In 1978, shortly after the death of Tom Forçade, HIGH TIMES went into a nose-dive. By the time I arrived in 1986, an enormous unsolicited manuscript file lay abandoned, collecting dust in the bottom of a file cabinet. If you remember the national climate of 1986, you'll understand why my first few months weren't that easy.
The article "Lighting the Future" by Callum Francis in the October '95 issue has an error. Mr. Francis wrote that the sulfur bulb produces 450,000 lumens and runs on 5,900 watts. This is 76 lumens per watt. Mr. Francis wrote: "It yields more lumens per watt than current H.I.D. designs."
Welcome to "Skaterpalooza," starring a vertical ramp, a climbing wall, two stages of punk-fueled music and a band called Sublime.
It's a picture-perfect day in Concord, California in early September. A tad warm, perhaps, with the mercury hovering steadily around the 90-degree mark, but gorgeous in every sense of the word. And it's hard to imagine a better vantage point from which to take it all in than the hill that houses the Concord Pavilion.
Emerald fields of cannabis plants—and smoking petrochemical plants. A bearded Californian lifting trays of hemp paper—and an Australian eucalyptus forest decimated for wood pulp. An elderly Nepalese grinning as he exhales a plume of black-hash smoke—and armed narcs kicking in doors while Drug Warriors from Harry Anslinger to George Bush proclaim imminent victory.
The next time you're jonesing for a Big Mac, consider scarfing down a Hempeh Burger. With 10% whole roasted hemp seed, this soy-tempeh patty is not only a healthy alternative to beef, but contains essential fatty acids missing from ordinary veggie-burgers.
One of the highlights of the 55th annual Sturgis Rally & Races August 7-13 in South Dakota was the hemp-fashion show sponsored by Texas Hemp Company. O'Hotto Hemp. Hempz shoes and HIGH TIMES. No one was sure how bikers would take to hemp clothing, but we sold far more than we expected.
THE LAST YEAR OF BRIAN JONES’ LIFE FOUND THE GUITARIST OUT OF SYNC WITH THE ROLLING STONES AND REVELING IN THE CULTURE AND MUSIC OF MOROCCO.
Brian Jones, guitar player and founder of the Rolling Stones, became flower-power's first sacrifice to rock'n'roll heaven when he drowned in his swimming pool on July 3, 1969. He was 26 years old. The indulgences, paranoia and disillusionment he suffered in the three years that preceded his death would soon become a hauntingly repetitive tale, as the following decade claimed some of pop music's most talented artists.
HUNTER S. THOMPSON'S DOPE ILLUSTRATOR DRAWS ATTENTION TO HIS FAVORITE PLANTS.
In The Curse of Lono, by Hunter S. Thompson and Welsh artist Ralph Steadman, a Hawaiian weed dealer yells at Steadman, "It's people like you that give marijuana a bad name!" In pain and befuddled on valerian root, Steadman had told the herbsman, "It's a bloody awful habit.
Devout readers of HIGH TIMES should already know Dr. Andrew Weil for his book The Natural Mind, the best argument for marijuana use there is in print. (If you don't, see the Interview on page 58.) He also wrote From Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs and authored three other tomes on health, medicine and consciousness.
From Thomas DeQuincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater to William Burroughs' Junkie, addicts' autobiographies are a well-established literary subgenre. In the last year, a prolific spate of confessionals has joined the narco-lit catalog.
ANGER: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF KENNETH ANGER
Rarely are a biographer and subject as suitably matched as filmmaker/author Kenneth Anger and journalist Bill Landis. Landis is perhaps the one writer who has immersed himself in as much sleaze as Anger, the director of such brilliant visual exotica as Scorpio Rising and Lucifer Rising, author of the two Hollywood Babylon books of vintage tinseltown gossip and a disciple of Satanist Aleister Crowley.
