Jack Herer’s whole life is hemp. Spend a couple of days with him and you’ll see. He’ll take any call at any hour no matter what the question if he feels he can enlighten somebody. Every dime he’s made from The Emperor Wears No Clothes has gone back into the movement.
Peter Gorman’s story “NORML Shake-Up Continues” (Feb. ’95 HT) had most of the facts correct. But I didn’t like the negative twist he put on the story, and I felt it lacked balance. As far as I can tell from his story, he didn’t bother to contact some of NORML’s most productive chapters to see what their feelings were on the reorganization of the board or the issue of decertification of chapters.
More than 700 people flocked to Amsterdam this past Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the 7th Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup. They tasted and judged the newest strains of world-class marijuana, saw the newest hemp fashions and the latest products made from hemp, mingled with the movers and shakers of the cannabis/hemp movement and visited the legendary Cannabis Castle.
WHEN ACTOR MICHAEL MORIARTY STEPPED INTO THE RING WITH JANET RENO, SOME LAUDED HIS COURAGE WHILE OTHERS CALLED HIS ACTIONS "CAREER SUICIDE.” WHATEVER THE CASE, MORIARTY'S STILL IN THERE PUNCHING AND SHOWS NO SIGNS OF TIRING.
In addressing an October 1993 Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Attorney General Janet Reno stated that, in her opinion, the regulation of television violence “is constitutionally permissible." She blasted TV for inspiring real-life violence and cited studies proving that television inspired aggressive behavior.
When Christine Far and I married, we had a wonderful time incorporating hemp into our ceremony. We’re the proprietors of The Ohio Hempery, Inc., the country’s biggest mail-order provider of hemp goods. It was only natural that when it came time to birth our first child, we would do our best to bring her into the world using as many hemp products as possible.
"They said it was impossible to make hemp denim," says Steve D'Angelo; co-owner of Ecolution, out of Fairfax, VA. "Well, it was very difficult, but it wasn't impossible." For Stevie D. (as he's commonly known), 100% hemp jeans were the culmination of two years of research and development. Ecolution's will be the first all-hemp jeans sold in this country since Levi Strauss made them for Gold Rush miners.
An upstate New York inventor is planning a cross-country trip in a Volkswagen that runs on vegetable oil—including hemp oil. We’re not talking a fuel mix here or some exotic, strange blend of gas and diesel or some other fossil fuel. We’re talking biofuel.
Up until now, no one in the NBA has been burying three-pointers or shattering rims while wearing hemp sneakers. Don’t you think we would have seen the commercials? But “hemp hoops” may be coming soon. U.S. Hemp, out of Apache Junction, AZ, is marketing a durable, mildew-resistant hemp sneaker that offers both comfort and style. Low-tops are available in lace-up or slip-on styles—and if you act now, you could be the first dude or dudette on your block to wear a hemp high-top. U.S. Hemp is run by Kathy and Arlin Troutt, and all of the Troutt family members, young and old, appear in the 1995 catalog modeling their huge inventory of hemp products. The catalog also offers a nutshell history of hemp and boasts a patriotic sales pitch: “Register to Vote in U.S. Hemp Jeans!” For information, call (800) 501-HEMP or write U.S. Hemp, 461 W. Apache Trail, #130, Apache Junction, AZ 85220.
Mitch and Jill Cahn, two 25-year-olds from Hoboken, NJ, recognized the potential and utility of hemp and started Headcase in 1992, importing the fabric to their Jersey City baseball-cap factory. They are now the world’s leading manufacturer of 100%-hemp hats, wholesaling dozens of different embroidered logos and five colors of hemp hats to over 500 clothing stores worldwide. Headcase also embroiders hemp hats for special occasions; their client list includes heavyweights like NORML and HIGH TIMES. All hats come with a four-page hang-tag with important and timely facts about hemp and Headcase’s own trademarked warning on the label: “Do Not Smoke This Cap.” For information, call (201) 420-5900 or write Headcase, 150 Bay St., Jersey City, NJ 07302.
If you’re going to build the ideal hemp wardrobe, you’re gonna need a jeans jacket to round things out. HanfHaus is at your service with a whole new line of jeanswear made from 100%-pure Hungarian hemp. The jacket highlighted here is made from unbleached, heavy-duty hemp canvas with marijuana-leaf buttons. HanfHaus (which translates to Hemp House) is based in Berlin, Germany, and was founded in 1993 by Mathias Broeckers, the editor of the German edition of Jack Herer’s book The Emperor Wears No Clothes. The hemp papermaking required for The Emperor represented the dawn of the new hemp industry in Germany—and paper was the first item HanfHaus brought to the market. Now, HanfHaus stores market more than 50 hemp products and handle mail orders as well. For information, call (011) 49-30-614-9884 or write HanfHaus GmbH, Waldemarstr. 33. 10999, Berlin, Germany.
