If elements of the Central Intelligence Agency were involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, then why hasn't someone involved in the conspiracy come forth and confessed after all these years? The truth is, Richard Case Nagell, former counterintelligence operative for the CIA, did come forth in an attempt to stop the assassination and continued to speak out until his recent death in California.
Jon Gettman makes the same mistake as most hemp-biofuel advocates in his article on "Hemp and the New Energy Technologies" (Dec. '95 HT). I grew up on a farm in the Midwest and have noticed a curious blank spot in all hemp agricultural economics written by urban-based "experts," i.e.
IN WOODSTOCK, THE SIMPLE ACT OF STAMPING GEORGE WASHINGTONS HAS TURNED INTO A CAUSE CELEBRE.
When Joy Beckerman and James Horn opened Heaven on Earth—Woodstock, NY's first hemp store—last June, they made it a policy to stamp customers' dollar bills with a small, red cartoon balloon containing the words, "I Grew Hemp." Coming from the mouth of founding hempster George Washington, the stamp has been used for years to playfully remind people of hemp's patriotic roots.
If you haven't heard already, hemp's legal in Germany. Taking its cue from England and Canada, the German government lifted its ban on industrial-hemp cultivation last November, after heavy lobbying by farmers and representatives of the textile and paper industries prompted Parliament to vote to rescind the law.
The Big Suits are coming to the table. Last October, the second annual North American Hemp Forum took place in Bloomington, Minnesota. The conference resulted in the formation of yet another hemp association: the Industrial Hemp Council.
LA's original hip-hop hempstas, Cypress Hill continue to promote the indo weed and have a potent new album out to prove it, but they're losing the services of group co-founder and backup rapper Sen Dog Reyes.
Cypress Hill's reputation as one of the spaciest interviews never was a problem for me. In fact, they scored major points back in the day when they showed up for a HIGH TIMES photo shoot 15 minutes before their 10 AM appointment. But this is 1996, four years after B-Real, Sen Dog and Muggs made hip-hop history with their blunted March '92 HIGH TIMES cover and centerfold.
“I'm the biggest, toughest little brother you know,” raps Bushwick Bill on “Who's the Biggest” from his latest album, Phantom of the Rapra. At 4' 2" tall, Bill has survived the ghettoes of Jamaica's Trench Town, Brooklyn and Houston's notorious Fifth Ward, as well as the barbs of everyone from David Geffen—who refused to release the album by his band, the Geto Boys, that featured the infamous slasher epic “Mind of a Lunatic”—to Bob Dole and William Bennett, who have used the same song to fuel their recent attack on gangsta rap.
There's no end to the list of MCs who spit out rhymes about getting lifted. However, no hip-hop song about the subject has carved such a sonorous imprint into the crossover audience's long-term memory as Luniz's monster single, "I Got 5 on It," from their Operation Stackola debut album.
I gravitated to this book right away, because Lou Reed's music kept me sane growing up in the '70s. In the years between Altamont and punk, Reed and the Velvet Underground's raw, intelligent rock'n'roll, both tender and nihilistic, connected a lot more than the macho preening of '70s metal and the have-a-nice-day platitudes of '70s mellow.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY ARRIVALS WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED: Confrontational Comics edited by Scott Cunningham, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman (Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, $19.95)—Tales from the psychic warzones of New York's Lower East Side; artists include HT contributors Steve Marcus and Mac McGill.
On the afternoon of October 25, 1995, author Terry Southern balanced himself on his cane and began the slow climb up the stairs to Columbia University's Lewisohn Hall. Few, if any, of the young people who passed him knew that this fragile, white-haired old man with the puckish gleam in his eye was one of America's great counterculture saints who had affected their world in ways they were yet to realize, from smoking pot to appreciating African-American culture.
If both the cold weather and your heating bill are getting a little out of hand right about now. there are number of viable musical alternatives available at your local music merchant to help turn your system into an instant radiator. For instance: KRS-ONE, KRS-One (Jive) The man, the myth, the Teacher.
1. EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED Cypress Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia) 2. WHO'S GOT THE HERB? 311 (on HEMPILATION—Capricorn) 3. SENSEI HAFFI BURN Dust Brothers (Nickel Bag) 4. THE HEALING OF THE NATION Zion Train (China/Mesa Blue Moon) 5. DREDDOVERBOARD Nightmares on Wax (on Smokers Delight—TVT 6.
VICTORY FOR POT GROWERS, DEFEAT FOR CRACK CONVICTS
UPRISINGS PROMPT NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN IN FEDERAL PRISONS!
