. and it is true that they burn very cleanly. the rumors have contributed to some decline in popularity. while avoiding chemical additives. it stands to reason that we don’t want it in our papers. as even some gummed papers have similar properties. So many advances have been made to decrease the weight of the paper. their use is not widespread and is more as a novelty. The link between teenage smoking and blunt wraps is so pernicious that several states have this year instigated motions to ban their sale – although in January 2011. and sensation of smoking ‘plastic’ is unpleasant (although this could be more attributable to hardto-shake preconceptions as they have a mildly sweet taste without the acridity one would expect from plastic). and the taste. and many outlets have stopped selling flavored blunts and may soon follow by stopping sale of unflavored wraps too. and despite maintaining a presence in head shops nationwide. slower burn with little tendency to ‘canoe’ or burn irregularly. but they are not alone in claiming this distinction. which is not only wasteful but unnecessary and potentially harmful. The FDA in 2009 banned clove cigarettes and other flavored cigarettes and papers (except chemical processing to release its pure cellulose. most of these papers in fact detract from the taste of what you are smoking. Many of the flavorings are artificial food additives that are not intended for smoking purposes. also known as propenol. produces acrolein. as long as you have the ability to order online or a good head shop within traveling distance. that it is now possible to find some really great papers out there. the clearer the message sent to manufacturers: that we are conscious of what we put into our bodies. Transparent cellophane papers have sparked some controversy since their introduction a few years ago (although a transparent paper was apparently produced as early as the 1970s. a topical anesthetic that encourages smokers to inhale extra deeply. for many young stoners it is the method of choice. They are sold as being 100% cellulose and better for health than traditional papers. that we wish for greater transparency (pardon the pun) regarding what’s in the papers and that we will reject those that are found to be unhealthy.

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’ Which doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue. which was an abbreviation for ‘Northern Lights crossed with Big Bud and the result crossed with Blue Mystic and the result of that crossed with a Durban Poison that had been crossed with a Blueberry and then had been crossed with a Blackberry. and pre-Internet. but didn’t have the plant structure I wanted and was a bit cranky to grow. I tried a lot of different cultivars. but they are set and finite. and to be fair. they won’t exist in following generations. Genes may be hidden. If the genes don’t exist in the starting pool. It was during this time that Grubbycup’s Stash got its name. The first thing I learned is that I wanted to smoke more of it.) I also decided that if I was going to grow my own. They were also better than a lot of what my friends were used to smoking. For example. I pollinated several mothers. Meanwhile I’d be smoking each of the pairs. both the Blackberry and Blueberry were used in the final selection. Besides. The Blueberry mother had a very nice flavor. since no money would be changing hands. Over the years my growing and harvesting techniques improved. it was all Grubbycup’s Stash. In selecting the father. if the father has dropped an important trait. I didn’t want to spend the money. it wouldn’t matter which of the four was paired with the others. information on genetics and for breeding plants in general was much easier to come by. so it was my only source of personal smoke. so accurate information was much more difficult to come by than it is today. If a line showed promise or had a trait I liked. When breeding. Shortly thereafter. it might show up again in some form. and made a lot of different crosses. The biggest threat to any marijuana garden walks on two legs. nicely-flavored variety. we were more concerned with just having enough to smoke and not all that picky about how good it was. make sure that you select from plants that have traits similar to what you want in your final line. Once the two lines were crossed. I didn’t want to sell weed. The pairs were selected by what I thought would be give me the best smoke while I worked on combining all four cultivars. I may have gotten potent offspring. After careful consideration of my options. and I didn’t want to deal with finding someone to buy it from. and had always enjoyed gardening. I was going to breed my own. even if I wasn’t working with different cultivars anymore. On the father’s side: The White Rhino male’s sisters were very potent. but the name stuck. I didn’t want anyone not in my circle by Grubbycup to know I knew anything about weed. they had names that were more for record keeping than ease of use. it wound up naming itself. they didn’t have the sort of plant structure I was looking for. I smoked most of what I grew. I looked for the most robust and best flowering out of “THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED!” 5 “ONE MORE WAY THAT HEMP PLASTIC COULD SAVE OUR LIVES” 17 “HOW TO FEMINIZE CANNABIS” 20 . I found better seeds to grow. By matching potent plants with nicelyflavored plants. plus once I had seeds. I hoped to start to accumulate the genes needed for a potent. the generation may have to be repeated. I learned a few things. Growing marijuana came very naturally to me. If I had paired the two most potent. Anytime I’d join a circle with friends. and I’d ask them their opinion afterward. This was in the 1980s. didn’t have the fruity-flowery sort of flavor I had in mind. is collecting the original pool of genetics to start selecting from. and gave the excess to friends. I didn’t name it. the group to declare early. growing it myself seemed the safest choice. For example. I wanted flavor as well in each of the crosses. I was still labeling with codes for specific traits. but other than a slight citrus. the greens in question being Cannabis and cash. broken off of bricks (or very expensive). I came to the conclusion that it was too expensive. As time went on. which was often seeded Mexican brown. Using this father. whether breeding pea plants or Cannabis plants. It takes the same effort to grow average genetics as it does to grow superior genetics. but often had something worth trying in it. Although information about marijuana-specific breeding was scarce. The first step in starting a breeding program. however. I just wanted to smoke it. ‘I don’t mix greens’. second plant in the set. and the quality of what I smoked improved. I’d bring my latest test buds to share. finally I settled on a White Rhino x Blueberry father crossed with a couple of different Purple Lady x Blackberry mothers. As I used to say. I didn’t want to buy weed. My first grows were all from friends’ bag seeds. My friends would ask to load up a bowl of whatever was in ‘Grubbycup’s Stash’. one promising candidate was: ‘(nl x bb) x bm) x (d x blueb) x black) #2’. (The same basic principles apply. and I didn’t want to buy it. it’s easier to track one father with several mothers than the other way around. The Purple Lady mother had an amazing kick and a very interesting floral flavor. The mothers: The Blackberry male’s sisters had a berry flavor. One drawback to this method is that it creates a bottleneck. Everything in my stash was labeled with an almost unpronounceable code. To create a starting pool of genetics. The breeding project had taken over my entire garden at the time. I wouldn’t need to involve anyone else. the trick is in getting the seeds for superior genetics in the first place. That would become a lot easier to do once seed banks became more common. uncured and of very ‘iffy’ parentage. Since these were all experimental plants.ADVANCED INDOOR GROWING 29 IT STARTED BECAUSE I WANTED TO SMOKE CANNABIS THAT I REALLY LIKED Breeding Grubbycup’s Stash When I first started smoking weed. studied botany in college. but similar to the Blueberry. The buds I grew were harsh. I had grown up on a dairy farm.

