I get a lot of letters from readers asking about the annual Cannabis Cup Awards, most of whom want to know how they can go about becoming a judge. I guess they don’t realize how much work is involved. First of all, most of the judges get a roundtrip ticket to Holland, one of the few countries where pot is legal--or at least officially tolerated.
Just thought I’d let you know that I’m one grower who likes the idea of a 10% discount for members of the Freedom Fighters or NORML (LETTERS, July ’89). I’m going to implement the discount beginning now. I only have a few customers, but every little bit helps.
The Freedom Fighters made a journey into the belly of the beast when they came to Washington, D.C., for the 20th Annual July 4th Smoke-in and NORML benefit concert. The weather forecast called for heavy rains all day, so no one expected a big turnout.
In death, there was life. Abbie Hoffman, "our Holy Ghost of the Left," as Norman Mailer put it, orchestrated his last media event at New York’s Palladium on June 17. Four thousand people gladly paid $10 to be part of a four-hour mixed-media celebration of Hoffman’s life, called "No Regrets."
His eyes are vacant, his posture twisted. His greyish-green skin color identifies him as "sick." He sits on the stoop of a graffitied brownstone amid broken glass, scattered crack vials and syringes. He’s an addict. A loud street noise startles him.
At first hearing, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s projected goal of clearing 66,000 acres of coca plants in Peru’s Upper Huallaga region sounds like a Mission Impossible storyline. Considering that two years ago, eradication workers netted only 380 acres of plants, it appeared as if the DEA was trying to bite off more leaf than it could chew.
The DEA seized more than three tons of pot in separate raids in Tijeres, NM and Capulin, CO in June. The first raid, in New Mexico (10 miles east of Albuquerque), led the Feds to the Colorado farm. Both operations used double barns, divided into upper and lower growing areas.
Let’s start with the word "drug." The pharmaceutical manufacturing companies have produced over 400,000 substances we call drugs for use in the US. Every year another 1,000 to 3,000 drug combinations will be added to this inventory. They will nearly all be blessed by the Federal Drug Administration and sold to the docs who will prescribe them to their patients, who will take them.
In elementary school they taught us about the Boston Tea Party. Angered by new British taxes, a highly militant radical fringe group disguised themselves as "Indians" and dumped the taxed cargo from a British ship. The British responded by closing the harbor until the cargo was paid for.
Everybody’s favorite Night Tripper, Dr. John, has a new album out, In a Sentimental Mood. It’s full of standards and features a duet with Rickie Lee Jones on "Makin’ Whoopee." This summer he's on tour with Ringo Starr. Dr. John has always had friends in "high" places.
In a June decision, the US Supreme Court gave railroads the power to urine-test workers for drugs. It was the Court’s first ruling on the validity of drug testing by private employers. The 7-2 decision--the opinion was written by Justice Harry Blackmun and opposed by Justices William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall -- probably will not be applied broadly to other private employers.
It's funny how the fashion world turns, eh? I’m not talking about trends in clothes or music, but the way socio-political issues seem to seize the public’s media-fueled consciousness with predictable serial regularity. One minute, talk of.the poisoned environment is on everyone’s lips--the next, people are more interested in where Rob Lowe’s thing has been, and all thought of the planet’s imminent demise is forgotten.
Oliver North’s secretary, Fawn Hall, admitted in June that she regularly used cocaine while working for the National Security Administration from 1985 to 1987. The DEA investigation, however, ruled out the possibilty that Hall had also sold drugs.
Anchorage, AK Skunk #1 "the kill; grown indoors, just across town," $65 1/4-oz; $650 1/4-lb. Matanuska thunderfuck "hard to get a hold of the real thing,” $65 1/4-oz; $210 oz. Indica/sativa "various types around," $60-70 1/4-oz; $90-210 oz; $600 1/4-lb.
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For a long time, activists have been waiting for NORML to start a political legalization drive. Years ago, California NORML had a functional organization. However, currently it’s in the hands of a Board of Directors who combine the worst qualities; uncreative amateurs who have only a marginal interest in the issue.
Cindy Ornsteen became an overnight celebrity when she was arrested with Tom Forcade and accused of trying to blow up President Nixon at the Republican Convention in 1972. The FBI wasn’t the only organization accusing Tom Forcade of high treason.
Ah well, even India changes. The country which brought you the hookah, chillums, hashish and the word ganja, the country Karl Marx had in mind when he compared religion to opiates, has finally closed the doors to its government-run ganja houses.
