Before the Beats, the Merry Pranksters, the Rainbow Family and the Zippies, bikers brought the concept of the party on wheels to the modern age. They turned their backs on a society that didn’t understand them, customizing their bikes to the point where they gave any law-enforcement vehicle a run for its money.
Ed Rosenthal has been criticizing in print my presentation of hemp-for-energy since February ’94. His refutations are spurious and picayune, casting doubts that rest only upon the authority of his writer persona. I have written detailed answers to his polemics against energy farming.
Spaceships, abduction, aliens, conspiracy...when it comes to extraterrestrial belief, America is “spacing out.” What’s going on out there? A contemporary look at the state of UFOlogy answers some of the questions. Did ancient peoples smoke pot?
It’s been almost three minutes now. The initial embrace was a good 30 seconds long, but the nose-to-nose soul-gaze they’re locked in now has lasted for what seems an eternity. The Mexican waiters squeeze by them with puzzled looks, but the ladies stare on.
If you’re tired of standing in line at Tower Records, a labor-cheating, monolithic conglomerate if ever there was one, just to sample the latest CD release from the Beastie Boys or P.J. Harvey, you could stay home and do the same thing with a link to the World Wide Web (WWW or the Web).
I sped out of Holland and desperately tried to make sense of the road system. Hurtling toward the Bavarian border en route to Frankfurt, Germany for Bio Fach ’95, I considered my destination. I knew next to nothing about Bio Fach, only that it was the fifth year that this exposition was being held and that it trumpets itself as “the greatest organic trade show on earth.”
Microbrewed beer is brewed in strict accordance with the German purity law of 1516 (remember your history?), which demands only the best and purest barley, hops, yeast and water in the brewing process. Microbrewers forbid the use of preservatives and filler additives, such as corn, rice and foaming agents, that the big brewers use to save time and money.
Phil Ochs imagined himself as Elvis Presley-meets-Che Guevara. Once known to a nation for his antiwar protest songs and for his involvement with the Yippies, Ochs had largely disappeared into obscurity by 1976 when he killed himself. Marc Eliot’s Death of a Rebel—a new, expanded edition of the 1979 biography—paints an often too-intimate portrait of this virtually forgotten ’60s legend.
"America’s Pointless War on Pot,” by Mitchell Koss—LA. Weekly’s Feb. 24 cover story—was an example of good headline-writing over content. Koss’ cynical report doled out copious column inches to former deputy drug czars Dr. Herb Kleber and John Walters, an LAPD lieutenant, an unnamed DEA spook and a Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman, while propot advocates like NORML’s Allen St.
Clocking in at just over three hours, CM Records’ Hemp for Victory, Vol. 1 is a marijuana magnum opus: 40 tracks of independent bands from the Northwest expounding on the various virtues of hemp, with a bonus disk of spillover material thrown in for good measure.
Warren Sapp, a defensive lineman out of the University of Miami and touted as possibly the number-one NFL draft pick as we go to press, recently failed drug tests for both marijuana and cocaine. His teammate, James Stewart, a running back who will also probably be a first-round pick, was reported to have also failed, but only for marijuana.
Last December, the United Kingdom's Tory government passed the Criminal Justice Act, one of the most repressive measures in recent British history. Besides cracking down on squatters, New Age travelers and ravers, the CJA also bans most forms of protest and strips away defendants’ right to silence.
THE PATERSON UPRISING: POLICE SLAYING OF UNARMED BLACK YOUTH SPARKS NEW JERSEY RIOTS
Lawrence Meyers: Another Drug War Casualty
For three days in late February, large-scale social unrest, a widespread police street crackdown and escalating tension between cops and black youths set the scene in the New Jersey city of Paterson following the shooting death of a 16-year-old black youth.
MARIJUANA & THE BRAIN, PART II: THE TOLERANCE FACTOR
YOUR BRAIN IS PROGRAMMED TO PROCESS POT
THC: DOSE AND EFFECT
MARIJUANA TOLERANCE: EQUILIBRIUM, NOT ADDICTION
THE NIMH TOLERANCE STUDY
HOW TO STAY HIGH: LESS IS MORE
TOLERANCE, DEPENDENCE AND DENIAL
THE POLICY IMPLICATIONS
The architects of marijuana prohibition have long maintained that tolerance to cannabis means the same thing as tolerance to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin—that users need more and more to get high, driving them to crime and desperation.
Rikers Officers in Drug Sting Four corrections officers at New York City’s Rikers Island jail were arrested for smuggling cocaine to inmates in exchange for bribes. The New York Times, March 21, 1995 Oregon Cop Goes to Pot Portland police officer Bradley Benge was arrested for dealing marijuana seized in drug busts.
GUATEMALAN DEATH-SQUAD BOSS LINKED TO CIA, DRUG TRADE
Rep. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) revealed at a March press conference that Michael DeVine, an American innkeeper in Guatemala, was tortured to death with the approval of a US Central Intelligence Agency informant in 1990. The informant, Col.
PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG-FREE AMERICA LAUNCHES MEDIA BLITZ ON POT
New Salvo in America's Culture Wars
Having previously compared the brains of drug addicts to fried eggs in their television spots, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America launched a new advertising campaign in January to persuade teenagers that smoking marijuana is not “cool.”
Lighter sentences may soon return to federal marijuana cultivation cases if the United States Sentencing Commission follows the recommendations of activist testimony at a public hearing held on March 7. The commission establishes guidelines that federal district judges use in determining sentences.