the other would produce a superior specimen. It was my intention to use only the best between the two lines. it is also possible to breed using much smaller numbers of plants. whorled phyllotaxy (3 or more leaves per and grown again with the GS-B lot for potent long lasting ‘creeper’ stone. The standard for the breed includes a a GS male that was named ‘Goliath’ in its One grow was dedicated to each of the nice initial effect. but I can grow pretty much any strain I want and Grubbycup’s Stash still makes up most of what I put in my pipe. Each growing container is labeled. It is a work in process. I’m okay with showing a little favoritism to it though. the GS Gol indicates it has 1) Even if you don’t learn the math or the science behind it. but for breedlots did not produce specimens better rated and more stable than the plant ing against. bud node). Anyone interested in breeding is heartily encouraged to learn about it. if you just keep breeding your best male to your best female (and don’t add new genetics into the mix) you are off to a good start. Both lines were bred using the same criteria in parallel. cross the best plants regardless of generation. 2) Learn the basic principles of Mendelian genetics. and how to use them to make educated predictions. and it’s going to continue to be a work in process until inbred depression sets in. Advice for those interested in trying home breeding: GS MALE NAMED ‘GOLIATH’ THIS GS 3 PRODUCED FOUR LEAVES PER NODE. That isn’t to say that they aren’t also bred for bud size. some of these were kept. but GS-A developed to be the more potent of the two. or I find something I like better. The reason types of notes are so important is not with GS-B. Any plant that displays an structure is that they are traits that are undesirable trait can be eliminated from than the GS-A and GS-B mothers. This process was repeated structure and plant structure. Personal label machines can help if poor handwriting is a hindrance. GRUBBYCUP’S STASH I kept working with the White Rhino x Blueberry until potency and flavor regularly showed in the same plant. AND ITS MOTHER HAD SUPERIOR COLOR. and that information can be used to extinguish unwanted traits. People bred both plants and animals using this principle for hundreds. AND USED FOR BREEDING the most important to me as a smoker. GS-D and GS-E that the effect and flavor are higher. the plants became similar to each other. and so is the bud as it goes through the curing process. since I could taste test the buds off of clones to select the best ones for seeding. but that trait holds a lower priority to quality of smoke. if not thousands of years. GS-A and GS-B were grown as two separate cultivars and did not cross-pollinate for several generations. The tracking of traits. The key is being able to match each bowlful of final product to its seeds and parentage.30 the gene pool. and each stem at harvest. after all. More bags with codes: this is why COULD BE A METHOD OF EARLY SEXING. some discarded. but with time and patience you can produce noticeable changes and put your own mark on the weed you smoke. some ignored. them is the heart of any good breeding program.and recessive genes work. distinctive floral/bou. Whenever I would get close to deciding in favor of one. seeds from the best smoke can be selected and seeds from only average buds can GS 3 MALES TEND TO HAVE THREE LEAVES PER be disregarded. GS-C. people just tended to say ‘Grubbycup’s Stash’ or ‘GS’. GS-B. GS-B had superior flavor and structure. ALTHOUGH INFREQUENTLY FEMALE THE LEAVES ON THIS GS 3 The seeds from the five mothers were PLANTS HAVE DEVELOPED THE TRAIT. THE LABELS ARE INFORMATIVE. to good effect. This way. etc. grown in groups. Clear and accurate labels are a must. NODE. isolating and recombining. but the GS-C. The best of GS-A was cloned quet garni aroma. I would never claim it to be any better than anyone else’s work. IF THE labeled GS-A. I felt confident that I had a White Rhino x Blueberry male that had a good chance of contributing desirable traits to the Blackberry x Purple Lady line. Each container of weed lists the exact plant that it was harvested from. regardless of what generation they are. However. In a large-scale operation one option would be to grow very large numbers of the seeds and make selections from hundreds. and by the time you have enough generations under your belt to worry about it. Eventually the best of the two lines were merged. if not thousands of plants. Record keeping becomes absolutely critical. There is a technique known as ‘cubing’ that is very useful to stabilizing a genetic line. smooth clean flavor. and making educated attempts to adjust and recombine AN EARLY GS 3 MALE THE LABEL MEANS THAT IT’S FROM THE LAST GROUP OF ORIGINAL SEEDS.ancestry. grow plants from different generations together. OR TWO AT THE CENTER. New traits have surfaced as recessive genes found matching recessive genes. Over time. Part of the reason that these comparison. You don’t have to become an expert. As a result. and today have many more traits in common. The process continued as much more of the same. A few buds of each plant grown are seeded. just learn how dominant. It is not a fast process. it succeeds. The Blackberry x Purple Lady mother was easier to select. Peace. This method is commonly used by corporate vegetable seed breeders. IF NOT STYLISH. love and puka shells. The goal of the breed is to be my favorite and to that end. As with all traits. but it can be done.only for breeding toward. Seeds are collected and labeled. I’m who I bred it for. For example. Grubbycup . all you really need to know to make use of the principle is that you should grow out multiple generations at the same time and cross the best plants together. Any plant showing a superior example of a trait was marked as part of the label. 3) To benefit from cubing. IT MALE HAVE AN EXTRA FINGER GS-E. you will likely have learned how to deal with it. However. Marijuana is not particularly sensitive to inbred depression. GS-D and TRAIT WERE TO BECOME CONSISTENT. GS 3 has parents that displayed five mothers. and did the same with the Blackberry x Purple Lady.

next time they will need more room. the Bubbleator all-in-one system. sizes and colors – all brought together over a common interest in marijuana. Ice-o-lator and Bubbleator machines. The main floor of the indoor area was busy. unlike any other spot in the industry. the Pollinator Co.SHOP REVIEW NL / FESTIVALS & COMPETITIONS 31 Sativa Diva The Pollinator Company The Pollinator Co. The Results: Hybrid 1st Place: 2nd Place: 3rd Place: OG Kush (D & M Compassion Center) Star Dawg (Buds & Roses) The Pure (Leonard Moore Co-Operative) Indica 1st Place: Boggle Gum (Harborside Health Center) 2nd Place: The True OG (Elemental Wellness Center) 3rd Place: 7 Star Pure Kush (7 Stars Holistic Healing Center) Sativa 1st Place: Bay 11 (Granddaddy Purple Collective) 2nd Place: Alpha Blue (OrganiCann) 3rd Place: Sonoma Coma (Happy Lil’ Trees) . Attendees were of all shapes. browse the cactus garden or visit the hallucinogenic plants and flowers in the back of the shop. rugs and tables set in the center.nl » info@pollinator. INTERNATIONAL CANNABIS Peace. San Francisco by Grubbycup As the laws surrounding Cannabis and medical marijuana in California become more reasonable. the 2011 entry was both quick and painless in comparison. making the Pollinator Co. the shop is perhaps most famous for three mandatory pieces of hash making equipment: the Pollinator dry sieve machines. activist and entrepreneur. loud music played in the background. it was obvious that while there were plenty of 20-somethings in attendance. This year the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in San Francisco even had a nearby billboard. To give the organizers credit. It was nice to see that promise kept. vaporizers. Amsterdam. CA WAS HELD AT THE CONCOURSE EXHIBITION CENTER High Times Medical Cannabis Cup. nor is it a head shop. is a staple for locals and a beloved destination for returning tourists and Cannabis connoisseurs. Oversized joints were passed around. Handcrafted wares by artists were sold next to slick commercial products. psychedelic clothes and a full range of posters. Grubbycup AUTHOR JORGE CERVANTES HEMP WICK TO LIGHT A BONG. Of course. love and puka shells. quite simply. in Amsterdam enjoys legendary status: Mila. The venue was larger. is. Several booths were rented by LED companies. I even renewed my California patient identification card at one of the booths. Seminars and panels were held by Cannabis celebrities and experts. Nieuwe Herengracht 25 1011 RL. Marijuana was sold and sampled. there were plenty of 30. and had a better layout as well. with a range of glass-. MAINSTREAM ENOUGH FOR A BILLBOARD A HAZE WAFTED OVER THE CROWD. videos and magazines. from wallets to cosmetics. wooden. In addition to the hash extractors for which the company is famous. its use becomes more mainstream and normal. plants and advice are all available. but with a festive atmosphere.to 70-somethings as well. mushrooms or cacti to accessing your spiritual side through mindaltering substances. smoking accessories and related products are featured. proprietor. The Pollinator Co. Regardless of its legal status. NL » www. Mila’s shop is not a grow shop. the 215 patient area had a very nightclub/party atmosphere. Ice-o-lator bags for water extraction and the latest addition to the family. which made for a very relaxing place to visit after making a circuit in the 215 patient area. is responsible for revolutionizing Dutch hash by starting a craze for clean. and it was wall-to-wall with people. Harborside’s Steve DeAngelo. A visible haze rose above the crowd like a fog. Credit card grinders and a staggering variety of ways to consume were available to eager shoppers. Last year when I attended the HTMCC the line to enter the event was nightmarish. each seeming to make a bigger claim than the last. It also appeared to have a lot more attendees. including author Jorge Cervantes. and the senior cultivation editor of High Times. your one-stop-shop for all things esoteric. Located on a picturesque canal near Amsterdam’s famous Waterlooplein market. DEMONSTRATING THE USE OF A In sharp contrast.pollinator. Check out the website for virtual demonstrations of and ordering information for the Pollinator. Artwork lined the walls. Vendors sold pipes. Edible samples were handed out. Seeds. including some tasty treats by last year’s medal winners Bliss Edibles. After you’ve chosen the correct texts and accessories.nl THE SECOND HIGH TIMES MEDICAL CANNABIS CUP TO BE HELD IN SAN FRANCISCO. Hemp is also heavily featured. the shop is loaded with books ranging from how to grow a variety of plants. ice-water extracted resin products. 