I’m happy to report the debut of a new column this month: Freedom Fighter of the Month. The idea for the column came during a brainstorming session between myself and News Editor Steve Bloom. In the last few months we’ve been swamped by letters from readers who have joined the cannabis protest movement.
Just wanted to let you know how much we all enjoyed the Hemp Tour ’90 when it was in Omaha. The turnout was great. One news station said over 1,000 attended. It was fantastic to be able to participate in a pro-pot rally. I thought the rally was very informative and well organized.
Motorola Inc. has announced it will begin testing its employees for drug use in September. The electronics company's 60,000 managers and workers will receive no advance warning. Any employee who fails a second drug test will be dismissed.
HIGH TIMES: When and where were you born? HERBERT HUNCKE: In Greenfield, Massachusetts, on January 9th, 1915. My father was from Chicago. He had a conservative German-Jewish background but I didn’t find out he was Jewish until I was 15. He always denied it.
HIGH TIMES’ 1989 Counterculture Hero of the Year, Ben Masel, recently announced his candidacy for governor of Wisconsin. Madison-based Masel publishes Zenger, an alternative newspaper, and is one of the main organizers of Hemp Tour ’90.
Just days before the 1988 election that installed George Bush and J. Danforth Quayle in the White House, Brett Kimberlin claimed that he had sold Quayle pot "anywhere from 15 to 20 times" during the early ’70s. Kimberlin, who is serving a 50-year sentence in an Oklahoma Federal correctional institution, was twice placed in solitary confinement and prevented by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) from holding a press conference.
Issue 582 of Rolling Stone (July 12-26) contained an editorial that was a long time coming. Penned by the magazine’s publisher/editor Jann Wenner, the full-page article, "The War on Drugs: Our Next Vietnam," placed Rolling Stone in the forefront of the drug legalization movement.
Already strained Mexican/American relations need no other incidents in order to reach the point of exchanging diplomatic blows. US accusations that Mexican anti-drug efforts have been halfhearted, along with a report based on satellite surveillance estimating Mexican pot production at 47,500 metric tons for 1989, a slight upturn for cannabis cultivation South of the Border put at 4,750 tons the year before, were already diplomatic sore spots before the kidnapping/arrest and subsequent transportation to the US of Dr. Humberto Alvarez Machain in April.
Hemp Tour began on Aug. 17-19 at the 21st Woodstock Anniversary in Bethel, NY, then made ten or more rally stops before converging on Washington, DC over Labor Day weekend for NORML’s 20th National Conference (August 30-September-3). Here are the Fall Hemp Tour dates through October: Sept. 4 Baltimore, MD; 5 Newark, DE; 6 Trenton, NJ; 7 Philadelphia, PA; 8 Minnesota Tea Party, St.
"This is Freedom Fighter Frank from Ohio writing to inform you of a recent protest in our state. On June 13th, Drug Czar William Bennett visited our Statehouse to help push SB-258. I wrote up a flyer protesting the bill and made 50 copies. With the help of Ohio NORML, we got the word out to the local activists.
The Gramm-Gingrich National Drug and Crime Emergency Act currently in Congress boils down to this: If you sell pot and get caught, the Federal government will make sure you live in a tent on a military base for five years. If you get busted for possession, they’ll charge you for the cost of your trial, fine you $10,000 and take away your driver’s license.
First the Grateful Dead is banned from playing concerts at the University of California at Berkeley (April), then attempts to repeal Berkeley’s liberal pot laws and enact stiff penalties for loitering where drugs are allegedly sold are proposed (May).
HIGH TIMES never forgot Sammy. As recently as December ’89, we reviewed his third autobiography, Why Me? And back in June ’78, Sammy along with fellow rat packers Dean and Frank graced our cover. Sammy’s role as a "tempermental and self-destructive jazz musician" in the ”low-budget psychodrama,” A Man Called Adam was detailed by Jim Hoberman.
To rat or not to rat? That is the question. Here’s a few more: Should anyone who uses illegal drugs expose another user of illegal drugs--in other words, snitch them out to the public, the media and the authorities? Are there some people who are so hypocritical that you have to blow the whistle on them?
In 1970, after the US invaded Cambodia and the National Guard shot "four dead in Ohio," Keith Stroup was so pissed off that he started NORML. Keith was a young attorney who just couldn’t believe that people were going to jail just for smoking marijuana.
When needle-exchange programs have been proposed, most cities either welcome them or respond with benign indifference. As long as it’s done discreetly, citizens usually support this life-saving effort to stop the spread of the AIDS virus among intravenous drug users (IVDUs) and their sexual partners.
