It’s not easy to find marijuana legalization activists in the Netherlands--after all, it’s practically legal. Although the Dutch seem to take their permissive pot laws for granted, I did find a few people actively committed to worldwide hemp law reform--the people at Amsterdam’s Hash Museum.
Well, I did it. I got political. I wrote to 60 Minutes at Steve Hager’s request. I even called the 800 number for Gatewood Galbraith and guess what? He answered the phone himself!! I didn’t realize I was speaking to him at the time. I said, "I would like to express my respect and admiration for Mr. Galbraith.
See page 23 for an answer to the above question. A coupon soliciting anonymous tips to police concerning drug dealers, printed in lowa's Clinton Herald, has led to 18 drug arrests and at least two prison terms. A similar coupon, published in West Virginia's Williamson Daily News, has led to 29 grand jury indictments.
As the war on drugs intensifies, more and more people are getting fed up. Some, like Robin Heid, have expressed their extreme dissatisfaction by starting organizations dedicated to ending it. Heid has established the No More Drug War Foundation, is running for governor of Colorado in the November election, and helping to organize hemp tour rallies.
Blossom Edwards was born and raised in the shadow of Chemise Mountain in Humboldt County, California. Ever since she can remember, Blossom, 17, has hiked the public trails in the King Range National Conservation Area adjacent to her home.
SAN FRANCISO EXAMINER editorial, titled "Legalize Drugs" (August 12 edition): "Now that Federal troops have declared victory and withdrawn from Humboldt County, it is reasonable to look again at the War on Drugs... The craving for mind-altering drug substances is as basic to humans as food, sleep and sex.
Henry Barr, a former aide to Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, was indicted for cocaine use on the same day the Justice Department failed to convict Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry of drug and perjury charges after a well-publicized, lurid trial.
"In place of a serious examination of the subject, we have something called the War on Drugs. And what is the object of this war? A drug-free America. These words are vehicles of illusion. They suggest the same infantilizing of public discourse that made the last Presidential election campaign such a disgrace.
You always hear stories about meeting famous people in New York City. Here’s mine. I’m walking down Third Avenue when I see a short-sleeved man, glasses tilted down his nose, reading on a bus-stop bench. His hair is full, speckled gray. I know this man.
The war on paraphernalia recently turned into a censorship battle in upstate New York when Mel Frank and Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower's Guide became the target of local law enforcement. The flap began at the mall in Cicero, New York. That’s where Karen Salatti spotted drug paraphernalia inside the International Gift Shop.
Photographer Pat Rogers provided HIGH TIMES with the following report: "The scene is 35th St. and Haverford Ave. in the Mantua section of Philadelphia--a historically poor, mostly minority community, a half-block from where President Bush attended a mid-afternoon anti-drug rally on Tuesday, July 24.
On August 16, the San Francisco Examiner revealed that California Attorney General John Van de Kamp had censored a state advisory panel report urging decriminalization of marijuana cultivation for personal use. Van de Camp, who lost in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, refused to release funds to pay for the publication and distribution of the report’s "commentary" section, which contained the panel’s controversial recommendations.
Organizers of Fall HEMP Tour ’90 met at Bethel, NY for the 21st anniversity of Woodstock on August 17-19 (see Steven Hager’s report on page 49). From there, they kicked off yet another Tour touting hemp education and marijuana legalization.
On the morning of July 27, 1989, 51-year-old Gordon Hanson of Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, was busted for growing 120 marijuana plants. Five armed law officers, including a border patrolman, a highway patrolman, the local sheriff and two deputies, broke down his front door to make the arrest.
As this column is being written, Iraqi troops have been camping out on Kuwaiti sand for the last two weeks, using the local oilwells for bidets and apparently getting ready to further blitz their kriegs down into neighboring Saudi Arabia. No, this ain’t the long-awaited sequel to Poland, 1939: The Movie, but simply late 20th century oil-field politics at its worst.
Michael Newton (Loompanics, $34.95) If your pre-teen years were marred by bed-wetting, arson and cruelty to animals, and your parents were abusive alcoholics who cross-dressed you for school, and the only way you meet potential dates is through lonely-hearts columns, and you’re a drifter--you needn’t read any further, you probably already know what’s about to follow.
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Cannabis Cup 1990, the third annual marijuana connoisseur awards, was clouded by controversy. The Seed Bank swept the field, winning all four categories and the grand prize. Weeks later, it was forced to close down operations, and now faces an uncertain future--it might even be impossible for anyone to get their hands on the 1990 Cannabis Cup winner.
