This past March, with the launching of a new series of Partnership for a Drug Free America antimarijuana television spots, the New Reefer Madness officially kicked into gear. At a press conference to introduce the ads, Drug Czar Lee Brown spoke ominously of the dangerous trend of increased teen experimentation with the substance, while urging harsher penalties for adult users.
I was really stoked to see that you had so many articles involving our "visitors." particularly the one concerning Area 51 ("Behind the Black Curtain." Aug. '95 HT). However, as I read the articles, I was positively disappointed to discover there wasn't much discussion regarding the "visitors."
HEMP SURFBOARDS RIDE THE WAVE OF ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY
Most surfers feel at one with nature, poised in a symbiotic dance with the power of the ocean. Unfortunately, the boards they ride are anything but eco-friendly. In contrast to the wooden boards of yesteryear, today’s ultralight “foam crackers” are a complex blend of fiberglass and petrochemical-based foams, resins and epoxies that are highly toxic to make and don’t biodegrade.
On June 17, over 1,000 people spelled out HEMP in Narrows Park, Minnesota as part of the fourth annual Festival for Project E.A.R.T.H. The three day combination Weedstock and eco fair aims at bridging the gap between environmental and hemp activism.
On a bright New York afternoon, Nick Hexum and P-Nut of 311 sit backstage a few hours before showtime and flash their stash. “You gotta smell this,” says Hexum, producing a reeking, purplish bud. “It’s got a real flowery aroma.” P-Nut holds out a cake of black hash.
BLUES ROCKER IAN MOORE HAS A NEW ALBUM. BUT HE REALLY WANTS YOU TO KNOW ABOUT HIS FRIEND JOE KELLY. WHO’S SERVING A 25 YEAR SENTENCE FOR POT. Ian Moore is not just your average Fender-bender. Good enough to justify the "next Stevie Ray Vaughan" hype he initially got saddled with.
Watch out, Hempomaniacs, here comes Hemp Tee V. The nation’s first hemp based television show is now airing Fridays at 8:30 PM on San Francisco's public-access station, Channel 53. Created by the frUITbat Production Company, the half-hour-long program is a conglomeration of news and hemprovised sketch humor—sort of an SCTV for the cannabis culture—which, in the words of producer David Stein.
No other band in history has gone as far as the Who when it comes to securing their devoted followers' hard-earned cash. Reunion tours, reissues and greatest-hits packages ad nauseum have provided the Who consumer with something to buy every couple of months since the early '80s.
Despite charges by marijuana groups of insensitivity to the hemp cause. Lollapalooza 95 rebounded after two lackluster seasons with a brilliant show studded with stars from the rock and hip hop worlds. The first month of the tour saw Hole’s Courtney Love predictably earn headlines as she slugged Bikini Kill's Kat Hanna, feuded with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore over the incident and called Cypress Hill and their fans "pothead pussies."
On July 19 and 20, the National Institute on Drug Abuse held a national conference on marijuana, the purpose of which was to spread the word about "new evidence” that marijuana really is, for real this time, a dangerous drug. The conference’s rhetoric was supplied by Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and federal Drug Czar Lee Brown, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
“It was citizen action that freed me, not the justice system." Keith McHenry wanted to make that clear to the 150 supporters—and two dozen police— who flooded the steps of San Francisco's Hall of Justice on February 14. McHenry, 37, the embattled cofounder of Food Not Bombs, had been locked up in the Hall's county jail before, and was slated to begin his trial there on Valentine's Day.
Since the cataclysmic April 19 blast at the Oklahoma City federal building, which left over 150 dead, the media have finally started to focus on the rapidly-growing militia movement. Now organizing in some 20 states around the country, this homespun paramilitary movement apparently stands for local rule and thinks the federal government is the pawn of a United Nations conspiracy to take over America.
Since the Oklahoma City bombing, the Michigan Militia has nervously occupied the media spotlight. Though the group quickly denied any link to the bombing suspects. Norm Olson, a primary founder of the organization, became a star in the media feeding frenzy.
MUNICIPAL SEWAGE MAKES GREAT FERTILIZER Two employees of the sewage treatment plant in Florence. OR were arrested for growing marijuana on city land. The Siuslaw News, June 7, 1995 ANTIDRUG ZEALOT IN COKE BUST Michael Simpson of Safe Streets Now!, who had recently appeared before the Oakland City Council to appeal for more city funds for the antidrug group, was busted by federal authorities for being part of a Bay Areawide cocaine smuggling ring.
On July 12, the Food & Drug Administration concluded that nicotine is a drug. Due to political sensitivity, it proposed cautious first steps for regulating tobacco products and pitched the issue to President Clinton for review. The new measures focus on advertising and limiting sales to youth.
FIRST FEDERAL "DRUG LORD” DEATH-PENALTY CASE DEALT SETBACK
Alabama marijuana grower David Ronald Chandler was granted a stay of execution on March 21, just nine days before he was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. His execution would have been the first by the federal government since 1963 and the first ever under the 1988 "drug lord” statute, which mandates the death penalty for murders connected to major narcotics operations.
