On the occasion of the 11th anniversary of HIGH TIMES, we naturally congratulate ourselves on a decade plus one year's worth of truly provocative journalism. Begun as an inspired media vision by late founder Tom Forcade, HIGH TIMES has weathered the highs and lows of both the magazine publishing business and the changing political climate to become one of the genuinely progressive cultural voices in our society.
Finally, someone asked the old cutup about the right stuff, writers and writing, instead of the same old stories ["Just Plain Bill," Mar. '85 HIGH TIMES]. What a smart treat. —Harvey Kinsolving Memphis, Tenn. Get hip. William Burroughs is an old geezer.
A group of students from the University of Massachusetts have invented a great new game called U. Mess, the sole object of which is— you guessed it!—getting loaded. In the words of Tricia Donavan Stearly, one of the inventors (her partners are Nancy Amaral and Susan Connors), U. Mess is a board game that "involves the rolling of dice to determine moves along squares which give a variety of collegerelated reasons for smoking marijuana and drinking."
Fantasy artists Roger and Martyn Dean have a modest goal in life: they want to redesign the world. In their new book, Magnetic Storm, the sequel to the hugely successful Views, they offer a strong game plan for doing just that. The Dean Brothers were the force behind some of the most innovative album covers, rock concert stage sets and book publishing ventures of the past two decades.
You've heard of "White Punks on Dope"; now comes Mermaids on Heroin. That's the name of a new rock stage show/video conceived and performed by a collective of cutting-edge New York multi-media hipsters. And while the performers aren't really mermaids (shucks) and aren't really on heroin, the show is one of the coolest pieces of rock theater we've ever seen.
What's the best investment money can buy? Gold? Diamonds? Old baseball cards? Well, the price of gold may rise or fall, the value of diamonds fluctuates, and very few baseball players achieve the immortality that makes for a sure-fire investment.
IN THE WORDS of its own mayor, Miami is "a boiling pot, not a melting pot." Once the focus of a tropical myth, Miami is now an international hotspot of crime, right-wing political plotting, and large drug deals. No longer a serious vacation spot, it has lost much of its appeal as a tacky-but-charming winter retreat.
I HAVE SUGGESTED many herbal and natural cures, but some people don't believe me. I find that they're still going to their doctors for pills. It seems that many people have no faith in herbal cures. Okay, here's something to ponder: where do pharmaceutical drugs come from?
'QUAT, CAMP & URINALYSIS: NORML TAKES THE OFFENSIVE
The Schoolkid Piss Test
The Politics of Paraquat
The CAMP Antics
THE NATIONAL ORGAnization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a nonprofit organizationfounded here in 1972 to lobby for the relaxation of marijuana statutes nationwide, is in danger of turning a dollar for the first time in many years. Moreover, membership in NORML is abruptly increasing by a factor of 50 percent every six months.
ACHILL WENT DOWN THE SPINES OF MANY crooked bank employees, real estate agents, and assorted other clandestine drug-money launderers around South Florida last spring, to learn that most of the high-denomination currency around Dade County is contaminated with cocaine particles.
FOURTH OF JULY SMOKE-IN WILL TURN ON THE WHITE HOUSE
THE JULY FOURTH COALItion has announced plans for a smoke-in on Independence Day in Lafayette Park, directly across the street from the Presidential Bunker in the White House, Washington, D.C. Festivities are to begin at 12 noon with entertainment and speeches.
A fearless South Florida federal drug agent—clearly unfazed by DEA-generated rumors of “Colombian hit squads” prowling Florida to rub out unwary DEA agents—leads Caribbean politico Norman Saunders off to jail in Miami. Saunders at the time was Chief Minister of the Independent Turks and Caicos Islands, a balmy 8,000-population archipelago just north of Haiti, which has been a haven for dope-money investors since the early 1970s.
MOST DRUG-RELATED OFfenses will shortly be classed as “crimes against humanity” under the terms of a new United Nations treaty which the United States will undoubtedly sign before the year is out. The new treaty, called “The Convention Against Trafficking In Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances and Related Activities,” gives the UN the permanent power to determine the relative “illegality” of all natural and synthetic drugs which may affect the mind, and abolishes all statutes of limitations for the crime of trafficking in any of these drugs.
THE QUALITY OF STREET COcaine has developed a peculiar quasi-seasonal pattern over the last couple years, according to the Up Front, Inc. street-drug monitoring service here. From December to February 1983-1984, and over the same winter period of 1984-1985, samples of street cocaine tested by Up Front’s contracted laboratory showed extraordinarily high proportions of two particular coca-leaf by-products: ecognine and cinnamoylcocaine.
The Up Front anonymous-testing service provides an invaluable guide to national trends in the prevalence and quality of street drugs. People curious about the real content or quality of their local street drugs (including cocaine, PCP, pot, heroin or whatever) can do themselves, and everyone else, a favor by sending samples off to Up Front for testing.
