Excuse me while I light my spliff. I have to start off by saying how blessed I am to be the music editor of HIGH TIMES. I get to cover all kinds of music and bands, from the Grateful Dead to Cypress Hill. Unlike anywhere else in the magazine world, except for perhaps Rolling Stone, I get to indulge my classic-rock sensibility while constantly discovering new and trendsetting styles.
Great December issue! However, there are a few errors in “Woodstock ’94” by Steve Bloom that need correction. The lady who spoke on behalf of Jimi Hendrix during Santana’s set was Janie Hendrix-Wright, Jimi’s half-sister, not his daughter.
HT INTERVIEW—Chris Conrad: Reinventing the Hemp Industry
THE CELERINO CASTILLO STORY
THE STRANGE CASE OF ROKY ERICKSON AND THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS
HEMP TIMES: FROM FLOWERING TO CURING
Ed Rosenthal gives Jack Herer his due in his new book Hemp Today—that’s clear. But on some issues, Ed thinks Jack is a little too quick and nimble with the facts. Representatives and owners of more than 40 hemp-related businesses met to hammer out a trade council that would define industry standards.
It’s official. The Supreme Court of these United States has made it illegal to sell bongs. In the ever-more-absurd and asinine War on Drugs, the powers that be have renewed their persecution of our friendly neighborhood headshops and those blessed entrepreneurs out there who’ve found ways to manufacture and market their remarkable and efficient waterpipe smoke-delivery systems designed to maximize our pleasure and consumption of that wonderful herb, marijuana.
Following the release of October’s special Cyber-Tech issue, many of you wrote in with basic questions regarding accessing the references cited, particularly those in “Putting the ‘HIGH’ in Information Highway.” We’ll now try to answer some of your questions and help get you started.
When reggae fans speak of Clement "Coxsone” Dodd and Studio One, it’s in the same reverent tones soul fans use to discuss Berry Gordy and Motown. At the end of the ’50s, Dodd and several of his chief sound-system rivals (including Duke Reid and Prince Buster) began recording promising local talent like Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and especially the Wailers.
After watching their party get whomped in November’s election, the Clintons strode quickly toward the political center. Hillary expressed empathy for the religious right and claimed abortion was “wrong,” while the Prez exasperated fellow Dems by saying he “certainly wouldn’t rule out” a school-prayer constitutional amendment.
Though the tell-all nature of this easy-reader betrays its brotherly title, Marley and Me gives a detailed account of the reggae king’s remarkable rise from ghetto hero to international stardom in the ’70s. Taylor, Marley’s former manager, traces both men’s roots on either side of Kingston’s sprawling ghettoes in colonial Jamaica, their lives bearing glaring similarities.
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by Mihlawhdh Faristzaddi (Judah Anbesa, PO Box 160998, Miami, FL 33116, $15)— Poetry, prayers and photos. by William Kunstler with Sheila Isenberg (Birch Lane/Carol, New York, $22.50)— Fascinating and inspiring. by Wes "Scoop” Nisker (Ten Speed, Berkeley, CA, $14.95)—The Bay Area counterculture newscaster’s autobiography.
President Clinton’s antipot comments at a Massachusetts high school in October (see Trails on page 15) received virtually no media coverage, except for a Reuters wire story. In its Oct. 21 edition, The New York Times headlined "Clinton Finds Stride in Massachusetts.”
When a Colorado Springs woman discovered that the gas tank of the used car she had recently bought would only hold six gallons of fuel, she brought it to a garage to have the problem checked out and was surprised to learn that the tank was indeed full—but not of gas.
Let’s be honest. There are those among us who would just as soon NOT turn the other cheek. And if you’re a responsible adult, nobody has the right to deny you the right to personal defense. That’s where The Edge Company comes in, and their slogan says it all: “You Need The Edge.
In September 1994, three bloody years after the coup d'état that ousted Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s first freely elected president, US President Bill Clinton sent 20,000 troops to Haiti. The flood of refugees from Haiti put Clinton in a bad position.
“QUALITY OF LIFE” CRACKDOWN IN NYC: WHO OWNS THE STREETS?
Amenia Israel stood at 125th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Manhattan and nodded towards the northwest corner of the intersection. “That’s where all the African fabric vendors used to be,” she said. “It’s so sad.” And so it goes in Harlem, a front line of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s “quality of life” campaign, which helped put him in office.
