Steven Reiner, a producer for 60 Minutes, read last year's cover story on the Cannabis Cup in The New York Times' Sunday magazine and decided the Cup would be "an ideal place to take the pulse of the marijuana subculture." That happens to be one of the things we're trying to change.
I have never been prouder to be a B.C.er than I was when I read your February article on "B.C. Bud" by Callum Francis. I first heard of the store Hemp B.C. through your magazine, and soon visited it on my next trip to Vancouver. It was so refreshing to have a toke while discussing seed varieties with Norm.
IF THE PRESS DELIVERS SOME STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT HEMP, THE IMPACT OF THE EXPO WILL RESONATE.
PROVING THAT A STONER AND HIS MONEY ARE SOON PARTED, THE CANNABIS CUP HEMP EXPO WAS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS FOR THE HEMP INDUSTRY. JUST THINK! COMMERCE, CANNABIS AND PLENTY OF DISPOSABLE INCOME ALL IN THE SAME PLACE! AND WITH MORLEY SAFER AND THE CREW OF 60 MINUTES ON THE SCENE TO COVER THE STORY, THE HEMP INDUSTRY ALSO RECEIVED A HEALTHY INJECTION OF HYPE.
For years, hemp was just another four-letter word to the burgeoning eco-establishment. But now Greenpeace, the world’s primo corps of Earth-warriors, is leading its environmental cadres to the cause by investing in the politics—and profit—of hemp.
G. Love adds a spoonful of the herb to his Special Sauce.
Lauding the late Dean Martin in a recent issue of The New Yorker, arts critic Anthony Lane noted, “There is almost nobody today who can match that relaxation—who knows how to maintain a devil-may-care approach without losing sight of the devil."
The Beat Farmers' vocalist/drummer. Country Dick Montana (a.k.a. Dan McLain), died on November 8, 1995 of an aortic aneurysm. He collapsed on stage while playing drums during the band's set at the Longhorn Saloon in Whistler, British Columbia, near Vancouver.
The farmer's friend, the red-headed stranger, the only true longhair in the whole pack of country & western elders with enough dignity to make an Okie from Muskogee feel like a damn fool, WILLIE NELSON, at 61, can look back on a lifetime of doing exactly what he’s wanted to do masterfully.
1. ASK ED Sacred Reich (Metal Blade) 2. PUFFIN’ ON BLUNTS AND DRANKIN' TANQUERAY Dr. Dre (on Phat Blunts: Rap Unda the Influence—Priority) 3. THE POINTLESS, YET POIGNANT, CRISIS OF A COED Dar Williams (Razor & Tie) 4. HIGH AND DRY Radiohead (Capitol)
LIVING WITH THE DEAD: TWENTY YEARS ON THE BUS WITH GARCIA AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD by Rock Scully with David Dalton
DEADHEADS: STORIES FROM FELLOW ARTISTS, FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD by Linda Kelly
FINDING MOON by Tony Hillerman
HANK WILLIAMS: THE BIOGRAPHY by Colin Escott with George Merritt and William MacEwen
Grateful Dead fans have been waiting for this kind of book, one that is much more than the Acid Test/Haight-Ashbury/Woodstock/Pigpen, R.I.P./Europe ’72/year-off/Egypt/those-wacky-Deadheads chronology so often repeated in previous Dead biographies.
NOT REALLY AND NOT FOR LONG, BUT THAT'S HOW IT'S BEING TREATED
A November 1, 1995 decision handed down by state Judge John R. Barclay in Phoenix regarding Arizona's $10-an-ounce tax on marijuana has temporarily made pot de facto legal in the state. The decision was handed down in the case of Pete Wilson, director of the activist group AZ4NORML (Freedom Fighter, Mar. '96 HT).
DRUG-WAR CASUALTY SCOTT BRYANT'S SURVIVORS STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE
“AN ATTITUDE PROBLEM”
THE LOCAL MACHINE
Since returning to regular duty last July, Detective Robert Neuman has inspired a certain anxiety among his peers in the sheriff's department of Dodge County, WI. Neuman claims he doesn't remember pulling the trigger on his Beretta 92SB in April 1995 as he entered the home of an alleged pot peddler at the North Hills Trailer Court in Beaver Dam, 40 miles northeast of Madison.
