Mr. William Bennett August 29, 1989 Office of National Drug Control Policy Executive Office of the President Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. Bennett: Having read an advance copy of your 1989 drug report, I'd like to let you know that I agree wholeheartedly with your efforts to dismantle the international drug cartels.
I really loved the September ’89 issue. As far as the Cannabis Cup Awards go, I’d like to see more commentary by the judges and more pertinent grow information on the strains. Also, if some rich yuppie wants to tag along, why not charge him cost plus an extra $1,000?
NORML has a new leader. His name is Don Fiedler. He was appointed by the organization’s Board of Directors in June and began full-time work as the national director in November. Fiedler replaced Jon Gettman, who was let go in April. (Gettman is HIGH TIMES’ Washington correspondent and publishes the newsletter, Marijuana Digest.) Fiedler, a Nebraska lawyer, helped lead the fight for decriminalization of marijuana in Nebraska.
AT NORMLS 19th NERVOUS CONFERENCE, THE MEMBERS GAINA VOTE
They came from Georgia and California, New Jersey and Minnesota, Michigan and Utah. One hundred concerned Americans converged on Washington, DC’s Dupont Plaza Hotel from September 22-24 for NORML’s 19th annual conference. For three days, various issues concerning the marijuana movement were discussed in seminars, hotel rooms and parties.
Twelve pot rallies were held from September 30 to April 15, capping off the "Year of Protest." Here’s how they went: 9/30--Midwest Harvest Festival, Madison, WI: The largest of the nation’s pro-legalization rallies drew a crowd of 20-25,000.
On August 22, Huey Newton was found lying in a pool of blood on a street in West Oakland, California, with three bullets in his head. Less than five months earlier, another ’60s legend, Abbie Hoffman, died in a Pennsylvania farmhouse, apparently of a drug overdose.
Even though the squabbling has pretty much died down, the foul stench of bile-breath still hangs thick in the air. I’m referring to the smelly cloud lingering over Big Science country generated by the "cold fusion" brouhaha. This, you may remember, erupted last March when two Utah chemists announced that they’d achieved controlled nuclear fusion in a room-temperature, table-top jar.
You just can’t escape the War on Drugs these days. Ever since George Bush’s speech on September 5, it’s been impossible to pick up a paper or watch TV without being inundated with anti-drug propaganda. The networks have hit us with weeklong sensationalist specials called "Drugs: A Plague Upon The Land" and "Drugs: One Nation Under Siege," and local coverage has been full of furtive drug buys, ex-junkies renouncing their habits and politicians-even Mr. President--kissing crack babies.
According to the National Household Survey being touted by the Killer Bees (Bush, Bennett and Biden), 11.8 million Americans are casual users of marijuana. But even the survey’s author has admitted that marijuana use "was under-reported."
Rude Awakening is a great pot movie. The movie begins to the tune of Dylan’s "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"--"Everybody must get stoned...." The year is 1969, and monster doobs are being passed around a St. Mark’s Place hippie pad. A girl bathes in an outdoor shower.
Pretty sneaky guy, that Ziggy Marley. At the very end of his new album, One Bright Day, he slips in the best pot song since Tone Loc's "Cheebe Cheeba." In the first verse of "Urb-an Music," the Zigster sings to the tune of a wellknown beer jingle, "...for all of you, yes, what it can do."
"If you want to get known as a swinger, you hire five sexy chicks and let them fight over you on stage and for the cameras. That’s publicity, man." And hey, man, Sammy was one of the grooviest swingers in the business. So says Sammy in his most recent and second autobiography, The Sammy Davis, Jr. Story, Why Me?, in which the fabulous "Shmoo" looks back on a lengthy career in show business, and lets us know what it was like to swing in the '60s and '70s with cats like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Kennedy and Jimi Hendrix.
At the end of World War II, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. It had large cash reserves and thriving industrial and agricultural sectors. People all over South America used to say, "Live better in Argentina." Just 40 years later, Argentina is suffering from unchecked inflation; simply put, its economy has collapsed.
"If you want to lose the war on drugs, leave it just to law enforcement." --US Attorney General Richard Thornburgh "No single step could do more to improve the quality of life in New York City than to legalize drugs. The real question is, why don’t the mayoral candidates at least talk about it?" --Kildare Clark, associate medical director of the emergency department at Kings County Hospital (from an editorial in the New York Times) The Drug Bizarre, William Bennett, claims to have dated Janis Joplin when he was a graduate student at the University of Texas in the late '60s.
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In June, an appeals court in Washington, DC ruled that religious groups that use pot as part of their sacramental worship can no longer cite their religion as a means of avoiding prosecution under the Federal drug laws. The group that challenged the law, the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church, was established in Jamaica in the '30s; it claims its doctrine dates back thousands of years.
Those of us who have tried marijuana know the high. But what does marijuana actually do to the body? What are the actual physiological effects that create the "high"? Recent research has been making great progress towards answering these questions.
Frank Zappa has played on every major stage in the world--including a September 1985 command performance before a Senate Hearing Committee to discuss the Parent’s Music Resource Center’s proposal to put warning stickers on rock albums with "questionable” content.
