When I first visited Peru's Amazon with two friends in 1984, I was hoping I'd discover a pristine rain-forest replete with indigenous peoples untouched by Western civilization, rivers full of black caimans and anacondas, and jungles where jaguars still ruled.
In the October NORMLizer column, Rob Kampia prefaces his discussion of industrial hemp by saying: “The industrial uses of the cannabis plant are an added benefit. But even if the plant had no industrial applications whatsoever, marijuana prohibition should still end.”
Electric and alternative-fuel vehicles are ready to go. Even hemp-derived biomass fuel could help America out of the global greenhouse. But Detroit and Washington policy is still dominated by petro-dinosaurs. Malcolm Howard explores the crossroads of American transportation.
What’s spreadable, edible and incredible? Why, HempRella, the new cheese alternative made from hemp seeds! Now you can have your hemp and eat it too. “Just like cheese it’s firm when cold and melts when heated. Plus it tastes great! Our special process uses imported hemp seeds that are steamed to satisfy the DEA. HempRella contains no THC and should not cause one to test positive for marijuana.”
The past 30 years of collective history have shown the global onlooker that Holland is the most tolerant nation in the world when it comes to smoking cannabis. But does this truth hold when it comes to cultivation? It’s certainly a logical next step.
LAST JULY’S NATIONAL Rainbow Gathering near Big Piney, Wyoming drew 14,000 to a spectacular circular meadow at an elevation of 8,500 feet. It was a week of kitchen-hopping, celebration, prayer and late-night campfires. But six months later, the event that stands out for the thousands who attended is the three-acre forest fire of unknown origin that threatened everyone’s safety.
HERE’S AN INTERESTING USE for your tax dollars that you probably haven’t heard about yet: the federal government is planning to use the computers at Sandia Labs in Los Alamos, NM and at the Federal Reserve to monitor every single banking transaction conducted in the United States.
A Madison, Wisconsin woman recently received her sentence for trying to strangle her mother-in-law. The 61-year-old woman, Genevieve Esser, apparently became enraged when her 85-year-old mother-in-law refused to give her a beer. Esser, who was on her way to entertain at a children’s hospital, stopped by her in-laws’ house, dressed in a clown outfit, to look for a red rubber nose.
If the power and beauty of the petroglyphs created by the ancients appeal to you, then you’ll be pleased to know you can now order a personalized petroglyph pendant of your very own. The artist, S. Lee, has spent the past five years rediscovering and perfecting the skills needed to create miniature petroglyphs, using simple hand tools.
Tom Robbins, the Seattle area-based author of six novels (his latest, just released) is nearly legendary in the enthusiastic fervor he arouses in his fans. He’s so irreverently original, and altogether such a rarity on the literary landscape, readers and reviewers alike can’t help but wax hyperbolic over his every fictional work.
This thorough documentary of illegal drug use in the ’90s focused on legalization alternatives to the drug war, but stopped short of advocating such policies. Written and narrated by Kurt Loder for MTV News, Straight Dope documented the history of prohibition in America, interviewing everyone from Kurt Cobain ("If I’m gonna die, If I’m gonna kill myself, I should take some drugs...”) to Baltimore’s pro-legalization mayor, Kurt Schmoke.
April 8th seems so long ago. As I write this less than six months later, it feels like an eternity since Kurt Cobain put a shotgun to his left temple and squeezed the trigger. Many are still mourning the loss of the reluctant rock star. He opened our ears to his angst-ridden soul.
PURCHASED Stanford University paid approximately $1 million for the personal archives of Allen Ginsberg. Among the items purchased were original manuscripts, thousands of letters, interviews and an entire portfolio of articles dealing exclusively with the sale of narcotics by police.
Leo Mercado says he’s loved the Sonora Desert toad ever since he was a boy in rural Arizona. He even formed a “Toad Protection Corps” to defend the orange-spotted amphibians from other kids’ cruelty. As an adult, he’s found other reasons to love the toad, Bufo alvarius.
CORPORATE “DNA-DRACULA” TO SUCK NATIVE PEOPLE’S CHROMOSOMES?
That could be the agenda of the Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP), a consortium of universities and scientists formed to collect human DNA samples worldwide. It is supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and affiliated with the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), a private group coordinating studies of human genetics around the world.
“Three-Strikes-You’re-Out” Modified; Death Penalty Expands
“Three-Strikes-You're-Out”: So is the Solomon Amendmer
Mandatory Minimums: Partial Victory
Capital Punishment Expansion: Death for Pot
More Drug-Penalty Expansions
Gridlock or Democracy?
The 1994 crime bill, signed by President Bill Clinton on September 14 after protracted partisan bickering, is less draconian than the previous versions that Congress killed, but still represents an expansion of the federal Drug War, allocating over $30 billion—funded by the elimination of 250,000 federal jobs.
Despite internal strife that threatened to tear the organization apart, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws held its annual national conference on September 3rd and 4th in Washington DC’s Mariott Hotel. The event, boycotted by most of NORML’s board, was the smallest in several years, drawing fewer than 150 people.
The tedious Whitewater financial scandal, which Republicans are using as ammo against President Bill Clinton, has taken a new twist with the claims of a self-proclaimed ex-CIA spook. Terry Reed’s explosive new book, Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA (S.P.I. Books, New York, 1993), has already unleashed a wave of litigation.
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says army chief Gen. Aslam Beg and Gen. Asad Durrani, boss of the Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency, presented him with a “blueprint” to fund covert action with heroin sales. One-fifth of US heroin comes from the Pakistan-Afghanistan “Golden Crescent.”