Comedian George Carlin joined Timothy Leary, Paul Krassner and several rock bands at a recent LSD research benefit for the Albert Hofmann Foundation in Los Angeles. "Lose Your Mind and Come to Your Senses" was the evening’s theme. "I’m all for the archive," Carlin said.
It would appear the Vulcan Death Grip has finally been dealt to "degradable" plastic garbage bags, the petro-industry’s sneaky attempt to peddle shortened-shelflife trash sacks to the suddenly concerned American consumer. In mid-June, a righteous wedge of seven state attorneys general (headed by NY’s own politically-ambitious chromedome Robert Abrams) launched itself pitbull-like at the jowly throat of the Mobil Chemical Co., lawsuit clutched firmly in paw, looking to end labeling of plastic trash bags as "degradable" (a claim they say Mobil knew was bogus).
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Lead Pretender Chrissie Hynde breaks all ties with the past on Packed, which features no former Pretenders and really should be called the Chrissie Hynde Band or, more aptly, Chrissie Goes Solo. The American-born singer has regrouped once again with another bunch of Brits who play in predictable Pretenders style--tough rockers, lean ballads, spare arrangements.
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The costs of drug prohibition go way beyond dollars and cents, but the financial toll that the War on Drugs is taking will eventually bring about its demise.
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By the end of 1990, fifteen billion dollars will have been spent on federa1, state, local and international drug enforcement, and related jail construction, maintenance and court costs. If the bill were split evenly, every American family would have to pay around $200 annually for the War on Drugs.
A hundred high school students in Ridgefield, Connecticut, recently signed a petition to whitewash a mural of Jimi Hendrix painted on the school’s walls. Calling the mural a symbol of the drug use in the school, the students argued that their school was not the proper place to memorialize a person whose life represented drug use.
The Yippies were originally conceived on an acid double date: Abbie and Anita Hoffman, me and a dolphin. It was December, 1967, and we were tripping on LSD at the Aquarium in Coconut Grove, Florida. I was having a delightful nonverbal encounter with this one particular dolphin.
"Rock Star" on guard. Here in the Deep South, flowers grow so well they must be protected. A.S. Fort Lauderdale, FL In the last year I grew as many varieties as I could. Currently I have seeds from 15 varieties. What is the best way to pack my seed and for how long will it be good?
Take a student of cultural history, throw in a pop-cartoon style flavored with a touch of the industrial bizarre and you get Austin, Texas, artist Frank Kozik. Kozik, who was born in Spain and grew up in Northern California, arrived in Austin in the early ’80s when the Texas punk scene was at its height.
The most important factor in producing high yielding, potent marijuana is the plant’s genes. The goal of the grower is to cultivate a garden of healthy, vigorous, fast-growing plants which are induced to flower while they are still short.
Holland remains a bastion of freedom for cannabis users. Its government’s successful drug policy decriminalizes marijuana use, casts a benign eye on sales and cultivation, and concentrates its efforts on hard drugs. Law enforcement is strict and treatment for drug abuse is available upon request.
The Fully Informed Jury Amendment/lnitiative (FIJA/FIJI) is a grass roots movement intended to compel state governments to require that judges tell juries of their power, right and responsibility to judge whether a law is unjust or misapplied.
The baseball card collecting craze is being driven nuts by a mutant strain of the "baseball fever" virus: Baseball Card Defacing Parties!
It all started in 1979, when Baseball Card Defacing Party Chairman Paul Kuhrman and a friend bought a few packs of baseball cards after watching the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. Because they were both Pittsburgh fans, they had no use for any non-Pirate cards, so they started defacing them.
Meanwhile, down at the "T-Water Beach Bar," Lionel slides me another Red Stripe. I lift the bottle and plant my beautiful big lips around it, drawin’ down that sweet barley pop. Looking out across the hot Negrilian sands, my eyes just about bug out of my head.
A few stragglers drifted into the classroom, stopping by the fridge to grab a beer before they sank into over-stuffed chairs and parked their overweight frames in front of massive video monitors. The percussive sound of wooden matches striking flint filled the air.
Among the many bands currently gigging around New York is one which goes by the unusual but unmistakable name of Maria Excommunikata. Sine Hjort, keyboardist and co-founder of the band with vocalist Janine Neble, says of their name, "I wanted a name that described Janine’s vocals but still explained that we’re kind of outsiders, and that what we do isn’t just normal rock ’n’ roll."