Cheech and Chong are back together again—in the pages of HIGH TIMES. Although they aren't working together anymore, we did hear about their two new movies, and apparently they're both returning to their roots—drug humor. It’s not that anyone from their movie companies called us up to give us the scoop, however.
As a Deadhead concerned with the environment, I was pleased to read your interview with Jerry Garcia (especially after the Grateful Dead article you published last February, written by Hank Harrison and laced with inaccuracies). However, your readers should be informed about the devastating effect cocaine production has had on the rainforest.
Hash Bash '89 was a smash! Held for the 19th year in Ann Arbor on the campus of the University of Michigan on April Fool's Day—the same day UM beat Illinois in the Final Four semifinal—5,000 revelers showed up for the rally. They brought plenty of smoke, which was blown in defiance of city, state and Federal laws all afternoon on the Diag.
Hours before HIGH TIMES went to press, we received the sad news that Abbie Hoffman died at his Pennsylvania home. Abbie was instrumental in creating the counterculture movement of the 1960s, which, in turn, was responsible for the creation of HIGH TIMES.
Dick "Richie" Allen was one of baseball's most feared sluggers during the '60s and '70s. He was also moody and disagreeable. In Ticknor & Fields' just-released book, Crash: The Life and Times of Dick Allen, "the unvarnished story of one of baseball's great bad guys" is told.
There is yet another controversy stemming from the Great Drug War. This time it's an explanation why black folks have turned to the evils of drug abuse. Not that it would take a Nobel prize-winning scientist to understand why. The Afro-American ghettos of America are suffering from the destruction of crack, cocaine and heroin.
The hottest sound coming from the streets the past few months has been the hard-edged voice of L.A. rapper, Tone Loc. "Wild Thing," the first single from Tone's debut album on Delicious Vinyl, Loc'ed After Dark (not to be confused with the 1966 Troggs' song of the same name), sold 200,000 copies just two weeks after its release.
MARION BARRY: 'I'M A VICTIM OF THE NEW McCARTHYISM'
On the same day in March that President Bush discussed calling in the National Guard to police Washington, DC's drug problems—119 people had died in drug-related incidents to that point in 1989—the city's embattled mayor, Marion Barry, asked a Federal judge to allow an overnight curfew that had been ratified by the City Council to stand.
William Bennett, Reagan's former Education Secretary, was confirmed as Bush's "Drug Czar" (a.k.a. Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy) by a 97-2 Senate vote in March. Only Paul Simon(D-III)and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) voted "nay."
“Being a deranged drifter, I often feel powerless and alienated from other people. That’s why I appreciate the N.R.A.’s efforts to make assault rifles easy to get. Not only does the destructive capabilities of this gun make me feel powerful and important, but shooting into crowds of people with live, rapid-fire ammo is much more satisfying than single-fire rifles or silly laser-tag war games.
There's a lot you can do to help NORML change America's attitude about marijuana and the marijuana laws. When people hear about marijuana's medical use, or its industrial uses (such as pulp for paper or fiber for cloth), they realize it's not a worthless plant.
Remember Robotron, Defender, Stargate, Blaster? All video game creations by the industry's all-time great game designer, Eugene Jarvis. Now, after several years off, Jarvis has returned with the arcade game, Narc—a typically furious-paced, Jarvis-style shoot-'em-up that pits the player against numerous nefarious drug dealers.
"Marijuana users put the drug and their drug-using friends above everything else...Marijuana hinders growing up. Users seek highs all the time. They don't learn to cope with problems or socialize with others." These are just a few of the incredible statements presented in "Keep Off The Grass," a computer program for Apple II and IBM PCs written by Substance Abuse Education, Inc., a software company out of Edwardsville, Kansas.
Today, only one American company, Zenith, manufactures TV sets in this country. Despite Lee lacocca's remarks about industrial policy, Chrysler, which he is CEO of, pushes sales of the imported Colt, manufactured by Mitsubishi. Now all the domestic car companies have followed suit.
PEYOTE DREAMS—Two Oregon members of the Native American Church, fired and denied unemployment compensation for using peyote at religious ceremonies, will soon have their case heard by the US Supreme Court. In October, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional rights of Alfred Smith and Galen Black to freely practice their religion had been violated.
