Steve Bloom started editing the HighWitness News section for HIGH TIMES in 1989. He covered a lot of important breaking stories back then, including Brett Kimberlin (Dan Quayle's alleged former pot dealer), the rise of hemp activism (particularly the Cannabis Action Network) and the importance of medical marijuana (his article on Grandma Marijuana remains one our best all-time features).
I just returned from a year in Israel, which is why I purchased your September '95 issue and found the article on travel ("Around the World in Eighty Joints") highly fascinating. At first I had a hard time scoring in Israel. Like your article depicted, I first got hooked up through the backpackers' network.
The grass-roots movement to revive industrial hemp coincided with the birth of the information superhighway. So it's only natural that hempsters would be among the first to exploit the retail opportunities and networking capabilities offered by the Internet.
As with any superhighway, there are many on-ramps to the World Wide Web (www). IF you don't have a hot-shot computer, Lynx, a text-based browser, will get you there with low overhead. Virtually all Internet services provide Lynx for free. Just log in and type "LYNX." You won't be able to view fancy graphics, but you can still surf the "links" that allow you to jump from one web page to another.
FIGHTING OFF ANTIDRUG GROUPS IS A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR TRAVELER, WHOSE PARTICIPATION IN HEMPILATION THREATENED THE HORDE TOUR.
When a full moon rose over the fourth annual HORDE tour's stop at Waterloo Village, NJ, on August 11, it was pregnant with multiple meanings, a very Blues Traveler-like conjunction of collective force fields. For openers, the mere presence of 18,000 music fans groovin' on the grassy field to a bill coheadlined by Traveler, the Black Crowes and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers was no small miracle.
I was bestowed the honor of working the HIGH TIMES booth along with the Cannabis Action Network on the HORDE tour. In a puff of smoke I boarded an Amtrak train bound for Saratoga, NY on Aug. 13. After finding the Performing Arts Center, I met up with John Hunt and Ed from CAN. Nosing my way backstage, I heard the Black Crowes' Ed Hawrysch warming up on a grand piano.
(University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, $21.95) "Users are now America's official scapegoats...and the hammer and sickle of Communism have been replaced by the pipe and needle." So argues David Lenson in his engaging, if overly academic, examination of the role of drugs in American society.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY ARRIVALS THE SUMMER OF LOVE: Haight-Ashbury at Its Highest by Gene Anthony (Last Gasp, San Francisco, $19.95)—The womb of hippiedom in 1965-67, before psychedelia hit the mass media. Includes photos of a clean-shaven Jerry Garcia.
In a spectacular example of recursive pothead thinking, we have now established the HIGH TIMES Web Site. You need no longer leave the house to find out just which nutrients that AK-47 strain in the basement needs. Are you afraid of the little man that runs the newsstand?
For this fall's hip-hop roundup, we find a fairly diverse lineup featuring a Wu-Tang Clan-spawned lyrical slugfest, a respected New York rap veteran's ongoing jazz/R&B side project, a retro-nuevo pothead soul man and some West Coast indo-smokin' vibes.
1. I GOT 5 ON IT Luniz (Noo Trybe) 2. HOW HIGH Redman and Method Man (Def Jam) 3. I WANNA BE A HIPPY Technohead (Mokum, Holland) 4. BROWN SUGAR D Angelo (EMI) 5. PASS THE BLUNT HQH Posse (Tech Sounds) 6. HEMP HEAD P.O.L. (Giant) 7. BURN ONE DOWN Ben Harper (Virgin) 8.
From the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert to the MTV Video Music Awards to the CMJ Music Marathon, all crunched into a week's time, this music editor found himself particularly busy in the first days of September. Though I did not attend the HOF concert in Cleveland.
AMERICA'S MOST FAMOUS POLITICAL PRISONER OFF DEATH ROW—FOR NOW
Ten days before he was scheduled to be put to death by a lethal barbiturate-cocktail injection, radical journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal won an indefinite stay of execution from the judge who sentenced him. Judge Albert Sabo granted the reprieve to Abu-Jamal on August 7 so his attorneys would have time to pursue a bid for a new trial.
When Jack Dufficy, warden for Pennsylvania's newly built Pike County prison, began hiring correctional officers and other personnel, he insisted that they all take hair-follicle tests for drug use. Dufficy told the prison's board of directors that it was a foolproof test to detect any of several drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and PCP. "In a urinalysis test, if somebody cleanses their body by abstaining for four or five days, their use of drugs would not be evident.
POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF BIOENERGY CROP PRODUCTION
CONCLUSION: WHY NOT HEMP?
HEMP HAS LONG BEEN PROMOTED BY ITS ADVOCATES AS A PROMISING ALTERNATIVE CROP FOR THE FUTURE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ITSELF INSTITUTIONALIZED ALTERNATIVE-CROP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF NATIONAL AGRICULTURE AND ENERGY POLICY IN 1990.