THE NEW MARIJUANA GUIDELINES: A MEASURE OF JUSTICE
NO JUSTICE FOR CRACK CONS; NO PEACE FOR PRISONS BUREAU
In a major victory against the Drug Warriors, the US Sentencing Commission's favorable recommendations to Congress on the federal marijuana-sentencing guidelines became law on November I. The changes eliminate the harsh system for measuring yield-per-plant that has long sent growers up the river for absurdly long prison terms.
Filthy mudholes, perpetual sloshing in the rain, explosions: the arduous days of a soldier. What better way to lessen the tedium than with a spike, snort or toke of dope? Soldiers of every stripe in the Bosnian conflict are partaking in—and peddling—heroin, hash, pot and even cocaine, say international law-enforcement types.
"The media were used to turn people against each other." That's what Eric Bachman, system operator of the new Zamir Transnational Net (ZTN), an electronic link that connects antiwar activists in the former Yugoslav republics, told Germany's Die Zeit newspaper.
PARTS ONE AND TWO OF THIS SERIES DESCRIBED NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAKE HEMP A VIABLE INDUSTRIAL FEEDSTOCK FOR FUEL AND OTHER VALUABLE PRODUCTS. THIS ARTICLE FURTHER DESCRIBES THE POLICIES AND PROGRAMS RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE TECHNOLOGIES, AND EXPLAINS THE KEY ROLE OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN COORDINATING THE EFFORTS OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMMERCIALIZE NEW PRODUCTS. THE CANNABIS PLANT'S STALK IS 77% CELLULOSE, AND THE SEEDS HAVE A 35% OIL CONTENT AND ARE RICH IN POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS, ALL OF WHICH CAN FURNISH INDUSTRIAL FEEDSTOCKS FOR COUNTLESS PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES. THERE IS ALREADY A SIGNIFICANT AND EXPANDING PUBLIC DEMAND FOR HEMP-FIBER PRODUCTS IN THE UNITED STATES AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS. ONE CAN NOT ONLY MAKE A STRONG CASE THAT HEMP IS A POTENTIALLY PROFITABLE CROP FOR OUR FARMERS, BUT THAT PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR HEMP IS INVALUABLE TO OUR GOVERNMENT'S ENTIRE ENVIRONMENTFRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE-CROP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. Imagine if hemp were to be suddenly legalized for fiber cultivation in the United States, and in a single season farmers everywhere began growing it.
PUERTO RICAN FARMERS FIGHT DRUG WAR RADAR STATION Local residents in Lajas, Puerto Rico, who will lose up to 200 acres of farmland so the US Navy can build a giant $9 million radar station to track drug flights from South America, have formed the United Front in Defense of Lajas Valley and held 1,000-strong protests.
Manhattan's Lower East Side was jolted by two drug-related shootings within 48 hours that left two dead and a police officer paralyzed on the same block. Police say the men were both shot when they fired at police. But neighbors and family of Vincent Curto and Abe Richardson don't accept the cops' version of the events.
HARM REDUCTION AND AIDS TAKE CENTER STAGE AT THE 1995 DRUG POLICY CONFERENCE
1995 DRUG POLICY FOUNDATION AWARDS:
What is the Drug Policy Foundation? What happened at this year's conference in California, and why should you care? First and foremost, the Drug Policy Foundation (DPF) is a resource. Where else can we sit down with Keith Stroup, founder and current interim director of NORML and a professional lobbyist for human-rights causes for a quarter of a century; Ira Glasser, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union; Dan Waldorf, who has been researching and writing about drug-takers for over 30 years; and Peter Cohen of the University of Amsterdam, the world's foremost authority on cocaine—all at the same table?
FREEDOM FIGHTER OF THE MONTH PETER WILSON A LICENSE TO DEAL
MARIJUANA-TAX ACTIVIST IN KEY LEGAL VICTORY
The mathematical maxim holds that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But Arizona's Peter Wilson may have found that the quickest way to legalize marijuana is an end-around. Wilson, the chair of AZ4NORML purchased an Arizona Department of Revenue cannabis dealer's license for $100 in 1994.
Joints have been lit on the western steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on the last Saturday of every month for close to three years. Crowds—sometimes 1,000 strong—have been engaging in civil disobedience precisely one mile above sea level, as a civic marker on the steps indicates.
