The 15th Annual S.T.A.S.H. Awards
After scouring hydroponic trade shows, indoor micro-gardens and full-sized warehouse mega-grows, the HIGH TIMES cultivation department reveals its picks for grow gear of the year.

Meet the Parents
A growing number of parents are speaking out about treating their children with pot. Brave Mykayla is Oregon’s youngest medical marijuana patient. Find out how she is fighting leukemia with the aid of cannabis oil.
By Elise McDonough

Bigger Plants, Better Yields
From larger plant containers, to smart pruning techniques, to deploying a simple trellis system, getting bigger yields from your garden come harvest time isn’t a matter of pure luck, but one of simple science.
By Nico Escondido

Top Glass
The art of glassblowing has been thoroughly transformed by an elite crew of artists who combine form and function to produce outstanding pipes and bongs that are also breathtaking displays of artistry.
By Dan Skye

Jamaican Harvest Tour
Ever bought a bag of herb on the beach in Negril? Find out how it got there and follow a journey that starts in the ghettos of Kingston and ends in the lush herb fields of Westmoreland parish.
By Chris Simunek

HIGH TIMES Interview: Redman
Two decades ago, Redman first appeared on our cover, and since then the rapper, actor and record producer has proven to be a worthy choice—as well as a stalwart supporter of marijuana rights.
By Dan Skye & Danny Danko

Editor's Letter
Pot and Parenting

Kids and pot don’t mix. Marijuana is for adults only. This is the general message of the pro-pot advocacy groups, who argue that regulating cannabis like alcohol or tobacco would be the best way to prevent children from getting their hands on it (since black-market drug dealers don’t ask for ID). The biggest hurdle to freeing this plant has always been the drug warriors’ ubiquitous, hysterical cry of “What about the children?!”, accompanied by the usual fear-mongering about promising teens being sucked into a black hole of addiction and despair after just a few tokes. This piece of Drug War propaganda has been incredibly successful, making young mothers the demographic most resistant to cannabis-law reform, and creating an enormous taboo when it comes to an honest discussion of pot use and parenthood.

Unfortunately, while the fight for cannabis freedom has progressed tremendously over the last several years, the rights of parents are still being trampled by agencies ostensibly charged with protecting kids. You can have guns, knives, and cases of liquor in your house, but if Child Protective Services finds any pot, you’re automatically assumed to be placing your kids in danger.

In rural California, medical marijuana patient Daisy Bram had her infant son literally ripped from her arms during a raid on a small, state-legal garden. Multiple sclerosis patient and prominent medical marijuana activist Lindsey Rinehart and her husband Josh (the director of Idaho NORML), returned from a hiking trip to find that cops had removed their two sons from the babysitter’s care after finding a small amount of cannabis in their home. Over and over, we see the same pattern: federal, state and local governments using kids as pawns in their frenzy to target activists, hippies, growers, and anyone else they wish to control.

Not only is cannabis not “endangering” 7-year-old Mykayla Comstock, it’s helping her fight leukemia and possibly even saving her life. Turn to page 54 where we share the story of Oregon’s youngest medical marijuana patient, and how her brave parents are determined to spread the word about the healing and other medical benefits that cannabis can bring to sick children.

As the struggle to fully legalize cannabis continues, we need to enshrine the rights of parents to use cannabis responsibly, protect the families of medi-pot patients, and reform the laws that allow the authorities to remove kids from their parents’ home simply because pot is present. The insane policy of ripping families apart over a healing herb needs to end. Using marijuana does not equal child abuse, especially when this plant is keeping a parent or child alive and healthy. We need a brand new dialogue about kids, parenting and pot.

Elise McDonough
Production Director