Just got the March '93 issue. Love your new rap/hip-hop style! At last HT is doing something more than rehashing the '60s! But I can do without folks like Brand Nubian and all that self-righteous Islamic shit. There’s too much preaching in today’s music.
On Sunday, February 21, 1965, Malcolm X, a leading spokesperson for the black power movement, was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. Although at least five men were involved in the execution, only three were ever arrested and their subsequent trial was riddled with irregularities.
For the fifth anniversary of his live music show, The Music Faucet, which airs every week on WFMU radio, Nicholas Hill wanted to do something extra special. So on February 7, 1993, he hosted a marathon tribute to Neal Cassady that included performances by Ken Babbs, Allen Ginsberg, Victor Bockris, Herbert Huncke, Gregory Corso and Peter Orlovsky, as well as such relative newcomers as Richard Hell, Baron Von Blumenzack, John S. Hall, and Jennifer Blowdryer.
So says the March issue of Paper, a leading fashion magazine based in New York City. According to the article, "Pot smoking is now cool with a new generation.” After detailing the environmental advantages of hemp, the article went on to state: "The recent national 'grass' roots marijuana movement has only just begun.
Somewhere around the beginning of the Reagan era, pot disappeared from the silver screen. Hollywood, under pressure from hysterical antipot organizations, decided to quietly usher the joint off-camera. It made no difference that many of the great movies of the '60's and '70's (Blow Up, Easy Rider, M*A*S*H) featured marijuana.
Since junior high school, Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman—as “brothers” Dean and Gene Ween—have been recording wacked-out odes to eggs, weasels, flies and bongs in relative obscurity. Then came The Pod, their second release on New York indie Shimmy Disc—made after the boys “filled up 3,600 hours of tape and inhaled five cans of Scotchguard”—national attention and a major-label deal with Elektra Records.
If there was ever an unheralded individualist in American music, it is Raymond Scott—composer, musician, bandleader and inventor. His name may be unknown to you, but his melodies are surely ingrained in your pop-culture psyche. Many of Scott’s most famous songs were adapted for the classic Warner Brothers cartoons of the '40s.
Born in Tangier more than 50 years ago, Mohammed Mrabet is best known for his many collaborations with noted American expatriate literateur Paul Bowles. Mrabet is a magically gifted storyteller who, incredibly, does not read or write; Bowles translates tapes of his tales from the Moghrebi, or colloquial Moroccan.
Minnesota’s Institute for Hemp is responsible for a series of videos that has placed the spotlight on the historical and medicinal aspects of the hemp plant. The government-sponsored tribute to cannabis Hemp for Victory is the highlight of the series.
Dogged but unbowed by a trail of controversies ranging from his alleged assault of Pump it Up’s Dee Barnes to rumors that he burned down his own house, now Dr. Dre has been caught fronting on the weed issue. The Chronic may come complete with potleaf graphic design on the CD and “The Roach,” a P-Funk driven herb anthem designed to knock Redman’s “How to Roll a Blunt” right out of the greenhouse, but, on “Express Yourself,” one of the more forgettable jams from NWA’s 1989 debut Straight Outta Compton, the Doctor rapped, “I don’t smoke weed or sinse/Cause its known to give a brother brain damage.”
After more than 20 years of prohibition, the ban on hemp production in the United Kingdom was rescinded February 18, opening the gates for commercial hemp farming throughout Great Britain. Lifting the ban was the work of Britain’s Home Office, the branch of government which controls the UK’s internal affairs.
While the jury still isn’t in as to what the changes will mean, the federal Drug War bureaucracy is clearly in the midst of a major shake-up under the new administration of President Bill Clinton—and both the hard-line antidrug zealots as well as reform-minded liberals agree that the changes are long overdue.
“The Great Vitamin B Bust” took place on May 6, 1992 at a holistic-medicine clinic in the Seattle suburb of Kent. That morning, two dozen gun-wielding police officers and federal Food & Drug Administration agents broke through the doors of Dr. Jonathan Wright’s Tahoma Clinic just before it opened for the day.
The struggle for access to medical marijuana is part of a larger struggle for access to a wide variety of herbal and nutritional medicines and treatments whose value is not recognized by the medical-pharmaceutical complex, which has had a stranglehold on healthcare policy in the United States for generations.
NIH CREATES NEW OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
In typically zany bureaucratic fashion, while the US FDA is proposing severe limitations on alternative medical therapies, the National Institute of Health has just created a new office to fund them. According to a report in Time magazine (March 1, 1993), the Office of Alternative Medicines “was created last year under pressure from a Congress alarmed by the soaring costs of high-tech healing and the frustrating fact that so many ailments—AIDS, cancer, arthritis, back pain—have yet to yield to standard medicine.”
Paul Arzola, a Miami Customs agent responsible for investigating counterfeit products was arrested on charges of trafficking counterfeit goods and laundering the profits. The bust comes one week after the arrest of four federal agents on charges of theft and laundering of profits from drug dealers.
