Prophecy is one of the most important components of the magazine business. Because of the long lead time involved, what’s happening now is never as important as what will be happening six months from now. It’s a tricky game, and not too many are good at it.
I just finished reading "Hash Bash ’89" by Buford Bosko (July ’89) and I'm totally inspired! I'm a 20-year-old anglo-American rasta punk rocker, and six months ago I joined the army to fight for freedom and liberty. Well, as you can guess, it didn't turn out that way.
The "National Drug Control Strategy" was delivered to Congress by the Drug Bizarre, William Bennett, on September 5th. HIGH TIMES received a "draft" of the strategy report, dated July 31, 1989. Below are excerpts from the report that should most concern HIGH TIMES readers: Legalizing drugs would be an unqualified national disaster.
William Bennett’s lengthy proposal for a national drug control strategy amounts to this: he wants more narcs. Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon’s Vice-President, once accused the drug culture of brainwashing the country’s youth. By the drug culture, he meant all those antiwar hippies who smoked pot and listened to Beatle music.
PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG-FREE AMERICA’S POT SMOKESCREEN
Ads function as the myths of popular culture. So when we see a television commercial in which a surgeon is smoking marijuana in an operating room, then giggling as he wonders if he can make a straight incision on a wide awake patient, we know better than to accept this subjective viewpoint as the truth.
Americans are always looking for a cure, for an easy answer-- a quick fix. This is one of the main reasons we have such a huge drug problem and why crack has created such a crisis. Last issue, I looked at the failure of methadone to really address the heroin problem.
The Pogues blend traditional Gaelic folk music with just about every other type of music in existence--from big band jazz to the razor-sharp anger of punk. It all melts together to form a churning, swirling, melodic storm of sound. "It’s a reaction.
The Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster that occurred last March was our Chernobyl. Just like that 1986 failure of half-assed nuclear technology, the dumping of 11 million gallons of bubbling crude into Alaska's Prince William Sound was an accident just waiting to happen.
Bring up the subject of marijuana among a group of "responsible” citizens and watch a room go quiet. If you are going to talk about marijuana in public, you’d better have something negative to say or say nothing at all. Say a few positive words about marijuana and you have just identified yourself as one of those "pro-drug" people.
Jerry Rubin was going to do a HIGH TIMES interview recently, but he thought better of it. "I don’t relate to that constituency any more," he said after agreeing to the interview, then backing out. Seems Rubin was too busy assisting his wife, Mimi, who had just had their second child, and dealing with the financial pressures of raising a family while running his schmooze-biz, Network America.
In the past few months, Ohio, as well as other generally liberal states, have begun to reconsider their marijuana decriminalization laws. In today’s atmosphere of anti-drug hysteria, the door has swung wide open for grandstanding plays by politicians inveighing against illegal drugs.
Don’t give up the farm! Deregulate hemp and bolster the economy. That’s the battlecry of the Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp (BACH), the latest non-profit group to join the campaign for legalization of the hemp plant. Unlike NORML and other pro-pot activist groups, BACH doesn’t "push the smoking aspects--we’re talking business applications here," says Chris Conrad, founder and national director of the Los Angeles-based organization.
Ever since the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe 40 years ago, the United States has engaged in a Cold War against the USSR. We shouldn’t have bothered. As we turn the corner into the '90s, Russia is falling apart. The unwieldy communist giant has simply imploded, collapsing by itself.
Two branches of Piggy Malone’s in Berkeley and Alameda, CA, were closed for selling bongs, pipes and powder kits as part of Customs’ Operation PIPE (Paraphernalia Interdiction Program for Enforcement). Customs That’s how the Chicago Sun-Times headlined its story about the bust of a major narcotics ring, which included shutting down an alleged drug pipeline into the Cook County jail and a drug "supermarket" in confiscated more than half the company’s inventory, including 220 boxes of bongs, water pipes and powder kits, during an eight-hour raid.
