HIGH TIMES HAS A DRAMATIC NEW LOOK THIS MONTH, thanks to our new art director, Frank Max. Originally hired in 1989 as a paste-up and design assistant, Frank's artistic talents have blossomed in the hallowed halls of HIGH TIMES. Aside from being a highly talented art director, Frank has played guitar, painted and drawn cartoons since his early teens.
In the July '95 issue, columnist Ed Rosenthal characterized NORML as "so top-heavy and mismanaged that it is unable to participate in the national debate on marijuana in any significant way. It has not had a presence on Capitol Hill since the late 197Os...After nearly a year (operating with a new board of directors).
INDUSTRIAL HEMP CULTIVATION IS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON. FROM CHINA TO CANADA TO CHILE, TALL, GREEN HEMP PLANTS ARE BEING CONVERTED INTO DOZENS OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRODUCTS. HERE'S A LOOK AT 16 COUNTRIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE HEMP INDUSTRIES. While hemp is currently banned, government officials have permitted one farmer to grow the crop on a small-scale research plot.
FIRST HIP-HOP MINED THE ’70S FUNK MOTHERLODE. NOW’S THE TIME FOR THE ’70S JAZZ REVIVAL.
Jazz has been associated with drugs in one form or another since the '20s and '30s, when "reefer," "muggles" and "gage" were but three of the many nicknames given to jazz musicians' preferred smoke. By the '40s and '50s, heroin became their drug of choice.
THE TWISTED LIFE OF UNDERGROUND-COMICS KING ROBERT CRUMB COMES TO THE BIG SCREEN
Few cartoonists can warm your heart and blow your mind at the same time. The virtual godfather of underground comics, Robert Crumb deftly merges traditional elements of a wholesome comic-book esthetic with improvised plunges into his uniquely dark psyche.
MORRIS POTASHNER FOR POT! GLAUCOMA SUFFERER DISCOVERS CURE. IT'S A MIRACLE!
Oy vey, what a trip! And for a Jewish grandpa, no less. But what else Morris Potashner, the 75-year-old protagonist of the film Pressure Drop, do? When diagnosed with glaucoma, he's offered two treatment choices: an operation or—you guessed it—marijuana. “You mean—dope?! "Morris' wife, Ida, nearly shrieks at the doctor prescribing this treatment in the film's opening scene.
BORN FI' DEAD: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE JAMAICAN POSSE UNDERWORLD
From Kingston shantytowns to Brooklyn crackhouses, Laurie Gunst runs with Jamaica's surliest gangstas, artists, journalists, politicos, cops and baseheads. Reared on spaghetti Westerns and perpetual violence, Jamaica's yout' see little future beyond allegiance to political gangs loyal to former prime ministers Michael Manley and Edward Seaga.
Did you know that Robert Johnson faked his death and has been running from the devil ever since? Until he ended up at the Spokane Indian Reservation, that is, where his accursed guitar fell into the hands of one twisted drunk of a Native American and very nearly created the next great revolution in rock'n'roll history.
REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AND WRONGS: THE GLOBAL POLITICS OF POPULATION CONTROL
An expanded update of Hartmann's 1987 book of the same name, Reproductive Rights and Wrongs exhaustively dissects the cult of “family planning." In four parts, she details the evolution of population-control policies from eugenic propaganda to a familiar and largely unexamined Zeitgeist shared by conservatives and liberals alike.
FRANK ZAPPA: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play
by Joe Cummings (Lonely Planet, Berkeley, CA, $18.95)—The latest in the Travel Survival Kit series, which our Peter Gorman calls “the Bible" for low-budget travelers. It’s an exhaustive ( almost street-by-street in Bangkok ) guide. Caution: An indiscretion with the chocolate Thai can get you five years.
Do you have something on your mind that will never get published in the corporate media—and is too long, too personal or too local for counterculture publications like HIGH TIMES? Well, if you have a couple hundred bucks for xerography (or a friend who works in a copy shop when the boss isn’t around), you can PUBLISH IT YOURSELF.
Ziggy Marley has always been a unique presence. From the beginning, his recordings have been filled with youthful enthusiasm coupled with a profound global consciousness and fine musicianship. The public curiosity and expectation surrounding the offspring of famous musicians has occasionally been rewarded with a new generation of fantastic sounds.
Busted in a Pasadena parking lot for possessing dope and crack, Stoned Temple Pilot Scott Weiland got hauled away on May 15. He was released on $10,000 bail. Two days later, he copped a plea on L.A.'s KROQ with the help of pal Courtney Love, who read his letter: "I have a disease.
ONE ARIZONA COUNTY PIONEERS THE NEW AMERICAN POLICE STATE
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of central Arizona's Maricopa County loves to be the toughest guy in town. When reporters ask for his résumé, he hands them a catalog-sized list of his achievements during his 30-year career as a DEA agent. After he retired from the agency in 1992, having reached the rank of chief supervisor for Arizona, Joe Arpaio was not about to sit back and watch his state go to hell.
