While the country was distracted by President Butch’s public pummeling of Iraq, the not-so-public pummeling he and his predecessor have been giving the Constitution continued on, unchecked and unnoticed. For more than a decade, these "patriots" have been chiseling away at the very freedoms and civil rights they claim to uphold, while most Americans have waved the flag and cheered them on.
I am writing in response to your article on the Cannabis Action Network (February '91 cover story). I resent the attitude that they are the only women in the movement. I am the founder of the Just Say "I Know!" Foundation, and my organization is in serious need of publicity.
The results of a druglegalization survey conducted by New York’s Street News are shocking. More than 90 percent of the survey’s respondents favor legalizing drugs in one form or another. Street News is a non-profit newspaper sold by the homeless.
HIGH TIMES: What is the ideology behind the Dutch drug policy? Eddy Engelsman: First, let me make one thing clear--drugs, even soft drugs, are not legal in the Netherlands. The same holds for alcohol and tobacco, which are regulated by certain laws, for instance, alcohol licenses for bars and a minimal drinking age.
Cops Against The Drug War Jonathan Franklin interviews several law-enforcement officials whose biggest battle isn't against drug pushers or addicts—but the militaristic, monolithic Drug Warrior mentality. Cops In Favor Of The Drug War Who are these police threatening to put the editors of HIGH TIMES behind bars, and why are they mailing us their pictures?
When Operation Green Merchant first broke 18 months ago, no one was sure of where it was going or what the extent of it would be. Now we know that its ostensible aim was to shut down this country’s burgeoning indoor marijuanacultivation industry; that during its execution the government decimated several of the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution; that one magazine was put out of business and another thrown into financial straits; that several garden-supply stores and businesses were seized by the government without their owners being charged with criminal activity; and that more than 100,000 American citizens--whose only connection with the operation was the purchase of gardening equipment--came under federal investigation.
"We’re so blind that we can’t see, We’re being trapped by society." The six members of Sic & Mad have been at the forefront of radical political music for three years now. With songs like "Die Jesse Helms" and the anti-authoritarian "I’m a Cop," the band powers up the house wherever it plays--numerous club gigs and New York Freedom Fighter events, like the recent hemp information rally held at the School of Visual Arts.
"Four-twenty started in San Rafael, CA in the late ’70s. It started as the police code for Marijuana Smoking in Progress. After local heads heard of the police call, they started using the expression '420' when referring to the herb--'Let’s go 420, dude!’ After a while something magical started to happen.
Two brave judges openly defied the insanity of the Drug War in January. Here’s what they did: On January 29, Common Pleas Judge Michael Gallagher said, "More than half my cases are drug cases, and they are a problem with the court docket. Drugs are no more dangerous than alcohol, which is legal and highly regulated.
DANIEL RAKOWITZ: MURDERING MADMAN OR MARIJUANA MARTYR?
On February 22, after a grueling six-week trial in lower Manhattan, Daniel Rakowitz was acquitted of the murder and dismemberment of Swiss dancer Monika Beerle by reason of mental disease. A small-time pot dealer, the 30-year-old Rakowitz extolled the virtues of marijuana throughout the trial.
TEL AVIV--I can’t sleep. I’m lying in bed, listening to every little sound. I only remove my shoes, which are next to the gas mask a bartender named Waldo gave me earlier in the day. It doesn’t take long for those sirens to go off again, producing the horrible sensation of suffering cardiac arrest.
During a two-week period beginning on October 26, 1989, the DEA raided gardening centers and private homes in 46 states. The results of that first phase of Green Merchant--released on November 9, 1989--were: *377 arrests of private citizens for marijuana cultivation; *42,677 marijuana plants seized (the Justice Department counts unsprouted seeds in soil as marijuana plants); *875 pounds of packaged marijuana seized; *2.5 pounds of methamphetamine seized; *5 pounds of mushrooms seized; *280 indoor grow-sites seized; *19 stores and warehouses seized; *11 store owners arrested (8 store owners had their businesses seized without being charged with any criminal activity); *$7,318,000 in total assets seized.
January 5, 1991 Dear Butcher of Baghdad: In view of our previous relationship, I feel I owe you an explanation for why we are preparing to attack Iraq. We already have the blessing of the UN Security Council and, I am sure, the US Congress will grant me the power to make war--although I will do what must be done no matter how they vote.
If you believe the police, (and there is no reason, ever, to believe the police) the Pope also sells dope. Pope Michael the First, aka Mickey Cezar, the self-styled Pope of Dope and guru of the Church of Realized Fantasies, had his own bad dream come true recently when New York City cops rousted him from church headquarters in a downtown loft and busted him for running a pot scam via an 800 number (1-800-WANT-POT), and bicycle messenger delivery service.
PERSONAL CHOICE, INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY
NORML has published several pamphlets we call our "Common Sense Series." This series includes: Marijuana and Common Sense, Drugs and Children, Urine Testing for Marijuana and Other Drugs, Marijuana and the Human Body, Marijuana and Human Behavior, Marijuana and Justice and Marijuana and the Economy.
Two things happened on the day I sat down to write this column: First, Big Bad George announced that he was--for the moment--reholstering his Desert Storm piece(keeper), now that those wacky Iraqis had been whupped into lesson-learning uncle-crying; and second, a copy of the Political Ecology Group’s Action Paper #1, War In the Gulf: An Environmental Perspective arrived in the mail.
