Last winter, Barry “Plunker” Adams came to visit HIGH TIMES and told some amazing stories about Quanah Parker, the man who brought peyote to North America. “In Texas, they still call the full moon a ‘Comanche’ moon,” said Plunker, “because Quanah could strike deep into white territory on those nights.
It was mentioned in your Robert Plant interview (April ’91 ) that a Led Zeppelin reunion would be a wet-dream concert for most young rock fans. A true statement indeed, but I feel compelled to remind you that Zep are still hugely popular with their original audience, many of whom are fast approaching 40.
Bobby Harris, a 38-year-old legal researcher from Woodland, CA, tried to win a vacated state senate seat by forcing the hemp issue. “If hemp is not the most versatile and important agricultural product in the world, I’d like to know what is,” Harris told The Union of Grass Valley-Nevada City.
HIGH TIMES: Why don’t you tell us about your book? ALBERTO RUZ: Well, it’s already published in Italian and Spanish. The English version was just released. I trace the history of the rainbow as an archetype—how the rainbow was a symbol for different things in different cultures.
Richard Stratton journeys to Woody Creek, Colorado to hang out with gonzo journalist and madman, Hunter S. Thompson. Finally, the true story behind the sex ’n’ drugs scandal that rocked the counterculture community from coast to coast. In our special “Alternative Music” section Jello Biafra tells us why it’s imperative that Americans grow more pot; Carlo McCormick downs mushrooms with psychedelic grungerockers, Tad; Karen Wilson gives an inside glimpse into the workings of King Missile; and John Holmstrom discovers the pothead’s band for the ’90s—the mighty SnowBud and the Flower People.
FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF THE MONTH— THE SAN MARCOS SEVEN
JOE WARREN GADDY
JEFFREY “ZEAL” STEFANOFF
On March 12, Joe Warren Gaddy, 29, walked into the police station in San Marcos, Texas smoking a joint. He told the officers that he was committing an act of civil disobedience to protest the illegality of marijuana. He was arrested. The next day, Jeffrey “Zeal” Stefanoff, 38, did the same thing.
On March 2, Georgia Freedom Fighters/NORML marched on Atlanta. We began our protest at 10 AM at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building. At noon, just as the threatening skies transformed into one of the sunniest, most beautiful days we’ve ever had in Atlanta, we began our march to the state capitol.
A Los Angeles man is awaiting trial in a Colombian jail after his arrest on the mind-blowing charge of licking hallucinogenic cane toads. Stantor Greer, 28, allegedly traveled to the South American drug capital to acquire the toads. The cane toad, found primarily in Australia, emits a toxin called bufotenine to ward off predators.
The Merck Manual is the most widelysold general medical text in the world. The current edition of the Manual includes, in the chapter titled “Dependence of the Cannabis (Marijuana) Type,” this statement: “Marijuana used in the USA has a higher THC content than in the past.
Chronic or periodic administration of cannabis or cannabis substances produces some psychic dependence because of the desired subjective effects, but no physical dependence; there is no abstinence syndrome when the drug is discontinued.
Terry McCabe was arrested a couple of years ago with one sheet—100 hits—of LSD, and sentenced to 46 months in prison. It was his first offense. But the fact that it was blotter acid in effect increased the severity of that offense. “The way it is now,” he explains, “they weigh and charge you with the entire weight of whatever the acid is on.
Who shall keep the keepers themselves? The poet Juvenal first posed this troubling question two thousand years ago when the Roman Guard ran amok, It is no less pertinent today. To whom do we entrust civic order when the police are out of control?
Many of us across America read Ann Landers’ recent column on marijuana use, which included the following statement: “Marijuana can damage the immune system and affect the genetic structure of new cells, interfere with body coordination, impair speech and vision, and do serious damage to the respiratory system.”
In 1988, Chief DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young (now retired) recommended marijuana be moved off Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, so that it could be prescribed by doctors. More than a year later, outgoing DEA Administrator John Lawn overruled this decision.
Despite word from the DEA that Operation Green Merchant is officially over, new cases related to it continue to surface. At least two more garden centers have been indicted, and a third faces civil forfeiture of assets involving cash and inventory.