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are important in that they have always attempted to provide a good selection of seeds from breeders all over the world – and Over many decades the great breeders worked at creating the varieties we now have. As telecommunications and exchange of goods and services have expanded. with the Netherlands as a base for their activities. can continue to create strong new ones. These heirloom genetics. the spread is assisted by the efforts of The Attitude. enough to keep customers happy for years to come. The sheer choice one encounters when browsing the vast lists of products is enough to delight and possibly bewilder even the most choosy and specific of us. This is where The Attitude comes in. who offer a range that runs into the thousands. However. we should not forget the many years of research and development that our European cousins have put into breeding viable strains. healthy parents for innumerable new strains. including parts of Europe. they give varied and potentially unsatisfactory results. the Netherlands has been a focal point for many years due to the importance of the industry there. and are definitely unsuited to breed further strains (until they have undergone a lengthy process of crossing and back-crossing to fix desired traits into the genome). Without the efforts of the seed banks. naturally seek the best and most appropriate setting and methods of operation. Providing reliable information is extremely important to the Attitude. The Attitude has grown at an explosive rate to become the largest seed bank in the world today. the community has had increasing opportunities to transfer information between countries. not just in the Netherlands but also in countries. If new strains are unstable. Seed banks are also highly important gateways for other breeders and seed companies to become part of the wider network: many of the smaller companies are limited in budget and the opportunities for publicity that The Attitude team offers. This ability to exchange ideas and techniques is the backbone of the international Cannabis seed industry. due to the vagaries of genetics. However. with the rise of the Internet seeing relevant websites springing up every day.SEED BANKS 33 achieved the massive success they currently enjoy. and sufficient stabilization of new strains often is in jeopardy. many genetics would have been lost forever – some have been lost already. Many smaller breeders are unable to network fully with potential customers due International Seed Market: A GROWING COLLABORATION In the first two issues of Soft Secrets USA. we cannot entirely predict what will happen in the future to a certain strain. we introduced The Attitude Seed Bank and discussed the recent history of the seed industry. The Attitude. and it’s important work – keeping strains alive and stable in nature is hard enough in a perfect world. fresh products and the widest possible selection of new strains. In the vaults of The Attitude Seed Bank. are vital. wherever there is a new company producing quality items. such as Spain and Europe. The Attitude also have the chance to really explore what’s out there. most of the original and still most significant seed companies were founded during this period there. It’s important for a serious collector to preserve a wide selection of varieties for the future. By their constant presence at conventions. and other companies like it. and a quick glance through the online catalog will demonstrate how effectively they have covered the whole spectrum. Although Cannabis itself is found all over the world. stable seed stock to avoid strains disappearing – and so that experts sibly decades. rapid advances in techniques (along with the explosion in new varieties that we’ve seen in recent years) has meant that strains are also in grave danger of being lost. and are hard at work sourcing new companies to work with every day. we’ll take a closer look at the changing nature of the international seed market. Now that the focus of the Cannabis industry is moving towards the Americas. time and time again. but The Attitude is doing a very good job of attempting it. But the staff are not complacent – they are determined to continue their quest to provide quality strains globally. The guys at The Attitude take great care to meet with breeders and discuss individual strains in order to give the best and most accurate information to the customer. Therefore. Their efforts to represent as many seed companies as possible and stock the greatest variety of quality strains show exactly why The Attitude has made it to the top spot – and they’re showing no signs of slowing down! The team has that special something in that they always seek to be where other seed banks have not even thought of venturing yet. many of which will remain viable in seed form (when properly stored) for years and posto the intensive nature of their operations. which can demand a huge amount of time and dedication. wherever possible it is important to keep a full inventory of present-day. The team has worked closely with major European breeders for years to provide the connoisseur collectors among us with a steady selection of original genetics. despite such endeavors. as even with careful management it is possible to lose a whole lineage. representing more than ninety seed companies in the effort to bring their customers throughout the world the widest – and best – choice of Cannabis seeds and strains. Although their customers are sure to receive high quality. Seed stock exists in massive quantities. such as promotional videos and representation at major international events. and without it The Attitude could not have THE ATTITUDE IS AN AWARD-WINNING SEED BANK. and despite all our knowledge of genetics. are even more important in a time of new grows in Europe being more difficult to complete. particularly focusing on Europe and the Americas. providing diverse brands perfect for the requirements of thousands of collectors across the world. It’s simply not possible to preserve every strain out there. innovation is always rewarded. interesting and unique strains are thankfully not in shortage. and what the future may hold Kali Mist for The Attitude and other companies like it. As with any crop that is selectively bred by people. Yet the valuable heirloom stock safely stored at The Attitude alone could provide stable. and customers can be sure that their queries will be dealt with in a prompt and supportive manner. bringing never-before-seen products from all corners of the globe. you can rest assured that the vaults at The Attitude also contain a vast array of seeds from all places and from all points in time – from the early 1980s up until now. Established five years ago. Now that the legal Cannabis industry is expanding globally and many collectors are seeking to complete their personal catalog. The Attitude wants to know about it. To conclude our three-part series. times will always change and industries in a free market will THE ATTITUDE TEAM maintaining biodiversity by seeking out interesting and unique strains is one of the most important things the collector can do to ensure the future of these genetics. but it must be noted that the information that is provided cannot concern topics that .

the key to a healthy industry. you can be sure that The Attitude team has it waiting for you and is ready to dispatch your order. it’s going to be difficult not to spend hours scouring the pages of The Attitude’s online catalog to find that special something to round off your collection. so have those same small companies grown to become the most progress is any indicator. The continent encompasses a massive diversity of climate zones. It is crucially important for organizations such as The Attitude to continue hundred-plus! With every new addition bringing their contribution of fresh quality strains to the market. or the hostile steppes of eastern Europe – where monoecious hemp and autoflowering ruderalis thrive. Auto-flowering hybrids are improving and are increasingly popular among the customers of The Attitude. and have been attracting much attention over the last few years with some amazing sativa. which boasts semi-arid plains. The Attitude Seed Bank is looking forward to a long and exciting role within this revolutionary movement. breeding programs have elevated some table Spanish seed companies are also now appearing. In the Czech Republic. It stands to reason that any one of the new and unknown companies of today could be the next big thing. by representing all the major players – as well as a plethora of smaller and lesser-known organizations. The Attitude supports such legal enterprises: so hard to get out there and talk to the countless organizations that now exist. While the major Dutch companies are still a force to be reckoned with. During their work in Europe. Without it. infamous cult classic or new and undiscovered gem. and new ones are being added all the time. which reaches subtropical conditions in the Canary Islands.and hybrid genetics. and improvements to techniques cannot benefit the community as a whole. Much of temperate Europe is ideal for developing great varieties that will flourish in similar conditions elsewhere. the sunny pastures of southern Mediterranean countries such as Greece. It’s taken many years – decades. and as the seeds of industry were sown by initially small and unknown companies. There are vast swathes of undeveloped land where few venture: the remote valleys of alpine Switzerland. Whether Cup-winner. The Attitude is also committed to continuing their work of seeking out a wide range of sources. and by next year the list is expected to grow from ninety to a ESTABLISHED FIVE YEARS AGO. it’s back to work – there are more breeders out there to meet and represent. they will enjoy a myriad of stable feminized and auto-flowering strains that current collectors can only now imagine. prompt and efficient as always! NATALIA AND JODIE. mountains and two very different maritime climates on the north and south coasts. wherever they may be.34 may encourage customers to contravene local law. From humble beginnings. with global renown. The diversity of climate. such as Spain. and the contribution of such people is therefore highly important. The Attitude team have seen firsthand the diversity that the continent has to offer. and always has been. The next generation can only benefit from our efforts to strengthen the gene pool: if current PROVIDING RELIABLE INFORMATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE ATTITUDE customers will find seed companies from many countries represented within their catalog. the team expects that as techniques and exchange of information continues to improve through the community. and signs that small seed companies may be emerging are apparent. and a great range of altitudes – sometimes even within one country. auto-flowering genetics to the status of being worthy of consideration by the most serious collectors. possession and cultivation of small amounts of Cannabis is now legal. TWO INVALUABLE STAFF MEMBERS NATALIA WITH RAKAA FROM DILATED PEOPLES THE WINNER OF B-DAY PROMOTION. THE ATTITUDE HAS GROWN AT AN EXPLOSIVE RATE In this way many names that would never normally make it into the spotlight have become popular and well-loved in the global community. the strains of the future will be spectacular – as far removed from the strains of today as ours are from the varieties of the 1970s and 1980s. International collaboration is. Over the next few years. The network that exists. As for The Attitude team. and is proud to represent the talented and professional organizations that are behind this vital research. That’s why The Attitude works their global efforts to provide Cannabis seeds for storage or for legal cultivation. repufamous out there. we can be sure that high quality seeds will be available worldwide for collectors. Turkey and Albania. IN AMSTERDAM WITH THE GUYS FROM THE GREENHOUSE . in fact – for the seed business to reach its current status as a serious and profitable concern. as without it none of our indooradapted hybrids would ever have been conceived of in the first place. But as long as companies like The Attitude provide their efficient service to the planet. future research cannot happen. is allowing for the creation and preservation of amazing strains that deserve a place in any connoisseur’s library. linking several continents. allows for a range of adapted varieties to be developed.

