The fact that HIGH TIMES is a magazine centered around an illicit substance is both a blessing and a curse. As far as I know, it's the only such magazine you can get at your average newsstand. Coming into it the way I did, as my first real writing gig, I couldn't have asked for a better situation.
I just picked up your September travel issue and I was amazed you left out Kenya. I served five months in Operation Continue Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia and I had some time off for R&R in Mombasa, Kenya. It was a doobie smoker’s paradise. Everybody tried to sell me buds and it was good and cheap.
HIGH TIMES goes south for the winter to visit 300 plants. Will our intrepid reporter Gene Christian come back with the Dirt Farmer’s secret method, or will he spend the rest of his life in federal prison, manservant to a rather large multiple felon named Bubba?
At the age off 12, he was assisting state police searches for lost hikers. By the time he reached 27, he had participated in over 600 search-and-rescues. He’s been shot four times and written 15 books, and his celebrated wilderness survival school has drawn thousands.
One of the most exciting and interesting aspects of life in New York is the 24-hour nightlife and the diversity of the people you find here. It's possible to go out for a beer at 3 AM and find yourself drinking with rockers, authors, investment bankers, bikers and hoodoo store clerks.
Love and a .45. As long as we never have to see Burt Reynolds ever again yucking it up in a Stetson doing his lame, good-old-boy routine behind the wheel of a muscle car, road movies are fine by us. Rory Cochrane, who grabbed most of the accolades in Dazed and Confused as Slater, is back in Love and a .45 and he’s no lovable stoner this time.
I met Abbie Hoffman once, when my band played on his radio show in 1986. When we posed for pictures afterwards, I was struck by his aroma; the legendary extrovert reeked of nervous sweat. Hoffman built that legend in the ’6os, running around like a maniac, spouting revolutionary rhetoric and performing outrageous guerrillatheater pranks.
According to "Marijuana Update” by Andrea Heiman in the August issue of Teen magazine, "Pot is much more dangerous than it was 20 years ago—new methods of harvesting and processing marijuana plants have made pot about 20 times more potent than it was in the ’60s and ’70s.
JELLO BIAFRA & MOJO NIXON WITH THE TOADLIQUORS Prairie Home Invasion
GIGOLO AUNTS Flippin' Out
Yes, they are old, and, yes, they have produced some pretty substandard music over the past 10 years or so, but face the facts: The Rolling Stones are the longest-lasting rock'n'roll band in history. They've got more chops and incredible songs to their credit than anyone out there today.
BUSTED. Gary Lee Wilson, cochairman of Northwest Airlines, was recently arrested at Boise, Idaho Municipal Airport for possession of pot and a pipe. As part of a plea bargain, Wilson forfeited a $500 bond he had posted for possession of paraphernalia.
FDA APPROVES "FRANKENFOOD" TOMATO, INVESTIGATED FOR FRAUD
VITAMIN LABELING STALLED
ATTACK OF THE MUTANT TOMATOES
VITAMIN LABELING STALLED
Watchdogs around the country warned of unknown hazards— and less-than-spectacular flavor. But the first genetically engineered food plant, the Calgene Corporation’s “Flavr Savr” long-shelf-life tomato, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in May.
Needle Exchangers Plan 36-Bed Facility in Lower Manhattan
"Dead addicts don't recover," says Keith Cylar, the dreadlocked codirector of Housing Works. The New York City AIDS housing group is planning to build a residence on the Lower East Side for homeless people with AIDS—who won't be required to abstain from drugs to live there.
If heroin presents the supreme test of antidrug policies in the USA, every indication suggests that test is being failed, with dire consequences. The State Department warns that “heroin will be to the 1990s what cocaine was to the 1980s.” Pressure may increase to find an “endgame” strategy for a new heroin epidemic, and either a liberalization of treatment or a return to war in Southeast Asia may loom near the turn of the century.
Jim Barnes was 38 years old when HIGH TIMES first contacted him in the fall of 1993. The Michigan resident had tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, in 1986. In 1987 he began a regimen that included AZT treatment, an anti-retroviral therapy thought to stave off the onset of AIDS-related diseases.
In the end, AIDS and its treatments should have nothing to do with politics and positions. The epidemic is about people. About friends dying too young, and horribly. If marijuana can alleviate some of their pain, there is no excuse, including drug wars and pharmaceutical company investments, that should stand in the way of getting it to people.
Kevin Mitnick, America’s most|wanted cyber-criminal, broke into the North American Aerospace Defense computers used to alert the nation to nuclear attack, eavesdropped on the e-mail of top computer security officials at MCI and gained control of the telephone company central offices in New York and all of the switching stations in California before he was snared by the FBI in 1988.
On August 2, at least five DEA agents raided Our Church in Cane Hill, Arkansas, the recently incorporated religious center created in part to provide medical marijuana. A small number of peyote cacti and 435 harvest-ready plants were seized.
The birds at the Texas State Capitol in Austin were happier than usual on Wednesday, Aug. 24, after a rally to support hemp activist Kevin Aplin, left hemp seed scattered about the Capitol grounds. About 75 activists braved the noon-hour heat to protest the felony possession of marijuana charges that have been brought against Aplin by Tyler, a little East Texas town.
James Tranmer calls himself a “ganja man,” ready to take any punishment for partaking of the herb he considers a religious sacrament. On July 26, he was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison after being convicted of conspiring to smuggle a boatload of marijuana from Jamaica to Florida.
As corporate sponsor of last summer’s Woodstock mega-concert, PepsiCo cashed in on the peace-and-love image, even getting their corporate logo splashed on the event’s official t-shirt. But human rights and ecology activists are boycotting PepsiCo.
