Why has Janis Joplin, one of the greatest rock stars of the ‘60s, appeared on only a handful of magazine covers over the past 25 years? The answer is our national media treats male celebrities better than female. This should not be surprising.
British Columbia Minister of Parliament, Jim Fulton, introduced a private member’s bill to remove hemp from the Canadian criminal code. I’d like to see lots of courage on this initiative. Conservative candidate for prime minister, Kim Campbell, admitted to smoking and inhaling hemp and said it wasn’t illegal to smoke it anyway.
He created the Grateful Dead skull-and-roses logo. His airbrush portraits of Hendrix and Marley are considered masterworks of rock art. And when you remember San Francisco’s psychedelic scene, some of the images stamped in your brain are, no doubt, the handiwork of Stanley Miller (aka Mouse).
Gatewood Galbraith, former candidate for governor of Kentucky and recently elected Freedom Fighter of the Year, has filed suit against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Governor Brereton Jones in response to the signing of Kentucky House Bill 132, which has made hemp products illegal in Kentucky.
Ventura County District Attorney Michael D. Bradbury’s "Report on the Death of Donald Scott,” released March 30, 1993, found that Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Gary R. Spencer filed his affidavit in support of a search warrant for Scott’s 200-acre Malibu area ranch with false and misleading statements.
One of the foremost innovators of the psychedelic light show died of kidney failure on April 1, 1993, at a Princeton, NJ, medical center. A memorial service was held for Michael J. "Whizzo” Elzea, 44, on April 23, in Lawrence, KS. Captain Whizzo, whose illustrations often appeared in HIGH TIMES, will be sorely missed by the HT staff.
Cypress Hill ignited a revolution. Toting guns in one hand and mad blunts in the other, this tough-talking South Central-based trio went where no other hip-hop band had gone. Expressing anger about LA's gang violence and police brutality on tracks like "I Could Kill a Man" and "Pigs," Cypress Hill foreshadowed the Rodney King incident with their 1991 debut.
FOr the last year and a half, ever since Cypress Hill’s blunted break-through, crews and soloists have been rocking the mic with countless songs about their favorite illegal herb. What follows is a guide to this new hip-hop genre. (Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 5 bongs.) intoxicated Demons-The EP (Violator/Relativity): Long renowned for their slamming tracks and epileptic acoustic basslines, the Beatnuts step into the spotlight with this EP and proceed to redefine the word loco.
George Clinton combined james Brown and jimi Hendrix and came up with Funkadelic. His psychedelic R&B was of its time and way ahead of it. Underappreciated, Clinton reinvented himself as Dr. Funkenstein, the mad alchemist of funk. Mixing call-and-response vocals, deep bass, bopping drums, intricate horn arrangements and comic lyrics, he dubbed his new creation Parliament (based on his first group, the Parliaments).
It's almost 20 years since turntables were first busted out in community centers and parks, creating the initial stages for hip-hop culture. The Bronx has seen its creation go international, with the music getting most of the recognition.
Now that hip-hop culture has become a dominant force in America, it’s a good time to start looking back at the origins of rap music, break dancing and graffiti art. Wild Style, the first film to document hip-hop, was made on a shoestring budget in 1981 by writer/director Charlie Ahearn.
A midst the chaos and violence engulfing Colombia, little attention is being paid to the rapidly growing US military presence in the Andean country. But a group in Colombia's Congress is charging that the US has established military bases in remote areas of the country under the guise of anti-drug assistance— and in violation of Colombian law.
OSCAR-WINNING PANAMA DECEPTION WINS CENSORSHIP BATTLE IN PANAMA!
The Panama Deception, which triumphed with an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, has also just emerged victorious in a battle against the Panamanian government’s effort to keep the film from being released in that Central American nation.
Unnoticed by the outside world, an Indian revolt is raging in the heavily deforested eastern region of the Brazilian Amazon. On March 22, a group of Indians in the eastern Amazonian state of Maranhao blocked rail lines and took hostage seven officials of the Brazilian Indian affairs agency, FUNAI, in an effort to press their demands for official land rights in a region under full-scale attack by mega-scale development schemes.
A New Hampshire man who claims he was wrongfully arrested has filed a $2 million civil rights suit against Nashua police. On June 27, 1990, James Hooper was stopped by a patrolman and asked for identification as he left the restaurant where he worked.
DEA BUSTS 29 IN CONNECTION WITH ATLANTA HYDRO-STORE; DEA BUSTED IN CHICAGO!
During the past several months, two lengthy investigations spearheaded by the DEA against indoor gardening centers and their customers—involving invasive surveillance techniques—have come to light, an indication the Federal government is continuing to escalate its offensive against alleged marijuana cultivators.
Two landlords on New York’s Lower East Side had their building padlocked by Mayor David Dinkins’ Office of Midtown Enforcement and are facing a $2.2 million suit for allegedly allowing drugs to be dealt out of apartments—despite the fact that the landlords had attempted to evict the offending tenants, and even installed $4,000 worth of hidden video equipment to collect criminal evidence against them.
MASS PANIC AT 20TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK SMOKE IN!!!