DIRTY TRICK ON I-35 Austin, TX police nabbed seven people on drug charges after erecting a sign on Interstate 35 warning of a nonexistent drug checkpoint ahead, and then going after motorists who turned off the highway. Del Rio News-Herald, July 8, 1995 LEGAL PLANTS BANNED IN ALABAMA PRISONS Alabama Prison Commissioner Ron Jones, who has revived prisoner chain-gang labor, has also ordered the removal of inmate vegetable gardens and potted plants.
NEW YORK MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUST MAY SPUR LEGAL CHALLENGE
Medical marijuana activist Johann Moore fell afoul of some New York City police officers on August 22 while distributing pot to members of a Manhattan buyers' club on the Lower East Side. The longtime AIDS activist said he was on East 5th Street distributing about an ounce of grass to a group of AIDS patients who receive marijuana at wholesale cost, when a vanload of cops closed in and arrested him.
Asthma sufferers took it on the chin from the Food and Drug Administration this summer with the banning of the two most effective oral anti-asthma medications—theophylline and ephedrine—from over-the-counter sales in the United States.
WASHINGTON UPDATE: GINGRICH TURNS UP DRUG WAR HEAT
Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took office earlier this year on a wave of McCarthyite paranoia, claiming to have "a list" of figures in the Clinton administration who had used marijuana. This summer, he turned up the heat even more.
While Jeff Steinborn has long been known around Seattle as one of the most caring and trusted defenders of people busted for marijuana, his defense strategy in a particular 1990 case sent prosecutors across the country looking for a rock to crawl under.
Antiprohibition activists across Canada are relieved that their elected officials in Ottawa have temporarily halted passage of Bill C-7, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. If passed, Bill C-7 would significantly alter the civil liberties guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
On July 27, paraplegic Jimmy Montgomery, who was serving 10 years of a suspended life sentence for possession with intent to distribute 42.5 grams of marijuana, was released on medical parole from Oklahoma's Lexington Correctional Facility.
I am deeply concerned by what appears to be a political agenda that has reversed 10 years of progress in the medical understanding and treatment of addiction. Over the last decade medical professionals have come to realize that substance-related disorders, whether involving heroin, cocaine or other drugs, were treatable and that treatment benefited both the patients and society as a whole.
I was in DC for the annual Fourth of July smoke-in at the White House, and while I had a great time, I was left with a feeling of unease about the state of the marijuana movement in the United States. The main event—High Noon at Lafayette Park—was bigger than in past years, with fewer cops and more people than I can remember.
There were almost 400,000 marijuana arrests last year, but the effects of marijuana prohibition extend far beyond any quantifiable statistic. America has been socialized by the War on Drugs to demonize a portion of the population solely upon a personal decision to put a particular substance into their bodies.
AN ALL-STAR ALBUM TO BENEFIT NORML? IT'S HIGH TIME!
Hempilation began as a notion spurred on by another album featuring a host of top bands getting behind a cause. The Pretenders, B-52s, k. d. lang and River Phoenix had all joined together to change people's minds about animal cruelty. The album, Tame Yourself, was for PETA—People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" was written and performed by Bob Dylan in 1966 on his seventh Columbia album. Blonde on Blonde. It hit No2 in May '66. The songs infamous chorus goes: "But I would not feel so all alone/Everybody must get stoned." Dylan once said: " 'Rainy Day Women happens to deal with a minority of cripples and Orientals and the whole world in which we live."
It was about 5:30 in the afternoon when the phone rang. "Yo, D-Man. We all ran dry this morning, and haven't been high all day. We'll be in Austin about 7:00 tonight." That was my friend Bobo. I couldn't stand the thought of my boy not being in the right frame of mind for a show.
LAST AUGUST HIGH TIMES PUBLISHED A GUIDE TO THE RELIGIOUS USE OF CANNABIS IN HISTORIC TIMES. NOW WE PRESENT THE FIRST BRIEF SUBMITTED TO THE SUPREME COURT CONCERNING THE RELIGIOUS USE OF CANNABIS. THE COURT REFUSED TO HEAR THE CASE IN 1974, AND GASKIN (AND TWO OTHERS) SERVED OUT SENTENCES FOR CANNABIS CULTIVATION IN THE STATE PENITENTIARY IN NASHVILLE. ALTHOUGH THEY LOST, THE CASE LAID IMPORTANT GROUNDWORK FOR THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT TO CANNABIS USE, AN ISSUE OUR SUPREME COURT WILL BE FORCED TO DEAL WITH SOMEDAY. We live on a 1.7 50-acre farm in Summertown.
In France, where it's called la chanvre, the herb cannabis has been cultivated legally for its industrial uses since well before the Industrial Revolution. Over all that time it's gotten more than one writer in bad trouble with the ecclesiastical and civil authorities, so the forthcoming civil prosecution of Parisian hemp bibliophile Michka (no surname required) by venerable international marijuana inquisitor-general Gabriel Nahas, to open next month at the Palais de Justice there, has plenty of encouraging historical precedent.
Afflicted with a rare form of cancer at age two, Todd McCormick spent most of his early childhood in and out of hospitals and operating rooms. At nine, with his doctor's approval, he began smoking marijuana to relieve the pain and nausea of radiation treatments.
