The film industry has not been kind to cannabis over the past few years. Intimidated by Drug War hysteria, studio executives seem to have entered into a silent conspiracy to remove all traces of pot from the movies. HIGH TIMES responded over the years by downplaying its film coverage.
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Thirteen years after the First World Cannabis Conference was held in Amsterdam, Europe’s cannabis advocacy community met last June to launch a new campaign for hemp justice. Unlike the heady days of 1980, when everyone assumed relegalization was right around the corner, delegates to the 1993 Premiere Journee Internationale du Cannabis met in a more uncertain climate.
Jack Herer is laughing about the Paris summit. "You know what the French translation of my book is? The Emperor is Nude!" Leave it to the French. Jack also had problems with the skeptical French press corps. "Their word for hemp is chanvre," says Jack.
"Woodstock was just something that happened," one Lollapalooza fan told Newsday. "This is more commercial. Everybody here has Birkenstock sandals that cost eighty-seven dollars, and they think they're being rebellious." This summer's Lollapalooza, the third installment of the annual alternative-nation tribal-rock tour, suffered a bit of a backlash.
For the first time in its 22-year history the national Rainbow Gathering took place July 1-7 on two separate sites, in Alabama and Kentucky. The unprecedented split apparently was caused by differences between a group of Rainbow scouts, who found the Alabama site, and national office "focalizers” in Kentucky, who early on settled into a reclaimed strip mine in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Aerosmith are the '70s revival. No band symbolizes the decade better than Boston's bad boyx of rock, who have a new album out, Get a Grip (Geffen), and are in the midst of an international tour. Steven Tyler, the group's flamboyant 45-year-old frontman, has been clean for the past six years after a long battle with hard drugs and booze.
They have stringy long hair and play slide guitars. Their favorite band of all time is Black Oak Arkansas. They smoke more pot than the whole state of Pennsylvania. They're RAGING SLAB.
To hype the release of Raging Slab’s new album, Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert, Def American sent out a promo package in the shape of a stick of TNT. The red cardboard tube with a string on the end of it contained a grab-bag of high-inducing items, such as airplane glue and a bottle of Thunderbird.
Who would’ve ever expected a major label to sign one of the most bizarre punk bands of the ’80s and even get exLed Zep bassist John Paul Jones to produce their bigtime debut? Gibby Haynes (vox), Paul Leary (guitar), Jeff Pinkus (bass) and King Coffey (drums) now have a budget and a real studio to record their peculiar brand of musical mayhem.
HUMBOLDT COUNTY MARIJUANA ERADICATION TEAM CORRALLED BY COURT!
VICTORY FOR FOURTH AMENDMENT
The future of the Fourth Amendment in the War on Drugs may be approaching a turning point. Attorney Ron Sinoway recently won motions to suppress evidence in three cases involving the Humboldt County Marijuana Eradication Team (MET) and the discovery of marijuana cultivation on private property for which MET officers had no warrants or probable cause to search.
Bonner out at DEA; Sessions out at FBI— But Activists Fear Clinton Capitulation
AIDS Czar Appointed
With the white House facing continuing hard times at home and spiraling crises on the global stage, activists see ominous signals that the administration of President Bill Clinton is capitulating to the right. There are positive signals as well.
Following the March hearings on mandatory minimum sentences (High Witness News, Oct. ’93 HT), the US Sentencing Commission has passed on to Congress several proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. Congress has until November 1 to accept, reject or alter the proposals.
Despite a ban on tobacco, prisoners at the Guilford County jail in North Carolina have discovered a way to keep on puffing. These innovative inmates smoke a mixture of dried collard greens and fruit peelings rolled in toilet-paper wrappings.
Kenny Jenks was born a hemophiliac. He and his wife Barbra were diagnosed with AIDS in December, 1988. Shortly thereafter they discovered that marijuana reduced the nausea caused by their medical therapy and allowed them to eat. To ensure a supply of marijuana they began to grow their own. Arrested on March 29, 1990, they read an article by Robert Randall-the first person to get medical marijuana from the federal government-while looking through HIGH TIMES for a lawyer. The Jenks and Randall met and became friends, and, with help from Randall, the Jenks mounted an eventually successful defense of "medical necessity" to the charges of marijuana manufacturing
DIRTY DEPUTY IN GEORGIA Marcus Lee Hall, Jr., deputy sheriff of Georgia’s Jeff Davis County, pleaded guilty to distributing marijuana and faces a five-year prison term. Atlanta Constitution, May 22, 1993 NM JAIL GUARD IN COKE BUST Albuquerque Corrections Officer Richard Rojo was arrested for selling coke to inmates in an undercover sting.
The small Georgia town of Tifton has become the scene of a small-scale conflict with large-looming ramifications. Citing a 13-year-old city ordinance that bans the display or sale of items "which in any manner entice or solicit a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act,” town authorities are cracking down on the sale of clothing that displays or promotes hemp in any manner.
