Lou Stathis first came to national notoriety as the Associate Editor of Heavy Metal magazine. He is one of the foremost experts on popular culture in America and a damn fine writer. If you don't believe me, check out his graphic novel The Venus Interface, published by Heavy Metal.
After reading about Operation Green Merchant in the January ’90 issue, I just had to sit back and do the biggest bong hit possible! What’s next? Busting people with Bic lighters? I have one question: If the Feds come to the offices of HIGH TIMES and ask for the subscriber list, will you give it up?
Philip Morris USA, the tobacco and consumer goods giant, cancelled their participation in February’s Libertarian Party convention when they learned that Dale Gieringer of California NORML was scheduled to speak at the event. Gieringer has urged a ban on Philip Morris products, because "while they pretend to champion smokers’ rights-- which they misinterpret in many instances to include the freedom to pollute other peoples’ air--they refuse even to discuss the right of people to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their homes."
HIGH TIMES: Where were you born? JACK HERER: In Coney Island Hospital, in Brooklyn, New York, in 1939. My family moved to Buffalo, New York in 1940, where I was raised. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the last 24 years. HT: What did your father do?
Just short of two months after Adam Katz died at a Grateful Dead concert in New Jersey, a second Deadhead was killed at a Los Angeles show. However, where the cause of Katz’s death remains a mystery, it’s clear that Patrick Shanahan died at the hands of Inglewood police on December 10.
Ever since the DEA's Operation Green Merchant became a matter of public record last October 26, HIGH TIMES has been anticipating a Phase II of the operation. The first phase of Green Merchant--aimed at crippling the indoor-growing marijuana industry--resulted in, among other things, the confiscation of thousands of customer records from indoor garden supply stores; it seems likely that the government collected those names with the intention of acting upon them.
Let me introduce you to Steve. Steve is 33 years old, lives near San Antonio, Texas and is a Vietnam veteran who works as a tree trimmer. For 30 months now, Steve has lived with AIDS. Steve first called me last October from his bed at the Audy Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital in San Antonio.
For the first time in US history, more than one million people were arrested in 1988 for "drug abuse offenses," according to the Uniform Crime Reporting division of the FBI. This demonstrates the impact of political rhetoric on state and local authorities and the worsening of the drug crisis.
Thousands of potsmokers, from as far away as Belgium and Germany, hit the road to Amsterdam, where a big pot rally was staged on Saturday, January 20. At Dam Square, in front of the Royal Palace, punks, students, tourists, freaks and those good-old burnt-out hippies, all gathered to smoke giant two-foot-long joints provided by a loose organization of national coffeeshop owners.
Hemp Tour ’90 begins in March and continues for three exciting months at the following locations. In most cases the rallies will take place on the major campus in the city listed. For more information, call: 1-608-257-KILO. 3/3--Atlanta, GA
John Parker was recently brought to trial in Boston for distributing clean needles to addicts. Thanks to Allan Parry, head of Liverpool’s syringe exchange program, and testimony from several other treatment officials, as well as an addict who stopped using drugs after becoming involved with Parker’s exchange, Parker was found not guilty.
Sgt. Stephen Burke, the Hudson police officer who shot Bruce Lavoie during an early-morning drug raid last August ("Murder Most Foul in New Hampshire," Jan.’90, HIGH TIMES), has resigned. Lavoie and his family were sleeping when Burke and two other cops battered their way into the Lavoies’ apartment.
Frank LaRosa, a former New York Transit Authority data processor, was fired from his job in 1984 after testing positive for marijuana. Ironically, his urinanalysis, part of a routine physical, came with LaRosa’s promotion to a new department.
Last month, HIGH TIMES devoted the issue to "Voices for Legalization"--to those brave people who aren’t afraid to say that there is something very wrong with drug prohibition. George Shultz, Jerry Garcia, Kurt Schmoke, Frank Zappa, Milton Friedman, Lou Reed, William Buckley.
The ’80s ended with simultaneous political upheavals on two continents. The overthrow of the Stalinist dictatorship in Rumania, the last of Eastern bloc nations to resist the wave of democratization, indicated that outmoded political models are definitely being abandoned in the Soviet sphere.
Almost every story about Noriega focuses on his cocaine dealings. The 12-count Miami indictment against Noriega charges him with distributing, importing and manufacturing cocaine and then laundering the profits. The three-count Tampa Indictment is about marijuana.
Decades have a certain way of defining themselves. There were the "Gay ’90s" and the "Roaring ’20s." In the ’30s there was the Great Depression; in the ’40s came WW2 and the Holocaust; the ’50s ushered in the era of McCarthyism and the Cold War; the ’60s produced two ages, of Aquarius and Assassinations; the ’70s (the Me Decade) was indelibly marked by Watergate; and the ’80s brought Glasnost and the Great Drug War.
