James De Rose is 27 and brings the same level of fascination to reading circulation figures that he does to reading baseball stats. He's a friendly, no-pretense dude— "just one of the guys From Long Island"— who happens to know his shit. A graduate of Hofstra University, he first worked for local newspapers selling ad space, then later hooked up with Penthouse's national distributor to work their numbers.
DEEP IN THE GRAND CANYON, THE HAVASUPAI INDIANS ARE CONSIDERING GROWING HEMP AND MARIJUANA TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC AND SPIRITUAL INDEPENDENCE. IF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY MEANS ANYTHING, THE RESERVATIONS MAY BECOME THE FIRST SITES FOR HEMP FARMING IN THE UNITED STATES.
ARIZONA-Roland Manakaja sits far back in his chair at the office for the supervision of Havasupai natural resources in Supai Village. His arms are tightly folded across his chest. He emphasizes his thoughts with tiny smiles, but his unflinching passion for hemp seems at odds with his gentle speaking voice and manner.
Early in the Civil War, Missouri secessionists were aided by our friend the hemp plant. In 1861, 3,000 Union soldiers stormed Lexington, robbed the local bank, and buried the loot on a hilltop overlooking the town. The soldiers set up headquarters at an abandoned Masonic college, then hacked down the surrounding trees to prevent sneak attacks on their position.
THE DRUG OVERDOSE OF BLIND MELON'S LEAD SINGER SHANNON HOON HAS MANY QUESTIONING WHAT PUSHED THIS BRILLIANT YOUNG TALENT OVER THE EDGE.
On October 28, Blind Melon were set to perform at The Bridge benefit concert on Neil Young's ranch in Northern California. Scheduled to arrive a day early for a barbeque, Shannon Hoon, the band's lead singer, was psyched. He beamed every time he thought of performing alongside his hero Young and the all-stars lined up for the show.
What is it now, three companies that own all the media outlets in the world? Fortunately, there are still alternative voices out there, and it is no small victory when an independent small press lands a writer as big as Octavia E. Butler ( if you want to read all of her novels, you have to buy half of them from Time Warner ).
JOINING THE TRIBE: Growing Up Gay & Lesbian in the ’90s
THE VAMPIRE TREES
HEMP LIVE FOOD VEGAN RECIPES
by Timothy Leary (Ronin, Berkeley, CA, $19.95)—This reissue of Leary's trip diaries from 1959-62 (in the company of Aldous Huxley and other psychedelic luminaries) isn’t quite the acidhead’s Book of Genesis, but it’s close. by Linnea Due (Anchor, New York, $12.95)—Someone reading this somewhere is growing up queer and alone in a world full of hate.
Prisoners shoot up in their cells. Crack dealers make three times as much money dealing heroin behind bars as they do on the street. A redneck "crankster gangster" instructs a young prisoner on the chemistry of methamphetamine so his eager pupil can one day go into business for himself.
Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon may have succumbed to rock star cliche by ODing in the bands tour bus on October 21. but the legacy he left behind is pretty provocative. The very site of Hoons demise is redolent with subtexts: mythopoetic New Orleans.
Thank you for the incredible eulogy for Captain Trips. For me, Jerry and the herb go hand-in-hand; both certainly bring color to a gray life, as he would say. I won't ramble on, just wanted to express gratitude for your kind, kind magazine. Doodah Alabama I was outraged by the article on Jerry Garcia as soon as I read the title.
SOMERSET PROSECUTOR NICHOLAS BISSELL, JR. FACES 30 COUNTS
In a sweeping indictment of one of the nation's most overreaching and vindictive property forfeiture zealots, on September 28 a federal grand jury in Newark, NJ charged Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas L. Bissell, Jr. with 30 counts of criminal activity.
On February 14, 1995 Claremont, CA witnessed the birth of Hemp Shak, a new clothing store. The establishment carries hemp fabric, apparel and accessories. As a rule, no pipes or other possibly drug-related paraphernalia are sold there. The store, located at 240 West Foothill Boulevard, is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Mark Hornaday and Darlene Luna, a common-law husband-and-wife team.
