By the year 2005 as many as 10,000 plant species may disappear forever, an estimate based on the current rate of extinction of two species per day. Unfortunately, this biological catastrophe has been blithely ignored by the Reagan administration.
On page 48 of the September issue, it states that S.S.S.C. harvests three kilos five times a year in an area of three square feet. That’s 3.67 pounds per square foot per year. An incredible feat that I find almost impossible to believe! We grow using a sort of Sea of Green method, using a prolific indica strain, and get .2 pounds per square foot.
No one knew what to expect when Ben Masel announced the 7th annual Great Midwest Harvest Festival. In 1985 the event (one of the oldest of its kind), had drawn a paltry 300 protesters. But perfect autumn weather and a new spirit of activism combined to inspire 10,000 protesters to defy their governor's orders and storm the Capitol grounds, with NORML National Director Jon Gettman and HIGH TIMES senior editor Ed Rosenthal leading the charge.
How ridiculous are piss tests? Here’s a case in point. Anthony Clarizio had been busted for loansharking and was finishing the last five months of his two-year sentence in a halfway house in Hartford, Connecticut. He was allowed a home visit and shared a meal with family and friends.
In 1984, George Orwell’s frightening vision of the future, the all-powerful State controlled every aspect of its citizens’ lives. People were monitored by machines day and night: privacy and individual rights were outlawed. Slowly but surely, this scenario is becoming reality.
If you had to choose between watching the umpteenth rerun of Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster or making love to your new bride on your wedding night, what would you do? For 29-year-old Leon Giurek it was an easy decision, but it left his 18-year-old bride Jana filing for divorce four days later.
Is there anyone out there who still doesn’t know what acid rain is? It’s the stuff that causes the pitting and corrosion on your car; the stuff that is eating away building facades and foundations; the poison that kills freshwater fish, plants and whole lakes.
With the awarding of three $25 million contracts for prototype production, the proposed hypersonic jet dubbed the Orient Express got off the ground last October. Unfortunately, the National Aerospace Plane (its official designation) is being developed for military use first, with civilian applications coming further down the line.
After seeing Ronnie Red-Face’s second straight Supreme Court nominee go down in flames, it’s time to talk about the real reasons for Ginsburg’s plunge—circumstances now clouded by a media-puffed stinkweed smoke screen. According to current news-media mythology, the lucky candidate—Appeals Court Judge Douglas H. “Ganja” Ginsburg—was shamed into his abrupt withdrawal by revelations of some indiscreet social toking back in his wild youthful years—the late '60s and '70s.
Herbert Mahabir, running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, proposes that legalizing drugs, prostitution, and gambling would wipe out the budget deficit and end organized crime, and has made it a part of his political campaign.
Over the last year, we have heard much about the Constitution and its intricate mechanisms that preserve our democratic way of life. With great reverence, we remember James Madison of Virginia as its architect. What we have forgotten, though, is that Madison’s machine, like the society created around it, was meant to respond to the human spirit.
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I am presently an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island, California. I was busted in July of 1986 in the San Bernadino National Forest for growing pot. I was given a four-year sentence, plus two years special parole for this “extremely dangerous criminal act.”
A hard-working group of farmers in south-western Massachusetts have come up with an inspired twist on organic cooperative farming. Called Community Supported Agriculture, the group started in 1985 with the following goals: to provide its members with organically grown produce that is free from pesticides, herbicides, wax coatings or additives, and to eliminate the chance of the farm going under by soliciting members before planting.
In a landmark ruling, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge struck down the classification of MDMA ("Ecstasy") as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act in a decree issued this past September. There are five classifications for drugs under the CSA. A substance may be classified as Schedule I if it is found to have: a high potential for abuse; no accepted medical use; no way to safely supervise its medical use.
In 1986 I visited Calcutta, located in the state of West Bengal, in eastern India. Small ganja shops can be found throughout the city. I became friendly with one shop owner and he directed me to the wholesaler who supplied the entire state. I soon learned the sad story of cannabis in India.
The warehouse also supplies bhang to the shops. Bhang is made from the leaves and a little of the bud of mature plants. I am not sure what farmers get paid, but the government sells it for 215 rupees a kilo. The bhang in stock came from the state of Punjab.
Six years ago, I moved to Vermont in the hopes of finding a peaceful, rural existence. I settled into a solar home on 18 acres that stretched over the top of a mountain to a trout stream in the valley below. But a few years later, I noticed the tops of my birch trees were dying.