The Best of the Decade by “The Usual Gang of Idiots” (Little, Brown, New York, $19.95)—If you were a wise-assed 10-year-old in 1965, Mad magazine was the Bible. And guess what kind of plant inspired “Arthur”? by Susie Bright (Cleis Press, Pittsburgh, $10.95)—Bright is horny, funny and proud as she offers dating tips for lesbian single mothers, ruminates on Jimi Hendrix and fantasizes about having Dan Quayle for a sex slave.
A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DEADHEADS CAPTURES THE TOURING SPIRIT FOR THE POST-JERRY ERA.
I'm in front of the Sony theater on 11th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan looking for Deadheads. Dressed in swirling colors, Trevor and Mary, a young couple who just drove in from New Jersey to see Tie-Died, look the part. “We heard about the movie a while back,” says Trevor.
Last year I summed up 1994 with a belated obit about Kurt Cobain. The loss of a leading musical figure colors this column as well. As we go to press, it's three months since Jerry Garcia died. All we have learned in that time is that Garcia had a near blockage of the arteries to his heart and the band is rumored to be auditioning everyone from Carlos Santana to Eddie Van Halen for an upcoming spring tour.
1. BLUES TRAVELER, four (A&M) 2. JAMIROQUAI, The Return of the Space Cowboy (Work/Columbia) 3. MUDHONEY, My Brother the Cow (Reprise) 4. THE BLACK CROWES, Amorica (American) 5. GOV'T MULE, Gov't Mule (Relativity) 6. ZIGGY MARLEY AND THE MELODY MAKERS, Free Like We Want 2 B (Elektra) 7.
1.I Got 5 on It—Luniz 2. Mad Izm—Channel Live 3. You Don’t Know How It Feels—Tom Petty 4. Get Lifted—Keith Murray 5. Brown Sugar—D'Angelo 6. Sea Of Bud—MC Breed 7. How High—Redman/Method Man 8. Master I.C.—Mic Geronimo 9. I Wanna Be a Hippy—Technohead 10.
Known for his work in UB40, Ali Campbell makes "The Case for Hemp" on his solo debut, Big Love (Virgin). In the album's liner notes, the singer writes: "From the earliest days that ships sailed the oceans of the world, 90 percent of sails, ropes, nets and even fishermen's clothes were made of hemp.
COWAN LEAVES POST EARLY; NORML FOUNDER KEITH STROUP BACK AT THE HELM
In a surprise move he hopes will quell some of the strife currently embroiling the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, National Director Richard Cowan stepped down from his post on July 31. He was immediately replaced by NORML founder Keith Stroup, who is acting as interim national director until a new permanent head can be found.
STUDY RECOMMENDS FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEEDLE-EX PROGRAMS
Concluding that needle-exchange programs effectively reduce the spread of HIV among drug users, a congressionally commissioned National Academy of Sciences study has recommended ending the ban on federal funding for them. The report, released on September 19, also recommended that states and localities repeal laws banning the possession and sale of syringes and other injection paraphernalia.
A new report on the spread of drug-related AIDS cases confirms what many in the harmreduction community have suspected for several years: that AIDS is hitting the black and Latino drug-injecting communities in horrifying disproportion to the white drug-injecting community, primarily because of their lack of access to clean needles.
In 1927, journalist Wheeler McMillen prophesied in Farm And Fireside magazine: "Perhaps already you button your shirt and comb your hair with milk from your own cows. Some of these days—not yet, but in time—you may run your tractor and automobile with your own grain and potatoes, paint your buildings with your own soybeans, read magazines and newspapers printed on your own cornstalks and straw and listen through radio horns and telephone receivers made out of your own corncobs and oat hulls."
DEA AGENT IN SHOOTING RAP DEA agent Pete Sinclair faces charges for shooting the owner of a Houston topless club who told him he and his buddies couldn't enter without paying the cover charge. The owner survived after being shot five times, once in the liver.