FACTIONALISM AND RACIAL TENSION MAR LANDMARK NYC MARIJUANA EVENT
New York City’s Washington Square Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon. A multitude of people—estimates range from 3,000 to 10,000—gathered to participate the 20th Annual Smoke-In and Fifth Avenue Pot Parade. But the event exploded into a bloody terror show as thousands fled from a park strewn with broken glass.
The revolution will not be televised! For the revolution is going on over the radio—the Cannabis Revolution, that is, and the place is Southern California. The voice is none other than the Reverend Bud Green, notorious founder of the Religion of Drugs and frequent local star of the tabloid TV talk show circuit.
The Cincinnati Cannabis Coalition recently staged daily activities in protest of the international confab held in the Ohio city by the anti-drug hate group PRIDE (Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education), April 26 through May 1. The PRIDE conference pulled in some 10,000 attendees from antidrug organizations across the country.
The next time a politician promises to get tough on crime, voters should ask how, at what cost, and whether the proposed action would effectively reduce crime. In 1984, Congress formed the United States Sentencing Commission to study federal sentencing and establish guidelines for judges to follow when imposing prison sentences on criminal offenders.
Ayahuasca, the extract of the banisteriopsis caapi vine, is referred to as the “teacher of teachers” by various religious cults of South America. The ritual use of this sacred tea takes one on a journey known as The Work, which involves one’s personal struggle to achieve higher levels of awareness.
In 1740 my family first set foot on American soil, coming across the ocean on The Good Ship Caleraine from Scotland. They settled in Bucks County, PA. The first American-born generation fought in the Revolutionary War; one of my ancestors crossed the Delaware alongside George Washington.
REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL GROUPS DEDICATED TO PERSONAL FREEDOM, SOCIAL CHANGE AND DRUG LAW REFORM.
NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Each of the organizations listed below is committed to reforming existing drug laws. Many of them are on the front lines of the War on Drugs, and many more are dedicated to making the truth about marijuana available to the public. We urge you to show your support for an activist group near you by becoming an official member, sending a few dollars or just writing a letter thanking them for their efforts to restore your personal freedom.
Little Richard said you can hear the holy spirit in Janis Joplin’s voice. She could (and did) sing clear as a bell, but it was the cracks in that bell—multiphonic cries that splintered a single note into a three-tone chord—that set loose the spirit dancers.
We squint through the shimmer time thrusts upon our icons. We cling to the processed images that have been invented, reinvented, and cemented into our consciousness. Innocently mention "Hendrix" or casually drop the name "Jimi" and feel the flood gates open.
Satirist Paul Krassner has been a moving force in the counter-culture for more than 35 years. Starting out as a child prodigy violinist—performing solo at Carnegie Hall at age six—Krassner turned his back on music by age 14 to pursue more serious subjects, like reading comics and selling dirty pictures of movie stars.
In the late '70s it appeared marijuana prohibition was close to being overturned. However, a number of faulty government studies suddenly appeared listing the dangers of cannabis. In this excerpt from Hemp, Lifeline to the Future (Creative Xpressions Publishing, Los Angeles), Chris Conrad uncovers the truth behind these dubious government reports.
James P. Gray, 48, has been a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and a criminal defense attorney in the United States Navy. He was an Orange County municipal judge from 1985 to 1989, and since then he has presided as a California state superior court judge in Orange County.
CUCAMONGA YEARS The Early Works Of Frank Zappa (1962-64)
THE SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS
BOP A LENA Ronnie Self
There are plenty of weird, interesting CDs coming out all over the place, although it seems as if they’re getting harder to dig out from under the dreck. Here are a few favorite oddball selections that you can drive yourself crazy trying to excavate.
CHEF RA'S PUNA BUTTER-CHOCOLATE HEMP SEED CUPCAKES
The first week of April is a Smoke-a-Rama in Ann Arbor, MI, where the annual Hash Bash always draws thousands of hardcore Hempsters. Every year since 1988, I’ve boarded a big iron bird at Chicago’s O’Hare and flown the high skies to this great event.
Simply put, plants should be given time to ripen. When buds are first forming, resin glands that hold THC are present. The glands cover the surface, although they do not swell and fill up with resin until the buds ripen. Then the bulb at the end begins to inflate like a balloon, stretching more each day.
GARDEN OF THE MONTH These are Northern Lights x Skunk#1 clones first started in 1988. They are two weeks from harvest. They take 50 days to flower and are great. 30 plants In the room. Dale Seed PLANT OF THE MONTH grew this plant using egg shells and plenty of chicken manure.
Although damiana has been used for centuries as a sexual stimulant and analeptic restorative, as well as a mood elevator and aid to a nervous stomach, it's still difficult for scientists to pinpoint exactly what gives this shrub of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of the American Southwest and West its magical reputation.
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Is witchcraft making a comeback in America? Paul DeRienzo, a committed atheist, goes in search of his pagan roots and discovers an unexpected affinity for Goddess culture. Author/columnist Mary Forsell’s historical view of the use of healing herbs in pagan ceremonies.