Last month, we celebrated 13 years of HIGH TIMES. As that issue went to press, we tallied up last year's totals and discovered that the magazine was doing better than ever: sales are way up, ads have multiplied, and the media interest in HIGH TIMES has never been higher.
Your article on Benares (April ’87) was wonderful. Bruce Dodson writes well. It would be nice to have a similar article on the Great Pyramid (lots of hash around there), or maybe tripping at Stonehenge, England. —Gary Salisbury, NM Bruce Dodson’s articles on India have brought back sweet memories of my pilgrimage of almost eight years past.
The FCC announced it would no longer limit its definition of indecent language to the infamous “seven dirty words” made famous by George Carlin. Its redefinition was apparently inspired by charges from Morality in Media, a right-wing religious group of nuts and fruit-cakes, and the accusations of “filth” have been principally directed against New York radio personality Howard Stern.
Researchers say hearty, sustained laughter is as good for the body as physical exercise. According to Dr. William Fry, psychiatry professor and authority on the physiology of laughter, “You can get a really good workout from it. The muscle activity involved is the same as is involved in exercising.”
President Reagan is still staunchly opposing the efforts of those awful Senate democrats to create a cabinet-level “drug czar.” “If they pass it again, I would advise the President to react to it the same way he has in the past—to veto it," Gary L. Bauer, Reagan’s domestic policy advisor, said.
Brooklyn Civil Court Judge William J. Thom tossed out approximately three dozen drug cases because, in his opinion, the undercover cops making the complaints weren’t qualified to determine whether the substances sold were drugs or not.
Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir, the outgoing and incoming prime ministers of Israel, made their last pre-rotation public appearance together at the opening of the tive-day Temaniyada, a Yemenite festival in Rehovot, Israel. They got along like two seeds in a bud, dancing together, munching goodies together, and partying down.
OYSTER JOE here, ready to take on the wacky world of stoned-out sports! As usual, the sports pages are full of all kinds of stuff about drug use in the NBA, major league baseball, college football, and pro tennis. The weirdest thing about the Mets’ superstar pitcher Dwight Gooden testing positive for coke is that he didn’t have to put a drug-testing clause in his contract.
Remember that cute kid who brought a five dollar bag of pot to school for show and tell? Well, her parents may never see her again! The parents, Jose Rosa, 30, and Rosa Diaz, 22, had their three children, the youngest only four months old, taken away by authorities in early February.
An attractive blond DEA agent infiltrated a stock brokerage firm posing as a sales assistant and collected enough evidence to bust 19 people, including a senior partner and seven other stock brokers, in an operation nicknamed “Buy and Cry.”
Believe it or not, an appeals court panel struck down a Newark police directive requiring all members of the narcotics squad to submit to drug-testing. The ruling, based on the New Jersey Constitution, said piss-tests were an unreasonable search, and a significant interference with personal privacy and autonomy.
The wonderful world of fashion has finally discovered what the rest of us knew all along—women have breasts! A highly-paid model told the New York Post, “It was pathetic; they used to tape down girls’ busts for runway shows, but now backstage at the shows you hear girls moan, 'Oh, I wish I had breasts!’ and you see a lot of scars from implant surgery, too.”
The NORML Awards for Worst Performances in the "War on Drugs"
Working at NORML’s office can be an intense experience. We get calls everyday from the many victims of marijuana prohibition: people who have lost their jobs to urine tests, been arrested for marijuana, and who are just discovering how frustrating our criminal justice system really is.
Passive resistance is no longer sufficient. It is time for action. Urine testing is an insult to human dignity. In October 1987 I will march in New York City to protest the subjection of millions of workers to fraudulent urine tests. Will you march with me?
After a long drought the good herb is finally making its appearance up here. Unfortunately, the prices are also making their way up. Whatever happened to the three-finger half-ounces of good Colombo for $30? Them days are over. I can’t find any acid anywhere.
TEN FORMATIVE YEARS IN THE CINEMATIC LIFE OF NANCY REAGAN
Every good American knows that our President is an ex-movie star. He appeared in over 50 films, two or three of which many citizens could even name! However, very few people seem to know anything about the illustrious film career of his current wife, the former Nancy Davis, the woman many think has been running the country since 1980.
1967: Peace, love, and understanding filled the air as a new generation tuned into to a new vision of reality ("A new tribe was coming into being," wrote poet Michael McClure). The magic time was quickly labeled "The Summer of Love," an explosive psychic revolution that liberated spiritual forces still reverberating around the world today, 20 years later.
"Bom bom mahadev!" mantra Vogis cry as they raise the ganja pipe to inhale means boom boom great god, "according to Allen Ginsberg, who tells of having smoked it with Shaivite worshippers, devotees and vogis at Nimtallah ghat in Calcutta, where it is considered the beginning of the vogic path of Saddhana and, of course, is legal.
THE COLORS THAT MARIJUANA users are familiar with are those that refer to the color of the end product—the dried marijuana, such as Colombian or Acapulco Gold, known for their bright, golden colors, or Panama Red, known for its coppery or rustlike color.