Three California activists who were arrested by Madera County deputies last summer after notifying authorities that they were planting cannabis hemp seeds in the Sierra Nevada foothills were acquitted of felony marijuana-cultivation charges on August 25.
Acting on an anonymous tip, on August 18 Kentucky state troopers raided the home of retired State Supreme Court Justice Dan Jack Combs and discovered four ounces of marijuana, one plant growing just beyond the limits of his backyard and several pipes.
Pamela Snowhite-Davis, dubbed “Marijuana Mama” by the press, had her pot-possession conviction overturned by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on August 8. Pam, HIGH TIMES Freedom Fighter of the Month in August 1993, had been arrested in May 1992 when her daughter signed for a package of pot delivered by a police agent disguised as a UPS driver.
Results from a study conducted by University of Missouri criminal-justice professor Scott Decker indicate that drug users are not responsible for the rise in violent gun crime. Instead, Decker concluded that those most likely to use guns in the commission of violent crimes are drug sellers, gang members and young men who themselves have been the victims of violent gun crimes.
In a study which was reported in The New York Times under the headline "Popular Drug May Damage Brain." Dr. John Ricaurte and associates at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes in Maryland found that large doses of the psychoactive amphetamine-derivative MDMA—known to most recreational users as Ecstasy—can have long-term effects on the brain's distribution system for the chemical serotonin.
When police caught wind of the 1995 Portland Hemp Festival, they reacted by scheduling their own gathering in Oregon's biggest city. Lacking live music, dynamic speakers or public sentiment, Operation RESCUE (Regional Emergency Services Commitment to Upholding Excellence) drew a few hundred people compared to the 15,000 hempsters gathered four blocks to the north.
Richard Stratton is a man with a mission. He evolved from a street-fighting "crazy kid who was constantly in trouble," to a Harvard dropout, to an international smuggler and hard-time ex-con with a published novel to his credit. His course is now to expose the rampant hypocrisy in government-sanctioned drug-smuggling operations and to be a catalyst for change towards a rational drug policy.
In a September 26 ruling that sidesteps the issue of medical marijuana entirely, Kitsap County (WA) Superior Court Judge Leonard Kruse tossed out the search warrant used in a May 3 raid on the home of Joanna McKee and Ronald 'Stitch' Miller, founders of Seattle's Green Cross Cannabis Club.
An April, 1994 cultivation case in Erie, Pennsylvania is taking on a life of its own as a lawyer for the defense has raised state constitutional issues which have potentially farreaching ramifications. The case involves Gregory Gindlesperger, whose home was raided on the strength of a heat-seeking device and the word of a confidential informant—whom Gindlesperger's lawyer, Elliot Segal, claims doesn't exist.
THE MAN WHO MADE AMERICA A SAFER PLACE FOR OUTLAWS
William Moses Kunstler is dead at the age of 76. The great heart that pumped life into so many helpless people and hopeless causes finally gave out. Or so we read in the media which loved to hate Big Bad Bill. If true, the world is a reduced space for his absence.
So, where do we go from here? Our prisons are filled to capacity and the building sites for more are springing up like weeds of despair all over. The local news sounds more and more like a crime report, a scorecard of the dead, the wounded and the imprisoned.
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TAKES OBJECTIVE LOOK AT MEDICAL MARIJUANA
UNITED STATES COULD LEARN BY EXAMPLE
As our federal government and bureaucrats continue to run in circles demanding, "Those who insist that marijuana has medical uses would serve society better by promoting or sponsoring more legitimate scientific research,” while at the same time actively preventing precisely such research from taking place, the Australian government has decided to pursue a more rational approach to the medical-marijuana issue.
Well, here it's nearly to blossom time, and you will be glad and proud to hear that Trixie and Dixie and I, your faithful youngest Dot, are still pure as the driven snow that shines atop Mount Shasta. How we miss you, and the wild rush of the mountain streams that burbled by our Cascade flowerbed, is more than I can say.