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We all know that pot was made illegal in 1938 after a tremendous disinformation campaign. What most of us don’t realize, however, is that cannabis was made legal in 1942 and stayed legal for the duration of WWII. Why? Because the government needed cannabis for the manufacture of rope, shoes, uniforms and parachutes.
Dear Readers: HIGH TIMES has asked me to write a column to replace "R’s" and D.C.'s defunct Cannabis Connoisseur columns. Unfortunately, I am not in the cannabis buying loop, having realized 20 years ago that it’s better to grow than to buy.
Tom Forçade was born on September 11th, 1945, in Hayward, California. His father, Kenneth, is remembered as the toughest guy who ever lived. Even though he weighed only 170 pounds, he was an outstanding college football player. Lining up in the backfield, in the now-defunct position of running guard, he was a ferocious blocker and a formidable ballcarrier.
The poppies that feed most of the world’s heroin habit are grown in The Golden Triangle, a remote and mountainous region 300 miles due west of Hanoi. Centered on the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos, the Triangle is a strange and dangerous land, where opium can be purchased for 40 cents a pipeful, and where the only authority is the local drug baron’s paramilitary army.
When I was younger, in the days of Savoy Brown and Mott the Hoople, an ounce of smoke cost $15. There were four or five head shops in town with everything from paraphernalia to albums (remember those?) and from the latest hip books to incense. There was even one with a cafe serving herbal tea.
All three of Liz’s gardens are being used now. The rooting section, the stage two vegetative growth section and the flowering section have heathy plants. The rooting section consists of a glass baking dish filled with water slightly enriched with high phosphorous fertilizer.
This garden was grown at the 46th parallel. The photo of these clones was taken in late August, with one month to go. Do clones mature faster or slower than plants from seed? --J.G.S. Toronto, Canada Clone maturation seems delayed by about a week to ten days.
'I NEVER MET A REALITY I DIDN'T LIKE' A REPORT ON 'VITAMIN K'
12/14/88 80mg "Vitamin K" self-administered via intramuscular injection
4/10/89 100mg "Vitamin K" self-administered via intramuscular injection
Hazards and Pitfalls
The trip begins as a warm and gentle tingling all over my body. Soon I start to feel like I'm floating. My vision gets blurry. Everything in the room glows in a soft haze. Then textures begin to change rapidly. The sheets feel like silk, then burlap, then sandpaper, then water.
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environmental control device
Diamond Lights has made available a complete line of environmental control devices. The unit pictured here can coordinate CO2 and exhaust fans so they will not run at the same time. You set temperature and humidity to a desired level, and the exhaust fans will automatically come on when your room exceeds these levels. CO2 will only be emitted when the exhaust is off. Finally, the answer to coordinating CO2 and exhaust, made easy by Diamond Lights. Phone them for more information and a free catalog: 1-800-331-3994.
Life’s become a blur and Joseph Nechvatal taps into media-maelstrom electro-circuits, recording streamlined fragments from a randomly coded overload of whirring, glowing TV-CD-PC-LSD-XTC-SST-etc. O.D. Welcome to the alienation, simulation, inundation swamp.
Such a wild year it’s been for Chef Ra and the Freedom Fighters. With a thick trail of ganja smoke following us, we have tread merrily across America greeting all you happy hippies! From Ann Arbor’s Hash Bash to Madison’s Harvest Festival, we’ve "busted" our ass to help legalize pot in ’89! The entire crew at HIGH TIMES and the folks from NORML have been committed to the Pot Revolution and also had loads of fun on the road.
An aging hippie pal of mine was commenting on death-metal. He remarked: "In my day all we had was Country Joe & the Fish to trip to." Well, no matter what the nostalgic love generation leftovers might tell you, long before Country Joe & the Fish and the Velvet Underground and the Jefferson Airplane and various other exponents of psychedelia and substance culture, there were musicians singing and playing their homages to the joys of your, dear readers, fave pastime--getting high.
Not too long ago some eggheads found some raggedy old clay tablets laying around, where this place Assyria used to be. The tablets depicted stick figures pouring grains and water and whatnot into humongous clay pots. Reading on, these same stick figures were drinking from the clay pots.