In Monticello, New York, a whitehaired environmentalist is riding around in a 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit that runs on vegetable oil. Any diesel engine can be modified to run on vegetable oil. The conversion costs less than $100. Unlike gasoline, vegetable oil does not give off sulfur dioxide or hydrocarbons when burned, making it virtually pollution free.
Boy, did your Earth Day issue open my eyes! I’ve always been a proponent of marijuana legalization, but since I found out the plant can substitute for fossil fuels my feelings have never been stronger! Wake up fellow tokesters!! It’s up to every man/woman who grows, purchases, or smokes pot to put one foot in front of the other and help free the imprisoned weed!!
Scientific American cited a 1989 study conducted at two utility companies, Utah Power and Light and Georgia Power Company, by NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse). In Utah, health insurance costs were $215 less per year for drug users than for a control group, and Georgia workers who tested positive on drug tests had a higher promotion rate than other employees.
Police chief Nicholas Pastore may have found a sane solution to the nation's drug war. He believes that decriminalization of drug use and medicalization of drug problems is the way to reduce crime and fight drug abuse, and he has instituted a policy of community-based policing in New Haven, Connecticut.
In a series of stunning setbacks to the Federal government, four separate Missouri courts have recently ruled that search warrants used in Operation Green Merchant were illegally obtained and all four cases were dismissed. The rulings are believed to be the first serious blows to the government’s prosecution of Green Merchant cases.
In August of 1989, Congresswoman Lynn Martin (R-Illinois) attacked HIGH TIMES and tried to use her office as a bully pulpit from which to discourage the magazine’s distribution in the state of Illinois. At the same time, Rep. Martin introduced legislation in Congress that would increase penalties for the sale and possession of drug paraphernalia and make advertising of drug paraphernalia illegal.
Anti-drug advocate Henry McMaster, a former US Attorney who recently ran for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor in South Carolina, admitted during the campaign that he had smoked marijuana in the ’60s. McMaster supports the death penalty for socalled "drug kingpins" and favors stiffer punishment for casual drug users.
The spring leg of Hemp Tour '90 was a huge success. The Tour, which promoted the many uses of hemp, ran for three months from Georgia to Wisconsin, making 46 stops along the way. Here’s a recap of how the Tour went, beginning in Atlanta on March 3: Great local organizing by Ed Tant and Georgia NORML helped bring 3,500 people out to Piedmont Park.
Not so long ago sex was an exciting, spontaneous experience. But the constant preaching of safe sex has sobered the event. There might, however, be a way to "get busy" safely and spontaneously. That alternative is currently being championed by rap/funk sensation Digital Underground on their debut album Sex Packets.
Gonzo journalist and drug guru Hunter Thompson came to New York recently for a Columbia University lecture supposedly to be about New York Governor Mario Cuomo. What Dr. Duke delivered instead--in typical Thompson style--was an incomprehensible ramble on drug laws, the death of the counterculture and his own pending court case.
Two years ago, Canada’s Parliament passed Bill C-264, which, among other things, made it illegal to sell HIGH TIMES within the country’s borders. The Criminal Code was amended to read: "Every one who knowingly imports into Canada, manufactures, promotes or sells instruments or literature for illicit drug use is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction."
Leave it to the American Psychological Association to come up with some eye-popping news concerning the use of marijuana by young people. Leave it to the Washington Post to bury the story of this powerful study on page 22 of its May 8th edition.
ISAAC ASIMOV, writer, in Fantasy & Science Fiction: "For goodness sakes, we banned the production and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, and the United States was at once converted into a gangster-ridden society, with gang wars and endless crime.
September dates only: NORML NATIONAL CONFERENCE, WASH., DC (1-3), BALTIMORE, MD (4), NEWARK, DE (5), PHILADELPHIA, PA (6-7), HARRISBURG, PA (9), STATE COLLEGE, PA (10), BUFFALO, NY (11), SLIPPERY ROCK, PA (12 or 13), MORGANTOWN, WV (14), PITTSBURGH, PA (15), CLEVELAND, OH (16), OBERLIN, OH (17), KENT, OH (18 or 19), TOLEDO, OH (20), ANN ARBOR, MI (21), DETROIT, MI (22), LANSING, MI (23), N. INDIANA/ILLINOIS (24-27), MILWAUKEE, WI (28), MADISON, WI (29-30).
