Although there are many remarkable couples involved in the counterculture, Ellen Ray and Bill Schaap are certainly among the most productive. As founders and editors of Covert Action Information Bulletin, they provide a national watchdog on CIA activities.
I’m writing to say I enjoy the combination of wackiness and seriousness found in your magazine. I really enjoyed the interview with David Gold on solar gas (“Hemp and Biomass vs. Fossil Fuels” by Ed Rosenthal, May ’91). Unfortunately, I don’t know where to look for Gold’s book.
Neighbors, friends and relatives of Ernest Thompson were outraged after a drug raid in Brighton, Alabama resulted in the 70-year-old man’s senseless killing. “It was a drug raid that went to pot,” admitted Hueytown Police Chief John Taylor, director of MADET, a local drug task force.
When Stanford University elected to fire 32-year-old computer-science lecturer Stuart Reges for “serious professional misconduct of an academician,” the government’s propaganda War on Drugs took an ominous turn. “Just Say No” became “Say No or Else.”
The HIGH TIMES journalistic SWAT team gets to work on this fast-breaking story, perhaps the most urgent and important issue facing today’s marijuana movement. Should AIDS and cancer patients be prescribed government ganja if it helps them to recover appetites lost to chemotherapy?
What possessed this Lexington lawyer to close down a successful practice and go flat broke traveling all over Kentucky for two years asking people to elect him governor, so he can legalize marijuana? What in the world ever made him think he could win?
Chris Fathera, a registered nurse at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Nashville, resigned in May rather than submit to a gag order from his employer. The conflict began last September, after a prohemp article written by Fathera in the Nashville Scene was brought to the attention of his boss, Pam Brown.
We just can’t say enough about CAN (Cannabis Action Network). They did the national organization for this past spring’s Hemp Tour (from Atlanta to Albuquerque), and have been gearing up for the fall rally season ever since. Watch out, America!
Rodger Belknap and five members of his crew were arrested after Belknap’s purple bus was cited for traffic violations upon leaving the Weedstock Festival in Wisconsin on May 28. The ’67 International Harvester Loadstar has been on the road for more than a year, ferrying Freedom Fighters to numerous hemp events, rallies and concerts, including the last two Hash Bashes and Midwest Harvest Festivals.
When we left off (“Rally Reports,” July ’91 HT), Hemp Tour had celebrated Earth Day in St. Louis on April 21. The following week, as the tour headed east, rallies in New Haven, CT and New Paltz, NY had to be cancelled because of vehicle problems.
LSD blotters tainted with PCP have been showing up in the Baltimore area, local authorities warned. In March, seven Baltimore County teenagers were hospitalized after ingesting blotter acid laced with PCP (phencyclidine), a powerful animal tranquilizer.
August 29 Charleston, WV; 30 Morgantown, WV; 31-September 2 Hempstock ’91, Black River Falls, WI; 2 South Allegheny, PA; 3 Pittsburgh, PA; 4 Altoona/Hollidaysburg, PA; 5 State College, PA (Penn State) & Washington, DC (Jury Rights Day at Jefferson Memorial); 6 Lock Haven, PA; 6-8 Athens, OH (Ohio NORML Organizing Conference); 7 Minnesota Tea Party, St.
Mae Brussell was my favorite conspiracy researcher. There she would be: plump, energetic, no makeup, wearing a long peasant dress patchworked with philosophical maxims, breathlessly slurring her words with information overload—but her eyes would always reveal the deep sense of compassion permeating every fact she would share so eagerly.
The first step toward building a green economy is well underway. Hemp activists across the nation are doing a heroic job bringing the message home to the American people about the positive economic, environmental and health benefits the hemp plant can provide.
What’s the difference between a dead dog lying in the street and a dead lawyer lying in the street? The dead dog has skid marks in front of it. Yes, lawyers may well be the human equivalent of parasites, profiting off others’ misery. The other night I was on a TV show, Lawyers Live, debating legalization of marijuana.
LEAD POISONING: 25 True Stories from the Wrong End of a Gun
MISCHIEF IN MAGGODY
THE MIND’S EYE
Star Time—a four-CD/-cassette, five-hour, 71-track effort—is major cause to reevaluate James Brown’s prodigious recording career. In 1956, at age 23, Brown scored a minor hit with “Please, Please, Please,” a raw gospel chant that remains one of the highlights of the singer’s live show.
Although John F. Kennedy was neither a saint nor a great intellectual, he was the youngest president ever elected, which may explain why he was so well attuned to the changing mood of America in the '60s. Americans had grown weary of Cold War hysteria.
Inspired by the original mid-’70s CBGB scene, Pam Roberts began her career as a rock writer, working for Punk, Hit Parader and New York Rocker. She started painting a few years later, when she met her husband, world-renowned tattoo artist Bob Roberts.
What better attire could one possibly have for attending a cannabis protest rally than these Freedom Fighter leathers by New York City Custom Leather? The shop is located at 312 E. 9th Street in New York City; phone (212) 674-3895. For those who are opposed to cowhide for environmental reasons, Agatha, the designer, will make an outfit out of braintanned deerskin (you provide the skin). A good source for braintanned leather is Buffalo Chips, 327 South 24th Street West, Billings, MT 59102; (406) 656-8954.
No self-respecting Freedom Fighter shows up at a hemp rally without a tri-corner hat. The best low-cost ones we’ve found are available through Colonial Williamsburg, at (800) 446-9240. The plain black version sells for $8.95, plus $3.25 shipping. More elaborate, custom-made (with fur) tri-corners can be ordered through Prentice, at (804) 2291000, ext. 2117. Prices on the more durable models start at $34.
