In the last few months, I've been getting a lot of letters from readers asking about the real facts on cannabis and hemp. Most of these readers are looking for documentation that can be used to help educate their family and friends. Unfortunately, I've always had to explain that the real facts are scattered about in out-of-print books and hard-to-find government studies.
Has anyone out there noticed that Drug Bizarre Wm. J. Bennett is always either chewing gum or sucking on a mint? Why do you suppose he does that? When I see him on TV, he is always conspicuously the only person chewing something. It is possible, I guess, that he has chronic bad breath, but he could be trying to hide something.
"We are not undertaking any biological war," said White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater in March. "Neither troops nor caterpillars will go in without prior request and consultation." Fitzwater was referring to the Department of Agriculture's pea-brained scheme to "eliminate the supply of illegal drugs" by employing a "drug bug" --the coca-chewing malumbira caterpillar, native to South America, that researchers are studying as an alternative to pesticides.
Dr. Hans-Georg Behr is a leading authority on the history and use of cannabis. Born in Vienna in 1937, he is an MD and practicing psychiatrist, as well as a founding member of The Greens, the largest environmental/ political organization in Europe.
HASH BASH IS FINE, BUT RALLY FAILS TO SAVE $5 FINE
The 20th annual Hash Bash, held on April 1 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, drew between 5,000-10,000 ralliers. Surprisingly, this outpouring of support for marijuana legalization wasn't enough to prevent Ann Arbor residents from increasing the fine for pot possession and use within city limits from $5 to $25 in a special election on April 2.
Several senior Drug Enforcement Administration officials have started what may become a sustained exodus of seasoned personnel from one of the lead agencies in law enforcement's battle against illegal drugs. Apparently, running the drug war just isn't as much fun as it used to be.
In a civil disobedience action intended to challenge New York's needle laws and publicize needle exchange, Jon Parker and two members of his AIDS Brigade, as well as seven members of ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), were arrested after attempting to hand out clean works and bleach kits to addicts on New York's Lower East Side.
On February 17, Montana's Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Police Chief Jim Connors gave an anti-drug talk to students at the W.K. Dwyer Primary School that is threatening to escalate into a Constitutional debate. What began as a simple case of a parent complaining that her fifth-grade son was exposed to adult reading material in HIGH TIMES during Connors' antidrug talk has grown to the point where Connors is threatening to arrest anyone possessing a copy of HIGH TIMES within Anaconda-Deer Lodge County.
Events in Bolivia--an essential member of the cocaine triangle--don't receive the screaming headlines and attention reserved for the usually violent stories coming out of Columbia and Peru. In contrast to those countries, Bolivia has no revolutionary insurgents or drug armies, nor does it uniformly tow the cartel company line.
Last month we printed excerpts from President Bush and William Bennett's revised Drug Control Strategy. Theirs is a distinctly Republican point of view. This month we're providing excerpts from "Fighting Drug Abuse: A National Strategy," which was prepared by the majority staffs of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the International Narcotics Control Caucus.
No matter how wrong or illogical their reasons may be, many Americans seem to be increasingly willing to turn in otherwise law-abiding citizens simply because they smoke marijuana. Though most marijuana users are productive citizens, they continue to be thrown in jail (costing countless tax dollars) and treated like common criminals.
When it was announced that I was to assume the awesome responsibility of this position (NORML'S National Director), HIGH TIMES wanted to know what was my public response to this question: "Do you smoke marijuana?" "I'm still wrestling with that inquiry," I replied.
When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, his hard-line internationalist/anti-communist advisors recommended a military build-up. They figured the Soviet Union would match the increase, even though their economy was only half the size of the US'--in turn, hurting them twice as badly and hastening their downfall.
Scientists from all over the planet convened in Irvine, California last February to exchange ideas about a perplexing problem: the precipitous drop in the world's amphibian population over the last 10-20 years. It seems frogs, toads and salamanders have been croaking like crazy in places like northern Colorado, southeastern Australia and the rainforests of Costa Rica and Brazil--and no one's sure exactly why.