THE CUSTOMS SERVICE OFFICERS LIKE to tell you before you cross the border into Mexico, “That’s another country over there.” It’s a kind of last, gentle reminder that once you’re over that line, they have no authority over what happens to you—you’re under another jurisdiction, where you can be presumed guilty before proven innocent.
Glutethimide (Doriden) and codeine in combination expose the consumer to all the dangers of both opiates and barbiturates. Consistent use at toxic doses can produce physical dependence, i.e. addiction. With the presence of Glutethimide, a barbituratelike sedative hypnotic, withdrawal from loads can be life-threatening because of the danger of seizures.
Germany's leading director has the mind of a mystic and the soul of an eternal dreamer
The Noble Underdog
Hauling the Ship
Walking the Borders
An Instinct for Cinema
THEY WERE READY to play ball. The sides were picked—cast and crew of Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas versus cast and crew of Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise. This game of softball at last fall's Telluride Film Festival in Colorado would prove to be one of the festival's fiercest competitions.
The spirit of Woodstock is reincarnated in 10 days of music, madness and (legal!) marijuana.
"ROCK IN RIO" billed itself as the grandest rock bash in the universe, and its numbers were certainly astronomical: 10 straight days of music, up to 12 hours of music each night, a 500,000-watt sound system, and over a million and a half spectators.
Sports stars are world-class consumers of controlled substances, and the team owners think things are getting out of control.
Baseball's Bad Boys
Hoops 'n' Heads
First Down Dopers
The Ol' College High
A Warrior's Wise Words
"It's the bottom of the ninth, the bases are loaded. So are all the players. It's one hell of a game here at Steroid Stadium. The score is tied between the Cocaine Cougars and the Freebase Basestealers. And here he comes, bounding out of the dugout like a man with a holy mission, that golden boy of baseball, Casey Cokehead!
Culture does not emanate from the upper reaches of society and filter down to the masses. True culture—the thriving, vital voice of a people—comes from the roots of society, from the oppressed and the dispossessed, yearning to communicate their joys and hopes, their frustration and rage.
Yes, it’s that time of year again— time to celebrate another year of publishing the world’s most exciting magazine. It's HIGH TIMES' 11th anniversary, and one of our many admirers sent this gorgeous messenger to our offices with a surprise birthday package.
THIS MONTH I AM answering questions I was asked on my recent trip to Holland. The country gets only about 70 days of bright sunshine a year. Otherwise, it is overcast or raining. Much of the land is reclaimed from the sea, being below sea level (the pumps never stop), and is drained through a series of canals.
Amsterdam's coffeehouses, reports Ed Rosenthal with Sam Selgnij, serve up a heady brew of herb, hash and high times.
ALMOST EVERYONE has heard that Amsterdam is a "liberated city." But one can't really understand the feeling until it is experienced. There is no paranoia about purchase, possession or consumption of cannabis. One American living in Amsterdam told me that once he was driving in the suburbs and saw a cop, so he put out the joint he was smoking and stashed it.
CAMP's paramilitary pot patrol is running amok in the wilds of northern California
On the morning of August 16, 1984, on a perpendicular hillside near Rancho Sequoia in Humboldt County, northern California, Charles Keys looked up from his meditations in his open-front outhouse and found himself eye-to-eye with a madcap chopper jockey in an Apocalypse Now-type helicopter, hanging in the air off his hillside barely 100 feet away.
"The defendants have not effectively responded to these allegations," noted Federal District Judge Robert Aguilar, for the Northern District of California, after he enjoined the CAMP program from any further such horrors in the 1985 growing season.
You can cultivate mushrooms like the psilocybe cubensis beauties pictured here. How? Just order a copy of the MUSHROOM CULTIVATOR ($25 from HOMESTEAD BOOK COMPANY, P.O. Box 31608, Seattle, WA 98103). The book, written by Paul Stamets and J.S. Chilton, is crammed with info on how to raise super 'shrooms in the privacy of your pad. And when you've studied the book and are ready to try your hand at cultivation, Homestead also offers a Mushroom Kit for $45 that includes everything you'll need to grow these little beauts.
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Those of you who love looking at pictures of pot are bound to go ga-ga over SINSEMILLA, the And/Or Press book that is currently being distributed by PEOPLE'S PUBLISHING ($16.95, P.O. Box 16309, Columbus, OH 43216, 1-800-558-6015). Sinsemilla is packed with mouth-watering pics of primo sinse, accompanied by a detailed description of the growing process from seed to smoke. The book was written by Jim Richardson and lovingly photographed by Arik Woods. Great work, guys!
Cultivators in Holland must cope with a short season using outdated techniques
SINCE THE seventeenth century, when the tulip became the rage of Europe, the Dutch have been known for their horticultural know-how. As the weather is cool in the Netherlands, and there is little sun, most of the plant and flower-growing is done under glass.
