It really wasn't much of a film when you get down to it. Two fairly inarticulate longhairs make a few bucks moving cocaine, mount their choppers, and ride out "in search of America." Peter Fonda did a soft-spoken, self-searching man of truth number while Dennis Hopper goofed his way through the film as an endearingly dimwitted hippie.
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When word of Frank Zappa’s death (on Dec. 4) hit the news, I couldn’t help but feel American music had suffered a profound loss. More than any other artist over the past 30 years, Zappa never equivocated over the issue of freedom of expression.
NASA boo-boos like launching swell space telescopes that don’t work and designing Trekkie wet dreams like Star Wars defense technology (SDI), cost taxpayers zillions, but not all space-age dreamers fail so miserably. Kenny Scharf, one of the premier psychedelic artists in America, has unveiled a design for tokers of the 21st century.
The master of twisted vision has done it again. Los Angelesbased painter Robert Williams has released another volume of graphically demented cartoon art entitled Views from a Tortured Libido (1993, Last Gasp). This latest book of paintings, complete with an introduction by Dr. Timothy Leary, is a disturbing roller-coaster ride through images of nightmarish surreality, psychotic mayhem and cartoon erotica.
FDA CRACKS DOWN ON ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE BLACK MARKET VITAMINS LOOM
A moment of truth has arrived for all Americans who take responsibility for their own health. If public sentiment prevails, Congress will act to prevent the federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) from effectively handing over control of vitamins, minerals, herbs and amino acids to the giant drug cornpanies.
A consumer group in the Netherlands has begun working to insure that smokers are getting a high quality high. The Consumers Group for Cannabis Lovers has opened a laboratory which will test the quality of the soft drugs being sold in the nation’s 1,500 coffeeshops.
It was October 29, 1993, one day before the scheduled return of Haiti’s exiled President Jean Bertrand Aristide, and it was clear that the deadline for a return to democratic rule in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation would not be met.
DEA Does it Again A Colorado woman was hospitalized after eight DEA agents forced open her door, cursed her and beat her to the ground—before realizing they were at the wrong house. Daniel Thomas, the man they were really after, was later charged with amphetamine manufacture.
WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT SHAKEN BY TOP LEVEL DISSENT TO DRUG WAR
HEAVY HITTERS SCHMOOZE AT 7TH ANNUAL DPF AFFAIR
DAY ONE—Activist ACCBSS
DAY TWO—Whither “Harm Reduction”?
DAY THREE— Confronting the Urban Crisis
PETER GORMAN & BILL WEINBERG
Top-level national figures made headlines by publicly breaking ranks with the War on Drugs, hard-liners counter-attacked, and the capital was a buzz. In this atmosphere, the Drug Policy Foundation (DPF), the reform movement’s black-tie set, held its Seventh Annual Conference on Drug Policy Reform on the weekend of November 17-20—once again in Washington’s spookily antiseptic L’Enfant Plaza Hotel.
WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT SHAKEN BY TOP LEVEL DISSENT TO DRUG WAR
WASHINGTON SHAKE-UP: HEAVY HITTERS BREAK RANKS WITH DRUG WAR
The Schmoke Affair
The Elders Affair
More CIA-Coke Revelations
DEA-FBI Merger Killed
Anti-Crime Bill Looms
As the nation’s drug policy reform activists gathered in Washington DC for November’s Drug Policy Foundation meet, the issue was hitting the headlines in ways which made top Washington Drug Warriors very uncomfortable. Just as Congress was haggling over the details of a draconian anti-crime bill which would further expand the anti-drug police state, national figures were calling for legalization.
“On MTV, they blur out a pot leaf but not a gun. This symbolizes everything which is wrong with America today.” So spoke NORML National Director Dick Cowan in his opening remarks at the organization’s 1993 conference, Washington, DC. On the heels of the annual Drug Policy Foundation conference—a weekend of deep discussion on America’s twin plagues of urban social disintegration and an escalating anti-drug police state—the NORMLers met on November 21 to report and network on their own strategies to turn the nation’s misplaced priorities around, at least where cannabis is concerned.
The medical marijuana movement has matured to the point where an overwhelming majority of American voters support marijuana’s medical use. While the old prohibitive policies are still in place, their days seem numbered. But while legal acceptance of the medical use of marijuana looks inevitable, there is still much work to be done.
Inhale deeply and often? Never smoke the stuff? Worried about the environment? Can’t stand hypocrisy? Just wanna get high? Motives vary among legalization proponents but our concerns overlap. Similarly, we have goals in common with the most vehement “lock ’em up and throw away the key” anti-drug crusaders.
Last year, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders’ call for a study of “legalizing drugs” as a way of reducing violence drew a response that suggested to me that “drugs” are the least of our problems. We have a major malfunction in our public discourse.
Though Howard Stern claims to no longer smoke pot and use other illegal drugs, they remain a favorite subject of his. In 1993, he devoted radio airtime to such pothead guests as David Lee Roth, Richard Beizer, Chip Z’Nuff of Enuff Z’Nuff and Phil Rind of Sacred Reich.