Josephine Domsic says she’s always wanted to finish off her outfits with a sexy, lusty touch. Now that she has the softest hemp on the market to do it with—a special hemp/silk blend—she’s debuted a whole new line of apparel. Hemp Heritage’s “Intimates” offer boxers and briefs for the guys and panties, bras and much, much more for the gals. Sizes and colors vary and special orders are welcome. Domsic’s new line met a huge response at the ’94 Cannabis Cup, and she was voted designer of the year at the fashion events. Anyone with the vision to create hemp lingerie gets our vote, too! For information, call (805) 641-3244 or write Hemp Heritage, 228 E. Thompson Blvd. #B, Ventura, CA 93001.
[City Lights, San Francisco, $12.95] At last, a book that treats the political philosophy of anarchism, relegated to irrelevance by the mainstream media at least since the 1930s, as a serious subject! This should come as a breath of fresh air for the culture freaks and Drug War heretics who have been criminalized by the long-ruling orthodoxies of both right and left worldwide.
Kudos to the Austin Chronicle for delivering 12 pages of marijuana coverage in its Nov. II issue. Two well-researched pieces by Rob Patterson about the sentencing of "prisoners of pot” anchored the section. One former prisoner, Clifford Antone, whose club, Antone’s, is an Austin landmark, noted sadly, "I fought a battle and they won.
Co-conspirators of the ’90s rock’n’roll revival, the Black Crowes and Pearl Jam owe quite a bit to their predecessors (the Crowes to the Stones and the Allmans, Pearl Jam to the Beatles and Neil Young), yet both have managed to fashion fresh approaches that free them from constant classic-rock comparisons.
Chris Boucher isn’t ready to quit. Neither are his Hempstead Company partners Dave Martin (pictured above) and Brian Ambrose. The three, along with The Ohio Hempery’s Don Wirtshafter, are partners in Hemp Agro Tech, a cooperative that planted half an acre of hemp last year on a federal Department of Agriculture research site in California’s Imperial Valley, only to see a state narcotics task force come in and plow it under just three days before harvest.
On Nov. 15, 1994, National Medical Marijuana Day was held as a demonstration of the resolution and courage of patients fighting for legal medical access to the cannabis plant. The day’s events included a series of rallies across the United States, organized by the Emergency Coalition for Medical Cannabis, an umbrella group comprising the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the Cannabis Action Network and the Drug Policy Foundation.
On Dec. 9, the administration of President Bill Clinton announced the forced resignation of controversial Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. The administration went to great pains to emphasize that Elders, an outspoken advocate of sex education, school condom distribution and drug decriminalization, was not resigning of her own free will.
On the heels of the landslide Republican election victories that dampened the spirits of most drug-policy reformers, the Drug Policy Foundation held its eighth annual conference this past November 1619, in Washington’s L’Enfant Plaza hotel—located in the heart of the capital’s military-industrial brain trust.
Drug Tests for NYC Welfare? Saying “it doesn’t make sense to turn money over to drug addicts,” New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani proposed mandatory drug tests as well as mandatory work programs for welfare recipients. New York Newsday, Nov. 17,1994 Racism in Georgia Drug Sentences Defense attorney Daniel Summer says a Georgia law that imprisons repeat drug offenders for life should be overturned by the Supreme Court as racist because prosecutors apply it against African-Americans 99% of the time.
Debate over drug policy continues to shake the new European Union. Following last April’s decision by Germany’s top court to decriminalize possession of “personal” amounts of cannabis, the nation’s state courts have been arriving at various interpretations of the word “personal.”
Peter Christ is a 20-year veteran of the police department of Tonawanda, NY, a suburb of Buffalo. He is also an ardent antiprohibitionist. The 48-year-old Christ sports a ponytail and says he will “debate anyone, anywhere, anytime on this issue.”
R. CRUMB’S RACISM PARODY APPROPRIATED BY WHITE SUPREMACIST ’ZINE!
Of all the bizarre stories that permeated 1994, perhaps the most paradoxical was one which received relatively little attention: the saga involving irreverent underground cartoonist Robert (R.) Crumb and Race & Reality, a racist publication out of Massachusetts.
In a Nov. 15, 1993 letter signed, “Sincerely, Bill Clinton,” the President asked George to “please stay involved.” The President had no need to encourage George McMahon to continue his participation in the national movement to make therapeutic cannabis a reality in the United States.
I’ve never been into numerology, but it strikes me as poetic coincidence that the ballot number of the anti-immigration initiative California voters approved overwhelmingly last November had the same three digits as the section of the state penal code defining murder.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “Whilst we have prisons, it matters little which of us occupies the cells.” In order to avoid becoming a statistic, defensive tactics need to be utilized. It helps to recognize some of the more common arrest scenarios in order to avoid them.
