• After long deliberation, we executives at HIGH TIMES have opted not to urine-test our employees for drugs. We realize that this leaves us open to criticism, now that President Reagan himself has decreed that every employer in the country has a “moral obligation” to piss-test his or her employees to protect them from the Drugs Trade, the most successful single national-security threat since Godless Communism in the McCarthy Era.
I go all the way back to issue #1 with you people. For the past ten years, I’ve been involved in the marijuana business: smoker, grower, and small-time sales. I remember the Santa Marta creeper gold Colombian days. The red, gold, multicolored Lumbo from 1973 to 1976 was the best marijuana to ever hit the street.
So, I was smokin’ some choice homegrown through my Morrocan waterpipe the other day when a Jim McMahon commercial came on. It makes me madder than a junkie with a bent syringe whenever I see that twerp. I mean, who does he think he is, pretending to be cool?
FAT, BALD, BITTER & ANGRY Crosby Stills & Nash IN THE EIGHTIES Yes, it's a new album from our fave group of the '60s, with such hits as "I Almost Simonized My Head" and "Suite: Judy Varicose Veins." Actually, though, it's the work of those madcap mischief makers, Drew and Josh Fried-man, whose recently published anthology Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental has just been published by Fantagraphic Books ($12.95).
Rafael Caro Quintero, the prosperous young Mexican dope millionaire charged with the torturemurder last April of DEA superspook Enrique Camarena Salazar (see HIGH TIMES, "Trans-High Market Analysis," June '85) is still languishing in jail in Guadalajara, claiming to have himself been tortured by his captors.
Jerome, Arizona: a change from frontier ghost town to hippie haven set up a shoot-out between counterculture citizens and real estate developers
Town Drunk, Town Snitch
Your Land or Your Life
ALL THEY FOUND was pot," marvelled a neighborhood housewife after the massive dope raid in nearby Jerome last autumn, in which over 100 state, federal and local cops rounded up 23 people. "They must have searched a dozen houses all in one morning up there, going over them room to room with microscopes and dope dogs sniffing for every thing from coke to heroin, but all they found was pot.
AS WE FOCUS OUR ATTENtion on the Oregon Marijuana Initiative and our hope for its successful passage, perhaps some background information on the initiative process would help you, our readers, better understand the significance of Oregon becoming the first state in history to legalize the personal possession and cultivation of marijuana.
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.
For the first time since the Middle Ages, millions of children are being brainwashed to take to the roads and highways en masse to march for a religious ideal. In the 1300s it was called the Children’s Crusade, and the fervent children were marching off to reclaim the so-called Holy Land from the infidel Turks and Arabs; today the chosen enemy is Drugs.
AH, IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK. FEW things are better for the bod and brain than lolling like a sloth on the blue green endlessness of the Caribbean. And a pot lover’s paradise to boot. Lots of things are happening these days on the marijuana front, both good and bad.
Ectasy, Adam, XTC, MDM, E, doctor, the yuppie drug, etc. Enforcement considers MDMA to be a potentially dangerous drug with a high abuse potential. In high dosages it can produce disorientation, anxiety, paranoia, elevated pulse, and blood pressure as well as other adverse stimulant effects.
He's been called the Mark Twain of his generation, but Spalding Gray's writing career is actually a fairly new development. Gray's credentials in experimental theater, however, are impeccable. An active member of the now-legendary Performance Group in the '60s, Gray wrote several plays for the Wooster Group in the '70s.
Marijuana is not "influenced by the planets." Nothing is. But astrology is not a hoax. By many it is misunderstood. The planets themselves do not influence people's behavior or anything else here on earth, but the positions of the planets can be read as signs which indicate the overall texture of reality and existence at any time and any place for any particular object, being, or thing.
