I urge HIGH TIMES to publicize a generous reward for anyone who comes forward with information proving major safety defects at a nuclear power plant. This may help prevent another nuclear accident, such as the one at Chernobyl.—Tom Falvey San Francisco, California
Things have been pretty dry around here the last few weeks—I can’t even remember the last time I took a toke of some primo homegrown. That’s one reason why I'm madder than a greenhouse grower whose prize Indica bud has just been invaded by ravenous, resin-snatching, sap-sucking spider mites!
So far, drug-urinalysis testing has twice gotten the Greyhound Company in bad legal trouble. Greyhound has twice fired drivers and mechanics after drug-testing them, and both times the fired employees went into labor arbitration, and were awarded reinstatement with back pay.
After Newsweek magazine revealed last spring that commercial drug-screening urinalysis machines can be easily foiled with "a few teaspoons of salt added to the sample," the war against doping in the American workplace downshifted gears in many corporations, and became a war on drug-test cheats.
Celebrity drug confessionals have become a drug on the publishing market in the mid-’80s: quick, cheap, invariably enjoyable, but regrettably amnesia-producing. The reviews tend to be considerably more memorable. For example, here’s this savory comment from David Finkle, in The New York Times Book Review, on ’60s balladeer John Phillips’ lachrymose addiction chronicle, Papa John: “Mr. Phillips is not altogether realistic about himself.
We’ve been getting so many letters about our Trans-High Market Quotations that we thought we’d print some, starting with this issue. We’ve also received a number of questions about how THMQ works. Basically, the prices quoted are sent in by readers.
New York City Police Department narcotics officers recently struck a major blow in the struggle against the subversion of the United States Constitution. Last spring, NYPD Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward (previously Commissioner of Corrections, and thus comprehensively loathed by all NYPD personnel) made national headlines by pledging a mandatory urine-test program for all officers on the City’s Organized Crime “Control” Division—the Vice, Gambling and Narcotics Squad, under an older and more honest nomenclature.
As we expected all along, the Reagan Administration's war on drugs has turned into a war on us. Civil liberties, presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and the free enterprise system are quickly becoming ideas of the past. Reefer madness is back in vogue.
“I am coming to the realization that if we are to protect the civil liberties we have left, we must become active in the pursuit of our cherished objects...I hope that I can get every person I smoke with to contribute a little amount to support the Oregon Marijuana Initiative.”
In the last few years the government has radically changed the rules in drug cases so that the traditional concepts of American justice no longer apply. The Constitutional right to bail has been replaced by routine preventive detention.
When the federal government's Drug Enforcement Administration invoked its emergency powers and placed MDMA on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, a number of people thought that the last had been heard on the subject. They were wrong.
When a drug comes along that the mass-media scriveners like, that drug is always doomed. Last year, a couple of Newsweek magazine scribes and a handful of miscellaneous network-telly news producers abruptly became infatuated with MDMA, a pleasantly-intoxicating euphoriant compound known as "Ecstasy," or "XTC," among recreational drugniks since the 1970’s.
everyone knows psychedelic rock began in San Francisco with bands like the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Few people, however, recall an even earlier group that became a major attraction in the Bay Area in 1966: the CHOCOLATE WATCH BAND.
I met my new bosses, two brothers named Wing, in Los Angeles. They were rich landowners from a pioneer family. More important, they liked adventure and had faith in Ozzie. For a 60/40 split, they agreed to front money for an airplane and dope.
We were coming up the eastern coast of India from Madras to Calcutta by steam engine train. The track was narrow gauge, which made for an unsteady ride. It was possible to cat nap, but a good night’s sleep was just a day dream. We decided to lay over for a day or two at Puri, “God’s home town" a sign inside the railroad station told us.
The plants have ripened in the late autumn sun.Starting with the first stage of pubescence, a few brave hairs grew at the nodes. Ten days later the pistils had grown enough to outline the future bud. Still white and fresh, with a tinge of red or purple, the flowers stood in a vain search for pollen.
“Look at the size of that thing, I must be hallucinating,” said Tim as he stared in awe at the huge six-inch diameter flower top. “What did you put in this joint to make me see things twice as big as life? I mean, that is the biggest bud I’ve ever seen!” “We call her Big Bud.
Whew! The summer marijuana drought is over! The law of supply and demand drove the summertime marijuana price sky high. This scarcity created a run on last year’s harvest of quality outdoor buds. As soon as the pot surfaced on the street, it was sold and smoked.
After early September’s freak storm, the skies cleared. Except for an occasional cloudy day, the autumn sun shone faithfully to ripen the plants. My only September harvest so far had been the early Afghani-Durban hybrids. Now the other plants were ripening.
Drug Antiques: A. Photographic Look at Old and Unusual Drug Artifacts and Rarities
Dig drug antiques? You should know about the collector’s mecca, Cape Ann Antiques. The photo shows a small sampling of their wares: a Vin Mariani Coca Wine bottle (c. 1895), books from the Fifties, a “Tincture Cannabis Indica” apothecary bottle (c. 1920),and a Hearst magazine (it figures) touting a “reefer madness” cover story. More than 500 such items are featured in Cape Ann’s catalogue, which is available for a mere $2. Also available is a book, Drug Antiques: A Photographic Look at Old and Unusual Drug Artifacts and Rarities by Cape Ann proprietor Jed Power. With 201 pages and over 175 photographs, it’s a bargain at $12.95 (plus $2 for postage and handling). Send for catalogue and book to Cape Ann Antiques, P.O. Box 3502, Peabody, MA 01960.