Just imagine: in the year 2025, you arrive at the Shuttle Port, stick your credit card into a slot, and board the daily flight to an orbiting space station 23,000 miles away from Earth. At Space Station Phoenix, you buy a ticket for the Asteroid Belt Express.
If you could take the world and peel it like an orange — just rip its skin of superficial coexistence right off — you might lust see that hellish underbelly that David Wojnarowicz paints. Wojnarowicz digs up horrors most people are too numb or dumb to consider even in their worst nightmares.
He was born Aldous Leonard Huxley on July 26, 1894, in the county of Surrey, England, the third son of Dr. Leonard Huxley, educator, editor and minor literary figure, and the grandson of T.H. Huxley, eminent biologist and one of the most famous men in Victorian England.
Indica hash plants grown in the Detroit suburbs. — The Miami Vice Man Michigan My friend Alf says he’d love to take a bud of this Kentucky bluegrass home to his buddies. Haaa!! I’ve just been telling Alf how I grow the stuff outdoors year-round in containers and move them to cut back the photoperiod and to keep them from getting found.
Throughout history, hashish has been a subject of fantasy and adventure: The tales of the Old Man of the Mountain and the hashishins, 1001 Arabian Nights, The Hashisch Club of Paris and contemporary lore of Afghanistan, Morocco, Nepal and Lebanon.
I get a lot of good photos. Only one wins each month, but there are still photos that deserve to be seen. Here are some of them. P.S.: As you can see, I leaned towards "human interest" in this group. How are these indicas for 2½ months old! —Oat's Willie Victoria, Texas Here are some pictures of my '86 crop.
The latest trend in rock is not punk, glitter, disco, rap, country and western, power pop, but psychedelia. Today, groups are being influenced by early Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Mountain, Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, and the Beatles.
Those interested in new developments in grow-light technology take note: East Coast Hydroponics has introduced what it considers the safest, most efficient grow light now on the market. It has an aluminum-alloy, sealed, remote ballast box and a 90-percent-reflective hood.
Floating on an LSD cloud, a B-29 bomber (manned by perpetually stoned Vietnam vets) crashes through our friendly skies in an effort to pirate the airwaves using the bomber’s brainwashing technology, which was perfected during the war. Their anarchic message is spread through a signal they call S&M TV, and is targeted at a presidential candidate named Willa Westinghouse.
Everybody and their mother knows all about Woodstock. Not many remember The Atlantic City Pop Festival (a week before that other show, in August '69). I went to other musical festivals later (in Atlanta, Toronto, and Cincinnati) but Atlantic City was the all around best.
The most definitive, the most beautiful, the best packaged and the most expensive book on rock posters has just been published. There are 1500 full color and 100 black and white reproductions of the best rock posters from the last 30 years in this volume, which was researched and written by Paul Grushkin, formerly the director of the Bay Area Music Archives.
THAT SHIT'S ILLEGAL. Not all bootleg records are recorded on a cassette deck from the 356th row and pressed onto dreck in a plain white sleeve with a paper insert. In recent years many of the best reissues of rare records from the '50s and '60s, as well as many superb unissued recordings from major artists have surfaced with studio quality sound in glossy color sleeves, in packages far better than most legal American record companies would bother serving up.
What do you get when you cross a Hunter S. Thompson wild drug odyssey with a Robert Anton Wilson investigation into the nature of matter and reality? YOU GET Cosmic Banditos, by A.C. Weisbecker. Banditos is an hilarious, exhilarating trip that recounts the adventures of two drug dealers and their crazy compadres as they make and lose fortunes in the Caribbean, South America, Mexico and, ultimately, the United States.
Readers have deluged the HIGH TIMES offices with requests for more pictures of The HIGH TIMES Rosta T-shirt Model. Since people stop DONNA in the street to tell her that they saw her picture in the latest issue, she was thrilled to do it. "When she's not posing for psychedelic photos, Donna's busy appearing in movies.
If you thought last year’s Grateful Dead issue was good (or even if you didn’t), wait 'til you see—and read —our gala special PINK FLOYD issue! Lenny Kaye, a guy with more credits than we’ve got room to list—for instance producer (Suzanne Vega), compiler (the historic Nuggets collection), critic (Rolling Stone, Creem, Rock Scene’s Doc Rock, Punk), musician (The Patti Smith Group, The Lenny Kaye Connection, Link Cromwell) and much more—will fill us in on the band’s history (with an assist from Managing Editor Lou Stathis detailing recent events), while some of the world’s best rock photographers will show you how the band looked from their earliest psychedelic days to their latest tour.