In October, I spoke with a number of poets now performing in New York City and, perhaps, in your town. After attending a few East Village poetry readings, I was amazed at how well-attended they had become, but I had begun to understand why. A lot of people are looking for something deeper in their entertainment.
It is truly disturbing to hear a spiritual leader like Clyde Bellecourt say that he and his AIM followers plan to “disrupt” the ceremonies of phony shamans. All Americans, native or not, enjoy freedom of religion and while most will agree with Clyde in spirit, no single individual or organization should be deciding who’s phony and who’s not.
THE SEARCH FOR THE INVENTOR OF THE HEMP DECORTICATOR
Jack Herer's hempster bible, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, may soon be due for an update. In recounting the sad, seamy story of how hemp came to be outlawed in America, his book tracks the early forces and event that forced hemp prohibition on the world, a campaign run on racism, disinformation and yellow journalism.
There's not much real royalty lift In American music, but Dick Dale is the legitimate and unchallenged King of the Surf Guitar and his first ever New York City appearance, on October 15, 1993, brought out a huge crowd, Including more guitar players (ranging from Jon Spencer to Rick Derringer and everyone in between) than I've ever seen assembled In one spot.
Is the Central America Terror Network "Under New Management”?
Deadly Alphabet Soup
The Miami Connection Re-Emerges
The Honduran Connection Re-Emerges
New Rumblings of Intervention
As this issue of HIGH TIMES goes to press, Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh’s long-awaited report on the 1980s Contragate scandal is about to be released. A federal court delayed its release until the end of 1993 after a request by ex-Prez Ronald Reagan, who said he needed more time to respond.
Brett Kimberlin Update: DAN QUAYLE’S POT DEALER FREE AFTER 14 YEARS
Brett Kimberlin, the Indianapolis pot dealer who says he sold marijuana to ex-Vice President Dan Quayle in the early ’70s, was released from prison in November. He remains under house arrest. Scheduled for parole in February, Kimberlin will have served 14 years on bombing charges.
A study published in the Journal of American Medicine says that older Americans are hospitalized due to conditions stemming from use of alcohol more frequently than from any other medical problem—even heart attacks. Because most of these bills are paid by Medicare—the health insurance covering 96% of those 65 and older which is financed by our tax dollars—these alcohol-related illnesses are costing taxpayers $230 million a year.
A pot-smuggling ring that was centered in California’s Marin County and may have moved as much as 20 tons of high-grade Thai was busted by the DEA in October after a two-month investigation. According to an October 21 report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the ring, which allegedly trucked 250-pound lots of pot throughout the US, is among the largest uncovered in recent years.
Medical marijuana is legally available to only nine people nationwide. The Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program which supplies government marijuana to those nine is jointly administered by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Public Health Service (PHS)—which shut down expansion of the program two years ago, claiming that it sent a “bad signal” to the American public.
"Humane" Police Weapon Takes Life Lester Yarborough of Monticello, NY, died after police subdued him with a pepper spray. Allegedly responding to reports of a fire when they entered his apartment, police say Yarborough threatened them with a table fork.
Medical Marijuana, Forfeiture, Needle Exchange in New Political Battles
MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILLS PASSED State Resolution Approved
San Francisco Sanctuary Act Pushed
More Municipal Victories
LUNGREN’S FORFEITURE BILL FAILS Good News from Sacramento
Now For the Bad News...
More Forfeiture Changes
NEEDLE EXCHANGE BILL KILLED Wilso.n Vetoes AIDS Prevention
In politically schizophrenic California, the forces of libertarian tolerance and intolerant repression are duking it out over the future of the Golden State’s War on Drugs. New developments on the legal front involving medical marijuana, forfeiture and needle exchange portend escalating political battles as lines are drawn on this divisive issue.
FREEDOM FIGHTER OF THE MONTH: BARBARA SWEENEY—Living Proof
“Will you water the plants?” Barbara Sweeney had the audacity to ask the police of the city of Fairfax, CA, as they hauled away her two marijuana bushes in their white buckets. She didn’t want to lose those plants. She couldn’t. She needs them to make her life less painful.
The Cannabis Action Network blew into San Diego on October 27th for back-to-back rallies on the campuses of Palomar College and UC San Diego. As ashes from California’s raging fires drifted down from the sky, hundreds of students at both schools gained a higher education in the history of hemp as well as cannabis’ multi-medicinal and industrial uses.
Don Clark, 54, used to spend his days farming watermelon in the Florida swampland. Along the way he grew some pot. Now he’s spending the rest of his life in jail for it. Clark’s Florida tan has faded during the three years he’s spent in the federal pen at Terre Haute, IN. He shares his cell there with convicted killers who will be released in the next few years, while he does life for conspiracy.
The march to legalization is getting close to the parade grounds. The DEA policy regarding marijuana for medicine is in rearguard defense, and John Birrenbach’s Institute for Hemp was granted a conditional permit from the state of Minnesota to cultivate legal hemp.
The Road "Fastest" Traveled: An Introduction to NORML’s Activist Program
THE THREE PRECURSORS TO LEGALIZATION
NORML’S ACTIVIST PROGRAM
If you ask anyone who is prolegalization the question, “What can be done to help legalize marijuana?”, they will probably be able to rattle off a thousand and one ideas. “Protest outside the nearest DEA office until either I’m arrested or pot is legal.”
