When Steve Bloom first asked me to write an article about women and pot, I balked. I'd never really thought about pot in terms of women. And most of my experiences getting high had been with men. But, then, that's the point. In this country, the culture of pot-smoking has in the past 20-odd years been dominated by men.
My compliments to Elsa Scott on "Marinol: The Little Synthetic That Couldn't" (Jul. '94 HT) for a thorough investigation. It disgusts me that our "fine government" was willing, once again, to use our people as guinea pigs on nothing more than a shoestring of hope.
Do the Power Pigs have you too scared to grow your own? Ed gives you the first in a series of articles on growing indoors without electricity. High in the Palni Hills of Southern India in search of the last pockets of surviving rainforest, HIGH TIMES executive editor Peter Gorman gets more than he bargained for when he drops psychedelic 'shrooms with his Rasta-Hindu guide.
As the international Green Party's first winner in a partisan election, Keiko Bonk is drawing national attention for her unconventional and highly successful approach to politics. A firm believer in the Greens' goals of social justice, grass-roots democracy and nonviolence, Councilwoman Bonk is currently campaigning for reelection in her hometown district on the big island of Hawaii.
Holland's tourist trap-style coffeeshops are giving way to a new breed of cannabis-friendly environments, places where professors and poets can mingle with politicians and police. Two such prime examples are the Greenhouse and the Grand-Prix.
The battle for control of Planet Earth is being fought in cyberspace, and the good news is, WE'RE WINNING! The crusty old farts that have been running this planet for the last 12,000 years were hoping that computers would be the instruments of ultimate control.
HIGH TIMES isn't the only institution celebrating its 20th anniversary in 1994; that distinction also goes out to the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. Beneath the Flatiron mountains, this small school has established an international reputation for its writing program, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, cofounded by Allen Ginsberg.
Yet more evidence of ancient cannabis use has emerged from the archaeological record. Last September, HIGH TIMES reported on cannabis ashes found by Israeli scientists with the body of a fourth-century Hebrew woman believed to have died in childbirth—indicating that marijuana was used to ease labor pains.
This is what I like about the hemp business: It's like over-turning a stone and finding incredible riches buried beneath, buried there for the past 50 years. And as you dig, you uncover one wonder after another, waiting, as good secrets do, for the right people to discover them.
According to New York model Kirsi Hegel, some of today's top supermodels are using heroin to obtain that emaciated "waif" look currently considered fashionable. "At almost every major [fashion] show, a drug dealer caters to the needs of models....I saw girls sitting at makeup tables [backstage] openly sniffing heroin," she recently told a British tabloid.
Acapulco Gold. Market researchers have zeroed in on "munchies" victims. Now when somebody says, "Pass the Acapulco Gold," you've got two choices when you try new Acapulco Gold "Todo Natural" Tortilla Chips, made from "primo stoned thin white corn."
Much to the delight of Kerouac fanatics, there has been a steady trickle of reprints of much of his out-of-print catalog. These works provide intricate pieces to the vast Kerouac puzzle he referred to as "the Duluoz legend." Early in 1954, Kerouac discovered Buddhism and began a spiritual path that was to supplement the gaping holes in his beloved Catholicism.
SUMMER OF LOVE: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love, and High Times in the Will Wet, by Joel Selvin (Dutton, New York, $22.95) THE ODD INDEX: The Ultimate Compendium of Bizarre and Unusual Facts, by Stephen J. Spignesi (Plume/Penguin, New York, $12.95) ESSENTIAL SUBSTANCES: A Cultural History of Intoxicants in Society, by Richard Rudgley (Kodansha, New York, $22) ALIEN PREGNANT BY ELVIS: 36 Original Tabloid Tales, edited by Esther M. Friesner and Martin H. Greenberg, (Daw, New York, $4.99) —Writers who wish they wrote for the Weekly World News, etc.
