It’s been a long time since HIGH TIMES played an active role in the politics of the counterculture. We’ve been too busy trying to survive the past decade. But this was not always the case. As originally conceived by Thomas King Forcade, HIGH TIMES often took the point position in matters of cultural significance.
After the rest of the Lexington Police Department and I read your April issue saying that pot was legal, we all rolled some “j’s,"filled our pipes and bongs, and arrested some old ladies for jay walking. Keep up the good work. —Lexington Police Officer Lexington, Massachusetts I was in Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley marveling at all the HIGH TIMES’ prominently displayed on the magazine rack when this young hippy came rushing in with some of his pals.
Atlanta organizers Paul Cornwell and Lisa Bishop have announced plans for what they call the Alternative ’88 Convention, an event scheduled to run from July 16th to the 21st—concurrent with and (hopefully) adjacent to the Democratic Convention slated to take over this Georgia city at that time.
Using some rather novel interpretations of existing legal precedent, authorties have recently taken to targeting the assets of both convicted and suspected drug dealers as a way of further punish ing these lowlife scum, and also to help relieve the intense feelings of frustrated impotence that eats at the very soul of our upstanding law enforcement establishment.
It was Ramon Milian Rodriguez, erstwhile Miami accountant for the famous Medellin Cocaine Cartel, who got me thinking absurdly about John Hancock, as he testified before the Senate Committee on Terrorism and Narcotics last spring about dopemoneywashing.
The adolescent conservative takes one step further toward its responsibility of harassing and maiming undesirables by experimenting on small animals or weaker children. It is during this phase that the conservative experiences its brief period of sexual activity, usually with these same small animals and children.
Students at the Universtity of Michigan in Ann Arbor have rallied every April 1 st for the last seventeen years to advocate the legalization of marijuana. Isn’t it time you felt their inspiration? Support for the annual Hash Bash on the campus Diag has waxed and waned over the years, yet students have maintained the tradition as a gesture of support for marijuana law reform nationwide, and more directly as a public indication of support for Ann Arbor’s own municipal marijuana law—which mandates a five-dollar fine for possession of under an ounce of marijuana.
State troopers raided a high-tech automated grow room in an abandoned Wasilla, Alaska building, scoring plenty of plants and equipment but no humans. Acting on info provided by an anonymous tipster, police in this tiny 1500-resident town located about 50 miles north of Anchorage, busted into an apparently unoccupied six-unit apartment building and found, behind black plastic-covered windows, several fully automated grow rooms and 50 pounds of dried, harvested plants.
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Just got your latest issue on the Floyd. You should know that there are people who will worship this as a treasured piece of journalism. I thought I’d drop you a line on things out here in great western Canada. Calgary is a little dry for hash due to either overconsumption or underprotection.
Michael Coblentz, owner of a California plant nursery called Nightbloomers, who was busted last year for selling San Pedro cacti (legal cactus whose directions for care included four paragraphs explaining its use in ancient South American religious ceremonies), beat the state rap he was facing when his case was dismissed in a lower court.
Page Smith, Ph.D., former Provost of Cowell College and noted historian of Colonial and Revolutionary America
Why Hemp is Disregarded in the history books:
Michael Aldrich, Ph.D., Curator of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library and noted Cannabis Historian
On use of marijuana by slaves in colonial times:
On the arrival of Indian indentured servants mixing with black slaves:
THE LOYALIST POST
When Harry J. Anslinger, then head of the fledgling Federal Bureau of Narcotics, finally ramrodded Congress into passing the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, he effectively halted the commercial use of one of the oldest and most versatile plants on the planet.
HIGH TIMES INCREDIBLE JULY 4 How HIGH DID THEY FLY CONTEST!!!
We’re looking for the best, most outrageous, funniest stories you’ve ever heard, told, or dreamed up about our nation’s leaders getting high! Did Nixon really share bong hits with his dog Checkers on the White House Lawn? Did Teddy Roosevelt make his Amazon trip in search of Ayahuasca and Nu-Nu?
It all started with a letter that was sent in and printed in the Trans-High Market Quotes. Yo dudes! ou all wanna hang and smoke some good doob,then we've got the time and the place for you. Come on by the Diag in Ann Arbor on April 1st. When the clock bongs 12 noon, the U. of Michigan "Hash Bash" will begin.
“It’s great to see you all!” John shouted. “We’re here for a lot of different reasons today. A lot of people think that because this is April Fool’s that this is some kind of a joke. It is no joke because we’re very serious about what we’re up to and what our intentions are.
Worry not, my children, the future is not all gloom and doom. There is still light at the end of the tunnel, and Ra is gonna be there for you, to help you through those negative vibes. Back in the late ’60s and early '70s, the hippy counter-culture and the civil rights movement led America down a new road.
Some of the most significant events of the ’60s have been almost forgotten— like the pot bust of John Sinclair, Minister of Information for the White Panther Party. His 9 ½-to-10-year sentence for possession of two joints in 1969 was a cause celebre during the “cultural revolution” of the ’60s.
For more than 100 years the Moroccan government has allowed (ignored) kif cultivation near the pine-covered crest of the otherwise barren Rif Mountains, in a limited area closely surrounding the village of Ketama. However, the industry has grown in the past 10 years and farms now cover nearly all of the upper mountain ranges and much lowland as far as 75 miles from the once quiet Ketama.
April Fool’s Day, the day of the Hash Bash, is history. Dr. Indoors and the rest of the staff from HIGH TIMES magazine arrived ready to parade onto the University of Michigan diag dressed as patriots. We were to bang drums, wave flags, and march right into the crowd making as big a scene as possible.
The 1000 square meter greenhouse was filled with plants. It was divided into three sections. The first section had been shaded for six weeks, the second for four and the third was to experience the natural light cycle. The plants in the first section ranged between 8-10 feet tall and were conically shaped.
This giant sativa is the best of my six plants. It was harvested November 1. Bud weight after drying was 2 ½ pounds of pure sinsemilla. The Green Baron Compton, California Anonymous San Lorenzo, California These buds are from a sweet, skunky smelling indica with an overabundance of red hairs.
When an artist makes a radical change in the style or content of his art, sometimes it takes a while to see and understand the connections between the past and present work. Richard Hambleton’s recent paintings of dark and brooding seascapes have just such an oblique relationship to his earlier paintings.
Visiting the almost mythical Dutch kingdom of Pieter Pot is not the same as visiting Aunt Hatti back in East Overshoe, Ohio. For one thing, you’re nonchalantly greeted with about a pound of prime in nine neatly labeled bags. “That should last you about a week, ” he said.
Serenus tells how to apply Maoist philosophy to cannabis cultivation in Guerilla Growing in the Bible Belt. PLUS: for those planning summer vacations, learn how to fly half-price to faraway locations (Courier Class); DR. VON GROWHIGH, an incredible new technicolor comic strip by Bob Fingerman, our latest embellisher extraordinaire; an excerpt from "Ecstasy: the MDMA Story" by Bruce Eisner; and a special report from India for the Year of Hashish.
The cover of Peter Bagge’s The Best of Neat Stuff captures the essence of his twisted humor. It depicts those cuddly, suburban lovebirds, Chet and Bunny Leeway, trapped inside the “new Bleakville Mall,” eyes popping and tongues wiggling as they share a matched set of 4th degree nervous breakdowns.
Jennifer Rubin plays Cynthia, a, '70s "love child," in Bad Dreams, one of the summer's more entertaining gorefests. Cynthia has a slight problem—she's been in a coma for thirteen and a half years! (Hmm ... that would be around 1974... Hey! That's the year HIGH TIMES first came out!) She becomes the unwitting victim of a crazed cult leader/preacher, then of a mad psychiatrist, both of whom have a nutty agenda for the world which involves mindwarping and mass suicide.
Finally. Sam Peckinpah's best film goes beyond his personal break with the studio system (claiming he couldn't make the movies the way he wanted to make them) into something uncomfortably private and peculiar. Fierce performance by Warren Oates as a man with two heads; one is sitting in his backseat with a price on it collecting flies.
The Fungus is Among Us! Vampire Plants and Mushroom People
Michael J. Weldon
The most famous killer plant movie is Roger Corman's great two-and-a-half-day comedy, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. It was the basis for the long running off-Broadway musical comedy, which was turned into a big budget "major motion picture" in '86.
As I'm writing this it's gonna snow here in stinkin' New York City, but as you're reading this it's July and it's too goddamn hot to do much of anything but roll a dozen J-bones, drink a couple of six-packs and wait 'til the sun goes down to switch over to mixed drinks (Hound's recommended summer cocktails—Powerlounger, that's vodka and lemonade, and the potsmoker's choice, the Orange Whip—vodka, orange juice, and a splash of soda water) and listen to some records.