On Friday, September 2nd, 1774, representatives from the thirteen colonies gathered in Philadelphia for the First Continental Congress. "We have not Men, fit for the Times," wrote John Adams in his diary. "We are deficient in Genius, Education, in Travel, in Fortune--in every Thing.
The April Earth Day issue was the best HIGH TIMES issue in your 15 year history. I admire and applaud your maturation over the last few years, from a "dope-party" rag to the foremost journal of American liberty and a powerful advocate of environmental responsibility.
At a March press conference in Honolulu, William Paty, Hawaii's head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, announced the existence of a so-called "90-day wonder" pakalolo (pot) plant--supposedly a hybrid of the Colombian red variety.
Steven Hager, editor of HIGH TIMES and founder of the Freedom Fighters, has been working in countercultural journalism for the past 22 years. Shortly after arriving at HIGH TIMES, he began a crusade for the legalization of hemp, inspired by The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer.
HIGH TIMES: When did you first become aware of marijuana? Steven Hager: When I was 15. Wild hemp could be found growing along any riverbank in the county. I was born May 25th, 1951, in Urbana, Illinois. During WWII, Urbana was the site of one of the largest hemp factories in the country.
Back in February, Earth Day 1990 seemed like a pretty OK idea (see our earnest special April ish). Nothing wrong with kicking consciousness-butt about planetary eco-peril and proposing concrete ways to change our wasteful lifestyles, right?
A Du Pont textiles worker in Martinsville, Virginia has sued his employer for $1.5 million over a drug-related strip search conducted on company premises, and dog-team searches of automobiles in the Du Pont parking lot. Last October 17, the civil lawsuit alleges, Dan Cole, a 29-year-old machine operator, turned over a cache of pills he found in his "doffer" workbag to a supervisor.
Dirty Texas political fights can be more entertaining than the annual rodeo. Brawling candidates make an election season exciting and inspire sacks of outraged letters to the editor. The Texas governor’s race this year even rated a satirical skit on Saturday Night Live.
With no facts and plenty of hysteria the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on April 17 that states can prohibit the use of peyote by members of the Native American Church without violating the members’ constitutional right to practice their religion.
WHAT JERKS! BENNETT BLASTS POT AFTER AIDE HAS NICOTINE FIT
Minnesota State Senator Allan Spear called William Bennett "a real jerk" following the Drug Bizarre’s speech in St. Paul at the state capitol on March 21. Bennett, director of the Office of National Drug Control Strategy, was invited to address a joint session of the legislature by a clique of 60 Republicans and three Democrats.
The 1990 Nicaraguan elections, featuring the Daniel Ortega Saavedra-Violeta Chamorro de Barrios duel, should be seen as the biggest test case in the Sandinista’s history so far. In an extremely polarized struggle, the February elections were more of a referendum about Sandinism than a fair competition between the 21 parties that participated.
For sixteen years, HIGH TIMES has done the unthinkable: published information about drugs. Among the drugs we’ve educated people about are alcohol, coffee, tobacco, cocaine, chocolate and hemp. We have not promoted the use of drugs. Our aim has always been to inform our readers about drug laws, drug abuse, drug use throughout history, drug use in other countries and cultures, and the possible hazards, as well as potential benefits, derived from the use of drugs.
Letters containing this question come addressed to our office every week: "What has NORML done lately?" When I assumed the position of National Director of NORML last November, one priority of mine was to make NORML an "active" organization again--not a group that’s always re-acting.
In our April issue, we called authorturned-politician Mario Vargas Llosa "Peru’s Novel President." Like other magazines, we looked into the crystal ball and predicted Llosa would win Peru’s April presidential election. It turned out that Llosa received 31 percent of the vote and Alberto Fugimori, described by the New York Times as "an obscure agricultural engineer who campaigned in traditional Japanese robes," earned 29 percent, causing a June runoff.
OLIVER STONE, director of Born on the Fourth of July, in the April issue of Playboy: "Legalization is the only way to beat it. Let kids try it. Take out the allure, take out the mystique and take off the price tag." DONALD TRUMP speaking at the Miami Herald’s Company of the Year luncheon: "We’re badly losing the war on drugs.
Vanilla Cybill Shepherd (Gold Castle Records) (Maddie Hayes enters Blue Moon Detective Agency to find David Addison and co-workers doing the limbo to loud music) Maddie: What’s the meaning of all this? David: (takes party hat off his head) Relax, Maddie.
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"The bus was busted!" HIGH TIMES Executive Editor John Holmstrom informed me as I walked into the office, only hours before my train to Toledo was scheduled to leave. It was March 28th--just four days before the Hash Bash, the main event on the spring Hemp Tour.
The First Annual Freedom Fighter's Convention began with a slightly late 9:30 AM departure from the HIGH TIMES building. The trip to Ann Arbor was long; we rolled into the Red Roof Inn around Midnight and everyone piled into their rooms. The dedicated "hard rockers" stayed up partying while the balance of the HIGH TIMES Freedom Fighter contingent, myself included, hit the sheets for a needed rest before the convention.
Sharkey’s garden is located in a warehouse in the industrial-commercial section of town. He designed the garden from scratch starting with a bare space. First he built the electric boards and wired the building. Then he constructed very sturdy, moveable tables, each 4’ x 12’ that kept the plants well off the floor, an irrigation system and a lighting installation.
Five growers and five hassle-free indoor gardens prove that cannabis is the world’s easiest plant to cultivate. Why buy pot when it can be produced this easily for free?