Most of us are now aware that certain mushrooms, when eaten, produce psychoactive effects. The most notorious mushrooms in this group are those which produce psilocybin and psilocin. But have you ever heard of sclerotia? Sometimes called magic stones, other names for it are "comote," "comotillos," "rock of ages," and "philosopher's stone."
In the 1600s and early 1700s, colonial leaders and their English backers desperately sought schemes to turn their North American settlements into successful money-making ventures. Hoping to entice investors and settlers, a number of products were hyped with varying degrees of success: sugarcane, silk-worms, deerskins, cotton, tobacco and--you guessed it--hemp.
It was supposed to be a one-time thing. The TOP 100 NORMLTHON started out as an attempt to raise a little money for NORML--an easy way to put your money where your mouth is when it comes to legalizing pot. By sending some money, with a ballot with your own personal message, to the TOP 100 (the TOP 500 contributors to this year’s NORMLTHON), people could financially support the legalization movement and make a statement at the same time.
I was in the HIGH TIMES office the other day and John Holmstrom was totalling the contributions to the NORMLTHON that the magazine sponsors. John was encouraged by the total, a little less than $2,000. I was appalled. HIGH TIMES has about half a million readers, and they gave an average of just over one-third of a cent each.
The Sea of Green method was pioneered by the Super Sativa Seed Club of Holland. According to their method, clones could be flowered immediately to obtain miniature plants with popsicle-size buds. By packing hundreds of plants under one or two lights, S.S.S.C. was able to come up with some remarkable yields in a very small space.
In the May 1989 issue of HIGH TIMES, Dr. Lunglife explained how to extract oil from cannabis, and how to construct and use an oil vaporizer using the bare filament of a 12-volt light bulb. This article presents a new vaporizer that, while designed primarily for oil, is far more durable and also more versatile, because it can also vaporize the active ingredients of hashish and marijuana without combustion.
Is the THC in marijuana, which gives the "high" effect, a defensive mechanism on the plant's part? Was it meant to keep people, animals, birds, away by getting them stoned? If it is, I don’t think it’s working. --Paul B. High Tonawanda, NY Marijuana probably uses THC as well as the resins for several purposes.
I have a 14 light system using 1,000 watt HPS lamps. There are two large budding rooms, six vegetation rooms, and one seedling closet with fluorescent lights. All have air intake and outflow vents, fans for circulation, and wind simulation for stronger stems to hold the buds better without staking.
Last month’s account of HIGH TIMES founder Tom Forcade's life described the surveillance and harassment he endured from the government, and the infiltration of radical groups by FBI agents. A new book, What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been: A Hippy’s History of the Sixties and Beyond, goes into greater detail on these kinds of activities.
Brazos Indoor Garden Center offers a complete selection of Hi Tech gardening products. They are an authorized Hydrofarm dealer, and also carry systems by Sun Circle, Suncor, Grow Master and Flow Magic. They carry Ebb & Flow tables and a large selection of nutrients and rockwool, too. Give them a call at 1-713-661-9473, or stop by their store located at 5815 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas 77081.
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Add a popular potato, shirt, and a little THC and you get an Idaho "Famous Baked" potato. Silkscreen on 100% heavyweight cotton t-shirt. Directly from the popular potato state. Anything else isn’t original. Send $12.50 + $2.50 shipping to "Baked Potato," PO Box 1107, Lewiston, Idaho 83501. Specify size (S, M, L, & XL).
Get hip to the scary artwork that Misfits and Metallica fans have been digging for years. Gruesome and grungy--this is not art for Debbie Gibson fans. Pushead's skull-infested renderings are available on t-shirts, album covers and skateboards.
Ed Hassle and the Freedom Fighters declare 1990 the Year to Petition! The January issue kicks off this effort with a letter to President Bush that all HIGH TIMES readers should sign and mail to the White House. The Year in Review includes a roundup of all the great cannabis protests held in 1989, as well as a look back at major countercultural events, including the Woodstock Reunion and the National Rainbow Family Gathering.
Whereas only two years ago it would have been a virtual impossibility to hear reggae on a national television commercial, nowadays it's an everyday occurrence. Madison Avenue types have realized that there really is something captivating about this music.
"And then comes a lion who's partly a trout! Then more stuff! For forty-five minutes, about!" --Dr. Seuss, If I Ran The Circus Last night I fucked Kelly Bundy. Yeah, in my dreams, man, but now that I have your attention let’s get right to the meat of the matter and start making fun of the cripple that just moved into the neighborhood, the Fox Network.
Today we are goin' to take the "party" around the world. All the kids on Chef Ra's "Peace Train" are gonna "Rock the House" right in your own neighborhood! Like Noah and all the animals on the ark--sit back, relax, fire up some spliffs, put on a pot of Rasta Pasta and watch Babylon go to fuckin' hell!
There’s a new bad boy making the rounds at the film festivals this year and his name is John McNaughton. Having directed and co-wrote what the Village Voice has already dubbed "the film of the year," you’d think he’d be welcomed with open arms by the Hollywood establishment.