In America there are various shades of politics. Areas of the country work their individual aura into a range of acceptable behavior. Wide variances exist, and somewhere on the outer edge of conservative is the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nationally known figures of the extremist right flank seem to either congregate here or have been born here.
The "official" history of rock festivals, brought to you by the folks at Multinational Media, would have you believe that they began with Woodstock, the "good" festival, and ended with Altamont, the "bad" festival, all in a matter of five months in 1969.
"I think we ought to make smoking marijuana legal," said Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) to an enthusiastic crowd at the 1994 NORML Conference, held on Labor Day weekend in Washington. Frank’s speech dispelled the assumption of many conference-goers that there is no support for marijuana law reform in Congress.
Worried about the Power Pigs? Build an indoor garden powered by Mother Nature herself.
Indoor gardening became popular in the 1980s due to the rising tide of both rip-offs and crackdowns on outdoor gardens. Indoor gardens provide more privacy, can be cared for without much trouble and are often highly productive. The police seemed almost unaware of these gardens before 1989’s “Operation Green Merchant,” when a number of grow stores were raided, causing some owners to face criminal charges.
Although some growers believe hydroponics is the fastest method for indoor cultivation, this author disagrees. After trying both methods for years, Kushman outlines his tips for success with soil. The first decision a novice indoor grower needs to make is how to light his garden.
By the time I got to Woodstock I was nearly 40 years old. And everywhere was a song and a celebration. That was now, but back then, on the morning of August 16, 1969, I had no idea a mass gathering of rock'n'rollers had descended on Yasgur's Farm in Bethel, NY until I saw the morning Daily News headline scream, "400,000 AT ROCK CONCERT." I was 14 at the time, just weeks away from starting my junior year of high school.
I went to Woodstock ’94 and inhaled—the mud that is. After the Saturday downpour, we splashed, rolled, somersaulted, danced, moshed, got high, got drunk and even got naked in the mud. We shed our Birken-stocks and sneakers and decided to go barefoot in the soggy ground.
At first I didn’t plan on going to Woodstock. The whole idea turned me off—paying $135 to see a concert sponsored by Pepsi and The Wiz, with Aerosmith headlining, no coolers, no booze and lots of yahoos. No thanks. But at the last minute, I was overcome with curiosity and figured I had nothing to lose by checking it out.
While my own memories of Woodstock ’94 will run more towards Primus, Ravestock or maybe Peter Gabriel’s Mindblender ride in the Surreal Field, many people in Saugerties and in the surrounding areas of Ulster County will primarily remember the controversies surrounding the festival: local food vendors who felt cheated by the concert promoters, ticketholders who demanded refunds when they never reached the festival site and the questionable environmental impact of the whole thing.
Bethel ’94, the other concert commemorating the 25th anniversary of Woodstock, was set to take place from August 12-14. But a week after announcing a lineup of Woodstock veterans, including Richie Havens, Melanie, Mountain and Canned Heat, the concert was officially canceled by promoters Sid Bernstein Ltd.
Once the darling of the scientific community, Peter Duesberg, a professor of molecular biology at the University of California at Berkeley, threw his career out the window when he published a paper in the Journal of Cancer Research in 1987 claiming that HIV did not cause AIDS. Coming from most professors, the paper would have been laughed at as the work of a lunatic, but Duesberg is one of the world's leading experts on retroviruses, the class of viruses to which HIV belongs.
At 1 AM, I hear a series of hollowed-out tribal beats pulsing through the neoncharged air. It’s Orbital launching into a track of rapid-fire breakbeats cut with some whirling cyber synth that sends my Ecstasy-pumped brain rollercoasting through the metaverse.
I srael Lopez, a.k.a. El Cachao, is a name that should need no introduction, but—like so many others that shouldn’t need an introduction—it does. El Cachao is one of the founding fathers of Afro-Cuban jazz. He’s a bandleader, composer, one of the greatest bass players of all time and an all-round trendsetter whose time may have finally arrived.
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The letter about Spray-N-Grow (Ask Ed, Aug. ’94 HT) prompted me to write. Your readers should be aware of some of the possible pitfalls of using Spray-N-Crow on cannabis. After a recent successful harvest, I thought I’d try some Spray-N-Grow.
Ultimately, the decision of when to harvest a crop is up to the individual grower. Try to harvest when you think the flowers just couldn’t possibly smell or look any better. If you are growing outdoors, there are many variables, such as present and future weather conditions and security considerations.
Most people think of sponges as the pads used to wipe up messes. These are made from cellulose, a natural plant product subject to attack by microorganisms. That is why they eventually start deteriorating. They are being eaten by bacteria.
IN the world of magical herbalism, angelica is considered a strong protector. Believers sprinkle the herb around their homes to keep evil at bay. Such practices date back at least to medieval times, when the root juice was ingested to guard against diabolic forces, deter the bubonic plague and promote longevity.
Post-budclhalizing ritual for penultimate transpersonal THMQ perceptual orgasm (or how to suck eggs): 1) Fill favorite bongalizer with crushed ice and water. 2) Fill bowl with US Grade "A" sticky buds. 3) Do extra-double-righteous lung bulger and hold smoke, sending emanations of love and harmony to the 24-hour THMQ Love-In.
CHRISTMAS JAILHOUSE SHRIMP WITH PUNA BUTTER AND WEDGE FRIES
The snowflakes cascade down the gray winter skies as I tip a bottle of amber Christmas Ale at my local tavern, dreamin’ of the nude beach down in Jamaica. I walk over to the jukebox and punch up my favorite Christmas tune, Elvis’ “Blue Christmas.”