"Any movement that keeps people heading in a freer and more open direction is a positive thing," says Leslie Stackel, author of this month's news feature, "Programming Fascism" (see page 19). "And I think our fight here at HIGH TIMES against the Drug War machine is an important aspect of that struggle for personal freedom."
No doubt many of your readers are aware that some of the all-natural herbal-cleansing teas available on the market are useful in passing urine tests. What many readers may not yet know is that the controversy over labeling laws for natural supplements may affect these very teas.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in San Francisco, a few hundred people gather together to purchase pot. There’s no secrecy and no paranoia. Instead, there is hope and a lot of goodwill. San Francisco’s Cannabis Buyers’ Club is patterned on the nationwide network of buyers’ clubs that exist to provide people with AIDS with unapproved treatment.
Last December marked the 17th consecutive Christmas behind bars for Leonard Peltier, the AIM (American Indian Movement) activist wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of two FBI agents despite overwhelming evidence demonstrating his innocence.
Flipping through the latest edition of the Sundance catalog, we came across an ad for a stylish hemp shoulder bag which boasts: "originally made to Paul Newman's specifications." What makes things even more curious is the fact that the Sundance catalog is part of the Sundance umbrella of organizations (which includes the Sundance ski resort and film institute) established by Robert Redford in 1969.
Peace, Love and Music will reign again this year. Two concerts are in the works to mark the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival. Ticket information was not available at press time but preliminary ticket prices ranged around $100.
WOULD RATHER DIE THAN FACE FURTHER FORCED RELOCATION
An entire village of Guarani-Kaiowa people in Southern Brazil has pledged to commit mass suicide rather than accept a judicial order to vacate their traditional homeland. Tribal leaders made their claim to a visiting delegation of journalists, human-rights activists and government officials who visited the village in January to investigate and make public the Guarani situation.
On January 14, the NY University Book Center received a highly irregular shipment. Six crates addressed to the school’s computer store were found to contain soft drugs instead of software. The crates—sent from California by someone who paid $738 to have them shipped to New York—contained 180 pounds of pot.
“The full-scale use of biotechnology in agriculture and in food production raises profound environmental, economic and ethical concerns. The question of whether we should embark on a long journey in which we become the engineers of life is, perhaps, the most important ever to face the human family."
On a sunny morning in June 1983, high school sophomore Richard Bradbury drove 30 miles to visit his sister in a St. Petersburg, Florida drug rehabilitation center. Their reunion would be the first since her admission, so Richard would have to be “interviewed,” making certain no pro-drug conversation would pass his lips.
On January 30, freelance journalist James Bovard penned an opinion piece for the Washington Post entitled, "D.A.R.E. Scare: Turning Children Into Informants?" But without his knowledge or consent, the Post injected an opposing viewpoint—D.A.R.E.'s—into the essay.
Sixty-two employees were sacked from a Campbell Soup Company plant in Ohio for suspected drug use after being ratted out by the company’s private undercover agents who posed as shift workers during a four-month investigation. The employees were fired solely on the basis of the agents’ testimony, with no audiotape or videotape evidence, no traces of cocaine or marijuana residue.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA UPDATE: COURT NIXES NORML SUIT APPEAL
SAM SKIPPER GOES TO JAIL— GETS RELEASED
MARIJUANA PROVIDER CONVICTED IN SEATTLE
In an expected but disappointing setback for the medical marijuana community, a three-judge Washington, DC appeals court ruled on Friday, Feb. 18 that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) does not have to reconsider rescheduling marijuana to allow for its medical use in the US. The decision means that unless either the Clinton Administration directly overrules the DEA’s position or Congress passes a medical marijuana bill, those who need marijuana as medicine will have to continue getting and using it illegally.
FIRST AMENDMENT QUANDARY HIGH COURT UPHOLDS RICO SUIT AGAINST ANTI-ABORTION CRUSADERS
On January 21, the US Supreme Court upheld the right of the National Organization of Women (NOW) to sue anti-abortion crusaders under the Racketeer-Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. The decision means that NOW’s case against Operation Rescue, the Pro-Life Action League, and other anti-abortion groups will go to trial in Chicago.
Three statewide hemp initiatives—in California, Colorado and Michigan—are currently making their way toward the November 1994 ballots. Leading the way is the California Hemp Initiative, spearheaded by longtime activists Jack Herer and Chris Conrad.
