The more I learn about the oil companies, the more I hate 'em. The pollution problem and the petrochemical problem are really one and the same. Wouldn’t it be great if the government would stop regulating medicinal plants, and put all that effort into regulating petrochemicals?
I’m outraged at the ban on marijuana in Alaska. How sad that the last haven for hemp smokers is gone. I hope every voter in Alaska writes their representative(s) to revoke this atrocity! H.B. Exeter, NH Congratulations to the residents of Alaska who voted to recriminalize cannabis.
"It makes us wonder if we can ever trust law-enforcement agencies again," read the editorial in the Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic. The paper's editor was responding to being fooled into planting a bogus news story as part of a sting operation.
Mysterious, dangerous and fascinating are words you might use to describe the lifestyle of a pot-smuggler. What are the dangers? The rewards? The profits? In Richard Stratton's new novel, Smack Goddess, all these questions and more are answered.
Is there a Led Zeppelin reunion in the works? Would Robert Plant let it happen? What about his role in the marijuana movement in the '60s--or was it all a joke? Find out when HIGH TIMES presents an exclusive interview with ex-Zep howler Robert Plant!
Hopes for a hemp-based industry in America suffered a setback last December when laboratory tests proved paper being passed off as hemp was actually made from balsam fir bleached with sulfite. The tests seriously damaged the credibility of D. Paul Stanford, who was interviewed in the December '90 issue of HIGH TIMES. This revelation was the second in a series of reports regarding Stanford's business practices that have rocked the burgeoning hemp movement.
The year 1990 ended with a round of Hemp Rallies out west. On December 10,.the AZ 4 NORML chapter staged a rally in Phoenix the day after the Grateful Dead rolled out of town. Threehundred participants got to hear Jack Herer and Louis Rhodes of the ACLU speak at Patriot’s Park.
HIGH TIMES: How did you get started in the hemp legalization movement? LONE REEFER: I got started 19 years ago, when I was 16 years old and I had a gun pointed at my head because I was smokin' reefer. That was in Pennsylvania. I was arrested and strip-searched down to my underwear.
Marvin "Marvin" Surowitz of East Lansing, Michigan has announced a "Bill of Rights ACTION ALERT!" He says, "The 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights occurs in 1991. Show some respect for this historic event and celebrate every American’s constitutional freedoms by taking action.
Nevil Martin Schoenmakers, the operator of Holland’s Seed Bank who has been held in police custody in Australia since July 24, lost his request for bail while he awaits the outcome of extradition proceedings which would bring him to the United States.
"If the Warriors weren’t there, the people of Kanesatake--the Mohawk people, our brothers and sisters--would have been dead now," said Minnie Garo, a spokesperson for the Warrior Society in Akwesasne, New York. Garo was referring to the 77-day armed standoff between Canadian authorities and 50 Mohawk men, women and children--a confrontation that catapulted the issue of indigenous people’s land rights into the national spotlight.
Although I do standup comedy, I rarely perform at comedy clubs. They are the entertainment equivalent of Radio Shack franchises. Whenever something gets mass produced, it becomes standardized in the process. And a lot of the comedians are indeed interchangeable, cloned from the same cookie cutter.
It’s 9:30, Monday morning. Bob Fitzgerald arrives at work, tired and unmotivated. A colleague suggests a cup of coffee. "No thanks," says Bob, twisting the lid off a white container. "Late gig last night. This calls for heavy artillery." He scoops two spoonfuls of pale, orange powder into his mug and fills it with water.
The Beatles were never ones to mince words about how much they enjoyed marijuana--that is, until now. Those familiar with Beatles lore know that when the Fab Four first arrived in the United States in 1964 they were big admirers of Bob Dylan.
Once upon a time, NORML was considered an outrageous outlaw-band of folks bent on radicalizing America. On a not-so-long-ago Donahue show, NORML was described as a "conservative organization" by Phil himself. Have we changed that much?
Human contact with--and befuddlement by--enigmatic alien artifacts is a pretty old idea in science fiction. The big blank monolith in 2001 is the most well-known of these totally confounding objects from Out There, but my favorite is another Arthur C. Clarke creation--the huge, cylindrical, space-going techno-anomaly called Rama.
((MGM/UA Home Video) You say you never heard of Fred "Tex" Avery before? Once you watch this tape, you’ll never forget his name again! This video serves as a Tex Avery "Best Of." First there’s "Red Hot Riding Hood"--1940s soft-core porn which reveals the hidden reasons for that fairy tale Wolf’s cross-dressing in Granny’s bed, licking his chops while (CENSORED).
What do HIGH TIMES readers have to say about how cannabis affects their sex lives? Plenty!
Over a year ago, I saw an article published in Working Mother magazine, citing research that said many men suffer headaches during or after sex, headaches that are exacerbated by recreational drugs like marijuana or amyl nitrate. It was treated as BIG NEWS. "Marijuana or amyl nitrate?" I wondered, "Why not pot or PCP--or crack--or ice?
When super-groupie Pamela Des Barres met rock god Jim Morrison in 1967, sparks flew. This is her steamy story.
Pamela Des Barres
The first time I witnessed Jim Morrison slither onto a stage, I was bombed out of my mind on a very early version of PCP called Trimar. My friend Jerry, the bass player for the Iron Butterfly, smuggled it out of the hospital where he worked during the day.
