Ever since I started working here, way back in the summer of `88, we've been trying to get Hunter S. Thompson to do another interview with us. He'd done a few back in the late '70s/early '80s, and since a lot had hap pened to the good doctor in the past few years—a couple of books and a head line-grabbing arrest topping the list—we wanted a repeat.
In your May '91 issue, Ed Rosenthal interviewed David Gold on the subject of hemp and biomass versus fossil fuels. The intro deck to this story insinuates that cattails are better than hemp for energy production! Ed later states: "Hemp proponents often claim [hemp] could be grown on marginal land and would not affect other crops.
Antidrug warrior Patrick Hickey argued against a bill in the Missouri House that would allow St. Louis County residents to vote on a measure that could raise $100 million for drug treatment, prevention and law enforcement. His plan for the War on Drugs?
HIGH TIMES: My understanding is that you've come out either in favor of decriminalization or legalization of drugs, is that correct? Mayor Perry: Yes, that is correct. Decriminalization. HT: Why is that? MP: Well, I think of it as number one, an economic, and number two, a health problem.
Oliver Stone’s upcoming $50-million epic film examines links between the CIA, FBI, military-industrial complex and the JFK assassination. Is Stone big enough to take on the CIA? And is Judge Jim Garrison, the only prosecutor to investigate the case, the right ammunition?
In the latest development to grow out of Operation Green Merchant, the DEA served dozens of gardening centers throughout the country with administrative subpoenas late this past Spring. This action was aimed at securing customer records which might lead them to indoor marijuana cultivators.
Gatewood Galbraith received five percent of the primary vote in Kentucky on May 28, placing him fourth in a field of five candidates running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Gaibraith fared better than newspaper polls had indicated (the Bluegrass State Poll gave him a mere one percent), thus assuring his political future.
At the end of March, Alaskans for Hemp Awareness held the first I-DID-A-TOKE, a smoke-in and protest against the recent passage of Proposition 2, the voter-approved state law recriminalizing the possession of marijuana. In outraged response, this group of Freedom Fighters rented an Anchorage hotel room and invited members of the press to attend their toking soiree.
Vermont Vocals has joined forces with Vermonters for Pot Peace (see Oct. '90 HIGH TIMES) to organize the state's 4th Annual Cannabis Legalization Rally. Past events have been hugely successful, and this one is expected to attract more than 5,000 supporters for what will be the Vermont pot protest of 1991.
FIEDLER OUT AS NATIONAL DIRECTOR; FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS NAMED
ASSESSING THE FIEDLER ADMINISTRATION
Don Fiedler is out as national director of NORML. Greg Porter, a staffer at the national office in Washington, DC, was named interim director, a post he expects to hold until a search committee can find a suitable replacement. NORML said a new director would be announced.
In April, NORML filled four vacancies on its board of directors. The new board members are: •Steve Dillon: Lawyer from Indianapolis. Ran as Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate last November. •Neal Jacobs: Businessman from New Jersey.
Time 4 Hemp, a cable-TV show devoted to educating people about you-know-what, recently made its debut in the US (75 cities in 38 states) and Canada. Several episodes of this "talking heads"-type interview program— hosted by Casper Leitch (Donovan's cousin), former director of HEMP— have been taped with such guests as Gatewood Galbraith, Robert Kennedy Jr., Jack Herer, Ed Rosenthal and Chris Conrad.
After spending Earth Day 1990 in New York watching people hang out, drink beer and ditch their bottles and trash all over Central Park, the opportunity to go to San Francisco this year seemed ideal. What better way to celebrate Earth Day and talk about saving the planet than to attend an educational Hemp Expo in gorgeous Golden Gate Park?
Colorado still has the nation's most liberal marijuana law, thanks to the efforts of several groups who in April warded off a state bill that would have increased maximum penalties for possession of less than an ounce of herb to a $500 fine or six-month jail term.
Marvel Comics has published a special comic book—Captain America Goes to War Against Drugs—in cooperation with the FBI. Captain America is not your usual superhero, mainly because he has no super powers. He carries around an all-purpose shield for both defensive and offensive purposes.