NIDA'S POT POTENCY REPORT DEBUNKS MYTH OF STRONGER POT!
RESULTS OF THE MARIJUANA POTENCY PROJECT'S STUDIES
Despite the recent DEA and press campaign warning of the dangers of today’s “high potency” marijuana, the latest report from the National Institute of Health’s Marijuana Potency Monitoring Project once again debunks the allegation that today’s marijuana is stronger and more perilous than the pot of the past.
DRUG WARRIORS NAB MAN WHO GREW POT TO RELIEVE PROSTATE PAIN
Tom Mulcahy of Crystal River, Florida, smoked pot a few times in the ’60s and didn’t like it much. But in the ’90s, the 54-year-old former salesman found himself smoking weed out of necessity. After a tumor invaded his prostate, Mulcahy discovered that a joint before bed was the only thing that could ease his pain and help him sleep.
For those traveling by car through the South and Midwest, HT offers a warning to stay clean and be careful. A rash of reports from several sources indicate that the highway patrols in several states have been very busy stopping cars and subjecting them to dog-sniff searches.
In a case study of just how insane our drug laws have become, an unidentified 15-year-old from Bayview, Idaho, faces life imprisonment if found guilty of selling $40 worth of marijuana to a friend in a “Drug-Free School Zone” this past February.
BRIAN F. VAUGHAN: 151 MONTHS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA
If you’re facing pot charges and a cop offers you immunity to turn others in, watch out. The police officer could be lying about protecting you. That was exactly what happened to Brian F. Vaughan of Livonia, Michigan, one of the countless nonviolent drug offenders imprisoned under federal mandatory minimum sentences that often send first-time convicts to jail for longer than rapists or murderers.
IN February, 1994, for the third time in 14 years, a New York Times reporter "discovered" the new, highly potent marijuana. The narrative of all three articles is the same. The reporters—Jane Brody (1980), Peter Kerr (1986), and Melinda Henneberger (1994)— discuss some group of former pot smokers (beats, hippies, baby-boomers) who, recalling the non-consequential smoking of their youth, do not understand that today’s marijuana is 10 or even 20 times more potent than the lame ditch-weed of old.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the Prison Fellowship, Citizens United for the Rehab of Errants CURE, and several other public awareness and lobbying groups will be holding the first annual National Justice Day on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, DC this May 17.
Lying by my pool in Fort Lauderdale's 80-degree sun on a warm November afternoon, watching the FSU-UM football game, my friends readying themselves for a relaxing night out, I asked myself why I would brave Washington DC’s cold to speak to NORML, a group that my friend, Congressman Larry Smithy, had referred to only a night before as “a bunch of freeze-dried ’60s activists.”
"RAVE", a word so overused, yet no one has found one to replace it. Rave represents an ever-growing culture bent on experimentation. Rave represents the ’90s. Be it funk, punk, neo-hippie, disco or glam, oversized or form-fitting, there is no identity crisis in this world.
MANY INDOOR GROWERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH HYDROPONICS, BUT THIS METHOD OF GARDENING—SUPPLYING NUTRIENTS THAT DISSOLVE IN WATER—CAN ALSO BE CONVENIENT FOR THE OUTDOOR GARDENER. WHETHER THE PLANTS ARE GROWING IN A YARD OR A REMOTE AREA, IT IS EASY TO GARDEN HYDROPONICALLY.
Hydroponic systems have several advantages over conventional gardening methods. The most obvious is that these systems provide automatic watering, thus demanding fewer visits from a grower and encouraging fast growth. Outdoor gardeners appreciate this extremely efficient use of water and nutrients.
A unit can be made on site using mostly found materials. First a hole is dug which holds a minimum of 5 gallons of water. It is lined with 6 or 8 mm polyethylene or similar watertight material. Six or eight pieces of nylon woven cord about 3/8" thick are strung along the walls of the hole from bottom to top leaving an extra foot at the top.
WHO WILL SUCCEED SPIN DOCTORS AND BLUES TRAVELER AS NEW YORK'S "REAL-MUSIC" HEIR TO THE JAM-BAND THRONE?
THE NEW YORK SCENE AND HOW IT GREW
REAL MUSIC IS...?