"Should Marijuana Be Legal?" blared the cover of the June 12 issue of Parade, a Sunday supplement carried by 351 newspapers around the country with a combined circulation of over 37 million. (Parade is the largest-circulation magazine in the world, with an estimated 73 million readers.) On the cover, Dr. Lester Grinspoon; William F. Buckley, Jr. and Elvy Musikka said "Yes,” while Rep.
"A girl is a verb/A girl is the world." So sings Australian chanteuse and Frente! frontwoman Angie Hart on the band's debut, Marvin, the Album (Mammoth). The Goddess has many faces, and girl-as-verb embraces the whole brave new world of female voices, several of which are now in heavy rotation in my living room.
SCORECARD. Baseball star Dwight Gooden flunked a urine test this past July and was suspended for the second time in his career for substance abuse. The NY Mets will most likely cut him loose and Gooden will pitch for another team following his suspension.
NOVEMBER 1994 NO. 231 In the predawn hours of Monday, July 12, hundreds of Earth First! activists converged on the Watts Bar nuclear power plant outside Dayton, TN. Run by the Tennessee Valley Authority, Watts Bar is the last nuclear reactor still under construction in the USA. By shortly after sunrise, 60 activists were in jail.
Back in 1987, then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton already had big plans. One of those plans, according to Butch Stone, former manager for Bill's musician half-brother, Roger, was to legalize marijuana. Calling himself "Mr. Rock'n'Roll of Arkansas," Stone managed Black Oak Arkansas in the '70s.
On July 18, Kevin Elders, the 28-year-old son of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, was found guilty in Arkansas of selling an eighth-ounce of cocaine for $275 to an undercover cop. On August 29, he was sentenced to 10 years. Judge John Plegge ruled that Kevin Elders failed to prove entrapment.
Jean Pierre Egger, legal advisor to the Swiss Hemp Trading Co., called the offices of HIGH TIMES in response to the map we ran on "Changing Drug Policy in the European Union" (Aug. '94 HT). Switzerland, which we included in the map, is not a member of the European Union, and is therefore exempt from the EU's standards on hemp cultivation.
The May 23 US Supreme Court ruling limiting the drug paraphernalia loophole may have a profound effect on headshops, record stores and poster outlets across the country. At press time, police have not begun shutting down establishments that sell bongs and waterpipes, but merchants could feel the ruling's impact by year's end.
WOMEN BEHIND BARS CLAIM FORCED DRUGGING PREVENTED FAIR TRIALS
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
WHERE THINGS STAND
More than six years after being found guilty of murdering her friend Frances Wright, Jane "Daisy" Benson, 46, doesn't remember much about standing trial. What she does remember are lights flashing in the courtroom, breathing walls, the jurors' faces melting and animals crawling on prosecuting attorney Steven Headstrum's jacket.
Contragate Candidate Raps Rappers Freedom Alliance, the right-wing group founded by convicted Contragate spook and Virginia Senatorial candidate Oliver North, is attacking rappers Cypress Hill and their label, Sony, for "peddling" pro-marijuana music.
The upcoming midterm elections include a number of candidates who are pro-hemp, pro-medical marijuana, or just plain pro-pot. The list we offer here is by no means complete, and spans the political spectrum from the Greens to the NRA. While HIGH TIMES is not endorsing any candidates, we remind our readers that when a real alternative exists, if you don't vote, you can't complain when you get a lemon.
At approximately 6:30 PM on Friday, June 10, activist and medical-marijuana user Sister Somayah Kambui noticed several police accosting suspects five doors down from her Los Angeles home, guns drawn. This being a common sight in South-Central, she returned to her kitchen, where she spends much of her time preparing hempseed-cinnamon rolls for her business, Hemp is Hep.
For the second time in less than a year, Fairfax, CA police came to the home of AIDS sufferer and activist Barbara Sweeney to confiscate the marijuana she grows to combat her wasting syndrome. While a Fairfax city ordinance asks police to refrain from seizing medical marijuana unless it is in plain public view, at 1 PM on July 11, three uniformed officers arrived at Sweeney's home to seize her 12 plants.
On July 25, former Freedom Fighter of the Year Rodger Belknap was released from the Federal Correctional Institute at Morgantown, WV, after serving two days short of 26 months in confinement. A contingent from HIGH TIMES drove to the prison gates to welcome Rodger.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is undergoing a major shakeup. After rumors surfaced that National Director Richard Cowan would leave the organization unless there was a makeover of the board of directors, resignations from board members began coming in.
DEATH SQUAD BOSSES TARGET OF SUIT; POSE AS PEACENIKS!
THE HAITIAN KILLING FIELD OF TITAYEN General Raoul Cedras' outlaw regime continues to maintain a bloody grip on power in Haiti despite international sanctions. In June, the regime's death-squad organization, the Front for Advancement & Progress in Haiti (FRAPH), became the target of a $32 million lawsuit filed by a woman who narrowly survived a brutal machete attack.
Former NYC Drug Czar David Condliffe New National Director!
After an extensive search, the Drug Policy Foundation's board has chosen a new executive director: David C. Condliffe, former head of the New York City Office of Drug Abuse Policy. The DC-based foundation has also unveiled a New York office and named five new members to its national board, including Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Federal Judge Robert Sweet.
Before global drug trafficking was thoroughly privatized by an international conference in 1925, it was a major source of revenue for the first worldwide drug cartel: the British Empire. For over a century opium trafficking was a major profit center in their colonial empire.
Ruth Helgesen, at 53 years old, imagined that her golden years would be spent living peacefully with her male companion, Glenn, in their simple home in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota. Together they rebuilt their house and lived off the land.
I laughed the first time I read HIGH TIMES. In the summer of 1988 a partying buddy showed me the latest issue that featured a bud of the month, grow tips and a list of 100 rock bands and catchy slogans inside the back cover. Amazed that such an antiestablishment magazine existed, I neglected to read the substantive articles on the criminal-justice issues surrounding marijuana prohibition.
MARIJUANA. MARY JANE. THE ROOT OF THE WORD'S ALWAYS BEEN FEMALE. AFTER ALL, IT'S THE FEMALE PLANT OF THE CANNABIS SPECIES THAT GETS US HIGH. IN ANCIENT TIMES, WOMEN REVERED MARIJUANA AS A SOURCE OF MEDICINAL AND SPIRITUAL REVITALIZATION. BUT THESE DAYS, STUDIES SAY TWICE AS MANY MEN SMOKE POT AS WOMEN. SO HOW DID WE DEVOLVE INTO SUCH A WAYNE9 S WORLD OF MALE-DEFINED STONER CULTURE— THE PROVERBIAL DUDE WITH A DUBE? SARAH FERGUSON TALKS INTIMATELY WITH WOMEN ABOUT WHY THEY TOKE AND WHY THEY DON’T. I went through high school as a mislabeled stoner.
The wife of Neal Cassady—the legendary beat-generation hero immortalized as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's On the Road and later in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test—explains her husband's relationship to "tea" and how pot affected her.
Star of stage and screen, Ann Magnuson recently appeared in the off-Broadway play Four Dogs and a Bone and the film Clear and Present Danger. To most of America, Ann's still Catherine Hughes, the Tina Brown-style editor she portrayed on the sitcom Anything But Love.
Men used to dominate the marijuana movement. Now more women than ever are spreading the good word about their favorite herb. Founder, The Holy Hemp Sisters; founding member of Santa Cruz (California) Hemp Council and Santa Cruz Citizens for Medical Marijuana On the new moon each month, the Holy Hemp Sisters re-emerage as CIRCLE, which stands for Co-Inspirators Reforming Cannabis Laws Everywhere, and invoke the powers of the hemp goddess.