How DeLorean's lawyer beat the government frame-up and won the case
THE DELOREAN CASE SHOWED HOW far the government can go to frame somebody they know is not involved in criminal activity. The case was motivated for reasons other than the war on drugs. The government picks someone and puts him in a position to make it look like he's committing a crime; they choreograph and create all the various scenes to make it look like he's committing a crime when, in fact, the agents know, and those people involved with the investigation know that this person is not a criminal.
What does this photo have to do with high tech? Well, it's not the plant you see that's the high-tech item, it's the system that was used to grow it. PYRAPONIC INDUSTRIES, developers of one of the world's most sophisticated indoor growing systems, has now moved outdoors with its WEE $55 KI germination kit. The Wee $55 Ki (as in 2.2 pounds) kit can enable you to produce plants like the one seen here, which was grown pyraponimetrically outdoors in Illinois from July 4th to October 4th. Jeffrey Julian Demarco, President of Pyraponics, produced this plant as part of his Master's Thesis on the cannabinoid profile of marijuana. Now Demarco's research has led to the development of the Wee $55 Ki, which can produce any nonfruiting herbal-type plant material. Pyraponic guarantees 100 percent female sex, no matter what seed is used, and a net weight of over two pounds of plant material from a plant that never exceeds two feet tall. To procure the complete Ki kit, send $55 to Pyraponic Industries, PO. Box 1071, Melrose Park, IL 60160.
7.5 KW DIESEL GENERATOR
If you're looking for an efficient source of electrical power that can't be monitored by your local utility company (many of which may now be in cahoots with the cops), the 7.5 KW DIESEL GENERATOR is the perfect piece of equipment. This powerful generator, available from H&H INTERNATIONAL ($2695, PO. Box 5764, Napa, CA 94581), delivers 7500 watts of energy and can easily supply the juice for an entire growing operation: lights, fans, pumps, the works. The generator can put out 120 or 240 volts or both simultaneously, and it runs on about $4 worth of fuel per day. This is truly an affordable answer to cost-efficient production. And no more utility bills!
Growing potent plants is an intense proposition, fraught with variables, such as whether to grow your crop indoors or out. What's called for is a growing system that is adaptable to both indoor and outdoor environments. HOOTER BROTHERS HYDROPONICS SYSTEM is just such a unit. It was designed for the ultimate in growing of exotic plants and vegetables requiring separate movable rooting areas. This allows you to rotate plants 360 degrees, move them from outer growing areas toward the center, from room to room, indoor to outdoor, outdoor to indoor, grow room to flower room, or anywhere you desire. The Hooter Brothers Hydroponics system is available in growing units including from two to 20 buckets. It can be obtained by writing to Hooter Brothers Hydroponics, 4045 Cherry Ave., #229, Long Beach, CA 90807, or by calling (213) 436-3524.
ONE COMMON VIEW of standard documentary filmmaking is that it's done by well-meaning liberal types (roving sociologists on wheels), recording what the welloiled commercial film biz avoids. It's the assumption here that, sooner or later, all good documentaries can and will end up on public television.
June 21 is the scheduled national release date for Cocoon, a sci-fi blockbuster that could be one of this summer's biggest hits. Cocoon is the story of visitors from a distant galaxy who return to earth to retrieve a secret hidden on the ocean floor thousands of years ago.
THE LEAD GUITARIST, dressed to thrill in leather and studs with a leather cap crowning a shaggy blonde mane, struts across the stage and leans into a scorching, earsplitting solo: searing high-register runs, deafening feedback, full-speed ahead picking; then, an assault on the mike: "I'm going to town/I'm gonna tear it down/Looking for some action/To get a piece of your heart/With a piece of my head/ It's like a chain reaction."
Slick promo and a rock connection make wrestling cable TV's highest-rated sport
ANDRE THE GIANT lies unconscious in the center of the ring. The sevenfeet-four, 492-pound Andre is the most popular wrestler in the world, a comic book-type superhero worshipped worldwide by millions of fans of every race, age and nationality.
Cyndi Lauper's new video will feature two of our heros, Captain Lou Albano and the WWF world wrestling champ Hulk Hogan. The video is for "Good Enough," a song Cyndi wrote for the Steven Spielberg production Goonies. It also stars another regular in the Lauper video stock company, Cyndi's mom, Catrine.
1. Hüsker Dü, New Day Rising (SST). Oh yeah! They write better songs than R.E.M., and rock them harder than the Sex Pistols. Or Van Halen, for that matter. And they bust anything in between. Is this the great second-wave punk record we've been waiting for?
THE RESPONSE TO our designating 1985 the International Year of the Bud has been phenomenal. We have received letters of support from around the world. Domestically, heads all over the U.S. have joined the efforts. Fred in Oregon said, "When I was in Vietnam, the government wanted body counts.