ALL IN THE FAMILY (VALUES)
NEXT WAVE: JAMMING WITH THE MAJORS
THE NEW GOOD OLD DAYS
It’s an icy cold night in the dead of last winter’s New York freeze. But temperatures are rising in the ganja-hazed haven of Wetlands—launching pad for Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors and a slew of successors—where a pulsing amoeba of sweaty young bodies is riding the waves of Wasabi.
SOME OF THE BEST JAM BANDS OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK INCLUDE:
I LOVE YOU (Los Angeles): These guys are all over the map on their Geffen release All of Us, from Beatles-esque harmonies to hard psychedelia to the slyly Keith Richards-like "You Don’t Know Dick." And "Ain’t Cloudy Now” sounds like one of the best songs Blues Traveler never wrote.
The house that Rave built is not just a cottage industry in the music business, it's a whole universe of new possibilities, connecting cultural synapses between 21st Century technology and ancient Amerindian shamanism. Trance, Techno, Ambient: Is this stuff meant to heighten your high, help you come down, free your mind or take control of it?
Michka is a French author who published her first book on marijuana (and hemp) in 1978. Sixteen years later, she comes out again with a new book, LE CANNABIS EST-IL UNE DROGUE?—PETITE HISTOIRE DU CHANVRE (The Cannabis Debate—A Short History of Hemp). A specialist in organic gardening, natural food and birthing, Michka is deeply involved in the anti-prohibition movement now gathering momentum in Europe. She answered our questions on the unique situation in France.
HIGH TIMES: How did you first become interested in cennabis? Michka: In '70, I left France for British Columbia, Canada to teach French. In BC, and basically the entire West Coast of North America there was great interest in psychedelics. I met teachers who had positive opinions of grass, which was different than what I was used to in France.
In a June '93 inter view, Charles Pasqua, France's Minister of the Interior, casually declared it was time for the government to consider the decriminalization of soft drugs. Then, after a few weeks, when asked when and how the debate would take place, he said it was canceled!
Thanks to you—our superbly civic-minded and herbally alert readers— THMQ mail is coming in at record levels! THMQ gives you the latest, most accurate and thoroughly researched soft-substance price info available. We are a totally reader-driven, semi-lunatic, nonsectarian bovinous grazing bulletin requiring current information from our glorious public.
Some folks have a way with words and Andre Williams was one of them (probably still is). In the entire history of music there has never been a performer quite like him (may never be). Shall we, in our quest for that eternal knowledge of all things truly sublime, digress?
The winter of '94 distinguishes itself as the worst in decades. Wind and snow have created great misery in many regions of the USA. Personally, I have endured numerous slips and falls associated with slippery ice. I have busted my ass a few too many times.
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HYDROPONICS IS NOT A TECHNOCRATIC CONCEPT. IN FACT, IF YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN CUTTINGS AND STARTED THEM IN A JAR IN YOUR WINDOW, THEN YOU HAVE ALREADY HAD THE HYDROPONIC EXPERIENCE. BUT FOR THOSE WITH DREAMS OF A FUTURISTIC INDOOR GARDEN, HERE ARE THE LATEST IN CLEAN AND EFFICIENT HIGH-TECH SOILLESS SYSTEMS.
Upon coming out of my winter hibernation in the Great Northwest last Spring, I wandered upon a hydroponic conference happening in Portland, OR. Always a fan of the many great microbreweries of that great city, a high-tech gardening conference was all the excuse I needed to grab my camera and check things out.
LOW-KEY AND GENTLE WITH A STRANGE, ODDLY SWEET AROMA, MOTHERWORT IS AN ANTIQUE HERB OF THE EAST WITH A COMPLEX MEDICAL HISTORY.
Motherwort's common and scientific names both give clues to its appearance and herbal applications. "Mother" alludes to its nurturing effect on the body and longtime use as a tonic, particularly for women, while "wort" derives from the Old English word "wyrt," a healing plant or root.
The word “High” is written in 12 cola buds. “Times” is written in just a few more. 8 200 New Mexico Pictured here are a field of Nevil’s super-resinous G-13 x NL #2 clones 29 days into flower. Growing four per 36" rockwool slab, and fertilized at 1100 ppm, these plants reached 40" in height.