When I first came to this publication a little over a year ago, I have to admit, I was not as knowledgeable on all of the qualities of the herbal as I am now. Basically I was a smoker. I knew various strains existed, of different potencies, scents, tastes, etc., but was not aware of the historical significance of the plant, or its diversity of usage in many cultures.
Regarding the banning of the pot-leaf image in Tifton, GA: I understand there are those who lead very conservative lifestyles and are offended by others who display the image, but they have no right to infringe on our beliefs, nor to try to instill theirs on us.
A woman lies alone in an isolated, two-room adobe house in northern New Mexico. She lights a joint and falls into a movie-like remembrance of Mexico, years ago, when she sought the old woman to heal the spiritual sickness that began with her mother’s death.
We’ve all hooted at Reefer Madness, the propaganda film of the '30s that portrayed pot-smokers as psychos, sex fiends, and ordinary, run-of-the-mill bad citizens. That cannabis classic was so incredibly lame and moralistic, so chock full of lies, we could hardly get our joints lit from laughing so hard.
Watch Arsenio Hall preen, prance, and cuddle up to celebrities on his late-night talk show, and you’ll understand why Leno and Letterman are kicking his butt. You gotta figure, if Arsenio ain’t the phoniest dude in Hollywood, he’s certainly in the top two!
U.S. FOREST SERVICE ENDANGERS RIGHT OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
If the US Forest Service has its way, it will soon be a crime to have a big family picnic, political meeting or a Rainbow Gathering on public land without a permit. That’s because restrictive new amendments to the federal regulations governing the use of National Forests have once again been proposed by the USFS, at a cost of the constitutional right of every American to “peaceably assemble.”
Forty federal agents raided an Earth First! encampment on private land outside Idaho’s Nez Perce National Forest on August 8, confiscating items such as hammers and nails, diaries and unexposed film. Robert Amon, who owns the property, said a petty cash fund of $20 was also taken from the camp.
An Asian weed that has been used for centuries in China and Japan as a treatment for alcoholism may one day be available in the US, thanks to researchers at Harvard Medical School and some hamsters who could drink any human alcoholic under the table.
Truckloads of drug paraphernalia ranging from rolling papers to crack vials were hauled off on October 28 as police raided 27 Manhattan headshops, arresting 36 people. The raids hit stores from the Lower East Side to Washington Heights. They were carried out by the New York Police Department with trucks supplied by the state National Guard.
Picture yourself on a boat in a lake. Billowy clouds reflect on the water’s glassy surface and the only sounds are the lonely whoops of a loon and the splash of a hungry brook trout. You’re about to light up—cap off a blissful day in the wilderness of your favorite National Forest—when suddenly, there’s a horrific, shrieking roar.
Cocaine Cop Busted Detroit police officer Carl Webster was arrested with 15 pounds of cocaine when he was stopped for speeding in Texas. Houston Chronicle, September 27,1993 Dirty Detective in Reno Reno police detective Gary Eubanks was arrested for selling amphetamine.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROVIDER LOSES PROPERTY, FRIEND, FREEDOM
Forfeiture Drives Companion to Suicide
On April 5, 1990, an El Dorado, CA county drug squad arrested 70-year-old Byron Stamate for cultivation of 164 marijuana seedlings. Stamate, a retired government employee, pleaded guilty and this past October 18, local judge Edward Keeler sentenced him to nine months in the El Dorado County Jail, followed by three years probation.
Despite controversy, on Saturday, October 30, Georgia NORML sponsored the Fourth Annual Great Atlanta Pot Festival. In 1992, Georgia NORML had sponsored the Third Annual Great Atlanta Pot Festival, which attracted over 60,000 and thrust the NORML name back into the national spotlight.
A self-described “amateur mycologist” from Evansville, IN has just begun serving a six-year stretch in the Indiana prison system because police found mushrooms he was growing for food and medicine. Guy Bemis, 39, was arrested on September 5, 1992, after a woman went to an Evansville hospital and complained she was feeling sick.
“I was thinking. It’s not me that is helping people that are dying to live longer. I’m just passing it. It’s the plant that helps people. Then I thought: Wait a minute, when you smoke a joint, that’s a misdemeanor. When you pass it, that’s a felony.”
An Alaska judge has held the state’s marijuana-possession law unconstitutional, ruling that the 1990 recriminalization referendum can’t override the state constitution’s guaranteed right to privacy. On October 29, Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson threw out pot charges against logger Patrick McNeil of the island village of Klawock.
New amendments to the US Sentencing Guidelines went into effect on November 1, 1993, making a start at addressing the LSD “carrier-weight” issue. Heinous prison sentences have been the norm for those busted for LSD since draconian federal guidelines were adopted in the mid-’80s.
I stopped in London a couple of years ago on the way back from a speaking trip to Findhorn in Scotland. I was put up and fed and taken to various parties, houses and clubs. It was lovely, being in London like a native, shopping with friends on Portobello Road for curry makings.
As we seek ways to save the earth, we frequently look to hemp as if it were nothing more than another exploitable natural resource. For many of us, the cannabis plant is much more than that. It is regarded as the leaf of life, a mystic, light-filled herb able to heal the planet and its people.
How many Americans must support marijuana legalization before it will occur? Two-thirds? Fifty percent plus one? No. The answer, to borrow from Abbie Hoffman, is “enough.” When attempting to educate large numbers of people that marijuana should be legalized, it is important to keep in mind that not everyone needs to be convinced.