Seattle's Green Cross Cannabis Club, which distributes marijuana to nearly 80 medical users, was busted on May 3. Agents from the federally-funded Westnet drug task force entered the home of the club's founder, Joanna McKee, and discovered 162 marijuana plants, as well as curing plants and packages of cannabis.
April 14 was a pagan “Good Friday” for the San Francisco Cannabis Buyer’s Club, which reopened its doors after a week’s closure. A lively group of 100, many with AIDS or cancer, celebrated founder Dennis Peron’s assurances that they’d continue to have access to medicinal marijuana without fear of arrest.
Using a medical necessity defense, on March 9, five members of the Alameda County Needle Exchange (ACE) were acquitted of drug paraphernalia charges after a nine-day trial in California's Alameda County court. The five—ACE founder Scott Halemand fellow activists Amy Shutkin, Camellia Anacabe, Ricky Bluthenthal and Tom Reddy—had faced a total of 14 charges, each one carrying a sentence of up to six months and a $1,000 fine.
ON MAY 18, CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL 1529, THE MEDICAL NECESSITY DEFENSE ACT, WHICH WOULD EXEMPT AIDS, CANCER, MS AND GLAUCOMA PATIENTS FROM STATE MARIJUANA CULTIVATION AND POSSESSION LAWS, WAS PASSED BY A MARGIN OF 41-30. THE BILL, SPONSORED BY JOHN MASCONSELOS ( D-SAN JOSE ),IS EXPECTED TO PASS THE STATE SENATE IN EARLY JUNE.
GATEWOOD GALBRAITH MAKES STRONG SHOWING IN KENTUCKY PRIMARY
Kentucky’s perennial hemp crusader Gatewood Galbraith, running on a platform of relegalization as the key to renewing the state’s agricultural economy, finished fourth in the gubernatorial Democratic primary in May. Galbraith and running mate Jerry Hammond garnered a strong 9% of the vote, with only a $20,000 campaign war chest.
"Tierra sin ley. " Outlaw land. That's how a Miskito Indian diver standing on the dock at Puerto Cabezas describes the remote coastline of savanna, pine scrub and mangrove swamp stretching from the port. The big catch of three-foot green sea turtles being unloaded speaks to the biotic wealth of this lawless zone.
HIGH-TECH SURVEILLANCE IN YOUR BEDROOM? Barringer Technologies, top vendor of drug-snooping equipment to the FBI and Customs Service, is telemarketing a $20 "DrugAlert" kit containing a moist pad that parents can sweep over their kids' desk, car, bed or other possessions.
On April 19. the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) flatly rejected the request of Dr. Donald Abrams for a supply of cannabis to be used in a pilot study of marijuana and AIDS. The study, which was to be conducted by the Community Consortium at San Francisco's General Hospital, intended to monitor pulmonary and immune function among HIV-infected patients who smoked marijuana.
The international drug trade received a timely boost in the spring of 1995, when the official economy of Mexico collapsed just as newly elected President Ernesto Zedillo unleashed a spanking-clean new federal prosecutor to go after the government corruption by which the trade flourishes.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA SENSITIVITY TRAINING FOR BERKELEY POLICE
NATIONAL COORDINATOR, CANNABIS ACTION NETWORK
In an unprecedented move to protect the rights of medical marijuana patients. the city of Berkeley has instituted a unique program to educate police officers on the uses of cannabis as medicine. According to Police Chief Dash Butler. all members of the Berkeley Patrol Division have been shown a ten-minute video by Michael Mechanic and Laura Fogel.
Pollster David Binder recently released a poll indicating that most Californians don’t agree with the statement: “People who are found to be in possession of marijuana should lose their driver's license, even if not driving an automobile at the time.”
When James "Tree" Lee was busted on April 28, 1994 by seven police officers backed up with a helicopter for smoking a spliff while running a hemp-education table outside a Tucson bar featuring a Black Uhuru concert, authorities got more than they bargained for.
A crowd estimated by many to be in excess of 10.000 and by the police as 4.000 gathered May 6 for the annual Great American Smoke-in in New York s Washington Square Park, for music, speakers and large quantities of ganja purveyed by scores of open-air vendors.
Now that the Clinton Administration has unequivocally turned its back on the medical marijuana community, with its reversion to Bushera Drug War policies, some outspoken activists are calling for a new strategy in the struggle for legalization.
NORML will observe its 25th birthday this fall, but those:of us who have been involved with this issue over the years can easily forget that both it and NORML may be new to many of you. The happy fact is that the readership of HIGH TIMES is soaring, along with general interest in cannabis prohibition and the uses of hemp.
You will probably find this hard to believe, but there has not been a full-time marijuana lobbying presence in Washington in more than a decade...until now. On January 25, Chuck Thomas and I incorporated the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) as a nonprofit organization in the District of Columbia.
Library mouse that I am, I recently gathered enough tidbits of information for a new recipe. It will feed 1,000, takes two years to prepare, calls for some fairly unusual ingredients and presents a lot of problems. Still, people like it. I call it: American cow.
ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN AMERICA, SAVANNAH REMAINED RELATIVELY OBSCURE UNTIL THE PUBLICATION OF A BEST-SELLING BOOK PUT THIS SLEEPY SOUTHERN TOWN IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT. WILL SAVANNAH AND HER ECCENTRIC POPULATION SURVIVE THE ARRIVAL OF HOLLYWOOD AND THE ONSLAUGHT OF TOURISM? I can’t believe that’s a man," marveled the middle-aged man seated next to me, pointing to the lanky drag queen who was shimmying before us in pasties and a sequined G-string.
Here in the poorest region of Georgia, growing conditions are rich. So is the quality of herb that's been carefully cultivated here since the '70s, when cash-strapped farmers teamed up with moonshiners, large-scale pot dealers and local entrepreneurs to jump-start a moribund economy.
So you’re out of school, quit your job, got to split, came into some bread, want to see the world or just plain got a couple of weeks or months to yourself and feel like going someplace special. Could go to Amsterdam, but you’re waiting for the Cannabis Cup to do that.
PHNOM PENH—The little ladies selling pot seemed like a good cause, so I just said "Yes" even when I didn't need any. The problem was that in each new market I searched out the marijuana vendors and then couldn't resist buying openly and freely.
High in the Himalayas, the tallest mountain range in the world, the ancient kingdom of Nepal—and its capital city of Kathmandu—has been a traveler's must-stop since it blossomed in the flower-power era of the mid-'60s. Fabled Nepalese hash, once legal and sold openly in markets and served in all the hip restaurants, was banned in 1972, but continues to be readily avilable and one of the things that draws tourists to this mystical land.
A few of the best travel services we’ve found for people who like organized tours but want exotic, environmentally aware adventures include: BOLDER ADVENTURES—PO Box 1279, Boulder, CO 80306. Phone: (800) 642-2742. Specializing in tours that Focus on the wildlife, natural history and cultures of Southeast Asia.
Grass is by far the most accessible illegal drug in Israel, and getting it isn't a problem—the backpackers' network is usually reliable for updated information. But be warned that there's no shortage of disreputable dealers out to make a quick buck.
Ganja, hashish and bhang are available throughout India—but the plant actually grows in the streets in Hardiwar, one of the country's least-known and most beautiful cities. The ancient city is a center for Hindu pilgrims, located 150 miles north of Delhi in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Those of you planning a trip to Jamaica should keep the following in mind. Consider it a list of do’s and don’ts that will, as the natives say, keep you “lrie Mon” for the duration of your stay. In Jamaica marijuana is illegal, and possessing or selling it can land you in some serious trouble.
Veteran Black Panther and 19 year political prisoner Dhoruba Bin Wahad (formerly Richard Moore) won his freedom in 1990 after a New York State judge found that the FBI had suppressed evidence that could have helped clear him on 1971 charges of the attempted murder of two New York City police officers.
Morocco has been an international counterculture hangout for generations. Tangier is famous as William Burroughs's 1950s haunt and the inspiration for the "Interzone" of his Naked Lunch, written when he was strung out in the ancient city.
Long a destination that brings out the wanderlust in travelers and home of the glorious Thai-sticks we all love, Thailand remains one of the world's great exotic vacation spots. And not just for the bars in Bangkok. Extraordinary Buddhist temples, wats, dot the landscape; ruins of ancient cities and vestiges of equally ancient cultures are scattered throughout the country, especially along the country's borders with Burma, Cambodia and Laos.
It wasn't easy to get the recipe for Happy Soup because there really isn't one. Even after going through it several times with the cook. I saw the pile of ingredients and it contained additional items (marked below). Quantities are a matter of taste and judgment—there were no measuring devices in the cooking area.
One of the most fascinating books I've read recently is the newly published Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Record Industry (St. Martin's Press, New York, $29.95). In this rather lengthy tome, author Clinton Heylin (whose previous books—Dylan: Behind the Shades and From the Velvets to the Voidoids—I found virtually unreadable) does a more than credible job tracing the history of bootleg records, the laws that cover them and the enterprising folks that produce them.
HEAR YE! HEAR YE! HEAR YE! In order to form a more perfect cultivation forum, we proudly present GROW AMERICAN. We believe it is our God-given right to grow our own. We believe it is our sacred right to get blunted, zooted, stoned, lifted or baked ad infinitum.
By late July. most outdoor growers have completed planting. In the warmest part of the country, plants may have already been in the ground for three months. In northerly areas plants may have been in terra firma for a month. During this time, the plants are vulnerable to hungry animals, rip-offs and police.
If you're looking for an outrageous look that will make heads turn, try Punky Colour. which allows you to color your hair in 24 dazzling colors—from plum to lagoon blue. Punky Colour is semipermanent color that adds great shine and manageability to your mane and will work great on chemically treated or bleached hair.
These were grown under wide-spectrum fluorescent light. I achieved decent results, but realize I could have done better with a HPS or MH lamp. I intend to do that next time. Highsome Michigan These five-foot organic buds were grown in a closet under a 400-watt MH lamp.
This is Trans-High Market Quotations, the bulletin 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.
What if you could light your grow room with a single low-wattage grow light that duplicates the properties of the sun? What would you think if someone fold you that you can grow outdoors year-round regardless of the weather? Growers are about to find out that the future is now.