When I first started working at HIGH TIMES in July 1991, probably what impressed me most was the reader mail pouring into the HT office. About half the letters were anonymously signed, by great names like Leif B. Greene and Buddy Hemphill. But the really unique thing was how the readers, addressing their correspondence to "High Times," often communicated as if addressing a single person, a benign entity—with a kind of "friend in weed" trust that they were free to say precisely what they wanted—which more often than not has meant brilliant ideas.
I just read Steve Bloom's story on Drivn-N-Cryin in the July '93 issue. I can't believe he doesn’t know where to go for good space cake In Amsterdam. The answer is Homegrown Fantasy, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 87A. They serve the most potent space cake I've found since moving to Holland.
Tom Robbins' cult classic, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, has taken 17 years to travel from page to screen. This boundary-breaking novel-turned-movie, scheduled for nationwide release in late November, with its tradition-busting, hilarious adventurousness, could be the most galvanizing counterculture film since Easy Rider.
In 1962, German emigre Peter Schumann founded the Bread & Puppet Theater in New York City. Twelve years later, the company moved to a farm near Glover, Vermont, and established "Our Domestic Resurrection Circus," which has become the longest running show in the counterculture.
Dubbed "The World’s Greatest Pot Activist" by HIGH TIMES (Aug. '93 HT), Rodger Belknap sits in prison enduring a term that could exceed three years. Two fellow Freedom Fighters have recently made buttons and pins available for Belknap sympathizers to show their support.
Since 1990, the Lemonheads have pretty much been Evan Dando and whoever happens to be tagging along for the ride. As the band's popularity has grown and Dando has become the subject of an ever-increasing number of column inches, rock journalists have found themselves grappling with what at first appears to be an inherently contradictory character—a self-proclaimed pacifist who harbors an unnatural fascination with Charles Manson; a musician who delights in turning Suzanne Vega's ultra-sensitive "Luka" into a wall-ofnoise sonic meltdown and Glen Danzig's eerie "Skulls" into a tender acoustic ballad.
Saturation (Geffen) If you were a kid during the '70s, there must have been a few mornings when some perfect pop tune blasting out of your AM clock radio woke you up and sent you bouncing off the walls in prepubescent ecstasy. It was probably something by Sweet or Eddie Money that kicked in the pop high—better than a sugar buzz, even more thrilling than making yourself hyperventilate.
If the hip-hop/herb alliance hasn't reached its saturation point yet, it must surely be getting there fast. Here's a rundown of the latest blunted tapes and CDs pilling up around the office. For starters, we have Knucklehedz, a pair of Lonq Island, NY while boyz named Tom J. and Steve Austin and produced by the sodly now-defunct EPMD. On Strictly Savage (EastWest), the duo kick rhymes with spirit and enthusiasm, but it's the classic Hit Squad.funk sc.undihot.
HIGH TIMES: What sort of tribe would you say you belong to? Robbi Robb: We’re like a micro-tribe sharing a philosophy that is not so much anti-apartheid—as most might believe because we hail from South Africa—but more about anti-oppression.
News that contraband gold miners massacred up to 20 Indians in an attack on two remote Yanomami villages in the northern Brazilian Amazon state of Roraima has shocked the world. Despite the official protection of their native territory, the Yanomami are apparently more vulnerable than ever to the violence of invaders in their rainforest homeland.
A Report From The North American Syringe Exchange Conference
ENLIGHTENMENT IN CONNECTICUT
CALIFORNIA NEEDLE EXCHANGE
NYC NEEDLE EXCHANGE
FUTURE FOR NEEDLE EXCHANGE
In Italy they say “Everybody knows how to save the ship after it sinks." In Boston, at the end of February, a group of people gathered who are trying to save the ship before it goes down, people who've resisted the idiocy of those American lawmakers who stubbornly refuse to do the necessary things to slow the spread of AIDS among intravenous-drug users.
DETROIT COPS GUILTY IN BEATING DEATH Local residents cheered at the desolate street corner where Malice Green died after two former Detroit police officers were convicted of beating him to death. Green, a 35-year-old unemployed black steelworker, was beaten with metal flash-lights in a car stop outside a suspected crackhouse as several witnesses, including medics who were kept away from the scene by police, looked on.
