I'd like to thank those readers who participated in the 1988 Readers Survey. Due to the large response, we will be spending the rest of the summer tabulating the results, and any changes we make-based on your suggestions, of course-probably won't appear until late fall.
PIONEERS IN THE MODERN ERA OF RESEARCH ON THE MINERAL NUTRITION OF PLANTS... ONE OF THEM WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Your magazine is probably more responsible for giving marijuana a bad name than all the bigotry of the Reagan administration could ever achieve. You constantly present the image of the pot smoker as being interested in nothing but smoking pot.
We, the American people, are now facing the biggest threat to personal liberty of this century. It is not coming from communists or from another government, but from the American government itself—the drug urinalysis test. First used on the Armed Forces, this test is slowly invading every aspect of our lives.
The strong arm of the law continues to prevail over pot smokers and dealers. Two recent events have the particularly putrid smell of ragweed: In New Jersey, 25-year-old Ronald Loop, Jr. was murdered by cops after they delivered a ten-pound Federal Express package containing pot to his grandmother’s house.
The adult conservative struggles to make the world safe for greed, intolerance, and separate but equal restroom facilities. The adult must accept the heavy burden of exploiting minorities and polluting the environment while repressing their own sexual urges in between the five minutes required each year to produce new offspring.
You can always tell when LSD is coming back into fashion, which it does every five or six years, because people all over begin asking "drug experts" like me whether pregnant women should be allowed to drop acid. Significantly, the question is most often asked either by men or by women who are not entertaining the least notion of getting pregnant in the foreseeable future.
More than 4,000 protesters jammed Washington Square Park in New York's Greenwich Village on May 7 to kick off a day-long Safe Drugs demonstration. The crowd was there to cheer on a three-point program to change our national drug policy by changing the government's legal posture and mind-set regarding all drugs and all drug users.
POLICE HASSLE POT PROTESTERS AT UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Another confrontation scheduled for this fall
Every year for the last 11 years, students at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) have celebrated spring with an event called Hash Wednesday. This occasion has always been a peaceful gathering, filled with reggae music, good smoke, good vibes, and a good time for all.
Hear the drumbeat? It's an election year, if you haven't noticed yet, and that means it's time to bang the drum and renew support for the War on Drugs. In 1986, the alarm over cocaine—symbolized by the death of athletes Len Bias and Don Rogers and the appearance of the crack problem—reached a crescendo with the Omnibus Drug Bill of 1986.
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The DEA staff is determined to place MDMA in schedule I and it isn't going to let the facts stand in its way.
Differences Between MDMA and Major Psychedelics
Dissemination of MDMA into Society
You discover a secret doorway into a room in your house that you did not previously know existed. It is a room in which both your inner experience and your relations with others seem magically transformed. You feel really good about yourself and your life.
Dana Beal has a very long and colorful past. He’s best-known as the Youth International Party (YIP) spokesperson, who replaced Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin in 1972, and as the organizer of New York City smoke-ins. His first involvement in radical politics dates back to his high school years, when he joined the hippie scene on New York’s Lower East Side in the mid-60s, and he helped organize the first Summer of Love smoke-in.
Freaky nightmarish psychedelia has returned to swinging London! We slithered down the stairs of the HQ, the infamous Alice In Wonderland event held Monday nights in the Gossips club in trendy Soho. Upon swanning our way into the labyrinth, the senses were dazzled by a barrage of deafening acid rock, swirling lights, and an array of witches, magi, fairy princesses, and vamps.
Christmas day in South Miami was warm and sunny and green. Both the local flora and currency were spread out upon the table before me. But no greener than the last of my crop, prime indica seedless, piled alongside the cash in large zip-lock bags.
During the summer of '83, my wife and I set out on a three month journey across India-from the northern desolate mountain regions of Ladakh, encircled by the highest mountains on earth, bordering on Afghanistan and China, through the whole sub-continent of India, to the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.
Here is a picture of my first indoor crop. I germinated 28 plants, each in a 5-gallon bucket. Sixteen females survived numerous problems to grow into giants. First they were attacked by green caterpillars, then they were burned from overfertilizing.
Here are some reports by readers on how they grow.
FIRST TIME GROWER
With CAMP a lot of us have moved our operations indoors. The enclosed photos are of my last crop, grown in a coat closet. They are SSSC M11 (Skunk 1 × Afghani 1) clones, done in 120 days from seeds. I took clones when the plants started to show sex (about 6 weeks) and planted them in the tray of this new hydroponic unit I found up in Oregon last fall.
Like pictures through a looking-glass cracked, John Whitehead’s paintings are haunted visions from a shattered reality— a reality that has been juggled too long on high and has finally fallen, its jagged shards overlapping in a kaleidoscopic hypnotic heap of confusion.
