Last summer, a few readers began complaining about the quality of our cultivation coverage. One even suggested it was the result of intimidation created by Operation Green Merchant. The truth is, after five years of working together, Ed Rosenthal and I had pretty much run out of fresh ideas for the grow section.
The article “Did Native Americans Smoke Hemp?” (May ’92, HT) is completely misleading. Frazier presents no proof of pre-Colombian use and uses only information gathered post-colonization. If the Indians smoked cannabis, we would find archaeological proof such as partially burned seeds or stalks, and representations of cannabis on pottery and in other art. The Indians were superb at discovering plant resources.
John Trudell was the chairman and chief spokesperson of the American Indian Movement (AIM) from 1973 to 1979. Born in Omaha in 1946, he grew up on the Santee Sioux reservation in Nebraska. Trudell was a major figure in the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee.
His family calls it “a cold-blooded murder.” The state’s attorney general calls it “a justifiable homicide.” On February 28, 34-year-old John Fellin of West Hazleton, PA, was shot five times by a member of a special drug task force that had entered his home on a marijuana search.
CRUSADING JOURNALIST SHOT IN NYC— ANOTHER DRUG WAR CASUALTY?
All the Right Enemies
The Cerro Maravilla Connection
Journalist Mailed Severed Tongue
On March 11, Manuel de Dios Unanue, a crusading investigative journalist for New York City’s Spanish-language press, was gunned down by unknown assailants at a restaurant in the Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights—a South American enclave notorious as a power base for Colombia’s Cali cocaine cartel.
The repression is back to “normal levels,” it’s said. The first days of the September 30th coup, which was headed by army leader Lieutenant General Raoul Cedras and replaced freely-elected populist Haitian President Bertrand Aristide with Joseph Nerette, resulted in several hundred deaths.
Hooded Police “Invade” Neighborhood Oklahoma City’s IMPACT Program (for Initiating Multiple Police Actions Against Criminal Targets) was given a record force of 160 officers for a one-day “invasion” of a 12-block area in the high-crime Classen-10-Penn neighborhood.
The city of Las Vegas is used to explosions of raw energy—it’s located only 65 miles from the Nevada Test Site, where the federal Energy Department conducts underground tests of nuclear weapons every three weeks. But as the sun set over Vegas on April 12, there was an explosion of a different kind: the throbbing kinetic energy of over 2,000 people gathered at the Red Rock Bowl for a day of music, speeches and protest; the blazing stage lights and blaring speakers powered directly by 100 solar panels.
On April 22, Indiana began the largest raid ever staged on marijuana growers in the state’s history when more than 400 state police, 30 federal agents and 60 national guardsmen fanned out over 13 Indiana counties to serve warrants on nearly 100 suspected indoor marijuana-cultivation locations.
A grassroots movement is sweeping the nation. A growing awareness of the environmental, health and human rights implications of cannabis/hemp prohibition has led to citizen impatience with stalling bureaucrats. Across the USA, states, counties and cities are taking the marijuana question to the polls this fall.
Yo, slave! According to a report in The Nation, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America received $150,000 each from Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Philip Morris (Miller and Marlboro) and R.J. Reynolds (Camel) over 1988-91. Other contributors included American Brands (makers of Jim Beam and Lucky Strike), Pepsico and Coca-Cola.
On March 17th, Ron Massad of Hanover, MA was found guilty of trafficking 96 pounds of hydroponically-grown marijuana. Massad was one of the first Freedom Fighters in his area and is a member of the Massachusetts Cannabis Action Network. He was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of one year in prison.
On April 3, 1992, Ontario police entered the home of Canada NORML Director Umberto Iorfida, confiscated literature—including copies of HIGH TIMES—and arrested Iorfida. He was charged with violating Canadian criminal code 462.2, which makes it illegal to possess or dispense literature “promoting drug use.”
On May 2nd, the 19th Annual Pot Parade was held in New York City’s Washington Square Park. The crowd numbered in the thousands and several bands played, including the Soul Assassins with HT editor Steve Hager on guitar. The police presence was surprisingly mellow, considering that this event was taking place during the height of the LA riots.
On April 26, San Francisco’s Proposition P was tested when cannabis activists staged an event to distribute marijuana seedlings to seriously ill patients in that city’s Dolores Park. The event drew an estimated crowd of 2,000-3,000. An undisclosed number of seedlings were given away to patients with AIDS, glaucoma and a number of other diseases.
The following is an interview with a former deputy sheriff from Salt Lake City: Now tell me, what made you decide to contact me in the first place? Well, I was watching TV and there was this doctor on—I forget his name but he was the doctor who performed the autopsy on President Kennedy— anyway, he wrote a book about how the body was altered to make the entry wound in front look like an exit wound from the rear.
I’m a 34-year-old white male and a good person. I live in Ohio. I drank legal drugs for nine years and couldn’t handle it. I became a drunk. During that time I was arrested for everything from peeing in public to armed robbery. I barely remember the robbery: I was so drunk I pulled a gun in an Ohio club.
