Jul
26

“That 70’s Show” Girls

"High Times founded the Miss High Times contest, which synchronized women and weed to create a Stoner fueled fantasy without so much pageantry, and much more marijuana. This ingenious blend of natural occurrence surpasses the regular, monotonous, egocentric concept of beauty in exchange for a harmony between Girls and Grass. Therefore, this category will attempt to showcase that glorious union."

Donna Pinciotti

Jackie Burkhardt

seductive Laurie Forman

Today at Stoner Schematics, we unveil a new, long-time-coming category called Girls and Grass. This new category will be a testament and ode to the women who thought it a great idea to take a photograph of themselves alongside some of the sticky icky, pot that is. Now some people may take this notion as some androcentric, misogynistic, patriarchal attempt to display the female body in a loose-leaf association with ganja, but I believe the entities in question are enhancing their beauty by accenting their features with exquisite and delectable buds rather than polluting it. What better place to start, than the girls from "That 70's Show," as we all know they are most definitely toking. Instead of me rambling on about Donna's lovable hometown appeal, Jackie's smooth refined features, and Laurie's ability to attract anyone of the male sex, today we are going to do something different. Above, I have posted some pictures of the girls in question, and what I want you to do is to vote for who is the best "That 70's Show" Girl.

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Jul
24

Harm-Reduction Approach

"Everything around us is changing... laws, society, personal idiosyncrasies, as well as the realm that cannabis resides. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues... well then pick it back up because politics are stressful..."
High Enough to Ride
Back in late 2010 we wrote an article on a young child who turned in their parents for smoking pot under the instruction of the D.A.R.E program. In that situation, the officers replied to the incident by saying "That's what they're told to do, to make us aware." In some of the most recent scholarship by David J. Hanson, Ph.D., he notes that D.A.R.E has been used in up to 80% of the continental United States as well as within other countries to teach over 36 million children across the world "to just say no." He declares D.A.R.E. to be a "counterproductive, program" that chews up over a billion dollars in US funds, even when such authorities as the U.S. General Accounting Office, the U.S. Surgeon General, the National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Education have discovered the program to be an ineffective abomination of the political-legal system against drug abuse. In fact, Tana Dineen, a local Houston columnist, found that the D.A.R.E program had raised drug usage by 29% during its occupation instead of lowering it, and this is the state of affairs across the whole continental United States.
Homer marijuana
Pot is inter tangled within this discussion, as D.A.R.E. propagates an agenda which designates any drug as harmful, hazardous, and life-ending, when in fact cannabis has been proven to be one of the safest substances a person can consume. For this reason among others, Ayelet Waldman, author of the book Bad Mother, has made it her responsibility to reveal the blemishes related to the D.A.R.E. program in order to derive a new approach to teaching children about drug use. On June 16th at Books Inc. in San Francisco California, she gave a speech on what she named the Harm-Reduction Approach. This idea proposes teaching kids about the world, a landscape littered with drug use, in a way that distinguishes between what is truly harmful and what is not on a physiological basis. For Waldman, this means drawing a difference between drugs such as weed and methamphetamine or heroin, substances that deteriorate the human body over time and frequency of use. I applaud Waldman for attempting to restructure the pedagogical framework of drug education among youth as their perspective has a profound influence on drug laws as well as the social construction of stigmas related to certain drugs. Below I have posted an excerpt from the aforementioned speech she gave, so take a look and see if it is something you support, I know I do.

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Jun
11

Pass it to the Left

"The utmost lacking feature of the smoking community is a written and understood set of guidelines to adhere to while participating in any circle. We compile these tips, tricks, techniques, rules, regulations, specifications, and guidelines into a category known as: Potetiquette, which is as the name implies: 'Pot' - 'Etiquette'. This category is meant to attempt to unify these instructions, so that every Stoner may start with a pre-conception of the underlying ideals in order to be able to augment them accordingly to their liking."

I find myself in the midst of the Weekday banter (calling Monday's, Tuesday's as a reference to who gets first and second hit at the beginning of a bowl) wondering if the system of calling "this way" is best, or perhaps we must journey down one of the more favored of the Potetiquettes: Pass it to the Left. This whirlwind of disheveled information makes me start to think about the origins of Pass it to the Left. Jimmy from South Park shows a contemporary adoption of this ideal, but where did it come from? I will attempt to hit all of the major descents, but hang on it might get a little bumpy.

