Have you noticed a proliferation of book, video and product ads in HIGH TIMES? Have you witnessed the appearance of hemp satchels and tote bags in our pages? Are you aware of the expansion of the HIGH TIMES hotline? Ever since Operation Green Merchant devastated our advertising base, many people wondered whether HIGH TIMES would survive.
I am writing to express my disappointment at seeing anti-hemp letters in the January issue. First of all, I think HIGH TIMES does a fine job of reporting about pot. Every issue contains buds, bongs, grow tips and pot humor. But let’s face it: life is about more than getting stoned.
HIGH TIMES: Tell us how you became interested in shamanism and the exploration of consciousness. Terence McKenna: I discovered shamanism through an interest in Tibetan folk religion. Bon, the preBuddhist religion of Tibet, is a kind of shamanism.
About two or three weeks ago, according to my incompetent knowledge of the whole thing, a big movement was made towards legalization of pot in Russia. Most people don’t pay any attention and just live their sovkovye (Russian slang for “low quality”) lives.
On Saturday, April 4, the University of Michigan “Diag” in Ann Arbor will be filled with Americans protesting the 55-year-old prohibition of marijuana at the 21st annual Hash Bash. A common misconception about Hash Bash is that the original Bash was a campus party held after Ann Arbor lowered the fine for possession of pot to $5 in 1972.
At presstime, plans for the 1992 Hash Bash on Saturday, April 4, were still being finalized. Experts from around the country are expected to attend and share information on how to legalize marijuana and end the War on Drugs. Various media outlets will be there to cover the action, which is schedued to kick off at 12 noon on the University of Michigan Diag in Ann Arbor.
Shaun Walters, son of Oklahoma governor David Walters, died of an apparent suicide on December 26. Eleven days earlier, Walters was found unconscious in his car with an empty prescription bottle for the antidepressant, Pamelor, in his pocket.
It's not often that indigenous peoples or environmentalists have much to celebrate in Amazonia, but both got a shot in the arm in November when Brazil declared a 25,000-square-mile area in northern Brazil off-limits to all but the Yanomami and related tribes, health workers and a handful of others.
Acid’s back.... A nationwide survey conducted by the University of Michigan showed that last year, for the first time in 17 years, more high school seniors dropped acid or ate mushrooms (5.4%) than snorted or smoked coke (5.3%). Feds seized 1.7 million doses of LSD in ’91, most of it from Northern California.
Imagine my joy when I clicked on the tube one Saturday afternoon in December and saw a taped broadcast of Pasadena’s infamous Doodah Parade. Vicki Lawrence and Jay Thomas were the TV hosts of this rather bizarre 16-year-old Southern Cali spectacle.
Professor Jeff Blum is trying to teach his law school a lesson. Charging the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Law with slander, negligence, breach of contract and violation of his constitutional rights, Blum has filed twin $4 million lawsuits in federal and state courts against the state, SUNY and eight members of the university’s administration and faculty.
Name two things that Europeans brought to Native American Indians. The answer is, “Syphilis and lawyers.” Jay Leno recently had an idea for children in biology classes who were concerned about the rights of animals— a Dissect-a-Lawyer Kit. Orson Bean was on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for the first time in 11 years, and this is the joke he chose to tell: A lawyer shows up at the Pearly Gates.
On November 16, 1991, Brazil’s president, Fernando Collor de Mello announced his decision to begin the process of demarking the lands traditionally occupied by the Yanomami Indians. His order makes those lands off limits to all but the Yanomami, health-care workers and a handful of others (see Highwitness News, this month).
When a new regime comes to power in a banana republic, they release political prisoners. When an old regime wants to stay in power in this country, they jolly up the rubes a few months before election time by cutting the bank discount rate and dispensing a few middle-class tax breaks.
Corrosion of Conformity (Relativity) An ominous instrumental track like “These Shrouded Temples” could be a frightening initiation for infrequent visitors to the realm of metal-heavy rock unexpurgated by MTV. Yet while misconceptions about this music of a darker nature send so many people running scared, what might strike even greater fear (were they to recognize its presence) here is something far more threatening than any Satanic messages—truth.
The United States is a sick and ailing nation in search of a leader. But who can expose the secret government, abolish the CIA, and put an end to petrochemical pollution? After searching the list of potential candidates, the editors of HIGH TIMES have come to the conclusion there is only one person who can save our country in 1992: The Great Chef RA!*
The Speech: Awake my brothers and sisters! We march on Armageddon, blindly following an enemy whose power to destroy is greater than any nuclear weapon. Who is this enemy? The Politrickster. Politricksters do not care about the people. They are only interested in protecting the privileges of their race and class.
Modern medicine has defeated the most feared killers of antiquity like smallpox, tetanus and typhoid. Why can't it find a cure for cancer and heart disease? Is it possible the American diet is killing us? Is it true that hempseed butter can reduce the risk of cancer? Lynn Osburn, co-editor of the Emperor Wears No Clothes searches for these and other answers regarding the nutritional potential of heepseed.
In May 1991, as the California Hemp Initiative was fully under-way, Jack Herer did a guest spot on a radio talk show in Los Angeles. One listener was a PhD biochemist from UCLA. Dr. Roberta Hamilton got in touch with Jack and arranged for a meeting to tell him about the nutritional value of the oils in hempseed.
The late Rick Griffin was one of the pioneers of the psychedelic art movement—making posters and album covers for everyone from the Grateful Dead to the Cult. Last year he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident and the psychedelic community is still mourning.....
The '90s: there are things we’ll have and do that will belong to no other time before or since, and there’ll also be things that are lost forever— relegated to the past in the linear law of time that rules our existence. Before this decade ever got rolling, before we even figured out what it was about or where it was going, we lost one of the great inspirational and innovative talents of our age.
On October 21,1988, Elvy Musikka became the first woman in the United States to receive legal marijuana from the federal government. This historic event came 12 years after Robert Randall received the first medical-marijuana prescription.
Once upon a time in Humboldt County, seeds were sown in agricultural geometries. The marijuana marched in rows and columns growing high in the sky. But this made easy pickin's for the helicopters. "Don't paraquat 'til you see the whites of their eyes," the men with badges would say.
I have read that Jiffy-7 pellets are an acceptable medium in which to start seed. However, in the 1990 catalog of the now-defunct Seed Bank it says not to use them because they are too acidic and prevent germination. Is this true? What is a good pH level for the growing medium?
A couple of events at this year’s International Conference redirected my thinking about our reform cause, and just what such conferences, at their best, are supposed to do. One was Steve Wisotsky’s stunning presentation on how thoroughly the whole federal judiciary has capitulated to drug-war demonology.
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After the former Beatle became involved in counterculture politics, he was put under intense surveillance and harassment by the FBI. Was Mark David Chapman a mind-control puppet? These and other questions are addressed by News Editor Bill Weinberg.
While I was in the hospital with a 107-degree fever and pneumonia, this bong was secretly created. Its power is so far unmatched. As it concentrates the smoke from ten hoses to six, it has put many people down for the count. Jim would have been proud.
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THE GRASSROOTS PARTY ENDORSES CHEF RA FOR PRESIDENT
On January 29th, the Grassroots Party endorsed Chef RA to run as their candidate for president. "Well work to get him on the ballot in three states," said Oliver Steinberg, one of the co-founders of the Grassroots Party. "We want someone out there to articulate the hemp issue, to say, 'Stop the Drug War.'