Women still earn 70 cents to every dollar a man makes, and the government is still trying to take control of our reproductive organs--but the lethargy of the '80s is finally over. In almost every activist organization--from the peace to the environmental movements--women are becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Not only did Thom Harris’ article on the Cannabis Cup ("Judging, A Tough Job...." Nov. ’90) turn me "green with envy," I found it bordering on a religious experience. It also inspired me to work harder next year. Maybe if we get more activists in government, we can reduce the ozone content in Congress and put it back in the atmosphere where it belongs.
The Soviet Union’s War on Booze is a failure, says Moscow’s deputy police chief Lev Belyansky. He proposed legalizing the home-brewed black-market moonshine vodka known as samogon. Police have been uncovering illegal alcohol stills--much like US speed and crack labs--all over Moscow.
Men dominated the marijuana movement until CAN came along. Meet Hemp Tour activists Debby Goldsberry, Maria Farrow, Sarah Johnson and Monica Pratt. "It’s not like we took over or anything," says Debby. "We just did all the work."
HIGH TIMES: So what’s the Cannabis Action Network (CAN)? DEBBY GOLDSBERRY: The Cannabis Action Network was formed when we sort of eased into the movement. We noticed that things were pretty messed up and not a lot was getting done by organizations like NORML.
At a White House ceremony on November 8, 1990, William Bennett resigned as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). As President Bush offered supportive smiles and accolades about being "on the road to victory," knowledgeable observers described the real reason for Bennett’s sudden departure: "He’s tired and worn out.
When Bill Bennett reigned as secretary of education under President Reagan he earned the moniker, "King of the Bully Pulpit." Not long after Bennett the Bully was named Drug Czar he began acting like the Drug Bizarre. JANUARY '89: "You will not have a director of national drug control policy who smokes [cigarettes].
The most significant gathering of drug legalization supporters takes place annually in Washington the weekend prior to Election Day. Sponsored by the Drug Policy Foundation (DPF), the conference is a magnet for scholars, doctors, lawyers, politicians, judges, activists--virtually anyone involved in the legalization movement.
Jack Herer wants 1,000 petitioners to come to California for a 10-day "blitz initiative," starting on March 1. He's requesting that each petitioner pledge to get 500 signatures. The proposed wording for the H.E.M.P./ Freedom Fighter Marijuana Initiative is as follows: An Act to amend the Health and Safety Code of California.
Robin Heid, chairman of Colorado’s No More Drug War Foundation, didn’t run for anything on November 6. That’s because Denver District Court Judge Ralph Coyte short-circuited Heid’s campaign for governor when Coyte ruled on September 10 that Heid, a registered Republican running as the Colorado Libertarian Party’s candidate, was ineligible for the race.
Being a Freedom Fighter is more than just carrying a card and smoking fatties at legalization rallies. One day back in September, a Freedom Fighter friend of mine and I stopped in our local Safeway to pick up a few items. The paper bags we got featured large ads for a "Drug-Free America Telethon" scheduled for Sunday, September 30--the same day as the Great Midwest Harvest Festival in Madison, Wisconsin.
Recently I was interviewed for a syndicated TV show called Instant Recall, which exploits nostalgia in the guise of history. This particular segment was about the Be-In at Central Park in March, 1967. The next week, I walked into a restaurant I’ve been going to for five years, and the manager flashed such a smile that I looked back over my shoulder, figuring she was being that friendly toward somebody else who happened to be standing behind me.
HIGH TIMES readers should be familiar with Terry Mitchell. He wrote the "Boot Camps" story in our March ’90 issue and issued the national call for Freedom Fighters to go to Alaska to participate in Operation Keep Free in October. Last month, he chronicled the Freedom Fighters’ trip to Alaska in these pages.
During the ’80s, it was popular for politicians to take the hard line in the War on Drugs. Every office-seeker played the I-can-be-tougher-on-drug-crimes-than-you-can game. As far as proposing draconian drug laws go, this year’s 101st Congress was no different.
A battle over the legality of search warrants used in the prosecution of Operation Green Merchant cases in Missouri may end up in the state’s Supreme Court. The issue arises from two cases in which judges from different districts have made opposite rulings on the probable-cause requirements of the warrants in question.
Richard "Doc" Quillian, the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Solicitor of Horry-Georgetown counties in South Carolina, didn’t run a typical campaign. He made no public appearances in the months leading up to the November election. He held no fundraisers.
HIGH TIMES’ archest Congressional rival, Rep. Lynn Martin (D-IL) was thoroughly trounced by Paul Simon in her attempt to upset the incumbent senator . . . Former Speaker of Hawaii’s House and decrim supporter Neil Abercrombie took one of the state’s two House seats in convincing fashion .
