The hemp explosion has arrived Once dismissed as a fad, hemp is fast becoming a part of everyday life. In this issue, we've skipped the fashion to focus on the myriad hemp products that can now be used in the home. In France, people are building hemp houses.
Thanks a billion for running Peter Gorman's crazy and fuckin' intense "The Road to Ketama" (Jan. '96 HT). Not only has Gorman provided fascinating, hallucinatory glimpses into exotic cultures, he’s interviewed some of the most brilliant minds of our time.
NOW YOU REALLY CAN SMOKE YOUR HEMP AND WEAR IT, TOO.
What could be more insanely logical than using hemp to make rolling papers? It’s such an obvious application, yet until now, hemp has mostly been confined to European cigarette papers.Even there, the actual content of most cigarette papers has been shrouded in mystery.
Ever schlepped a Fender Precision bass up two brownstones and three flights of stairs—in a wooden case? Before the invention of gig bags, it was like lugging a coffin. Now California’s 3rd Planet has brought out a new wrinkle: hemp gig bags.
Calling hemp the “strongest natural fiber in the world," the three surviving Beatles have gone green in the merchandising of The Beatles Anthology. Three hemp items are available through record stores and mail-order: mini-backpacks, baseball caps and wallets.
Two years after the death of Kurt Cobain, a number of people believe the leader of Nirvana did not commit suicide and that his death was the result of foul play. You'll be shocked by what they have to say. PRIVATE EYE OF THE STORM Beverly Hills, CA private investigator Tom Grant, a 49-year-old grandfather of seven and seven-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, hardly falls into the demographic of the average Nirvana fan.
If you thought Nirvana could kick up some primo noise, you owe it to yourself to see where they got it from. "Ahead of their time" is an understatement for THE VELVET UNDERGROUND. Twenty-five years prior, the Velvets laid down the blueprints for the '90s grunge revolution and general acceptance of dissonant, feed back-drenched rock'n'roll, While most of the popular
As if his publicity-boosting attacks on the Hempilation album weren’t bad enough, Drug Czar Lee Brown put his foot in it again last January by claiming that Adidas’ “Hemp” sneaker is propaganda For pot. Alleging that the term hemp is “identical with street slang for ‘marijuana’,"Brown accused the international shoe manufacturer of engaging in a “cynical marketing game...[to] capitalize on drug culture,” and demanded that the company change the name.
Every poll taken in the United States has shown that the majority of registered voters agree that medical marijuana should be legal if prescribed by a physician. The two most dramatic expressions of this have been the resolutions passed by voters in San Francisco and later in Santa Cruz, CA, by margins of 79.7 and 78.6 percent, respectively.
On Thursday, January 4, the Vancouver police drug task force raided Mark Emery's Hemp BC store [see "Hemp Round Table, p. 26], seizing seeds and merchandise and arresting Emery and three employees. Emery’s 16-year-old son was picked up as well, but was not charged.
JUDI BARI SUIT AGAINST FBI REVEALS: COINTELFPRO AGAINST EARTH FIRST!
A lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a Northern California Earth First! activist is revealing that, 20 years after the FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (or COINTELPRO) was unleashed against the Black Panthers and the American Indian Movement, some of the same officials are now using the same dirty tricks in the Pacific Coast timber wars.
HIGH TIMES RECENTLY ASKED SOME OF THE WORLD'S LEADING HEMP ADVOCATES TO COMMENT ON THE FUTURE OF THE HEMP INDUSTRY. WHERE IS THE HEMP MOVEMENT HEADED? WILL INDUSTRIAL HEMP BE LEGALIZED IN THE UNITED STATES? WILL THE GAP MAKE HEMP JEANS? CHECK IN WITH THESE FIBER FANS TO FIND OUT WHAT'S NEXT FOR HEMP.
INCARCERATION RATE ESCALATES A study by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation found that 1.5 million Americans are behind bars, and five million in the criminal-justice system, more than quadruple the total 15 years ago. The US incarcerates 519 per 100,000 of the population, compared to Germany's 80 and Japan's 36.