HAIGHT-ASHBURY, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, 1967; Near Easter
The following story takes place in Haight-Ashbury in 1967. It is a sample day from the period based on my personal experiences. The facts are exactly as I remember them. Nothing is exaggerated. The golden age of the Haight did not last long. Late in 1968, a new element appeared in the neighborhood.
NEW YORK NIGHTLIFE. It’s hectic. The scene changes so fast that it’s difficult keeping up with the latest trends. It seems like only yesterday that the MUDD CLUB, New York’s original new wave nightclub, opened. But that was 1978, and the Mudd has been defunct for years.
Few events have had a more profound impact in America than the spread of LSD. Authors MARTIN A. LEE and BRUCE SHLAIN have recently compiled the definitive history of the psychedelic revolution in Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and The Sixties Rebellion (published by Grove Press).
Dear Ed, I am growing six plants in a 3' × 4' closet with overhead and side fluorescent lighting, intake and exhaust ventilation and a negative ionizer (which has made a positive difference in my plants’ growth.) I went on a flower cycle 16 days ago and nothing happened.
“My friends laughed when I started to grow indoors...until they tasted the harvest.” This is the second in a series of articles written by Jorge Cervantes, author of the bestselling INDOOR MARIJUANA HORTICULTURE known by many as the Bible of indoor growing.
I grew up around farms and went to ag school for two years. After hanging around San Francisco for a number of years I decided to go back to the country and started growing for personal use in 1972. I only became interested in growing marijuana in commercial quantities in 1978.
"IT USED TO BE THAT WHEN YOU were tripping and said that you saw trails of light, people thought you were crazy," says Gregory Gordon. Now you can entertain your friends with visual "craziness" with GORDON'S DYNAMIC REFLECTORS, which are actually black balloons moved back and forth rapidly under colored lights. All that is visible are colored trails of light which appear to be laser beams shooting right our of your hands. "It looks great when you're tripping," says Gordon. Gordon uses the technique in a night-club act in which he wears a "Ronald Wilson Reagan 666" t-shirt; he hopes to start "an army of trippers" who would all "reflect," both entertaining and making a political point. The t-shirts are $10, the reflector kits $5 from DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS, 24 Colonial Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
BUD NEST and SEED NEST
DO YOU LIKE A REALLY SMOOTH smoke? Treat your throat to some truly mellow vapors by using the Bud Nest. Just store your favorite smoke in the BUD NEST container for 36 hours, and you'll find the harshness reduced and the flavor enhanced. How? By using special magnets to promote the molecular rearrangement of your preferred smoke. It's portable—requires no electricity—and machine-elegant. A new product, the Seed Nest, saturates your seeds with magnetic exposure which, after ten days, rearranges their molecular structure, increasing their ability to absorb nutrition and to create rapid root development. Complete satisfaction or your money back. BUD NEST and SEED NEST:$29.95 each plus $3.50 for shipping and handling (each) from E.T.M. INC., PO Box 761, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
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The 24 hour light-darkness cycle, called the photoperiod, regulates both the growth and flowering of marijuana. Under electric lights this cycle is analogous to day and night outdoors. Marijuana uses light to grow and darkness to flower.
A monthly report on drugs and the law. Written in consultation with Kevin Zeese, NORML Chief Counsel Law enforcement is up to new dirty tricks. Here’s the scoop. IN LAST MONTH’S ISSUE OF HIGH Times, “Case in Point” referred to six new techniques used by law enforcement.
Alternative Record Charts 1. The Residents, The Big Bubble: Part Four of the Mole Trilogy (Ralph). Addled electronic ecclecticism saddled to an insupportable belief that this is pop music. Not to mention a twisted sub-Tolkien plot/concept and four incredibly ugly faces on the cover.
“Impressionistic, moody, abstract,” is how producer Allan Kessler describes Pilot Video's videocassette, California Images: Hi-Fi for the Eyes. A collection of visual music shorts, the tape presents a "sensory voyage through animated environments, laser light shows and computer graphic creations,” all set to some very spacey, mostly synthesized music.