Sometimes the news gets real gloomy here at HIGH TIMES. Despite all our efforts to safeguard the freedoms provided for us in the Constitution, decisions like the Supreme Court's recent ruling in favor of warrantless car searches come down.
For years, Lynne F. Stewart has been one of the most energetic and innovative lawyers in the criminal-law arena. She was my co-counsel in Larry Davis' first two cases and, in my opinion, was primarily responsible for his acquittals of four murders and nine counts of attempted murder of New York City police officers.
Ken and Barbra Jenks, the AIDS coupie who received FDA approval for medical marijuana last December (see "AIDS & Pot," June '91 HIGH TIMES), had their convictions for marijuana cultivation and paraphernalia possession overturned by the Florida court of appeals.
Nevil Schoenmakers continues to be incarcerated in the Cannery Vale remand center in Perth, Australia. He is still awaiting the outcome of extradition proceedings which could bring him to the US, where he's facing a 44-count federal indictment for the alleged sale of marijuana seeds to undercover agents and private citizens through his Holland-based mail-order seed house, the Seed Bank.
WORKING DAZED: Why Drugs Pervade The Workplace and What Can Be Done About It
CHOICES: A Pro-Choice Benefit Comic
Various Artists (Arista) Like everything else that has ever been connected with the Grateful Dead, Deadicated is a strange trip. Midnight Oil's lead singer, Peter Garrett, claims they'd never heard the Dead before, and that "it nearly broke the band up, because we couldn't find anything to play."
The Sinister Sex and Drugs Case of Dr.Hunter S. Thompson
When I wake, the red message knob on my phone is blinking. "Dr. Thompson called at 6:58 AM" the man at the front desk tells me. "He said he was just going to bed, but that he would be available for lunch later." Lunch, as it turns out, is at midnight.
What are we talking about? There is no such thing as "alternative music," so any history of it would be just so much crap! The term “alternative music” was invented in the late ’60s when a few young corporate types in the music industry decided that the word “underground” was an embarrassing reminder of radical, dope-smoking potheads.
The heavy rock-blues chords are familiar. Zepheads in the blackleather CBGB'S crowd play air-guitar to "Dazed and Confused.' A high voice shrieks in mock Chinese. It's Ann Magnuson, Lower East Side chanteuse-turned-TV-star, tongue Planted firmly in cheek.
Recently dubbed America's most habitable city, Seattle has spawned an array of talented bands over the past few years, including Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Alice In Chains, the Walkabouts and the now-defunct Green River. (Though many of Seattle's decent citizens would hardly find these bands desirable— especially if they happened to find them partying in their daughter's bedroom.) Among the fiercest and most out rageous acts to emerge from Seattle—or any where else for that matter—is none other than Tad.
Best known for being the singer of the notorious '80s San Francisco hardcore band, the Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra leapt into the public eye after a painting/poster included in his band's Frankenchrist album was deemed obscene. The ensuing court battle almost crippled his record company (Alternative Tentacles) as well as any meager financial security he might have had.
THE ELEVEN MOST IMPORTANT TRIBUTES TO MARIJUANA IN HIP-HOP
KRS-One/Boogie Down Productions
In the classic hip-hop film Wild Style, Chief Rocker Busy Bee moves a crowd of rap's earliest fans. Busy bites the mic: "Everybody say CHEEEEEEEBA!" The fans, young, black New Yorkers, nod and respond: "CHEEEEEEE BA!" A sea of Adidas sweat suits, circa 1982, lock and pop under a cloud of sinsemilla, herb...da budz.
At well-past two AM On a Saturday night last April, six skanky guys climbed onto the CBGB stage and announced, "Hey New York, we're from California—land of the Big Bud!" Thus did Mordred— without playing a note— insure that I'd be pretty damn favorably disposed towards 'em.
