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On a warm spring day in April 1969, an amalgam of street people--hippies, artists, squatters, students--seized a three-acre tract of land in Berkeley, California, and founded People’s Park. The land, once residential, had been purchased and razed by the University of California, and was being envisioned as a site for student dormitories.
For nearly a decade R.B. Wilk has been self-publishing the anti-prohibition newsletter Burning Issues, whose slogan is "Free the Herb--Free the People." Last January, Wilk was arrested, along with her housemates Daniel and Larissa Touby, for the operation of a drug lab where methylaminorex, a euphoric designer drug, was being manufactured in their home in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
The shocking headlines and grotesque details that shot out of Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico, last April 12 stunned two countries. The bodies of 15 men, including University of Texas student Mark Kilroy, were found mutilated and buried on the Santa Elena Ranch outside Matamoros--victims of a Satan-worshipping cult responsible for smuggling a ton of marijuana a week across the Rio Grande.
I don’t wake up every morning saying this is a good day to die. I’ve been doing this for 27 years. I could do another 27. --Abbie Hoffman in Growing Up in America This comment, made three years ago in an interview with Canadian filmmaker Morley Markson, lends an eerie quality to Markson’s documentary, Growing Up in America, which chronicles the lives of eight ’60s radical leaders.
If the use of a drug is an established practice of a recognized religion, may a state prohibit and criminalize the possession and use of that drug by legitimate members of the religion? This question will by answered by the Supreme Court in the fall when it decides whether the use of peyote by members of the Native American Church as part of a religious sacrament is protected by the freedom of religion clause in the Constitution.
Only 36 hours were left before MassCan ’89--organized by the Massachusetts Cannibis Reform Coalition--was supposed to take place on May 28. But there was one problem: The rally’s organizers were still without a location for the event. The Parks and Recreation Commission of North Adams had denied MassCan’s request for the use of Greylock Field in April, and the city’s mayor, John Barrett, insulted MassCan when he suggesting the city dump be used by the group.
Millions of Americans use marijuana. This has nothing to do with right or wrong or good or bad; it’s reality. Marijuana is not only a relatively safe drug to consume, it also has therapeutic value for a variety of ailments. In addition, marijuana can be harvested for hemp-fiber and made into fabric or paper products.
De La Soul, the new hip hop sensation, has a thing about labels. They don’t like them. One of the 22 songs on their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, is titled "Take It Off.” On the track, Posdnuos, Trugoy the Dove and P.A. Pasemaster Mase, the trio that is De La Soul, urge us to remove the designer labels from our clothes (Jordache) and sneakers (Converse).
I gagged on a large wad of alfalfa sprouts. My eyes bugged out. There it was, in dull black and white, a New York Times headline: "Substance in Meat Is Found to Fight Cancer." Ned, my Bob Weir look-a-like boyfriend, rushed to perform the Heimlich maneuver on me.
The garage the Plastic People started out in may have had a Skoda or Lada instead of a Chevy, but the intention to play music and have some fun was all the same. Now, twenty years after its humble beginning, the Plastic People own the dubious distinction of being rock & roll’s most persecuted band.
Here’s a trivial pursuit for you: Caught my favorite games-how host Chuck Woolery (Love Connection) on Pat Sajak’s latenight talkfest recently. Pat reminded Chuck that he once led a group called the Avant-Garde and had a hit single, "Naturally Stoned."
Like a cigarette-smoker trapped in a room equipped only with overflowing ash-trays, Earth-dwellers finally appear to be noticing that this planet has only a limited capacity to absorb garbage. After twenty years of trying, recycling suddenly seems to be catching on (a recent study showed that 20 percent of US plastic soft drink containers end up as something else, like shower curtains or fiberfill--though only 0.5 percent of all disposed-of plastics are recycled).
BAN THE BAN!--A congress of politicians, lawyers, doctors, academics and police officers from a dozen Western countries met in Rome on April 1, to create an International Anti-Prohibition League on Drugs. "The Mafia fears anti-Prohibitionism and not Prohibitionism," said Marco Pannella, a leader of Italy’s Radical Party.
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The US Customs Service has decided that hardwood pipes and bongs are a threat to achieving the goal of a drug-free America by 1995. So Customs is pushing to create a drug-paraphernalia-free America as well. Last February, Customs Service agents, along with five local police departments, raided several stores of a Washington, DC area record chain and a local distributor.
Murphy’s Law are a band of pot-smoking, beer-drinking guys who hail from the outer boroughs of New York City. The current line-up consists of Jimmy Gestapo-the hemp-warrior pictured and the sole surviving founding member--on vocals, Todd Youth on guitar, Doug E. Beans on drums, and Chuck Valle on bass.