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AQUAFARM MODULAR HYDROPONIC SYSTEM
Clone to harvest in six weeks?! It’s possible with Diamond’s new, expandable hydro system. Finally, there’s a system that will allow you to start with a single module, then add up to as many as ten modules by simply adding a controller unit. The AQUAFARM MODULAR HYDROPONIC SYSTEM has proven itself to be the state-of-the-art in modular hydroponics. And with Diamond’s unique hood designs for even light distribution, there isn’t a hydro system on the market that can out perform it. One module can efficiently grow an eight to ten foot plant in 12 to 16 weeks, or five to six clones to harvest in less than two months (using the new “Sea of Green” method). Send for our free catalog to learn about the unique features that make Diamond Lights better than the rest. Call (415) 459-3994 or (800)331-3994 outside California
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Ever get nostalgic for that pot-smokin’, peace-lovin’ protest march you were in back in 1969? Or, if you’re young enough to have missed the heady '60s, do you ever wonder what it was all really like? Now you can relive those thrilling demonstration days of yesteryear; Smoke-In, the movie, is now available on videocassette. Ten years of protest are pictured in authentic period footage which includes Famous Personalities (William Kunstler, Allan Ginsberg), Famous Musicians (Jerry Garcia, Stevie Wonder, the Jefferson Airplane), Famous Protestors (Ed Rosenthal). Smoke-In records demonstrations in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C.; this videotape is one head trip you’ll want to take. To order, send $27.50 (check or money order) to Top Floor Productions, 353 E. 58th St., New York, N.Y. 10022. And hey, ever want to go shroom hunting, but were put off by what you didn’t know about how to go about it? Fruit of the Gods, a complete video guide for mushroom study, can get you on your way. It includes info on how shrooms grow and where to look for them, how to identify the good highs and avoid the poisonous downers, and how to cultivate shrooms. Mention HIGH TIMES and Fruit of the Gods is yours for $50 instead of the regular price of $86. Send to; Florida Mycology Research Center, P.O. Box 8104, Pensacola, Florida 32505.
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THE MARIJUANA SEED CATALOG
"A plant is only as good as its mother," said plant gene genius Luther Burbank. Whether you're looking for super buds from monster plants, plants that will love your particular climate and thrive, or plants that will practically grow themselves indoors while you go about your business, then you should check out the seed catalogue of the Super Sativa Seed Club. This beautifully printed, four-color brochure shows the fantastic results possible when seeds are carefully bred for different growing climates, yields, aromas, resistance to molds and insects, and levels of expertise. The hybrid strains, when chosen for your specific situation, will deliver results that will amaze you! For a catalogue, send $5 (cash) to Super Sativa Seed Club, Postbus 1942, 1000 BX Amsterdam, Holland.
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MASTER ENVIRONMENTAL TIME CONTROL SYSTEM
Unbelievable!! At last you can simultaneously control lights, CO2 release valves, exhaust fans and nutrient pumps, all in perfect synchronization with one programmable solid state timer! The affordable GROTEK 1000A MASTER ENVIRONMENTAL TIME CONTROL SYSTEM eliminates the tangle of mismatched timers, adapters and bundles of wire that can seriously complicate your growing environment. The GROTEK 1000A is specifically designed for all levels of growing expertise, providing consistent accuracy and reliability for both the hobbyist and the professional horticulturist. For retail or dealer information, contact Grotek Agri-Systems, Dansco Distributors, 844 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710.
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The two Leisure Gardens in the photo were planted outside at the beginning of last summer's drought. When this picture was taken, there were over 90 tomatoes on the plants, as well as 15 pieces of okra (which were the size of cucumbers)! This plenty was produced with two Leisure Gardens, using onlythe materials that we ship with each unit: six months supply of our special "Flexi-Nutrient" which allows the grower to regulate the amount of nitrogen the plants receive. Our aeration chamber is so unique we've applied for a patent on it. Because it eliminates the need for expensive recirculation pumps, Leisure Garden is economical—$49.95—and amazingly easy to use, requiring attention only once or twice a week. Leisure Garden is the heart of an easy-to-build and easy-to-operate system for a closet garden or for outdoor growing. For details, send $3 PW3 Ltd., Box 7611, Greensboro, NC 27417.
Dear Ed, Instead of getting pH regulating chemicals at a hydroponics store as Jorge Cervantes suggests in the June ’86 issue, wouldn’t it make more sense to buy them in an aquarium shop? Pet shops usually have the chemicals in stock. There are more pet shops than hydroponics stores and the chemicals are sold cheaper but they are just as good.
One of the new provisions of the new federal law which is troubling lawyers quite a bit is a change in the Internal Revenue Code. Effective January 1, 1985, any person who receives more than $10,000 in cash, in one or more related transactions, is required to report the transaction to the IRS and to issue a written annual statement to the person who paid the money.
1. Back when Nick Cave was just another obnoxious aspiring young Aussie fronting the seminal (read: miserable) Boys Next Door, his favorite band was Crime and the City Solution. Among dirgemongers in the know, Crime ruled. 'Venshally, the Boys Next Door and Crime shuffled players, exchanged draft choices, and gave parthenogenic birth to the Birthday Party. With Cave at the front, the party redefined the bathetic swamp wail, made a mark on every tortured rock artiste worth his black jeans, and split up.