After a seven-hour flight from New York City, it was a good to finally arrive in Amsterdam. I’d been looking forward to going there ever since I received a letter from HIGH TIMES telling me I was this year’s Freedom Fighter judge for the Cannabis Cup Awards.
Something is always bound to go wrong at the Cannabis Cup Awards. The 1990 Cannabis Cup curse included the unexpected withdrawal of Dutch celebrity judges Kees Hoekert and Robert Jasper Grootveld from the jury. Although Hoekert and Grootveld were honored to be nominated, they felt some reservations about the event.
Having recently been incarcerated in Mexico for two months on bogus peyote trafficking charges (quite a story in itself--I’ll be writing it up for some future HT ish), I had a rare and privileged opportunity to personally experience the many various aspects of Mexican culture.
Joe Moss opened the Grapevine in 1980, during the Puna land rush. Property there was the cheapest in the state of Hawaii. People from all over the U.S. came to the Big Island to grab their pieces of Paradise. There were back-to-the-land types, real estate hustlers, religious fanatics, newlyweds and nearly-deads, and burned out hippies.
This baby was grown in a basement and took a total of four months. The seeds were from an unknown variety and only this plant had results like this. It weighed a little over an ounce, dried. I used a 400-watt HPS and soil. Not bad for a first try! Virgin Grower Buffalo, NY We can smoke out of a bong, pipe, or just roll a joint.
Held on August 15th through 18th, 1969, The Woodstock Music and Art Fair drew more than 450,000 people to Max Yasgur’s dairy farm outside of Bethel, New York. It was the crowning of the counterculture and the greatest rock concert of all time.
Who is a bigger threat to deep ecology, the FBI or Dave Foreman?
The explosion ripped through the car, injuring Earth First! activists Darryl Cherney and Judi Bari, in Oakland, California on May 24. Rushed to Highland Hospital, Cherney was treated for a facial cut. Bari, suffering from internal bleeding and a fractured pelvis, was hospitalized in critical condition.
In 1987, five million US workers were tested for drugs. Before your turn comes up, find out what you should or shouldn’t do to pass one of the most important tests of your life.
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BASIC STEPS OF TESTING
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Federal Government Guidelines
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Over-The-Counter Medications to Avoid
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Probably the worst thing people who have used chemical substances in the recent past can do is to do nothing and then try to cope with a positive result from a defensive position. Education is an important first step. Anyone facing a drug test should find out about drug testing in general and the company’s program and policies in specific beforehand.
On The Bus by Paul Perry and Ken Babbs. The amazing story of Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, who transformed the counterculture in 1964, an epic voyage across America in a broken-down 1939 International school bus. Behind The Wheel With Neal by Jerry Garcia.
Gregory Tortelvis is a chubby guy with a twisted sense of humor. As we ride in a rented van from I.R.S. Records in lower Manhattan to the swamps of Secaucus, New Jersey, where Dread Zeppelin is scheduled to appear on The Joe Franklin Show, the group’s lead singer tells me he doesn’t consider himself an Elvis impersonator.
This bong has been in continuous service for over sixteen years. The clamps are used to keep BIX from splitting. BIX was made from domestic bamboo, and imparts that fine, smoked flavor each and every time. I make two or three bamboo bongs per year (custom orders only).
Hi! I found a new "thing" that your readers and you all will find very interesting. It is called a Zube Tube--"The Ultimate Cosmic Sound Machine." Basically, it's a three-foot tube with plastic cups stuck in either end, with a piece of coiled wire strung and attached at either end.
So some scumbag judge in Florida rules that the 2 Live Crew record is obscene and that consenting adults can't buy it, First Amendment be damned. Just the puritans acting up again, you might think--but what makes this particular case especially insidious is that in attempting to protect our ears from such horrors as the word fuck, said jurist is also attempting to deny us the right to one of the most glorious and vital traditions in American music the fuck song.
The network boys are running scared. They're losing their grip on America. Their captive audience is gone. Cables and satellites are flooding living rooms with scads of new programming and the VCRs have landed, turning televisions into split-level video emporiums.
Dozens of organizations have been formed to stop the drug war. The Political Party Page will keep you up-to-date on who is involved, what they want to accomplish, and how you can help. Put your money where your mouth is--help end the war! With Gatewood Galbraith's upcoming bid for Governor in mind, the Green Democrats of Kentucky have opened their first office in Appalachia, to help get Kentucky’s marijuana smokers, sellers and growers to register and vote.