This month, HIGH TIMES goes in search of the living dinosaur. No, not Robert Plant! (Even though we tracked him down, too.) We’re talking about Mokele-Mbembe, the Apatosaurus, that inhabits the Likouala River region of the Congo—land of the Pygmies.
I’d like to commend Willie Nelson for helping Gatewood Galbraith’s campaign (January ’91 cover story). Willie is someone hemp users can look up to. He knows that if hemp is going to be legalized, it’ll happen state-by-state. That’s why every hemp user in America should support Galbraith’s bid for governor.
A report issued by the National Commission on Drug-Free Schools that identified tobacco and alcohol as the most serious school-age drug problems was suppressed by former Drug Czar and avowed tobacco addict William Bennett. The Commission recommended more mandatory health and safety warnings and increased taxes on alcohol and tobacco products.
HIGH TIMES: When and where were you born? Ken Babbs: I was born at a very early age, and I was kissed on the cheek by the government of Ohio. HT: Tell us something about your parents. KB: Well, my mother was the librarian of my high school and my father was the editor of a weekly newspaper.
Steven Hager visits a busy Willie Nelson as he plans his new satellite/cable TV network—the Outlaw Music Channel—films Another Pair of Aces, a TV movie with Bill Bixby, Rip Torn and Kris Kristofferson, releases The IRS Tapes in reaction to the auction of his home and possessions, and continues his leadership role in the hemp movement.
In 1988, Florida’s first Republican governor, Bob Martinez, enlisted in the Drug War—the media-hyped version that allows incumbent officials to act like tough guys. He went to Washington and met with (then) Vice President Bush and Defense Secretary John Carlucci seeking more assistance.
Hemp Tour veteran Shan Clark has participated in 150 rally events since 1989. He helped edit Jack Herer’s The Emperor Wears No Clothes, and as a writer has authored numerous articles for the Observer in Athens, GA, and the nowdefunct Zenger.
On January 10, HIGH TIMES correspondent Duke White began serving a 90-day sentence for failing a piss test. White was placed on two-year’s probation in 1989 after police raided his Colorado home and discovered one large marijuana plant. White had completed 15 months of his probation, paid $986 in fines and court costs, and performed 500 hours of community service.
We recently received the following letter: "Randy Druckenmiller just started serving a two-year sentence for growing one pound of smoke. His roommate nareed him out by showing pictures of the ‘crop’ around. The narc got 30 days work release for the same charge.
The storefront office of "We Deliver," a marijuana messenger service run by Mickey Cesar, New York’s so-called "Pope of Dope," was raided by the NYPD, Manhattan South Narcotics Squad, on November 13. In a scene straight out of America's Most Wanted, camera crews and reporters rushed in with the cops as they busted up Cesar’s operation.
I was heading south on the Daniel Boone Parkway on a sunny September afternoon. I’d just paid a toll and was making the turn up the Hyden spur—a two-mile run into Hyden, Kentucky, the county seat of Leslie County. Two helicopters were hovering above and military jeeps filled with soldiers were scurrying everywhichway.
Recently, an eight-year-old Texan refused to cut off his seven-inch ponytail. As a result, school officials confined him to a 10-by-13-foot isolation room every day. The windows were covered. Although the youngster continued to be taught by substitute teachers, he wasn’t allowed to participate in the choir, or attend art classes or even associate with other students in the lunchroom.
If one vote against recrim had been cast for every query to NORML asking "What happened in Alaska?" the Alaska Recriminalization Initiative would have lost in a landslide. The fact that so many people keep asking reflects the intense national interest in the Alaska situation.
So, we’ve started another war. What else is new, eh? Though I was shocked and dismayed when festivities ceremoniously commenced on January 17 (nicely timed to catch the evening news), it seems to me now, in cynical retrospect, horribly inevitable.
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Various Artists (Starhead/Teat Horn) Growing up in the suburbs is a uniquely hellish experience, as anyone who’s done it will attest. Sure, it isn’t as colorful as inner-city ghetto life—dad’s not pimping mom out on the corner and no one in the family owns an automatic weapon—but we surburbanites have had our problems too.
Deep in the heart of darkest Africa live strange creatures that have never been photographed. Is it possible that this uncharted wilderness is a safe haven for living dinosaurs?
It is midday during the dry season in the northern part of the People’s Republic of the Congo. I am so drained of energy by the combination of equatorial African sun and dysentery that it is an effort to pick up my butterfly net to catch and kill the tsetse flies that buzz incessantly around my head.
THE WORLD’S MOST POTENT CANNABIS? LIKOUALA SWAMP #1
According to Mel Frank, author of The Marijuana Insider’s Guide, central African plants produce "among the most potent and debilitating of all marijuana." The Pygmies who live in the Congo are nomadic, and carry as little as possible with them as they move from one camp to the next.
Articulate and well-versed in the subtle hypocrisies which make the music biz one of the sleaziest enterprises known to mankind (along with the oil industry and professional boxing), Robert Plant is as much a (not-so) elder statesman of rock as he is a bona fide modern music legend.
Smack dab in the middle of the Mojave Desert, in the small town of Boron, California, lives the undisputed king of the toilet-seat arts—John Kostopoulos. He began his unusual hobby while in the navy during World War II, when a toilet seat he’d painted with Hitler’s image was a big hit with the troops.
Growing your own may seem ecologically correct, but is it really? Ed has some tips on how to make your ganja greener ߞwhether you grow outdoors or indoors.
Jack Herer, the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, claims that marijuana was ilegalized in order to prohibit hemp cultivation. This was the government’s first anti-ecological policy regarding cannabis, and its anti-marijuana strategies are creating more environmental havoc now than ever before.
I am an Australian born-and-bred, and after smoking Oz marijuana for the last 10 years I thought I was able to handle anything—until I visited the States. American growing techniques are far superior to Australian methods, and the marijuana is sweeter and packs a much harder punch.
THE MOST PROFITABLE AND DES RABLE CROP THAT CAN BE GROWN
This article, originally published in 1938, presents definitive proof that, while the "demon drug marijuana" was being made illegal, hemp was also being considered as competition to petrochemicals.
HEMP PRODUCES LARGE CROPS WITH LITTLE ATTENTION
George A. Lowery
This country imports practically all of its fibers except cotton. The Whitney gin, combined with improved spinning methods, enabled this country to produce cotton goods so far below the cost of linen that linen manufacture practically ceased in the United States.
While the DEA has been busy uprooting ditchweed and harrassing grow-store owners in the US, Southeast and Southwest Asian heroin suppliers have been tending to a booming business. Mexico, which supplied about a third of the heroin used in the US for most of the ’80s, dropped to 10 percent of the market last year from a high of 42 percent in ’87.
My most recent foray to the "Island of the Mountain" found me arriving late at night in "Mo’ Bay. " The airport was deserted except for a few incoming passengers still trying to pass Customs. I managed to check my bags quickly and popped out the other side of the gauntlet.
The Green Panthers PO Box 8292 Toledo, OH 43605 (202) 829-9419 (Terry Mitchell) 24-hour FAX: (202) 2651078 They bill themselves as "Radical EcoPotheads Against the Drug War." (Whew!) In the spirit of EarthFirst! and Act Up!, they say NO to genocide on marijuana or any other life form, and demand an immediate end to all oppression in the name of the "Drug War."