I was raised in the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church, one of the more conservative wings of the Protestant faith. In order to become a member of the church, I attended classes in my early teens for several years, memorizing the Lutheran Catechism.
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The 1992 Great Atlanta Pot Festival may have been the largest rally for legalization in history, but it has spawned an extremely messy lawsuit. On April 23rd of this year, National NORML and Georgia NORML jointly filed suit against Paul Cornwell, who worked as a promoter during the ’92 event.
For the last year or so, whenever California hemp activists have gathered to promote hemp relegalization, the informal conversation invariably comes around to hempseed foods, usually while munching and comparing the different hempseed treats brought to an event.
The first-ever Rock for Pot benefit for NORML, sponsored by HIGH TIMES, was an outrageous success. The show drew more than 2,000 legalizers, raised $7,000 and saw the debut of Sebastian Bach's Rock Budz—a band comprised of members of Skid Row, Pantera and Hanoi Rocks.
Superjudge (A&M) Monster Magnet unabashedly exhume FM's Golden Age—the late-'60s/early-'70s era of expansively experimental and overly narcissistic acid blues, What separates these stoners from the bottom-heavy pack is a genuine knowledge of the idiom and the ability to fuck with it.
A cross a flat backwater inlet from a river called Wolf, Memphis' Mud Island Amphitheatre is stark contrast to the activity on stage, the sound checks for Dada and Sting, presided over by a setting Memphis sun and blood-red sky. My imagination is rampant, coursing headlong like the mighty Mississippi.
On first impression, Mercury Rev come off as having one hell of an attitude problem. Sandwiched between a lone bagpiper decked out in full Scottish regalia and goofy, stoner-rockers Ween on a mismatched NYC bill, Mercury Rev played with their backs to the audience, heads down and brows (what you could see of them) furrowed, not giving a damn about the crowd who had shelled out $12 a pop.
True Hallucinations—the wild Amazonian adventures of the brothers McKenna (Terence and Dennis)—has been available as a series of underground audio tapes for years. Recently published as a book by HarperSanFrancisco, and now available to a wider audience, it may well be Terence McKenna’s most accessible work yet.
FEDERAL JUDGES REFUSE MANDATORY MINIMUM DRUG CASES: CONGRESSMEN THREATEN IMPEACHMENT
Two more prominent senior federal judges have added their names to the growing list of judges who are refusing to hear cases involving mandatory minimum drug sentences. And a group of Republican congressmen have written them a letter warning that if they continue their stance they may face impeachment.
SUPREME COURT TIGHTENS LIMITS ON FORFEITURE BUT STATES WILL DEFINE TERMS
FORFEITURE BILLS INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS
On June 28, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Constitution's Eighth Amendment protections against "cruel and unusual punishment" and "excessive fines" are applicable in forfeiture cases, allowing forfeiture defendants to argue that property seizures are constitutionally excessive in relation to the criminal activity for which they are being seized.
LSD, MARIJUANA, AND JUDICIAL DISCRETION DOMINATE DISCUSSION
The LSD Carrier-Weight Issue
Judicial Discretion Lost
The Kilo Per Plant Question
On to Congress
On March 22, drug policy reform advocates testified before the US Sentencing Commission, the body responsible for advising Congress on federal sentencing guidelines. Their points struck at the heart of the “mandatory minimum” drug sentencing laws, which prevent judges from weighing individual factors in determining a just sentence.
A recently published book, Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince, by Marc Eliot, reveals that Walt Disney served as a secret informant to the FBI from 1940 until his death in 1966. In exchange for names of Hollywood figures who were communists and subversives, J. Edgar Hoover let Disney film at FBI headquarters in Washington.
SEVEN INDICTED IN DEATH OF CRUSADING JOURNALIST; QUESTIONS STILL ABOUND
The chief of a multi-billion-dollar Colombian cocaine gang ordered the assassination of New York’s leading Spanish-language journalist last year because the drug boss was angry about the journalist’s reports on the cartel’s New York operations.
POLICE JEER JUDGE IN NYC Over 100 angry police officers packed a Manhattan courthouse, shouting, banging walls and stomping feet to protest a cop’s perjury conviction. Officer John Rossi was found guilty of lying to a grand jury and falsely arresting Luis Mora of Washington Heights.
The Hoover Resolution—which urges the president and Congress to create a commission to recommend revisions in federal drug laws—got a huge boost recently when San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan, Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris and San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer added their names to the list of public officials and dignitaries who had previously signed the bipartisan resolution.
JULY 4TH "FREEDOM" CELEBRATION IN DC: 9 MILLION MARIJUANA ARRESTS SINCE 1965
Marijuana seemed to be legal at the annual Fourth of July outdoor concert near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Clouds of burning sweet leaf wafted through the 96-degree ultra-humid air. There were no disparaging remarks or intolerant looks from observers at the fringe of the crowd—in fact, many joined in.
As noted in HIGH TIMES last month, the owners of Southern Lights and Hydroponics, Gary and Joanne Tucker, have been indicted on federal charges alleging that they helped several people to grow marijuana in exchange for a percentage of the harvest.
