I've always been a big fan of Gilbert Shelton's work, from Wonder Wart Hog to the Freak Brothers to Feds 'N Heads. So I'm not kidding when I say I'm especially proud to welcome the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers back to the pages of HIGH TIMES. This month, we're reprinting three adventures from Rip Off Press' Freak Brothers Library: the first-ever Freak Brothers comic, in which the Brothers are called "Those Loveable Furry Freak Brothers" and grow a giant pot plant; a two-page strip where "Computer Boy" takes over creating the strip; and "One Pizza With Mushrooms To Go."
As one who has been familiar with HIGH TIMES since its inception, I want to personally thank the present editors for the February ’89 issue. It is the best issue I’ve seen in years. Music, politics, excellent info about dope, and an interview with Jerry.
Jamaican democracy—an often bloody affair—mellowed out this year. Only 20 people were killed in the balloting for a new government compared to the 750 fatalities in 1980—the year Michael Manley lost his crown to Edward "Fast Eddie" Seaga.
After checking out the full-page post-execution/autopsy photo of Ted Bundy in Weekly World News, I found myself a little bored while waiting in the checkout line of my neighborhood supermarket. Searching for some new reading material, my eyes fell upon a rack of tiny pamphlet-type magazines ("mini-mags," I later learned they were called).
Premier, the new so-called "smokeless” cigarette from R.J Reynolds of North Carolina, is nothing more than a cheap, quickie cigar. “God, that tastes like burning corn flakes!” most people exclaim at first puff, after the initial burst of coughing permits them to speak.
DEATH THREAT—John Carenbauer, a Wheeling, West Virginia city councilman, called for the Federal government to shoot to death without a trial all persons caught using drugs or driving drunk. “It is time we get tough and show them what war is all about,” he said.
John Kenneth Galbraith, the Harvard economist, asserts that politics is not the art of the impossible, but rather involves choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. This formulation perfectly captures the dilemma of US drug policy, and explains why there is such debate over the question of marijuana legalization.
After 14 years without leaving Jamaica even once, Bunny Wailer is about to embark on his first-ever solo tour. One of the founding Wailers—along with Peter Tosh and Bob Marley—Bunny decided to go solo just as the group was gaining international acclaim.
Remember Che Guevara and Chairman Mao? Rock musicians liked to sing about them because their images were powerful and at times even romantic. But times have changed in North America and Europe. Revolutionaries are no longer fashionable and dialectics has given way to BMW-driven yuppies.
Ronald Reagan’s dream of subjecting public employees to random drug testing has gone up in smoke. In a decision that delighted opponents of mandatory drug testing, a Federal court in Washington, D.C. blocked the institution of a program of random drug testing that would have applied to over 17,000 employees of the Department of the Interior, including clerical assistants, mail clerks and auditors.
The Safe Drugs Movement is holding its first major rally in New York City on May 6 (see Activist Calendar on page 29 for details). According to Safe Drugs activist Dana Beal, “A recent article by NYC Health Commissioner Stephen Joseph called for a ‘methodone clone’ for crack users.
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To all you bud crusaders who think you can corner the market with your campaign aimed at the “average Joe”: Wake up and smell the coffee! This year marks my first successful investment in outdoor cannabis cultivation, and it sucked! Imagine—two cases of poison oak and nine months of watering, topped off with six weeks of “next to plant observation.”
Leaving the new Omnibus Anti-Drug Act and other federal laws aside, individual states still have widely varying statutes regarding the possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. What will get you one year in Tucson may only get you a small fine in Toledo.
Because of a loophole in new tax-stamp legislation in at least one state, penalties levied on marijuana users seem to have been considerably reduced. Recent reports indicate that cases involving possession, cultivation, and/or distribution of marijuana when the defendant is in possession of the proper tax stamps have resulted in convictions for the record with no other penalties issued to the offender.
Abbie Hoffman is best known as a ’60s political activist—the original Yippie, a member of the Chicago Seven, and author of Woodstock Nation. His classic Steal This Book, has recently been reprinted (available from Contemporary Classics, P.O. Box 15, Worcester, MA 01613, $8.00 plus $2.00 handling).
GUNS, DRUGS, AND MONEY: THE TRIANGULAR TRADE AND AMERICA’S POLITICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND
FOR FURTHER READING....
While still in its infancy, colonial America established a trade network based on the “peculiar institution” of slavery, sugar, and alcohol. In the late 17th century this network allowed the colonies of New England to reap enormous profits.
Liz's garden was in mid-flower. The buds were swelling and creating their characteristic definition. The Early Pearl and Northern Lights buds grew along main branches, developing their configurations, then swelling out. The Skunks were maturing slower, their buds growing large on the primary branches.
Jedd has had a revelation and a change of name to Sharky. His garden has shown major changes, too. The original variety that he worked with recovered from the insect attack after the pests had been eliminated with a Holiday Fogger. Fast growth resumed and the plants developed loose, abundant buds, indicating a lack of light intensity that untamed varieties require.
Vapourizing THC Oil: An Alternative To Smoking Marijuana
Why Vaporize THC Oil?
