When someone brought up the idea of doing an Alternative Lifestyles issue at a HIGH TIMES editorial meeting some time ago, the concept was received with a good deal of amusement. The entire magazine is devoted to the counterculture, after all, and alternative lifestyles is our regular beat.
Your article "Women on Pot" by Sarah Ferguson (Nov. '94 HT) was perfectly timed. For as long as I’ve been smoking, I have been accused of being an airhead and a "stoner," despite my 4.0 GPA. A lot of my female toker friends continually hide their pot use.
The reggae superstar, who died of cancer in 1981, would have turned 50 on February 6. HIGH TIMES celebrates Bob with a 20-page salute, including: This excerpt from the new Marley biography by Chris Salewicz focuses on Bob’s later years, when an assassination attempt and cancer took their toll on Tuff Gong.
BURNING MAN IN THE DESOLATION OF THE NEVADA DESERT. A DIONYSIAN MELTDOWN BECKONS THE 21ST CENTURY.
In a remote corner of northern Nevada, on a vast, ancient lake bed of alkaline flats sometimes called the playa and identified on your map as the Black Rock Desert, Larry Harvey has chosen the desolation as the ideal place for the annual neopagan fire ritual known as Burning Man.
So far, only a few pioneers have ventured into the hemp arena to market the textiles, oils, paper and plastic that can be produced from the most Earth-friendly of plants. Feasibility has been bogged down by poor technology, and while high demand has been generated, the supply of the raw material itself has been poor indeed.
Following the coma-inducing overdose, Neil Young tried to call Kurt Cobain. Although they’d never met, Young knew this younger brother was cut from the same cloth and it was time to help soothe Kurt’s raging anguish. That never happened; their phone lines didn’t connect.
IN TEARS Our favorite cowgirl, Uma Thurman, really does get the blues. Not just because Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, the long-awaited screen adaptation of Tom Robbins’ best-seller that she starred in, met with savage criticism. According to a recent New York Post item, a persistent photographer snared a Kodak moment of the actress "taking long, hold-it-in breaths from something that looked hand-rolled."
Little Sammy Singer, a gunner in World War II, muses nostalgically about his childhood in Brooklyn and his tenure in the war. "Thank God for the atom bomb," he says, shattering my homogenized PC sensibilities with this crackling, absurd novel about America past and present, preapocalypse and post, poised on the millennium.
A year after the oh-so-trendy British fashion-music mag splashed a big cannabis leaf on the cover, The Face followed up in its November '94 issue with another lead feature making the case for legalization in the UK. Except this time around, the editors weren’t so optimistic.
Michael Allen Miller, of Seaside, OR, was arrested shortly after he set up a marijuana stand outside a courthouse in protest of the country’s antidrug laws. The 25-year-old pot peddler, whose operation consisted of a folding chair and a handwritten sign reading "Marijuana For Sale" only sold one bag of pot before he was arrested.
Two showbiz rules: 1. Every freak show needs freaks. 2. Every circus needs a ring-master. That pretty much describes Talk Soup. Greg Kinnear hosts a half-hour of the slimiest video clips to be found in the talk show sewer where Phil, Oprah, Geraldo, Sally, Montel, Maury and about a hundred other similar ghouls ply their trade.
With almost no debate and little, if any, media attention, the Digital Telephony Bill was passed by Congress in the blink of an eye, just before it adjourned on October 7, 1994. The bill was pushed by the FBI, ostensibly to assure its continued ability to conduct wiretaps as the digital revolution changes telecommunications technology.
New Board Takes Over: Will Changes Spell Rejuvenation or Ruin?
NORML DECERTIFIES LONG-TIME CHAPTERS
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is undergoing radical change in the wake of the September 11 vote by the board. With the exception of two former members, an entirely new board has taken over the reins of NORML. The new board includes several nationally recognized names.
In a stunning reversal of the 1988 law that effectively outlawed HIGH TIMES, Jack Herer's classic hemp manifesto The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Kerouac's On The Road, nearly everything by William Burroughs and all NORML literature throughout Canada, Madam Justice Ellen MacDonald of Ontario's highest court, the General Division, ruled that the section of Canada's drug-paraphernalia laws that dealt with literature was "overly broad" and ordered it stricken from the books.
Hemp-Power, Pedal-Power and Electric-Power Prototypes Are Ready. But Is Detroit?
BIOFUELS: THE HEMP ALTERNATIVE
DETROIT RESISTS THE FUTURE
Electric vehicles are nothing new. When the Automobile Association of America held its first road rally almost 100 years ago, an electric vehicle won. But the electric motor couldn't compete with the internal-combustion engine as oil became cheap and plentiful.
Cop Shoots Cop Off-duty NYPD rookie Angelo Angelico was wounded in a confrontation with undercover housing police after he allegedly waved his unauthorized .357 Magnum at them and said "My gun’s bigger than yours." Neither officer in the exchange of fire apparently realized the other was also a cop.
No doubt, DARE officials feel beleaguered. Why, they must wonder, do the media continually harangue them about their antidrug program's ineffectiveness? Why do parent-activists keep pointing to the program's high costs, to factual errors in the curriculum and to invasion-of-privacy issues, when they've only got our children’s welfare at heart?
Richard Davis is not new to the hemp movement. He has smoked and grown for over 27 years. In 1992 he ran for President on a hemp platform. In 1986 he ran for Congress as a pot-grower. He has displayed marijuana buds at the Capitol and helped with both California's and Colorado's hemp initiatives.
The theme of the Second International Conference on Cannabis, held in Paris on June 17, 1994, was "Reflections on the Prohibition of Drugs." Prominent figures from eight European countries, Colombia, Brazil and the USA gathered to discuss the unique aspects of prohibition in their countries.