Every 20 years or so, the New York Police Department undergoes the public humiliation of a corruption investigation. The recent hearings presided over by retired Judge Milton Mollen exposed a department rife with corruption both petty and gross.
REPORT FROM SAN FRANCISCO: "MATRIX PROGRAM" TURNS UP THE STREET HEAT
San Francisco, home to pot politics and gay activism, once embodied everything conservatives hated. Now it is a blueprint for antihomeless policies. Republican Mayor Frank Jordan has criminalized the poor under his Matrix program, with police sweeps for “quality of life” crimes such as panhandling or sleeping outdoors.
In 1970, marijuana was placed on Schedule I of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s controlled-substances list, largely because scientists feared that, like opiates, it had an extremely high potential for abuse and addiction. But the discovery of THC receptor sites in the brain refutes that thinking, and may force both scientists and the DEA to re-evaluate their positions.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THC RESEARCH
RECEPTORS IN THE BRAIN
THE CHEMISTRY OF EMOTIONS
THE FUTURE OF MARIJUANA LAWS
The next century will view the 1988 discovery of a THC receptor site in the brain as the pivotal event which led to the legalization of marijuana. Before this discovery, no one knew for sure just how the psychoactive chemical in marijuana worked on the brain.
Reefer Madness at Florida Clinic Fraud charges may be filed against the Orlando Recovery Center for billing Florida’s Medicaid program after allegedly treating 3- and 5-year-old children for marijuana habits. Atlanta Constitution, October 21,1994 Texas Officer Held in Drug Theft Police lieutenant Michael Siebe was arrested in connection with the disappearance of 350 pounds of cocaine from a police storeroom in Beaumont, TX.
Ethan Nadelmann, a widely published advocate of drug-policy reform, has assumed directorship of the Lindesmith Center, a project of international financial mogul and philanthropist George Soros’ Open Society Institute. The Center’s purpose is to function as an “activist think tank which will broaden dialogue on drug-policy reform.”
Lennice Werth of Crewe, in the hills of southern Virginia, created quite a stir when she ran for director of the Nottoway County office of the Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation district in 1993. Locals, mostly conservative farmers, did not count on a woman running for the office—much less on a platform that would move them away from tobacco, their longtime cash crop, to the much-maligned hemp plant.
House Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich (RGA) spent the week after the election denouncing “the counterculture” as one of the “profound things that went wrong” with America in the '60s. It was a grim November for cannabis supporters. In California, the only supporter of outright legalization in Congress—Rep.
The Sept. 17 hemp rally in West Los Angeles drew over 1,500 hempsters to the Federal Building. Pancakes, tacos and cookies made from hempseed were vended, along with books, buttons, bongs and hemp-fabric clothing. Entertainment was provided by the bands Beats & Blunts, Mr. Jones, the Previous and Two Funky Jews.
On November 23, Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones announced the formation of a task force to study the agricultural viability of hemp. “Everyone knows that the Kentucky economy is heavily dependent upon agriculture,” says Governor Jones.
VITAMIN VICTORY: CONGRESS PROTECTS ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS; FDA THWARTED
In a major victory for consumers, holistic health practitioners and the natural-foods industry, President Clinton signed the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act into law on October 25. The legislation will prevent the Food & Drug Administration from banning or classifying as prescription drugs numerous over-the-counter vitamins, minerals and herbs.
The official HIGH TIMES policy on pot use by children is simple: We’re against it. The reason you never see any photos of kids in HIGH TIMES is because we don’t want to do anything to encourage the use of cannabis by minors. Parents sometimes ask, “How do I explain my pot use to my children?” My response is, “Tell your children cannabis is a powerful medicine that affects the brain.
Here’s the fantasy: Bob Marley didn’t die. Doctors cured his melanoma in 1977, and no grave claimed him in 1981. In ’82, he records an entire album of songs livicated (never DEAD-icated, cuz Rasta nuh deal wit death) to the ongoing freedom struggle in South Africa.
In 1994, activists in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Michigan and Washington failed to collect enough signatures to get marijuana-law-reform initiative questions placed on their states’ ballots. An activist in San Diego told me after-wards that the members of her organization were “burned out, demoralized and would be spending the next few months recuperating.”
THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF TRENCH TOWNS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHOSE STORIES GO UNTOLD. BUT HERE IN JAMAICA, BOB MARLEY LED THE WORLD TO RECOGNIZE A CULTURE, A RELIGION AND AN ATTITUDE THAT EXISTED IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION TO THE MODERN AGE. HIS MESSAGE WAS POSITIVE, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE IN SPITE OF POVERTY AND POLITICAL OPPRESSION.
KINGSTON, SUN. OCT. 16TH, 1994.
KINGSTON, TUES. OCT. 18TH.
TRENCH TOWN, WED. OCT. 19TH.
TRENCH TOWN, FRI. OCT. 21ST.
NINE MILES, SUN. OCT. 23RD.
You might ask why I’m sitting in Kingston's National Arena listening to the theme song from The Bodyguard, as mangled by one of AI Green's opening acts. You might ask what the hell AI Green has to do with Bob Marley in the first place. Good questions, and I wish I knew the answers myself.
There always had been political overtones about the “Smile Jamaica” concert, scheduled for December 5, 1976 at Kingston’s National Heroes Park. At first, Island Records president Chris Blackwell had advised against the show, which initially had been scheduled to take place on the grounds of Jamaica House: What Bob told him about the proposed show suggested it was to be billed as a PNP (People’s National Party) event.
Four intimates of the "Tuff Gong" remember Bob Marley.
INTERNATIONAL REGGAE STAR Telling ya about Bob is like when I get started in the business. Bob was the one who told I about Studio One. That was in 1969. Bob is also from the same parish where I-man is from and many other great people is from, which is the parish of Senton.
The ganja-fueled roots reggae popularized by Bob Marley in the '70s devolved into coke-tinged dancehall in the '80s and '90s. But now, DJs are growing dreads, smoking the herb and changing their tunes.
When Bob Marley passed away in 1981, many questions were raised regarding the musical genre he had come to define in the eyes of the international reggae audience. While committed reggae devotees have always had a large number of quality artists to choose from, Marley, because of his rare ability to penetrate the world market, was inevitably seen as its sole guiding light.
In March of 1961, Richard Alpert, a well-respected research psychologist at Harvard University, had his first experience with the sacred psilocybin mushroom, an experience which was to shape his destiny. Along with his colleagues Timothy Leary and Ralph Metzner, Dr. Alpert helped to pioneer some of the most significant research into the psychological effects of psychedelic drugs during the early 1960s.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may choose to celebrate limp-dicked lames like Graham Nash and Art Garfunkel, but the men who truly created the sound that is rock'n'roll have been forever obscured by the ugly media glare focused on the useless, the overrated and the just plain offensive.
All submissions, comments and suggestions should be sent to Hemp Times, HIGH TIMES, 235 Park Ave. So., 5th Fl., New York, NY 10003. If your submission is selected for publication, you will receive a free, all-hemp HIGH TIMES baseball cap. If your entry is sent anonymously, Trans-High Corporation will send a check for $25 to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
A FAREWELL VISIT TO ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST SUCCESSFUL GROWERS
After growing five crops a year for over six years, one of America’s most consistent marijuana farmers is closing up shop. I can understand why. Farming is not easy, even indoors. Nature’s whims, in the form of insects and diseases, can make a mockery of your best efforts.
The indica in front was killer pot, but the big-budded sativa wasn’t even worth smoking—no taste and no buzz. Shifty London, Ontario CANADA I started with seeds purchased from a dealer. Each came in its own small plastic container. After about a month of growth, I gave them a dose of Alaska Fish fertilizer, 5-1-1.
Abundant in the Southwest and Mexico, chaparral (Larrea tridentata) is a resinous desert shrub that somewhat resembles dwarf oak. Europeans first learned about the plant, also called creosote bush, from native tribes. They observed that the Papagos and Maricopas of Arizona boiled branches to extract a gum (which smells like creosote, a distilled mixture of phenols from wood tar used as a preservative) and then drank it in a decoction for stomach problems.
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IN 1972 I was working at a radical Worker’s Collective record store. We were experimenting with a form of socially conscious quasi-Capitalist business venture. All workers shared equally in the profits generated by the store. There was no boss—we instead had a worker’s committee that set rules and policies.