From time to time, we receive a letter that goes something like this: “HIGH TIMES must be a front for the DEA, the FBI, and/or the CIA. How else could you print what you do and get away with it?” Such comments reveal a perhaps understandable fear, but also a basic ignorance of a fundamental American principle, one called the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech.
I was glad that you published an article on the draft ("Andy Mager and the New Draft Dangers," HIGH TIMES, October'85). Mr. Mager is an American Patriot and the draft is nothing but slavery. HIGH TIMES is a leisure/protest magazine by nature and should be congratulated for writing about this issue which impacts on so many of its readers.
As Attorney General Edwin Meese's Commission on Pornography makes its way around the country, taking testimony from vice squadrons and fervent Fundamentalists as to the corrosive effect of sexually explicit materials on the general populace, the American Atheist Press has offered up one sensible response to this rabid righteousness: The X-Rated Bible.
As all HIGH TIMES readers know by now, the three-county (Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity) area of Northern California that is the hub of the domestic pot-growing scene—and the focus of the heinous CAMP operations—has come to be known as the Emerald Triangle, and the dope grown there is almost as precious to tokers as the gem for which the area is named.
In last month’s Flashes, we alerted readers to the upcoming Great Peace March from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., sponsored by ProPeace, a dedicated, ambitious L.A. activist group that advocates global nuclear disarmament. Since then, we’ve been in close touch with the ProPeace people to keep our readers updated on the latest details.
Is MTV dangerous? The city council of a small Southeast Missouri town thought so, and voted to drop MTV from its local cable service at the urging of a minister, the Reverend Roy Hardin, who called MTV's programming “musical pornography." To back up his case, the Rev.
JEAN-LUC GODARD'S movies have been upsetting somebody from the very start of his career as a feature film director. First, he outraged the film establishment—e.g., Hollywood—by attacking traditions of film and film-making with his New Wave ideas; Breathless (1959) helped start a cinematic revolution which continues to this day.
Feeling under-appreciated and having trouble fitting in? Need that piece of paper to remind you your efforts ain't all for naught? Here's your chance: alternative entrepreneur Craig SUver's "Certificate of Dues Paid," democratically suitable for anyone who's ever had a boss or has never received the recognition they so rich ly deserve.
ALL THESE PLANTS are sinsemilla,” Drug Enforcement Administration agent Jeffrey Kildow breathlessly guaranteed the reporters, “and it’s the most potent marijuana known to man.” The reporters were looking at a six-acre slope of canyon draw in the forlorn Guadalupe Mountain foothills, which was bearing no fewer than 35,000 flourishing, harvest-ready marijuana plants.
The Drug Enforcement Administration sprayed pot plants with herbicides on two separate occasions during last year’s growing season. On the first occasion, in early August, 1985, federal narcs sprayed six scattered stands of worthless, wild rope-hemp, growing deep in the Daniel Boone National Forest in southern Missouri, using backstrap portable tanks.
Dear Heads & Feds Alike— The Southland is ablaze with dope action of all sorts nowadays, as I’m sure you-all have noticed. Every third deputy sheriff and county commissioner below the Mason-Dixon, up and down the East Coast and around the Gulf to Corpus Christi, seems to be on the permanent pad from one or another syndicate of Miami pot-and-coke mobsters.
Tennis Pros to Adopt Urine Tests—Mandatory drug testing of male professional tennis players will be required under a recently adopted ruling by the Men’s International Professional Tennis Council. The tests, due to begin next year, were thought necessary according to Marshall Hap-per, administrator of the council, to “try to get ahead of a possible problem,” although he admitted that his organization has no evidence of a drug problem among tennis players.
1-8 Advanced Criminal Law Seminars Aspen, Colorado. Organized by independent law offices to provide “a forum for those who recognize the importance of the legal system in effecting broader political, economic and social policies.” Program includes such notables as Al Kreiger, Gerald Goldstein, Tony Serra, Gerry Lefcourt, Alan Ellis, Samuel Buffone and Alan Dershowitz on parole, civil liberties, RICO statutes and new trends in criminal law.
The Activist News supports efforts geared toward creating rational drug policies, policies that do not violate basic constitutional freedoms. The public health, safety and welfare is best protected through an open exchange of accurate information that will allow individuals to make responsible, well-reasoned choices concerning their personal drug use.
Every day, letters and phone calls pour into the HIGH TIMES offices, asking the same questions about the rising tide of urine testing. HIGH TIMES has published several articles about this ugly phenomenon in the past, and will continue to expose the cruel and unconstitutional practice as more and more horror stories about its abuse come to our attention.
ONE OF THE BEST REASONS TO support marijuana-law reform is the dangerous ideas of those who want to keep marijuana consumers labeled as criminals. Obviously anyone who is self-righteous enough to want to put you in jail is dangerous to you. Yet the policies and beliefs of prohibitionists are also dangerous to the American way of life.
