"Drug users face an almost zero chance of arrest," complained a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal. "Why aren't we busting users?" Typically inaccurate—users are busted in this country—and woefully ignorant—the Journal also doesn't seem aware of the government's own figures which estimate the regular pot-smoking population at between 18 and 20 million—this cry for action is a prime example of the "quick fix" mentality which proposes to solve our so-called "drug problem."
This is an emergency call nationwide for psychedelics! Las Cruces has been subsisting on an extremely sporadic supply alternating with long periods of total drought for two years now! We need large quantities of fiery, clean, blotter LSD and good psilocybes or peyote!
DID YOU KNOW that cannabis has been known to man for at least 8,000 years? Or that the Chinese were familiar with marijuana’s medicinal qualities 5,000 years ago? Fashion mavens probably don’t know that the first jeans were made from hemp (cannabis) canvas sail material, and I’ll bet very few health food experts are aware that there’s good value in a cannabis seed.
CREEPING FASCISM is rearing its ugly head in New York State, home of frontrunning Democratic candidate Mario The Magnificent” Cuomo. On March 5, Cuomo proposed legislation to establish military-style “boot camps" for young, non-violent drug abuse offenders.
Although a federal grand jury recently decided that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young on charges of obstructing an investigation into alleged drug use involving former State Senator Julian Bond and other prominent Atlanta political figures, a cloud of rumor continues to hover over the black leadership of the South’s most progressive city.
The Hash Info Museum, according to the press release, “was founded to give people (smokers and non-smokers alike) an insight into the world of Cannabis. ” No pot is sold at the Museum. It has no desire to compete with over 200 coffeeshops in Amsterdam that already sell hash, pot, and “space cakes” (tasty hash cakes that cost about $2.50 and give your sweet tooth an incredible buzz).
I KNOW it’s not a “real” sport, but I like wrestling. I’m not as big a fan as I was few years ago, but whenever I’m awake on a Saturday morning, I catch a few body slams. So I got a real kick out of “Hacksaw” Duggan and the Iron Sheik getting busted. I’m sure the irony of the situation was lost on you if you haven’t been watching the WWF (World Wrestling Federation) lately.
A RECENT REPORT in the NEW YORK TIMES gave credible evidence to a theory that beer-brewing was the reason early man changed from a hunter/food-gathering culture to a literate, city-dwelling society. Doctor Solomon Katz, an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania, wrote an article for EXPEDITION magazine that said, "almost invariably, individuals and societies appear to invest enormous amounts of efforts and even risk" in the pursuit of mind-altering foods and beverages.
“I GAVE MY YOUTH and beauty to men; I’m now giving my wisdom and fortune to animals, ” says BRIGITTE BARDOT, one of the century’s most famous sex symbols. She recently auctioned 116 of her most personal possessions to raise money in her fight for animal rights.
PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF —Dr. Karl Gallegos, of the Illinois Medical Association, reported that one in five doctors abuse drugs or alcohol, and that more than a third of them shoot narcotics. There are 300,000 doctors in the United States.
A doctor responsible for drug tests on employees pleaded guilty to faking piss-test results because he didn't have the equipment to conduct the tests. Doctor Delbert Lacefield, 52, supervisor of the Forensic Toxicology Research Unit of the Civil Aeromedical Institute of the Federal Aviation Administration, admitted providing false negative results on three blood plasma tests for recent drug use in three accidents in 1986, even though he never conducted the tests.
THREE SMALL ROCKETS were accidentally launced in a thunderstorm when lightning struck a NASA launching station at Wallops Island, Virginia. The storm also knocked the nation’s prime weather satellites out of whack for several hours, wiping out TV satellite weather forecasts.
NORML REPORT CREDITS REAGAN FOR U.S. SELF-SUFFICIENCY IN POT PRODUCTION
MARIJUANA grown in the US was the number one cash crop in the country in 1986, worth an estimated $26.7 billion, according to a report released by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. That estimated value would make last year’s pot crop more than twice as valuable as corn, which brought farmers $10.9 billion.
YEAH, THERE’S A WAR ON DRUGS ALL RIGHT. I sure know that. Enough of my friends are prisoners of that war that I feel like getting a goddam guerrilla group together to get them free, you know? Reagan should get wise to basic military strategy—you can’t fight a war on two fronts.
We would like to thank Ft. Myers for that primo skunk brought in. It was great. The ticket for it wasn’t too bad: $180 an ounce average. We’re going to be taking some killer California and crossbreed it with the skunk. We're going to call it “Citrus Skunk.”
USED TO WONDER why so many people would persist in flagrantly breaking the law by using and selling marijuana. In time I learned that it was, for many, a deliberate challenge to a corrupt policy. Marijuana is not the issue: Freedom is. It was inspiring to realize how many people were willing to risk their personal freedom in order to fight for the freedom for all.
with” drug testing means you’re going to live with it a long time. The fact that more Americans are facing these tests is very similar to what we now face with marijuana prohibition. We have all learned how to live with marijuana’s illegality: the little white lies to insurance companies, hiding the rolling papers, and not refuting blatant lies about marijuana users.