In American cities big and small, spoken-word poets are taking the stage at coffeehouses, cafes and various other performance venues—a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Spoken-Word Movement. On the heels of hip-hop's success, delivering lines and rhymes to appreciative audiences seeking live, but meaningful, alternative entertainment, these poets have received pop accolades usually reserved for rock stars —in publications such as Rolling Stone, Spin and the Village Voice.
interviews with the new poets EDITED BY NATE EATON What is it like to be a poet in the ’90s, to have as one’s occupation what has traditionally been the lowest-paying, most marginalized art form in American society?
England's answer to the Grateful Dead jams to a different beat.
"Ethnic psychedelic space-rock for a techno/progressive/hippie/alien generation," goes the press release for Ozric Tentacles. Having weathered a sea of trends since Ed Wynne formed the band in 1983 at the Stonehenge Summer Solstice Festival in their native England (taking their name from a fictitious brand of cereal), the Ozrics’ eclectic sound remains the same.
In the world of contemporary electronic music, few figures rival Moby—a.k.a. Richard Melville Hall (a descendant of Moby Dick author Herman Melville)—in terms of profile and productivity. He's remixed tracks for Brian Eno, the Pet Shop Boys and Michael Jackson, spun records at raves around the world, and recorded some of the most innovative tracks to date (compiled on three releases: Moby, Early Underground and Ambient—all available on Instinct).
Pearl Jam stand alone. Last year’s multi-platinum debut from this Seattle quintet showcased a band with an oversensitivity rare in our jaded world, unafraid to display emotion born from childhood abuse. Ten rocked without pretense—a tribute to honesty and the power of survival.
What impacted right away with the Beats was the immediacy of their work, the intimacy of their message. The fab four—Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Gregory Corso— especially (though not solely) had that distinctive voice.
We're talking about good old, straight-up, American values here. Being allowed to do what you want, when you want, with your own person or property, so long as you don't physically harm the person or property of another. Sounds simple enough.
If Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets hadn’t existed, somebody would have had to invent them. Both first appeared at the dawn of the ’70s from the radical Harlem black poetry underground and it would be impossible to envision hardcore-conscious rap without them.
East Village, winter 1972: Nixon is starting his second term as President; Watergate is just beginning to fester as a bubble of consciousness in the public mind; the war in Vietnam is on TV every night. The ’60s feel over. Johnson’s "Great Society” poverty programs, upended by the Republicans from without and greed from within, have left our neighborhood, once the heart of the Lower East Side, immigrant waiting room to the American dream, an abandoned, smoking swamp.
The bass was jammin’, laying down a groovy foundation for this hyped-out brother who I could see through the door of the club, spitting out some heavy, ethereal prose from the small soapbox stage. “Now this is happening,” I said as I entered the place, gazing around the crowded room.
they laughed at Jelly Roll Morton when he claimed he invented jazz, but if one form of American music is truly the product of one man it is surf music and its creator is Dick Dale. Surf music—the instrumental sound of Southern California characterized by Dale as “heavy staccato picking on a Fender guitar”—is as much a part of American culture as blues or Coca-Cola.
If this be your first time reading THMQ, then you might be a little behind. You should know that the people who read and contribute to this sheet are a bunch of loony-toony, psycho bastards, that’s certain. At least, it’s certain this month. Are you one of them?
I’ve been writing Your Greatness for quite a while, giving you price info on true kind in Virginia. How come you don’t publish herb info from VA? Well, here goes, I guess for your eyes only, seeing as you don’t want the nation to know how good we have it.
This month, Hemp Times travels to New Hampshire to capture the brilliant fall foliage, and the Seed Bank-stock buds, at their peak. Like all destinations worth reaching, the prime atmosphere of harvest-time New Hampshire overwhelms the senses.
I have been growing ganja since about 1977. Starting off in Northern California when Humboldt/ Mendocino green was as popular as Napa/Sonoma wines, I went through all the highs and lows of growing—from a mountaintop garden with thousands of feet of buried water pipe to the 20-plant sheriff’s department bust.
This pipe is called the Silver Palm Leaf, touted by its makers as "planet earth’s first credit-card sized, flat, totally pipeless pipe.” Made of stainless steel, the pipe is very sturdy and gives off a surprisingly smooth hit. For more information, write: Silver Palm Leaf, PO Box 1934, London W11 4ZQ, United Kingdom.
Infuse flower essences (FE) into the water used to irrigate plants. The theory, practice and availability of FE is available in health food stores. In this way the sublime powers of FE are transmitted directly into the "psychosomatic" genetics of your plants.
WHEN I FIRST HEARD that Her Royal Majesty's Home Office had decided to allow regulated cultivation of hemp in Great Britain, I called Robert Lukies, the person most responsible. Lukies teamed up with people at his local farm supply and commodity company and then formed the Hemcore Corp.
They’re not much to look at—barkless, jointed, grooved, virtually leafless shrubs resembling sci-fi flora—but the ephedras are an incredible group of plants. Their primitive appearance can be attributed to their membership in the gymnosperms, one of the really ancient plant families that includes horsetail and ginkgo.
Are there any benefits to smoking pot in blunts? Does the THC react with the cigar paper to get you higher than you would ordinarily get? If not, why bother smoking this way? There are absolutely no benefits to smoking blunts, which are basically large joints wrapped in tobacco leaf.
If you’re an avid HIGH TIMES reader or a self-conscious marijuana activist you already know the multi-faceted benefits of this worldly plant, capable of being used for paper, medicine, food and yes, clothing. The HIGH TIMES Head Squad hit the streets in New York City, to see exactly how hemp is making its statement in fashion.