I love pot. It should be legal. It would be cool if you could just walk into a store and buy it. All drugs should be legal. Every drug. People should do what they want instead of "having to go cop," risk your life, get arrested and all that kind of shit.
"Smoke homegrown!" That's Milla Jovovich's message as she finishes a tune from her debut album, The Divine Comedy. She's on a boat that's circling the Statue of Liberty, playing a gig with her semiunplugged band. One of the model/ actress-turned-folk/pop-singer's first live performances, it's quite a revelation: This girl can sing!
The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde is partying backstage with Urge Overkill, The snooty, well-coifed Hollywood crowd wasn't particularly appreciative of Urge's hot, hell-bent set, but no matter—everybody's loose and relaxed. In Hynde’s case, “relaxed” has an edge to it.
IS THIS INDO-SMOKIN', TOP 10 GANGSTA-BITCH THE FEMALE ANSWER TO SNOOP DOGG?
Da Brat, the 20-year-old funksta from Chicago, was discovered by Kris Kross when the joined them onstage to rhyme at impressed, the pair introduced her to Jermaine Dupri, their whiz-kid mentor/producer. Dupri and Da Brat proceeded to concoct the album Funkdafied [Chaos], featuring its massive Top-10 title-track hit with the dope rhyme, "Straight to the head like a chronic sack/I pass the mike to the brain/And I pass it back."'** * 5?» ^*¡¿ **.'
CAN has come a long way since its humble roots as the Hemp Tour road crew in 1990. Four years and hundreds of hemp rallies later, the Cannabis Action Network hosted the California Hemp Expo in San Francisco's magical Golden Gate Park on June 4.
CAMILLE PAGLIA is daring, controversial, an intellectual Uzi on wheels, spewing out ten rounds of thought per millisecond. She's also undoubtedly today's most notorious (and loudest) challenger to the politically-correct academic and feminist status quo.
The first time I met Susie Bright she was wearing a red rubber dress and spike heels that elevated her to at least six feet tall. We were in Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco for a reading. When this towering goddess engulfed me in an effusive embrace—I had contributed a piece to her first Herotica book, an anthology of women's erotica that's now on its third sequel—I initially dismissed it as the automatic California greeting.
I do not believe that it has yet been suggested that Jimmy Reed was a genius, but, hey, that's why I get the big money. Jimmy Reed's genius was not unlike that of Shakespeare—he could take a complex body of emotions, experiences and innuendo and reduce it to something both deceptively simple and unfathomably deep.
Hello, all you out there in cannabisland! Hemp Times is comin' at you once again with the latest in cultivation info, grow tips and all-around hemp-inspired madness. There's just one catch—WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS! Pot photos, bong photos, All-Stars, the works.
Row covers or cloches ("cloche" is French for "bell") have been around since the 17th century, helping growers prolong seasons and protect crops from pests. Outside of certain parts of Alaska and Canada, row covers can be used to get harvests as late as the first week in December in most of North America, without any supplementary heating.
Known to the Chinese as ho shou wu, fo-ti has been used as a liver tonic, nourisher of the blood and semen, antidote for high blood pressure, aphrodisiac, rejuvenator and youth preserver. The American Herbal Pharmacology Delegation traveled to Chinese hospitals in the 1970s and observed fo-ti being used to treat cancerous tumors, vertigo and insomnia.
This bud was grown under HPS light and in a soilless mix of vermiculite and perlite. It was grown from clone to maturity in just 90 days. It yielded just under an ounce. It was a Northern Lights #1 x Skunk #1. Aragon North Wales, PA This plant, called "Stealth," was grown all year on my northeast balcony in a 15-gallon container.
Touring with the Dead is a real spiritual high. But between shows, there's times when it seems you just can't escape that BABYLONIAN HATRED. A couple of years ago, I was passing through Chicago and stopped off to visit my good friends, Clark and Violet, who are also Deadheads.