Until the spring of 1989, I’d never grown a vegetable in my life. However, after working at HIGH TIMES for three years, and after looking at countless indoor cannabis gardens, I began to wonder if all the innovations pioneered by pot growers could be utilized for indoor vegetable production.
Growing in rockwool is twice as productive as soil and it’s easy! Rockwool is the biggest innovation in marijuana growing since grow lights. This revolutionary new soilless medium consists of thin strand-like fibers made from rocks. Mother Nature demonstrated rockwool to “pacalolo” smokers on the islands of Hawaii as a volcanic product in 1840.
TASTE and AROMA 0-10 STRENGTH AND QUALITY OF HIGH 0-15 STICKINESS and VISUAL APPEAL 0-5
Seeds are fascinating organisms. Condensed into each one is a tiny embryo and enough food to get started when presented with the right conditions. Suspended in its own time, a seed functions at an incredibly slow rate of metabolism, allowing it to live for years with no external stimuli.
Recently I have read some articles and comments in HIGH TIMES which have piqued my curiosity about halide light intensities, and their effect on proper bud development.
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
PROF. T. H. CUSTER
In the October '88 HT Ed Rosenthal responded to a letter by Plantlet by stating that a minimum of 1500 lumens was required to produce viable seeds. In his article “High Tech, High Light” (HT, Sept. ’87), Jorge Cervantes stated that “ ... 1,000 to 2,500 footcandles are needed to produce strong, healthy flowers.”
Like every aware Child of Woodstock, Heather and Donovan look forward to the day they will share the family stash. They know that sharing also includes the duties of keeping the stash fresh and full. Projects you create, as Children of Woodstock, aside from heightening your Karma, will be useful as you evolve your space in the Woodstock Nation.
This month only I am awarding Garden of the Month Awards to three gardens which look very different from each other.
WHEN TO FLOWER
SUGAR FOR POT
NEGATIVE ION GENERATORS
THREE LEAVED REEFER
BACTERIAL AND VIRAL DISEASE
PLANTING METHODS, ETHYLENE and POLYPLOIDS
REPELLING WORMS AND BORERS
TASTE FOR IMPORTS
These pictures are from my first attempt at growing marijuana indoors. The garden was set up in a long, rectangular closet using a 400 watt MH lamp, a Solar Shuttle, and a six module hydroponic unit. I grew two varieties; Northern Lights 5 x Skunk #1 and an excellent sativa which I started from stash seed.
In the New World, Stropharia cubensis can be found in appropriate habitats throughout the Southern US, all through the coastal regions of Mexico, and throughout coastal and equatorial regions of South America. In the US, it has been reported from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia.
For the extremist in all of us come the Killer Buds! Not just good smoking, they’re smoking fashion! Printed on white, 100% cotton t-shirts, choose from Skunk E. Budd or "Attack of the Killer Buds--The Motion Picture," featuring all of your sticky green favorites; The Killing Crew, The Killer Ganja and The Killer Hawaiians, all for only $13.75 each.
The Ultimate Hippie What did HIGH TIMES creator Tom Forcade have to do with Woodstock’s success? Did Abbie Hoffman Steal This Book from him? How did HIGH TIMES help Jimmy Carter win the presidential election in 1976? Did Tom Forcade really try to kidnap the Sex Pistols during their tour of America?
It’s around five o’clock in the afternoon on a hot summer day in the city. I’m walking up to the subway at Grand Central Station blasted out of my mind on some killer Indica bud! All of a sudden, I spy a "message" TAGGED across a stoplight box that reads, "Yo, What’s Up CHEF RA?!!" Just seein’ that one of my fellow brothers and sisters was trying to reach out and say "Hey" made me feel good!
THESE BLUES ARE GIVIN’ ME THE BLUES: Sometime in the late '70s, suffering from post-punk burnout, I began writing about blues and R&B artists. At that time not too many people cared save a few hardcore geeks and collectors. There wasn’t one Elmore James or Jimmy Reed LP in print and seeing guys like Johnny Shines and Lightnin’ Hopkins play to empty clubs seemed like a crime.
Seems the gang at HIGH TIMES was looking for someone to write a column about booze. "Hot damn," I said, "it’s about time you mugs did something concerning my favorite pastime." Then they said, "Good. We want you to write it!" and I said, "WHHAA-AAT??" Now, don’t get me wrong.
A lot of great letters and cards have been delivered to the NORMLTHON, but one in particular really blew us away. A box of "fireworks" arrived in an overnight package. When I opened up the box, there were three huge, thick wads of dollar bills inside, along with several photographs, hundreds of Top 100 ballots, and a letter from Dennis and Dave, organizers of the NORML METALLICA SKUNK RAFFLE..