Seven years ago, HIGH TIMES was banged out on electric typewriters. We sent the manuscripts to a typesetter, who returned galleys to be proof-read. We'd go back and forth with the typesetter until everything was right. In 1988, we computerized.
Once again your political commentator Bill Weinberg misinterprets events in the Third World in order to satisfy his leftist ideology ("Zapatista Solidarity Actions Spread Throughout Mexico," Jul. '94 HT). In fact, the Zapatistas are not poor Indians at all, but urban intellectuals who still read Mao's Little Red Book.
Mort Todd is no newcomer to the comics industry; he's edited Cracked, Monsters Attack and World of Ward. Since the summer of 1992, he has been editor-in-chief of the Marvel music line—a brand new, high-quality series of comics featuring a smorgasbord of artists that run the gamut from Elvis Presley to Snoop Doggy Dogg and Cypress Hill.
It is an atypically sunny day in Amsterdam, which means a crowd on the Greenhouse terrace celebrating a break in the clouds by making smoke clouds of their own. Since the menu here is so comprehensive, a celebratory smoke can mean one of three different biological (organic) weeds, five hydro varieties, hash from "butter-polm" of Morocco or a Nepalese knock-out zero-zero.
"We're waiting for Hunter," booms the moderator into the microphone. Hunter S. Thompson, celeb "gonzo" journalist, finally arrives. In dark sunglasses, he nods to the crowd and, once seated on stage, without a word, lights up a pot pipe, passing it around to five other panelists.
They sprouted from a seed of hope sown in the desert of Tucson, AZ. After experiencing the state's draconian justice firsthand, they knew that energy had to be focused toward endowing the public with a new understanding of the often misunderstood fiber plant with the psychoactive twist, cannabis sativa.
A 53-year-old Rotterdam man was treated for burns after a joint exploded in his face. The man had apparently just lit the joint when it unexplainably went off. "We have never heard anything like this before," a spokesman for Dutch police commented.
Black Flys Snowboard. They describe themselves as a "lifestyle company," committed to designing quality products at a price level you can live with. Based in Costa Mesa, California, Black Flys markets eyewear, travel bags, outerwear and snowboards.
Welcome to a hyperdimensional realm of chaos magic where the rules of linear reqularity no longer apply. In this ambitious if unrelentingly goofy primer to the cyberage, Rushkoff ushers in the term "Cyberia" to define the ways in which chaos math and computer technology are converging with ancient spirituality and psychedelic questing to create a new paradigm for human consciousness.
SCREAMS FROM THE BALCONY: SELECTED LETTERS 1960-1970;
The counterculture lost one of its heavy hitters back in March '94 with the death of Charles Bukowski. (He wrote for HT in '83-'84.) Bukowski conjured up both heaven and hell using the same daily imagery: the fly buzzing against the window pane, the man mowing his lawn, the woman sleeping on messy sheets.
Jack Lee wants cut of the marijuana trade in the worst way. After narrowly beating a major smuggling charge. he disappeared to a remote Georgia mountain cabin for three yeats. Now, his old partner Jim Smiley is tempting him with an offer he can't refuse.
THE DRUG SOLUTION, by Mark Greer (RFTI, Porterville, CA). PSYCHEDELIC SHAMANISM: The Cultivation, Preparation and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants, by Jim DeKorne (Loompanics, Port Townsend, WA)—A complete handbook. SCRAPBOOK OF A HAIGHT-ASHBURY PILGRIM, by Elizabeth Gips (Changes, see p.
Here's what a few publications had to say about HIGH TIMES' 20th anniversary:
COUNTERCULTURE LIVES ON FOR 20 YEARS AT HIGH TIMES
HIGH TIMES IS FEELING MELLOW AT 20
MELLOWING WITH AGE
THIS BUD'S FOR YOU
STILL HAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
GET HIGH WITH THE TIMES
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS
HIGH OLD TIMES
by Larry McShane Associated Press April 25, 1994 Boosted in part by a new generation of musicians who back marijuana law reform, HIGH TIMES is again flourishing. The magazine now sells 200,000 copies per month, down from its haze-day of the mid-1970s, but a solid base.
I've seen only bad reviews of The Division Bell, Pink Floyd's followup to 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason. It seems most critics consider post-Roger Waters Floyd a mere fabrication of the real pinkism of Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall.
ROLLING. Far be it from the British to engage in MTV-like bikini contests or tedious celebrity-rapper softball games. Tony Banks, Labour member of Parliament who represents Newham North West in England, made a guest appearance on the music program Naked City, along with Fish (formerly of Marillion) and Mr. c of the Shamen.
OCTOBER 1994 NO. 230 Ten years after 1984, watchdogs of the new revolution in information technology fear that George Orwell's prediction of an all-seeing Big Brother was merely off by a decade. A new piece of snoop-tech aggressively pushed by the US government represents perhaps the greatest threat to privacy ever seen in this country.
Canadian agricultural history was made this June when a four-hectare field in the Ontario farming community of Tillsonburg was planted with hemp. Outlawed since 1954, the plant is being reintroduced in anticipation of industrial hemp legalization under Bill C-7, now making its way through federal Parliament.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Narco-Tax "Double Jeopardy"
The Supreme Court's June 6 decision to overturn a Montana law imposing taxes on profits in drug cases expands the constitutional protection against double jeopardy. The ruling means that states cannot follow up a narcotics conviction by imposing a tax on the drugs.
While plans to merge the DEA into the FBI have apparently been scuttled, recent events in Washington point to closer cooperation between the two agencies. President Bill Clinton's choice for a new DEA chief (to replace the Bush-holdover Robert Bonner) was New York State Police Super-intendent Thomas Constantine.
When Terry Woodard pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in Arkansas state court in 1987, he was sentenced to two years supervised parole, and thought he'd put the episode behind him. He hadn't. After completing the two years in 1989, he was rearrested and charged with the same crime—this time by federal agents.
Noriega's Revenge? Rene DeLaCova, the DEA agent who arrested Manuel Noriega in the 1989 Panama invasion, is on administrative leave pending a DEA-IRS probe into charges that he diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars in under-cover-operation drug money to personal safe-deposit boxes.
US District Court Blocks Forfeiture, Crafts Test For Excessive Punishment
A Los Angeles federal judge stopped the forfeiture of a Malibu home in what is believed to be the nation's first case to establish a test for determining whether a forfeiture is excessive in light of the 1993 Supreme Court ruling in Austin vs.
FREEDOM FIGHTER OF THE MONTH RON TISBERT FRIST AMENDMENT VICTORY
A weathered opponent of anti-marijuana bureaucratic treachery, Ron Tisbert recently emerged victorious from a First Amendment battle stemming from his activist work in support of the California Hemp Initiative, a bold measure which would legalize all use of cannabis hemp—medical, industrial and recreational.
RALLY REPORT WASHINGTON SQUARE SMOKE-IN: CATCHING UP WITH THE '90s
New York City's annual Washington Square Smoke-In was billed this May 7 as a Harm Reduction Rally. The largest crowd in years toked away merrily as a handful of cops looked on. But the new name indicated a new strategy. The next day, local media reported on peaceful events calling for legalization of medical marijuana, study of the herbal addiction-interrupter ibogaine, and other measures to fight AIDS. After so many years of smirking reports about the "kids getting high in the park," New York's marijuana movement seemed finally to have gained some credibility.
With all the publicity around the government's "Clipper Chip," you'd scarcely know there's an even bigger Trojan horse lurking around your telephone. The Digital Telephony Bill was originally drawn up a few years ago by the FBI and introduced by some compliant Capitol Hill legislators.
A little-known fact about the cyber age is that we now have a new virtual substance that gets you high. It's not without its dangers; it can hook you hard—but it can't be made illegal. The "good stuff" on the info highway is the Internet—most everything else is cut.
If the latest research were to find that the hemp plant has no environmental or industrial uses whatsoever, would you still favor ending marijuana prohibition? I would say, "I don't care. People still shouldn't be put in prison for smoking pot."
I'm watching Peter Coyote go to war. Ants have set up housekeeping in the deck outside his house. They like to burrow into the warm redwood planks that encircle his hot tub. It's one of the actor's few extravagances, and he uses it daily to ease the chronic pain of shoulder and knee injuries incurred from past movie roles.
Don't tell Vice-President Al "Deadhead" Gore, but his much-touted information highway is shaping up to be full of DUI violations. Already, the Internet [the closest thing to the information highway in existence today] is a dope fiend's paradise, where drug takers and makers meet to share tips, and activists from all over the world rally to stop the Drug War.
Some of the articles you can find on "FTP sites" [FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol] on the Internet are
ANON.SERVER Information on how to post articles and send e-mail anonymously. AYAHUASCA. REPORTS Reports on attempts to combine common plants into a NORTH American or Australian form of ayahuasca. CACTUS.GROWERS.GUIDE A guide on how to grow psychedelic cacti.
DIRECTIONS FOR THE NEW DRIVER ON THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY
The Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet) makes frequent. announcements on drug policy reform issues to its "Rapid Response Team." For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact mind-Iemail@example.com for information about a mailing list devoted to mind machines."
With a deft flick of his wrist, as if conjuring white rabbits out of the high-hat of Aaron Comess's drum kit, Spin Doctors' singer Chris Barron greets the late-show audience at New York's Bottom Line—the band's last pit-stop before a major world tour with Cracker and Gin Blossoms that includes Woodstock '94 and opening several Rolling Stones dates.
Mary Jane, Mary Jane Please don't leave me baby I'll just find you again I asked my uncle If I could go Yes, yes, go out and take Mary Jane to the picture show But Uncle Bob sighed He could not answer He died one second before In the arms of a go-go dancer Mary Jane, Mary Jane Please don't leave me baby I'll just find you again I wanna roll you Way down in the fields Where you were born I wanna roll you When I'm ragged And forlorn You have no friend You have no pet If there's anything better than you You know they haven't found it yet Mary Jane, Mary Jane Please don't leave me baby I'll just find you again.
The midday Texas sun tilts toward the horizon as a oneway flow of people traffic steers in the direction of a block party being held at the foot of Austin's hipster hangout, Sixth Street. I'm running with Pariah, Texas' answer to Skid Row. Lead singer Dave Derrick recommends a pit stop at his favorite pub, where we sop down pints of Pale Bock, courtesy of local microbrewery Celis.
HIGH TIMES: There are some interesting metaphors for what the electronic community and the Internet represent, and you've come up with some yourself. Can you share some of those with us?
HT: There's the simple physicality of real people around you.
HT: It's very easy to meet people on bulletin boards like the WELL and ECHO. You bump into them just like being in a small town.
HT: How does this tie into the drug culture specifically and the counterculture in general?
HT: You've coined the phrase "The War on Some Drugs." What exactly do you mean by this?
HT: What is it about this medium that makes it so powerful? Why is the government so afraid of it, and why are they developing something like the Clipper Chip (see related story on page 23)?
HT: What do you have to say to the neo-Luddites in the counterculture—people who believe computers are soulless machines, that we should flee from them and get closer to the Earth?
HT: What about TV?
HT: Simply because it's a one-way transaction?
HT: So, in addition to the government, we should fear cable and network corporations like Tele-Communications, Inc., Fox and Viacom?
HT: So the real villain, after all, is still the government.
HT: Do you have any fear for the compulsive-young-hacker impulse, perhaps by what transpired between you and Phiber Optik on the WELL, the impulse to do it for the adrenalin rush? Because it's part of the threat that the government's trying to sell us by jailing people like Phiber.
HT: You wrote in Wired (Issue 2.03) that ethics and technology together will govern what happens on the 'Net. What is your prediction for the future of lawyers?
HT: What else do you predict for the cyberfuture?
HT: Aren't you afraid the anarchy of the Internet and the Virtual World will translate into the Real World?
HT: You've had a chance to advise Vice-President Al Gore on information policy in the US. What will happen to the social contract between the government and the people if Gore sticks to the idea that the danger of terrorist activity on the 'Net is more important than individual liberty?
HT: What do you see for scenarios in the 1996 election as far as the civil liberties and cyberspace issues go—Clinton/Gore versus perhaps Jack Kemp or Pete Wilson or Ross Perot....
HT: They also want to keep up the status quo of information haves and have-nots.
John Perry Barlow: The whole reason that I got involved in this stuff was that I felt like community was dying in America. When I left my little town in Wyoming and got into the outside world for the first time, I was astonished to find that nobody seemed to come from anywhere, and I think there are some essential human spiritual nutrients that can only be had in the presence of real community.
"Hey, don't you wanna go down/Like some junkie cosmonaut." Where does that come from?
So when you say, "Hey hey hey, I like being stoned"...
It's not "I like being stoned"? That's the distinction?
Do you like being stoned?
So you're not into smoking herb thing anymore?
How did you get the word "stoned" past MTV and radio censors?
JOHNNY HICKMAN ON DRUGS:
What are some of your favorites?
What do you think of the weed revival?
Is heroin really the drug in LA?
It's a song about obsessive love, about an obsession with a woman and comparing it to an addiction and sort of throwing in lines from The Wizard of Oz. I think I'm stealing it from I'm not sure which romantic poet—Baudelaire?—comparing a love for this woman to an addiction to opium.
These, er...men included Billy Wright, Larry Darnel, Little Richard, Bobby Marchan and our subject today—perhaps the most fascinating of all—Esquerita, a.k.a. Eskew Reeder, a.k.a. S.Q. Reeder, a.k.a. the Magnificent Milochi. Esquerita was born Eskew Reeder, Jr. in Greenville, SC sometime between the two world wars.
Two pot farmers I know feign going fishing to plant, tend and harvest their crops. "JP" and his partner prefer to grow a few plants scattered over several acres. This makes it much more difficult to spot the crops from the air—and much more likely that at least some of the plants will make it to full maturity undetected by hikers and campers.
But imagine this: The Forces of Darkness creep up on tippy-toe, sweating under the weight of their Kevlar and guns. Their adrenalin peaks as they approach the cabin. These guys have skills, they are as silent as kittycats, but they haven't made the jump into cyberspace yet.
I know two growers who are already developing such a system. Their system will be similar to several systems already in use in some commercial greenhouses and nurseries, with one major difference. It will contain a security feature, with motion detectors and video cameras, very similar to some of the latest corporate electronic surveillance systems.
In this discipline, gotu kola (called Brahmi) is said to be Sattvic—that is, it can balance out the nervous system and calm the mind, promoting memory and chasing away depression. Other Sattvic herbs for long-term, gentle balance include licorice, ginseng and comfrey.
CALIFORNIA Lancaster: Green, "dark green with brown spots, rich smell, long burning, moist & sticky, big buds but a little seedy": $25 1/4-oz; $80 oz. Skunk, "decent smoke, bags are too light": $35 1/4-oz. LSD-25, "Blue Felix blotter, intense acid for voyagers of the unknown, very visual": $5 hit.
BUD OF THE MONTH My first crop! It was planted on the dark moon, January 10, and harvested April 1, April Fools' Day and Good Friday. The seeds germinated three to four days after planting. I used 3" cubes of pH 7 (neutral) potting soil. A 400-watt MH lamp illuminated the plants 24 hours a day for three weeks.
Throughout the year we celebrate holidays which really have no meaning to us other than the fact that we get off from work. But Halloween is the time to go over the edge and be totally freaky. Halloween has been one of the grand pagan holidays for centuries.