Editor-in-chief Steven Hager has installed a democratic method for deciding what should go on the cover of HIGH TIMES. Once a month, the staff gathers for a vote. First, there’s a friendly discussion, then a vote is taken. That’s followed by another discussion.
The December issue features an interview with Lt. Col. Bo Gritz, who is identified as the presidential candidate of the Populist Party. The party’s last presidential candidate was David Duke, ex-Nazi and ex-Klansman, who was recently a Republican candidate for governor of Louisiana.
Count Beat poet Allen Ginsberg among the nation’s first hemp activists. After his seminal poem Howl thrust him into the national spotlight in 1956, Ginsberg began speaking out in favor of marijuana-law reform, gay rights and a myriad of other causes close to his heart.
"Hemp, hemp, hooray. Legalize today!" The Lone Reefer, megaphone in hand, was leading the marijuana march up State Street in Madison, Wisconsin on the first Sunday of October at the Great Midwest Harvest Festival. He kept rotating chants.
"The War on Drugs is a war on us. They want to felonize us, take away our rights as citizens. We won’t stand for it. It ain't gonna happen. They thought they had all the answers, but they forgot something—marijuana as medicine, an issue that won’t go away.
"I've never been so disgusted in my life," Jack Herer shouted, as he pointed to state police officers using video and still cameras to record Cannabis Action Network’s Hemp Tour ’91 rally in Hollidaysburg, PA on September 4. "I’ve never seen this kind of police presence at any rally I've attended in twenty years.” The rally, which took place during the fall tour's opening week, would not have happened had it not been for CAN representatives Alvin "Bud" Morrison and Charles "Chuck" Cox and Hollidaysburg NORML head and former HT Freedom Fighter of the Month J.S. Vipond.
On November 6, San Francisco voters said yes to Proposition P, an initiative supporting the use of medical marijuana. Prop P garnered nearly 80% of the 167,000 votes cast, the largest margin of victory for an initiative in the California's history.
Calling the drug war a menace that "threatens to consume those fundamental rights of the individual deliberately enshrined in the Constitution," New Mexico's chief federal judge dismissed all charges against Lawrence Boyll, an Anglo member of the Native American Church who had been arrested for importation of peyote.
Six hundred Bolivian military and police officials, together with 30 DEA agents and the US Coast Guard, staged what was described by a senior DEA official as the "largest and most complex paramilitary operation the DEA has ever undertaken anywhere in the world" in Santa Ana del Yacuma last June 28.
Over 100 defendants were found waiting without court dates in a Baltimore jail last summer by the Maryland state prison system. The financially hurting city had turned over the jail to the state, which found the men when updating the facility’s records system.
SANDRA HAYER & LENNICE WERTH— VIRGINIA BACH'S BUSY FOUNDERS
Last June 22, Freedom Fighter Mike Cox was arrested for cultivating more than 100 marijuana plants in the front yard of his Center Valley, PA home. The plants were in full view and ranged in height from a few inches to a few feet. When asked if that wasn't a little reckless, Cox told HIGH TIMES, "I'm just getting too old to sneak around, it's such bullshit, you know."
In New York, the first of December was a particularly good day if you were a Giants fan. That's not to say the Giants won a football game on that Sunday (they didn't). Just that most Giants fans now know more about medical marijuana than the average citizen.
Is another four years of George Bush the best America has to offer? Will the dramatic advances made in human rights, civil rights and individual rights—hard won in the 1960s—be crushed under the wheels of the runaway freight driven by George Herbert Walker Bush and his co-conspirators?
Halloween in New York City, the world's largest freak show. Bobby, dressed as a 300-lb Arab terrorist, strolls into his favorite downtown watering hole. He wears a checkered kaffiyeh headdress and a burnoose that looks like it was fashioned by Omar the tentmaker.
PINK SAMURAI: Love, Marriage & Sex in Contemporary Japan
THE ALCHYMIST'S JOURNAL
CASH CROP: A Closer Look Inside the Outdoor Marijuana Growing Business
Romanofsky & Phillips (Fresh Fruit Records) Blending rock, folk and cabaret into a unique, cohesive blend, Paul Phillips and Ron Romanofsky create what they’ve dubbed "mehn"s music." Be Political, Not Polite centers on the pair's witty lyrics, homosexual themes and comfortable vocal harmonies, backed by guitar and the occasional keyboard.
The radical city by the Bay that hatched the Free Speech Movement in the '60s has taken a conservative turn in the '90s. What does the bulldozing of People's Park really mean?
NEW PARK ORDER?
SPIRIT OF THE COSTANOAN
WELCOME TO LONIVILLE
TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS
August 1991: Hundreds of police in full riot gear and gas masks stand vigil over People's Park in Berkeley, California. Night has fallen. Police have spent much of the day sweeping the park clear of demonstrators protesting the construction of volleyball courts on the historic site.