The half-century long Chemical Era in agriculture appears to finally be wheezing out. It began with naive fanfare in 1939, when a guy named Muller discovered that noxious DDT (hanging around since 1874) could savage most bug nervous systems.
The two-year-old Albert Hofmann Foundation is rapidly expanding. Researchers from around the globe are becoming involved and groups like the Grateful Dead are lending financial support to this library and world information center dedicated to the unbiased scientific study of drugs and human consciousness (see Jan. ’89 "Highwitness News").
Peru's most noted author, Mario Vargas Llosa, is expected to succeed Alan Garcia as president in this month's election. Garcia has been at odds with America over the invasion of Panama and President Bush's desire to blockade the waters off of Colombia.
Permanent Damage The GTO’s (Enigma Retro) Well, the wait is finally over. Those wonderful folks at Enigma have seen their way clear to reissue the GTO’s one and only record, originally released in 1969 and available for years only as a high-priced collector’s piece.
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Think of it this way: we're standing on a needle-thin, concrete traffic island in the middle of a road. Behind us, cars and trucks whizz savagely in one direction; before us, not quite as many are bombing along in the other. Though exhausted, we can't stop and settle down where we are; we'd die if we tried that.
OUR CHALLENGE TO THE WORLD: TRY TO PROVE US WRONG-- If all fossil fuels and their derivatives (coal, oil, natural gas, synthetic fibers and petrochemicals) as well as the deforestation of trees for paper and agriculture (e.g., Brazilian & Indonesian rainforests), are banned from use in order to save the planet, preserve the ozone layer and reverse the greenhouse effect with its global warming trend: Then there is only one known renewable natural resource able to provide all of the following goods and essentials such as paper and textiles; meet all of the world's transportation, home and industrial energy needs, and clean the atmosphere--all at the same time--our old standby that did it all before: Cannabis Hemp...
On June 12, 1989, President Bush made good on his campaign promises to address the pollution problems long facing the United States. He unveiled an ambitious plan to remove smog from California and the nation’s most populous cities, as well as efforts to reduce acid rain pollution.
What happens when a tribe’s main source of income is no longer legal? The Irula tribe of Southern India has traditionally relied upon the dangerous job of catching snakes as a form of survival and income; when the sale of snake skins was outlawed, the tribe was devastated.
This plant started weighed 8 1/2 ounces dry. Origin unknown. Closet Case Chicago, IL This month we have a double crown winner, for the Bud and Garden. The garden was grown on Canadian Crown land, of which there is plenty. The plants are Early Pearl clones from the Seed Bank stock.
Scanners cannot sense through walls and can only detect temperatures very close to the surface. Sufficient insulation will reduce and diffuse the heat being transmitted.
At the end of a busy day you kick back, relax to your favorite tunes, unwind with a toke of fresh ganja from your high intensity garden. It’s safe and secure in your home. But beyond the walls of your castle, at a distance in the night, the narco-police may be scanning your privacy with "big brother" science.
METALLICA Writer Steven Blush reveals why Metallica, a heavy metal band with political undertones to their lyrics, will be the most important band of the ’90s. PLUS: * Kent State: A look back at the most calamitous event of the antiwar movement.
Due to the huge number of distinguished clergy men, church youth groups and different local, national and international religious organizations currently on the HIGH TIMES subscription list, this otherwise pagan periodical feels compelled to service the spiritual needs of the High Art community with this token homage to J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, the great teacher of the Church of the Subgenius.
I've been traveling to Jamaica for more than a decade and I didn't think better times could be had--but I was wrong! My recent foray to the Island with Adelphi Film Productions proved to be a gonzo-way-wild roller coaster ride--a hilarious High Time!!
"As a reporter, I’ve tried everything. I can say, too, with confidence, I know a fair amount about LSD." --Dan Rather It was a sleazy congregation of priests, Marine brass, former chiefs-of-staff, print journalists and university professors, and in the center ring was Mike Wallace and Peter Jennings, foaming at the mouth and chewing on each other’s throat like a couple of sick dogs shot up with high-calibre crank.
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Reefer smoking has become major problem in all large U.S. cities since World War 2. Here are the startling facts: Use of marijuana cigarettes jumped 1000 times in last 10 years, is still rising rapidly. Large scale use in recent years first came to light during war.
"Record and tape piracy, counterfeiting, and bootlegging cost the recording industry more than $300 million in displaced sales in 1986, according to RIAA estimates." --Inside the Recording Industry: An Introduction to America’s Music Business, a sourcebook published by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) "Record industry spokesmen often include bootlegs with counterfeit and pirate recordings when making statements about the loss of revenue from record piracy.