"We want to do for drug use what Roe v. Wade did for abortion." says a supporter of the Drug War Casualties Class Action Plaintiffs' Association of Mendocino. California. "Instead of drug prohibition, we want drug regulation." The revolutionary class action suit, involving 107 plaintiffs nationwide, is the first ever to challenge drug prohibition across the board in the courts.
July 4, 1995 marked the 25th consecutive year that Washington has had a marijuana rally on Independence Day. Since 1984, these events have been largely the result of efforts by John Pylka, president of the Fourth of July Hemp Coalition. This year, Pylka received permits for two locations: Lafayette Park, across from the White House, where a top-notch list of speakers would address the crowd; and a baseball field near the Lincoln Memorial, where an all-day music festival would take place.
FREEDOM FIGHTER OF THE MONTH HAROLD SCHAEFFER FIGHTING FOR EMPOWERED JURIES
Harold Schaeffer, a 37-year old carpenter and builder from New Hampshire, likes to quote Henry David Thoreau. saying “that government is best which governs least." Particularly now that he is challenging the law that landed him in jail for growing pot.
The news of Jerry Garcia's death hit me hard, but it wasn't a big surprise after last summer's Dead tour. Many of us could see Jerry was in obvious pain. The nadir of tour arrived on one last Saturday night in Chicago (July 8). when listening to a mumbling, tragic Jerry became nearly unbearable until suddenly the last reserves of vintage Garcia poured out in a beautiful version of Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" that made people cry.
People sometimes ask me why I am in the "prisoner business." Once the wheels of justice have turned, the saying goes, nothing turns them back. Sure, it is unjust that people who have done no moral wrong—trading marijuana or psychedelic agents to those who want and have a use for them is hardly a moral wrong— are in prisons, but they have committed an infraction of the laws.
Although it's a date that is often conveniently overlooked by both prohibitionists and scientists alike, the summer of 1975 signified a major victory in America's fight to relegalize marijuana. It was the season that marked the release of Vera Rubin and Lambros Comitas's important book, Ganja in Jamaica.
In a historic victory for the right to broadcast from an unlicensed radio station, a California federal judge has refused a Federal Communications Commission request to shut down Free Radio Berkeley. In announcing her January 20 decision, Judge Claudia Wilken agreed with Free Radio Berkeley founder Stephen Dunifer that his broadcasts are protected by the Constitution.
This darkness got to give," the Grateful Dead wrote 25 years ago, and again this past July in a scolding communiqué after rampaging Deadheads crashed their party at Deer Creek Music Center in Indiana. "One way or another, this darkness got to give.”
IN JUST TWO CENTURIES, AUSTRALIA HAS TRANSFORMED ITSELF FROM AN OUTPOST OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND BRUTAL PENAL COLONY TO A BOOMING INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC COMPETITOR. ENDOWED WITH DRAMATIC BEAUTY AND SCENIC WONDERS, IT'S OFTEN CALLED “THE LUCKY COUNTRY." ED ROSENTHAL FOUND OUT JUST HOW LUCKY IT IS WHEN HE TOOK A TOUR OF SOME AWESOME AUSSIE GARDENS. It was spring-harvest time for the Australian grower.
WITH A POPULATION OF ONLY ABOUT 2,000 PEOPLE AND SITUATED AMID A RAINFOREST IN NORTHEASTERN AUSTRALIA, NIMBIN STANDS TALL AS A REMOTE OUTPOST OF HIPPIEDOM AND ALTERNATIVE LIVING. Up until the early '70s, Nimbin had been known as a dairy village, slowly fading away and deserted by its principal industry, a butter factory which had closed in 1950.
WHEN A GIANT PATCH OF CANNABIS SATIVA WAS DISCOVERED GROWING WILD IN HUNTER VALLEY, ABOUT 100 MILES NORTH OF SYDNEY, IT SPARKED THE BIRTH OF POT COUNTERCULTURE IN AUSTRALIA. BUT THE ROOTS OF THE CROP WERE MUCH OLDER, DATING BACK TO THE FOUNDING OF AUSTRALIA AS BRITAIN’S FIRST HEMP COLONY. On rhe morning of November 16, 1964, startled residents of the Australian town of Maitland awoke to the news that the Indian hemp plant which the newspapers called "the dreaded sex drug, marihuana"had been discovered growing wild along the banks of the Hunter River.
Make no mistake about it, New Age thought is here to stay. Traditional religion resonates less. Faith in govern ment has eroded. We witness huge, archetypal dramas like O.J. and the Oklahoma bombing on a daily basis. Confusion and agitation prevail.
Since you didn't ask. I'll tell you anyway. It is my opinion that Mickey "Guitar" Baker was the greatest rock'n'roll guitar player of them all. Born McHouston Baker in Louisville. Kentucky in 1925, the bastard child of mixed Scottish and African heritage was wild right from the start.
