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High Times Magazine Is Moving To Los Angeles

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New York City is about to lose another high-profile name to Los Angeles. High Times magazine, which was founded in a Greenwich Village basement in 1974, has operated out of Manhattan for the last 43 years.

"The center of the cannabis universe has moved to California," Matt Stang, the magazine's chief revenue officer, told Crain's New York Business. "New York used to be a liberal bastion...Even the medical marijuana law in New York is one of the most restrictive and least helpful to those in need."

High Times will be moving from their current Midtown Manhattan office, which has some 30 staffers, to their new L.A. office near The Grove, reports Fishbowl NY. It is unclear if all 30 staffers will make the move.

According to Time Out Los Angeles, the magazine has even signed a deal with United Talent Agency to develop film and/or TV ideas.

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Founder Thomas King Forcade originally envisioned the magazine as a one-off stoner's spoof of Playboy. However, its popularity elicited more issues of the magazine, and, eventually, circulation was rivaling Rolling Stone's. Contributors to the magazine have included  Hunter S. Thompson, William Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg and Truman Capote, according to The Nation.

In its modern form, the magazine calls itself the "definitive resource for all things cannabis," and has grown beyond "the print, digital and physical worlds through magazines, websites, apps and live events."

Looks like what they said is true: Proposition 64 did have unintended consequences.