NJ Couple Sues Government Over Seizure of House in $500 Theft Case
FEDS OPEN NEW DOOR TO FORFEITURE ABUSE
In what may become the first test of the Supreme Court's landmark "proportionality" ruling on civil forfeiture, Kathy and Mark Schrama have filed a $75 million suit against the state of New Jersey, challenging the constitutionality of that state's civil forfeiture laws.
When asked to explain the disappearance of $27,000 worth of marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines being held as evidence, Manila Police Chief Colonel Generoso Necesito gave an explanation which falls in the same category as "my dog ate my homework."
Events have moved quickly for the Haitian refugees that had been held at the United States naval base at Guantanamo Bay on the island of Cuba. The 300 Haitians were freed after federal district judge Sterling Johnson issued a sweeping order on June 7, mandating their immediate release.
GREAT ATLANTA POT FESTIVAL THRIVES DESPITE FACTIONALISM
It was the best of festivals, it was the worst of festivals. This summer’s Great Atlanta Pot Festival went from being the festival-that-almost-wasn't to being the first of two festivals that shared the same name but—due to movement factionalism—refused to work together.
In California's notoriously laid-back Marin County, one woman has been waging a virtually single-handed campaign against creeping intolerance and insensitivity. Lynette Shaw, singer-songwriter for the local reggae-rock band Net Wt.
Just as the Pope's recent visit to America helped resurface the contradictions between the teachings of the Catholic Church and the realities of modern life, so has the arrest of Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss renewed the argument that prostitution, like the sale and use of certain drugs, is a victimless crime.
The War on Drugs is devouring the peace dividend. The Pentagon and intelligence agencies have been frantically searching for a new enemy to justify their existence and awesome power ever since the Berlin Wall came crashing down, depriving the Cold War propaganda machine of the Communist bogeymen it needed to function.
We at NORML have long argued that the narcocracy can only be understood by comparing it with organs of terror in other totalitarian regimes rather than with anything in American history. The DEA is best understood by comparing it with the KGB. A politicized police agency like the DEA is a cancer within a democratic criminal justice system.
R&B artists like Roy Brown and Tommy Brown (no relation) have been crying their eyes out on records since the late 1940s. Johnny Ray, the missing link between Sinatra and Elvis, made a career of breaking down into sobbing pathos in the early '50s.
THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS SOURCES OF INDOOR LIGHTING, WITH COMPARISONS OF BULB EFFICIENCY AND LIGHT SPECTRUM:
MAKING YOUR DECISION
THE BUSH DOCTOR
To most indoor-grower wannabes, info about light comes from the Tower of Babel (alias Babylon, apologies to Chef RA Rasta Rama). Everyone's talking spectrum, wavelength, watts per square foot, lumens, lux and the like. While these are important on one level, what you need to understand are four basic parameters: how much, what color, photoperiod, and efficiency—plus a smattering of other considerations like safety and hardware costs.
The wave theory of the universe suggests that nothing is solid, that everything in the universe is made up of identical electronic waves whose density determines how things will function and be perceived. Change the density of the waves and stone becomes water, or trees become a black hole in space.
Mati Klarwein—creator of the infamous Milk and Honey collection—lives in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Andy Warhol said that Mati was his "favorite painter." Mati has called himself "the most famous unknown painter in the world," because most everyone has seen the widely reproduced, visionary piece that he did on the cover of Santana's album Abraxas or his painting A Grain of Sand (shown here), yet very few people know who painted them.
Before any plants are introduced, the grow room should be set up. Construction requires space and planning. There are just a few things that need to be accomplished before the room is ready for plants. Choose an out-of-the-way space with little or no traffic.
At the simplest level, a gardener can hang a few 4' fluorescents from the top of a closet and, perhaps, line a few more against the walls. This is the least expensive way to set up, if the cost of electricity or its draw are not important. For each square foot of space, the plants require a minimum of 20 watts of input, but 30 watts will produce a stockier plant with much heavier budding.