Caroljo Papac—the California radio personality known as “the Woodnymph”—started smoking hemp back in 1968. At the time, she was not aware of its medicinal properties—she was just getting high. But as result of drugs prescribed by Western medicine, she later developed thyroid problems that led to a corrective operation.
On August 29, 250 grams of 2.33%-THC marijuana were delivered by the National Institute of Drug Abuse to a private East Coast research firm contracted by California NORML and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for a landmark study of cannabis-filter systems.
Why is the War on Drugs unwinnable? High among the many reasons is the hypocritical stance of the US government. While the government remains adamantly opposed to legalization, it has rarely shunned the use of drugs when it served the feds’ own nefarious purposes.
In 1970, one Dr. D. M. MacArthur, a Defense Department researcher, testified before the House of Representatives requesting further Congressional appropriations for the Pentagon’s budget for chemical-biological warfare, or “CB.” Dr. MacArthur boasted about the progress underway at the Pentagon’s elite Ft.
When I first began to publicly advocate marijuana-law reform in 1987, I did not know anyone who had ever been arrested on marijuana charges. My motivation was simple: Marijuana consumption should not be a crime, and the government should not fight a war against its own citizens to try to stop it.
It is just after dawn and already the jungle is steaming. Mist hangs in the air, trailing the wild orchids up the tree trunks they cling to, into the emerald canopy 100 feet overhead. The air is thick with the mixed smells of fresh forest growth and pungent rotting vegetation.
Last Spring, in San Cristobal de las Casas, the colonial highland city in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, hundreds of local Maya Indians conferred for a day about their fate, and emerged to declare a new era of peace, justice and dignity for the Mayan peoples.
"Hundreds of green and purple indica plants stood before me, imparting the sweet smell of purple lollipops."
IT AIN’T TOO HARD to figure out how I was chosen to cover this one. I can just picture them all huddled in the conference room at a top-secret meeting, trying to figure how the hell they were going to talk me into visiting this "friendly farmer’s” pot plantation somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line with over 300 plants just sitting out there in the sun, begging some aerial-surveillance team to swoop down and arrest everyone on the premises.
IT STARTED OUT innocently enough—three days of peace, music and corporate sponsorship, all in the name of nostalgia and conspicuous consumption. A bevy of ground rules—no drugs, no alcohol, no children, no food save for the overpriced fare of the authorized vendors—guaranteed an antiseptic environment, a stark contrast to the mud-encrusted orgy of excess and liberation that it hoped to commemorate.
JOEY RAMONE PLANTS THE SEEDS FOR ANOTHER REVOLUTION
HEY! HO! LET'S GROW!
THIS IS NOT the story of a survivor. And it’s not the story of a comeback, either, because Joey Ramone never really went away—he just went back in time. Ever since the Ramones released their first album in 1976—full of short sonic bursts that brought much-needed excitement to a world full of kids and ultimately helped change the face of rock'n’roll—they’ve done more than just break musical barriers.
Often called the father of modern ethnobotany, botanist, explorer and author Richard Schultes is the director emeritus of Harvard’s famed Botanical Museum. Beginning in 1940, Dr. Schultes spent a total of 17 years in the Amazon, mostly in the remote regions of Colombia, where he investigated and collected the medicinal, edible and toxic plants used by the Kofan, Witoto and other indigenous groups.
IN THE MORNINGS, Jack would take me around with him while he tended to the plants. His method was relatively simple and (as the photos show) quite effective. “I usually start with a clone. Since I don't smoke the stuff, I have someone try various plants and report back to me on their potency.
IKE TURNER: MALEVOLENCE AND THE ART OF STRATOCASTER ABUSE
I, for one, believe popular music, like baseball, is often more interesting when it is produced by rogues, louts and people of unsavory character. A case in point is our subject today, Ike Turner—a man of highly dubious morals but a truly great and original musician, band-leader, producer and talent scout.
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Well, the hard work has finally paid off in jumbo-sized, spicy buds. I was able to nurture five high-quality, very healthy plants and bring their flowers to full maturity under a minimum quantity of light. The 5’× 7’× 7’ closet in my basement was ideal.
MANY FOLKS WHOSE GROWTH CHAMBERS I'VE CONSULTED OR CONSTRUCTED ASK, "WHAT ABOUT HIGH ELECTRIC BILLS? WON’T THE COPS SEE THE RECORDS?" FOR STARTERS, A FEW EXAMPLES OF ELECTRICALLY POWERED DEVICES WHICH USE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF JUICE ARE ELECTRIC POTTERY KILNS (23 TO 30 AMPS), MIG ELECTRIC WELDERS (WHICH ALSO CONSUME CO2) AND ELECTRIC SPACE HEATERS (15 TO 20 AMPS).
How small can you grow? Sharkey’s, a garden I first visited in the early ’80s, had flowering plants spaced two per square foot. The Skunk #1 clones were allowed to grow 15" to 18" tall before they were forced to flower. In Jesse’s garden, that would be considered wide spacing.
This is my indica-sativa hybrid bud. I started it indoors on May 1, using fluorescent lights with plenty of fish emulsion. It was transplanted outdoors on June 1. This picture was taken August 1. The taste, smell and high are superkind. Totally Lost Vinton City, OH Here’s our Hawaiian x sativa five days before harvest.
A pretty shrub whose slim branches droop with yellow flowers in spring and clusters of brilliant, oblong crimson fruit in autumn, barberry (Berberis vulgaris) is a common garden and wild meadow plant. However, few people are aware of its impressive herbal history.
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