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They loaded identical bags with bricks and placed them on the same flight. Filling the tanks was also a problem as there’s not much sport diving in Pakistan. A twelve liter tank could carry almost thirteen kilos of Afghani hashish. Most used intelligence to beat the controls. The owner of the bags picked them up from the stunned driver and left in another taxi before the police showed up.36 SMUGGLER’S TALES WHEN JACQUES COUSTEAU INVENTED THE AQUALUNG REGULATOR. lighter hash. On this particular occasion a driver had grabbed a couple of diving bags off the belt and started to swing them onto his shoulder. 165lbs. but this was a period when officialdom didn’t seem to realize that tanks could carry more than air. but divers were a different breed by O’Riodon altogether. Jacques Before the dreadful events of 9/11 it was common to travel by air with all kinds of sports equipment. The Emirates. airport accomplices picked up the real bags before the actual owners had cleared immigration. although I’m sure it’s not the case today. When things did run to plan. After a week on the beach it was time to think about the final leg home. IT BECAME POSSIBLE FOR SPORT DIVERS TO TRAVEL THE WORLD AND DIVE WHEREVER THEY LIKED. Some groups would employ runners who’d never been near the source country to make the last part of the journey. but tanks alone were not enough. a popular route because of its lack of baggage controls on entering the country. the next step was the route. the method was also unfortunately used to transport hard drugs. Bags sometimes went missing. Hippie surfers were synonymous with marijuana use. this kind of smuggling required physical fitness – a double set with suit and fins weighed around seventy five kilos (ca. One group even stole the bags off another while in transit and got away with it. the luggage would just arrive on the carousel and you’d have to fight a taxi driver to get your bags back. as he’d already loaded them into his taxi. One group of crazies operating on balls and stupidity used to fly out of landlocked Peshawar (in northern Pakistan) and there’s not so much as a puddle for hundreds of miles. terrorism has changed many things in the world. Many just traveled through the airport on combination of luck and guts. It didn’t always go as planned. for example finding out the search schedules. which was hidden under the rubber boot. Thanks. Should customs have a look. However not all of them had the ethics of the Cannabis smuggler. and it wasn’t until they reached their hotel that they discovered the switch. Others just relied on timing. Unfortunately. Air India flights had virtually no searches for first class passengers and a huge baggage allowance thrown in. With the introduction of the aluminum tank the perfect smuggling tool was created. COUSTEAU. The trick was to pick up the thirty-five kilo bag off of the belt as if it weighed nothing. A WET SUIT AND A COUPLE OF TANKS WERE ALL THAT WAS NEEDED. A double-tank set had real potential. where they executed hash smugglers. In Nairobi. Due to lax airport searches. That took balls. There was a case of an airline putting the bags on the wrong flight. was a popular transit point. maybe ten. The surf board was a longtime favorite of the hippie smuggler. Those traveling to Australia often passed through Singapore. by the time they were finally reunited with their owner a month later. Most would travel to a neutral nation before attempting to enter their destination country. it was routine. but they still did it. many a board stuffed with marijuana made it through. In fact. but there was nothing he could do about it. At one point there were hundreds of ‘divers’ traveling the world with loaded tanks. they’d been around the world. with its oil industry. back then the discovery was gold. Back in Amsterdam the circular plaques of black border hash were christened ‘banjos’. IT ALSO OPENED UP NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR THE SMUGGLER. Professionals would use a small internal compressed air tank containing just enough to give a convincing phssst should customs open the valve. so you needed a reason to travel. In Pakistan bribery was often the way to get bags on a plane without a search. but for that you needed paperwork. With Pakistan’s neighbor at war it was much easier operating out of India. which in this day and age is a rather disturbing thought. Most used the cover of professional oil rig divers. One group traveling from India transited through Nairobi. FATHER OF THE AQUALUNG A WEEK ON THE BEACH: NOT A BAD WAY TO SPEND A ‘BUSINESS TRIP’ ‘BANJOS’ OF AFGHANI HASHISH WERE PASSED AROUND FILLED WITH AIR OR HASH? . but it was the real Afghani hash that people wanted. some even changed passports en route to disguise where they’d come from. Access was usually through a screw-off bottom. but first you had to get out of the source country. so it was well-worth locating. The real stuff also fetched double the price. arriving on a Sunday morning when staff levels were low and multiple flights were also arriving from innocent destinations. Halfway through the movement he felt the momentum of the seventy-five kilo weight.) Imagine carrying that with a bounce in your step. Having loaded the equipment. Some didn’t bother with such niceties. When the bags reached shoulder height they just kept going and took him straight through a plate-glass window and down a flight of stairs. but it was the diving tank that had the real potential. lack of exotic hashish is one of them. as there was less security – and when Afghani hash was not available there was always Manali or Kashmir. a tank covered in sand and seaweed usually did the trick. It only required some simple milling equipment to reduce a twenty-five kilo tank down to twelve. India was a victim of its own class system. Africa was the popular transit point on the route to Europe. despite the fact that if you were caught they’d lock you away for years.