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Ronald Reagan may be sleeping soundly on his ranch in California, but his infamous legacy lives on. In two decisions announced in March, the Supreme Court, led by Reagan appointee Anthony Kennedy, decided that the testing of public employees, under limited circumstances, is constitutional.
In 1619, America's first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia, "ordering" all farmers to grow ("make tryal of") Indian hemp seed. More must-grow-hemp laws were enacted in Massachusetts in 1631, and in Connecticut in 1632.
Throughout the '70s and '80s, Cheech and Chong virtually cornered the market on dope humor, getting us high on laughs. After paying their dues in small clubs in Los Angeles, they were discovered by entertainment impresario Lou Adler. In 1970, shortly after opening for the Rolling Stones at the L.A. Forum, their first comedy record, Cheech and Chong, went gold.
In his latest film, Far Out Man, Tommy Chong plays an eccentric rock star who has achieved wealth and fame, but longs for the lady he lost on the way to stardom. A psychiatrist convinces the Far Out Man (played by Tommy), to leave his mountain retreat and go back on the road with a rock band, because that's where he was truly happy.
Rude Awakening is a social comedy about two hippies who, forced to go underground during the '60s, live on a commune in Central America for 20 years, then return to civilization when they inadvertently discover an evil plot to start a war. Like Rip Van Winkle, they suffer extreme culture shock as they discover their generation has slipped into comfortable mediocrity and political apathy, obsessed with condos, designer junkfood, wearable art and other yuppie fetishes.
Abbie Hoffman, best known for his radical activities in the '60s, is still a very active political activist. He's very involved in the environmental issues, he's an advisor to the Student Action League, which is attempting to build a national student movement, he speaks out against CIA covert actions, he appears in Born On The Fourth of July, Oliver Stone's new movie about the antiwar movement, and he speaks a lot about drugs and drug testing.
The sweet scent of patchouli wafts up into my nostrils, caressing them gently as the soothing sounds of Jerry and the boys make love to my ears.... It is Grateful Dead night at Wetlands, a new club in the Tribeca section of New York City. A radical oasis in the cash-conscious '80s—the idea behind Wetlands is that of saving the planet through expanding the mind.
Between a rock and a hard place, that’s the artist in the city—stuck here and thriving, like a rat in a sewer or a roach on a toxic garbage barge. From an uncomfortable spot on some rubble-heap in the land of urban decay, Martin Wong gives witness to our schizo-landscape of confinement and freedom, despair and hope, harsh reality and romantic dream.
Liz transplanted the seedlings to 6" pots about 90 days ago. Now half the garden has been harvested. The Early Pearls and some of the Northern Lights have blossomed, ripened, and been cut. This leaves some NL crosses, the Skunks and Hash plant.
Imports. Some love 'em, some hate 'em, some could care less. Personally, I love 'em. Of course, imports are not what they used to be. Ten or twenty years ago, there were so many interesting varieties to choose from: Colombians, Thais, fine quality Mexicans, real Panamanians.
The plants pictured here and 50 of their sisters were grown and flowered under fluorescent lights. I have used MH and HPS lamps with great success. They were needed to get enough light to the bottom of a three or four foot plant. With the reduction in plant size to the ones shown, fluorescent lights can and will do the job at a fraction of the cost.
Prune tops of plants in gardens that have a lot of room between plants.
Spray insecticide if your plants are seriously damaged.
Summer is the season of fastest growth, and cannabis can outgrow almost any plant. Under ideal conditions, it’s not uncommon to see cannabis grow six inches a day. After preparation and planting are done, and males have been culled, a few precautions and attentive care can guarantee a maximum return.
Summer is the best time to scout out next season’s patches. Look for well concealed spots with lots of weeds, especially thistles—a sure sign of desired nutrient level and ample moisture. Summer is the best time to scout out next season’s patches.
The experience of being in jail did nothing to slow me down. My hatred of tyranny had always run so deep that I could not cease my efforts, for I viewed the international marijuana laws as extensions of an historic United States policy of audacious imperialism—merely another tool utilized by the plutocratic elite to keep the people suppressed.
