One day in 1988, I got a phone call from a Dutch photographer who said he was in New York for a few days and wanted to meet me. Since we do a lot of photography in Holland, I thought it was a good idea. A few hours later, in walked Teun Voeten, a young anthropology student from Leiden University in Holland.
I heard on the radio today that grow shops around the country have been raided. Since I frequent a couple of these outfits I am quite dismayed (although at this writing I do not know if my stores were among the raided). I would like to use your magazine to thank the righteous folks who run the grow shops and to wish luck to the guys who got raided.
I would like to challenge every HIGH TIMES reader to write letters to local, state, and national politicians expressing disapproval of the attacks on the constitutional rights of pot smokers. Legalizing personal use growing would permit the re-allocation of millions of dollars to more important drug problems, like treatment of crack or heroin addicts.
On Thursday, October 26, 1989, the Drug Enforcement Agency conducted raids on retail stores and warehouses specializing in indoor garden supplies in 46 states, in an attempt to shut down the indoor production of marijuana in this country.
"The pursuit of drugs is universal and inescapable," argues Dr. Ronald K. Siegel, a pioneering psychopharmacologist at UCLA. In his new book, Intoxication: Life In Pursuit of Artificial Paradise (E.P. Dutton, $19.95), he helps to answer some of the basic questions about why we seek intoxication.
Among the many godsends that came out of the late ’70s punk scene was the Los Angeles band, the Runaways. With songs like "Cherry Bomb," "Born to be Bad" and "Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin," the Runaways--five all-American teenage girls dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all its physical and chemical forms--were the wet dream of every young punk boy who loved all-American teenage girls dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all its physical and chemical forms.
Like addicts, psychopharmacologists (those who study drugs’ effects on the mind) have long been searching for a medication to treat drug abuse. Their holy grail is a drug that allows addicts to function in "normal" society, relieves addicts’ obsession with their drug of choice and, ideally, lets addicts carefully use other drugs or drink socially the way those not addicted do.
Crack addiction is an equal opportunity employer. While government statistics show that it’s largely a problem of the underclass, treatment professionals tell a different story. Clearly, crack has taken control of the nation's ghettoes, and it is in those scarred communities that it would seem recovery is the most difficult.
The kids were sleeping next to their Dad in the master bedroom when a gunshot exploded in the living room. It was 5 AM on August 3rd. Moments before, three New Hampshire cops had battered their way into the apartment rented to Bruce and Susan Lavoie.
I first got involved with the marijuana issue back in 1981. I was on active duty with the Navy, Ronald Reagan had been elected, and within two months officers like myself were told to crack down on drug use. That meant urine-testing to the max, dogs sniffing anywhere and anybody, car searches at any time.
Gatewood Galbraith has recently announced his candidacy for the governorship of Kentucky in the 1991 Democratic primary. A Lexington-based lawyer, Galbraith favors improving his state’s educational program, which rates last in the nation, with the help of a marijuana tax base.
In 1985, when I passed through the northern Nicaraguan cattle town of Matagalpa on a trek through Central America, a 16-year old at the cheap hotel I stayed at--he was the son of the matriarch who ran the place--told me of his fears about being drafted into the Sandinista army.
I once heard a prominent and otherwise intelligent science-fiction writer announce to a group of like-minded individuals that he harbored absolutely no fears about the dangers posed by nuke plants. "I don’t think there’s any problem confronting us that the human mind can’t solve," he said, confessing to a rather expansive secular faith, "and I think we’ll solve this one before it becomes too much of a problem."
In the second stage of an Iranian anti-drug crackdown launched in December to stamp out addiction, 55,000 drug addicts were prosecuted and sent to labor camps in July when the six-month grace period for them to kick the habit expired. By a vote of 52 to 48, the US Senate narrowly rejected an amendment to a drug bill that would have allowed Customs and Coast Guard planes to open fire on private aircraft suspected of drug smuggling.
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It’s no secret that Holland has the most liberal drug laws in the world, especially when it comes to cannabis. What you may not realize, however, is that these laws were enacted thanks to the efforts of the Dutch Provos. The Provos set the stage for the creation of the Merry Pranksters, Diggers, and Yippies.
After Provo dissolved, the main characters went their own way. Van Duyn continued in politics and founded the anarchisitic "Kabouter" party. The Kabouters (or "gnomes" in Dutch) successfully put several members on the Amsterdam city council.
For marijuana smokers, 1989 was the Year of Protest. No longer content to sit behind closed doors, pot people came out of their homes and apartments and took to the streets to rally against the continued prohibition of marijuana. Focal points were the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, MI in April, the Safe Drugs Smoke-In in Washington, DC on July 4 and the Midwest Harvest Festival in Madison, WI in September, where tens of thousands demonstrated and marched for legalization.
DIVINE SMOKE AND GOD'S FLESH PSYCHEDELICS AND RELIGION
Droning music plays on an old boom box. Over it, dubbed onto the tape, someone reads scripture. Michael, just 22 or 23, with straight brown hair nearly down to his waist, lights the raspberry leaves he’s put in the hookah bowl. I suck the white-smoke sacrament and put the mouthpiece down.
To: President George Bush The White House washington D.C. 20500 We the people of the United States, demand the right to grow cannabis (hemp, marijuana) for food, fuel and fiber, as did our forel others and the founders of this great country.
It was great year for the cannabis protest movement. The Freedom Fighters took Jack Herer’s message of reversing the Greenhouse Effect by planting pot (see HT, Feb. '89) to America’s heartland as they embarked on the Great Hemp Tour of 1989.