Cannabis has followed soon after. the Red is now truly a lost strain. Panama Red was the name given to the bushy red cultivar that ultimately emerged: reportedly of an airier structure and lighter color than its predecessor. and we can possibly trace its lineage back to East Asia around 1. if not millennia. and Cannabis has lessened in importance as an export in recent years. fitter examples evolve or are introduced. In Crete there is a fair amount of cultivation to this day – attitudes towards mainland Greek policy are hostile and many Cretans are prepared to defy the law of the land. Kalamata has virtually disappeared off the map as a producer of this unique sativa. and a flowering time of around 14 weeks – very similar in description to many African landrace genetics. and it is suggested that the species can therefore survive significant climate change and – is indeed already responding to ongoing changes.ENDANGERED STRAIN GUIDE 37 Minor. be sure to find the last few remaining guys who grow it and beg for a seed sample. The hilly terrain and numerous small islands provide many opportunities for covert growing. the pot-smoking population relies heavily upon imported hash from Morocco or Spain. But if you ever find yourself there and you have a trusted connection to help you navigate your way around the tricky politics of local weed cultivation. but it seems that unless undiscovered communities exist out there in the rugged Panamanian hills and islands. It is sativa. ©DIRKVDM . The wideranging explorations of the Greeks in their golden era. Panama’s near-equatorial latitude and forgiving climate allows for the harvest of very pure. clear sativa high – as opposed to the stupefying narcotic effect of the Colombian Red. Although much of this learning has been lost to the general populace through increasingly harsh domestic drug policy. as well as a reddish coloration to the leaves and flowers themselves. is very apparent in the Cannabis genus. when land is cleared for intensive coca production. with long. and is apparently now unavailable. however. selection pressures have acted against it as cultivators prefer a more robust. due to police crackdowns on outdoor grows and excessively harsh penalties. THE RUGGED AND REMOTE TROPICAL TERRAIN PROVIDES PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR COVERT GROWS. It is still available from seed banks in hybrid form. higher-yielding plant. One that does apparently remain (albeit in massively reduced quantities) is a strain developed and made famous over many generations in and around Kalamata. a handful of lineages were able to flourish up until recent times. ©ULRICHSTILL Panama Red Wherever humans have gone. In Panama. and are introducing hybrids that are flourishing in the benevolent climate – and rapidly gaining dominance. It exhibits long red hairs on the flowers. or the ability of a plant to change its genetic structure in response to environmental pressures. and low-quality weed from Albania. Kalamata Greece has a long history of cultivating Cannabis – mostly sativa varieties that could be selected for fiber and seed as well as to produce higher-THC cultivars. It is also believed that the original Greek strains may well have been influenced by some of the by Kali Mist purest African sativas. Alongside (and arguably due to) police crackdowns. long-flowering tropical sativas. Conversely. further compounding the problem. This enables rapid localized adaptation. leading to highly morphologically-distinct Cannabis populations worldwide. and its prominence as a destination for sailors from all corners of the globe. Many of the secrets of Cannabis that are only now becoming common knowledge to us were known thousands of years ago to the ancient Greeks. ‘Phenotypic plasticity’. and with a racy. second city of the Peloponnese (a region on the south coast of mainland Greece that enjoys a very pleasant climate). quicker-flowering. commonly crossed with White Widow or Skunk to enable successful indoor grows. growers who still manage to finish a crop are increasingly choosing quicker-flowering Skunk varieties. In much of Central America. and in the recent past Panamanian Cannabis was widely available. must have yielded genetics from many sources. and represents a significant percentage of overall narcotics trafficking. Unfortunately this means that a particular phenotype can become insufficiently suited to its surroundings as conditions change by Kali Mist and newer. its massive importance as a trafficking route has meant that local criminal gangs have turned their attention to cocaine. High-quality local cultivars that were widely available in the 1980s are now almost impossible to find. the single most profitable strain may be exhausted while others are allowed to die off. Local growers also often selectively breed for desired characteristics. in other locales production has been sidelined in favor of the more profitable coca plant. In some places Cannabis is intensively cultivated. while little coca is actually grown in Panama. was a compact sativa with some indica characteristics – similar to other Eastern Mediterranean strains still in existence (such as those found in Lebanon and Egypt). existing populations are depleted and phenotypes lost. as well as some Thai and Cambodian. led to eradication of Cannabis fields throughout the region. Also. racy effect. It can grow up to 15 feet tall and can yield up to five pounds per plant when well-tended. They brought their own Cannabis genetics. and in the intervening centuries since their introduction various landraces have evolved. when intensively farmed. The ‘War on Drugs’ has. and as with so many of the exceptional landraces out there. WELL-DRAINED PASTURE LAND. On the mainland itself. cultivation began in earnest when growers brought seeds (thought to be mostly of the Colombian Red cultivar) to the country from Colombia in defiance of the harsh crackdown on drug production there. which then interbred with the local sativas of the time. Wild or escaped communities now exist on every continent save Antarctica. Both extremes can affect the gene pool. Kalamata is high in THC with an intense. As with many disappearing landraces and cultivars. as well as those from Asia. compact flowers that may have a rosy or reddish coloration. The flavor is reported to range from citrus to woody. The Red first appeared – and rapidly achieved fame – in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It is likely that the prevalent phenotype for centuries. the ravages of the cocaine trade have left an indelible mark on Cannabis cultivation. of course. Kalamata pot is a closely guarded secret and examples are exceptionally rare.100 AD when the advancing Mongol armies invaded Asia AN EXAMPLE OF A LOCAL SATIVA FROM A KALAMATA GROWER ©KALI MIST MUCH OF THE PELOPONNESE REGION IS CHARACTERIZED BY LOW-LYING.

Green light is reflected back away from the plant. and early growth was compact and vigorous. Calculating the GPD for each harvest will allow a gardener to compare the success of grows even if the number of days taken for each is different. and as a result the plants suffered from the cool temperatures in the space.7 ounces (75 grams) which trimmed and dried to . The first units arrived on the scene with a lot of hype and a high price tag. The plants were grown in perlite with small plastic pots as containers. Compared to the GPDs from other tests. is more shock resistant than glass lamps. When current is applied from positive to negative. I have no doubt that a 400w LED array could easily outperform a 400w HID light. or 10 x 3w diodes. During mid flowering. It delivers a nicely potent hit. three of the plants were removed. However. and at least in theory. FRESH CUT WEIGHT WAS 2. ballast. but not as well as a 400w HID. they are worth taking a look at – if the cost of purchasing the unit doesn’t break the budget. or didn’t work well. The unit I tested is a commercial 104w combination of one. would require more electricity to use. be careful of over-watering. with several wired together to make a single light fixture. then that energy is wasted. smooth with a hint of bite. it is not an inexpensive unit to purchase: retail price runs in the same ballpark as a budget HID magnetic coil 1000w. and as such I would not recommend them as a good choice for novice growers.7 ounce (20 grams) of nice smoke. a single 30w LED light might be manufactured from 30 x 1w by Grubbycup diodes. blue and violet bands. and nutrient uptake problems. The LED unit runs much cooler than traditional lighting. The individual diodes are usually one to five watts each. DAY 28: THE PLANT WAS MOVED INTO NORMAL LIGHTING FOR THIS PHOTO. which is why the plant appears green. energy is not spent on creating green light. and foliage was denser than my experiences with HPS or fluorescent lighting. The spacing of the branches was still very short. and would add the expense of bulb replacement. For example. An advantage LED lamps have over fluorescent lamps is the ability to project specific wavelengths (colors) of light. My experience so far with LEDs has shown them to be unforgiving of errors. The self-contained unit is heavy for its size. but was easy to set up in a small space. LEDs are made to emit specific wavelengths. The testing took more trials than expected. a positive and a negative. the plant appeared to be a miniaturized version of a much larger plant. and that.7 OUNCES (75 GRAMS). watt for watt. they either didn’t work. Overall. Since I used perlite as a growing medium. 400w of LED array is substantially more expensive than 400w of HID lighting. but it was also small for its age. A fluorescent lamp will use its power to broadcast light in many colors. bud development was very tight. but may be more appropriate if these factors are not a concern. Grubbycup DAY 81: THE LED PLANTS ARE SHORT AND DENSE DAY 172: BUDS WITH TIGHT FLORAL CLUSTERS THIS 104W LED UNIT WAS THE ONE USED IN THE TRIAL.38 ADVANCED INDOOR GROWING LED Trial with Critical Jack LIGHT EMITTING DIODES LEDS ARE USED TO TAKE A PLANT FROM SEED TO BUD Light emitting diodes are electroluminescent. The 1000w light would generate a lot more waste heat. and has a very pleasant exhale. to ensure the plants did not suffer due to crowding. so initial cost may be an important consideration. This includes spending some energy on producing green light. they use small doped semiconductors to emit light. the 104w LED unit performed better than a 250w HID. and being mostly solid-state. and final harvest was 20 grams for a GPD (grams per day) of . at current market prices. Peace. and leaves a nice warm afterglow. LEDs have come a long way since they first hit the market. Chlorophyll uses light with wavelengths primarily from the red. LEDs create about the same amount of light per watt as fluorescent lighting. The third trial successfully completed from seed to harvest without incident. TWELVE DAYS FROM SEED THE CRITICAL JACK FROSTED NICELY. they perform better than HPS or fluorescent technologies. Gender declared itself as normal (being feminized. To ensure that the plants were from quality genetics. However. love and puka shells. but picked up dramatically in the last couple of weeks. It runs much cooler than HID lighting. They have two leads. Plant transpiration under the unit was reduced. if green light is not used by the plant. in an indoor vented closet. should last longer without needing bulb or part replacements. Lighting was switched to 12 hours on/12 hours off at 130 days from seed. Internode length was shorter. Trial two also ended prematurely. A higher percentage of the energy spent is converted into light that the plants can use. For use in stealth cabinets or in a location where heat is an issue. Start to finish it took 185 days. they produce light. and the plant was very bushy.and three-watt LEDs from the Netherlands. Wet weight was 2. The Critical Jack has a woody aroma with subtle notes of lemon. Trial one ended prematurely due to low temperature issues. It seems well built.108. blue and violet lamps. but when using LEDs over soil. bulb and socket. Today’s units still come with the hype and the price. and as a result. However. so by using red. The plant finished in 55 days (just under 8 weeks). Four seeds were put in to sprout on December 17th. overwatering wasn’t an issue. DAY 185: LEDS CAN FLOWER. . I can confidently say that it is possible to grow good weed under a well-designed LED light. water moved through the plant at a slower rate than I am used to. The lower waste heat of the LEDs could be useful in conditions where excess waste heat is a problem. Dinafem’s Critical Jack seeds were used. it declared female). due to a combination of complications from having the light too close to the canopy. but I was curious if the advances in technology had advanced to the point where they were a viable alternative to HIDs and fluorescents. They sprouted normally. and the learning curve on use was steeper than it appeared. The smoke is sweet tasting. Bud development started very slow. Prototypes of LED grow lights disappointed a lot of early adopters.