On April 14, 1995, the Round Valley Indian Reservation in Northern California's Mendocino County—home to Wailacki, Nomlacki, Concow, Pit River, Pomo and Yuki peoples—exploded into a violent episode that left three dead and countless unanswered questions.
Renee Emery lives in Ann Arbor, MI, where simple possession of marijuana results in a $25 fine. But the state laws against growing still apply, and Renee was arrested by the county narcotics-enforcement team in 1994 for growing her own stash for medicinal purposes.
The cannabis rally staged September 30th in San Francisco was titled "Hemp Expo '95," but the focus was on 1996. Specifically, November '96, when hemp activists intend to have the Medical Marijuana Initiative (MMI) on the ballot for a statewide vote.
The debate on an integrated drug policy for the new European Union continues to shake the continent's capitals from Paris to Rotterdam. In a hopeful development, two pillars of the British medical establishment have vocally broken with the prohibition consensus.
In 1988, DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young recommended that the DEA reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, which would permit it to become available by prescription. Unfortunately, the DEA refused Judge Young's recommendation, leaving patients unable to obtain legal access to cannabis.
People unable to make reasonable and informed decisions regarding illegal drug use deserve protection. While freedom of choice is granted to all, freedom from abuse is also a basic human right. Two populations frequently victimized by vendors of illegal drugs are those labeled “mentally retarded" and those with psychiatric disabilities.
Open up to page 12 of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) latest handbook, Marijuana: What Parents Need to Know, and you’ll come across a picture of a bent steering wheel. Above it, the caption reads: "Fact: Driving while high leads to car accidents.”
The legendary dope-growing region centered in California’s Humboldt County has for 10 years been rural America’s most militarized Drug War frontline. But citizens are fighting back, and even local law enforcement is beginning to admit that the marijuana clampdown is an unworkable Farce.
HEMP IS INVADING A HOME NEAR YOU. FROM CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND FURNITURE TO FOODS AND SKIN-CARE PRODUCTS, THIS REMARKABLE PLANT IS BECOMING A PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE FASTER THAN ANYONE COULD HAVE ANTICIPATED. WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE CURRENT HOUSEHOLD HEMP INVASION, AND A PREVIEW OF PRODUCTS YET TO COME
THE HOUSE THAT HEMP BUILT
THE HEMPEN INTERIOR
THE NEXT SOYBEAN
THE FUTURE OF SKIN CARE
WHERE TO BUY IT:
It was only about five years ago that folks really began to talk about the kind of world a hemp resurgence might create. Books like Jack Herer's The Emperor Wears No Clothes and Chris Conrad's Hemp: Lifeline to the Future put forth a vision of a world fueled by hemp, where houses, home furnishings, foods and even all natural plastics could be manufactured from the beneficent green.
TWENTY-YEAR OREGON RESIDENT CAROLYN MORAN IS THE PUBLISHER OF THE ECOLOGY JOURNAL TALKING LEAVES, WHICH IS NOW PRINTED ON THE NEW TREE-FREE PAPER SHE HAS DEVELOPED TO HELP PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE NORTHWEST’S LAST REMAINING ANCIENT FORESTS.
Rock'n'roll's untold history is full of bizarre stories, unusual circumstances and oddball characters whose sanity we must occasionally question. One of the strangest stories of early rock'n'roll is that of the monks. Formed in 1964 on a US Army base in Gelnhausen, Germany, the monks began life innocently enough as the Torquays-five bored GIs who put together a rock'n'roll combo to entertain themselves and attract women while they waited for that fateful moment when the Red Army would come charging across the Iron Curtain to overrun Europe.
Hey folks! Here's a special international edition of Grow American, a pot-pourri of global smoke guaranteed to make you wish you had shekels enough to visit these exotic females in their natural habitats. Just a simple reminder to all that the herb grows just about everywhere on this planet, and just about everywhere it is still against the law.
A generation ago, I left my home on the California coast and followed my spirit's lead into the highlands. I planted the sacred ganja seeds from Colombia, Mexico and Thailand. At that time the highlands of the Cali Coast Range were fairly unpopulated, except for a few ageless, weathered rustics, rednecks and diehard cowboys.
