As far as cannabis history goes, it qualified as a momentous event: after years of anonymity, Ed Rosenthal, the guru of ganja, agreed to appear on the Morton Downey, Jr. Show to debate the feasibility of the government’s decision to spray paraquat.
Send your gripes, questions, personal thoughts, and occasional compliments to: HIGH TIMES “Letters,” 211 East 43rd Street, NYC 10017. Unless otherwise indicated, proper names are printed with initials only to protect the innocent, so sign your favorite pseudonym.
As a result of motions filed in a New Mexico drug case by Albuquerque lawyer Nancy Hollander, a new film entitled Operation Pipeline, produced by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the New Mexico State Police has been exposed. It was funded by EPIC, the El Paso Intelligence Center, an umbrella group comprising such drug-war participants as the DEA, FBI, INS, Customs, Federal Aviation Administration, Coast Guard, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Carlos Lehder Rivas, the so-called Colombian cocaine kingpin convicted last May of importing 3.3 tons of nose powder into the US, was sentenced in July to a maximum term of life without parole plus 135 years by Florida judge Howell W. Melton.
The Baby Boomer is an important newcomer to the right-wing ecosystem. By gentrifying run-down neighborhoods, it drives out artists, poor minorities, and other annoying liberal pests. Then the Baby Boomer settles down to a life of conspicuous consumption, filling its nests with pocket-sized cappuccino makers, inflatable home exercise units, and other gadgets.
“A lot of them didn't know they were doing anything wrong,” a federal investigator told a New York Times reporter, when asked how it was so easy to get tapes of crooked Defense Department consultants incriminating themselves over open telephone lines.
The Oregon Marijuana Initiative (OMI) failed to collect sufficient signatures for a ballot referendum to legalize personal use and growing of cannabis on private property in Oregon. “We turned in 65,611 signatures,” says OMI director John Sajo.
Counterculture voters customarily approach national elections in a state of acute indecision, since customarily neither national political party has very much of a positive nature to offer the counter-culture, and both parties typically are especially negative in matters pertaining to drugs in general and drug-taking in particular.
In July I went to the Budweiser Superfest at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington to see Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Freddie Jackson, the Deele, and other performers. It was one of the hottest days in July, so Budweiser advertised the festival as being “ice cold.”
At the end of WWII, American foreign policy was based on the theory of the bipolar world. Cold war analysts theorized that the entire world could be divided into two hostile groups—allies of the US or the Soviet Union. Policy makers in the US saw no room for neutrality.
In my opinion, everyone who is eligible should register to vote and serve on juries when called. In any controlled substance proceeding, they could vote "not guilty" if their conscience thought that the law was improper (it only takes one "not guilty” vote to hang a jury).
Can Mushroom Extracts Fight AIDS? Stephen L. Peele Thinks So
A VISIT TO THE FLORIDA MYCOLOGY CENTER
Pensacola, Florida April 21, 1987, 8 AM. Stephen Peele, his wife Cathy and daughter Tami had already put in a full morning feeding the chickens, cats and birds and were just sitting for breakfast when the fighting cocks tethered around the perimeter of their trailer-home began to crow.
Identifying Psychoactive Mushrooms in the Genus "Psilocybe"
Stephen L. Peele
Mushrooms propagate themselves by producing spores. Spores are like seeds, only very small. They are so small, you need a microscope in order to single them out. Mushroom spores also play a very important role when it comes to identifying mushrooms. Because mushrooms are separated by the color of their spores, it is very important that you learn how to take a proper spore print.
As inexorably as the gravitational pull of a black hole, the total eclipse of the sun in Java drew my wife and me, amateur astonomers both, to Indonesia on June 11th, 1983. It was our second total solar eclipse. While in Indonesia, we visited the world’s largest Buddhist temple, the recently resored 1200 year-old Borobudur near the city of Yogyakarta.Nearby, we discovered an equally ancient complex of Hindu temples at Prambanan.
The idea for HIGH TIMES was first conceived during an informal meeting among some of the top underground writers from the ’60s. Rex Weiner was one of those select few, and became one of the many underground writers and artists who found a welcome mat here after the ’60s counterculture died down.
THE BUDS FROM BRAZIL DR. INDOORS’ GUIDE TO CLONING
ASSEMBLING THE ROOM
PREPARING THE SEED
CLONING FOR SEX
The secret to a successful garden is cloning. Cloning insures females for harvest and allows the grower to take full advantage of his or her gene stock. Just like Dr. Mengele, who cloned Hitler with the future in mind, you can clone cannabis with your future gardens in mind.
I plan to grow in a space 5' x 2' x 8' high. I plan to construct a two-tiered system with separate areas for vegetative growth and flowering. Fluorescent tubes will be used in both systems. How many plants should I grow? How high should I grow the plants before placing them in flowering?
#1 The skunk is in for Halloween.—Uncle Skunk Florida #2 These plants blew my face away. They are 60 days old and flowering profusely. We use rockwool in two-gallon bags. I have at least 10 different varieties. We don’t use CO2 but have constant ventilation.
After my two reports on Rockwool were published in HIGH TIMES last year, several manufacturers or distributors claimed foul. They said that the material was completely safe once it was wet, and their directions explicitly stated that it should be wetted before handling.
Welcome to the world of John (Jaguar) Peñuelas, where solitude begins in the presence of Others. Meditations in the realm of the fantastic, as if extra-terrestrial visitation were an ordinary every-day occurrence, Peñuelas’ paintings are populated with a thin squiggly breed of aliens more akin to the Hollywood-cute “E.T.” variety than any ominously threatening ’50s sci-fi invaders.
In addition to the questionable issue of brain damage, much of the DEA’s other negative evidence rests on the study of recreational users done by Ronald Siegel of the UCLA School of Medicine. In an article in New York—“The New Drug They Call Ecstasy: Is It Too Much to Swallow?,” by Joe Klein—some excerpts from Siegel’s statements suggest the nature of Siegel’s attack on MDMA: " 'My reaction is "Here we go again,"' says Dr. Ronald Siegel of the UCLA School of Medicine.
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Last year, the magic phrase in the big-time publishing biz was “graphic novels.” Every book-slinger in New York City was out sniffing the trail, and baying packs of eager-assed young editors were being unleashed daily to chase down the word on these strange comic bo—er, graphic novel things.
Good evening! Permit me to introduce your Go-Go Ghoul of the Month—that curvaceous queen of camp ... that voluptuous, versatile vamp ... our favorite Halloween treat—Elvira! When you and your best ghoul finish gobblin' your favorite Halloween treats, why not check out El's new movie, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark?
Horror movie fanzines and newsletters are still arriving in my HIGH TIMES mail box. In past issues I've mentioned most of the defunct (and collectable) '80s review publications, and told you how to subscribe to over a dozen others still being mailed out by hard working gorehounds around the country.
It's about that time of year again for those self-promoting elder statesman of the record industry to start handing out awards for the ROCK'N'ROLL HALL OF FAME—as if, after last year's acid-induced ramblings by Mike Love, anyone could bother to take such bullshit seriously.
Summertime and the living is easy. The fish are jumpin’ and this year the river is mighty low. It’s June now and a few days before the summer solstice. Ra is truckin’ down the road, headin’ for the Dead shows in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. As we load the car up with our dome tents, tie-dyes, and large bags of herb, we sing Grateful Dead songs, happily aware that we will soon be with our nation of freaks.
(Moonshine Software, PO Box 101, Laytonville, CA 95454. For Commodore 64 computers) “Your wealthy uncle, who made a fortune during prohibition, has died and left you 40 acres with a cabin in the heart of the Emerald Triangle, the northern California counties: Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino.