Two very talented writers have just joined our team: Senior Editor Sarah Ferguson and Associate Editor Gene Christian. Although Sarah had written a couple of short pieces for us, it was her recent article on the Crusties in Esquire that convinced me I should offer her a job.
I appreciate the coverage of my sacramental marijuana case in the article “Congress Passes Freedom of Religion Act” by Gabe Kirchheimer (HT, May ’94). The article quotes me as saying “the only people who’ve been successful in taking an argument about sacramental use of controlled substances through the courts basically have been the Native American Church and the Coptic Church.”
IN searching for the most precise definition of "obscene,” one need look no further than the picture below. Trygve Steen took this photo in the Cascadia region of the Olympic National Forest in Washington State. It is an outstanding example of the terrible destruction caused by pursuing the industrial forestry paradigm that calls for converting natural forest ecosystems into tree farms.
IN March 1991, Green Bay, Wisconsin, the so-called "paper capital of the world,” accepted its first imported shipment of eucalyptus pulp from Brazil, due to a shortage of native tree-pulp supplies. The tragic irony of this transaction was not lost on the activists at Green Bay NORML. Wisconsin farmers could easily cultivate the finest form of pulp—namely hemp—and the resulting economic and ecological benefits would be enormous.
6/28/94: Was asked by High Vibes editor to experiment with Day-Dreamer visual toy which supposedly produces dream-like states and visions. This is done by placing toy over face, directing at sun and blowing through a tube which causes an inner disk to rotate, producing R.E.M. On first try I mostly saw colors—primarily green, red and blue—arranged in hazy geometric designs.
"I started going to the gym to get in shape, to simply tone up,” she says. "Needless to say, one thing led to another.” Meet Donna Lee Delleree, a Seattle grandmother, who didn’t start working out until the age of 37. Donna is a six-time national champion in powerlifting and holds 14 powerlifting world records.
THE MARCH TOWARD DECRIMINALIZATION: TOP COURTS IN GERMANY, COLOMBIA OK "SMALL QUANTITIES"!
DECRIM IN GERMANY
LEGALIZATION IN COLOMBIA
On April 28, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled, seven to one, to allow cannabis possession “in small quantities and exclusively for occasional personal use.” The decision was immediately hailed by drug-policy reform advocates—and assailed by the political right—as a German adaptation of the tolerant “Dutch model.”
CHALLENGE TO 1990 REFERENDUM MAKING WAY TO STATE SUPREME COURT
THE INITIAL PUSH
A lot of people think marijuana once again became illegal in Alaska in 1990. Of course, the 46% of Alaskans who voted against recriminalization in the November 1990 referendum have been basically humming along, ignoring a largely unenforceable law.
Pandemonium erupted at Philadelphia International Airport recently after a mysterious package sent police dogs into a frenzy. Airport officials, afraid that the shoe-box-shaped parcel contained explosives, called in the bomb squad.
Marijuana arrests rose 19 percent in 1992 according to recently released data from the FBI, indicating that after some impressive gains, reform advocates have been fighting a losing battle over the last two years. An estimated 342,000 arrests were made for marijuana-related offenses in 1992, up from nearly 288,000 arrests the previous year.
As Easter Sunday dawned over San Cristobal de las Casas, the colonial-era city in the heart of southern Mexico’s Maya High-lands, a stream of tourists and Indian pilgrims was already starting to trickle into town. But I was hoofing it through the chill mountain air to catch a collectivo bus to Ocosingo—the first leg on an uncertain excursion into the Lacandon Selva.
When a 15-year-old inmate at the juvenile detention center in Jackson, MS, told police in 1992 that she and other female prisoners had been raped by guards, a web of sex slavery, corruption and official cover-ups began to unravel. Police granted one guard immunity in exchange for testimony.
POLICE EXONERATED IN DEATH OF SUSPECTED POT DEALER
Police officers in a multijurisdictional drug task force have been exonerated of wrongdoing—for a second time—in the death of suspected pot dealer John Fellin. The unarmed Fellin, 34, was fatally shot on February 28, 1992 during a raid on his West Hazleton, PA home.
The public hearing that the United States Sentencing Commission holds each March provides a rare example of democracy in action at top levels of government. Rarely is there such opportunity to affect federal policy-making. Anyone who wishes to address the Sentencing Commission can do so.
OOPS, WRONG ADDRESS! BOSTON MINISTER DIES IN BOGUS BUST
Retired Methodist minister Accelyne Williams collapsed in his Boston home on March 26, after allegedly struggling with SWAT team members who mistakenly raided his apartment looking for guns and drugs. Following his collapse, paramedics rushed Williams, 75, to nearby Carney Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
As legendary underground-comic publisher Don Donahue sat in his cell in Berkeley’s city jail for eight hours, he was understandably upset, having been arrested for growing cannabis with the intent to distribute—when it was actually for his private stash.
When narcotics officers with masks, shotguns and a search warrant entered Debby Moore’s Wichita home the night of November 16, 1992, the first thing she said was “I have marijuana tax stamps,” and she offered to show them where the product was.