First, I immediately think of the song "Pass the Kutchie" by the Mighty Diamonds from 1982, but I have put the video of the cover done by Musical Youth (which is definitely more popular) as I find it interesting. In fact, Musical Youth had to change certain parts of their song in order to avoid political scrutiny due to the fact that the children in the video knew about pot. In the lyrics of the song the band explicitly changes "herb" to "food" and "kouchie or kutchie" (referenced as a marijuana pipe or a Jamaican cooking pot... still pot) to "dutchie" (which ironically can be correlated to a blunt rolled with a Dutch Master Cigar). Time and time again artist have redone this song, in fact, in order to unrestrain the lyrics that were originally meant to be spread to the world (one perhaps with no herb). Check the lyrics:
"Pass the kutchie pon the lef' hand side Pass the kutchie pon the lef' hand side --- Changed to Dutchie It a go bun, it a go dung, Jah know It was a cool and lovely breezy afternoon (How does it feel when you've got no herb?) --- Changed to Food You could feel it 'cause it was the month of June (If you got no herb you will walk an' talk) So I lef' my gate and went out for a walk As I pass the dreadlocks' camp I hear them say --- Dem Rastas (How do dey sing when you heard dem sing?)" The world of cannabis becomes censored as usual by corporate/political (I put them together for a reason) entities, who want to imagine a utopian society centered around ideals, like the fact that children do not know about drugs. Well, they do, what is not telling them going to protect them from? Look at the rest of the lyrics, the word "Jah", references to "dreadlocks", and "burn(ing)" all occur in the Musical Youth version, which clearly indicates the children's version as just as skunky as the original. The police officer in the video, the children on trial by a apoplectic white judge... so turns the world as our "peers" judge us. So we have learned that can smoke pot and pass to the left based on this logic (no matter what your interpretation of oppression, iconography, or clear badassness), but... is there more to support this point of view? What about Luniz?

Luniz, an American rap duo from Oakland, California, named Yukmouth and Numskull, brought out the single "I Got 5 On It" which may carry some more origins for this phenomena of passing it to the left. This album, Operation Stackola in 1995, became a bombshell because of this songs ability to throw down a mean message to a rhythm that rivals any modern synthesis. Here is a section of the lyrics from the song:
"I got 5 on it, I got 5 whachyou got nigga? Damn, I think I got 2 bucks in my sock nigga, Well dats dat, fuck it I think I got 3 bucks in my back pack enough to get a fat sack you got some zags? --- Zig Zags for an L Not at all man. let get some from the sto fo sho because a nigga need a tall can --- I can appreciate a 40 open the door blood, nigga where my keys at? --- Stoner Memory Oh no i gave them to you get get that weed sac, oh here they go, wit my sock Hey put your seat belt on cuz theres hella cops parked up the block, --- Paranoia Well nigaa bust a uey then, Nigga follow up dat doobie den, Hell naw, you made it scandolous partnah, --- needs to be regular terminology Well sue me then, Ohh we like that on a roach, nope look at them hoes, Man fuck them tricks nigga lets get smoked, Pass the doobie to the left biddy bum bum boom, --- Pass it to the LEFT! Whoa what the fuck wrong wit you," This song is about the journey of two guys, in the hood, trying to score some weed... truly a story that I can relate to. Together they have 10 dollars, enough for a fine nickel or dime bag depending on your choice of dealer, and they are faced with the continuing obstructions that get in a Stoner's way. In the beginning, they do not have enough money, followed by the necessity for papers and a proper 40, then they lose their keys, and run into the cops. Have you ever had a day like this? I have, and I must say I can relate to Luniz, they knew the culture, they knew what kind of music I like, and they knew that one should "pass it to the left".
pass it to the left
But, can we credit this to Luniz instead of the Might Diamonds, originators of the song "Pass the Kuochie"? I do not think so. Upon further inspection there are several songs that make a reference to passing it to the left (too many to mention) like that of Missy Elliott's "Pass Da Blunt" featuring Timbaland from 1997 or Young Money's "Pass the Dutch" from 2010. All three of them reference the cover song by Musical Youth: Luniz references the original "Pass the Dutchie" by saying "biddy bum bum boom", Missy Elliott does a similar framework by doubling the use of "Pass da blunts on the left hand side" as well as "dodi dum", and Young Money stresses the same rhythm by phrasing it as such "Pa-pa-pass me the dutch with cha left hand". Conclusively, the origins of passing it to the left are found with the Mighty Diamonds (greater popularized by Musical Youth) in 1982. I don't know what your circle does, everyone has their own rules, but hey... if you do pass it to the left... you will have some evidence.

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Mar
27

Kati Jane – Ganja Goddess

"It is a widely accepted fact that cannabis (...and other great hallucinogens) have been linked numerous times to allowing people everywhere; from writers, to artists, and even amongst the most advent doodlers as being a smooth gateway to better and more insightful pieces of art. So take your brush of choice and blow some minds... this is Stoner Art."
Kati Jane
Today's Stoner Art is a photo that comes from the illustrious 'Kati Jane', otherwise known as the July 2010 Miss High Times and also runner up for Miss High Times 2010. Kati Jane is a fantastic girl who runs a collaborative compassion delivery service with her boyfriend entitled, Smokin' Fast Deliveries. She is an activist within her community and above all a NORML supporter for the area of Modest, California. Kati has been hailed by several of her followers as a tremendous help and undoubtedly she may be one of the most benevolent Miss High Times that I have talked to. Thus, she is a Ganja Goddess. I will leave this in the words of Kati herself: The 5 P's of Pot.
1. PROMOTE IT 2. PRODUCE IT 3. PUSH IT BUT most importantly... 4. PUFF IT! 5.and PASS IT!
Kati Jane and plant

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Feb
17

Pot Graffiti

"It is a widely accepted fact that cannabis (...and other great hallucinogens) have been linked numerous times to allowing people everywhere; from writers, to artists, and even amongst the most advent doodlers as being a smooth gateway to better and more insightful pieces of art. So take your brush of choice and blow some minds... this is Stoner Art."
Walking around the other day and came across this.
pot graffiti
Nothing like a little pot graffiti to brighten your day. Have any of you seen any pot graffiti? Send it to us!

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