A couple of weeks ago I attended a party and asked the hostess if she'd mind if I lit up a joint. She replied. "Not at all," and in no time at all, seven or eight people had gravitated toward the aroma and formed a friendly circle. The legalization issue somehow arose in conversation, so I dutifully took the floor and laid out the medicinal value of herb and the many industrial uses of hemp.
I subscribe to HT. Love it! I don't have the most recent issue with the article on the biker run ("Sturgis: Home of the Brave," Jul. '95 HT) because I loaned it to some friends/neighbors who do Sturgis every year. They hadn't touched a HT in years.
REEFER MADNESS REVISITED? KENTUCKY TASK FORCE DUMPS HEMP
The hemp movement suffered a major blow in June when Kentucky's Hemp and Related Fiber Crops Task Force—the group mandated by Governor Brereton C. Jones to study the potential for a domestic hemp industry—voted to prematurely disband. In a 10-4 vote, the task force—whose members ranged from farmers and wealthy businessmen to university deans and the state police commissioner—voted to discontinue its search for new markets and breeding techniques to revive industrial hemp, once the state's most valuable crop.
Word up. Adidas's fresh new recyclable hemp sneaker will no longer be called "The Chronic." Seems company execs got cold feet after an article in Details magazine hipped them to the name's street-slang connotations. So they switched to the more trad "Adidas Hemp."
Just when Regan Hagar seemed poised to finally collect a little commercial success to match his credentials as a veritable cornerstone of the Seattle music scene. he found himself a fugitive at the end of March 1993. The cofounder of Malfunkshun and current drummer with Satchel was completing work with Brad—Stone Gossard's side-project band—when he received a frantic call from his housemate.
It's a typical rainy morning in Seattle. Dave Abbruzzese, former Pearl Jam drummer and founder of the nascent Green Romance Orchestra, is literally hanging out in his big willow tree smoking his brains out. Most of the time, Abbruzzese doesn't look back.
edited by Paul Trynka (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, $18.95)—A rich, detailed history mixed with juicy guitar-porn. Foreword by Keith "all you need is five strings, three fingers and one asshole" Richards. OUTPOSTS: A Catalog of Rare and Disturbing Alternative Information by Russ Kick (Carroll & Graf, New York, $18.95)—A Whole Earth Catalog for print-junkies into sex, drugs, politics and bizarrities.
Mississippi blues didn't die when Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King headed north for Chicago. As entangled with local culture as the kudzu vine, it wails above crickets at backwoods picnics, penetrates hot summer nights on creaky front porches and stomps hard luck into good times on the floors of rowdy juke joints like Junior Kimbrough's in Chulahoma, where the corn liquor's clear and the blues runs as deep as Mississippi mud.
1. Brown Sugar D'Angelo (EMI) 2. Sea of Bud MC Breed (Ichiban) 3. I Got 5 on It Luniz (Noo Trybe) 4. Cop One, Smoke One Prince Rahiem (4th & Bway) 5. Clouds O Smoke Call O' Da Wild (Bad Boys soundtrack, Work) 6. Drug Town Train Robert Jackson (Anti Industry Formula)
Hip-hop continues to stay in the news. After being singled out by Messrs. Dole and Bennett for his "dope" lyrics. Tupac Shakur, the jailed rapper, failed a drug test in upstate New York. A guard smelled weed near Shakur's cell, precipitating the test.
FEDS DECLINE FURTHER PROSECUTION OF DRUG POSSESSION BUT MAYOR PROMISES CONTINUED ARRESTS
A letter from Canada's senior federal drug prosecutor to the police department in Vancouver stating that simple drug possessions will no longer be prosecuted has sparked a firestorm of debate over whether or not drug possession has been de facto decriminalized in the British Columbia city.
On April 15, Cochabamba, Bolivia's top coca-producing region, was placed under a "state of emergency," allowing detention without charges of those suspected of "subversion." Three days later, police seized leaders of the Andean Council of Coca Producers (CAPC) in Copacabana, and activists in La Paz were rounded up with electric sticks and tear gas.
La Semana de Golpes—"The Week of Coups"—it was called in the Latin American press. Inside of 10 days in early June, the flourishing South American narcotics industry sustained the following calamities: The capture of mega-mafioso Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela in Cali, Colombia.
On May 30, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani sent in 250 riot cops and a vintage Korean War tank to evict squatters from tenements they had occupied for 10 years. The eviction was a major blow to Manhattan's Lower East Side squatter community—one of the city's last vestiges of counterculture.
PARAPLEGIC ROTS IN JAIL AS SMALL TOWN DA THWARTS MEDICAL PAROLE
JIMMY MONTGOMERY USED MARIJUANA AS THE BEST MEDICINE HE COULD FIND FOR THE MUSCLE SPASMS AND STAPH INFECTIONS HE HAS SUFFERED SINCE HE BROKE HIS BACK IN AN ACCIDENT ON THE JOB OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO. SNARED IN A POLICE SET-UP, HE IS NOW SERVING A TEN YEAR SENTENCE—AND HIS HEALTH IS RAPIDLY DETERIORATING AS HE LANGUISHES BEHIND BARS.
As incredible a case as Jimmy Montgomery's seems, he is not alone as a paraplegic who's being persecuted For his medical marijuana use. Scott Hager's case is another demonstration of the senseless pain, hypocrisy, confusion and sheer absurdity surrounding the current prohibition of medical marijuana.
FAMILY DOG SHOT IN BOGUS RAID Princess, the pet dog of the Rodriguez family of Rochester, NY, was shot dead by police on a drug raid who entered the apartment mistakenly. Their warrant was for another apartment in the building.