They’re all over TV and the papers talking about crime: the President of the United States, his aides, members of Congress, lawyers, professors. They are promising this and that and vowing to do such and such. But I’ve noticed the absence of one group that might be expected to have some opinion on crime and what, if anything, can be done to reduce it.
"You fucking animals don’t have any constitutional rights!” the cop said, shoving a longhaired guy with his face bloodied and his glasses smashed into the Miami Beach jail cell with us. The cop was wearing a “Nixon Now” button. We had been in the city protesting the Vietnam War at the 1972 Republican Convention, which had nominated Richard Nixon for re-election two days earlier.
Over 60,000 protesters attended rallies in Atlanta, Georgia, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, on April 2, celebrating the first annual National Marijuana Day. The event was endorsed by the Green Panthers, Cannabis Action Network, Americans For Compassionate Use, Hemp Environmental Activists, The July 4th Coalition, The Ohio Whole Hemp Collective and the Georgia American Civil Liberties Union.
The first time I ever smoked hash I was en route to Woodstock. There was a carload of us—Richie Vaughn, Don Fucci and a couple of others I didn’t know very well. We left Queens, NY the day before the festival, but by the time we got upstate the traffic was so thick for miles around the site that we decided to miss the opening-night festivities and stay at a hunting cabin nearby that belonged to somebody’s uncle for the night, and head out to hear the music the next morning.
Hydroponics is the method of irrigating plants using a nutrient-water solution. The roots are held in place using a medium or with plant supports. Hydroponics offers several advantages to the grower and the plant. For the grower, it means automation, with the possibility of automatic irrigation and control of nutrients.
There's more to this summer than Woodstock. Here are six other places to go and things to do.
HORDE FESTIVAL '94
WORLD UNITY FESTIVAL
RAINBOW GATHERING OF THE TRIBES
July 6-September 8 The fourth annual Lollapalooza, featuring George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest, promises to be the funkiest tour so far. Representing rock on the main stage will be the Breeders, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, L7, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and the Boredoms.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH AT THE WOODSTOCK MUSIC & ART FAIR, HALF A MILLION PEOPLE DEFINED THE HIPPIE GENERATION’S CREDO OF PEACE AND LOVE WITH “THREE DAYS OF PEACE AND MUSIC.” NOW, TWO COMMEMORATIVE FESTIVALS ARE COMPETING FOR THIS GENERATION’S ATTENTION. WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN?
PHILIP H. FARBER
Driving along a winding, rural road toward the town of Woodstock, NY, one has a sense of entering the twilight zone. The name of the place may conjure up images of hordes of hippies, but the scenery is not much different than the rest of New York’s Catskill Mountain region.
In the ’60s, Andy Warhol predicted everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. In the '90s, everyone has their own tribute album. There are records celebrating the work of performers from ABBA to Frank Zappa, with stops along the way for such disparate honorees as the Carpenters, Cole Porter, Nino Rota, Charles Mingus, Victoria Williams, Shonen Knife, the Ramones, Yoko Ono and Metallica.
Alexander Shulgin is a longstanding, well-respected UC Berkeley research chemist and professor of pharmacology. In his government-licensed research lab—which looks dramatic enough to be the set for a Hollywood movie about a mad scientist—he has spent the last 30 years discreetly, yet legally, designing hundreds of new psychoactive compounds, particularly psychedelics.
CURRIED WOODSTOCK VEGGIE GANJA WITH DREADLOCK NOODLES
I attended a Bob Dylan concert last night, and the ghost of the ’60s past blew through my mind. It’s amazing how music can awaken those sensory receptors deep in the inner sanctum of your brain. Feelings and emotions come rushing back like you’re experiencing them all over again.
The author is Chris Pfouts, an Indian riding brute of a fellow, former editor of Iron Horse, current editor of International Tattoo Art magazine and the scribe who has brought us the two volumes that we celebrate today: Lead Poisoning: 25 Tales From the Wrong End of A Gun (which I reviewed in HT a few years back) and his latest volume, True Tales of American Violence.
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STONERS BE NOT PROUD: 10 WAYS TO SURVIVE THE DROUGHT
TO PEEL OR NOT TO PEEL
Gather up all your bongs, pipes and one-hitters, throw on your scratchy old copy of Black Sabbath's Paranoid and with a paper clip or nail file, carefully scrape clean all instruments of sedation. Combine gooey muck with roaches, stems and seeds gathered from coat pockets, ashtrays and floor to form a "poor man’s" cannabis salad.
America’s rural areas, once retreats for those tired of the noise of civilization, now buzz each summer and fall with helicopters and low-flying planes looking for cannabis. Police use aerial and ground sightings to obtain warrants. Penalties are stiff and confiscation can eliminate a whole season’s work.
The garden holds Skunk #1 and NL 5 × Skunk. It was grown under HPS and phosphorus-coated MH lamps. It is irrigated with a recirculating flood system, which pumps four times a day. Skunk #1 harvested in six weeks. NL 5 × Skunk was done in 8 ½ weeks.