TIME WAS, IN MEXICO, WHEN YOU COULD cop a kilo of marijuana with minimal hassle—or even a bunch of kilos, if exporting was your game—and all you had to worry about, for the most part, was your own bad karma. Even in the heyday of Operation Condor, the Nixon/Ford-era crackdown on drug traffic from Mexico, it was mainly the spraying of paraquat on the fields and the interception of bulk cargo on the nearby highways that preoccupied the Mexican heat in their expenditure of all those American dollars.
dimethyltryptamine, yopo, epena, virola, parica, the businessman’s lunch, the lunch-hour psychedelic, etc. Can produce frighteningly rapid psychedelic experiences. Biological analogs of this drug produced naturally in the body may be involved with the development of abnormal psychological states such as schizophrenia.
“I made my peace with the Secret Service early in '72 when I went to a party in the Bilt-more Hotel in New York after McGovern’s primary victory, and there were about ten agents in a room. Three of them were obviously passing a joint around... Immediately they just crushed the joint and tried to ignore it.
Origins of the sexual impulse... philosophical implications of crime and homicide... studies on split-brain research and the occult... consciousness-expansion through sex, drugs and self-sparked mysticism. How to re-enter the imaginative realms which civilization and science have sealed off for centuries.
Even as Judge Robert Aguilar was citing the possibility of a “pattern of contempt” of the law by CAMP raiders and ordering that a monitor be appointed to oversee their activities, California Attorney General John Van de Kamp was staging an elaborate show for the media to sing the praises of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting and gloat about the fact that CAMP has “made life miserable and expensive” for Emerald Triangle growers.
“IF I HADN'T BEEN A FOLKSINGER I probably would be one of those people on the subway who sits down next to you and tells you their life story,” says Suzanne Vega. Instead, she gets up on stage, her eyes closed, her hands jammed in the pockets of an oversized black blazer, her body swaying slightly to the tick of an internal metronome.
Readers often mail us photos of their favorite substances, and we sometimes run them in our Letters column. But we think they deserve their own space. So we’ve decided to start a Readers' Photos column. That’s where you come in: we want you to send us photos of your favorite substances (35mm slides are best, but we’ll accept any photo format, even Polaroids).
The photographs on this month's cover and on the next pages are examples of Kirlian photography, a technique that uses a high-voltage source to expose film. The unique picture that develops can provide an unusual insight into the photographed subject.
MEET GEORGE JETson, again. Hanna-Barbera, relenting to international pressure and the hectoring of countless yuppies singing The Jetson’s theme song, have produced 41 new episodes of the all-time animation classic. Along with the original 24 episodes (like The Honeymooners, you could memorize them all in a couple of months), the new Jetsons are playing in over 80 markets right now.
The Right's Assault on Abortion and A Woman's Right to Choose
Whether we like it or not, abortion is a fact of women’s lives. While the vast majority of Americans know and accept this, a small group of people who claim to be “pro-life” have been fighting against it. In the name of life, they have kidnapped abortion providers, fire-bombed and vandalized clinics, called in bomb threats while abortions were being performed, and attempted to amend the U.S. Constitution to make criminals of those women who choose to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
What the down-to-earth experience of abortion means in women’s lives is most clear inside the abortion clinic. In the outer room, women sit and wait to be called—some alone, some accompanied by female friends or family members, a few with men in tow, one or two with children (perhaps they have no one else to watch the kids).
I started this plant in April and harvested it in September. I put the seeds in the ground to see what would happen and got this. —Lawrence Long Island, N.Y.This system is set up to harvest buds every four months.This system is set up to harvest buds every four months.
Each month I receive more photos than I can use. Many of these are good but get passed over for lack of space. Here are some extra shots from ’85. —Ed Rosenthal Second generation in Arizona. A cross between Afghani indica and African that was grown for hash cultivation.
The UV-B factor is of prime importance to the state-of-the-herb grower.
SELF (AND CROP) PROTECTION
STRESS FOR SUCCESS
FARMER IN THE SKY
CERTAIN TYPES OF ENVIRONMENTAL stress increase the amount of “flavinoid” compounds, such as THC, in many different plants including marijuana. This report will focus on the role of UV-B, water and nutrient deficiencies, and their interactions.
“We live in a stupid world, so we need stupid art,” says artist Bob Zoell. But there’s nothing stupid about his fake street signs. In fact, cardboard copies of these prints were posted on Los Angeles streets and fooled casual passersby until double and triple takes revealed that the signs did not give the usual parking information, but were biting commentaries on the state of things today.