Modeled after an Eskimo design, the first Klepper folding kayak was made out of hemp and birch in 1907. Eighty-four years later, the design has not changed. Unfortunately, in 1968, the hemp skin was replaced by a cotton/hemp blend. Why? Simply because 100%-hemp material was too hard to find. Kleppers have crossed the Atlantic ocean and rounded Cape Horn during the winter. The boat folds into two small bags that easily fit into a car trunk. Prices start at $2,600. For more information, contact Hans Klepper, 35 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003; (212) 243-3428.
The MasterMind instrument is one of the newest of the electronic mind-stimulation machines. This lightweight, portable device runs on a nine-volt battery and has 12 different programs. The price is $229.95, and it can be ordered by calling (800) 388-6345. For more information, write Synetic Systems, 3822 Stone Way North, Seattle, WA 98103.
Although there are numerous environmentally -friendly mail-order companies appearing, one of the first and best is Seventh Generation located in Colchester, VT 05446-1672. The catalog covers everything from recycled motor oil to organically-grown cotton socks. The solar-powered radio shown here sells for $40. To order a catalog ($2) call (802) 655-3116.
For environmental living, the tepee is unsurpassed. A complete unit (cover, liner, floor and poles) can be purchased for as little as $400—less than a month's rent in many cities. The tepee Shown here was made by Earthworks, Box 28, Ridgeway, CO 81432; (303) 626-5680. Send $1 for catalog.
These beautiful buds are Native American smudge bundles, made from sage, cedar and sweetgrass. Traditionally used in sweat lodges, ceremonies and rituals, they are becoming popular with many new-age therapists and shamans. Each bundle costs $4, and can be ordered through Native Scents, Box 5763, Taos, NM 87571; (800) 748-2909.
super-deluxe brass lantern
Who needs a flashlight when a candle lantern works just as well? Eliminate the need for toxic batteries. This super-deluxe brass lantern sells for $17.99 (the aluminum version costs $12.99), and can be ordered through CAMPMOR, PO Box 997-K, Paramus, NJ 07653-0997; (800) 526-4784.
Between the Hemp Tour and Rainbow Gatherings, the counterculture went on the road in '91. Good travel gear is essential for extended jaunts away from Babylon. Here at HIGH TIMES, we put our emphasis on handcrafted goods (as opposed to factory-made ones), as well as environmentally-friendly products.
This excerpt from Ed’s latest book, The Closet Cultivator, will help you separate the males from the females, and help those hemp flowers bloom into nicely-formed, full buds.
When to Flower
The goal of the closet cultivator is to grow plants which yield a large crop of sinsemilla, the unfertilized female flowers of the plant. Usually male and female flowers grow on separate plants. By removing the male plants from the garden, the females will remain unpollinated.
This bud was started outdoors, and finished indoors under fluorescents. It weighed a half-ounce and was great. M.S.C.P. Carbondale, IL Here is my first garden, a mixture of sativas and indicas. A friend gave me the seeds. G.H. Houston, TX The buds were picked off this little lady on September 3, and [she] was put under lights to regenerate.
On March 21, 1991, the DEA staged Operation Equinox at the University of Virginia, seizing the Delta Upsilon, Phi Epsilon and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity houses after finding a few quarter ounces, a small stash of mushrooms and an assortment of bongs, bowls and pipes.
The Psychedelic Fall of The Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett
"It was all so easy then," says Peter Jenner of Syd Barrett's artistic flowering and The Pink Floyd's initial success. “The question is why it then became so hard. Money? Fame? People coming up and asking Syd the meaning of life—and giving him loads of acid?
In 1215, the barons of England protested seizures of their assets and forced King John to sign the Magna Carta—the first constitutional expression of property rights. Upon this foundation, the modern structures of individual liberty and private property have been built.
THMQ LETTERS I received the following letter printed on 16 sheets of Zig-Zag: “If you get caught in Greenfield, OH with a marijuana cigarette, the marijuana will cost you a $100 fine (under state law), but the paper you wrap it in will cost you $1,000 (under city ordinance).”
Chef RA's Report From the Dead Tour A Few of The Hound's Favorite Things ALSO: Reefer Rodent D.E. Anus The Hemp 100 The Political Party Page Due to the overuse of “The Ultimate Party” concept by others, I am discontinuing the “Ultimate Party Magazine.”
This homemade bong is made from a 500 ml suction-filter flask, a five ml pipette, a one-holed rubber stopper, surgical tubing and a bran bowl. Food coloring turns the bong water blue in this picture to match the candles and napkin, and adds an interesting touch to the smoking experience.
This is my Thing! Walking sticks! Hand-made; I collect them and make them. My favorite stick is called “Mystic Stick.” My brother collects too, and his favorite is called “Red Man.” Legalize marijuana, save the trees and the planet! Love, Queen Esther Maxie, LA You couldn't beat that Thing with a stick, Esther!
It's been a tough year out here in Babylon. Money is tight. War, violence and hate still take center stage. The threats to the ganja peace culture still roll in from the Babylonian rats in the devil's darkness. But I am the Mad Dog for the '90s, and we Dogs fear no evil!!
There's a lot of good stuff out there I've been putting off writing about, so I'll just try to wrap up the loose ends Walter Winchell-style. Nick Tosches' classic book Unsung Heroes of Rock'n'Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis (Harmony), has been expanded and revised, and is still the all-time greatest book on rock'n'roll ever writ.
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!