It is impossible to create and stabilize a new variety without doing it the old-fashioned way (breeding males with females). Don’t throw them away – try making a batch of brownies. new healthy generations cannot emerge. the male of the species deserves a special place in the annals of botanical history. by the time you next have to cut down your males you may be looking forward to it! A FLOWERING MALE HEMP PLANT SHOWING ABUNDANT POLLEN PRODUCTION ©ERIK FENDERSSON 2006 TRADITIONALLY. and stirred into melted butter (or a mixture of butter and water to prevent burning) with reportedly good results. and their properties have been long-studied. ©RAYELA ART 2008 . In a greenhouse or indoor grow room. The archaic English word ‘fimble’ (from the old Dutch femeel) specifically refers to the male hemp plant and male hemp fiber. WEAVERS HAVE USED THE EARLIER-HARVESTED MALE FIBER TO MAKE FINE LINEN-STYLE ITEMS SUCH AS TOWELS. The method to produce butter from males is identical to that for females. They are obviously vital for seed production as. sacking and canvas. stable father can be the basis for hundreds of successful crosses. release pollen. The females then ripen and are harvested for seed and fiber. die and are harvested for fiber. Feminized seed crops must be treated repeatedly with colloidal silver or gibberellic acid to prevent normal flowering. armed with these facts. the fiber is finer but lower in tensile strength. It is said that males make good oil – when extracted by soaking the plant matter in high-quality ethanol – and it is possible that this is the best use for your grow room or greenhouse males.to good quality. Some. But male plants do have their uses. CLOTHING AND BEDDING has thinner stalks. either in the form of hash. The coarser. The plant matter is ground up as small as possible. some indoor growers of highpotency strains have attempted to make ice-o-lator from males. but the effect a male’s genes will have on the overall look and potency of his daughters can only be known by growing out the progeny to maturity. On the other hand. Although levels are low compared with female plants.900 years before Western botanists ‘discovered’ sex in plants – also by studying male Cannabis! For this reason alone. remember that a higher quantity of male plant matter will be needed than for female plant extraction. Male plants mature faster than females. such as the almost silk-like fabrics manufactured by some Italian weavers. and strains of cultivated monoecious hemp must be re-developed from parent stock every few generations to prevent reversion to the normal dioecious growth. but at some point male pollen should be introduced and new seeds grown as the genetic begins to weaken. male plants have a very important place in hemp farming. But their fibers are also prized. Male hemp grows 10-15% taller than female. So perhaps. female plants can be cloned for many generations. male specimens of psychoactive Cannabis strains do contain varying amounts of THC and other cannabinoids. Console yourself with the thought that you’ve actually got some usable THC. weeks before your girls will be ready. if the males are cut just before the flowers mature and begin to release polvery select crops – and hash containing male pollen is said to be yellowish and lower in strength and overall quality. you’ve probably never thought much about it. Scent and floral structure may be discernible from male plants also.and A MALE SUPER SILVER HAZE PLANT IN FULL FLOWER – PART OF A BREEDING PROGRAM ©RIKVA 2009 were world-famous. newlyformed male flower basking in the glow of your expensive HPS lights. It is improbable that good results would be yielded from most methods of hash-making. Yes. the stalk and foliage may be treated in various ways to extract the psychoactive compounds. strong males are prized by breeders. A good. Apart from the world of breeding highpotency Cannabis. you’ll be a little more forgiving when you next find yourself staring at a tiny. the female’s flower period. Some enthusiasts claim the products they create are comparable to or even better than those produced from female plants. vigor. Any alternative to simply throwing them in the trash has got to be worth considering. allowing pollination to occur and seeds to develop within the flower as it grows. or an eighth of ice-o-lator or oil – who knows. good height (neither too short nor too tall). clothing and bedding. and this article will tell you a little about them. by Kali Mist In the drug Cannabis industry. Having males and females is an integral part of the Cannabis plant’s nature – just as it is for humans – and maintaining unnatural reproductive cycles for many generations is impossible without great effort. the first sign a plant shows of being male is their cue to rip it up and dispose of it – but is there any use for the males besides causing your precious females to be ruined by seed growth? Unless you are a breeder. weavers have used the earlier-harvested male fiber to make fine linen-style items such as towels. oil – or butter for cooking. The dioecious nature of Cannabis and the different uses for male and female hemp were recorded as early as 221 BC in an early Chinese dictionary. When selecting males for breeding. stronger female fibers were used for ropes. and rapid maturation rate. It’s a terrible feeling staring at a bunch of males. without their pollen. When attempting any of the above methods. as THC levels are so low: in many traditional hash-making communities (such as Morocco) males are not separated from females – except for THROUGH HISTORY. However. around 1. Therefore THC production has already peaked by this point. Various males must be allowed to pollinate identical groups of female clones to ascertain which male produces the most viable offspring. and some have reported producing hash of medium. the observable traits that are most desirable are low hermaphroditism. The male matures much faster than the female: it is already producing pollen and is ready to die in the initial few weeks of len. knowing that they must be removed from the grow straightaway and that all the care and attention you’ve lavished upon them up to now was wasted. Through history. MALE HEMP FIBER WAS USED TO MAKE FINE ITEMS LIKE THIS LINEN-STYLE CUSHION.39 Male Cannabis: LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS! For most growers.

