DURING THE RECENT VISIT TO NEW YORK BY NICARAGUAN PRESIDENT Daniel Ortega on the 40th anniversary of the United Nations, we were privileged to meet the President and his equally accomplished wife, Rosario Ortega, who is the secretary general of the Sandinista Party, editor of the cultural pages of the party newspaper La Barricadia, a poet, and mother of eight children.
Dear Editor, I am a very well-known dud[sic] in Michigan City, Ind. I read your interview with “California’s Counterculture Counselor” [HIGH TIMES, Sept. ’85], and I agree almost entirely with everything y’all talked about. HIGH TIMES asked on page 75, “Where’s the counter-reaction?
ONE OF THE UGLIEST ISSUES CONFRONTING US ALL IS the censorship of rock 'n' roll. A bunch of politicians' wives formed the Parents' Music Resource Center (PMRC) in an attempt to do just that. John Leland, our High 5ives honcho and a frequent contributor to this mag, writes a slashing denunciation of the PMRC in this month's Sound Off column (see page 94).
IF YOU PASSED OUT EQUALLY ALL the handguns in Detroit to all kids in the city’s public school system, each child would get at least seven, maybe eight. There are some 245 bowling alleys in the Motor City, according to the latest figures. And the dog most frequently killed on city streets is the German Shepherd.
THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’. They’re changing so fast that probably nobody remembers those lyrics from that famous ’60s song. Who cares? Rest assured that the times have been changing for at least 5000 years or more, since the beginning of culture, anyway.
FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS MONITOR TO OVERSEE CAMP ACTIVITIES
A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS ORdered a court-appointed monitor to oversee the activities of California’s Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, in an effort to curtail continuing violations of civil rights by the federal-state-local CAMP police raiders.
MAYOR EDWARD KOCH HAS rejected a plan proposed by the New York City Health Commissioner that called for free needles to be distributed to intravenous drug users to help stop the spread of AIDS in the city. (AIDS can be spread by dirty needles, and recent studies have shown that IV drug users may be even more at risk of contracting the disease than gay men.) In a memo to Koch, Dr. David Sencer had recommended that the city seek repeal of the state law requiring a doctor’s prescription to obtain hypodermic needles and syringes.
A RECENT CONGRESSIONAL hearing has Confirmed what hip residents of the six New England states have known for years: this quaint and storied area has become a thriving center for the importation, sales and use of recreational drugs. The hearing, held by the House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, made it clear that those six states— Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut—long considered to be far removed from the centers of the drug trade, now rank with Florida, New York and the Mexican border area as hotbeds of the dope business.
THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF Bolivia told the United Nations General Assembly that his country’s efforts to control the growth and distribution of coca have caused economic turmoil and contributed to the country’s skyrocketing inflation rate, which he said was the highest in the world.
The Adventure Continues. One of the hottest debates about petition-signature-gathering is about where petitioners should be allowed to gather signatures. In 1984, the Oregon Marijuana Initiative had to take the question to the courts several times as marijuana-initiative petitioners were either asked to leave—or were actually arrested at—area shopping centers.
SINCE I BECAME DIRECTOR OF NORML in 1983, I have noticed the expanding nature of the movement to reform marijuana and other drug laws. From the grass roots to the halls of academia and to public opinion, the reform movement is taking off, and NORML is at the center of it.
A MAN WHO NARROWLY AVOIDED JAIL when his girlfriend convinced a judge that her coke-soaked kiss had caused him to test positive for cocaine ended up in the slam when a subsequent urinalysis showed coke again present in his system. William Boyd had been free on bail while awaiting sentencing for being a convicted felon in possession of a concealable gun.
ON OUR MOST RECENT TRIP TO SAN FRANcisco, we visited a couple of old friends from the hippie days who, for lack of a better description, could be referred to now most plainly as not your everyday mom-and-pop coke dealers. In a big city like that, you’re going to find every kind of dealer imaginable, including a variety of mom-and-pop types, but for dealing cocaine, these folks are truly extraordinary.
AKA harmine, harmaline, d-1,2,3,4-tetra-hydroharmine. Ayahuasca, vine of the souls, caapi, natema, pinde, yage and kahi. CHARGES Harmala alkaloids are said to produce vomiting, diarrhea and visions. NATURE AND USE Chemically, the harmala alkaloids are 7-methoxy-beta-carbolines.2 They occur in the seeds of the Near Eastern shrub Peganum harmala (Syrian rue), in the bark of South American vines of the Banisteriopsis genus and in the vine Tetrapterys methystica.
At least the hotel was new, proving that novelty isn't everything. The Marriott Marquis, an ugly, white slab that’s been inching its way up the Times Square horizon ominously over the past couple of years, was hardly 100-percent functional as thousands of new music devotees from the far corners of the globe straggled in during the last week of September for the annual New Music Seminar.
Farmers and gardeners have an interesting way of occupying long winter evenings. They sit down with seed catalogs and consider possibilities for the future The catalogs list genetic variations of their favorite crop Each variation has a name There is a Platinum Lady sweet corn, a Tiny Tim tomato, an Ozark Beauty strawberry.
THE COLORFUL HISTORY OF CANNABIS-NAMING HAS RISEN TO GIDDY HEIGHTS OF STONED CREATIVITY AMONG 20TH-CENTURY POTHEADS.