ACTIVIST VICTORIES ON THE LEGAL FRONT: DANA BEAL, BROWNIE MARY ARE FREE
Dana Beal, lifelong marijuana crusader and veteran of the Yippies, is free after a close brush with a lengthy prison term. This is especially significant because Beal had been busted while delivering medical marijuana to AIDS sufferers, and the judge’s decision not to impose the long sentence was based on the undisputed morality of Beal’s actions.
Richard Finout, 39, was arrested in Rifle, Colorado after he pulled the emergency brake on an Amtrak train and jumped off, claiming that people on board were trying to kill him. Police contacted the Secret Service when the man informed them that he was on his way to the White House to speak with President Clinton about mind-altering drugs.
AIDS ACTIVISM ON THE EDGE: POLITICAL FUNERALS HIT HOME IN NEW YORK, DC
On November 2, the night before the death of the Bush-Quayle era, an open coffin was carried from Judson Memorial Church in New York’s Greenwich Village to Bush-Quayle headquarters near Times Square. Some 300 people took part in the procession.
HAITIAN REFUGEES MOUNT HUNGER STRIKE IN PENTAGON HIV-DETENTION CAMP
The simmering crisis in the Caribbean nation of Haiti is reaching a boiling point, presenting President Bill Clinton with one of the first quagmires of his administration. Nearly 300 Haitian refugees who tested positive for HIV, the virus linked to AIDS, are being held at a US military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Sister Somayah Kambui is no stranger to the frontlines. A veteran of both the military and prison as well as militant African-American groups such as the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army, she is now confronting—and protesting—one of the most openly racist effects of the government’s suppression of medical marijauna.
MVP award-winner Troy Aikman told Jay Leno that he had to do 30 takes when he shouted “I’m going to Disneyland!” into the camera after the Dallas Cowboys’ victory at the Super Bowl. For a brief moment I believed him. Then I realized it was a joke.
President Lyndon Johnson, in his last major civil rights speech, said “if our hearts are right, we shall overcome.” He knew that even with all the civil rights laws that had been passed and dozens of government programs in place, none of it would work unless we listen to our hearts.
Lester Grinspoon, M.D. has been considered the nation’s most intellectually astute and unflinchingly honest voice for a complete rethinking of our assumptions and policies towards the illicit herb. He is also the resident heretic at the respected Harvard Medical School, where he has long been a professor of psychiatry.
Best friend of Lenny Bruce, roommate of Bob Dylan, Merry Prankster, Hog Farmer, Environmentalist, Entertainer, Politician, Children's Camp Director and Clown Prince of Pot, Wavy Gravy has done more to lift the spirit of the '60s than any other living soul.
Proposed text for a lecture to be delivered to the ladies’ horticulture society: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen: The Eskimos of Canada and Alaska have fifty words for snow. The hippies and pot-heads of North America have at least as many for hemp.
CANVASES OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS: PSYCHEDELIC ART TODAY
DAVID JAY BROWN
Every creative person who has ever taken a psychedelic substance yearns to express the experience. Among other things, psychedelics have a most extraordinary effect on the imagination and the optical cortex of the brain. Visual art that is reminiscent of the hallucinatory visions—intricate, brightly colored, unusual, complex, imbued with meaning, and often geometrically organized—seen with closed eyes during this hyperdimensional brain state has been dubbed "psychedelic art.”
Kenny Jenks is the last surviving AIDS patient in the United States to receive government medical marijuana. Now 31, Jenks was born on the Fort Walton Beach, FL Air Force base, where his father, a career military man, was stationed. When he was six months old the doctors there discovered that he suffered from the rare blood disease hemophilia—which prevents clotting and causes its sufferers to bleed uncontrollably.
NORML is returning to the activist program I began with the publication of Marijuana Reform and Social Activism— the NORML Organizing Manual, and I have returned to the NORML national staff after a three-and-a-half-year absence. Some of the key points of this program were developed in this column in HIGH TIMES during 1988.
In the state of Vermont there are many police around during the day-time, so we have found it much safer to do our harvesting at night. You can drive the back roads and not worry at night when other vehicles, including those driven by police, are rarely seen.
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The perils of personal cultivation in today’s Drug War atmosphere make it necessary for growers to reduce risk. Outdoor growers who seek optimal stealth use a variety of methods, such as camouflage, pruning, tying down plants and temporary plastic greenhouses.
Mysterious and alluring, ginseng hides in the shade or beneath the forest canopy, enticing us with its reputation as a tonic and aphrodisiac, ties to Asian medicine, and sheer expense. To add to the complexity, there are actually four kinds of ginseng: American (Panax quinquefolius); Asian (P. schinseng); dwarf (P. trifolius); and Siberian, or Russian (Eleutherococcus senticosus).
ROCKERS FOR POT II Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, Living Colour and Drivin-N-Cryin offer their thoughts about how to legalize the holy hemp plant. GROW TRENDS ’93: STARTING AN OUTDOOR CROP by Ed Rosenthal The Guru of Ganja discusses the current obstacles facing personal-stash growers, and gives important tips on how to start outdoors and minimize safety hazards.