King Missile: This Is Life So Go Ahead And Have A Ball
At a Teenage Jesus and The Jerks show in the late '70s, John S. Hall was turned onto music when—after a 12-minute set—Lydia Lunch shrieked at him, "Don't you wish you could get away with this?" He knew he could (and eventually, did). In 1980, he started a band called You Suck which covered everyone's favorites—the Carpenters, Duran Duran, Barry Manilow, etc.
In the 1980s, it became "hip" for musicians to appear in "Just Say No" TV commercials. In the '90s, it's time for musicians to say "no" to the Drug War. Here are a few of the bands who represent the real "alternative" music. Phish has already been voted #1 on the “Hemp 100,” and I’ve seen enough people in Phish t-shirts to know they are BIG. Their music is close in spirit and feeling to the Grateful Dead— vocal harmonies, spacey jams, experimental jazz-rock noodling—and the fierce loyalty of their fans reminds me of Deadheads’ devotion.
Bob Bainbridge, OH Does the size of the seed a plant started from affect the plant’s later potency? Faithful Reader Alfred, NY This is my sea of green garden composed of Afghani x Skunk clones. They were taken from my buddy’s outdoor garden. The bud was so resinous you could throw them against the wall and they would stick.
High art, like the better kinds of "drug experience," is not only about transcendental states of consciousness, but also embraces a wide range of social lyand culturally-transgressive attitudes, acts and expressions. George Horner is a contemporary master of just such degenerate art—his work is made out of silly putty.
Something for almost nothing— how to build a $25 grow room.
Reality gave me a punch in the jaw last September when I bicy cled home from a Cheech & Chong movie party, opened my front door and saw a striking similarity between my home and the house in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie. I shook my head to clear the impression and headed to the bathroom to vent my bicycle exhaust.
While millions of Americans are subjected to actual urine tests to determine their future, members of Congress were asked to take this short and painless quiz. Although filled with information that will hopefully educate politicians, whether they'll pay attention to it or blow it off as a zany congressional joke remains unseen.
Before assuming the position of national director of NORML, I knew there would be many a day I would have to remind myself that no one said: “It’s going to be easy.” What I wasn’t prepared for was that so little of NORML’s time, or the movement’s energy, is not devoted to confronting the dragons we must slay to prevail on marijuana-reform rights.
High from Canada! I was shocked to see the ungodly price of $675 an ounce for quality smoke in the May '91 Trans-High Market Analysis. Up here in Kamloops, BC, various grades are going for (Canadian $) $60-90 ¼-oz, $200-300 oz, $8001200 ¼-lb, $3000-4400 lb. While I am paying $220-250 oz for top quality local Shuswap buds (I'm waiting for my fourth crop), there are people with bad connections paying $300 oz for brown, seedy imported shit.
“The Latin Lover” is a glass bong with two chambers, including an ash catcher (in front, with the mushrooms on it), and a percolator (inside the top chamber, connecting to the bottom). My girlfriend decorated the bong with modeling clay—great colors, including neons, metallic and glow-inthe-dark.
This is a picture of my Zomeworks Track Rack. It passively follows the sun, increasing the output of the photovoltaic panels mounted on it. Although the rack is made for 12 panels, I have only four at this time. The Track Rack works on the principle of turning a liquid into a gas by the sun’s heat and gravity.
Every social/political movement that originated in the ’60s had a serious desire for freedom. The civil rights, women’s, socialist, Indian, prison and peace movements were all righteous. But after fightin’ in the streets against cops (and everybody else), many of these movements rightfully became withdrawn and hateful.
The difference between a man leaving church and a lady getting out of a bathtub? The first has a soul full of hope, and.... —Marcel Duchamp I took the Whiskey River as far as it would go until I got to the bottom of the fifth bucket of beer. The camera blinked its red eye at me.
Vermont Vocals have joined forces with Vermonters For Pot Peace, as well as other prominent New England hemp groups, to create the East Coast hemp event of the year. On September 7th, the fourth annual legalization rally will take place at 12 noon on the Vermont State Capitol lawn in Montpelier, VT. They expect no fewer than 5000 people!