I am pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Weinberg as News Editor, replacing Steve Bloom, who has been promoted to Senior Editor. Starting this month, Weinberg and Peter Gorman will be editing the HighWitness News section. Weinberg is an experienced environmental reporter whose work has appeared in The Nation, New York Newsday, The Guardian, Lower Manhattan’s Downtown, The Ecologist, Green Letter and Native Nations.
In the four years I've been buying HIGH TIMES, I've never been embarrassed about it. But when I bought it today, the cashier looked at her co-worker and said, "No wonder those people are so spaced out." HIGH TIMES and the legalization movement already have enough of an image problem.
Can dolphins communicate with humans? John Lilly thinks so.... His work with these animals inspired the movie Day of the Dolphin, and although he has long since stopped research in this field it is what he is best known for. But dolphins are just a small part of the universe of John Lilly—his original work in the field of neuroscience is well known and respected, and he pioneered research in electrical brain stimulation long before he ever swam with the dolphins.
Final Ruling in DPF v. Bennett In what promises to be a landmark case, US District Court Judge Fern Smith recently ruled that US citizens have a right to sue the government over the use of the military in domestic law enforcement. The ruling was made in the case of The Drug Policy Foundation v.
For months before February's New Hampshire primary, the five contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination tried to outpoint each other with solutions to the country's economic malaise. But hardly a word was uttered about drugs, not so long ago America's number-one issue.
CLINTON TURNED BLIND EYE TO ARKANSAS CONTRA CONNECTIONS
Arkansas Airport "Hub" of Drugs and Guns Pipeline
MORE DIRT ON CLINTON
An independent group of researchers in Arkansas is charging that Governor Bill Clinton is covering up an airport used by the CIA and major cocaine smugglers in a remote corner of the Ozark Mountains. According to Debra Robinson of the Arkansas Committee, the Intermountain Regional Airport in Mena, AK, continues to be the hub of operations for people like assassinated cocaine smuggler Barry Seal as well as government intelligence operations linked to arms and drug smuggling.
In a bizarre twist on the Green Merchant operation—in which federal agents confiscated gardening-supply shop records nationwide in an effort to track indoor marijuana growers (Jan. '90 HT)—four DEA agents approached Rick Martin, owner of the Texas Gardening Center in Spring, TX, asked to install cameras in his store and offered cash for his client list.
Since its closure by the administration of Mayor David Dinkins last summer, Tompkins Square Park on New York's Lower East Side has been vacant, fenced off from the public and devastated by bulldozers. A suit launched by local activists maintaining that the closure was illegal has not prevented demolition of the historic park.
Bush's War on Drugs proposal for 1993 calls for a $12.7 billion budget—a 6.5% increase in spending over 1992. The Justice Department, saying it wants more DEA and FBI agents, proposed $11.3 billion for its budget. The Pentagon refused a White House request to take on a bigger role against drugs, allegedly not wanting such close ties to an unsolvable problem.
Elderly Couple "Terrorized" in Bogus Bust On January 3 at 9 PM, 69-year-old Harvey Bozeman and his 63-year-old disabled wife had their Tennessee home invaded by two Knox County Sheriff's Department patrol units. A plainclothes officer knocked at the door without identifying himself, asking for one Jerome Noe.
When Dr. Arnold Trebach started the Drug Policy Foundation in 1986, he said that he wanted "to make opposition to the drug laws decent and respectable." If the DPF's 1st Annual West Coast Conference, which took place in San Francisco on Saturday, January 25, is any indication, Dr. Trebach must feel that he has succeeded beyond his wildest expectations.
In what promises to be a severe test for Proposition P—the medical marijuana initiative recently passed by an overwhelming vote in San Francisco—activists plan to give away tens of thousands of marijuana sprouts to medically needy patients in that city during the last week of April.
Bird seed is becoming increasingly alarming to United States drug agents. The possession of these seeds from the cannabis hemp plant has set off arrests on both coasts. In June 1990, Freedom Fighter Ron Noel (see Nov. '91 HT) was arrested in Boston for distributing hemp seeds during Nelson Mandela Day.
ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO REFORM MARIJUANA LAWS AND END THE DRUG WAR
The Cannabis Action Network is a charitable unincorporated association working to educate the public about the marijuana issue. CAN brings the legalization issue to the public by organizing rallies, public forums and other events. CAN also provides information, organizing assistance and other resources to activists.
More than 600 attended a Dec. 15th pot protest and celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights held in front of the LA Federal Building in Westwood, CA. "The rally was a total success," attendee Bill Bridges told HIGH TIMES. On Feb. 6th, more than 800 protesters filled the Public Square in Cleveland, OH. Topics of protest ranged from the war in Croatia to hemp legalization.
Irreverence was the name of the game at the 16th occasional Doo Dah parade in Pasadena. It was originally intended to mock the annual Tournament of Roses parade, but it has become an institution itself. The event is considered the Mardi Gras of California.
On January 20, the nation (with the exception of parts of Arizona) officially celebrated the birth and life of a great American, Martin Luther King, Jr. Coincidentally, two things have been on my mind: Dr. King's teachings and the War on Drugs.
