Last year, after HIGH TIMES attended the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, I radically changed my attitude toward the cannabis protest movement. For the first time in years I felt we had a real shot at ending cannabis prohibition. This was partly because I’d recently read Jack Herer’s book The Emperor Wears No Clothes, and I knew that our pot laws had become an environmental disaster.
It was my privilege, right and great personal pleasure to be able to attend the ’89 Hash Bash. It was educational, relaxing, and downright FUN! I intend to be at every Hash Bash to come. I’m proud to fight for what I believe in, and I believe in personal freedom.
Months of wrangling over the financially troubled situation at the national offices of NORML resulted in the firing of Jon Gettman, NORML’s National Director, by NORML’s Board of Directors on April 28. Gettman’s tenure lasted 2 ⅛ years. At the time of his firing, NORML was in considerable debt to a number of creditors, including the Internal Revenue Service, printers and advertisers.
Abbie Hoffman’s brother, Jack, says he’s been besieged by callers who are convinced that Abbie death’s was the result of some sort of conspiracy. "I get at least three a day," he said exactly one month after his brother’s death. "I accept the fact of the suicide," Jack explained to my surprise.
C.R. Jones chuckled loudly. We had just arrived in New Orleans for the last weekend of the 20th Jazz & Heritage Festival and the cab driver was already singing spirituals and producing a film cannister of sinse. "Roll with it," the cabbie smiled, passing me the goods.
The 20th annual New York Pot Protest, held on March 6, was marked by controversy and dissension. Dana Beal, who has run the protest for years, was upstaged by homeless activist Jerry the Peddlar. When Beal’s "Safe Drugs Rally" in Washington Square Park ended at 1 p.m., Jerry diverted more than half of the participants away from in the "Walk to End the War on Drugs" (to Rep. Charles Rangel’s office to Harlem), and guided them to the idyllic pastures of Central Park. Each action was attended by more than a hundred people.
In one of the largest protests in the last 20 years, more than half a million people descended on Washington, DC on April 9 to protest the possibility of Roe vs.Wade being overturned. Later that month, the Supreme Court heard a Missouri case-Webster vs.
A thousand miles west of Ann Arbor, on the same day as Hash Bash (April Fool’s day), a rally was held in Salt Lake City to protest the marijuana laws and Utah’s newly-enacted Marijuana Stamp Tax. The rally was sponsored by "Mood for a Day," a local grassroots movement.
Hard to imagine but 20 years ago Richard Nixon became our 35th president, the Vietnam War was at its height and Woodstock happened. On Oct 31, 1968, LIFE magazine featured a blue joint being smoked on its cover (see graphic). This issue--placed squarely in the laps and livingrooms of Middle-America--arguably had as much impact on the status of marijuana in this country as any other single event before or since.
Last month I wrote an article about the recent trend of anti-drug software. One of the programs discussed--"Keep Off the Grass"--was particularly strident in its warnings about pot. The program states, among other things, that marijuana: (a) is addictive; (b) causes vomiting and diarrhea; (c) can make men grow breasts; (d) causes babies to be born with central nervous system defects; (e) and can cause drivers to suffer blackouts.
During the last two years, the murder rate in the Nation’s Capitol has soared as turf battles to control the city’s crack and cocaine markets have expanded. But behind the marble facade of the national monuments lies a wonderful, thriving, dynamic city struggling to take care of its own despite the social and economic handicaps of being one of America’s last colonies.
Norman Zinberg, who died at the age of 67 on April 2, defined our cause when he once said: "It seemed more important to make the facts known about marijuana than to cooperate in promulgating misconceptions, putting people in jail for simple possession and creating an unnecessary climate of fear."
As rap music has moved into its second decade, new voices and trends are emerging. One strong new voice belongs to Jamaican-born, Bronx-bred, Edmund Carl Aiken, better known as Shinehead. Combining the toasting dancehall style of his homeland with New York hip hop and an assortment of samples from pop tunes, Shinehead has created a distinctive hybrid sound known as reggae-rap.
A few years ago a Dutch entrepreneur asked me to help start the Hash Info Museum in Amsterdam. He appointed me curator, and I have developed the exhibits at the museum ever since. The museum hired a freelance publicist named Kip to get stories about the institution in the papers.
A multi-media exhibit on drugs called "Lifestyle Choices" has opened in Los Angeles’ Museum of Science and Industry. Co-sponsored by Arco and the National Health Foundation (NHF), the exhibit, which cost over $1 million to design and build, is the first permanent display of its kind in a major museum.
AMNESTY FOR RATS--Drug users in Maryland’s Worcester County were offered amnesty from prosecution if they turned in their dealers by May 15. On April 19, the state’s Attorney B. Randall Coates said, "We got so many phone calls we had to advise the people who were calling to call back this week because we couldn’t process them all."
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"Scenes at the sacred dance surpass the wildest ecstacy of any opium dream."
AT THE TIME OF THE FULL MOON
WHAT THE DECOCTION IS LIKE.
A CRAZY FESTIVAL.
EFFECTS OF THE DRUG.
END OF THE HASHISH DEBAUCH.
During the full moon, the Nosairiyeh tribesmen of northern Syria hold a ceremony that involves the consumption of enormous amounts of hashish. The ceremony begins with the ritual sacrifice of a sheep, after which a large earthenware bowl filled with liquid honey-hash is passed around.