In a world where “college radio” is equated with boring, commercial schlop in most people’s minds, King Missile brilliantly shines through the slime. One of the most happening bands in awhile, King Missile has a special touch for poking fun at rock’n’roll, while at the same time using their own style to make it innovative and fun.
The first time I interviewed Nancy Reagan was in 1983, for an article titled “Reefer Madness ll” in the Los Angeles Times. She had just appeared on Diff’rent Strokes in her role as a one-person drugrehabilitation traveling encounter group.
Each year since 1972, during the first week of July, Rainbow Gatherings have occurred on public lands. Hosting up to 20,000 people, they are free and open to everyone. Most importantly, they have demonstrated the potential for humans to live, work and celebrate together without exploiting one another and without government domination or financial motivation.
I carefully picked my way through the crevices and up the hills, away from the camping sites that dotted the floor of Palo Duro Canyon. Overhead the sun glared: the sky was a deep blue, washed with an occasional patch of cloud. The spring afternoon was warm but there was a bite in the wind.
My friend was recently diagnosed as having glaucoma and was told that pot is no longer available for relief of symptoms. Is this true? If not, where can I get more information on getting legal herb? Edor Ridgefield, CT Cannabis is being legally prescribed.
This month, HIGH TIMES travels to that larger than life land of oil wells and cowboys, the Lone Star state, where High Art is alive and well in the persona of Mark Flood. A professor of fine art at the University of Texas, Dallas, Flood has dedicated his career to the study of genetic defects and their aesthetic-social applications within our postmodern culture.
Mama Mia! That’s some speecy, spicy meatballs! How’d he grow them?
My crop consists mostly of fifthand sixth-generation Spice ganja—the result of an accidental cross made in Southern California back in ’78. An Oaxacan plant went male and pollinated a grower’s early-flowering eighth-generation Afghan females while he was on a short vacation.
Paul McGuirk is a bundle of nerves and energy; a wiry, tightly-wrapped Irish Catholic who looks older than his 42 years. With his staccato delivery, he talks of renegade dope-dealing Colorado bikers, who for more than a decade survived with the protection of the DEA. He tells of a Colorado machine shop that was a front for a drug-running operation while doing top-secret work for the government’s Rocky Flats nuclear-weapons assembly plant.
This spring I managed to catch the Grateful Dead when they came to Washington, DC. One of their songs gave me a fresh outlook on the marijuana movement. The wheel is turning and you can't slow down, You can't let go and you can't hold on, You can’t go back and you can’t stand still, If the thunder don’t get you, then the lightning will.
CALIFORNIA Los Angeles: Superior Cali buds, “same as usual, but the predrought price rise is beginning”: $100 1/4-oz; $320 oz; $1000 1/4-lb; $3500 lb. Mexican, “not bad, not great, but smokeable for those of us unable to pay elitist prices”: $45 1/4-oz; $150 oz.
Chef RA’s Round-Trip Ticket to a Three O’Clock Roadblock
As usual, I was running late as I packed for my latest HIGH TIMES Jamaican Tour. Rummaging through my clothes drawer, trying to find a couple of pairs of clean underwear, I found a few and quickly threw them into my travel bag. But hold on! Great Scott!
In light of the recent events at the Iraq turkey shoot, I thought some of your fellow tokers would enjoy my 37mm artillery-shell bong. Got a photo of your favorite bong? Got an idea for the ultimate bong? Got a homemade waterpipe that looks out of this world?
Wow! This guy really used his noodle! How about you? Got a good Thing? Tell us about it and send it, or a photo of it, to: HIGH TIMES THING, 211 E 43RD ST, NY, NY 10017. If we publish your Thing, we’ll send you $25! WARNING: We assume no responsibility for returning any Things!
The jazz-rock fusion of the early ’70s was one of the more indulgent and useless movements pop music has seen. I won’t mention any names, it’s all forgettable fuzak to these ears—guys who couldn’t play jazz showing off their chops and making a lot of flashy chord changes, playing to college freshmen in the most condescending way.
Thom Harris, last year’s Freedom Fighter of the Year, recently sent in a great idea. “Why don’t we stamp all of our dollar bills with a word balloon or a rubber stamp that says: ‘I GREW HEMP!’ That way, the fact that George Washington, the father of our country, grew cannabis would get some publicity!” I think Thom has a great idea.