SGS has done it again! The folks who brought EUROPONICS to America have just introduced ROCKWOOL FORMULA ONE nutrient solution. ROCKWOOL FORMULA ONE is the result of many requests for a liquid formula designed specifically for the indoor gardener using Rockwool. After development and testing of the formula at THE SEED BANK of Holland, ROCKWOOL FORMULA ONE is now available at better indoor grow shops across America. Dealer inquiries at SGS call 1-800-227-0027.
New from Classic Wire Creations—handmade gold wire roach clips made to order! Say who you are or what you think! The ideal gift for the head who has everything. Tell your friends they’re special in a unique way. Now’s the time to toss out that old electrical clip or hemostat and show off your favorite pastime in style, because the introductory price for these useful objets d’art is only $6.99! (NY residents ad 8¼% sales tax) Specify name, nickname, or whatever you wish (up to 8 letters) and send to Classic Wire Creations, 2170 Broadway, Suite 2102, New York, NY 10024. Add $1.25 for shipping and handling, please! See ad page 73 for more information.
Hydromax 2000 Hydroponic system
Foothill Hydroponics is pleased to announce the introduction of the Hydromax 2000 Hydroponic system. This revolutionary new system features a four-stage design unavailable in any other product on the market. The system includes a 20-gallon nutrient solution tank, Ebb 'N'Flow growing bed, large plant support tray, and a 9" tall humidity hood, all integrated into a 23"w × 43"l × 19"h package. The maximizer technique (included) utilizes a 12" airstone and air pump to be located in the growing bed providing a rich aerobic environment. Also included in the $249 price is a submersible pump, grounded timer, all hardware and instructions, and Foothill Hydroponic’s nutrients. For free brochure and price list, call or write: Foothill Hydroponics, 10705 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, Telephone: (818) 760-0688.
Perfect Growing System
In their never-ending quest for the Perfect Growing System, the engineers at Dansco have developed the Dansco Ebb-Flood Module. Each module, 24" × 44" long × 6", made of white polystyrene, comes with a recessed, ¾" drain fitting and has ridges built into the bottom to facilitate draining. The Dansco Ebb-Flood Module provides the indoor grower with a simple, inexpensive, automated method of irrigating as many as 40 plants per module. Let the experts at Dansco help you design your hydroponic system. In Seattle call Dansco Indoor Garden Supply at 1-800-345-3398, or in Berkeley call Dansco Indoor Garden Center at 1-800-523-1367. Dealer inquiries invited: contact Dansco Distributors at 1-206-282-7282.
The maiden voyage of Chef Ra's psychedelic bus as it rolls out of New York headed for the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In keeping with our 15th anniversary, the bus is appropriately dubbed "The Spirit of Tom Forçade." Will the HIGH TIMES staff be able to survive the mega 32-hour voyage sans alcohol and pot?
In the lion's den of rock 'n' roll, women all too often exist to provide the daily recommended requirement of vitamins T & A to stimulate the proper growth of a band's groupie-grinding gonads in rock videos. When women dare perform rock 'n' roll, they are all too often looked upon by record company execs as tokens or novelties, condescendingly allowed onto a bill as the opening act.
A wacky but interesting idea, this: a "graphic docudrama" (reality comic, to you) explicating the Iran-contra business and related "Secret Team" guns-drugs-money global mega-conspiracy, as posited by Washington, DC public-interest law firm the Christic Institute.
Some of you will remember a magazine called Trouser Press that covered pop music (mostly British) in the '70s, had to face the onslaught of punk in '77, and lasted until '84. In 1982, editor Ira Robbins compiled the The Trouser Press Record Guide to catalogue what was called, at the time, new wave music.
It's summertime, the perfect opportunity to bust out of your mundane, everyday lifestyle! This summer everybody's gonna break the chains of emotional stress, bummer trips, burn belly, and all those chills and ills we pay the head doctor to cure.
There is nothing more pleasing to a rock 'n' roll fan like myself than holding a stack of old 45s and gazing upon their labels—blue & silver Chess, the mystical beams of Sun, blue and white Ace—like artifacts from Pharaoh's tomb. Certain labels just let you know what you're holding is more than likely good stuff.