I started this indica plant on March 16th, under 24 hours of fluorescent light, until April 15. Then I planted it in a four quart planting pot, and planted the pot in the ground in the garden. Then I cut the top of the plant off. I kept watering it until June with plain water then with a solution of 12-12-12.
My victory garden brings me independence. J.G. Mobile, AL Durban-Chitral Hybrid. Capt. Chizer Dayton, OH These beauties are "William's Wonder" organically grown in soil, bat guano, sea weed and manure. Seedless Keota, Iowa 100% CLONE SURVIVAL RATE I have a 100% clone survival rate.
You'll find Voivod stretched tight between the techno and the aggro tent-poles, like The Fantastic Four's Reed Richards on some selfless mission to save humanity from Dr. Doom's slot-eyed menace. Though a speed-metal band by most people's definition--punishingly loud power-chorded guitars riding atop tachyon-quick rhythms--closer inspection of Voivod's genetic underwear reveals spiritual linkages to such other DNA-deviants as bash-and-throbsters Ministry and Skinny Puppy, and armored chaos generators Chrome, Killing Joke, and Red-stained King Crimson.
When not hiding back in the shadows behind his double-bassed drum kit and a headful of flying metal-hippie hair, Voivod’s Away (his birth certificate says Michel Langevin--but what the hell, this is rock’n’roll, ain’t it?) keeps himself busy creating the band’s visual look--cover art, T-shirts, and the logos that seem to evolve along with the creatures of the Voivod mythos.
The marquee said nothing about a psychedelics conference or Timothy Leary or Ram Dass or any of the other revered names supposedly gathered under the roof a few steps away. The marquee had lots of information about other, well, straighter, events coming up at the posh Claremont Hotel and Resort in the hills of Berkeley, California.
Emerson Jackson is the leader of the Native American Church which is currently fighting in the Supreme Court to maintain their right to use peyote in religious ceremonies. Our Ed Rosenthal finds out what's on his mind. Ed Rosenthal: What training did you have to go through to become a Medicine Man?
Is the government using urinalysis to help create a Super Race? Will drug tests in the future reveal your genetic assets? Read on...
DRUG TEST ABUSE
NARCS ON YOUR JOB?
Over 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies conduct urine tests as a prerequisite for employment. While you might never work for a Fortune 500 company, they set the trends that other companies follow. And 80 percent is a whopping increase over the three percent of Fortune 500 companies that required mandatory drug testing for job applicants seven years ago.
Exclusive Interview With Bob Weir Of The Grateful Dead!!!
THE PEYOTE EATERS
The reclusive and relunctant Weir speaks out on the future of the Grateful Dead, Jerry’s illness, and the state of the environment. Surprisingly enough, Weir also has some frank comments about marijuana and LSD, and admits to being a sometime smoker of pot.
Christos Katechis has been selling cloud shirts on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley since 1973. Folks are always telling him how they’ve always wanted one or that their Dad had one... wait no more! Hand-painted on heavy-duty cotton tees, long sleeve or short, machine washable, many different designs are now available through the mail from the artist himself! See the advertisement on page 61 for pricing information, and send to: Christos Katechis, Box 43, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.
Patriots Of Truth for United Earth founder Robert A. Ross was inspired to paint "All Hail Mary" by his vision of a rehabilitated and reunited Earth and America through cannabis legalization. The complete P.O.T. package includes a full color "All Hail Mary" t-shirt (S, M, L, or XL), a full color banner, subscription to the Patriots’ newsletter, membership card and more. Send $19.95 to: Patriots Of Truth, PO Box 262, Rose Lodge, OR 97372. 10% of every membership will be donated to NORML. See their ad on page 17 for more information.
A lot of video collections of commercials have been released, but Commercial Mania is a standout because Johnny Legend, its compiler, included the odder and more imaginative examples of TV advertising. We’re treated to famous spots featuring the Edsel, Reddy Kilowatt, Hi Karate, Grape Nuts, Smokey the Bear, Lucy & Desi, Tab Hunter, and Ronald Reagan.
Please enter my Horn Bongs in your Bong of the Month Contest. These are hand made in my basement shop/growroom and are made in the "Kothrade" tradition. I’ve been making them since 1972. All are custom orders. They take about three days to make, and I give them a lifetime guarantee against leaks.
"Enough respect" to all the Freedom Fighters and all the brothers and sisters of our Peaceful Nation!! It pleases me to see how diverse and strong in numbers we appear to be. This year’s Hash Bash reaffirmed my love and faith in humanity, because there is a war going on in this world, and in our American nation.
Those of us who want the phrase "Just Say No!" to go the way of the WIN button do what we can to help the marijuana legalization movement--some by attending pro-pot rallies, some by reporting on them, and some by performing at them. One group of people taking the latter route is Red Fly Nation, a rock ’n’ roll band from Lexington, Kentucky, who are lending their talents and their name to the Hemp Tour, the pro-legalization caravan which made its way across the midwest this past spring to further the cause of environmental uses of the hemp plant and the legalization of marijuana.
When Heavy Metal magazine first ejaculated out of nowhere in April of ’77, Yanks knew less than nothing about European comics. Hell, we didn’t even know such a thing existed. But, just as the English had seized the rock’n’roll corpus back in the early ’60s and returned it to us the-same-only-different (and better), the continental Europeans (French, Spanish, and Italians, mostly) had furiously glommed onto American comics of the ’40s/’50s/’60s, and proceeded to imitate and then mutate, remaking the form, pouring out tremendous numbers of the things in the post-WWII years.
There was blood caked on my cable box, and a 300 lb. dead man with a pair of needle-nose pliers lodged in his sternum, sprawled on my bed in front of the television. The Cable News Network flickered on the screen; I was not happy.