I'm submitting this from the Marin County Jail. If you're wondering what a good kid like me is doing in a bad place like this, so am I. I admitted possessing several ounces of what George Washington called “hemp” back when he grew it by the ton. I pleaded no contest, saying I was innocent by reason of necessity, but felt compelled to waive my so-called “right” to trial.
On Friday, October 13, 1995, our rural Arizona home was assaulted by a multijurisdictional antidrug task-force SWAT team. At least 18 personnel, three vehicles and one helicopter were used in the raid. The object of the attack was a pot farm which did not exist.
As an employee of NORML, some of the most common questions I am asked are about urine testing. Unfortunately, many people neglect to inform themselves properly about urine tests until it's too late. Although the intrinsic nature of urine testing would appear to go directly against the underlying principles of a nation that prides itself on limited government and constitutional liberties, such tests are becoming increasingly popular within both the federal and the private workplace.
DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS. MANY LONG SUPPRESSED FILES ON LEE HARVEY OSWALD HAVE FINALLY BEEN RELEASED EVIDENCE CONTINUES TO GROW ON OSWALD'S CONNECTIONS TO THE MOST POWERFUL SECRET POLICE FORCE IN THE WORLD— THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.
At 9 PM last November 1, the landlord of a house in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles unsuccessfully tried the locks, then pried open a window and forced his way inside. Joe Motyka had been alerted by a neighbor that his tenant, 65-year-old Richard Case Nagell, had not been seen for several days.
Assassinations Records Review Board: This outfit reviews documents pertaining to the Kennedy assassination as they're released by Government agencies like the FBI, CIA, Department of Defense, etc., and deposits them (after some measure of sanitization) with the National Archives, located in Suitland, Maryland.
Any grower striving for efficiency and productivity should take a close look at two-stage gardening. You can shorten the time between harvests and bolster the amount of bud you reap.
Our Closet King shows you how to transform an ordinary closet into a marijuana mini-factory.
BY MAX YIELDS Two-stage gardening involves two separate growing areas For diFFerent stages oF growth. One grow space, used For propagation and vegetative growth, is kept on an 18-hour-on, 6-hour-oFF light cycle.
I stumbled onto an article dealing with home peyote cultivation techniques back in 1988 (“Homegrown Peyote,” Sep. ’88 HT). Most people might find it an obscure topic, but for me it was the beginning of a journey. In the past seven years, I have become well acquainted with the plant and recognize it as a personal source of spirituality.
A Brief Guide to Easy-to-Identify Magical Mushrooms
IN THE LAND OF COTTON
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
In the late 1950s, Valentina and R. Gordon Wasson “rediscovered” Teonanácatl, the sacred mushrooms of Mexico. For centuries, knowledge of the inspiring properties of several species had been maintained by the curandero tradition of herbal and spiritual healers living in the regions where these mushrooms grow.
Almost all of the major magic mushrooms in the USA are described and illustrated in The Audubon Society Field Guide To North American Mushrooms. The seriously poisonous and deadly lookalikes of these magic mushrooms can also be found here Of the more than 5.000 different varieties of wild mushrooms found in North America.
“I'M NOT TIM LEARY," THE HON. JAMES P. GRAY OF THE ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA SUPERIOR COURT VERY ACCURATELY POINTED OUT IN HIS FIRST HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW IN SEPTEMBER 1993. “I DON'T USE THIS STUFF. I NEVER WILL I’M A CONSERVATIVE JUDGE IN A CONSERVATIVE COUNTY, AND I THINK I'M POSITIONED FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO THE MERITS OF WHAT I'M SUGGESTING." WHAT HE WAS SUGGESTING THEN, AS NOW, INVOLVES OVER THE COUNTER SALES OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST PROFITABLE ILLEGAL DRUGSHEROIN, COCAINE AND MARIJUANA-UNDER STRINGENT GOVERNMENT SUPERVISION, SO AS TO. TAKE ALL THE MONEY AND GLAMOUR OUT OF THE BUSINESS, AND THUS PROTECT ORDINARY TAXPAY ING CITIZENS FROM BOTH TRIGGER HAPPY DOPE TRAFFICKERS AND GUNG HO NARCO POLICE. THIS PROPOSAL, SO EMINENTLY SENSIBLE, IS RARELY PRESENTED BEFORE ORGANIZATIONS OF LAWMAKERS AND ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, WHO TEND TO HEAR EXCLUSIVELY FROM SHILLS FOR THE DRUG WAR INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX OF PRISON BUILDERS AND DRUG “TREATMENT' PAR ASITES. JUDGE GRAY'S UNCOMPROMISING ANTI DOPE CREDENTIALS HAVE AFFORDED HIM UNIQUE ACCESS TO CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZA TIONS FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS, AND SO WE DECIDED TO CHECK IN WITH HIM AND SEE HOW THE MESSAGE WAS FARING. WHEN HIS HONOR CALLS MARIJUANA “GARBAGE," BEAR WITH HIM. THE MAN OBVIOUS LY HAS NEVER INHALED, NOR EVEN PRETENDED TO, SO GIVE HIM EXTRA POINTS FOR INTEGRITY. HIGH TIMES: Over the three years since our last interview, you’ve spoken with any number of groups all across the political spectrum about drug legalization, and somehow they all seem to agree with what you say.