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I must have seemed deranged. I was beginning to realize just how strong it was. This was a chapter out of William Burroughs and I was not enjoying it. I disappeared with it into the kitchen and locked the door. but not as much as when I discovered the Colombian Ambassador had moved into the back room and was holding audience over an Andean-sized pile of cocaine. We married in Amsterdam and the reception was held in the gallery. but that was the least of my problems. a moment later he really passed out. people kept asking for more and my constant refusal seemed weird. Back in the party. In less than a year he would become Minister of Finance and eventually go on to oversee the introduction of the Euro. My partner’s Siamese cats had retreated to the back room. less sensitive days I was inevitably responsible by O’Riodon for giving nearly sixty people just such an experience. Depending upon who you talked to. the wedding ceremony was over and the party was getting into full swing. When I reappeared with a plate of minute portions there were lots of complaints. it was either the best party ever. it’s tasty and only as dangerous as the sugar that goes with it. it seemed like a good idea at the time. If the dose is right. he handed over a coffee machine and said goodbye. and that’s where their mother found them. In complete panic.’ Even in my inebriated state. they’d all seen it. the director of the bank dropped by to pay his respects. After a moment or two of pleasantries. then the idea to give it a ‘sparkle’ crept in. It was downhill from there on THEY DROPPED LIKE FLIES . scattering cake everywhere. To my new in-laws I was the devil incarnate. in. or the worst. a delicious time bomb about to blow the party apart. when he got drunk and chased women around the party. There was also my new wife’s extensive Dutch family. I heard the explosion from the other end of the party. ing flown over from England with my mother. it just added to the bizarreness. My new in-laws had just discovered the cloakroom was full of hairy people smokIT’S ALWAYS NICE TO HAVE A ‘PRIEST’ IN ATTENDANCE! ing weed. Playing with them on the floor were my wife’s teenage nieces. The cake tasted so good. well. so I decided to cut off a small piece and hide the rest. The cake was handed over with the whispered words. the next surprise.EDIBLES 41 Dangerous Pastry A DELICIOUS TIME BOMB Eating Cannabis is still one of the best ways of consuming nature’s gift. He promised to look after the cake. Unwittingly eating a cookie that takes you into another state of mind can be a little unnerving. I saw cake in all the wrong hands. a shout announced somebody had found the remainder of the cake. I freaked. glistening white and sporting a big red ribbon. hav- THE COLOMBIAN AMBASSADOR HAD MOVED INTO THE BACK ROOM AND WAS HOLDING AUDIENCE OVER AN ANDEAN-SIZED PILE OF COCAINE. I rushed up and grabbed what was left and disappeared upstairs. I couldn’t throw it away. tripped and fell down the stairs. The guy I was talking to suddenly lay down on the floor and then got up again as if nothing had happened. I have to confess in my younger. My seventy-four-yearold grandmother even attended. one uncle had eaten seven pieces. A friend offered to bake a wedding cake. When somebody walked past carrying a large piece. Numb and in shock. befitting her status. then headed for the cloakroom to get his coat. At first it was going to be a normal fruit cake covered in icing. It was at that point the cake arrived. Having already eaten a piece. especially if it’s your first time. All about the place the people were starting to turn green. I’d just suggested a pinch or two in the mix to mellow things out. holding it high. but there’s a darker side to eating Cannabis – the surprise effect. unaware of the experience yet to come. When the end finally came it was quick. The coat (once found) was handed over smelling of weed. but did prompt a visit to the back room. ‘it didn’t seem like much. Half the party fell on it like wolves. the other half were beginning to wonder why they felt so weird. On the day. The artists had softened to the bankers and even I had managed to shake off the stag night hangover. a miss-match way back in the heady days of the ‘80s. it can be a pleasant and enlightening experience. I discovered my wife’s uncle had found the cake and was passing it out to little old ladies. The guest list was varied due to our different professions and wide circle of friends. His Rolls Royce and escort were blocking the street. The hash was actually meant to be a reward for the chef. Rushing into the main room. I just beat him to the door. thanks to that social lubricant: alcohol. He left. The occasion was my first marriage. Behind me. one of my more lecherous musician friends had turned up dressed as a priest and many of the older guests thought he was legit. She was a money dealer and I was a gallery owner. I even took a half-eaten piece off my grandmother. When I met him he was just finishing a piece of cake. So. Using the excuse of looking for a knife. I realized the explosive implications of a cake containing sixty grams of hash. Then. HE PROMISED TO LOOK AFTER THE CAKE. Then it started. My grandmother even commented on how nice it was that I had a priest for a friend. so we put it all in. The bearer. To add to the weirdness. the haranguing I got had little effect. I mentioned earlier that my new wife was a money dealer. they began to drop like flies – fortunately I left before the ambulances arrived.

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UNDERPINNING THE ALBUM’S RICH PALETTE OF SOUNDS IS THE BAND’S NATIVE DUST BOWL AUSTERITY: A STARK. SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS! Thundercat The Golden Age of Apocalypse BRAINFEEDER If indeed ‘you blows who you is’. songwriter and producer. The set. YET COOLLY ELEGANT BEAUTY THAT MIRRORS THE LANDSCAPE SURROUNDING THEM. Interweaving layer upon layer of intricately winding and pulsing orchestrations. BRUNER SINGS. several post-album outtakes. picking up where the pair left off on 2010’s Cosmogramma – further distilling the jazz current running through that landmark Lotus release. offers both stone-cold skill and uncanny astrality. This 40th anniversary edition couples the much-adored music with the wonders of modern day mastering. the music covers every conceivable genre and smashes it all into a synthesis of intense. is ambitious in scope: densely textured and uncompromisingly sophisticated. including original mono hit singles. The Motor City theme of this edition continues on the included 12-inch: the LP’s rare. yet instantly appealing and alluringly mysterious. in the midst of a vast mid-western plain. THE BASSNECTAR EXPERIENCE ENGULFS THE SENSES. drummer Ronald Bruner. His Flying Lotus-produced debut. Jr. the end result is unmistakably a Thundercat record – a lush and magical document combining classic jazz-fusion. on vinyl for the first time. Bruner had never planned on releasing his own music. The Golden Age of Apocalypse was years in the making even though. battle like story. unlikely hometown to a remarkable band – Other Lives – and its gifted singer/composer and multi-instrumentalist bandleader. THE SET PROVIDES NOT ONLY AN ESSENTIAL PIECE OF MARVIN GAYE HISTORY FOR FANS. The album introduced Marvin Gaye. DC. The Funk Ark From the Rooftops ESL MUSIC The Funk Ark is a world funk ensemble based in Washington. The Golden Age of Apocalypse. OVER ALL. Bruner (a. but Other Lives’s music invokes everything from Phillip Glass’s dazzling minimalism to Morricone’s dark. . futurist electronic strains and timeless musical seeking. and a series of recordings (mostly instrumental) made in Detroit before Marvin followed Motown to Los Angeles. From the first day of release. these eleven tracks enfold listeners in a bounteous panoply of melodies and textures reminiscent of Brian Wilson’s daring Smile period. It is like the next. improvised numbers like Jamboree and virtuosic bass pileups like Fleer Ultra. Universal present this super deluxe edition. and exists as an open-sourced musical project that is as diverse as it is dogged. then Stephen Bruner’s bass is a mainline to the soul of a man whose DNA was transcribed from the stars onto staff paper. By Kaz Peet Other Lives Tamer Animals PLAY IT AGAIN SAM At the crossroads of US 177 and State Highway 51. AND NO HESITATION IN FUSING THE FAMILIAR WITH THE STRANGE. The term ‘chamber-pop’ readily springs to mind. his lyrics. The group’s keyboardist and main songwriter. wobbling basslines and hypnotic soundscapes. BUT ALSO A UNIQUE AND COMPREHENSIVE INSIGHT INTO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST CHERISHED ALBUMS FOR ANY SOUL SISTER OR -BROTHER. There are raw. rejected. disregarding the rules. which focuses on Marvin’s LP and post-LP Detroit recordings. Divergent Spectrum. his single sequel. Jesse Tabish. INSIDE OF THIS SPACE. Will Rast.a. behind What’s Going On. heavy to soft and pretty to ugly. BUT LISTENERS NEEDN’T WORRY. original Detroit Mix. the company’s sexy prince. ONE OF THE ALBUM’S MOST STUNNING MOMENTS ARRIVES WITH A SPACIOUS COVER OF GEORGE DUKE’S FOR LOVE I COME. ‘You go five miles outside Stillwater and it’s just untouched plains. Produced by the band themselves and mixed by Beck’s longtime drummer Joey Waronker. The first single off of Tamer Animals. Thundercat) is accompanied by an impressive cast ranging from Erykah Badu to members of Sa-Ra and J*DaVeY. stories and grooves remain timeless. He will also be featuring on ESL Instigators – Thievery Corporation’s forthcoming release. sits Stillwater. TIME REALLY ISN’T A THING. The group draws upon influences from the African. epic sweep. as raw as it is meticulous and as fierce as it is imaginary. to pianist Austin Peralta and his own Grammy-winning brother. OR THE CLASSIC WITH THE CUTTING EDGE.’ Marvin Gaye What’s Going On UNIVERSAL To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s seminal Motown classic What’s Going On. ‘I think that has affected me subconsciously. As always. Federico Aubele. Still. ‘no strings’ mix of the title track. is no disappointment. For 12 has already gotten the thumbs up from Radiohead. THE FUNK ARK IS YOUR NEW ONE-STOP SHOP FOR BOOTY-SHAKING VINTAGE GROOVES. RAMP and Raheem Devaughn. unexpected chapter of Beauty and the Beast. as Louis Armstrong once famously said. A TAUT BEAUTY SPANGLED WITH CRYSTALLINE HARP AND KEYS. a soft whirl of bluesy piano. This latest EP release. an upbeat soul strutter powered by Bruner’s digitally-distorted plucks. BY COMBINING SOUND AND FORCE WITH WEIGHT. Spanning a cosmic stew of players. it traverses a mashed-up aural continuum that reaches from dark to light. this debut album recalls the best of Africa 70. and the result is a gritty and soulful mix of inspired afro-beat and big band funk. ‘TIME WILL PASS US BY’. a timeless aural sublimity of The Great Plains of the Old West. snapping beats and warm bass. Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips and Bad Seed Jim Sciavunos among their burgeoning ranks of avid fans. A meditative act of artistic rebellion. Natalie Clavier. Tamer Animals was written and recorded at Other Lives’s own studio over a period of sixteen months. New Age synth. IT IS AS PHYSICAL AS IT IS AUDITORY – A LAWLESS ADVENTURE WITH NO LIMITATIONS. this masterpiece broke the Motown mold. with nary a saddle nor spur in sight. But Lotus spurred him on. and each song became a journey. The package also includes rare and unseen photography from throughout the recording process and the remarkable. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style. OK. Tamer Animals. LA-based. as an uncompromising singer. BRINGING THIS STRING OF DIVINELY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS TO A MOODY AND CINEMATIC CLOSE IS RETURN TO THE JOURNEY. their second album. is well known for his work with a veritable encyclopedia of artists – both locally and internationally – such as Mya.44 MUSIC REVIEWS Bassnectar Divergent Spectrum AMORPHOUS MUSIC Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton. and the band counts Zane Lowe. Delivering healthy doses of the sound. You’re The Man. For 12 especially exemplifies the latter: its galloping rhythms conjure a feeling of uneasy expansiveness. to produce an unparalleled insight into Marvin’s showpiece. locations and times.’ muses Jesse. THERE. the original.and Latin funk/dance music scenes of the 1960s and ‘70s. out on August 29th 2011. There’s Walkin. There’s the ebullient Daylight. the JB’s and the Fania Allstars simultaneously. the groundbreaking concept work was recognized as a magnum opus. includes a fullyremastered version of What’s Going On.k. A longtime contributor to others’ albums.