Though the recent Iran-contra scandal has raised political problems for President Reagan and his National Security Council staff, it has also revived old concerns about what a Senate Committee once called “allegations of substantial, even massive wrong-doing“ within the CIA and the rest of the national intelligence system.
ACCORDING to a recent report from NORML, 1987 is the year of the closet cultivator. It is also the year of our second annual special indoor growing issue. On the following pages, the world's leading cannabis authorities provide up-to-date information on how to turn that spare closet into a garden of delights...
Some cultivators would like to use carbon dioxide gas (CO2) in their gardens but are wary of hauling tanks of gas into their homes or operating a natural gas CO2 generator. Dry ice might be a solution for the few people who have easy access to it.
The plant on the next page is called Skunk #1. Many dealers consider it the finest marijuana in the world. It is a sativa-indica hybrid that was first grown in California. It was then developed by Cultivators' Choice and went on to win several California harvest festivals.
Keiko Bonk: painter, poet, singer—a Hawaiian Circe transplanted (via San Francisco) to the underground youth culture of New York. Midwife of psychoactive orgasmoplasm, Bonk delivers the seething soul of adolescence from the cosmic loins of elemental passion, distilling the raw, electric energy of head fucked America's gnarly, mutant breed of wreckless rock-and-roll wildlife.
Burn Out didn’t get his name from racing cars. He’s also not known for his abilities, human or otherwise. If it can’t be fixed by swearing or throwing it, it’s dropped from his third-story window to see how high it will bounce. “Sometimes when my head is just right, I can even watch it bounce in slow motion.”
LISTING OF THE NEW FEDERAL CODE REGARDING MARIJUANA
In 1986 a new anticrime law was enacted by the federal government. This law increased the federal penalties for the possession, cultivation, and distribution of drugs, including marijuana. Since the law was enacted, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), an arm of the federal government, has been active in seeking coordination of efforts with local authorities.
One question that has been on the minds of indoor growers since they first saw HIGH TIMES’ photographs of greenhouses and grow rooms from Holland is: How can the Dutch use 400-watt lamps and get the same (or better) results than American growers using the 1000-watt lamps?
QUEEN'S DAY in Amsterdam is one of the premier street festivals of our time. Each year, the Dutch set aside April 30th to commemorate the birth of their Queen. (Queen Beatrix has been on the throne for seven years, but Queen's Day is still celebrated on the birthday of her mother, Queen Juliana.
I retired from growing outside six years ago because of rip-offs. This year a friend of mine was looking for a place to hang his MH. Without much faith, I agreed to set up a room. By the end of the first month, my enthusiasm increased. By month two, I was a genuine believer.
With the resurgence of Dennis Hopper’s popularity and the unholy mess of the PTL shambles you’d think this peculiar bit of pulp, currently gathering dust on video shelves everywhere, would have gotten a wider release. Granted, the premise is a lot more promising than it plays.
One of the most important aspects of growing plants is maintaining a proper balance of light: Just ask Mother Nature. But since most growers don’t have the same ability to control how much and what kinds of light plants are exposed to (as Mother Nature does), Geotechnology, Inc. has decided to step in and help the grower with their new Geotechnology Tandem IV lighting system. The system uses both a 400-watt super metal halide lamp and a 400-watt high pressure sodium lamp in the same reflector and ballast enclosure! At only $319, the system uses 800 watts to produce 90,000 (hallelujah!) lumens of perfectly mixed light. To acquire this fine growing instrument, get in touch with Geotechnology, Inc., 303 Arden Ave., Ben Lomond, CA 95005, (408)336-2321; outside California, call (800) 346-2321.
As part of their never-ending quest to raise the quality of hydroponic lighting, East Coast Hydroponics Supply proudly introduces the best light on the market! A computer-designed, horizontal light, available in both sodium and halide at either 400 or 1000 watts. This magnificent product features the most efficient reflector currently on the market, with a remote ballast constructed from an aluminum alloy. This rig is designed for the best heat dissipation possible, and the lights are totally sealed for low noise output. While it is true that these lights are approximately 10 percent more expensive than most other horizontal lights, they are 9ä9 percent reflective and made with the best possible components. You’ll get what you pay for! For more information, call East Coast Hydroponics Supply at (718) 727-9300 in New York or (800) 255-0121 nationwide.
Always willing to search the world over for new innovations to bring to their customers, SGS went to Holland and came back with something wonderful. After studying state-of-the-art hydroponic systems at a top-flight research facility in the Netherlands, SGS has developed a nutrient recirculation system so valuable, SGS has decided to produce enough of them for all of their customers. The system uses three six-foot, sturdy, corrugated-plastic gutters proportioned for Rockwool slabs, providing the grower with a 24-plant capability (isn’t life wonderful?). A trickle irrigation system continually feeds a nutrient solution to the roots while keeping the top of the block dry and free of algae. Your nutrient solution drains into a reservoir and is completely recycled through the pump. Never before has a readymade hydroponic system been marketed that was both designed and tested in Holland (life is full of miracles.)For information on our special introductory offer, see our insert, or call (800) 227-0027.