It’s been two years since Waco, but the images are still vivid. When I watched the flames pouring out of the Branch Davidians' Texas compound, I once again realized that there are certain things that are not said or implied to our government unless you want the Waco treatment.
Niggers, kikes, wops, spics, micks, chinks, beaners, fags, dykes, bra-burners, draft-dodgers, baby-killers, Bible-thumpers, hillbillies, clodhoppers, shitkickers, commies, Moonies, freaks, no-class white-trash; they've all had their day at the whipping post.
Summer and fall have become the traditional rallying times for both hempsters and harvesters, and last year was no exception. From British Columbia to Maine, from Amarillo to Miami, hundreds of rallies took place to spread the word about the herb.
Nestled in the woodlands of south central Tennessee’s moon-shine district, just an hour and a half south of Opryland and three hours east of Graceland, lies The Farm, an ital community of peaceful warriors "out to save the world." Sociologists call it an "intentional community"; the mainstream press anachronizes it as a "hippie commune."
MARK BECKER Publisher of NewLife Magazine and Promoter of NewLife Expos
LAYING ON OF HANDS
Sports Massage: Deep-Tissue Myofascial Massage
Remember what your mom used to say about staying healthy? Eat some protein, a good starch, plenty of green vegetables and fresh fruit every day. Lay off fats, get out and exercise, and take a quiet hour for yourself. Good advice, but.... Most of us don't make the time to eat right, we're too tired to exercise after work and there's never that extra hour to meditate.
ARE ZIPPIES THE HIPPIES OF THE NEXT MILLENNIUM? OR JUST TECHNO-PRANKSTERS OF THE MOMENT?
WHO IS FRASER CLARK?
THE NEW COMMUNION?
ZIPPY = MEDIA HIPPIE
THE ORIGINAL ZIPPIES
"Fraser! Fraser! Med-i-a!" It's Frank Veet-jens, a 29-year-old rave promoter from Vancouver, Canada, tearing around the grassy slopes of Arizona's Kaibab National Forest in search of Fraser Clark, chief guru of the Zippies. Clark and his much-hyped crew of British and American techno-hippies have come to this remote mountaintop to stage their Grand Canyon "OMega-Rave," an ecstatic trance-dance happening intended to "touch the mythical clitoris of the USA." Never mind that we’re 100 miles south of the Canyon, or that Clark’s forecast of 60,000 ravers is about 55,000 short.
Did you know that the leading killer in America, cardiovascular disease, is directly linked to meat consumption? Or that you save more water by not eating one pound of beef than you would by not showering for a whole year? Did you know that it is routine for factory-farm pigs to be forced to drink their own urine?
IKE TURNER: MALEVOLENCE AND THE ART OF STRATOCASTER ABUSE
IKE TURNER & THE KINGS OF RHYTHM ON CD:
In 1956 Ike moved The Kings of Rhythm to St. Louis where, now seasoned vets, they virtually ruled the club scene. It was in St. Louis that Ike would hone his misanthropic personality quirks, making his mark as a cocksman, hard-ass, gambler and band leader.
This sticky situation was grown indoors in a vermiculite/perlite mix under a 400-watt HPS light, with CO2 added for super dankness. We don't know where it came from or what it is. We call it supercrazy! Too Stoned Arizona I grew this plant from some good stash seed.
These are two of the plants my friend and I grew in our dorm room at school in Buffalo. Though our yield was small (only about 1/4 oz or so), it was well worth the effort. And really simple, too. We took the fluorescent lights off our desks, one cool and one warm, and also used a 35-watt HPS lamp our friend stole off a sign.
Something I look forward to with relegalization of the righteous herb is certified organic weed. But even organic herb can have negative effects on the body. In my recent studies of Ayurveda medicine, I came across an interesting bit of advice for mitigating the toxic effects of marijuana and, in fact, all psychedelics.
There are, of course, many excellent, in-depth publications on the cultivation of cannabis which should be required reading for the serious grower. They include Indoor Marijuana Horticulture by Jorge Cervantes, Marijuana: The Cultivator's Handbook by Bill Drake and The Marijuana Grower's Guide by Ed Rosenthal and Mel Frank.
This plant is the result of one seed out of 20 picked up Thanksgiving 1993 in Amsterdam. She's pictured 50 days into flowering. She was grown in a 5-gallon pail in a mix of 40% coarse vermiculite and 40% perlite, with the remainder a variety of esoteric, sterile, organic amendments.
I found about 40 seeds in a bag of near-sinsemilla. I am growing 12 healthy plants as a result. The half-ounce bag contained only two buds, so I suppose the genetics are there. Seventeen days after germination, I snipped the tops off the six largest ones at about the third node in order to force branching.
The perfect herb for winter, ginger alleviates colds, stimulates blood circulation and helps eliminate toxins—which is especially important at a time of year when many of us don't get enough exercise. A perennial indigenous to tropical Asia, ginger's proper botanical name is zingiber offi-cinale, and it is in the same aromatic family as cardamom and turmeric.
Now you're reading Trans-High Market Quotations, the voice of an herbal nation. Representative listings from various sources appear according to a strictly maintained set of criteria, by necessity known only to personnel of the THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
Harvest 1994 continues to mellow us out with the righteous bounty of this Earth. Sun, soil, water and cannabis DNA commingle to lavish the gentle herbalizer with green, sticky buds. Buds, buds, buds! I was in Humboldt County, California a few weeks ago, smoking a lot of ganja.
The fight to free marijuana has been a long, foggy road. A lot of our brothers and sisters have been locked up. I embrace all of you who have done time when you have hurt no one. Welcome back to the community! I believe that one day our great nation of many peoples will rise up for freedom in a nonviolent confrontation with the simple-minded shits who run this society.