Jane & Michael Stern (HarperCollins) From the same twosome that brought us the ultra-garish and informative Elvis World, comes the ultimate collection of kitsch-culture--The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste. Starting with "Accordion Music" and ending up with "Zoot Suits," Jane and Mike Stern have managed to chronicle almost everything tacky that’s been invented since the ’40s.
Religious Leaders Speak Out Against The War On Drugs
HARLEY GOOD BEAR
FATHER JOSEPH GANSSLE, OFM
REV. W. W. FINLATOR
All of us here this morning know of the social conditions, the spiritual conditions, the economic and the mental health conditions that cause--or help to cause--the drug problem that we have today. We are aware that our government and its policies regarding drugs have been a colossal failure.
There it was! The legendary Further II--a (not so) exact replica of the original psychedelic schoolbus that launched a thousand Magical Mystery Tours--barrelling down the streets of Berkeley, California, with the distorted sounds of "Yellow Submarine" blasting out of the loudspeakers and a busload of Merry Pranksters waving and whooping it up as if everybody’s favorite ’60s acid flashback had magically materialized into the grim reality of the ’90s.
Those who live there say that the waters of the Rajani River, the pathway into the heart of Borneo, used to run crystal clear. They say that a person standing on its banks could look into its waters and choose which fish to catch for dinner. These days the Rajani is so muddy it’s said that the fish have gone blind.
Cultivated Cannabis Eradicated in the United States Calendar Year 1989
The 1989 Domestic Eradication figures are in from the DEA's Cannabis Investigation Section, and although they might be impressive at first glance, the numbers are misleading. The DEA claims to have to eradicated 129,924,695 cannabis plants two years ago, but contained in that number were 124,288,999 healthy examples of roadside ditchweed (wild hemp).
I started this plant in June. I used cow manure, fish fertilizer, bone meal and a little TLC. I also used a heating pad on the soil to protect the plant from cold days. Harvested October 21. E.W. Sterling Heights, Ml I used a mixture of three parts potting soil and one part each vermiculite and perlite in five-gallon pots.
This month, High Art leaves the inner sanctums of artists’ studios and private psychedelic explorations, and hits the mean streets of New York. For the past year Beth B has unleashed a devastating, brutal assault on the public consciousness with a seven-image series of posters.
It's more than a state fair. It's a statement of the Oregon lifestyle: commercial, competent, enjoyable and laid back. In a rustic setting on a 250-acre site, the Oregon Country Fair is built to look antique, creating an environment devoid of the stresses of modern life found outside its gates.
All stops have been pulled out by the current Administration in their blind quest for a "Drug Free America." The manpower and sophisticated equipment they’ve marshalled at taxpayer expense is staggering--a total sum higher than the gross national products of many Third World countries!
A SIMPLIFIED CHRONOLOGY AND ROSTER OF PARTICIPANTS
Ned Scott Jr
There is a romantic story told in Nicaragua about a Sandinista foot soldier of the Gaspar Garcia Laviana Brigade who, while on patrol in the southern part of the country on October 5, 1986, raised his rocket-propelled grenade launcher and fired at a low-flying cargo plane.
One of the questions often raised when discussing the saving of rainforests is, "Why bother? Why do we need all that land in a non-productive forest state anyway?" The answer--provided natural beauty, protection of the ozone and evolutionary potential are not enough--is this: The rainforests are the most naturally productive eco-systems on the planet.
Is marijuana an aphrodisiac? Or does smoking pot before sex lead to headaches? The answers to these and many more questions are answered as we present the results from the HIGH TIMES Sex Survey. When super-groupie Pamela Des Barres met rock god Jim Morrison in 1967, sparks flew.
Dear friends, With pleasure I send you a photo of one of my self-made bongs. I think I’m the first in the world to create Tiffany-style bongs. I’ve been making these bongs for six-and-a-half years now, and I’m proud to present them to America.
Dear "Thing" people, Who knows who Mountain Girl is? Well, she is Jerry Garcia’s wife and she wrote a book on how to grow sinsemilla. This copy cost me 15 dollars and is in fair condition. The book proprietor had a mint copy for $200, but that was a little out of my league.
Here it is, the month of February. It’s usually the most boring month of the year, so I think we need some Chef RA-inspired activities to get our hippy blood flowing again! I’m sending out an idea to all my brothers and sisters, and laying the foundations for a new World Party Phenomenon--Grassroots GanjaRAma Tournaments!
The wind whips against your trenchcoat collar as you walk the length of the narrow, indigo, rainswept alley. Your heels click a syncopated beat on brick to the blue sounds just ahead. Several steps down lead you to a cold, green door. It opens easily to your touch.
Gatewood Galbraith is galvanizing support in his bid for Governor of Kentucky--fundraising support from Willie Nelson put him on the map. He’s based his campaign on the legalization of hemp as a means of improving Kentucky’s economy. If Gatewood wins the election in 1991, pot will be legal.