In this special report for the Year of Indian Rights, our intrepid traveler participates in his third peyote ceremony. Since Gorman's previous articles on the ceremony have become a source of controversy within the Native American Church, this time he must answer difficult questions about the true.purpose of his journeys on the good red road.
It was a cool August evening high in the Rockies. To the East. a sliver of moon rose in a starry, cloud-patched sky. To the West. a tepee stood beside a small reservation house. Inside, a glowing fire cast eerie shadows on canvas walls. Nearly two dozen people milled around.
Did a major US corporation conduct top-secret experiments to find out if pot would grow in outer space? This agricultural expert swears his story is true!
While doing research for Psychedelic Monographs and Essays (my book series), I contacted author and lecturer Richard Alan Miller, who is respected as one of our country’s top agricultural consultants. He regularly travels the world at the request of farm conferences, colleges and corporations and has even given private audience to several state governors.
I live in a rural area, so I have no trouble growing. But my plants always become 12’, lush giants. This worries me because of the choppers. Is there any way to keep my beauties shorter? Charlie M. Choctaw, OK Yes. First, you might try planting later.
As our own age spirals down into its terminal point of ultimate, final closure, our culture now marks its Ltime—its passing—with the aesthetic self-conception and construction of its future tomb. The 1990s have become the millennium burial site for an age that once was, but is now rapidly receding; an epoch of modern industry, art and invention that has come to collapse in upon itself.
Just as People’s Park was heating up in the summer of 1991, across the country, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, hundreds of riot police sealed off Tompkins Square Park and evicted the homeless squatters who had been camping there. An eight-foot chain-link fence was erected around the park, and city-contracted bulldozers were sent in.
In a country built on the precept of separation of church and state, which has been largely populated by immigrants seeking freedom from religious persecution, it seems incomprehensible that legal religious intolerance still exists. Native Americans have long been prosecuted for their traditional beliefs; religious intolerance has been a cornerstone of their genocide since Europeans first arrived, the slaughter of native nations justified by religious differences.
I've just been elected to chair the board of directors of NORML. HIGH TIMES invited me to write this column to introduce myself to the readership. My involvement with NORML dates back nearly 20 years, and I've been involved as a state coordinator for Missouri NORML for the past several years.
Butterflies and mambo-tokers! Keep sending in those price quotes! THMQ is a reader-driven information service and we require current information from the public. Send your quotations, photos and detailed descriptions to: THMQ, HIGH TIMES, 235 Park Ave.
This LA rap group smokes pot and likes it a lot. HIGH TIMES hangs with Mssrs. B-Real, Sen Dog and Muggs. And look for our special centerfold with B-Real's instructions on "How to Roll a Blunt." James B. Stanley was unwittingly fed massive doses of hallucinogenic drugs as part of the CIA's MK-ULTRA program.
How many times have you sat around the crib wondering if you could just walk out the door and escape your boring existence??? If the answer is yes then let me welcome you to the club.
Peace and Love Gangways Ghee Rice
I think the biggest problem we face in our personal lives is finding situations or friends to relieve the pressures of a boring, stagnant lifestyle. From big cities to small towns, we all face similar lifecycle traps. EAT, BUY, DIE is one of those consumer brainwashes that has society in a rut, spinning its wheels.
Dear HIGH TIMES Bong People: I'd really love to show my baby to the world. She's pretty self-explanatory. Everybody's crazy about her, she's a real gas! Really hope you like it. Texas Boner Tokers Ingleside, TX Got a favorite bong? Send a photo of it to us at: HIGH TIMES BONG MASTER, 235 Park Ave.
How's this for Thing of the Month?! I picked up some killer kind bud (totally sinse) in Boston Gardens, some excellent tickets and then saw the Dead! Now, that's something! The Poz & Mike the Man Birmingham, AL Got an unusual, excellent or gnarly-rad thing?!
"John... straddles the old and the new like a colossus. " Tenor titan Archie Shepp John Coltrane first came into the public eye from his work with '50s combos led by Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, where his controversial "sheets of sound" approach (he'd play every conceivable combination of notes relating to a chord at blinding speed) thrilled and unsettled listeners.
When free-lance writer Mike Hughes opened his Playboy at Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley, CA this fall, he probably didn’t think twice before doing it. His waitress told him to put it away or move. Little did he know that his action would prompt a protest gathering at the restaurant of over 100 people, or that it would be covered in the San Francisco Chronicle and local TV. After hearing about this, we couldn’t help but wonder how different waiters or waitresses would react to someone reading HIGH TIMES in their presence.
LEROY CARR & SCRAPPER BLACKWELL: Who they was and what they done
Leroy Carr was born in Nashville in 1905, where he graduated from high school, left to travel with the circus, spent time in the army and in prison, worked as a moon-shiner and later at a meat-packing plant. He sang blues and played the piano in a driving, barrelhouse style, mostly around Indianapolis' Naptown area.