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High Times December 2019

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the diversity of dank

“The questions concerning the origin of a given cultivated plant—how it became cultivated, where its original native land was, where the sources of the development of varieties were found, and where the clues to the wealth of forms could be discovered—are not only of general importance for explaining the historical destiny of people, but also of actual and practical importance for the present agronomical work toward the exploration of varieties for plant breeding.” NIKOLAI VAVILOV THE RUSSIAN PLANT GENETICIST quoted above is considered the godfather of biodiversity. His groundbreaking discoveries in the early part of the 20th century, which included naming the subspecies Cannabis afghanica in the 1920s, pioneered the collection and breeding of crops with immunities to pests and diseases as well as tolerance for harsh growing conditions. Above all,…

4 min.

Grow Fan I am a medical marijuana patient of 11 years and I grow my own medicine. I learned everything I know about growing from your magazine. Without you guys and girls I’d be lost. I am forever grateful for every page in your magazine. I am from way up in Northern Ontario, Canada, where it gets -45ºC. But it’s always warm and sunny indoors! Roy Ontario, Canada State Unfair I am a longtime home grower in Massachusetts. Recently I left my career in tech to see if I could make a go in the new, exciting cannabis industry. Well, after eight months of low pay and no [sign] of advancing and making the kind of money I need to survive, I was forced to go back to tech. From talking to a lot of…

4 min.
unintended consequences

WHEN THE GREAT state of Texas legalized hemp production earlier this year, it looked like the cannabidiol (CBD) industry would get a major boost. The Republican-dominated Texas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the bill 140 to 3, and the Republican governor, Greg Abbott, promptly signed it into law, which took effect immediately. What these conservative lawmakers did not realize is that their new law would, in effect, decriminalize weed. This is because Texas House Bill 1325 makes a rather fine distinction between non-psychoactive hemp and marijuana with buzzier levels of THC. Since state crime labs aren’t equipped to tell the difference, prosecutors decided to ease up on charging folks with mere possession. The Texas District & County Attorneys Association saw fit to issue an advisory: “The distinction between marijuana and hemp requires…

2 min.
mainstream marijuana

OPIOID MANUFACTURERS Despite the powerful pharmaceutical lobby defending its enormous opioid investment and profits, cannabis is making an impact on that sector. The efficacy and reduced risk of cannabis pain solutions are undeniable. Opioid receptors are located near parts of the brain (including the brain stem) that regulate the breathing reflex, raising the possibility of death by asphyxia. Cannabis, obviously, poses no such threat. And a recent $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson for its role in the opioid crisis could be a sign of things to come. SPORTS BEVERAGES With the sports nutrition industry projected to accelerate to $100 billion by 2023, many in the cannabis industry see a tremendous opportunity. Beverage concerns are increasingly pairing up with pot companies, hoping to harness the public’s fascination with CBD and THC. Huge…

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painkiller payback

“The opioid crisis is an imminent danger and menace to Oklahomans,” declared Judge Thad Balkman, as he brought the hammer down on pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. The seven-week civil trial found that the corporation had, through its shady marketing practices, contributed to Oklahoma’s opioid crisis that had claimed more than 6,000 lives. Johnson & Johnson must now pay $572 million to the state—a large amount, but a mere fraction of the $17 billion sought by the plaintiff’s attorneys. Balkman cited the company’s aggressive sales tactics that encouraged doctors to prescribe opioids for patients for pain management, but avoided any talk of the so-called “addiction ditch” and the assorted downsides to drug dependence. Doctors who prescribed lots of opioids were targeted as “key customers.” The company has admitted no guilt…

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red hot chili peppers

Things got spicy at a Southern California port when nearly four tons of weed were seized by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in San Diego. Officials crowed about nabbing a shipment of pot worth $2.3 million, hidden—though not very well—within a truckload of jalapeño peppers. According to CBP, “a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as jalapeño peppers… When the conveyance arrived to the dock, a canine team roving the area alerted to the palletized shipment of peppers. CBP officers probed the shipment and discovered a leafy-green substance that field-tested positive for the properties of marijuana.” And it went downhill from there, as the CBP officers riffled through the loose jalapeños and found 314 wrapped packages of weed…