There was a time when it was legal to grow marijuana, or hemp, as it was called in the nineteenth century. In the South cotton was king, but in Missouri marijuana was. Many towns along the Missouri River thrived off of the profitable hemp industry, manufacturing fine quality rope.
INTERVIEW: ALBERT GOLDMAN "I’ve Never Sought Notoriety"
Although he’s best known today for authoring celebrity biographies about John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and Lenny Bruce, Albert Goldman has a more interesting past than your average, everyday pop historian. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, he was the rock critic for Life magazine, where his column reached 16 million readers every issue.
Truly, one of the traditions of Jamaican culture is found in its ganja production. Brought to the island by East Indians in the early 1800s, ganja is actually a Hindu term for the finest flowers from the best female cannabis plants. Jamaicans consider the smoke an herb and not a drug.
A lush, green island swimming in the clear, blue seas of the Caribbean, Jamaica is populated mostly by black descendants of slaves from the British colonial period. Most of its inhabitants live along the coast. Up until 35 years ago, the living there was very easy.
Liz has harvested all of the plants in the garden, yielding between 6 and 8 ounces. She likes all of the plants, but especially the NL-Skunk crosses. Liz now has three growing areas. Her largest space, is the 4’ x 4’ flower room. Underneath this garden, she has built a small vegetative growth space which can handle either clones or plants which are less than 8" tall.
A few years ago I grew 6’-7’ tall plants using fluorescents and large pots. What a waste of space and time. This time no plant is over 30" tall. At 12 weeks from seed to harvest, some of the colas were 6" long and oozing with resin. I built a table using scrap wood in a spare basement room.
Dr. Zee We all know a little about pruning, everyone’s battle with hedges and trees, usually to control growth, not enhance it. Pruning, when done properly, will enhance growth as well as yield. Increasing yield gets everyone’s attention, from the closet grower to the outdoor planter.
Just as interest in ’60s counterculture has resurged in the last few years, so has fascination with the era’s pop-art products. Psychedelic music and underground comix were that bygone age’s two main avenues of communication-they were how we talked to each other back then.
A GUIDE TO STAYING UNDERGROUND, LAYING LOW, AND KEEPING A LOW PROFILE
Who Wants To Know?
How They Find You
Your Paper Trail
Forging A New Identity
Dealing With Cars
Keep It Quiet
Want to lay low for a while? Want to avoid that debt collector, maybe dodge an angry lover, cop or a nasty dealer? Perhaps you just want to protect your privacy. With some effort and thought you can hide successfully, even from the police. You just have to know how invisible you want to be, why, and for how long.
From closet to greenhouse, the Aqua-Bed offers the ultimate in Ebb-Flow technology. The Aqua-Bed measures 20" X 44" X 6", and can turn your closet into a tropical paradise for only $189.99. For the serious gardener, we are proud to introduce the Aqua-Tray. Measuring 20" X 38" X 3", it offers the ultimate in efficiency as well as versatility at nly $49.99. This multiple tray add-on allows the most discriminating gardener to custom design a garden for maximum efficiency and yield.
This t-shirt, featuring an incredibly realistic image of reggae superstar Bob Marley, is a fashion statement no music lover should be without! Complete with 3-D puffed dreads, this six color design is truly unique. Available in white or the fantastic Rasta tie-dye shown above, all shirts are heavyweight 100% cotton; made to last. This legend is brought to you for only $20 by Legend Graphic Apparel, PO Box 19149, Philadelphia, PA 19143—including shipping and handling charges. Send cash, check or money order, or call 1-800-733-7007 to use your Visa or Mastercard. As always, dealer inquiries are welcome.
Holy hardware, Budman! It’s the amazing Smokin’ Bolt! A new way to enjoy the harvest-complete with its own camouflage technique! For more information, see ad on page 29, or send $19.95 to: Ze-Bran Machine Inc., PO Box 9271, Fort Worth, TX 76147.
The 4th Annual Indoor Grow Special Issue features the results of the 1989 Cannabis Cup Awards, as reported by the Guru of Ganja, Ed Rosenthal. We won't spoil the fun by telling who won, but we will tell you that this year's entries were stickier than ever (see above photo).
Roadkill has a vast potential to become America’s new food craze! Imagine small rural roadside stands selling fresh roadkill, piping hot and ready for your eating pleasure, while fast food chains destroy the world’s Amazonian Rainforests, force-feeding us festering grass-fed beef.
Hank Ballard was singing rock ’n’ roll when Elvis Presley was still getting beaten up in the bathroom of Humes High School. From 1953 to 1963, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters charted 25 times (R&B and Pop); more than Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley combined.
the GENERAL To me, pot protests are always a really cool thing to go to. There are usually lots of people getting wrecked, and plenty of beautiful people around (especially girls). So I couldn’t wait for New York’s 20th Annual Smoke-In on May 6th.