Penalties for growing are so severe that growers need to live two completely separate lives. One life is the real you: your real name. Social Security number, driver's license number—the identifiers tagged to you. as with most other people.
"Why are you in Morocco?" asked the Casablanca customs agent, a surly man in what looked like a French Foreign Legion uniform. "Vacation," I lied. “Really?" he asked, looking through a passport that was stamped by half the known drug-producing countries in the world.
The synthetic versus the natural—Dr. Andrew Weil has always been an active proponent of the latter. But he manages to incorporate the best of the two. Whether it be pharmaceutical derivatives versus plant medicines or standard Western allopathic treatment versus alter native systems of healing, Weil breaks new ground by helping to sort out the best remedy for each of his patients.
Halfway through the '90s, as of this issue, and it seems as if the lesson that's been learned in this decade is to appreciate what has come before. The reissue craze hasn't slowed down an inch. In fact it seems to have escalated with dozens of labels competing to unearth the forgotten, the obscure and the overlooked byproducts of the last century's worth of recorded music.
I'm guessing this is sativa 'cuz it doesn't put me on my ass. I grew these beauties under fluorescents, then put them under a 400-watt HPS. Still Learning Southern California From your neighbors in southern Ontario. Very tasty Big Bud. Weighed 42 gm dry.
Every smoker oohs and aahs over the shiny crystals that coat killer sinsemilla. Informed smokers know the shiny “sugar" coating is made of fat, mature resin glands that contain THC. Making hashish is the process of isolating those resin glands.
I grew these two plants in a window in a five-gallon container. They grew over eight feet tall. Each was pruned to a single stem. Lost USA The dude said it was primo indica, but it grew into this awesome sativa plant. It was 7’ tall and 12’ around.
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ROAD WARRIORS OF IDAHO: THE BATTLE OVER AMERICA’S LAST “BIG WILD”
THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW: RALPH SEELEY
THE SEATTLE HEMP FEST
THE DEVIL AND SHANNON HOON
You have no idea what they get goin" on north of the border. British Columbia has more grow rooms than you can imagine and some of the best victory gardens Canadian soil has ever seen. Callum Francis finds out why BC Bud is becoming the herb of legend.
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It’s not often we see a t-shirt that knocks our socks off, but we’re barefoot now. For over 10 years Joey Mars has been creating graphics with instant stopping power and images with universal appeal. He offered up his cartoon impressions for an Aerosmith t-shirt which was their best-selling ever. We were enchanted by his t-shirt masterpiece “Zidzoii,’’ in which an assortment of counter-evolutionary creatures all seem to have dipped into the herb. It’s one of a kind and sure to become the most cherished part of your wardrobe. Order “Zidzoii" through Liquid Blue at (800) 658-3323.
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STONER VIDEO PICK
In The Brady Bunch Movie. America’s most obnoxious family is mired blithely in the '7Os while the '90s scratch and claw away at Brady values. Never fear. The Bradys glide through the film unscathed and prove that nothing succeeds like niceness. Great moments from Gary Cole as Father Brady and more laughs than you thought possible from a crummy TV series none of us will admit to watching 20 years ago.
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Computer users can take a flashback trip to the decade of flower children. tiedyed fashion and groovy tunes with the release of Haight-Ashbury in the Sixties on CD-ROM. Featuring the music of major San Franciscobased '60s bands like the Jefferson Airplane. Big Brother with Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, the CD-ROM is an interactive rock'n'roll journey through one of the most explosive periods in American history. Developed and published by Rockument, Inc. and exclusively distributed by Compton's NewMedia, 2320 Camino Vida Roble, Carlsbad, CA 92009; (619) 929-2500. Available for both Macintosh and Windows for under $50.
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This past summer scientists at Cordoba University informed residents of southern Spain that clouds of cannabis pollen produced from bumper crops of hemp grown in Morocco's Atlas Mountains were being blown into the region. Unfortunately, you couldn't catch a buzz from just plain breathing; the pollen concentration was too low.