I remember buying Let It Bleed for $3.23 at my local department store in the Bronx one after-school day in 1970. It was the first Stones album I ever bought. Let It Bleed, with its tumultuous, drugcharged rhythms, offered me clear passage from teeny-bopper to hard rocker.
Is HIGH TIMES selling out or is the Guru of Ganja losing his interest? Ed Rosenthal had the opportunity to tour the Dutch super grow rooms and witness state-of-the-art techniques and all he can come up with is that dinky little article that’s more tease than please?!
Chocolate chunks, caramel fudge and Rainforest Crunch in a Brazil-nut base —yuuumm! (Ben & Jerry’s) Absorbing adaptation of Kim Wozencraft’s narc-novel now available on video. Features Clapton charttopper. (MGM-UA) An audio version of the infamous Mar. ’92 HT centerfold by rapper Redman.
The New York Dolls may be dead and gone, but a fresh new band called Star Star are stepping Into their high-heeled boots and showing the world that glam’s not history.
Kurt B. Reighley
Garish black and red stickers plastered all over Manhattan bear the name of their album: The Love Drag Years (Roadrunner). The 10 grooves that lie inside are juicy nuggets of raunchy pop, hyperactive melodies produced within an inch of their lives.
“Be-yooo-tee-full Torture King,” Jim Rose is chanting. “Now punch it through! Punch it! Punch it!...” Lollapalooza’s Circus Sideshow—featuring Rose, who barks like Tom Waits on Robitussen; the Torture King, who socks holes through his skin with various lengths of skewers and needles; Mr. Lifto, who clips cinder blocks to his nipple rings and stands at attention; and Matt “The Tube” Crowley, who does wondrous things with rubbers—is everything the advance hype said it would be.
“Gimme somethin’ I can use,” Chris Robinson implores between songs at New York’s Beacon Theatre. “Your stash, a condom, keys to your apartment, a piece of paper—I’ll draw ya a picture....” Then the lead singer of America’s top pot-rock band offers this summation of the group’s weeklong stand at the Beacon and stay in the Funky Apple: “We’ve been here for four days and we didn’t OD or anything.”
When Columbus propitiously grounded ashore at the Caribbean Islands all those years ago, he wasn’t looking to kindle the flame of what was to be our American history but rather, was searching for another kind of fire: the valuable spice that would alight the palate within Europe’s wearily bland repast.
If Charles Mingus Were a Gunslinger, There’d Be A Whole Lot of Dead Copycats
Charles Mingus is an iconic jazz figure who, like Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, looms larger than life years after his death. The monster bassist/composer/band leader holds as much sway over jazz today as he did during his lifetime (1922-1979).
SWAMP ZOMBIES A Frenzy of Music and Action (Doctor Dream)
WENDY CARLOS Switched on Bach 2000 (Telarc)
David Jay Brown
Like they did to Frank Sinatra’s swing, kids like to screw to Sonic Youth’s thing. Because the ’90s necessitate “safer” sack-time, harsher grooves are demanded. Into their 30s now, the Youth know and show this better than ever with their latest, Dirty; its sexy dissonance is prime time for a lovin’ spoonful or three.
I guess it’s time to make some Assistant East Coast promo men happy and tell you about all those new CDs that have arrived in the mail and are pertinent to people I’ve covered in past columns, and I’m gonna do it in one big run-through (if not one long sentence) à la Walter Winchell, the man who invented three periods...Buck Owens is the only person since Patti Smith (back in '76) who called me at home to thank me for writing about him, and he hadn’t had a record out in years!
Many activists feel that the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws floundered throughout the ’80s. Having pinned its hopes to the liberal administration of President Jimmy Carter, only to have them dashed—first by Carter’s own program of paraquat spraying on Mexican crops and then by the virulent anti-drug hysteria of the Reagan era—NORML continued to advocate the right to toke as a civil liberties issue, even as this position came to be seen as an irrelevant anachronism hanging on from the hedonistic '70s.
Aerial Surveillance in California Under the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), the DEA uses California National Guard helicopters in an “overflight school” for rookie agents to test their ability to spot marijuana patches from the air in Mendocino County.
Faces Five Years for Baking Magic Brownies for PWAs
On July 21, Brownie Mary Rathbun, who bakes marijuana brownies for San Francisco AIDS Patients, was arrested by the DEA and local authorities in Sonoma County, CA, while at the home of a friend. At the time of her arrest she was folding just under a kilo of pot into her brownie batter.
At an August 24 meeting of the city council, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass a resolution aimed at the implementation of Prop P, the medical marijuana initiative that calls for the restoration of marijuana to the list of available medicines in California.
Big Bucks Bagged by Victims of Faulty Urine Testing Held Up by Bureaucracy
When Ed Sierra, a bus driver with the NYC Transit Authority for 12 years, suddenly was told by the TA in 1984 that he’d tested positive for marijuana, he couldn’t believe it. “I don’t do drugs—there had to be some mistake,” he says. Nonetheless, the TA fired him, and that led to a horrendous next few years, culminating in October, 1991 with a legal victory in a class-action suit against the TA by thousands of workers who had also been persecuted for the agency’s own errors.
Oops! QFs got squeezed out this month, but they’ll be back in January. Meanwhile, here’s a little something to think on: According to Marilyn Vos Savant, a columnist for Parade Magazine and reportedly the owner of the world’s highest IQ, a positive result from a urine test with a 95% accuracy rate has a 50-50 chance of being a false positive in random testing of populations which have a 5% drug-use rate.