who played on ScottHeron’s second album. His declamatory singing style. including Whitey’s On The Moon. but was to fall victim to drug abuse more than two decades later. rail-thin man with a wispy goatee beard and a countenance of prophetic gravity. before returning to Chicago. and one that always emphasized lyrical content over technique. He was soon approached by the jazz producer Bob Thiele who. Gil Scott-Heron was born in Chicago on April 1st. The Bottle and the anti-apartheid anthem Johannesburg. a librarian and an accomplished singer. Home Is Where The Hatred Is. a live recording of one of ScottHeron’s club performances. serving jail time for various offenses. and his political message. where his prowess at football brought him to the attention of talent scouts from Scotland. His parents separated when he was two. had recorded such artists as John Coltrane. He was named after his father. The song went on to be covered. while working as a clerk at a dry cleaners. and he moved to New York to be reunited with his mother. a compelling attack on the mindless and anesthetizing effects of the mass media. It was a title that ScottHeron himself always deplored. before going on to study at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. The bass player Ron Carter. The following year he recorded the song for a second time. Instead. poet and author whose writings and recordings provided a vivid – and often stinging – commentary on social injustice and the black American experience. was a composer. sampled and referenced in innumerable recordings. Gil ScottHeron’s legacy will survive his death. The followup Pieces of Man brought him together (on record) for the first time with Brian Jackson. in the early ‘50s Gilbert Sr. played football professionally for Celtic and Third Lanark. flautist and Gil Scott-Heron: SOUL BROTHER SADLY PASSES AWAY. who became a major influence. there was a resurgence of interest in his work when he returned with his first studio album in 16 years.OBITUARY 45 Cultivating his interest in music and literature. aged 62. in 1978. you just get a lot of posturing. earning the nickname ‘the Black Arrow’. It was there that he met Gil’s mother. A tall. But anger was not the only color in Scott-Heron’s music palette. Scott-Heron would credit his grandmother with being one of the primary influences on his life: ‘[She] raised me to not sit around and wait for people to guess what’s on your mind – I was gonna have to say it. and he was sent to live with his maternal grandmother. musician. this time with a full band. The Nigger Factory (1971)./Skip out for beer during commercials. in Jackson. songs such as Must Be Something and It’s Your World were moving affirmations of faith in the power of the human spirit. would be a major influence on such groups as Public Enemy and NWA. His vocal style. for his seminal album Pieces of a Man. who brought up her son on her own. Gilbert Heron. On graduation he published a second novel. ./Because the revolution will not be televised. a keyboard-player. it first appeared in the form of a spokenword recitation on his debut album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. his songs that rumble from deep within his soul will continue to incite and inspire generations of young people to take up the struggle from where he left off. Both a genius and a soldier. Tennessee. she bought him a second-hand piano from a local funeral parlor and introduced him to the writings of the Harlem Renaissance novelist and poet Langston Hughes. and would lead to his being described as ‘the godfather of rap’. Gil won a scholarship to a private school. with the anti-drug song Angel Dust. When Gil was 12 his grandmother died. a thriller about ghetto life. Bobbie. Scott-Heron sang in a roughly arresting voice that was once described as a mixture of ‘mahogany. turn on and cop out.’ Written when Scott-Heron was just 18. YET HIS SPIRIT SHALL NEVER FADE! Gil Scott-Heron. Scott-Heron first came to attention with his 1970 recording The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. as head of the Impulse label. Thiele released Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie. described it as ‘a voice like you would have for Shakespeare’. Over the course of 20 albums he produced a series of sardonic and biting commentaries on ghetto life and racial injustice. With mantra-like incessance. the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Small Talk at 125th and Lenox.’ composer who would become his main collaborator on nine albums. In his second year at university he was given leave of absence to write a novel.’ He preferred to call himself ‘a blues-ologist’./ You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip. and a collection of poetry./You will not be able to plug in. In 2010. who died on May 27th. Lillie Scott. I’m New Here. about campus unrest. He enjoyed further chart success in 1976 with Johannesburg and. On the recommendation of his high school English teacher. Pieces Of A Man. and a call to arms to the black community: ‘You will not be able to stay home brother. The Vulture (1970). sunshine and tears’. a Jamaican who had settled in America. Scott-Heron’s music reflected something of the militancy and self-assertiveness of such theorists and polemicists as Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. made him widely recognized as one of the Kaz Peet most inspirational figures of rap music and beyond. He said: ‘You don’t really see inside the person. as well as being the cowriter (with George David Weiss) of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World. allied to the overtly political content of his work. 1949.

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Editorial adress: E-mail: kristie@softsecrets. non-violent drug offenders (read: pot smokers) as well as the social toll that high numbers of imprisonment brings to some towns and neighborhoods.Red. mayors and police chiefs – on a local level – now actively support a ‘compassion club’ distribution system as a way of separating recreational stoners from the people who legitimately need therapeutic help. these days the festival appeared to be more a demonstration of free speech – and as an excuse for outrageous outfits. I happened upon a parade. Cover Photo: Grubbycup Comic: oz.I. as suggestive REPRESENTED ALL TYPES. simultaneously decreasing the number of unnecessary arrests. Cannabis users are a menace to no one and are causing no discernible social problem. nudity was a common sight – despite not generally being tolerated in public. 2011 . who had not planned on attending (and merely stumbled into the area) seemed far more amused than shocked by anything we saw. and the other a stark reminder of the intolerance and bigotry that still exists. On the 26th of June 2011. San Francisco held the 41st annual San Francisco Lesbian. state-. Buddy Kush. Inc Century Park Plaza 1801 Century Park East. and Cannabis activists are engaged in broadening this progression. As usual. I thought it was GO-GO DANCING FLOAT a fun show with some underlying serious messages.nl Editor in chief: Kristie Szalanski Contributors: Grubbycup. polite and a smorgasbord for people-watching. Now we must be patient and see how the debate develops during a period of relative peace between both sides. The costumes ranged from sensual to absurd. Usually presented in a very matter-of-fact. The annual celebration commemorates riots that took place at a bar in Greenwich Village. In 1969 police raided a bar named the ‘Stonewall Inn’. purple corsets and rainbows galore passed by. each vying for attention. Transgender Pride Celebration.46 MARCHES & DEMOS / INDEX OF ADS / COLOFON Index of ads Name Advanced Seeds All American Healing Group Apothecary 420 Attitude the Attitude the Best Price Evaluations Dinafem Seeds Funky Skunk the Ganja Juice Green Door the Higher Level Hydroasis. Overall. O’Riodon. Kaz Peet. Actor Olympia Dukakis made a personal appearance in a classic car. we can certainly understand how difficult the fight for LGBT rights can be. F. The publisher therefore distances himself explicitly from statements or images that might give the impression that an endorsement is being made for the illicit use or production of Cannabis. 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