Do you dream of traveling to exotic locales, lying on the beach in a tropical paradise, or checking out the koalas down under? Does your salary keep these dreams from becoming more than that? If the prohibitive price of getting there is what’s keeping you from going, then get ready to make those sunshine daydreams a reality.
The death of persecuted jazz comedian Lenny Bruce from a heroin overdose in August 1966 not only ended the career of one of America’s greatest satiric minds, it also added a pathetic footnote to the life of one of the most revered figures of ’60s counterculture.
TECH-LIGHT is offering a 360-Watt compact floodlight, complete with both vertical and horizontal adjustments, that mounts anywhere as easily as hanging a picture. This totally weatherproof flood can concentrate its light wherever you want and its extra wide beam will still light the surrounding area. Its slide out ballast tray and quick connect terminal block add to the easy installation, and the unit can be remoted with 15 or 25 foot cords, also available from TECH-LIGHT. The complete fixture and lamp sell for $159.95. For information call (214) 827-7800 or write to TECH-LIGHT, Po Box 64533, Dallas, TX 75206-0533.
Whirligig Light Turret
Reed Company offers the Whirligig Light Turret, a rotating light system designed to promote uniform growth and increase yield and quality. The Whirligig Light Turret rotates in a semi-circle during a two-minute cycle, shedding light over a 15 square-foot area, and will fit in a room as small as eight square feet! It can use Super Halide and High-Pressure Sodium lights simultaneously without causing hot spots or shady spots, since no plant goes for more than a minute without light. Best of all, the motor is guaranteed for one year and all other parts are guaranteed for life! For more information on this lighting system, call 1-800-826-8259 or (206) 847-7601 in Washington state.
Higher Yield is pleased to announce ULTRASTAT 2000, a unit which precisely monitors, correlates, and controls CO2, ventilation, lights, temperature, humidity, and heat to provide your plants with the optimum growroom environment. It features a unique fourstage heat/cool/humidity/light command (complete with "night" mode), and a temperature range to 110 degrees. Its introductory price is $249.95 from Higher Yield's mail order center at 712 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 12, Santa Monica, CA 90401 or call (800) 451-1952; (213) 394-6777 in CA, or in Manitoba, Canada at (204) 728-5601.
TECH-LIGHT is offering a 360-Watt compact floodlight, complete with both vertical and horizontal adjustments, that mounts anywhere as easily as hanging a picture. This totally weatherproof flood can concentrate its light wherever you want and its extra wide beam will still light the surrounding area.
The Third Annual Indoor Growing Special Issue features "20 Years of Indoor Growing" by Ed Rosenthal and Dr. Indoors, a survey of the most important trends in indoor horticulture over the past two decades, "How to Recognize a Non-Commercial Growing Operation," a legal analysis on avoiding jail time in the event your grow room is discovered by the authorities.
Alright party children! Let’s take a ride down a long country road, along the backroads in rural America. We’re goin’ to Turtle Country. This is the land where the Box Turtle reigns supreme. Legend has it that the tortoise beat the hare and Ra knows it’s true because RA RACES TURTLES! Every year for the past 15 years, Ra has trod through dense jungle undergrowth seeking out champion race turtles.
Plague.. .death. . .damnation. . .redemption. ..these are but a few of the heavy thoughts on the mind of this month's lighthearted/hard-headed go-go dame: comely singer/ composer/sonic vivisectionist Diamanda Galas. Diamanda's hot new platter is You Must Be Certain of the Devil (Mute Records), which she tells us is Part III of her "Plague Opera" Masque of the Red Death, which began with The Divine Punishment and The Saint of the Pit.
Glenn Bray’s lavish home in a secluded corner of Simi Valley, California, is a veritable museum of comic art. A visitor to the Bray abode can appreciate original art by such pros as Carl Barks, Robert Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Basil Wolverton, Robert Williams and Gary Panter.
In the March 1988 issue of HIGH TIMES, I wrote about the history of '80s fanzines that review exploitation, horror, and (sometimes) science fiction movies and videos. Since then, I've received so many publications that it will take several columns to cover them all.
This movie, about a society that blithely commits atrocities on animals for profit, is not just two hours of slaughterhouse footage. The film's insights and ideas are fairly new, subtly linking animal cruelty to a larger and more dangerous political issue.
I. Quite a bit of knee-jerk whining going on these days on the subject of rock 'n' roll being used for advertising. I've seen Dave Marsh (the man with a direct pipeline to Springsteen's buttplug) bitching about the Del-Fuegos, and Charles M. Young attacking the Long Ryders for doing beer ads.