SH: A recent article in USA Today was headlined, “NORML’s new look: Tie-dyes out, suits in.” The headline certainly gives the impression that a major shift in NORML’s direction is taking place. Is the headline accurate? DC: Not really. First off, there weren’t any real tie-dyes on the old board.
"The resurgence of hemp is the direct result of the tireless campaign of one individual—Jack Herer—to legalize all forms of cannabis.” This testimonial comes from Ed Rosenthal in his new volume of essays entitled Hemp Today. But the mercurial grow master has also torpedoed Herer's hemp-for-fuel theories and sown a few seeds of controversy in the doing.
Founder of Ecologically Sound Papers and Hemp UK, the organization that received one of the first cultivation licenses to grow hemp in England. In England, we started the hemp resurgence with one research license in 1992. Commercial production began in 1993 on 1,500 acres.
With his son Alan, he is the cofounder of the Sensi Seed Bank and the Hash/Marijuana/Hemp Museum in Amsterdam. Additionally, the Dronkers planted Dronkers planted the first commercial hemp crop in Holland, in 1994. We at Sensi Seed Bank have been around for 10 years, and I’m proud to say we are providing the world with seeds.
A noted author and journalist, Michka has written extensively on hemp and cannabis use in France. France is one of the few countries where you have had an uninterrupted growing of hemp. It s been grown as far as anyone can remember. But while it never became illegal, a system was created that makes growing it complicated.
It’s well past dark and getting late. Latecomers are discovering that anticipation of a debate and the accumulated tension of the past few days have created a standing-room-only affair. On one side of the little bungalow’s living room sits Jack Herer, patriarch of the modern hemp movement and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes—the hemp Bible.
“This highway goes to Houston, through all these woods, like Muir Woods and Golden Gate Bridge Park,” explains Roky Erickson, who’s riding shotgun in a black Chevy sports car he’s dubbed a “James Bond Maserati” as we cruise through the outskirts of Austin.
An amazingly laid-back city, Austin, Texas is home to plenty of pot-smokers and more than its fair share of musicians. In a town where a decent meal can be had for a mere three bucks and wearing a tie makes you look like a Fed, the combination of smoking weed and playing music is a logical pastime.
DOUG SAHM GETS BACK TO BASICS AFTER YEARS OF CHOOGLING DOWN THE OLD SPACE HIGHWAY.
Variously known over the years as Sir Doug, Doug Saldana, the Masked Marauder, the Texas Tornado and Wayne Douglas, Doug Sahm is retailoring his chameleon-like persona once again. Crossing the country like a contemporary Kerouac, the long-haired, cowboy-hatted groover has taken to burning up America’s highways behind the wheel of his '94 Cadillac.
Born into a large family in Indiana in 1953, Chris Conrad spent his early years in the heartland of America before moving to California—where he lives with his wife and partner, Mikki Norris—in the mid-’70s. While still in grade school he was deeply influenced by the ideas, attitudes and visions of John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and decided early on to become a Catholic missionary priest.
Formerly of California, John Masura has been working for several years in the Ukraine, trying to re-establish hemp as a commercially viable crop there. A few years ago I was at a village wedding in the Ukraine that went on for three days and during that time, a young man came up to me and said he had 47 tons of hemp seed, and could I sell it for him?
A well-known cannabis author and photographer, Clarke has begun working as a hempseed breeder for private firms in China. Hemp is a traditional peasant crop of China—its use dates back more than 1,000 years—where, except for some birdseed, it is used exclusively for fiber.
The types of old R&B, rock’n’roll, blues, hillbilly and ska that I like are often best heard on compilation discs. The main reason for this is that most of the music was recorded for 78 and 45 RPM singles and meant to be heard one tune at a time, blaring out of a jukebox or car radio.
I am totally stoned. Not partially, moderately or even highly stoned, but unremittingly, completely and utterly stoned to the bajeezus. A new sample of the ’94 Humboldt County harvest has brought balmy California delight to my skull, and now it lolls contentedly upon my neck here in New York Spitty.
The sole factor in causing all cannabis (except ruderalis) to bud is an uninterrupted dark period or "cycle” of 12 hours. The quick change from continuous light to a 12-hour-on, 12-hour-off photoperiod induces the plant to flower very quickly.
This bud is one of 14 cuttings taken from my buddy’s four-way mother. It was grown hydroponically under a 400-watt HPS lamp. The cuttings were 10” tall when we switched to a 12-on, 12-off light cycle to force flowering. We harvested only 45 days later.
Originally from Eurasia, burdock (arcticum lappa) escaped from cultivated gardens in North America into the wild, and it is now considered by some to be a weed. But among herbalists, burdock is one of the most versatile and powerful plants in their repertoire.
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