THE BATTLE OVER AMERICA'S LAST WILD FORESTS IS ESCALATING IN A RUGGED AND REMOTE AREA OF THE IDAHO ROCKIES—WHERE RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE WAGING A CIVIL RESISTANCE STRUGGLE AGAINST AN ENTRENCHED POLITICAL MACHINE CONTROLLED BY THE TIMBER BARONS. HIGH TIMES CORRESPONDENT MALCOLM HOWARD REPORTS FROM THE FRONT LINES IN THE MILITARIZED NORTHWEST ROCKIES.
COVE-MALLARD: THE STRUGGLE FOR IDAHO’S ROADLESS WILD
"ECO-TERRORISM" OR TIMBER POLICE STATE?
AMERICA'S ROAD WARS
MAINSTREAM ENVIROS SELL OUT
BIG TIMBER'S LAST LAUGH
4:00 AM, July 27: Six men and women in camouflage, coiffed with sprigs of pine, lie invisible in a thicket of pine boughs and huckleberry. Seventy feet overhead, two others sleep on plywood platforms affixed to the trunks of two towering pines.
On August 4th, 1995, the head coach of the University of Montana's men's basketball team. Blaine Taylor, got arrested for driving drunk. His blood alcohol content was .247, more than twice the legal limit. Luckily, he didn't kill anyone or himself, but merely crashed into a small lamp post and went to sleep.
The New York State Correction Department agreed to pay $1,000 to each of 85 female inmates who sued after being subjected to videotaped strip-searches by male guards in violation of regulations that strip-searches be conducted privately by guards of the same sex.
The results are in from a study cosponsored by California NORML and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) which used federally approved pot to measure the risks and benefits of various marijuana smoking devices (HIGH TIMES, January 1995).
In the six years since he founded Oklahoma NORML, Michael Pearson has learned that the messenger need not always fear his own message. When it comes to spreading information about marijuana-law reform, he has shown the tenacity of a bulldog.
Despite a last-minute permit denial, an intimidating police presence and their founder's legal troubles, the sponsors of Maine's Hempstock pulled off their fifth annual concert in the rural town of Starks on the weekend of August 18-20. “We are the patriots here,” Maine Vocals founder Don Christen told the crowd of 5,000.
A 72-year-old grandmother in Spokane, WA may lose her house after one of her grandchildren was busted for growing marijuana in her basement. Florence Hart, a rosy-cheeked, silver haired grandmother who keeps flower boxes on her porch and cans her own jam.
Prohibitionist forces in the United States recently assembled in Atlanta for the American Cities Against Drugs (ACAD) Conference. ACAD's founding document is the four-point "Atlanta Resolution." It presents existing "prevention" and "treatment" interventions as innovative and adequate alternatives to any drug-law reform.
As someone fighting to end cannabis prohibition, I am often struck by the senseless arguments offered by proponents of the "zero tolerance" policy currently in place. "Legalize cannabis and apathy will spread like wildfire!" they shrill, ignoring the fact that President Clinton.
While spending some of my week-long vacation arguing politics with my friend’s parents, I came across a commonly held misconception about marijuana: "Oh, no one goes to jail for using that," I was told. If I wasn’t currently working for NORML, I might have thought much the same thing.
MARINOL WORKS FOR POW MCLEMORE, BUT BOP WON’T PERMIT IT
THE HIGHWITNESS NEWS TEAM
In a bizarre case that would be comical if it weren't true, a federal prisoner in Texas who nearly starved to death after the Bureau of Prisons refused to allow him to use his prescriptive Marinol has recently been placed on a regimen of drugs which causes him to eat so compulsively that his health may now be in danger from overeating.
WITH WEALTHY INVESTORS AND AN $8 MILLION JOINT VENTURE IN HUNGARY, SEATTLE'S AMERICAN HEMP MERCANTILE IS PIONEERING AN INTERNATIONAL BRAND OF HEMP CAPITALISM. BUT THE GOAL IS GREEN, NOT GREED.
HOW TO GROW A HEMP CARTEL
NO POT, PLEASE, WE'RE VENTURE CAPITALISTS
BIG SUITS AND DEADHEADS
When Seattle’s Ken Friedman and his friends founded American Hemp Mercantile back in 1992, they weren’t looking to be another mom-and-pop basket-weaving operation. "Our goal was to do it big, and do it right, and to be a source and distributor for other American hemp manufacturers, with upscale marketing and design," says Friedman, the company president.
