As HIGH TIMES enters its 20th year of publication, we've decided to dedicate this year to our founder, Thomas King Forçade, who unfortunately remains one of the most underappreciated figures of the '60s counterculture. To commemorate this event, I'm delighted to present the most penetrating portrait of Tom ever written: "Living and Dying the Great Adventure" by Albert Goldman (page 36).
After reading Fiat Lux's letter in the October issue, I can say I find myself in the same predicament. I would definitely be in favor of his suggestion of using unmarked manila envelopes to deliver the magazine, even if it increased the subscription price by a few bucks.
Savvy Seattle soaper from Cameron Crowe. (Warner Bros.) Soundtrack features Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. (Epic) Wigstock ’92 headliner in New York’s Tompkins Square Park. Don’t miss their second disc, Infinity Within, in that wacky ECOPAK. (Elektra) Pocket-sized fanzine from the Dextromethorophan Church of the Ultra Mega New Age.
It's 4:20, and I'm getting stoned with my favorite band, Skinny Puppy. As Dwayne Rudolph Goettel (keyboardist), cEVIN Key (percussionist) and Rave (producer) toke and pass, cEVIN explains that every song ever written, produced and performed by Skinny Puppy has been created under the influence of THC. “Pot is definitely a part of our music in more direct ways than any other thing,” says cEVIN. “It plays a big part in accentuating the music—listening or playing,” adds Dwayne.
Marijuana’s Greatest Hits Revisited (Re-Hash) With so many great reefer songs written between the '30s and '70s, it’s a wonder that it took so long for some label to ask a bunch of pothead bands to record a bunch of pothead songs for a compilation record.
Dr. Thomas Szasz has been an outspoken, controversial figure throughout the past half century. The bulk of this staunch libertarian’s 21 books and countless articles have been spent attacking the notion of mental illness, which he calls a myth.
I do not think that I tax credibility by saying that Wilbert Harrison, if not a genius, was and probably still is one of the most profound musicians of his time. Historical digression: Harrison was born in Charlotte, NC, in 1929. He grew up playing piano and listening to gospel and country music.
It’s about time we stop talking about the ’60s as if the decade were the dawn of creation. I think we’ve all just about heard enough reverential, fluttery homages to a time that continues to recreate itself in our national imagination. That’s why Flashing on the Sixties (Flashback Productions; Lisa Law, dir.), a documentary by Lisa Law, is such a welcome shot of fresh air.
During the weekend of September 26-27, pro-hemp events were held in more than a dozen locations nationwide, making it the biggest rally weekend of the year. All but one were peaceful: In Madison, WI, at the 22nd Annual Midwest Harvest Festival, a near riot erupted when a large segment of the crowd—estimated at 5,000, despite rain—cornered several policemen who were manhandling one reveller, and began chanting "Bullshit!
ACTIVIST KILLED BY POLICE; ORGANIZERS FACE SLAPP SUIT
In the summer of 1991, violent street battles exploded in Berkeley over the University of California’s plans to develop a volleyball court in People’s Park. First created from an unused UC parking lot by anti-war activists in 1969, the park received a baptism of fire when then-Governor Ronald Reagan called out the National Guard to halt this insidious attack on the sanctity of private property—resulting in a student named James Rector being shot to death.
Security Snafu at NYC Airport A computer disk containing top-secret information from Kennedy Airport’s new $24 million high-tech security system was found by a cleaning woman at a Manhattan hotel room. NY Newsday, June 22, 1992 US Caribbean Operations Expand Classified plans approved by the National Security Council and the CIA call for basing Pentagon-supplied Black Hawk helicopters in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala for use by DEA teams and local military forces.
When Scott Manning and his wife Patricia were arrested bringing a small amount of heroin and cocaine into Vermont from New York City they knew they were in trouble, but they didn’t know how much. That they might have to do some time was a possibility they were prepared to deal with.
On September 30, 1992, the House Government Operations Committee held hearings on abuses in the Justice Department’s Asset-Forfeiture program. Chaired by Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, these were the first federal hearings that allowed victims of the program to testify.
Applying pressure on anything it hits, sunlight has a certain weight. A square mile of sunlight weighs approximately three pounds, and all the sunlight hitting earth at a given moment weighs more than 87,000 tons.—Omni, January, 1992 Vice squaders were called in New Britain, CT to destroy two pot plants growing in a planter a few feet from City Hall.
Take a crusading prosecutor who considers passing a lit joint to a friend “distribution of marijuana.” Combine with a harsh grand jury and draconian sentencing laws. The result: a Drug War witch-hunt in northern Michigan. Under a multi-county grand jury system masterminded by Cheboygan County Prosecutor Joseph Kwiatkowski, hundreds of people have been indicted and threatened with lengthy sentences—| many without trials or even displays of hard evidence.