As the War on Drugs herds our society toward a police state, more of us are realizing that something must be done to end this insanity. With this realization, however, comes another. Namely, the increasing personal costs of going public with our beliefs concerning the Drug War and the legalization of cannabis hemp.
Hungarians have cultivated hemp for hundreds of years. It has long been a vital resource here and an important source of revenue for the economy. As I witnessed in a trip to Hungary this fall, it is still thriving as a crop. In the early days, hemp was woven into cloth and sewn into simple garments by poor farmers and villagers.
FROM ABBEY ROAD TO THE YIPPIES: THE WALRUS TURNS RAD
ENTER THE BLUE MEANIES, STAGE RIGHT
THE BATTLE BEGINS
WATCHING THE WHEELS
THE DREAM IS OVER
Why would the FBI want to withhold their files on a rock star who has been dead for over ten years? That's what Jon Wiener wants to know. Jon Wiener is a history professor at UC Irvine who wrote a biography of John Lennon's radical years, Come Together.
Light, outdoors, is simply sunlight—no elaborate lights or expensive electricity to worry about. It is a fallacy that marijuana must have full sunlight throughout the day. Potency does not depend on the duration of sunlight. Recent studies have shown that clones grown with half-day sunlight were more potent than sister clones grown in day-long sunlight.
These 14-gram beauties are the product of a think tank to which I belong. The Unknown Grower USA We have a small hydroponic setup. What temperature should we keep the water at? The Wet Bandits USA 72-75 degrees. I have some pure hash plant seeds from Holland.
The story of the hemp plant's journey to America from its home in Asia is as mysterious and amazing as its adventures since it arrived. Plants, even more than children and domesticated animals, get carried around wherever adults decide to move next.
What's your excuse for not joining NORML? It is obvious that marijuana prohibition is the cause of tremendous and needless suffering by hundreds of thousands of people who are its victims each year. It is also clear that marijuana prohibition is largely responsible for the continuing loss of the precious civil liberties guaranteed to all Americans by the Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
It’s time again to send some of the rocket man salutations out to you THMQ faithfulists. I’ve been burnin’ over the Arizona wilderness for a while, checking up on the health of Earth, praying a little, loving a little and smoking a lot of exotic bud.
OPERATION COURIER AND THE BOMBING OF PAN AM FLIGHT 103
DANCES WITH WASTES
DENNIS PERON: THE MAN WHO GAVE AWAY POT
MY OWN PRIVATE 'CANNABIS CUP'
Was the tragic crash over Lockerbie a result of a bumbled DEA/CIA plot to bring heroin into the US? Were the Libyans merely scapegoats blamed to save US face? Read Richard Stratton's compelling investigation into this horrific crime. American Indian lands have increasingly become the favorite toxic dump sites for waste companies and corporations.
Rapper Tone-Loc keeps kickin' the funky herbalistics.
"This has been the most I've ever talked about herb in one day," Tone-Loc marvels, kicking back in his hotel room with a late-afternoon jay. He has just returned from the studios of Dick Clark's United Stations radio network, where an interviewer very politely asked why his jams "Cheeba Cheeba" and "Mean Green" bluntly extol marijuana.
TRADE YOU ONE NARCO-TERRORIST FOR TWO BARRY SEALS?
THE PURPLE, PLASTIC LSD SIMULATOR
WACKY PACKS ARE BACK!
Drug Wars Trading Cards
PURPLE, PLASTIC LSD SIMULATOR
The same folks who brought us the Iran/Contra Cards are responsible for the Drug Wars Trading Cards. From Dan Quayle rolling up doobage to Operation Green Sweep and MK ULTRA (Operation Green Merchant is strangely omitted), this 36-card set covers a Wide range of obscure Drug War lore.
Kick Out the Jams (Elektra reissue) This genre-leaping classic of teenage angst gone gonzo was recorded on Halloween, 1968 and first unleashed on the world in '69. Call it heavy-metal 'cause it's heavy and metallic, or punk-rock 'cause it's a snarling document of a former garage band pissing all over the good-vibes hippie hype, or even call it jazz-fusion 'cause they take Sun Ra's "Starship" and turn it into a feedback orgy, but I'd just call it great rock'n'roll and leave the hyphens at home.
Why is Roe v. Wade mere seconds away from being repealed? Why do women still make 70 cents for every buck a man pulls in? Why is the victim's reputation always the one dragged through the mud during a rape trial? I'll tell you why. Because we have a bunch of misogynistic white men running America.
The Founding Fathers of America saw the benefit of Growing HEMP. They made clothing, paper, food and fuel from the HEMP PLANT. In more recent times, HEMP was discovered to hold off the destruction of the earth’s environment by providing biomass.
Whether you regard Elvis Presley as God's other son, a kitsch icon or merely a snazzy dresser, you'd have to be a deaf-mute not to be sick of the man who gave us "Queen Wahinie's Papaya." But the Elvis industry will not be satiated—not in our lifetime, anyway.