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High Times September 2020

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United States
TransHigh Corp
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min

FREE AT LAST The rapper formerly known as Loon was released from Florida’s FCI Coleman Low prison on July 29 after serving nearly nine years on a drug conspiracy charge. Loon (whose name used to be Chauncey Hawkins) was busted for the nonviolent crime and was known as a rising star under Sean “Diddy” Combs’ infamous Bad Boy Records label. Former producer Weldon Angelos—who served 13 years of a 55-year sentence for selling less than one ounce of weed—was the driving force behind Hawkins’ release. Angelos founded the Weldon Project, which supports prisoners who are serving time for cannabis-related offenses, after being released from prison in 2016. Angelos personally wrote and filed Hawkins’ 34-page court motion for compassionate release under the First Step Act after the COVID-19 outbreak in the nation’s…

2 min
art imitates life

The intersection of cannabis and art is a fascinating conversation for anyone with the knack for artistry. When exploring this phenomenon, various correlations come to mind. Weed has been used as a creative brainstorming tool for many artists, from painters and sculptors to photographers and musicians. In our Art Issue, we uncover the intertwined evolutions and similarities of street art and marijuana—emerging from the shadows and simultaneously evolving into the mainstream. We also (virtually) sit down with Gregory Siff, a fine artist and painter who doesn’t have to consume cannabis to spark creativity—but he’ll never turn it down—especially when he’s creating commissions for Ty Dolla $ign. Finally, we dig deep into the not-so-long-ago past when functional art in the forms of glass pieces were demonized for their alleged connection to cannabis. The…

4 min

LET’S DITCH MITCH Mitch McConnell is a lowlife sack of shit! Shame on him for attacking Nancy Pelosi for daring to support medical marijuana. McConnell is not and never was a hemp ally if he’s against weed. All Nancy said was that cannabis is a successful therapy that has been found to be effective. It’s not like she said, “Everybody smoke a doobie because it is a miracle cure for everything.” McConnell replied—and I quote his condescending remarks—that “you can’t make this up” and “I hope she’s shared her breakthrough with Dr. Fauci” in response to her relief-package addition. People are literally dying; they are suffering from the virus and the anxiety it causes. They don’t have jobs and can’t pay their bills. A little bit of weed isn’t going to…

5 min
honor and pride

I’m incredibly humbled to be interviewing my first veteran and cannabis activist from the East Coast. Leo Bridgewater from Trenton, New Jersey, served his country honorably and with distinction under some of our nation’s most decorated leaders such as Lt. Gen. David Petraeus and Adm. Mike Mullen. His journey of activism started just like it did for most veterans who are cannabis advocates—he experienced the loss of fellow veteran brothers and sisters to the suicide epidemic. I had the honor and privilege of working and lobbying lawmakers with Bridgewater in Washington, DC, three years ago at the Americans for Safe Access Unity Conference. We hit it off instantly because our missions and accomplishments were nearly identical. Bridgewater has played a vital role in promoting medical cannabis legalization in New Jersey, among…

4 min
more or less

Federal marijuana legislation is marching forward, further than ever, with exciting new developments. In the current Republican-controlled Senate, federal marijuana reform bills face a slim-to-none chance of being approved; however, the country is bracing for a rare opportunity to end prohibition and remove cannabis and cannabinoids from the Controlled Substances Act. Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler introduced The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act on July 23, 2019. The bill would finally end marijuana prohibition in the United States at the federal level. Specifically, the MORE Act would remove marijuana and THC from the Controlled Substances Act, and it would pave the way towards expungement or resentencing of prior marijuana convictions. It would even block federal agencies withholding benefits or citizenship status for immigrants…

2 min
dope dialect: five weed slang words

LID If you still use the word “lid,” chances are that your age is showing. A lid represents a specific amount of weed, but the word went out of style long ago—sometime after the 1960s and ’70s. How the hell did it get this name? In the beginning, a lid equaled the amount of marijuana that could fit into a lid from a large Hellmann’s mayonnaise jar: a bit less than an ounce, or about 21 grams. Today, most people incorrectly use the word “lid” to describe an ounce, or close to it, at 28 grams. WOOK A wook is a psychonaut who looks like they took one too many acid tabs. They do—let’s just say—a lot more than weed. After draining all their dopamine, a wook becomes an ambitionless weight on society,…