IT TOOK TWENTY-SOMETHING NEO-HIPPIE CHRIS ROBINSON AND HIS BANDMATES TO WAKE UP THE SLEEPING GIANT THAT IS ROCK'N'ROLL. AFRAID TO CHALLENGE THE POWERS THAT BE DURING THE '80S, ROCK BANDS BECAME TOOLS OF AN INCREASINGLY CONSERVATIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY. NOT ROBINSON'S '70SCENTERED BLACK CROWES. THEY WAILED WITH AUDACITY AND INTENSITY. WHETHER IT WAS ASSAILING CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP OR THE LESS-THAN-LIVE PERFORMANCES BY HEADLINE ACTS LIKE AEROSMITH AND ROBERT PLANT, THEY TOLD IT LIKE IT WAS. FOR THEIR FOLLOW-UP TO THE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER DEBUT ALBUM IN 1989, THE BLACK CROWES DECIDED TO SLAY ANOTHER DRAGON: MARIJUANA PROHIBITION. THE RELEASE OF SOUTHERN HARMONY AND MUSICAL COMPANION IN THE SPRING OF 1992 WAS PRECEDED BY THE GROUP’S APPEARANCE AT THE ATLANTA POT FESTIVAL AND ON THE COVER OF HIGH TIMES. VIRTUALLY OVERNIGHT, THE BLACK CROWES, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY ROBINSON, BECAME TRUE HEROES OF THE HEMP MOVEMENT. THEY TOURED FOR 13 MONTHS, EACH NIGHT UNVEILING A POT-LEAF BANNER THAT DEMANDED, “FREE US, NO NARCS.” UNFORTUNATELY, ONE DARK NIGHT IN MARCH, NARCS INFILTRATED THE BAND’S BACKSTAGE, LEADING TO A NASTY BEATING AND THE TERMINATION OF A CONCERT. CONTROVERSY FOLLOWS THE BLACK CROWES LIKE DOGS CHASE CATS. BACK IN AUGUST, ROBINSON TOOK SOME TIME TO EXPLAIN WHAT WENT DOWN DURING THE GROUP’S FIRST HEADLINING TOUR. HIGH TIMES: How are you?
Walking down the road of life in Babylon is growing more frightening every day. The world has grown so cold and uncaring toward the peoples of the planet. America isn’t the only country with some serious problems. Ethnic and religious intolerance turns brother against brother, sister against sister.
Joycelyn Elders, former chief of the Arkansas health department and an outspoken advocate of sex education, accessible birth control and abortion rights, was confirmed by the Senate as the nation's new surgeon general in a 65-to-34 vote on September 8, after a long and dirty battle.
HIGH TIMES has recently received word that the DEA has begun harassing distributors of ephedrine in an effort to get them to turn over their client lists. Though ephedrine is used for relief of asthma and is legal for over-the-counter sales, it is occasionally used as a precursor in the manufacture of amphetamine, and the DEA is using this as their reason for requesting the lists.
I magine an inexpensive spray that can increase growth rate and yield while shortening ripening time and reducing water needs. Two researchers, Dr. Arthur Nonomura, a scientist/ farmer, and Dr. Andrew Benson, professor emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, may have done just that.
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Ahhh, Pope Weasel.... We're in Lincoln, Nebraska, roasting bowls and waiting for the fall semester at the U of N. As we soak up rays, listen to Ween and pull tubes, we're wondering about whether smoking the marijuana seed leads to sterility in males.
The reader-driven forum sharply focused on expanding America's collective cannabis cultivation consciousness, Hemp Times attempts to make sense of the myriad factors involved with ganja growing today. Whether you are doing if indoors or outdoors, in your closet or bedroom, in an abandoned field or a dense forest, your grow stories, insights and pictures are needed.
Some people say that the third time's a charm. After two mediocre attempts at growing, I finally got it right. These plants were grown from some quality seeds given to me by a friend. They were germinated in wet paper towels and then planted in a one-to-one mixture of potting soil and Vermiculite and grown under a 400-watt metal halide lamp.
ZIGGY MARLEY HIGH TIMES goes backstage for a visit with the Marley clan. Meet Ziggy, Stephen, Cedella and other members of their extended tribe as the Melody Makers tour America. PETER TOSH Investigative reporter Eric Williams explores the unanswered questions around the brutal slaying of one of Jamaica's top reggae superstars.