No living soul has done more to encourage home cultivation of cannabis than Ed Rosenthal, the HIGH TIMES Guru of Ganja. Thanks to his efforts, pot growing has become one of the most popular (and most profitable) hobbies in America. Pot growers are not outlaws but great American patriots, and Ed is their Thomas Paine.
I love Thom Harris’ idea about the cartoon balloon reading "I grew hemp" on dollar bills! Just one question: Why stop there? The two-dollar bill, which is much more unusual and therefore attracts more attention, contains not only another hemp farmer (Thomas Jefferson), but the back has a rendering of the signing of the 1776 first draft of the Declaration of Independence, which was written on hemp paper.
A researcher at the University of the West Indies thinks marijuana may improve night vision. "Jamaican fisherman, it seems, have an uncanny ability to see in the dark, and cannabis is the magic ingredient," said M.E. West, who published his theory in a letter to the scientific journal Nature.
Based on Robert Anton Wilson’s incredible and varied career, it’s hard to know what to expect when you meet him. This is a guy who spent five years in the '60s as an editor of Playboy, then went on to coauthor (with Robert Shea) the mind-boggling Illuminatus!
Cosmic Trigger, Volume II (New Falcon Publications) is a largely-autobiographical compound of anecdotal insights, brilliantly-odd-ball observations and stunningly-right-on accusations, eccentrically fused into a book that summarizes Robert Anton Wilson’s view of the world and the Cosmos.
Nevil Schoenmakers, former owner of Holland’s Seed Bank, has vanished. After spending 11 months in prison in Perth, Australia, Schoenmakers was freed on $100,000 bail June 21. Six weeks later, he blew off a required appearance in federal court.
On election day this month, Pennsylvania voters get to pass judgement on the nation’s top cop. After chomping at the bit for several months as the courts deliberated a challenge to Pennsylvania election law, Richard Thornburgh resigned from his post as US attorney general and began campaigning for John Heinz’s US Senate seat.
In the February ’91 HIGH TIMES, we reported on the plight of the Penan, a Dyak hunting-gathering tribe from the Malaysian state of Sarawak whose traditional homelands are being destroyed at a rate faster than any other rainforest in the world.
Just before Memorial Day, Ron "Noodleman" Carter kicked off his campaign for a seat on the City Commission by lighting up a joint on the steps of Key West’s City Hall. Carter puffed a torpedo-sized spliff and told a crowd of supporters, "As a demonstration of my disapproval of these laws, I am illegally and purposefully smoking a joint of marijuana in public.
It was a good summer for needle exchangers. After racking up legal victories on both coasts, two significant reports further bolstered the work of those who give addicts clean syringes in return for used ones to prevent the spread of AIDS. On July 31, Yale University announced that New Haven’s eight-month-old needle exchange program had already reduced HIV infection in addicts by a third.
High-profile pot activist Sandy Wells remained in jail at presstime, due to her arrest on June 29 in Burlington, VT. Wells, originally arrested for alleged disorderly conduct, was subsequently slapped with a felony charge for threatening a federal witness.
On July 23 in Boston, assistant DA Kathleen McCarthy dropped charges against Ron Noel for possession of cannabis seeds. Noel was spreading the good word about hemp when cops busted his table at Nelson Mandela Day festivities in June 1990. Although sterilized marijuana seeds are widely sold as legal bird feed, Noel was arrested for possessing a controlled substance.
Robert Lawrence is the founder of TEACH, an organization dedicated to the Therapeutic and Ecological Applications of Cannabis Hemp. "We’re an educational operation," Lawrence says. "There are a lot of really sick people who need marijuana.
During the first week of July, more than 20,000 lovers of peace descended on the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont, site of the 1991 Rainbow Family Gathering, an annual event dedicated to environmentally-safe living. Each year the Gathering is held in a different national forest and each year it has been ignored by the national media.
While Rainbow warriors were flocking to Vermont to celebrate the 4th of July, thousands of Midwest hempsters steered toward Hudson Lake near New Carlisle, Indiana, the scene of Hempstock. Here’s what happened: We arrived at 6:30 P.M. on July 3.
Dear Greg, You and I have been friends for 30 years now. We’ve marched for civil rights. We’ve fasted to protest the war. We’ve demonstrated against one injustice after another, and we’ve shared the stage at many a benefit. I have always been inspired by your personal evolution.
Nearly two years have passed since President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama. Ostensibly launched to bring narcodictator Manuel Noriega to justice, the invasion may have claimed 4,000 lives (officially, the figure is 300 or so). As Noriega continues to await trial in Miami, his saga grows more farcical with each new development— from a mysteriously killed witness to secret messages from the general’s prison cell to fallout from the BCCI scandal.
The United States of America, land of the free, home of the brave, now imprisons a greater percentage of its population than any other nation on Earth. Over a million men and women populate a vast system of state and county jails, prisons, federal prison camps, correctional facilities and penitentiaries.