Can a petition to the DEA effectively end marijuana prohibition in the United States? Jon Gettman thinks so. He's trying to have the federal government remove the herb from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the legal category for drugs deemed both dangerous and medically useless.
THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FOR LOW-THC INDUSTRIAL HEMP IS A SOURCE OF GREAT CONTROVERSY AMONG ACTIVISTS AND INVESTORS IN THE BURGEONING INDUSTRY. CAN YOU MAKE GOOD ROPE FROM BAD DOPE? IS THE LOW-THC STANDARD A EUROPEAN CONSPIRACY FOR GLOBAL DOMINATION OF THE HEMP INDUSTRY?
FBI MAN'S PRIVATE ARSENAL IN MYSTERY BLAZE Deputies in Virginia's Fauquier County found a private arsenal at the home of 25-year FBI veteran Halbert Gary Harlow, after his wife Barbara called in a domestic assault charge. The 100,000 rounds of ammo, grenades and tear-gas canisters had apparently been smuggled from the FBI's Quantico firearms academy, where Harlow worked as an instructor.
1995 was a bloody year for the War on Drugs in the northern New Jersey city of Paterson. A 19-year-old Latino man who was shot by a police officer last spring remains hospitalized from a head wound as HIGH TIMES goes to press. A grand jury investigation into the case remains open, and state authorities are investigating whether the victim's civil rights were violated.
Even before its release last September, Hempilation, the Capricorn Records benefit CD for NORML organized by HIGH TIMES Music Editor Steve Bloom, met with a storm of protest from Drug War hardliners. In a press release last June, PRIDE warned that "the drug culture is again taking its political message of drug legalization directly to the youth of America.
SIMPLE POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING COMMISSION OF A DRUG CRIME NO LONGER MEANS AUTOMATIC FIVE-YEAR SENTENCING ENHANCEMENT
In a unanimous ruling handed down on December 6, 1995, the Supreme Court struck down the automatic sentencing enhancements federal prosecutors had been giving defendants in drug-related cases. The decision is another in a string of blows the Court has meted out to the Feds in drug-related prosecutions.
Jess G. Williams, aka Fat Freddy Freak, of Washington's Pierce County, is the latest American citizen to incur the wrath of a system that threatens to take his home and throw him in jail for growing the herb which helps him cope with a debilitating medical condition.
The overwhelming police presence at Gainesville, FL’s sixth annual Hempfest inspired a creative twist to this year's gathering of marijuana-legalization supporters in the Downtown Community Plaza. Activists switched from the traditional "Doobie Toss" to a "Doughnut Toss,” hurling glazed doughnuts from the stage to the crowd of 3,000 and stunning police officers who only moments before had stormed the stage to arrest legal medical-marijuana recipient Elvy Musikka.
Justice is not the only loser in the latest “trial of the century." Thanks to television, justice has lost more than face and the faith of many of its constituents. Justice and the accused have lost the intimacy and the semblance of dignity they enjoyed before they were exposed by the blinding light of television.
During the last decade, it is fair to say that NORML was marginalized politically. Instead of being an active participant in the national debate over drug policy, as we were in the 1970s when NORML led successful efforts to decriminalize marijuana in 11 states, during the 1980s and early '90s NORML was largely ignored by both the national press and elected officials.
Cannabis Cup fever reached a frenzied peak as 2,000 judges, exhibitors and performers descended on Amsterdam over Thanksgiving to give prizes to the world’s greatest cannabis cultivators and hemp merchandizers. When the smoke cleared, Arjan, Sensi Seed Bank and the Ohio Hempery were among the winners.
8th CANNABIS CUP AWARD WINNERS
It's Wednesday morning, 4 AM. Steve Hager is already awake.The editor-in-chief of HIGH TIMES arrived in Amsterdam the day before from New York, but it's not jet lag from the overnight flight that's awakened him. Call it Cannabis Cup nerves.
There’s always a bit of confusion when trying to explain the process of marijuana appraisal to the unenlightened. “HOW THE HELL ARE YOU GONNA JUDGE WEED WHEN YOU'RE ALREADY STONED?” is usually the question you get. I'm a professional, I explain, and leave it at that.