Although Jim Morrison was the face and voice of the Doors, the group's guitarist Robby Krieger wrote many of their songs. In this interview, Krieger reminisces about the good old days with the Doors.
HIGH TIMES: What’s the wildest Doors story you’ve never told an interviewer? ROBBY KRIEGER: Hmmmm....There was the time I got this call at around two or three in the morning from Jim and his girlfriend. They were on acid. Jim said, "We’re dying over here.
Neal was counting the days until the end of parole: "Independence Day, Baby," he enthused, hopping around the bare-floored attic with its slanting walls and tree-top views in his laced-up work boots. "July 4th, 1963, I'll be a free man," he chortled, eyeing me quizzically from under concerned brows, looking for some trace of a reaction.
In 1989 (the most recent year for which compiled statistics are available), asset seizures from cannabis arrests were reported to be valued at $29,545,033. Eight states (Wyoming, Idaho, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina) reported $0, while six states reported (seizures) in the millions of dollars (California $6,667,220; Hawaii $1,875,712; Missouri $1,314,479; Oregon $1,240,203; Rhode Island $4,200,000; and Washington $4,997,934).
Just the tops here. I still have seconds to pick. The strain is Nepalese. Joe Port Townsend, WA This is what can be done in the Catskill Mountains of New York. This was mid-August. The big plant took a little longer but I got about 12 pounds of sweet bud.
A graduate of NYC’s early-’80s graffiti art scene, Michael Uman has spent his time since then distancing himself as much as possible from the young-man-with-a-spray-can stereotype most associated with that background. He’s done comics--from the fully airbrushed variety ("never again," he says wearily, "it’s too damn much work") to the idiosyncratically sketchy B&W variety (check out his inner sleeve for De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising LP).
The nationwide popularity of the Earth Week 1990 festivities showed the concern that Americans feel about the continuing degradation of the global environment. The twentieth anniversary celebration of the original Earth Day focused on ways that individual citizens can reduce waste and retard pollution.
Tim Leary has asked me to be sure and call him when the bus arrives in Los Angeles. It seems that near the end of October, Ken Kesey and His Merry Band of Pranksters will be driving "Further"--the bus whose 1964 cross-country trip was mythologized by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test--from Kesey's farm in Oregon to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, with various stops along the way.
One of our survey respondents sent us the following excerpt from Medical, Economic and Useful Plants of India to help prove marijuana’s herbal properties: "Cannabis indica (Cannabis sativa)--Annual Herb, Leaf, Flower and plant Latex are highly intoxicating (Narcotic, Cerebral Stimulant, Anodyne, Soporific, Antispasmodic, Diuretic).
Can’t sleep. My brain roaring a thousand thoughts that won’t shut up. Better smoke a little pot. Some good old brown Mexican, full of seeds and stems, wrapped in a newspaper and tied with a string. The old shrimp fisherman in Manzanillo brought us that kind of brick in a shopping bag.
The '90s hemp video, as seen on public TV nationwide, is now available! With Jack Herer, Wavy Gravy, Gatewood Galbraith, Chef RA and more. "...A fascinating examination of all the other uses to which marijuana can be put." --Billboard Magazine. Just $22.95! (Includes shipping). To charge your order, call (800) 345-6907. or send payment to: The '90s, PO Box 6060, Boulder, CO 80306. Write for your copy of The '90s newsletter
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The Dong-Bong was made with a vibrator sleeve ($4.00) reinforced with plastic tubing ($1.29). A hole for the bowl tube (an IV tube) was made with a heated knitting needle. The bowl was salvaged from a deceased bong. --Loey "Ganja Goddess" Glover Washington, DC Got a photo of your favorite bong?
Yo! I borrowed a friend's camera and took this picture of this "thing." I have no idea what the hell it is, do you? If so, please let me know.... --David H. Morganfield, KY Wow, thanks Dave! That is some kind of, er, uh, Thing, all right! Thanks for sending it in!
She started out as a man-hungry sex kitten who would do anything to get ahead. Thirty years later she used the highest office in the land to promote a hypocritical campaign to force the country to "say no to sex and drugs." Was it all a desperate attempt to cover up the truth about her shameful past? Learn the shocking facts about Nancy Davis: The "YES" Girl!
Before she met Ronald Reagan, his wife-to-be Nancy was a slut who gave the best blowjobs in Hollywood! I know what you’re thinking: "Hold on there, John! That can’t possibly be true. How could Nancy Reagan, the woman who tirelessly campaigned to save us all from the evils of drug abuse and casual sex, possibly be guilty of hypocrisy?" Easy.
Two Great Musicians You Probably Never Heard Of (Because All The Radio Ever Plays Is The Same Old Crap) But Who Deserve To Be Listened To
There’s a lot of great music out there that people will never hear on the radio or read about in the "music press" (that slimy left/right-hand combo that jacks off the record industry). Some of this stuff might even make it to the racks of your local mall-store: most doesn’t but it’s out there nonetheless, if you’re looking.
Marijuana has been a part of "personal liberation" within many cultures worldwide. In the '60s, when the Forces That Be chose war, we smoked the healing herbs instead. As black people suffered from racial oppression in the ghetto, we smoked the good herb.
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.