UNRELIABLE SOURCES: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media
FLYIN’ THE FLANNEL
Anyone who’s ever been awakened by the distinctive click of an automatic weapon while visiting some of the seamier spots in a very foreign land will know that knocking around the world often proves troublesome, to say the least. Missed connections, poisonous foods, grumpy companions and hostile natives are just a few of the many mishaps that can befall the intrepid globetrotter in his or her quest for the forbidden.
VIRTUAL REALITY MIND EXPANSION AND THE COLONIZATION OF INNER SPACE
Any of you plugged into the mainstream media net for the last couple of seasons have probably noticed the buzzing swarm of articles— most prominently in mags like Scientific American, Whole Earth Review, Discover, Smithsonian, even Rolling Stone and, yes, even Spin— rhapsodizing about this computer-jacked, crypto-psychedelic, fun-with-your-new-head gear called virtual reality.
When asked recently about the basis of the psychedelics-virtual reality connection, several prominent consciousness-movement figures stressed two themes: multiple realities and global consciousness. Bruce Eisner, author of Ecstasy: The MDMA Story and founder of the Island Group, articulates the multiple-reality concept: "Psychedelics give you the idea to break free from consensus reality to experience multiple realities.
You will not read about him in the history books. He left no diary, nor chatty relatives to memorialize him in print. And if a cadre of associates had not recently agreed to open their files, Captain Alfred M. Hubbard might exist in death as he did in life—a man of mirrors and shadows, revealing himself to even his closest friends only on a need-to-know basis.
Behind the scenes of a new video devoted to guerilla growing.
There's a lot of pot in Gorilla Farming, and producer Terry Lewis says it’s all real—from the big pot plantation to the big, hairy buds the apes toss around during a poker game. (It’s "the pot"—get it?) This feature-length video, just released by Primate Productions, delivers an elementary and entertaining "how-to" for anyone interested in growing marijuana.
The phone rang as Gary—my director and associate producer—and I stood in darkness on the cabin porch, gulping black coffee and watching fog pour up the mountains. My wife and my life, Marilyn, craned her head out the door. "It’s Brian again.
Dear Friends, Cannabis is certainly a fascinating subject. As I study the plant and its impact upon society, I become more amazed at its symbiotic relationship with the human race. The plant was first domesticated 10-15,000 years ago and has transformed many societies.
Lennie Mace is a 26-year-old New Yorker with a penchant for mobility—until recently he'd lived in his van/mobile home for a few years. Before that, he called an old school bus home. Ignoring other mediums, Lennie works exclusively in ballpoint pen (he has a preference for Pilots, but has been known to go for a Bic on occasion), calling his renderings "pentings."
CAN A ONCE-COMMON ANTIDEPRESSANT BE OUR NEXT WONDER DRUG?
FOODS AND DRUGS CONTRAINDICATED WITH MAO INHIBITORS
Monamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) form a mysterious, diverse and fascinating group of drugs, featuring a uniquely-broad spectrum of established and potential applications. Among the MAOIs we find psychedelics, psychedelic synergists (drugs which enhance and potentiate the effects of psychedelics), stimulants and antidepressants.
There have been many changes at NORML over the past few months— changes in staff, the board of directors and organizational policy. This last, especially, has generated some controversy and misunderstanding. Some of our members were upset with the decisions to share our mailing list with like-minded organizations and to mail the Leaflet as a stand-alone piece.
THMQ LETTERS My girlfriend and I recently moved from Florida to San Francisco after years of reading and hearing how great the scene is supposed to be. Well, the smoke situation SUCKS. I’m informed about the rising cost of everything, but $20 a gram ($143 1/4-oz) for kind indica is absurd.
In our December issue, we take a look at a few of our favorite reggae stars: Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, Culture, Rita Marley, Burning Spear, Pato Banton, Augustus Pablo, Lucky Dube and more! Bo Gritz Interview by Ned Scott Jr What happens when the most decorated Vietnam Veteran goes to Southeast Asia to look for MIAs and finds a trail of heroin that leads straight to the White House?
This custom pipe is thick ceramic with a thrown chamber and a sculpted caterpillar drawpipe. You pull through the caterpillar’s hat, exhale in comfort, then die stoned. The shape of the chamber delivers a hit like a shovelful of creamed smoke.
How about this for Thing of the Month? My Spaceship House! All the history I know about it is that about 12 of them were made during the '60s, and this is one of the remaining few. It’s a great place to trip and do bong hits! P.O.B. Cape Hatteras, NC
From Elvis’s first Sun sides to the punk explosion of 1977, the best rock’n’roll was created for the 45 RPM record. They were perfect for each other—rock’n’roll just sounds best compressed onto those tiny grooves and spinning as fast as a flying saucer.
The groups listed below all have a common goal (hemp relegalization), and a grassroots approach to reaching it. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a state where there is an activist group, we urge you to support them. Join and become an official member, send money anonymously, or, if you’re broke and paranoid, just send a letter saying "thanks."
When Thom Harris, the first Freedom Fighter of the Year, suggested marking one dollar bills with a word balloon that says: "I GREW HEMP!" he wanted to inform people that the Father of Our Country grew cannabis. He had no idea he was launching a phenomenon.