From glamorous to devious, funny to tragic, honest to contrived, and evil to benign, cannabis has appeared in some of the greatest films ever made, and many of the worst. Though "marijuana moments” appear in Smoke and Flesh, Cutter Trash, Smoke of Evil, Surfside Sex, Orgy Girls, and Psychedelic Sex Kicks, approach at your own risk.
"At the beginning, MTV was kind of worried about drugs,” says Sam Johnson, co-author of This Book Sucks. "You can’t really get around the fact that Beavis and Butt-head are just the kind of kids you knew when you were growing up who were desperate to try drugs—desperate to experiment somehow.
Forty days of buds and music? That’s one way to describe the first-ever NORML/HIGH TIMES tour.
SOULS AT ZERO AND CROWBAR
THINGS TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME
THE BONG STORY
HOW SACRED REICH GOT THEIR NAME
A FEW WORDS FROM NORML
One day last spring NORML received a call from Gloria Cavalera, manager of Sacred Reich. "How would you like to promote a concert tour featuring my band?” she inquired. Sacred Reich were not new to NORML. The Phoenix-based hard-hitting rockers had fired up a controversy when Graffix bongs bearing their logo were shipped out in February as promos for the band’s album, Independent (Hollywood).
Souls At Zero's involvement with NORML was sparked by their own experience with the injustice of this country's drug laws. "A couple of us were riding around in a car doing a video interview," says Brad Divens, the band's lead singer and bassist.
Half the story of Jamaican music may never be told, but within the four volumes and 95 songs of Tougher Than Tough are many crucial tales, all of which were hits in England. Island Records founder Chris Blackwell held his first Jamaican session in 1958, but he made his fortune selling Jamaican music in England, which remains the largest market for reggae.
So what is acid jazz, anyway? Acid rock and jazz? Acid house and jazz? Maybe neither—and both. Late ’6os/early ’70s fusion (which was acid rock and jazz, plus funk) provides much of the inspiration for this strange new genre, which is also an outgrowth of the ongoing jazz revival in England (Style Council, Sade, Working Week).
By the time he was 12 years old, Steven Smith knew he was gay. He also knew he wanted a career in politics. But growing up in Western Pennsylvania was not the appropriate place to express either his political desires or his sexuality, so at 20 he moved to Washington, DC where he could do both.
From 1969 to 1985 Cheech & Chong released nine albums and wrote and directed seven feature films. Their most famous flick, Up in Smoke, was a no-holds-barred celebration of pot-smoking. Audiences lit up the box office as Cheech & Chong tapped into the bottomless barrel of laughter that drug culture provides.
Remember this statement well: The socalled "liberal press" has always been a tool of the right-wing corporate political power structure. If you do, then you will have no trouble understanding why the information coming from the main stream multimedia is biased against drug legalization.
In the days when the job of disc jockey was an actual creative position, before an act of Congress put an end to freedom and rock’n’roll on our airwaves (go to the library and look up the payola scandal and the life of the martyred Alan Freed), one of the most brilliant and tragic of all the great rock’n’roll DJs was Pete “Mad Daddy” Myers.
I harvested eight dry ounces from five Skunk #1 plants. Rooted clones to buds took 85 days. They were grown in a 3'×3' closet used one 400-watt HPS lamp,and a single rockwool hydroponic system. Still Learning Queens, NY BULLS-HIGH!
Pack bowl with smiling, sticky, love-laden lickable bud. Activate tune unit and blast Seal's Future Love Paradise." Do righteous bong hit. Breathe hit deeply and exhale immediately. Give thanks. Revisualize the efflorescent green surfboard of herbalization that conveys the perpetually burnin' and yearnin' '90s tribe.
Dearest Pope Weasel! Me and my buddies just smoked some tasty Northern Lights. I also just sat down and turned to your most smoking section of the latest HIGH TIMES. I wanted to tell those that read these letters: "Hey people, we're all part of the greatest underground society on our green mother.
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· A fairly recent development the Bush Doctor neglected to mention in "A Heavy Essay on Lights” (Dec. ’93 HT) is the SonAgro 430-watt bulb manufactured by Phillips, which fits in a standard 400-watt system. The Son-Agro has 30% more blue light, and emits 6% more lumens overall than a standard 400-watt HPS bulb.
SO MUCH FOR ALL THOSE HOURS SPENT AND ALL THOSE TOXIC HERBICIDES USED IN PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT GREEN LAWN.... IT TURNS OUT DANDELION, THE WICKED WEED THAT SUBURBAN AMERICA TAUGHT YOU TO HATE, IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU. Happy yellow fields of dandelions are a common springtime sight.
I get several letters each week asking about getting seed. All viable cannabis seeds are illegal to possess in the US. They are criminalized by both federal and state laws. I know of at least two cases, one in California State Court and the other in federal court, where the prosecution tried to equate seed possession with cultivation.
For 20 years, HIGH TIMES has been the leading authority in drug-related reporting. No substance, legal or illegal, has been ignored. This look back puts HIGH TIMES coverage in perspective—from our humble '70s beginnings as a marijuana-smuggler’s journal to today’s grower-friendly and hemp-active editions.