What Australians can and cannot read about drugs is governed by a bewildering array of state and federal classification boards, consumer affairs departments and attorney general's departments. Often how these regulations are applied makes no sense at all.
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We felt our creation is worthy of Bong of the Month. We found the glass piece at a second-hand store. It may have been a lamp at one time. The four-person glass hookah hits you hard. We sealed the top where the four tubes come out. We hit this every night in good ol' Chico.
These are some pictures of my first garden ever. The ruderalis x indica was grown from seeds which were picked out of some kind bud. It turned out to be much more potent than the bud it came from, due to its indica daddy. The original bud that the seed came from was large and kind-looking, but didn't contain any trichomes.
This mostly indica hybrid strain we developed goes by the name of "Dragon Way." It grows short and stocky with loads of resin. Flowers matured within 45 days. It carries hidden sativa characteristics, such as a sweet-tasting, cerebral high, and is a surprisingly smooth smoke.
This is my beautiful girlfriend displaying my beautiful budz. They are from an unknown indica strain which produces 5 oz every three weeks, using the “sea of green" method. The soil is equal parts vermiculite, perlite, topsoil and guano. The plants are lit by a 1,000-watt HPS. Two tokes > five hours stoned.
PHOTO 1 (above): This sativa plant was grown inside under a 400 watt HPS. then flowered producing 2 oz. It was severely pruned to a few sticks and thrown outside in a well-manured plot. A house was being constructed 15 feet away next door and I was advised by the builder to remove it, so I did!
Water, nutrients, the right climate and proper lighting are all essential elements of healthy plant growth. Of the four, the hardest variable for the indoor grower to control is almost always climate. Controlling the intake, circulation and exhaust while maintaining proper humidity and temperature during both the light and dark cycle can be difficult, but with a little perseverance and preparation, it is eminently do-able.
I get high just looking at this bud! Got a lot higher smoking it, though. I grew it indoors under HPS lights, passive hydroponic system, CO2 added from dry ice. Good genetics + good lights + good nutrients = great buzz! Smokey’s Bandit Peoria, IL These beauties were grown indoors under metal halide lights.
Road Weasel Report B: Colorado Quest for Herbalization
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THE GRASS CASE: A DEFENSE FOR THE RELIGIOUS USE OF CANNABIS
DR. GABRIEL NAHAS VS. MICHKA
MY MOTHER THE CLONE
HIGH WITNESS NEWS
What is Supersonic Hydroponic? Let's just say that the great state of Texas has one more reason to brag. It doesn't get any better than this, partner. The Mad Hatter shows us why his buds are the pride of the Lone Star State. The US Energy and Agriculture Departments are exploring new technologies like ethanol and biomass as alternatives to fossil fuels.
Someday in a perfect world, people won't be so damned curious about what's in your urine. Until that day comes, Naturally Klean capsules provide a safe and effective quick-flush for your system. Consisting of herbal teas designed to stimulate the body’s natural cleansing process, Naturally Klean quick-flush capsules are caffeinefree and available in three flavors: original, passion fruit and lemon-lime. Three-hour results are guaranteed or your money back.
A Wall Street Journal report says plants watered with seltzer grow 50% faster. Alan Canfield, vice president of A.J. Canfield, a Chicago-based softdrink company, experimented in his greenhouse by nourishing his plants with seltzer and calls the results miraculous. Canfield believes that the carbon dioxide in seltzer promotes growth and no experts have stepped forward to challenge his assertion. Consumers have begun calling to price 55-gallon drums of seltzer. One florist reportedly wanted to order an entire tanker-load.
No, it's not dope and it's not a candy bar either. It's skateboard wax developed by a frustrated skateboarder who couldn't find objects slick enough to ride. He went into his lab, mixed a little of this, a little of that and— Eureka! A superior wax was born, and his rides became faster and slicker than ice. He showed it around to the local skateboard shops and everybody got hooked on Dope. Now Tripin Industries is selling Dope up and down the West Coast and via mail.
It's here! A 100%-legal silk version of the plant you've come to know and love. Support legalization by owning one of these incredibly lifelike plants. Each plant is one and a half to two feet tall and is shipped as shown via UPS, in a brown paper bag to ensure privacy. The disclaimer attached to the plant reads that "it should never be used to deceive or otherwise confuse any representative of the police or other federally sponsored agency." They're already confused enough.
The AquaPlant system has been designed for those who are tired of experimenting with fertilizers, water schedules and all the hassles of dealing with soil to keep your plants alive. Say good-bye to the mess and guesswork of plant care and say hello to a lowmaintenance, soil free, environmentally friendly system. By using a water gauge and crushed rocks, plants can grow in sealed containers, unlike conventional systems requiring drainage. All you do is add water when the gauge tells you to and change the time-released nutrient pack once every six months. AquaPlant comes in a unique selection of containers to complement a wide variety of plants.