Hemp Tour '91 began its spring schedule in Tuscaloosa, AL on March 14. It made 19 stops before arriving in Ann Arbor, MI on April 5 for Hash Bash and the Freedom Fighters Gathering. The complete Hemp Tour schedule from that point on is as follows: April 7 E. Lansing, MI; 8 Mt.
HOW TO BUY ALMOST ANY DRUG LEGALLY WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION
THE POWER OF PUSSY
Philip H. Farber
Edited by Michael White (Hanuman Books) This teeny-weeny book with its itty-bitty pages (it only measures 2-1/2" by 4") is packed with mini-sound bites from the Beat-master himself. In excerpts from various interviews, Kerouac raps a little about everything--his fellow Beats ("We were just a bunch of guys who were out trying to get laid"), religion ("Being a Catholic I believe in order, tenderness and piety"), philosophy ("The only thing that matters is food and drink") and his attitude towards marijuana ("It should be legalized and taxed").
FREEDOM’S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE
There have been black days in America’s history, but January 23rd, 1991 felt like one of the blackest. The weather forecast called for a warm, spring-like day (it was over 60 degrees at 9:00 am), but when the agents from the Internal Revenue Service appeared, a cold Texas wind blew across the Pedernales Golf and Country Club, causing a collective shiver to run through the small crowd of 200 that had gathered to watch the government auction off Willie Nelson’s personal possessions.
Since the world has gone to war over energy sources, the idea of growing hemp for fuel has gained credibility. But how realistic is it?
David Gold's Solargas: How to Easily Make Your Own Auto & Heating Fuel for Pennies a Gallon has been rediscovered by readers of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, as it was a source for Jack Herer's theories on converting hemp to energy. Solargas contains complete instructions for building a backyard refinery capable of making 100 gallons of low-cost fuel per week out of wood waste, grains and paper.
As a consequence of the Persian Gulf war, the media has been focusing once again on the issue of alternative energy. Hemp activists, using anti-war rallies as their soap boxes, have alerted the nation that if cannabis were legal, it could be cultivated and processed for fuel, thereby ending America's dependence on foreign energy sources.
Jack Herer introduced the idea that hemp could be used in place of petroleum for fuel. He is supported by Lynn Osburn, who claims in his monograph "Energy Farming in America" that energy needs can be met by converting six percent of the land mass in the US to hemp cultivation.
Steve Bloom goes in search of the ultimate miracle ticket.
I had neglected to tell my friend Ed a little dark secret of mine. I figured it wouldn’t matter. I was absolutely convinced that, miracle of miracles, we’d find a way to get in to the New Year’s Eve Grateful Dead show at the Oakland Coliseum--despite arriving without ducats.
You may recall the eerie and enigmatically-haunting quality of Kim Seltzer's seductive, sensuous and symbol-laden dreamscapes from the special B&W High Art back in the September '88 issue. Returning this month to look more closely at her work (this time in color), we embark on a metaphysical journey much like Seltzer’s own personal artistic quest.
This is a first-time try sativa plant. It grew from a seed to this in just four months. The plant’s name is Adam Caretaker. Two chongs and you’re sailing the stony seas. LB Posse Long Beach, CA Here is a picture of a prime SSSC M-27. It was harvested August 31.
Who is the enemy in the War on Drugs? It’s not the drugs, because they’re mere chemicals. We have a War on Drugs no more than we have a war on carbon dioxide. In the eyes of the government, the obvious enemy is everyone who uses illegal drugs, and everyone who gives them aid and comfort.
The authors are members of Hands Off!, a NYC organization that opposes the war by providing military and draft counseling.
PLL JUST MOVE TO CANADA....
Before a military-service draft could be authorized, both the House and the Senate would first have to pass a bill, which would go into effect after the President signs it. Although this procedure could be lengthy, draft boards are already set up in several states, and at least one state (Maryland) has already printed up draft notices—only the date has been left blank.
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Combining the resounding roar of original hard-rock purveyors like Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin with the urgent sonic velocity and aggressive intent of early '80s hardcore a la Black Flag and Discharge, modern-day speed-laced heavy metal is arguably the most important force in music today.
Dear Dudes, My friends and I constructed this beauty from a garden ornament. It can be used two different ways: 1) As a bongshove a jar up its rear and attach all the bits in it "bong style "—so it’s a glorified shell. 2) Fill it with water, then sit it in a tub of water (best with a few lily pads, etc.).
This is Gandolph, a dummy who works in the art store with me. He volunteered to be a pot-smoking Indian in our window (notice the construction-paper leaves). Out of all our customers (including a few cops) not one ever commented about him. Maybe he’ll get more interest and recognition from fellow smokers as your "Thing of the Month."
Chef RA Goes In Search of the Ultimate Springtime Party!!
Chef RA is always in pursuit of the ultimate party. The best ones afford us a release from the sadness in our lives—the everyday problems of living in this Babylonian War Zone. Since I’ve always believed in mystical voodoo-style good vibrations, Mardi Gras is the ultimate party to me.
"Hemperor" Jack Herer has called upon every activist in the country to help him gather petitions in the state of California to get a hemp initiative on the ballot for this year's election. Unlike the marijuana decriminalization initiatives passed in the '70s, Herer’s measure would make hemp totally legal.