IN THESE DAYS OF REAGAN AND CAMP and AIDS and all the other Ills that plague modern times, perhaps the most valuable commodity in the world, more valuable than Humboldt buds or Peruvian flake or one-toke Afghani, is laughter. And you’ll find plenty of that precious commodity in Stop Me Before I Write More, a hilarious new book written and illustrated by Scott Gardner. Gardner, the self-professed founder of the Institute for the Betterment of Mankind-Problem Clinic (IBM-PC), takes on and demolishes Big Government, Wall Street, NASA, the publishing business, political corruption, and just about every other establishment sacred cow. To help cure personal problems, Gardner offers a variety of therapies, such as the Primal Whisper, Transcendental Vegetation (we’ve been into that one for years), Trianetics and Geschmaltz Therapy. If the state of the world is bringing you down, Stop Me Before I Write More could be the perfect pick-me-up. The book can be ordered for $14.95 (clothbound) or $6.95 (paperback), plus a buck for postage and handling, from Draydel Press, Dept. HT-1, 36 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10919. •
WHIRLIGIG LIGHT TURRET
ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH INdoor growing is getting consistent lighting. When growing outdoors, you can count on the sun to cover a wide area with even lighting. Not so indoors. Using halides from above can create hot spots as well as places that get no light at all. The WHIRLIGIG LIGHT TURRET eliminates that problem. It moves two halide lights in a half-circle and back, and since the lights are in constant motion, there are no hot spots and no shady spots. The Whirligig Light Turret can be bought at most local halide shops, or you can order directly by calling 1-800-826-8259 (206-847-7601 in Washington state). •
KINGDOME HORTICULTURAL REFLECTOR
TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR GROW LIGHT, YOU NEED A SUPERIOR reflector. The HYDRO-TECH KINGDOME HORTICULTURAL REFLECTOR fills the bill, and then some. The Kingdome is paraboloid in shape, measuring 6'7" from side to side, 7'1" from point to point. Because of its paraboloid shape, the Kingdome geometrically increases the angle of reflection to compensate for the geometric decrease in light intensity with distance from the bulb. That means uniform lighting, with minimum heat loss and maximum light intensity. By more than tripling the area of coverage, the Kingdome achieves the same benefits as a moveable lighting system. The Kingdome is made of specular reflective material which reflects the light at exact angles, just like a mirror. This results in less light reflected back onto the bulb and more vertical penetration of light rays. A catalog and price list for the Kingdome (and Hydro-Tech's other wares) is available for a dollar from Hydro-Tech, 3929 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103. •
OUTDOOR GARDENERS ARE INTEgrating the indoor growing system, using halide lights, into the cultivation of their outdoor crops. The crops are started indoors under halides, then moved outdoors when the weather gets warm. The concept is easy, inexpensive and very profitable.
A monthly report on drugs and the law. Written in consultation with Kevin Zeese, NORML Chief Counsel
THE 9TH AMENDMENT AND THE RIGHT TO TOKE
JOHN FLOWERS MARK
IN 1789, WHEN THE NEW U.S. CONstitution was ratified, many people still remembered the abuse they took from the royal government and demanded a “Bill of Rights” which would explicitly enumerate the rights reserved to the people. Some of the framers of the Constitution argued that any enumeration of these rights would be incomplete, and a dangerous inference might be created that no other rights were intended to be reserved, just the ones expressly reserved.
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THE END IS AT HAND. ANYBODY who knows anything can tell you that. Just open the newspaper if you don’t believe it. But rest easy, the end has been at hand many times in the past and nothing much ever happened. Back in 1980, on the day Ronald Wilson Reagan was elected, everybody really thought it was all over.
PRESIDENT RONALD WILSON REAGAN, born Feb. 6th, 1911.1 took the liberty of looking up some astrological facts. I couldn’t get the time of his birth so this is rather sketchy, but here are some of his planets and the meanings: His sign is Aquarius and that’s not too bad, but the negative traits are unpredictability, contrariness, tactlessness, unmovable in opinions.
1. Psycho Daisies, Pushin' Up Daisies (Sublapse). The American roots trip twisted into an ugly blues. Kill or be killed with a twang and a flatted fifth, and don’t sweat the True West similarities.2. Zeitgeist, Translate Slowly (DB). I, too, find it hard to accept anything that takes so handily to the tag New Sincerity, but Austin’s Zeitgeist has the hooks, jangly guitars, and, er, sincerity to get it done.
Once upon a time, there was an historic television show called Saturday Night, which, because it was broadcast live, soon came to be called Saturday Night Live. One of the most revolutionary aspects of the show was its frequent use of irreverent humor dealing with drugs.
Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. Hey, wait a minute, sayeth Tinseltown movie producers—vengeance is boffo box office. And thus it came to pass that vengeance became Hollywood’s hottest property. The modern vengeance cycle in movies originated with Death Wish, which recently generated its second sequel, Death Wish 3.
A decadent dialogue with a Hollywood dealer to the stars (yes, they’re as stoned as you think they are) Dylan meets heavy metal (Bob’s book bangs heads with a history of the manic masters of metal) Notes from the underground (meet tomorrow’s pop culture stars today) Indoor growing from A-Z (a guide for the absolute beginner) Plus: Frank Zappa, rock’s angriest man; Max Headroom, TV’s wildest vidshow; and Western Exterminators, L.A.'s hottest artists.