Pought thots

Seeds of change
Dear Editor,

I thought I might have made a error in purchasing your magazine, but as I read the first few pages, I realized that I was totally wrong!

This is in regard to Marc Emery’s interview (CC#16, The Prince of Pot). The key thing I would like to say is that there is never enough said about the power of the marijuana seed! Your magazine targets many many interesting factors, but the use of seeds could never be over emphasized!

You have grabbed another customer for life. I enjoy the magazine, extremely!

Alex K.

Misidentified Plant of the Month from CC#16.Misidentified Plant of the Month from CC#16.Bud of the Month correction

To Ed Rosenthal and CC:

I recently purchased issue #16 of Cannabis Culture, which I enjoy along with High Times.

To my amazement I came across one of my photos as the feature plant in Ed Rosenthal’s Reader Bud Shots, but with the wrong story. I sent this photo along with several others back around ’94 to High Times.

Credit me with a rewrite if possible. Here’s the real story:

Back behind my house in April I grew some seeds my friend had given me. On the left side of the photo runs a pig farmer’s fence that was a great cover. Pine trees run around the perimeter with a stream 6 feet away. Five plants in a row which made for harder detection. All reached 6 foot plus. They were two minutes from my back door, so I spent a lot of time with them. 4 ounces of sticky bud on this plant and a total of 1 pound in all.


Show your mom

Hi. I started reading Cannabis Culture at issue #13 and now I won’t miss an issue. Every issue I can see improvement. I love your articles. They are well written, well researched and get the point across very well that marijuana use is not criminal behavior.

The next time I see my mom I am going to show her some of the articles. Maybe something in print will convince her where I cannot. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what you are doing. I wish I could do more.

Middle Missouri (where I am from) is not very tolerant of any kind of alternative lifestyle. Keep up the excellent work.

Thanks again,

Police Bashing?

Dana Larsen,

I support your fight and your cause and admire both you and Marc Emery for your personal dedication to the struggle to have this plant de-illegalized. You have guts and that is admirable in this society.

Having said that and meaning it fully, I wish you’d knock off the police bashing. Yes, there are bad cops. Yes, some cops are complete jerks with a power complex and a bully mentality. And some, perhaps even worse, are people who blindly obey authority, take orders and perceive them as having more importance than their own moral feelings, and hurt people in the name of “duty”.

But there are some cops who are not like that. By bashing all cops because of some, even if the some are a majority, you are behaving in a fashion ill-behooving an advocate of individual rights and freedoms. And, as we’ve all heard mother say, “you’re making yourself no better than they are”. Are all weed smokers the same? I say not. Neither are all cops.

In your March/April issue, in your editorial “What is Cannabis Culture?”, you refer to cops who grow pot to learn how to bust are “misguided losers” and go on to say that “much of our cultural experience is in getting busted and harassed by such brutes in uniform.”

Cops who grow pot to learn how to bust may be misguided, but I feel the word “losers” was unnecessary. Because the phrase “brutes in uniform” appeared in the same paragraph, there is a suggestion that the cops growing pot to learn how to bust pot-growers are the same cops who may have committed a brutal action against someone and this may not be true. I think you’re using an unnecessarily wide brush to spread the tar.

I want you to know that you’re turning me off with that crap and I represent one of your best market niches. If I feel this way, I know others do as well.


Nowhere in our magazine have we ever said that all cops are the same. In my editorial I specifically referred to anti-pot cops, and I will now broaden that to include all narcs and anti-drug cops, including customs officers. All of these people are indeed misguided losers whose daily activities and careers result in the increased spread of human misery.

Whether a cop works in the backroom growing plants to train other cops, or whether he kicks in doors to bust growers, both are part of the same systemic brutality. Whether through ignorance or malevolence, such people are true drains on society, their actions producing only negative results.

That being said, I don’t think that baiting or putting down drug cops is a good strategy to end the War on Drugs. They are the willing agents of a greater machine, and although they must take full culpability for their harmful actions, change needs to be made at a higher level. However, it’s worth remembering that the War on Drugs would end tomorrow if the Drug Warriors gleefully fighting it all refused to do so.

I’m not the only one to recognize the dangerous and violent aspects of cop-culture. Vancouver Police Officer Gil Puder, who has been courageous enough to take a vocal stand against police abuses in the war on drugs, has written that “the behaviour of drug warriors [is]substantially at odds with virtuous conduct” and that police must address their “entrenched police culture.”

He explains how most officers see drug users only as “tools for financial benefit, career advancement, and peer status,” and how he does not wish to join them as “a paid thug for prevailing political or bureaucratic interests.”

Yet officers like Gil Puder are a rarity, since cop culture does not encourage or promote such thinking. Puder has the luxury of being a cop-trainer, and so does not have to walk the beat, where he could be forced to choose between his principles and his orders. Drug cops who make the most drug busts get promoted, which is how the system perpetually reinforces itself.

Also, police officers and policing institutions do far more than just follow orders when it comes to fighting the war on drugs. It is police representatives who are the most vocal advocates of increasing the invasiveness, public expense and brutality of their ongoing battle against drug users. Canada’s Police Chief’s Association and the RCMP are the two most outspoken lobbyists for increased funding, longer jail sentences, and greater powers for police in drug cases. In the US, police officers at all levels play an aggressive political role in lobbying against bills and public referendums on medical marijuana and industrial hemp, and drug policy issues.

It is police officers who scare our politicians and spread prohibitionist lies to our children, travelling to schools with their drug dogs, scare tactics, and counter-productive DARE programs. The police are intricately and actively involved in maintaining and expanding their unique drug-war powers.

In an ideal world, police officers should be worthy of respect and admiration. They should protect us from harm and ensure that our rights and freedoms are guarded against unscrupulous others. Instead, they themselves are far too often the agents of harm and destruction.

? DL

The family that smokes together…

I have recently begun smoking again after a 12 year hiatus and have been pleasantly surprised to find that marijuana has a positive influence upon myself as a father, a husband, a citizen, a thinker, a Christian, etc.

I picked up your issue Women and Weed (CC#14) and was excited to see pregnancy and motherhood included in your coverage of women’s issues. Dr Kate’s articles are great.

My wife and I have been married for 6 years. We have a two year old daughter whose well-being ? mental, emotional, physical and spiritual ? is our #1 priority. Marijuana as it affects family life, positively or negatively, is a pertinent issue to me.

I wish it were as simple as being “loving parents with occasionally red eyes.” To be honest, I fear the long arm of the law. As a father, I can’t risk my freedom. Yet marijuana as I experience it is a beautiful drug, congruent with family life.

I’m interested in how other parents deal with the risk of possibly sacrificing freedom, and consequently family life, for marijuana’s benefits.

Should I grow my own? Growing may carry a stiffer penalty than possession, but I do wish a pure source so that my nursing and/or pregnant wife can smoke up on occasion.

Keep up the excellent journalism,


I recommend that you grow your own instead of buying your buds on the street. If you are not a heavy user then you should be able to meet your own needs with a simple closet set-up, which, if done properly, should be virtually undetectable from outside the home.

The other advantages of growing your own is that you know how the plant was grown, and can avoid the use of toxic pesticides or over-fertilization, both common problems with street-grade pot.

If you are concerned about your freedom then don’t tell anyone that you grow pot. Even if you smoke with them, don’t tell them you grow unless you absolutely trust them.

In future issues, we will be giving more coverage to the issues of children, families, and marijuana.

? DL