Method A: using aluminum foil, candle, and a tube
Method B: using a high intensity light, dimmer, and tube
Method C: The Compact “High Tech” Vaporizer
How To Extract THC Oil
Chemical analysis has shown that a cigarette made of raw marijuana contains at least as much “tar” as an equal-sized cigarette made of tobacco. Although medical studies have not shown a connection to date, this fact does suggest that lung diseases such as cancer, emphysema, and bronchitis are possible consequences of heavy marijuana smoking just as they are for tobacco smoking.
Dear Ed, I recently found some stash that I had hidden about a month ago. It was medium-grade skunk and it was so moist that in just over a month's time it had started to mold. They looked like funny peach hairs with white powder on them. The pot smelled strongly of ammonia.
Nearly all of us today have in ourselves somewhere that dark place of ambivalence where all our ideas and emotions come together and simultaneously fall apart. Walter Robinson’s art occupies such a point of no return, that very hopeless place where desire and denial contradict but do not nullify each other.
I have always been a free spirit, antiauthoritarian and rebellious. Since age 15, getting high has been my ultimate goal. By "getting high," I don't mean drunk or wired, I mean high the way Jah intended—smoking the sacred ganja herb.
Finally, everything you ever wanted to know about growing can be found on video. All-natural techniques for avoiding pests like gophers and insects are included, as are tips for making your garden secure. Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor growing, this tape takes you through every every step of the way, from finding seeds to harvesting the finished product. Get your copy by sending $29.99 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling (money orders only) to Tom's Video, 7439 La Palma Avenue, Suite 606, Buena Park, CA 90620-2698. Be sure to state whether you need VHS or Beta.
Rain Forest plant food contains all the essential nutrients plants need for metabolic energy, electron transport, chromosome stability and enzyme activation. It's the only plant food whose ten micronutrients are immediately available to the plant. Rain Forest increases resin production and helps your plants resist disease. For more information write to Bio-Tope Research, PO Box 5838, Missoula, Montana 59806, or call toll-free 1-800-334-8944.
Buds MacSensie t-shirt
$12.50, plus $2.50
Be the first one on your block to own the stylin' new Buds MacSensie t-shirt. Much cooler than that beer-swilling canine—who will remain nameless— Buds' image is featured on a six-color design printed on heavyweight 100% cotton. This ticket to fashion finesse can be yours for only $12.50, plus $2.50 for postage and handling. Simply send a check or money order to Legend, Box 19149, Philadelphia, PA 19143 or call 1-800-733-7007 and use your Visa or Mastercard. Dealer inquiries welcome.
E.G.S. Grow Unit
Time is money and nobody wants to waste money—right? Why be tied down to your plants when you can rely on the E.G.S. Grow Unit to tend to them. Combining NFT and aeroponic technology, this system is the most efficient, trouble-free, cost-effective grow unit in the world today. Simply replace the grow formula every ninety days and you can take up to three weeks before adding water. For more information contact Holy Smoke, PO Box 7540, Virginia Beach, VA 23458, or see the ad on page 76.
In two separate, exclusive interviews, Cheech and Chong discuss their new dope comedies. Tommy Chong takes us behind the scenes of his new film FAR OUT MAN, and gives the low-down on Cheech and Chong's breakup, while Cheech Marin discusses his role as an LSD-inspired hippie in Orion Pictures' RUDE AWAKENING.
YOU'LL SCREAM as M!chael Weldon reviews more fanzines! YOU'LL GASP when you see the Hound's CD picks! YOU'LL FREAK at Chef Ra's Hip-a-delic Campfire cookout! YOU'LL FLIP over the latest wacky trading cards! HE'S SWAMP THING! Plus: comix by Ace Backwords and Harry Meadows
I guess when movie publicists see stories like “How To Grow Monster Plants” and “Cloning For Sex” in HIGH TIMES, they think our readers want to watch movies like The Return of Swamp Thing, where pretty women fall in love with bog monsters that are half plant/half human.
In past issues of HIGH TIMES, I've told you about 27 independent movie fanzines and newsletters available through the mail. Here are ten more you might enjoy (and I haven't even gotten around to all the ones from England yet). There has been a fanzine called Grind around for about a year.
The domestic Beach Boys CDs I've heard are pretty much trash, but the Japanese issue of Pet Sounds (rumored to be heavily deleted, but who knows... ) is sonically astounding and includes previously unissued cuts—the legendary "Hang On To Your Ego" (which turns out to be the instrumental track to "I Know There's An Answer" with a different vocal and lyrics), some weird acappella vocal track, and Brian Wilson asking the engineer if he can bring a horse into the studio!
“April showers bring May flowers, and all the ganja seeds that were sown by Johnny Potseed, compete with all the weeds, to germinate with ease, so in the fall there’ll be gonzo buds for all!!” Spring is here and Chef Ra’s testosterone is flowing like a raging river!
From the poison pens of Paul Brancato and artist Salim Yaqub come Iran/Contra Scandal Trading Cards (available for $7.95 from Eclipse Comics, Box 1099, Forestville, CA 95436), featuring 36 characters from the soap opera that made Fawn Hall the most popular secretarial slag since Liz Ray.