Because cannabis is illegal in America, those who use the plant for euphoric purposes have developed many code words to describe the plant to fellow users. And since the euphoric use of cannabis often stimulates creativity, numerous descriptive slang terms have entered common usage thanks to the well-fueled imaginations of users.
City slickers move to Northern California and discover that funky fires are fed by—wood.
When you live in the country, firewood is a basic element of survival-wood equals warmth. By becoming acquainted with the inherent properties of the available kinds of wood, you learn how and when to cut and split your firewood, and also how to burn it.
'60s poster art speaks in secret alphabets to the '80s head.
It came on so fast that it took the world's breath away. At the start of 1966, even in the big cities of Europe and America, there was not much more than a handful of teenage bohemians, dressed up like Brian Jones in his prime. By the end of 1967, there were hippies everywhere.
Concerts of the psychedelic era was The Celestial Synapse, which took place in San Francisco in the spring of 1968, at the Family Dog Ballroom. The poster for it, which was omnipresent around the Bay for a few weeks, depicted an exploding neuron in scintillating blue and silver, with a screened and superimposed, reddish-orange mushroom cloud looming in the background.
"There's nothing I hated worse than a big bag of wind yammering on about 'Art,'" he says. "I had one class called 'Ideas in Art,' where everyone just bullshitted. It was so boring that I kept falling asleep." Instead, Jenkins began expanding his clay figures and building elaborate environments to house them.
In this employer's guide to urinalysis, Executive Almighty Editor DEAN LATIMER hips executives everywhere to the practical uses of drug-testing.
AN EMPLOYER'S GUIDE TO URINALYSIS
THE NEED FOR COLLECTION-SITE SURVEILLANCE
FUTURE URINALYSIS TARGETS
Urinalysis testing for drugs in "work place" situations is now a confident, burgeoning, multi-million-dollar industry. Just five years ago, in 1980, we employers were largely uncertain about the new drug-urinalysis equipment which was becoming commercially available.
Dear Ed, Last summer I grew a few plants in the window, and out of desperation, (when times were dry) I snipped off leaves to smoke and threw them in the microwave for about five minutes between two paper towels. When the leaves were completely dry, I’d put them in a plastic bag and crush them into a powder which made for even burning and heavy-hitting bowls of weed.
GLIDING DOWN THE FM dial, past classical, jazz, soul, easy listening, all news, heavy rock and retro stations, the demographically-determined formats seamlessly slide from selection to selection until they are jarringly interrupted by the requisite corporate propaganda.
WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE HAS BEEN around for thousands of years, while AM A-type synthetic drugs are of relatively recent vintage, you gotta figure that maybe they know something we don’t. The AURO TRADING COMPANY offers a variety of Chinese herbal formulas that can help foster maximum health in the modern world.
MARIJUANA CULTIVATORS WHO have a greenhouse can easily equip it to grow a spring crop. A harvest can be had in any location in the United States, although the procedures involved will vary depending on the variety grown and the date on which the plants can be put into the greenhouse.
IT’S 1:00 A.M. AND THE PARTY YOU have been attending is breaking up. You tell your friend that you’ve got to leave. He agrees to give you and a few friends a ride. With the stereo blasting and stories being swapped back and forth, everyone is having a great time.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, STEVE VAN Zandt spent a month in South Africa. He didn’t go there to perform. He went there to talk to people and look around. He talked to church groups. He talked to opposition leaders. He talked to fellow musicians. He talked to anti-apartheid groups.
Alternative Record Charts ALBUMS 1. Hüsker Dü, Flip Your Wig (SST). And on the eighth day, etc. No foolin’, this is the most exciting band in the universe doing the Dü, with brilliant, loopy melodies and psychedelic/punk sonic whamalam.
MIXED BLOOD, PAUL MORRISSEY’S latest attempt at black comedy, tries to wring laughs from a war over drugdealing turf in the Lower East Side area of New York known as Alphabet City. And, if early response to the film is any indication, “hip” urban audiences do indeed seem to find it hilarious to watch two gangs of ghetto teenagers, most of whom are under 16, maim, cripple and kill each other or waste themselves with hard drugs.
THE EXPLOITATION ARM OF CANnon Films has topped, or more appropriately, bottomed itself with the latest entry in the Death Wish series, Death Wish 3. The press kit for this mindless piece of vigilante worship gives a clue to the brainlessness, bloodlust and hypocrisy of the perpetrators.
ALONG WITH THE COCA-COLA LOgo and Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, the swastika and Jackie Kennedy, the Beatles are among the most mediagenic symbols of the 20th century. Through their music, films, and group image, the Beatles helped foster the ’60s counterculture while also articulating the myriad mainstream moods of the decade.
IN MY OWN TWISTED, IRONIC AND flagrantly subjective way, I’m almost inclined to agree. With them, that is. With the PMRC. The Parents'Music Resource Center. The Washington wives who want to put ratings on rock 'n' roll records, to flag down those containing what these well-connected women consider objectionable material.
IS PBS, AMERICA’S COMMERCIAL-free Public Broadcasting System, going commercial? It could happen, if New York’s flagship PBS station is any indication. WNET, the PBS affiliate that broadcasts over channel 13 in New York City (the station is actually located in northern New Jersey, but has long been identified as New York’s PBS channel) kicked off the new TV season with the surprise announcement that it would sell commercial time between programs.