TALL, BLOND, MOVIE-STAR GOOD-LOOKING AND FULL OF CHARM, 30-YEAR-OLD ARJAN IS THE OWNER OF AMSTERDAM'S GREEN HOUSE AND GREEN HOUSE NAMASTE COFFEESHOPS, WHICH HAVE WON A TOTAL OF EIGHT CANNABIS CUPS—INCLUDING THREE BEST COFFEESHOP IN AMSTERDAM CUPS—DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS.
Every time I do a road trip with the HIGH TIMES crew, there are always some major fuckups that occur along the road, so experience warns me to be cautiously aware that IMPENDING DOOM CAN BE CLOSE AT HAND. This year, Steve Hager (the BOSS) assembled a massive entourage of musicians, artists, dancers, heads, hangers, bangers and hardcore Ganja smokers, the HIGHEST MOTHERFUCKERS in the world, to fly over on the same plane to help the DUTCH GET HIGH.
Seems like a good time to fill you in some odds and ends I've been enjoying over the last few months and update some of the subjects of previous columns. For lovers of vintage rhythm & blues slop, the great André Williams, a.k.a. "Mr. Rhythm,” is back—not that he ever went away, having enjoyed a prolific 35-year career as a singer, tunesmith, producer and all-around hustler— but rather, he's back to the sound of his beloved '50s Fortune platters ("Bacon Fat,” “Greasy Chicken,” et al) with his recent Norton LP, Greasy.
Calling all gro-nuts! Feast yer red eyes on this month’s poster girls! Once again, we're flooded with primo pot pix from our friendly farmers in Australia. I don't know how they do it, but they sure do it well. If you get the notion, we are always interested in seeing what you've got growing.
If you take a close look at your lighting requirements before you start your crop, you won’t be disappointed at harvest.
After a successful crop in late August, Skylight Grower harvested a much smaller crop of Kali Mist (Cerebral Seeds), Skunk x Big Bud, Northern Lights x Skunk (Sensi) and Big Skunk x Northern Lights (Sensi), which matured in mid-November. (Sensi and Cerebral Seeds are seed companies in Amsterdam.) This crop yielded smaller, thinner buds in all varieties.
A sativa-indica hybrid bred from last year's crop. Big Mac Humboldt, California These monstrosities were planted in late March. The leaves and bud turned purple and it was ripe in October. One hit From the bong and we had to set it back down. I have seen the light and it was in my back yard.
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Looking for a screen saver to match your darker moods? Try The Totally Twisted After Dark Screen Saver. It's the sickest, most macabre computer aid imaginable. You'll thrill at the opportunity to shoot mimes, swim in toxic waste and send bungee jumpers plummeting to their deaths. You can also select Flying Toilets to float across your screen—with occupants. There are 13 fully animated modules with dozens of custom options. The Totally Twisted Screen Saver is guaranteed to shock you and protect your monitor from phosphorous burn-in.
You've been hiking all day and you're plumb tuckered out. You reach into your pack for an end-of-the-day blast and—dammit! You've forgotten your pipe! What do you do? Grab your flashlight and light up. The Flashlight Pipe is an ingenious smoking device that's fitted to use as a pipe—but all the necessary parts are included to transform it into a superior flashlight. A great way to get lit! Send $19.95 to Shadow Mountain Products, PO Box 978, Grand Lake, CO 80477. Specify black or green. Takes two D batteries (not included).
STONER VIDEO PICK
In the end, you only remember the really good movies and the really bad ones. Showgirls is one of the really bad ones. What was supposed to be an in-depth look at the world of strip clubs is in truth a lap-dancing Rocky with a little bit of All About Eve thrown in for good measure. It's trash extraordinaire—so godawful that it comes full circle and now stands as the funniest video on the market. See it with friends or see it alone. Just make sure you're very, very high. In wide video release.
What started out in August '69 as a planned three-day music and art festival for 50,000 almost met with disaster when half a million people came knocking. History was made then, but there are thousands of stories behind Woodstock that have never been told. The Psychedelic World of O.D. Flashback, a whacked—out comic-book look at Woodstock. keeps you giggling, and your eyes won't glaze over like they usually do when some counterculture geezer starts up with tales of the good old days.
The New Pharmaco-Concupiscent Brain Candies Remember back when Huey Lewis And The News were innocently wishing for a New Drug, "something that makes me feel like I feel when I'm with you?" Barely 10 years later, drugs just like that are coming on the market and into your bedroom.