On September 29, the Marin County, CA Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the Marin Medical Marijuana Measure, an ordinance calling for the restoration of medical cannabis to the list of medicines that can be prescribed by Marin County doctors.
On March 12, 1992, the first anniversary of the San Marcos Seven’s acts of civil disobedience (see Jul. '91 HT), Freedom Fighter Brett Stahl was arrested at the Texas state capitol for trying to pay his taxes. In 1989, the Texas legislature added another tool to the state’s Drug War arsenal by requiring the purchase of Drug Tax Stamps—specifically, one tax stamp per gram of marijuana possessed.
During the holiday season, remember to drink with your head, not over it. The Alcoholism Council/Fellowship Center of New York, in its April, 1991 report, has a few pertinent stats to keep in mind: —Alcohol is America’s #1 most widely used and abused recreational drug.
Groups Working to End the Drug War and to Legalize Marijuana
This month, we offer a random selection of some of the many groups fighting for the relegalization of cannabis hemp. Washington Citizens for Drug Reform PO Box 1614, Renton, WA 98057 (206) 226-5672 The No More Drug War Foundation PO Box 18780, Denver, CO 80218 (303) 320-1910 Help End Marijuana Prohibition 5632 Van Nuys Blvd.
Look! Up in the vagina! Is it urine? Is it lymph liquid? No! It's female ejaculate! Faster than a speeding vibrator! More powerful than a clitoral orgasm! Able to leap over nubile maidens in a single bound! Fanny Fatale has produced a video which teaches women how to ejaculate during sex, first with the use of charts like a Ross Perot infomercial, then with actual demonstrations by herself and a few masturbating friends, replacing Perot with Mr. Juiceman.
Legal extortion is currently in use by the justice system all across this country. It succeeds with the help of a little basic intimidation. In most states, it is called the Diversion Program. Its overt purpose is to allow a first-time drug offender to avoid going to jail by paying a fine and agreeing to stay under watchful eyes for a specified length of time.
Arnold J. Toynbee accurately observed that, “When he is afraid, man is a very vicious being.” Anger is really an outgrowth or expression of fear. The more often officers of the law, sworn to serve and protect, strike out against the people, the more they show how frightened they have truly become.
November 16, 1978: A cold, gloomy day. A small boyish-looking man is lying on a rumpled bed in a loft in Greenwich Village. He's restless, depressed, obsessed with paranoid fears. The day before at the office, he scored a handful of ludes. They didn't cool him out.
Cannabis is not easy to collect. I've never been able to keep a sample for more than a few months. Shortly after coming to HIGH TIMES, however, I began hearing stories about an awesome stash of the best buds from an entire decade. I didn't take these rumors seriously.
Atough year for everyone. The economy withered, L.A. burned, Florida was flattened. Three presidential candidates tap-danced around the issues. The scourge of AIDS continued and abortion divided us. We scratched our heads over "family values," and while there was shouting from all sides, there was little listening.
San Francisco’s 70-year-old "Brownie Mary” Rathbun has been baking marijuana-laced brownies for more than 20 years. Until she was arrested in 1981, she baked them for profit, running a cottage industry out of her house. But when the AIDS epidemic broke out, she began giving them away to her sick and dying friends.
I met Tom Forçade in Salt Lake City in '65 when he was Junior Goodson, the writing and business administration major and hot rod freak. His pad was lined with hulking black auto engine parts in various stages of custom greasiness. The black '40s buggy he drove sported fat racing tires, a blast-furnace engine, and the rear-end was four feet off the ground.
A Strategy for the Legalization of Marijuana by 1997
Because all we have is the truth, it is especially necessary that we be truthful with one another. For some years, NORML has been a very badly run organization. In large part this has been the result of a vicious cycle of “poverty.” The first poverty is monetary.
This room took me five months to complete, including set-up time. With seeds saved from the Seed Bank’s Pure Hash Plant and Hash Plant G-13, as well as a few Northern Lights #1 × Pure Hash Plant seeds, I grew for one month before deciding to use the room as a nursery.
For this ASK ED column, Dr. Todd Mikurya provided expertise on medical marijuana and Robert Connell Clarke assisted in answering questions about cultivation and preparation. I used to love getting high, often smoking up to a 1/4 ounce a day.
A few years ago, I remember Ben Masel handing out leaflets at a Grateful Dead concert at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. I recall thinking that this guy must be crazy for even suggesting a festival which openly advocated the smoking of Mariwanna.
Once upon a time there was a Great Forest where animals went to live when they got fed up with tyranny in other forests. Strangely enough, as time went by, certain rodents formed large money-eating corporations that wanted to control not just the Great Forest but the Whole Ball Game.
by Larry Jaffee In recognition of Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary with Columbia Records, HIGH TIMES joins all the other countless celebrities and fans in honoring the man who gave the Beatles’ their first joint and proclaimed in song that “every-body must get stoned."