Contrary to progressive opinion, drug possession and usage are not "victimless crimes." Those arrested, jailed, fined and even killed for committing "drug offenses" are being victimized in a manner ominously reminiscent of horrors thought buried 50 years past.
SUPREME COURT OKs DRUG TESTING OF PUBLIC SCHOOL ATHLETES
On June 25, the Supreme Court held that random urinalysis drug testing of athletes in public schools is constitutional under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. The Court specifically noted that this opinion does not allow random drug testing of public-school students, and only applies to drug testing as a condition of involvement in extracurricular school athletic programs.
ATLANTA ANTIDRUG CONFERENCE DENOUNCES HARM REDUCTION
On May 14-16. the city of Atlanta hosted the first annual American Cities Against Drugs (ACAD) conference. Directors of federal agencies, "parents' groups." private industry representatives and city mayors met to reaffirm an antimarijuana "drug prevention" strategy.
June 10 was a beautiful day for a hemp rally in the town of Columbus, NC, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Polk County. Jean and Steve Marlowe of the Marijuana Relegalization Movement (MRM) had done a great job of publicizing the very first rally in the region.
Cops should know better than to bust a Midwestern small-town housewife for having marijuana paraphernalia in her own home. In this case, the young woman fought for her freedom and won. Shannon Bodenmiller, 20, of Chippewa Lake, OH, was charged May 4 with having a pair of surgical hemostats after two Medina County deputies barged into her home looking for a runaway youth.
I find much cause for alarm in William F. Buckley's frequent suggestion that the economic costs of enforcing our drug laws are so high as to warrant legalization of drugs. By his calculation, the tab runs about $20,000,000,000.00—plus or minus a couple of zeros.
Karma is everywhere. It survives in the minds of thousands as they dig deep into their pockets to drop spare change into the hat of a street musician or when a person, though tired and depressed, stretches her heart out to a person in trouble, in dire need of help.
No reader of HIGH TIMES needs to be told about the connection between music, musicians and marijuana, but it has been very hard to find connections between the music business and the marijuana-law-reform movement. No more. Capricorn Records has broken down the closet door by assembling an extraordinary group of today's hottest bands for the first-ever benefit CD for NORML.
In October 1994, Fusion Lighting, Inc. of Rockville, MD announced the development of a revolutionary, highly efficient light source. After three years of work, scientists and engineers discovered that sulfur, excited by microwave energy, could be used to produce a very bright, high-quality light.
The small-scale solar devices devised by the authors of Solar Gardening are designed to harness the sun's energy and create ideal microenvironments for growing plants. Solar gardening allows you to increase the effects of the sun during the coldest months of the year through the use of "minigreenhouses" without using fossil fuels and without massive investments in equipment.
Electrical Techniques For The Indoor Sinsemilla Farmer
If safety and efficiency are your goals, you're bound to come across the term "hard-wired." This refers to proper-gauge (12 or lower) wire connected directly from the circuit panel to the outlets powering all grow-room electrical equipment.
The difference between a cop and a lawyer is simple: there's always a lawyer around when you need one, and even when you don't, which is most of the time. When in the course of human misfortune it becomes necessary to actually hire one of these vile creatures, though, you'll want to make sure your lawyer knows everything about marijuana and the very special area of jurisprudence that pertains to it in American courts.
He's many things to many people: cofounder of Pearl Jam and a raging rhythm guitarist; head of his own custom record label and discoverer of cool bands like Weapon of Choice; supporter of marijuana legalization and defender of peoples' right to get high.
At 38, Ethan A. Nadelmann is perhaps America's foremost advocate of drug-policy reform, and has been assigned a mission to take on the US Drug War establishment. Nadelmann's academic career spanned from the London School of Economics to Harvard—where his law thesis was published as a book, Cops Across Borders: The Internationalization of US Criminal Law Enforcement (Penn State, State College, PA; 1993)—and included field work in Europe and Latin America schmoozing with DEA agents.
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The story of American secular music is, as often as not, the story of the record labels that recorded it as much as of the artists whose names grace the labels. Important early independent labels such as Sun, Specialty and Chess have seen extensive reissue programs in recent years, while others such as Ace and Fortune lie dormant in the CD era.
The long, dusty road stretches out flat across the years of struggle that have confronted us in this lifetime. The birth of our Revolutionary Culture of the '60s has given us freedoms that our grandparents never knew were possible. People can be critical of this country and run it down to the ground, but I think they fail to see the great positive experiment of ongoing socio-political revolution that is bubbling in the cultural underground.
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When marijuana gardeners restart a garden, they usually think in terms of seeds or clones. Obviously, without seed there is little evolution or selection, but gardeners often feel that they cannot afford to devote the space to plants which may have quite different habits in growth, flowering time or yield.
This awesome skunk bud was grown under a 400-watt HPS lamp with supplemental incandescent bulbs to increase the red spectrum. It was two-toke weed. You could smell it for miles. Jer-Bob, Waterbury, Connecticut I went to Holland to get my seeds at the Sensi Grow Shop.
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HEMP TIMES COWABUNGA! HEMP SURFBOARDS HIT THE DECK
Ed Rosenthal had no idea what he was getting into when friendly Australian growers invited him to personally inspect their gardens. Ed was blown away by the beauty of the buds and the rigors of his hike into the wilderness. He also attended Mardi Grass, the annual harvest festival celebrated each year in the remote hippie outpost of Nimbin.
Real Goods is a catalog company with a mission. And, like any other company, that mission is largely defined by its merchandise. Company president John Schaeffer says that Real Goods struggles to define what a "real good" actually is. Does it provide energy without the use of fossil fuel?