The Texas town of San Marcos is once again a hotbed of the hemp liberation struggle, as the protest hunger strike by a marijuana convict in the local Hays County jail has sparked a solidarity hunger strike and protest encampment. Zeal Stefanoff started serving time on his pot bust June 3, and promptly went on a hunger strike in protest of the state and federal marijuana laws.
When the news director of the Fox network’s TV channel in Los Angeles invited me to audition as a commentator, I welcomed the opportunity. I was supposed to come prepared with two sample commentaries. Since I didn’t have to memorize anything, I smoked a healthy joint in the Fox bathroom, then went to the studio.
Having lost my only two children to abortion, I obviously have mixed feelings about it, as I suppose must almost everyone else, because it seems to me one of those issues where both sides are morally right and thus have good reason to be righteous.
There is a curious addiction that seems to be spreading throughout the marijuana legalization movement, atrophying many activists I've known over the years. This illness is known as rally fever. As regular as the change of seasons, every fall and spring a rash of rallies breaks out across the country, and on campuses, in parks and on capital steps hundreds of people carom from table to table buying t-shirts and picking up literature, while the bold ones can be seen surreptitiously lighting up funny-looking cigarettes.
REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL GROUPS DEDICATED TO PERSONAL FREEDOM, SOCIAL CHANGE AND DRUG LAW REFORM.
NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics and Marijuana-AIDS Research PO Box 21210 Kalorama Station Washington, DC 20009 (202) 483-8595 American Anti-Prohibition League 3125 Southeast Belmont St. Portland, OR 97214 (503) 235-4524 American Civil Liberties Union 132 W. 43rd St. New York, NY 10036 (212) 944-9800
The persecution of paganism may have resulted in the murder of millions of women over the course of four centuries. Branded as "devil worshippers," the vast majority of these women were undoubtedly harmless midwives and nurses who relied on natural herbs and ritual magic to heal their patients.
Santeria is to the ancient African spiritual traditions what neo-paganism is to the pre-Christian European traditions. Santeria, which blends Roman Catholicism with the West African Yoruba tradition brought to the Caribbean by slaves, is found mostly in this country’s Latino communities along the eastern seaboard—the Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican barrios of New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Miami.
The use of healing herbs by health-conscious consumers is an ancient tradition with a history dating back to the Iron Age. The Celts—among other tribal peoples—used aromatic plants in their sacred rituals. Those who held on to their knowledge of traditional herbs after Christianity became known as "pagans."
Traditional Wiccan Herbs
Pagan Uses Today
Before Christianity, polytheism was the religion of choice throughout Europe and the British Isles. To these country people, all forces of nature were divine. Pantheons of gods and goddesses symbolized the natural energy that ran through every river, stone, tree and flower.
In the end, all we seek is an inkling of understanding, a little clarity to guide us in troubled times, and maybe, if we're lucky, an ebbing of the fear that our lives might mean nothing. Our society has paid a price for its success. The insidious message that our needs are never fulfilled drives our economy.
It is a chilly spring morning. Rain falls intermittently. In the middle of an open campground more than 100 people sit quietly just inside the outer edge of a large circle of stones, a medicine wheel. At its vortex lies a single stone capped with a buffalo skull.
Each year, thousands of people from all walks of life converge on a remote wilderness site where they council, socialize, pray, perform diverse rituals and harmonize with nature. The Rainbow Gathering, a free, non-commercial event now in its 23rd year, is at the forefront of the non-Native American tribal experience, and represents an extraordinary example of large-scale cooperative living.
In the Middle Ages, Catholic bishops sold better seats in heaven in exchange for better finery here on earth. These days the direction has changed a bit but the question of spirituality for sale remains. What happens when genuinely spiritual teachers begin to market their traditions?
Born on May 8, 1936, on the White Earth Chippewa Reservation in Northern Minnesota, Clyde Bellecourt grew up during an era when Native culture, tradition and history were being systematically eradicated in an effort to assimilate Indians into America's melting pot.
The paraphernalia and knick-knacks of a new trend very often represent more to the consumer than participation in the trend itself. People who are rethinking their lives or searching for self represent a whole new marketplace, and the hucksters have taken notice.
Rock’n’roll appeals mostly to morons, which is why it has inspired perhaps the most moronic body of writing on any subject on God’s droll earth. Now sitting before me, is a pile of books about rock’n’roll history. You can fit the worthwhile volumes on the subject on one small shelf (start with the works of Peter Guarlnick and Nick Tosches), but even the lamest books can often give a bit of insight into what is often a lame medium.
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The hemp rallies, which I have had the privilege of attending this year, have been outstanding. Since 1988,1 have tried to participate in as many rallies as I can afford to attend—and 1993 was a banner year for me. I remember when people were intimidated by the repressive policies of the Reagan-Bush Drug War hysteria.
Is it possible to grow a plant outdoors and flower them inside? Curious Dean Charlotte, NC Yes. However, plants outdoors usually receive much more light than those growing under electrical lights. When brought indoors, the plant will go through a period of adjustment.
The greatest pot movie since Up in Smoke! Set on the last day of school in 1976, Dazed and Confused follows a group of Texas teenagers around town as they get high, get drunk and vandalize the neighborhood. Written and directed by Richard Linklater, creator of the 1991 hit, Slacker.