HIGH TIMES was, and still is, inspired by the original underground magazine movement of the late ’60s. Tom Forcade, HIGH TIMES’ founder, published many underground magazines before he hit on the successful HIGH TIMES formula. Even after HIGH TIMES took off like a rocket, he continued to support alternative and underground publications.
The time: 1996. The place: America. The scene: the country has been defeated in the big war of '88. Our hero is Sheriff Spurlock of Purgatory County, Arkansas, a peace officer who does yoga in the nude, grows his own pot, and who stares down the local mafia with zen riddles rather than Uzis.
When Oliver Stone’s PLATOON won its Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, it was rewarded less for being an exceptional movie (which it isn’t) than as an acknowledgment of the Vietnam war—a war no one wanted to acknowledge 17 years ago when Stone first tried to sell the idea.
This was my third year of effort towards cultivation of high-quality smoke. All of my growing is done in my backyard from March to October. This year I raised 12 plants. These buds are Hawaiian. The photo was taken two weeks before harvest when the plants were 5½ months old.
Dr. Weed is one of the foremost marijuana breeders in Holland. She grows only outdoors. Since Holland lies at the 53rd parallel, further north than most of the United States, her plants have been bred to grow hardy and mature early. In more southerly climes, the plants do even better, growing bigger buds than in Holland.
Following the "RIPPLE-EFFECT" Through Western Europe
Many Are Called, but Few Can Afford the Air Fare
The Clochards of Paris
Relativity on the Via Veneto
Trouble in Shangri- La
The Dark Brown Scourge of Europe
Ripples in Clear Water
The "Ripple-Effect" is a scientific-sounding theory that describes how all drug innovations begin at the corner of Haight and Ashbury Streets in San Francisco, and spread in slow concentric circles all the way around the world to the People's Republic of China.
In “IGR No. 1,” I discussed the possible hazards of working with dust-creating growing mediums. Since then I have discovered more information that raises questions about the safety of these materials. My first reference is to the “Material Data Sheet, Draft No. H-801," produced by E.R. Grace & Co. regarding vermiculite, which is dated February 1, 1985.
Gardeners who want a more controlled environment for their crops, more dependable light, atmosphere, and soil conditions, and freedom from “airborne pests” are discovering that modern technology can duplicate the sun and improve substantially on many environmental conditions that are otherwise difficult or impossible to control.
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1. The standard pitch begins, If you were to purchase these recordings separately, you might pay....Which isn’t the point, 'cause you couldn’t and you wouldn't. Real issue here is that Dance Hall Reggae Classics (Sleeping Bag) really is a monster compilation of cult jams, and a cool cop of what goes on in JA these days.
Do you ever go out to movies anymore? I’ve slacked off a bit myself. How about 20 years ago? Most people remember 1967 for drugs, riots, pop festivals, Haight-Ashbury, Vietnam, and the campaign for an election that Nixon would later win. Paul McCartney used LSD and Jayne Mansfield lost her head.
EXIT is an oversized, lushly printed graphics magazine of the mind-blown school. Issue Number Three is a terrific tribute to outrageous provocation and twisted mind games,with artwork by artist Joe Coleman, moralist Mark Mothersbaugh, visual tripper George Petros, pornographers Lydia Lunch and Richard Kern, and visionary K. Seltzer, among others. EXIT is spaced out, shocking, and surprising—all at once! Produced by PETROS and ADAM PARFREY, it's available for $5 plus $1 postage from EXIT, P.O. BOX 1405, New York, NY 10011.
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GOOD BUDDY 400
The GOOD BUDDY 400 ushers in a new age of hydroponica, giving 400-watt growers the yield of 1000-watt growers, while 1000-watters can increase their yield four to six times! Each unit, approximately 31 x 47", guarantees a minimum of 15 adult plants! Each plant is based in an ordinary ten-ounce drinking cup, allowing quick and easy transfer or harvest of individual plants anytime—with no connections. Roots are fed directly in the enclosed chamber, bypassing grow media-related problems, such as shifting pH and excess humidity. No flushing is ever required, and there are no screens or little holes to get rootbound, clogged, or flooded. It's probably the most maintenance-free system available. All state-of-the-art growing methods are compatible with the BUDDY SYSTEM (including Sea of Green and Continual Harvest). For more info, contact HIGHER YIELD, 712 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 12, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (213) 394-6777. (You can also request a free copy of A GUIDE TO HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS, a book packed with facts for both novice and pro growers.)
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Setting Up Your Indoor Grow Room is a 40-minute videotape developed by P.D. Hydro and Lighting. This informative how-to tape covers a broad range of products and knowledge you'll need to set up your own indoor grow room. Call or write P.D. Hydro and Lighting, 306 W. Harris, Eureka, CA 95501 (800) 332-GROW in California, (707) 445-5620)
INDOOR/OUTDOOR MARIJUANA GROWERS GUIDE by Mel Frank and Ed Rosenthal The classic introductory work on cultivation. HTB/4 $5.95 INDOOR MARIJUANA HORTICULTURE by High Times' Indoor expert Jorge Cervantes The book all indoor growers must have.