My clothes are saturated with resin. It's in my hair and all over my hands. Just an hour ago, I was wading through a peerlessly slick indoor grow operation where 18 vigorous six footers undulated in the breezes of six floor-mounted exhaust fans.
OVER 40,000 MASS IN MYRTLE EDWARDS PARK FOR THE BIGGEST NORTHWEST RALLY EVER
Hempfest began early, with a 10 AM toke offered to me by a former Washington State prosecutor turned hemp-phile as we sat on the edge oF Puget Sound, watching the Face of Mt. Rainier emerge from morning fog. With the late-summer sun came crowds, thousands upon thousands of ganja fans, hemp fanatics, medical marijuana crusaders and stoned-out rockers, ready to fete the herb in all its glory.
FORTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD RALPH SEELEY HAS TERMINAL BONE CANCER. BUT THE TACOMA, WASHINGTON ATTORNEY ISN’T LETTING IT GET HIM DOWN. INSTEAD, HE JUST FILED AND WON A LAWSUIT-WITH A BRILLIANT LEGAL ARGUMENT-AGAINST THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR ACCESS TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA, AND IS PREPARING HIS BRIEF IN ANTICIPATION OF THE STATE’S APPEAL. THOUGH SURPRISED AT THE VICTORY, HE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN. ALL HIS LIFE SEELEY’S BEEN A SUCCESS. BEFORE HE TURNED TO LAW, HE WAS AN AVIATION JOURNALIST WHO ONCE FLEW AN AIRFORCE JET, AS WELL AS A COLUMNIST FOR THE TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE WHO WON THE PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL SOCIETY OF NEWSPAPER COLUMNISTS AWARD IN 1988.
ANGEL-HAIR RASTA PASTA WITH SPICY PEANUT GANJA SAUCE
Human beings have one common bonding characteristic: the ability to retain a clear picture of our life's experiences and store them away in our brain. From the beginning of our tenure here on the planet, we remember our first steps taken as a child, the first time learning to ride a bike, making love in the back seat of a '57 Chevy and the first time smokin' a JOINT. Further on down the time continuum we learn to shape our personalities through what we have learned via our memories. I remember my first exposure to the "sins" of smokin' pot, the music of the emerging bands of the '60s and my first Grateful Dead concert.
Although his name is barely known these days, "Wild" Jimmy Spruill is one of rock'n'roll's most colorful and flamboyant characters, and easily one of the most distinctive guitarists the music has ever known. His twangy, scratchy guitar sound has graced hundreds of records, including three Number One hits: Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City" (which hit Number One the week your humble columnist was born).
Silver Pearl grown from seeds imported from Sensi Seeds. I grew in soil with CO2 enrichment, under one 250-watt high-pressure sodium lamp and a 270-watt Son-Agro. These plants produced thousands of excellent seeds. LET IT GROW! Anonymous I grew this beauty in the privacy of the Northern California woods.
Why does one strain of pot make your spirits soar while another just gets you high? According to one Oregon grower, having great seeds, fertilizer and lights will only get you so far. In order to dance with the spirits, you have to invest a little of your own.
My love affair with the Oregon Kind began four years ago on a road trip from Los Angeles to Vancouver. My partner and I arrived in Portland. Oregon, having finished our stash a few days before while camping out in Yosemite National Park. With a heavy jones beating down on our backs, we approached every glassy-eyed stoner we saw (and there were many) until finally we met a grower enjoying an afternoon pint in a sidewalk cafe.
This is my friend No8. Both of us live in Peru. She is a skunk that I grew outdoors on my patio. Fernando L. Lima PERU This Skunk No1 × N.L. No5 was only 28” tall, but 3’ × 3’ wide and extremely thick. I used hydroponic nutrients with Superthrive under a l000w MH. The plant produced five heavy ounces of amazing weed.
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.
Let’s GROW crazy! HIGH TIMES pulls out all the stops in this special cultivation issue. Learn the basics of two-stage gardening. Discover how you can turn an ordinary closet into a marijuana mini-factory. Read about a guerrilla seed bank that distributes prime seeds across the nation.