It was August, 1917. After 20 years of work, George W. Schlichten had finally perfected a decorticator that would allow tough hemp fiber to be separated from stalk in just a few hours in a factory setting. No longer would crops have to be “retted” in the fields for weeks to allow the stalk’s pulp to weaken.
HEMP. A SIMPLE MONOSYLLABIC WORD THAT DEFINES ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST EXTRAORDINARY PLANTS. THIS PLANT HAS PERHAPS THE LONGEST HISTORY OF USES OF ANY PLANT KNOWN TO HUMANKIND, IN ANY CULTURE, AT ANY TIME. (IF YOU'VE BEEN DOWN WITH THE HIGH TIMES HEAD SQUAD, YOU'RE UP ON THIS.)
From: New York City Sounds like: Super Cat meets Biz Markie Album: Roughneck Reality Label: Columbia Pot song: "Holy Sacrament" Quote: "When I was a young child, my dad would rock me to sleep by blowing hash smoke in my face. The herb is a holy sacrament.
COLD CRIS AND COMPANY WANT TO LEGALIZE WEED. BUT FIRST CRIS WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIS FATHER OUT OF JAIL.
With Cypress Hill proudly puffin' blunts at the top of the charts and hemp awareness at an all-time high in the hip-hop community, it's no surprise these days to find plenty of rappers shouting out pot's praises. But for one, Mad Flava's Cold Cris the Soulman, legalizing marijuana is more than an abstract issue.
The '90s funk revival keeps reaching larger proportions daily, as exemplified by the long-overdue reissue of Funkadelic's four Warner Brothers albums from 1976-1981 on Priority as well as the new George "Uncle Jam" Clinton offering on Paisley Park.
The biggest question on every hip-hop fan’s lips in '93 was: “When is Snoop Doggy Dogg’s album coming out?” Dr. Dre’s sidekick on The Chronic, Snoop wore the pot-leaf hat MTV banned. Snoop’s Slick Rick rap style combined with Dre’s clone of Dr. Funkenstein production proved irresistable on his Chronic cameos.
IT'S FUN TO SMOKE POT JUST ABOUT ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE, BY YOURSELF OR WITH FRIENDS—BUT IT'S A LITTLE BIT EXTRA SPECIAL WHEN YOU'RE GETTING ZOOTED WITH AN ENTERTAINER WHOSE WORK YOU ENJOY. EVERYONE PICTURED HERE WERE MAD COOL WHEN WE LIT UP!
Growing up on a wheat farm in Pullman, Washington, Julie Stewart had no idea she would one day be running one of the largest nonprofit lobbying groups in the nation. But when her brother Jeff called her on a February afternoon in 1990 to say he’d just been arrested for cultivating marijuana, Stewart began a strange trip through the corridors of the criminal justice system that led to her founding the organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM).
GANJA BLACK BEAN CAKES WITH GREEN BEANS AND ALMONDS
Most of us know why hemp is important for medical and ecological applications. These are mariwanna’s attributes that the legalization movement has traditionally emphasized. These facts have showcased the intellectual’s argument in favor of legalizing hemp.
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THE INTERNATIONAL GUIDE TO CANNABIS CULTURE The PURPLE KUSH Discovery [see "Adam's Garden, Part II," page 71] Hemp In Hungary, Revisited by Ed Rosenthal Skullcap Nature's Nerve Tonic by Mary Forsell PLUS ASK ED, THMQ & THE HEMP 100!
Ritual for full THMQ integration: Pack bowl with smiling, sticky bud (Little Smiley’s). Activate tune unit and blast “What The Fuck Are We Saying?” from Kravitz’ Mama Said. Do righteous bong hit. Hold smoke for at least 15 seconds. Get down on your damn knees and give thanks.
Once again our friend Adam drove us to his secret garden, and once again we found ourselves doing the Blindfolded Hostage Headroll (see “High & Blind on the Kush Mountain Road,” Hemp Times, Jan. '94 HT). “I started growing marijuana in 1987,” Adam explained as he turned the steering wheel and moved us around some remote New Hampshire mountain road.
The Guru of Ganja makes a return trip to “the spiritual home of hemp” in Central Europe.
In 1991, when I first visited Hungary and investigated the hemp situation, I saw an industry in decline. (See “Hemp in Hungary,” May ’92 HT.) Even before the Soviet Union’s implosion, hemp textiles and rope were being replaced by synthetics and blends.
Before they get to know skullcap, many people are of the impression that it is an evil plant, associated with skulls and crossbones or other deathlike imagery. The plant is actually named after the somewhat hooded appearance of its exquisite violet-blue flowers, which appear from July to September.
This red-hair sweetheart was planted on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. I used a mixture of potting soil, vermiculite and cow dung. It was harvested on Labor Day yielding over 13 ounces of very sticky, smooth-smoking bud. TR Norwalk, CA This beautiful bud is Green Spirit, a version of Big Bud x Skunk #1 available in Holland.
HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW: STEVE SMITH: CANNABIS PROVIDER
HAITI: THE COCAINE COUP
WHAT DOES HOWARD STERN HAVE AGAINST POT? DO BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD TOKE? WE'LL PROVIDE SOME ANSWERS. For 70 years, cannabis has appeared in some of Hollywood’s greatest films, and many of its worst. Let’s roll the high-lights! HIGH TIMES talks to the founder of the Cannabis Buyer’s Club—the first group to publicly supply medical marijuana to people with AIDS—about HIV, its affect on his life and the Buyer’s Club.