Forfeiture Specialist Ohta Reassigned After Son Busted For Selling Pot
SENATE STUDY CALLS DRUG WAR A FAILURE
Between 1984, when she took over the lead post in the Connecticut asset forfeiture unit, and March, 1992, when she was reassigned, assistant US District Attorney Leslie Ohta oversaw the forfeiture of 26 million dollars worth of assets. “She was a killer prosecutor,” says John R. Williams, a defense attorney who often tangled with her.
Robert L. Kundert: President, American Cannabis Society
Bob Kundert’s first exposure to marijuana was at the age of 14. “I saw Reefer Madness in 1937,” he says, “and believed what it said about reefer.” But today, at age 69, the president of the American Cannabis Society and author of the “Thank You for Pot Smoking” slogan seems to be living proof of the positive effects of cannabis.
Groups Working to End the Drug War and to Legalize Marijuana
The Green Panthers! (exclamation point mandatory) are the militant marijuana group—they are to the hemp legalization movement what Earth First! is to the ecology movement. “We are the organization doing militant resistance to the War on Drugs,” says Green Panthers!
A May 9 hemp rally at Mt. Trashmore, VA, had its permit cancelled for “flagrant violations of the law,” when locals alleged that some of the 500 in attendance were smoking marijuana. The police claimed that the rally’s sponsor, Tidewater NORML, was responsible for the actions of the crowd.
On Sunday, June 21, there was a hemp rally at the Federal Building in Westwood, CA. The event featured everything from hemp health foods to cannabis clothing. Speakers included Jack Herer, the Reverend Bud and Elvy Musikka, who gave a riveting speech about her 12-year struggle with the federal government to get legal pot for her glaucoma.
I walked into Mandarin, a plushy Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, and told the host that I was with the NORML party. As he was leading me in, he asked, “What is NORML?” I was tempted to answer, “Who’s to say what’s NORML?” I was also tempted to respond, “It’s Dan Quayle’s way of spelling normal,” but what I said instead was, “It's the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.”
The simple rules of US drug policy: 1—Place decisions of how to import illegal drugs and what quantities to import in the hands of desperate and violent criminals. 2—Allow drug importers to set, collect and keep their own taxes. 3—Prevent licensed and professional drug manufacturers from entering the illicit drug trade.
What we are doing is not working! We have focused our attention, effort and resources upon intercepting heroin, cocaine and marijuana, and incarcerating those who sell and use them. We have been increasingly successful in seizing ever larger quantities of these drugs, convicting greater numbers of defendants who are involved with them and sentencing those defendants to ever longer terms in our jails and prisons.
The true story of how Keith Richards kicked smack.
This excerpt from Victor Bockris' new biography, Keith Richards (Poseidon), begins during the Rolling Stones' 1976 European tour and ends with Richards' heroin cure in the United States a year later. The excerpt's relevance comes in part from the fact that heroin use is back in vogue among rock stars these days.
HIGH TIMES: What made you write a book about Keith Richards? Victor Bockris: I had written books before about William Burroughs, Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol and Lou Reed—all of whom have one thing in common: they're great talkers. In 1988, when Keith came out with his solo album and he did a number of interviews, I suddenly realized that Richards was also a memorable talker.
Xochipilli (show-chee-pee-lee), or the “Prince of Flowers,” is the ancient Aztec deity of sacred psychoactive plants, some of which are psychedelic. A pre-Colombian, stone-carved statue of this hyper-dimensional, hallucinogenic divinity presently resides in the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City.
Thanks to the forfeiture laws, the government can take your car, your home and your bank account. Although you may never be accused of a crime, your property will not be returned without an expensive legal battle. Most victims don’t fight back. Why spend $20,000 in lawyer’s fees to win back a $15,000 car? That’s why forfeiture has become a billion-dollar business.
GETTING PROPERTY RETURNED
NEW DIRECTIONS FOR FORFEITURE
Although the roots of forfeiture can be found in ancient British maritime law, modern forfeiture began with the 1970 racketeering laws (RICO). Those laws were broadened several times during the ’80s in response to President Reagan’s policy of zero-tolerance.
If the psychedelic and cannabis community were to elect a diplomat, Rick Doblin surely would have to be considered for the job. Since the early ’80s, he has been lobbying for marijuana as medicine and for psychedelic drug research. In 1986 Doblin founded the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to continued research on MDMA (Ecstasy) and the medical uses for marijuana.
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting researchers design, fund and conduct psychedelic drug research. It is the belief of MAPS that psychedelic research will provide great insights into the brain’s basic physiological mechanisms and help psychiatrists to better understand the workings of the human psyche.
In a California desert, organic-grower and breeder Kommander Kola earns his stripes exploring the great indoors. Call me Kommander Kola. I got that nickname when I used to grow outdoors in 15-gallon buckets. But I don’t grow outdoors anymore.
There is a lot of wild pot near where I live. Of the 100-150 plants that I harvest each year, I managed to find 3-5 killer plants. It seems a shame to let all of the other beautiful plants go to waste. Do you know of any ways to turn some of this herb into hash?
Today I feel determined to find my brothers and sisters across this Great Land we call America and talk to each and every one of you. I feel confident that we can break free of the negative vibes which seem to plague the peoples of this country. So back on the road I go—with the Chef RA’s Ganja Hunters Posse—to find the true meaning of life’s unanswered puzzle.
It’s like this: You write to us with honest, reliable information. We analyze and report it for the common good. Pretty damned nice of us, we think. But the most important part is you, brothers and sisters! Keep those letters coming! Until the War on Herbs is an unpleasant memory, we gotta hang together.
THOMAS KING FORCADE: LIVING AND DYING THE GREAT ADVENTURE
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW: BROWNIE MARY
Part Robin Hood and part Jesse James, the founder of HIGH TIMES remains the most underappreciated figure of the ’60s counterculture. HIGH TIMES proudly presents the definitive portrait of our creator, written by one of our finest biographers.