The time has come to remember. It is also time to forget. Forget the government. They’ve lied to us and cheated us. Forget the police. They only follow orders and enforce the unjust, paranoid laws of the government. The powers that be have duped them and programmed them so effectively and for so long that trying to change their opinions is futile.
After the April 13 skirmish in front of the Energy Department’s Las Vegas headquarters, 100th Monkey activist Rick Springer headed for the Las Vegas Hilton, where the National Association of Broadcasters was holding an awards dinner in honor of Ronald Reagan.
On July 15, 1991,I boarded a $160 one-way flight to Paris. From there I scuttled to North Italy where I linked up with a Rainbow Gathering novice and a car. We zipped through Budapest, East Hungary, East Czechoslovakia and finally into the southeast tip of Poland next to the now-extinct USSR. Fortunately, my American passport didn’t require any visas.
In secret apartment-gardens throughout Amsterdam, the finest strains of marijuana known to humankind are being cultivated under lights. Ideal growing conditions are set up using high-tech equipment to simulate Mother Nature’s perfect climates. To get a better picture, the Guru of Ganja tours a few of the old city’s more productive sites.
Hundreds of coffeeshops in Amsterdam sell sinsemilla, and hundreds more supply the herb in cities and towns all over Holland. Practically all of it is domestic, either grown in greenhouses or under lights. The problem with greenhouses is that they are more likely to be seized by the police.
Holland is a tiny, densely populated country in Europe. It has cold oceanic weather and poor sandy soil that has been reclaimed from the sea. Despite these handicaps, the agricultural industry here is among the world's largest in terms of export profit.
Protecting your garden from... CANNABIS-CRUNCHING CATERPILLARS!
As a columnist for Sinsemilla Tips magazine, the Bush Doctor helped save countless growers from unwanted natural harvest via insect-herbivore. Follow his instructions provided here, and you'll be fully prepared as the bug season picks up!
Know Your Pest
Cutworms and Armyworms
This one’s for you outdoor growers whose crops have been “moth-eaten.” Caterpillars never cause problems indoors. (If an exception exists out there...in there, then please correct me.) In brief: Caterpillars have chewing “mouthparts.”
This column begins the 10th year of ASK ED! Over the years I have read the same questions many times. The most basic questions asked are: How much indoor light does a plant need? What causes a plant to flower? And how can I tell a male from a female?
An excerpt from WAR ON THE LAND: Ecology and Politics in Central America
Central America’s rich agricultural heartland has been producing export crops ever since the Spanish conquest of the 16th century— resulting in hunger and cultural extermination for the region’s native peoples. In recent times, the marriage of the reigning oligarchies to the United Fruit Company is well known.
Prices around the nation as of May 15, 1992 Thanks to all of the many contributors to THMQ! We give you the latest and most accurate, thoroughly-researched soft-substance price wisdom available. THMQ is a reader-driven, semi-lunatic, nonsectarian grazing bulletin requiring current information from you, our glorious public.
Will a pill make you smarter? Will a nasal spray raise your IQ? What exactly are these so-called “smart drugs,” and do they really work? Our expert neuro-tech, David Jay Brown, gulps a few and finds out.... Turn on, tune in, drop out” takes on a whole new meaning when you’re plugged into a wall socket.
Meet FIREHOSE’s bassist and chief mota-man, Mike Watt.
The son of a Navy man, Virginia-born Mike Watt lived all over the world until he was 11, when his family settled in San Pedro in the harbor of Los Angeles. He began playing guitars and smoking herb when he was 12 years old with his best friend, D. Boon.
Thanks to psychedelic masterpieces like “Loaded” and “Higher than the Sun,” and the brutal honesty of ther interviews, Scotland’s rave-rockers primal Scream have become as notorious for their drug use as their music.
Well, you won’t find Primal Scream on hemp tour—as soon as I got to their record company’s offices to conduct this interview, guitarist Andrew Innes pulled me aside and asked where he could score some Methedrine. This kind of threw me and since I don’t have those kinds of connections, I let him down easy.
Kick me in the ass and tell me to wake up next tim you hear me talking about running for president of the United States. My close friends warned me that the politicos in the hemp movement would not like my gonzo approach to politics. I started my campaign with a good heart.
If one were to judge a book by its cover, Dope and Trouble (Pantheon) would definitely be a winner. With its title carved into a young tough’s head, the book looks like a ’50s tale of youth gone wrong. Unfortunately (or fortunately), we don’t judge books that way.
Warm and Cool (Rykodisc) No need to wait a nano longer for the guitar album you’ve been wishing Tom Verlaine would record for years. For such a major player, he’s let go his axe sparingly on the last couple of discs, illuminating only the barest, wiliest necessities.
Robert George “Joe” Meek was Britain’s first independent rock’n’roll record producer. He was a visionary, a genuine eccentric, and his story bears repeating because it’s a good one. Pay attention, youngsters, for were it not for the accident of birth, this could be your story too.