Reefer Songs (Jass, 1989) Smokin' jazz compilation includes "Reefer Man." "Sweet Marijuana Brown" and 21 more originals. Marijuana's Greatest Hits Revisited (Rehash, 1992) Pot tribute CD features covers by Murphy's Law. Mojo Nixon and 14 more.
The Skatalites are to Jamaican music of the mid-'60s what Booker T. & the MGs were to the soul sounds of Stax/Volt in Memphis in the same decade, or what the Dave Bartholomew Orchestra was to New Orleans R&B in the '50s. That is, they were the backing band that appeared on virtually every great record to come out of Kingston from 1962 to 1965 (when they first disbanded).
This is one of my favorite photos from my last crop. It started as a clone from a friend's mother plant which was a Skunk No1 Grown in plain potting soil with vermiculite and perlite under a 400 watt HPS, the smoke was excellent. The buds were quite smelly and sticky with lots of crystals on them, just the way good buds should be!
CLASS IS IN SESSION ONCE AGAIN, BOYS AND GIRLS. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PROFESSOR OF HOROLOGY AS HE DELIVERS A PITHY LITTLE LECTURE ON MOTHER-PLANT PRODUCTION.
Mother plants are those grown under constant light for the purpose of providing a continuous supply of fresh cuttings (clones) for the flowering chamber. Female cannabis plants grown vegetatively for this specific purpose benefit from special care.
This is the first year I used this plot in the middle of regrowth forest. The plants are doing well in the rich forest soil. I cut water use in half by mulching the soil and using polymers. They were grown next to large blackberry bushes so they would not stand out.
In an interview on public radio, Andrew Well, the author of Drugs: From Chocolate to Morphine, explained that because THC is an oil-soluble molecule, marijuana smoke passing through the lungs is deposited immediately onto the fat-receptor cells that line the inside of the lungs.
This is Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier bulletin of herbally aware Americans 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.
It was early August and time for the annual hash harvest in Morocco. Throughout the Rif Mountains thousands of acres of cannabis were being cut and cured. Peter Gorman, with photographer Mr. Stick E. Roken, traveled to this exotic destination on the northwest tip of Africa to catch the traditional festivities.
Larry and Maribel Phillips believe that "hempseed food is the wave of the future" but you can have a taste of it now. Try their Double Fudge Hempseed Brownies or their Hempseed Chocolate Chip Crunch cookie. You'll be in munchie heaven! Their Hempseed Nut Bar is a popular item, too. But what about your dog? You sit there glomming down your treats while sad-eyed Fido sits by with drool hanging out of his mouth. Lucky for you, Larry and Maribel also make Hempy Dog treats. Feed your dog this scrumptious little morsel and he'll be hip, happy, and hempified. To order, write Vermont Hemp/Green Horizons, 107 Buell St., Burlington. VT 05401 or call (802) 862-8038. Each item is $9 per dozen (s&h costs depend on your preference for carrier).
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THE VISION THING
One of our roving photographers recently snapped this visionary window display in New York's East Village. My Optics on St. Mark's Place has chosen to lay out a colorful array of bongs to draw attention to their riotous assortment of eyeglasses. Sounds right to us. A healthy bong hit of dynamic herb will blur anyone's vision.
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THE BOOK OF MORMON
"AND IT CAME TO PASS THAT I BEHELD A TREE WHOSE FRUIT WAS DESIRABLE TO MAKE ONE HAPPY...AND I PARTOOK OF THE FRUIT THEREOF AND IT FILLED MY HEART WITH EXCEEDINGLY GREAT JOY; WHEREFORE I BEGAN TO BE DESIROUS THAT MY FAMILY SHOULD PARTAKE OF IT ALSO FOR I KNEW IT WAS DESIRABLE ABOVE ALL OTHER FRUIT." — 1 NEPHI 8:10 Check out THE LOOP, (97.9 FM) in Chicago. Every other Thursday night between 2 and 3AM the pothead party lines open during the "Pothead Friendly Hour." Celebrity pot enthusiasts show up regularly, and the result has been a fast-paced hour of pot-inspired rants, gonzo humor and the emergence of an authentic forum for marijuana thought and information. THE LOOP (WLUP) developed the program when hosts Wendy Snyder and Bill Leff noted that many late-night callers seemed pleasantly buzzed when phoning their show. Now insomniacs don't have to smoke alone.
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THE HERB GRINDER
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These unique terra-cotta wicks were originally developed as vacation baby-sitters for house plants, but testing in an agricultural-college greenhouse has shown that they substantially improve everyday plant growth, because they give the roots a slow, continuous supply of water. The wicks never over-or under-water plants, because they only absorb as much as they need. Currently available for 2" to 4" containers—an ideal size for starting seeds and growing them until ready for "potting" up. Send $3.50 plus $1.50 s&h to Ceramics Corridor Innovation Center, PO Box 793, Alfred, NY 14802. Phone/Fax: (607) 587-8656. Email: TRICERAM@bigvax.alfred.edu