It could have been something. It could have been a contender. Here's a 10' X 9' room with ventilation, CO2 and a high pressure sodium lamp. But when guesswork takes the place of knowledge, Murphy's Law rules. The Captain ended up with a one-way ticket to Palookaville instead of a shot at the title!
The Captain’s first attempt was a homegrown affair, four 48" fluorescents in a closet. The success of that crop encouraged him to construct a room dedicated to growing. As luck would have it, the Captain’s boss had some space that was being renovated and the interior was up for grabs.
Most of Ed's mail this month came from beginners just getting started. In one of his longest answers of all time, the Guru of Ganja tells novice indoor growers which light to buy and which growing medium to consider. I’m just starting out growing and I was wondering if all those fancy grow lights and indoor growing systems are a must?
Mel's first letter is a reminder that government drug policies are based not on justice, nor medical facts and findings, nor on human understanding and empathy.
Dear Mel, I am currently mourning the loss of my mother, who passed away last Sunday. She died of complications involved with cirrhosis of the liver. It was a slow and agonizing death, and she suffered greatly. I can at least find solace in the fact that her ordeal is over, as is the helpless feeling we all had as we watched her die painfully.
Finally... a company with new ideas you can use! Home Harvest Garden Supply, Inc. presents the Dr. Indoors TRELLISYSTEM. Designed by the Doctor specifically for indoor and hydroponic gardeners, TRELLISYSTEM cradles your plants in the "bell curve" of your light and keeps your plants off the floor. Height adjustable, TRELLISYSTEM is available in a variety of styles to fit your system. Interested? Call Home Harvest Garden Supply at 1-703-494-2917 anytime! Dealer inquiries invited.
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Take Ed Rosenthal’s growing expertise; blend in Applied Hydroponics' reputation for top quality Hydrofarm products, and what do you get? Liz’s GardenTM! You saw how well this compact (16" x 24") system performed in Ed’s recent seven-part series on home growing, and now it can be yours! It’s simple, quick and easy to use; Ed recommends it especially for the novice grower and those with small, confined areas. Call Applied Hydroponics East at 1-800-227-4567, Applied Hydroponics West at 1-800-634-9999, see it at your nearest Hydrofarm dealer, and see their ads on pages 7, 8 & 9 for more information.
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rockwool slabs and propagation blocks
Twelve plants in 3’ x 4’ area by Northern Lights & Hydroponics. This expandable, hassle-free system utilizes rockwool slabs and propagation blocks. The virtually unbreakable trays are designed to allow your plants maximum air ahd nutrients by permitting air circulation under the slab. Easy assembly and maintenance, far superior growth rates and yields over other systems. See their ad on page 28 for a retail outlet nearest you.
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Fantastic Waterpipe Designs book
Chuck’s pissed. His relatives conspired against him AGAIN, and he got stuck with five tacky pairs of socks, some equally tacky underwear, and a bunch of Hawaiian souvenir shirt rejects. But Chuck’s a bright guy: he’s returning the crap and immediately sending away for his own Fantastic Waterpipe Designs book so he can build an incredible new waterpipe and still have money to go skiing. See page 83 or send $9.95 (plus sales tax if in CA) to Profundus-146, 1803 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Except for maybe the fact that math class always seemed to go by a lot more easily if you made sure to get high before it, for most of us math is not exactly what springs to mind when it comes to the ultimate drug experience. You’d have to see Adam Alexander-- a totally wild and wooly hippie with a joint in one hand, a pad full of complex mathematical equations in the other, and his eyes firmly fixed upon a computer screen-- to believe this guy’s for real.
Timothy White, author of the critically acclaimed Catch A Fire: The Life of Bob Marley, discusses the reggae superstar and his culture, as well as the possibility of political motivations behind the infamous attempt on Marley’s life. Also: an exclusive excerpt from the revised edition of White’s classic biography.
CHEF RA AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS HIT MAD-TOWN! TELEVISION HAS TURNED POLITICIANS INTO A BUNCH OF SIMPERING FOOLS! by Mike Edison A COUPLA MORE OK REASONS TO GO INTO A COMIC SHOP by Lou Stathis PLUS: Farmer Bob by Brad Keough Twisted Image by Ace Backwords
I should have taken the hint from editor-in-chief Steve Hager’s proclamation on the phone from New York: "I don’t know how many rooms are happening in Madison, so just show up and we’ll take care of you!" Wrong! Instead, Chef Ra took his message straight to the streets of "Madtown", USA! Who needs a place to stay when there is fresh roadkill awaiting on the roadsides and a cozy hippie rent-a-wreck to achieve maxi-a-mum REM sleep?
The Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Contest Winners!
In the August issue, we ran the Ultimate Party Magazine Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child contest. You told us your worst nightmares; the winner received a Nightmare on Elm Street hologram watch, a complete set of Nightmare videos, and a bunch of other fine stuff.
Way back in the November ish, I unselfishly compiled a comic-shop shopping-list as a public service. Named there were a dozen regularly published comics of such consistently high quality as to make frequent trips to the grim, fanboy-littered precincts of the local comic shop actually worth your trouble.
"The news gives you 5% of what’s happening and even that’s distorted." ---Charles Manson I was having a drink with one of my oldest friends, Digger Malloy. Digger is a veteran pro-wrestler with more than 200 Steel Cage Matches and thrice as many title shots to his credit, plus 11 plastic joints scattered throughout his skeleton to prove it.