The following interviews with people who knew Abbie Hoffman, who died on April 12, were conducted within days of Abbie’s death.
MICHAEL KENNEDY, lawyer; defended Rennie Davis at Chicago 8 trial: The first time I met Abbie was in a hotel room in the fall of 1967. He had a pot of honey laced with acid. We were all supposed to take a big finger full of honey and sit down and formulate a strategy and that’s what we did.
Although Abbie Hoffman was certainly larger than life, and as famous as any political activist could be, it wasn’t until his death made front page news on April 13, 1989, that the full impact of his life’s work was felt. I interviewed Abbie Hoffman in February.
I spent long days in the summer of ’82 playing pick-up volleyball, exploring caves and training for cross-country races with my friends Tom and Jack. Somehow we got fixated on the dream of leaving our small town on the east slope of the Rocky Mountains and visiting the tropical jungles of Maui for the summer growing season.
It was a dark and stormy night. The HIGH TIMES psychedelic school bus was slowly, but not so surely, crawling up and down the hills of Ohio towards Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the annual Hash Bash. Suddenly, everything turned dreamy. I felt warm inside, despite the sub-zero temperatures.
When HIGH TIMES approached me about traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan, on board a psychedelic bus, it sounded like a great idea. The bus looked like it was straight out of a Partridge Family episode and we were supposed to get smashed out of our minds.
An indoor greenhouse garden is an artificial habitat. For this reason, your plants may never experience the insect infestations that outdoor plants naturally undergo. For this same reason, once contaminated, indoor plants are particularly susceptible to the ravages of almost any infestation since they do not have wind, rain, cold, and natural predators to help them withstand the onslaught.
These buds are so big I can’t find a plastic bag big enough to hold one. They get so heavy that 2 gallons of pea-size gravel is not heavy enough to prevent them from toppling over. On the average they eat over 1/2 gallon of 1500 PPM solution a day. They are only 9 1/2 weeks from snip of the clone.
I just received your book. Thanks for the quick delivery. I have a few questions: 1) The mini-growroom—the troughs have drains. How is it fed? 2) The trellis diagram has a reflector with venting. What type of material is it made of? How is it attached?
Finally, the rest of the world seems to have caught on to what us smart guys have known for years—that within the vast heap of comics lurks some of the best art being produced today. Ted McKeever is one of this savvy, new, street-smart breed of comic artists who has assimilated all the right art-world influences (as well as lotsa wrong ones), and could easily— if he gave a shit—hang his work on hip gallery walls.
We hiked far down the slopes behind my house, using machetes to clear a path through the sometimes impenetrable jungle. Lots of wild fruit and vegetables, great beauty. As we walked, Tommy explained how you had to be aware of the police helicopters which scoured the island seasonally for signs of marijuana.
Natural psychedelics and stimulants are no longer hard to find! A full line of these and other legal highs are now available through the mail from Island Spore Company. First, mind-altering Baby Woodrose and regular Hawaiian Woodrose seeds are available. From Betel Nut seeds, (High Times, October ’88), one can grow the Betel Nut palm, and thus the nuts themselves. Also available is Kava Kava, in root or capsule form, which the Polynesians have used for centuries as an alcohol substitute—with no hangover! The newest addition, “Sensitive Plant” seeds (High Times, April ’87), can also be obtained. For more information, see their ad on page 29 or write to Island Spore Co., P.O. Box 8055, Honolulu, Hawaii 96830.
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The DEA Intelligence Reports
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The painting of a molecule of MDMA was created by Ray Garst for the cover of the book ECSTASY: The MDMA Story. HIGH TIMES readers have waited eagerly for the book since it was announced last year. Ecstasy, MDMA or ADAM, is an intriguing and controversial mind changing substance. Millions have taken MDMA, which is described as opening the heart center, offering an expanding awareness and empathy for others. If you want to get your copy of this excellent book (256 pages, 27 photos) call Books-byPhone (415) 548-2124 or send $21.95 to Books-by-Phone c/o Ecstasy, Box 522 Berkeley, CA 94701.
A 15-page special section revealing the best buds from a tropical paradise where cannabis reigns supreme despite oppression from the forces of Babylon. This collector’s issue comes out just in time for Reggae Sunsplash ’89. PLUS... an interview with Albert Goldman, close friend of our illustrious founder Tom Forcade and the author of controversial biographies of Elvis and John Lennon; Jimmy Gestapo, lead singer of Murphy’s Law, talks about guns, drugs, and rock’n’roll; Battle of the Hemp Bales, a true battle from the Civil War; How Low Can You Go?, a primer on going underground to avoid the government, bill collectors, or anyone else you might like to avoid.
A quick look at the 1961 eighth grade class picture from Vernon School in East Norwich, NY shows exactly the assortment of brace-toothed boys and training bra-ed girls you'd expect from a gradeschool photo. But a closer look reveals a smiling, blond-haired boy in the middle of the first row flipping the camera the bird.
Twisted Issues is a pot-smokin’, board ridin’, blood-spillin’ journey into the Gainesville, Florida music scene. Filmed, scripted, and produced by local talent, this shot-on-video slasher comedy is the brainchild of Florida artist Charles Pinion.
When Chris and Greg invited me to their Ultimate NORMLTHON party on April 22, I couldn’t resist. I had to check out "Chris And Greg’s Ultimate Party House" and see if it was or wasn’t what it claimed to be. The first stop was the NORML rally at Buckingham Fountain in Chicago.