N.Y. Scum Rock Live at CBGB! features 20 bands from NYC's stupidly-named but musically-interesting scum rock scene; Live at the Continental Divide offers 12 artists recorded at the first club I ever noticed that consistently books good bands and doesn't charge admission to see them.
THMQ is intended solely for informational purposes. Please note: THMQ is NOT a mail order service. Don't bother trying to order items which appear in THMQ from the HIGH TIMES offices. All entries should be typed or neatly handwritten. If you are unable to compose a legible entry after testing your samples, please wait until you regain control of your penman ship before sending us your information Marijuana is listed by 1/4-ounce, ounce, 1/4-pound, and pound prices only.
I've been a fan and follower of the Grateful Dead since 1972, after attending my first live show. A friend and I left Brooklyn to embark on a voyage across America. The day we arrived in Berkeley, we saw posters advertising a Dead show for that very night glued all over Telegraph Avenue, and decided to check it out.
Summer days are long and hot; nights balmy. Restless souls are eager. Harvest is nearing, the farmer will tell you. You think, "So what. I'd rather be sailing." But the sailing you refer to isn't on the ocean. No, it's on the Cosmic Sea. And the summer breeze carries your mind to fantasies in exotic places where magic mushrooms grow.
What was once an empty lot in an urban area, is now a thriving vegetable patch in the heart of downtown Berkeley. Urban farmer Michael Norton is growing and selling organic vegetables from what used to be a vacant lot in the heart of the city. A successful blend of conservation and commerce is not always achievable, but according to this man, it's a snap.
Southern California has excellent year round weather. At first glance, it appears an ideal place for cannabis cultivation. However, wall to wall cities extend from Santa Barbara to San Diego; police helicopters constantly crisscross our skies.
In the January issue you presented a brief description of major lighting methods. You mentioned a few popular spectrums such as cool white and warm white. These are all regular tubes designed for ambient lighting. You didn't mention anything about special "grow" tubes.
Sometime in 1980 something funny started appearing in that down under/under belly/belly of the beast region of New York City that, for lack of a better word, is called the subway. That summer, in that smelly, noisy nether-world of the Mass Transit Authority's perpetual human cattle drive, a curious form of neo-caveman pictographic scrawling showed up quite suddenly on the graffiti-covered scene of NY's subterranean transportation system.
In Summer, insects become the growers' number two enemy (right behind the narco police). Fortunately, the Guru of Ganja has found a safe, natural, and inexpensive method for spraying them away. I was once an expert witness in a marijuana cultivation case in Gunnison, Colorado.
The equipment is an HP 5890A gas chromatograph with HP 7673 autosampler, the state of the art drug test confirmation device. On screen the results show presence of THC metabolites, evidence of pot smoking (photo by Peter Nuding, courtesy of Hewlett Packard Company, Inc.). This picture appears in Drug Testing at Work, the most comprehensive and up to date book on the subject--a must read for anyone facing drug testing. For your copy of this essential book send $21.95 (includes P&H) to Books by Phone, Box 522, Berkeley, CA 94701, or phone 1-800-858-2665.
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News editor Steve Bloom spent ten days on the Hemp Tour as a caravan of dedicated activists spread the word about hemp and the environment on a rally campaign through the midwest. Get an inside look at the participants, including Jack Herer, Ben Masel, and Gatewood Galbraith.
What else is there to do in the summertime but take a long break somewhere. Break-out to the streets with some black All-Stars, some day-glo jogging shorts and go hunting for some serious motivation to live!! To me, that requires two things--the demon weed and the open road!!
All manners of sodomy, hard drug abuse, liberal politics and twisted fantasies spawned by psychedelics, boredom and sexual frustration were in full effect when I read your letters, and yes, we have a winner. The first Shoot the Tube Competition, the "Scenes We'd Like To See" contest, is now closed.