CHEF RA'S GOOD-LUCK BLACK-EYED PEAS WITH HEMP-GANJA SAUCE
No one can say that living our HIGH LIFE was easy last year. The Lord had to take away another one of my musical heroes. Damn! It’s been hard to carry on without the musical inspiration of Jerry Garcia, but I know that we must carry on the good works that the GRATEFUL DEAD gave to the people of the counterculture.
It was the first time I'd ever heard the term "faggot," but it was not the first time I had heard the Kinks. It was November 1964. and my asshole stepfather was tÚrning beet-red, huffing and puffing and shrieking unholy utterances at the TV screen.
BONGHITTERS OF THE MONTH WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL IT DOPE?
Twelve-foot beauty, mostly sativa. One hundred percent organic, WA-HOO! Farmer Joe picture by Whereabouts A.C. Florida This garden was grown for Jah with the help of two books, Marijuana Question? Ask Ed and The Secret Garden. Linay Southern California Skunk NO1 from ‘94 seed stock.
America faces a seed problem. There simply aren't enough people growing seeded pot these days. For over a decade, sinsemilla has been the preference for growers and smokers alike. Seeds are considered excess weight for the customer, and some say seed production drains the plant of some of those wonderful crystals we all know and love.
These six plants produced four oz of killer Afghani buds. The plants were grown organically with a 175-watt MH and CO2 enrichment. It took 15 weeks and I amazed myself with a yield of 1.3 oz per square foot. Rastamon Ganja Grower Boulder, Colorado These buds were grown under 400 watts of both MH and HPS light.
I've grown under three different 1.000watt lamps, a clear metal halide, a phosphorus-coated MH, and a high pressure sodium conversion bulb ( 940 watts). All three crops started with the same seed, soil mixture and basic environment. The clear MH produced the most potent bud.
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 Imperial THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
HT News Editor Bill Weinberg reports from Northern California’s famous marijuana enclave, where black helicopters and military troops are being sent in to chase pot growers. In their zeal to protect us all from delta-9 THC, international authorities have decreed that industrial hemp must contain less than one percent of it by weight.
Flash to the San Francisco rock scene of the late '60s with Julianne Multimedia's newest screen saver. Presenting 33 classic psychedelic posters from shows at the Avalon Ballroom and the Fillmore Auditorium, the Rock & Roll Art Screen Saver allows you to rekindle memories and relax your mind, ultimately stimulating you into doing absolutely nothing.
Hemp Haven of Colorado
Sure you can smoke it and eat it, but did you know you can rub it all over your body. too? Well, you can! Hemp Haven offers some terrific new products—lip balm, liniment and salve—and they're all made from our favorite plant. Medicine Lodge Herbals has developed an array of natural, environmentally friendly, cruelty-free products especially manufactured for Hemp Haven of Colorado. Next time you want relief from aches and pains, reach for hemp instead of over-the-counter chemicals.
CANNABIS CALLING CARD
NORML has just introduced their very own prepaid calling card, which offers the opportunity to save considerably on long-distance calls while supporting the oldest and largest organization dedicated solely to marijuana-law reform. The NORML card doesn't stick you with any of the inflated surcharges associated with traditional calling cards and retails for only $10. It comes with an initial 10 minutes of long-distance time. The savings occur when you recharge the card with time, at a rate of 35 cents per minute via credit card over the phone. You can call anywhere in the USA anytime, day or night, for 35 cents per minute from any touch-tone phone.
At first you may think your stash is laced with something, but never fear, the silver and gold colors of these Pyrex pipes have been manipulated to change colors right in front of your eyes— and brilliant hues emerge as the pipe becomes more resinated. The pipes are lightweight and durable and sure to become a favorite in your smoking arsenal. Prices start at under $10 and range to whatever you have in your bank account.