Folks, we have a very unusual DOUBLE PHOTO WINNER this month. Congratulations to “Fellow Keeper of Da Kine” of Spokane, Washington for your excellent work. He also sent some valuable information. Here’s his letter: The greenhouse is 32’ x 96’.
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.
Experience the glory and excitement of the 8th Annual HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam as 1,500 devoted potheads descend on the cannabis capital of the world for eight fun-filled days and nights. Close-ups of the winners, grow seminars, 4:20 councils and the Hemp Expo are all covered, as well as everything you'll need to know to sign up for the 9th annual event this Fall.
At first glance, the Silver Palm Leaf Pipe looks like it's been run over by an 18-wheeler. It's flat—really, really flat—but the design is ingenious. Take a puff on it and you'll see why. The smoke is directed through a series of chambers and by the time it gets to your wanton lips, it's comfortably cool. The pipe also wins top honors for being a breeze to clean. The Silver Palm Leaf Pipe is compact enough to fit in your wallet and comes with its own carrying case. For wholesale inquiries or for information on an outlet near you, write Silver Palm Leaf, 842 Folsom, San Francisco, CA 94107 or call (800) 826-7934.
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Looking for a new twist in natural lighting? How about a complete roof-to-ceiling system that installs in two hours and is perfect for indoor gardening? The Sun Tunnel is a whole new concept in skylights. It comes with easy, step-by-step instructions and everything you need for carefree installation, and is designed for a watertight seal on any kind of roof. It's also ideal for brightening up dark hallways, bathrooms and kitchens, and great for suntanning too. Special introductory prices start at $399 for a 14-inch model, $449 for a 20-inch model. (Shipping extra. CA residents add 8.25% tax.) Sunray Enterprizes, 1770 North Highland Ave., Dept. 105, Hollywood. CA 90028: (818) 361-0564.
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Are you depressed about the state of comedy in this country? Then stop watching TV and start reading The Onion. It's a satirical weekly out of Madison, WI that has more laughs per issue than the last five years of Saturday Night Live combined. How can you resist a front-page headline like "Pot-Smoking Linked to Sitting Around and Getting High" or an investigative report that reveals "Babies Are Stupid"? This ain't no mimeographed rag either. It's a full-color, full-scale spoof of a world careening out of control. The Onion is just plain funny no matter how you slice it. A full year (40 issues) of The Onion is $30. Mail to Onion Subscriptions, 33 University Square, Suite 270, Madison, WI 53715, or call (800) 695-4376 (outside Wisconsin).
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Harvest House is a small, family-owned company dedicated to manufacturing and wholesaling a full line of unique handmade 100%-hemp jewelry. A team of Chicago artisans is turning out distinctively hip hemp pieces featuring all styles of chokers and bracelets and a stunning array of sexy waistlets. All items are crafted without chemicals or glues and packaged in recycled materials. Best of all, the highest price for any item is 10 bucks. Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend. For catalog/information write Harvest House, 2846 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 or call (800) 975-HEMP. Minimum order: $100.
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According to Eastern philosophy, the mystic fire is the flame of our imagination, consciousness and creativity—the alchemical flame through which we view our past and. sense our future. If you're trying to get in step with the cosmic beat of the universe, Mystic Fire Video might have the rhythms you're looking for. Offering nearly 200 video (and audio) titles featuring issues on the cusp of our changing culture, the Mystic Fire collection ranges from multicultural, social-issue, environmental and spiritual titles to exciting developments in the arts and sciences. Two superlative recent releases are Metamorphosis, which features Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna, and Ralph Abraham in a soaring discussion about Gaia, chaos and the divine imagination—ideas that are central to the emerging new worldview—and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra's description of the process that develops one's pure potential for happiness and success. Metamorphosis ($33.95 postpaid) and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success ($23.95 postpaid) are available by phoning (800) 292-9001 or by sending check or m.o. to Mystic Fire Direct, Dept. PR, PO Box 422,NY, NY 10012-0008. Catalogs available.