At the end of World War II, Germany was divided into four sectors--French, English, American and Russian. The three Western allies soon consolidated their sectors into a unified governing structure and created West Germany. Around the same time, Russia set up the East German regime.
In a move that caught most everyone by surprise, Environmental Protector-in-Chief William Reilly okayed resettlement of some areas around the notorious Love Canal toxic trench that had been ordered abandoned more than a decade ago. In May, Reilly unexpectedly endorsed a 1988 joint New York State-EPA habitability study that gave several locations surrounding the Niagara Falls canal-tumed-dumpsite a relatively clean bill of health, chemical contamination-wise.
P. Christin & A.C. Knigge, eds. (Catalan Communications) This book--a compilation of cartoon/comics reactions to the smashing of the Berlin Wall last fall, and the subsequent political/social/economic realignment of Eastern Europe--is something of a demonstration of the power of subjective imagery.
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THE PEYOTE EATERS: A Visit with the Native American Church
We don’t know how long the medicine--the peyote--has been used; we do know that the religion came from the South, from Huichol country in Mexico. But it has become the heart, the very heart of the Indian nation. There is a great spirit about these meetings; we’re privileged to be guests here."
THE US SUPREME COURT VS. THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH
A recent decision by the US Supreme Court with regards to the legal use of peyote by certain members of the Native American Church has resulted in a brouhaha of major proportions among both advocates and opponents to sacramental drug use. The case, Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon vs.
An Exclusive Interview with BOB WEIR of the Grateful Dead
Born Robert Hall Weir on October 16, 1947, Bob Weir took up folk guitar at the age of 14. On New Year’s Eve in 1963, he walked into a music store in Palo Alto, California and met a banjo player named Jerry Garcia. A year later they formed Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions.
Here’s my garden which produces two ounces of fine bud a week, perfect for the heavy toker like me. The first stage has a 400 watt MH. Clones are rooted and grown under an MH lamp. Every week I start seven new clones and harvest a one-ounce plant from the flowering room.
Earth Day 1990: We rolled into Manhattan at 8a.m. not knowing what to expect. The corporate organizers of the New York City Earth Day had blocked our request for a booth up until two days before the event. Finally, after learning that Jack Herer (author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes) was a featured speaker at the Washington, DC, Earth Day, they relented.
Although this grower didn’t have the world’s greatest seeds, he more than made up for it with his organic approach and knack for proper pruning. The result? A bountiful crop of sticky green bud.
It all began in February 1989, with a purchase of weed, an ounce of sativa from Wisconsin. I was pissed off. No grass should cost $300 an ounce. More important, I was suddenly tired of smoking potentially poisonous plants. I’m an organic vegetable grower.
Best known as the creator/ writer/ illustrator of such comics as Mr. X and The Prisoner, Dean Motter has paid the bills and filled the award-shelf for the last decade as an art director, graphic designer, and record-sleeve artist in Toronto, Canada.
Each year over 300,000 people are jailed for "crimes" involving the cultivation, possession, or sale of marijuana. Meet one of the casualties of this War on Drugs.
I spent ten hours in that tiny cell in the windowless dungeon beneath the earth in the bowels of the Ventura County main jail. Six of us shared the 6' x 8' x 7' cubicle. We consumed the best of the stale air in two hours. I don't remember what we breathed after that.
Gettin’ weed here in Daygo has been tough lately! Why, only a decade ago I could buy a grocery sack of fresh herb for $10! Imported Thai sticks, Acapulco Gold and such only went for about $30 a lid and everyone I knew who smoked had plenty of sources.
The Costs of the War on Drugs by Maia Szalavitz examines the amount of money spent and lost while waging a drug war against the citizens of the United States. By the end of 1990, over $15 billion will have been spent on this doomed effort. Who Killed Jimi Hendrix?
It seems like I can never stay away from Jamaica very long. The Sun, the Fun, and the Buns always beckon me to return to the island. The current ganja situation in the U.S.A. makes Jamaica an extremely desirable place to be. I score big, fat, sticky, sweet, indica buds for 10 bucks a quarter-ounce!
Hey little stinkers, today’s lesson is the 70s revival. It’s 1990. Aerosmith and Alice Cooper are back on top. (Unfortunately they had to get Desmond Child to make ’em sound like Bon Jovi to do it.) Who woulda thunk it? Then again, who wouldathunk AIDS, George Bush and right-wing intolerance would be the trademarks of the ’80s?