Good Morning Vietnam! That was the rallying cry on Saturday morning, July 18, at the 5th Annual Kansas Vietnam Veterans and Family Reunion, Butler County, Kansas. What did the rally have to do with the marijuana movement? Well, of all the booths represented, NORML’s was among the busiest.
Ron Kiczenski, 29, of Paso Robles, CA, put his freedom on the line recently in an effort to educate President Clinton and America about the value of hemp. Disappointed that not even one environmental group at Clinton’s April 2 Timber Summit in Portland, OR, mentioned hemp as an alternative resource to the wholesale harvesting of America’s dwindling forests, Kiczenski sent Clinton a quarter-pound of marijuana along with an educational package about hemp.
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk by Dan White, a former cop who himself had been a city supervisor. White had resigned from the Board of Supervisors because he couldn’t support his wife and baby on a supervisor’s $9,600 a year salary.
IBOGAINE & HARM REDUCTION: THE KEY TO DECRIMINALIZATION
In recent years, a schism has developed in the marijuana legalization movement between drug “harm reduction” advocates and those whose only cry is “legalize pot.” For many in the “legalize it” camp, harmreduction proponents are seen as the problem.
The connection between marijuana and the modern music industry dates back to the earliest recordings, “Reefer Man,” etc. And the earliest antimarijuana propaganda was aimed at the connections, real and imagined, between jazz and marijuana.
Our story today begins in 1933 during the Great Depression. As portrayed in John Steinbeck’s Grapes Of Wrath, thousands of small farmers, driven from their land, migrated west with hopes of a new life in California. Here we find Charlie and Lulla Maddox.
Slowly, but surely, the '70s generation is finding its voice in the mainstream media, and no one is talking louder than 31-year-old writer/director Richard Linklater. In 1990, Linklater produced, wrote and directed the highly experimental film Slacker.
If you were young and restless in the '70s, anxious to rock’n’roll all nite and party every day, chances are you were into Kiss. Drenched in make-up, pyrotechnics and simple testicle-shaking heavy metal, the self-proclaimed "hottest band in the land” were the prototype for the adrenaline-laced music that still dominates the American teenage psyche.
The '70s are alive and well and living in the '90s. Confused, dazed, whatever, wake up and smell the herbal essence! Platforms and bellbottoms were only the beginning. f High-heeled sneakers and shags a la Ziggy Stardust are officially in.
In 1969, the Danish government abandoned a 22-acre Army barracks, consisting of 150 buildings, in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen, Rich in beauty with its picturesque parks and sleepy estuary, many Qf the buildings in the vacated installation dated back to 1670.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave an address on threat posed by radical right-wing conspiracists who were then organizing in reaction to the civil rights revolution. "In the most critical periods of our nation's history," said the President, "there have always been those on the fringes of our society who have sought to escape their own responsibility by finding a simple solution...or a convenient scapegoat.
History proves certain events to be pivotal. Events which usher in new political paradigms can determine the course of nations for decades to come. One such event occured in Dallas on November 22, 1963 with the cataclysmic assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In 1962, Howard Lotsof, a 19-year-old junkie from the Bronx, New York, ingested a little-known West African psychoactive substance called ibogaine. The trip was a startling hallucinatory voyage. More startling than the trip, however, was the drug's residual effect: when he came down he no longer had any desire to shoot heroin.
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Hello Pope Weasel. I'm sitting here in Hawaii stoned and listening to Led Zeppelin, thinking about how it's been great growing for the past 15 years. In the Puna district of Hawaii the choppers have smashed a lot of growers' hopes. Many people have quit growing for money (and now have no money) in the last seven years.
My brothers and sisters, I want to talk to you about something that's been weighing on me, and I think we friends can bring up what may be a delicate subject, even for us. The forces of Prohibition have been steadily attacking another fundamental American freedom that we tend to either ignore or dismiss.
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Hops is an ancient herb in the same botanical family as marijuana and hemp, although smoking it doesn’t produce the same effects. The Romans ate young hops shoots and leaves to improve digestion—and simply because they liked the taste.
These are Early Pearls we grew in 1992, the wettest English summer since 1953. We produced 20 ounces from these two plants, which were grown in a backyard near Heathrow Airport. They were 8' tall and nobody know what they were. Dr. Dope and McBud Hayes, Middlesex, ENGLAND This 8' x 8' garden is lit by a 400-watt metal halide (MH) lamp, a 175-watt mercury vapor (MV) lamp and 240 watts of fluorescent.
A HEAVY ESSAY ON LIGHT Setting up an indoor garden and growing glorious buds can be a costly venture. The Bush Doctor explains what kind and what size lights work best for different types of systems, and how to get the most for your money. 10 STEPS TO SETTING UP A GROW ROOM Before you can grow The Kind indoors, you must build the room.