FREEDOM FIGHTER OF THE MONTH DAVID CROCKETT: DRUG-REFORM ORGANIZER
Whenever drug-reform organizer David Crockett introduces himself, he can count on a reaction. Doing a take worthy of Jack Benny, he’ll turn back to the audience, “That’s David Alan Crockett.” After spending the 1967 Summer of Love in Los Angeles, where he recalls naked hippies dancing around police officers in Griffith Park, the 17-year-old Maryland native arrived in New York City and spent the next five years immersed in the antiwar movement.
If private encryption schemes interfere with the FBI’s ability to wiretap, they could be outlawed, according to recent comments made by bureau director Louis Freeh. Freeh told the recent Conference on Global Cryptography in Washington, D.C. that if the official government-standard Clipper Chip encryption system being pushed by the Clinton Administration (“The Clipper Caper,” Oct. ’94 HT) fails to gain widespread acceptance, he would have no choice but to press Congress to pass legislation providing law enforcement with access to all encrypted communications.
CALGARY POLICE CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE
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I appear in every way an average soul: a woman in her early forties, slightly out of shape, wearing sweats to the grocery store, having more bad hair days than would seem fair. I drive a practical Honda and am in the middle of my seventh year of teaching in a public high school.
One might think that knowledge of the medical use of cannabis would be more widespread in Europe than in the United States, with Europe and especially Holland leading the world in moving away from marijuana prohibition. Surprisingly, this is not the case.
TWENTY YEARS BEFORE THE HIPPIES AND THIRTY YEARS BEFORE THE PUNKS, BIKERS WERE FLYING THEIR FREAK FLAGS AND LIVING OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM. EVERY AUGUST FOR THE PAST 55 YEARS, THEY HAVE BEEN COMING TO STURGIS, SOUTH DAKOTA. CAN TWO BURNOUTS IN A JAPANESE CAR SURVIVE A WEEK WITH 200,000 BIKERS? "So what is this 'Sturgis?' A fish, no?" Vlad asks me as he tears through his English/Czech dictionary for a definition.
Detroit, summer of 1967. While flower children on the West Coast smoked pot, played guitars and preached peace, the Motor City was engulfed in fire, looting and riots in the streets. By day, National Guardsmen nervously patrolled the city in armored cars.
IT seems like only last night I was at L'Amour, the rock mecca of Brooklyn, to see the premiere of a new band named Repulsion. Fronted by Peter Steele, the six-foot-six demonic genius behind underground legend Carnivore—a band I didn’t think could be topped—Repulsion barraged us with green lights, eerie keyboards, distorted chords and brutal 14-minute songs about sex and violence.
THREE YEARS AGO, GUITARIST JOHN FRUSCIANTE LEFT THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS FOR GREENER PASTURES. IF YOU SEE HIM GETTING HIGH IN 1995, DON'T KNOCK HIM DOWN.
John Frusciante’s abrupt departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1992 was as improbable as his induction four years earlier. When he joined, following the death of original guitarist Hillel Slovak, Frusciante had never even been in a band; his only credential was his status as the world’s biggest Chili Peppers fan, the 18-year-old kid who spent his nights going to all of their shows and his days alone in his bedroom honing his embryonic chops on their repertoire.
Last March, I traveled to Frankfurt with HT Amsterdam correspondent Zero Boy and photographer Gabe Kirchheimer to attend the Bioresource Hemp expo, part of the BioFach ’95 ecological product fair. The special vitality of the Green Machine booth, among the many impressive hemp companies represented, was unmistakable.
When Dances With Wolves was filmed here, America sat up and took notice of the ruggedly stark South Dakota countryside, better known as “biker’s heaven”—light traffic, wide-open roads, breathtaking scenery and no helmets required. Listen to those who’ve ridden through the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and you’ll hear purely spiritual descriptions of the trip.
Here’s another one you’ve never heard of: Now pay attention, ’cause he’s a good one; and if you’re on the ball, you can still catch him. Robert Ward was born in Luthersville, Georgia in 1938. His early life was quite similar to that of many rhythm-and-blues musicians of his generation.
The smoke fills the night air as we sit around the campfire pondering the cadre's next move. It's 1999, the onset of a new millennium for humankind. By this time in history, I’d hoped that pot would be legalized and the freedoms we’d fought so hard for in the ’60s would be realized.
Here’s some advice for everyone who wants to set up a cheap indoor grow room. I started by getting 14 seeds from a chronic dealer who lives in my neighborhood. I took the seeds to my buddy’s house and started them in his 4’ x 3’ closet under his 400-watt metal-halide lamp.
It seems that many indoor growers find cloning mysterious or too difficult. This is just not the case. Those who cultivate with seeds, possibly bound by tradition, are grossly cheating themselves. Once the knack of asexual propagation has been mastered, a 100% clone-survival rate is not hard to attain.
These beauties were grown in a 2' x 4’ closet with a 430-watt agro light. I used a rockwool drip system, hydro fertilizers and bat guano. The plants are from Amsterdam seed stock. They take about 75 days to mature at 12 hours of light, and are 2 1/2’ tall at harvest.
A beautiful shrub that can grow to tree height, elder has tender, feathery, creamy white blossoms that appear in June and July. It has long been revered in Europe (farmers always asked the plant’s permission before cutting it down to plow a field) and was thought to be a cure-all.
This is Trans-High Market Quotations, the voice of herbally aware America since 1974. Representative cannabis and psychedelic 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.
During the hotter summer months, plants grown in both soil or in hydroponic systems use more water than they do in cooler seasons. This is due to increased evaporation, root absorption and leaf transpiration. Although the plants’ moisture needs increase with higher temperatures, their nutrient requirements do not.