When HIGH TIMES heard that Arizona NORML’s Peter Wilson had cannabis charges against him dropped because he’d paid tax on the cannabis he was charged with possessing, we thought it was a terrific story and made him our March Freedom Fighter of the Month.
As I sit here and smoke my spliff I can hardly believe what I'm reading. Sen leaving Cypress?! That can't happen. Cypress Hill is the soundtrack of my life. I need them like I need food, water and ganja. Cypress, you need to stick together and kick it till you're old and gray.
Louis Wichinsky is a relentless tinkerer. An airplane mechanic during World War II, he has logged an estimated 150,000 miles in several cars that run on diesel/vegetable-oil mixes. He drives an ’88 Sable station wagon on a vegetable-oil blend while running errands to local auto and hardware stores to equip his other inventions, like his vegetable-oil Furnace or his vegetable-oil-powered lawn mower.
Before Galen P. Dively became a t-shirt mogul, he did an eight-year t-shirt internship following the Grateful Dead on tour around the country. His t-shirts always did well. The artwork is original and the messages emblazoned across the chest are politically clever and overtly supportive of pot.
When the Century Cable Company of Los Angeles approached Craig Rubin last year and asked whether he’d ever considered advertising his store on television, he thought it might be too expensive. Rubin owns 2000 B.C., a successful hemp store and smokeshop located right on Melrose Avenue.
Just before Christmas, USA Today selected the most inviting magazines currently in publication. Guess who was named along with The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker and Harper's? You're reading it! USA Today was particularly smitten by our January cover, and all of their choices were described as "worth visiting month after month" and even recommended as good holiday gifts.
A 92-mile stretch of Route 375 has been named “The Extraterrestrial Highway” by the Nevada Department of Transportation. Though the remote highway draws only 50 vehicles per day, there seems to be plenty of traffic above the pavement. This is Area 51 country.
The hemp movement made another huge stride toward mainstream legitimacy in January when the American Farm Bureau— the largest farming organization in the nation, with 4.5 million members—passed a resolution at its annual convention calling on the government to authorize industrial experimentation with hemp.
We won't take all the credit for getting the word out. William F. Buckley's conservative weekly, National Review, can take a big bow for announcing on the cover of a recent issue that "The War on Drugs Is Lost." Buckley and six other leading proponents of decriminalizing drugs insisted that though they "deplore their use...it is our judgment that the war on drugs has failed [and] is wasting our resources and encouraging civil, judicial and penal procedures associated with police states."
The first of three US Naval Academy midshipmen court-martialed on charges stemming from a Navy drug investigation was sentenced to jail, forfeiture of all pay and dismissal from the service. Frederick Wilmot was convicted of conspiracy to possess LSD and of using LSD. He was originally sentenced to 18 months confinement, but that was later reduced to 60 days. Wilmot, a senior, will also have to repay the academy $80,000 for the cost of his education.
The fashion industry has given us casual wear, active wear and leisure wear— but alas, no cannabis wear. Until now. Now you can match your mood to your outfit with these high-spirited cannabis tights by Look From London Hosiery. Make sure your legs look as luscious as the bud you smoke.
Thrash-metal with a French-Canadian accent and a hint of weed.
For this Canadian metal trio, an altered state of consciousness is par for the course. How else could they have come up with cult classics like Killing Technology, Dimension Hatross and The Outer Limits? Negatron, Voivod’s eighth album, barrels over the latest trends of wimpy alternative rock and quirky pop-core like a murderous machine.
Florida’s reigning shock-rockers Marilyn Manson like their potions white and their “grass” green and sticky. With musical heroes like Dr. Hook and Dave Wyndorf, it should come as no surprise that they’ve smoked bones— the human kind, that is.
ZENA TSARFIN I’ve just wrapped up a phone interview with Marilyn Manson, the lead singer of the band that bears his adopted name. The phone rings again. “It’s Marilyn,” the voice goes. “I forgot to tell you about the time we smoked human bones.”
What a difference a year in the pen makes. In 1995, facing incarceration, a very repentant-sounding Tupac Shakur presented himself as something almost resembling a positive role model with Me Against the World, right down to the cover shot where the only thing missing was a halo over his head.
Gary Snyder is perhaps best known as a Beat poet, but also spent 10 years studying Buddhism in Japan and decades developing a practical and poetic ecological philosophy. Over the course of A Place in Space's 29 essays, he argues for seeing the interconnectedness of all things as a means to save our planet.
WILL THE GREEN MOUNTAIN STATE BE FIRST TO LEGALIZE INDUSTRIAL CULTIVATION OF HEMP?
Last February 29th, the Vermont House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill endorsing the cultivation of hemp as a cash crop. The bill specifically calls for the University of Vermont to raise research crops over a two-year period.
GLOBAL MAFIA SHAKE-UP ROCKS BURMA, MEXICO, COLOMBIA
BURMA: BUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE The year began with the historic surrender of notorious opium lord Khun Sa to Burmese government troops. Khun Sa, who established his own mini-state among Burma's remote Shan tribespeople in the 1960s, eventually built an outlaw army rivaling that of many "legitimate" governments.
FREEDOM AND PARANOIA IN A POST-SOVIET NARCO-DEMOCRACY
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
In Tallinn, Estonia—if you're prepared to trek at high noon to a deserted soccer stadium outside town and haggle with track-suited mafiya dope dealers—for 35 kroon, or just $3, you can score a matchbox containing five or six dusty grams of dry, greenish Central Asian marijuana.
CASH-FREE FUTURE? The Futurist magazine predicts that the next decade will bring a cashless culture, with commerce conducted by "smart cards" and cash popular only with “thieves, tax dodgers and paranoiacs." The New York Times, Jan. 24, 1996 DRUG TESTS FOR GEORGIA CANDIDATES A federal appeals court upheld a Georgia law requiring candidates for state office to submit to urine tests.
GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY SIGNALS FURTHER MILITARIZATION
BRAD PETERS President Bill Clinton’s selection of 53-year-old Army General Barry McCaffrey as the new Drug Czar points to increased militarization of the War on Drugs. McCaffrey's life has been dedicated to the military. He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1964, and commanded a platoon in the invasion of the Dominican Republic the following year.
CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST MCCORMICK; PROSECUTOR APPEALS
On February 9, Ohio Judge Anthony L. Gretick ruled that all evidence in the case against medical-marijuana user Todd McCormick was illegally obtained by police— and therefore inadmissible. The state appealed the decision almost immediately, though prosecutor William A. Bish declined to comment on the grounds for the appeal.
Seventy-year-old Caroline P. Killeen is running for President for the third time—under the banner "The Hemp Lady.” Her recent trip to the hamlets of New Hampshire for the nation's first presidential primary and then back to her home state of Arizona for the Democratic primary there was funded by her $310 a month in Social Security checks, a few campaign contributions and bumper-sticker sales.
STEPHEN WITT A February 17 rally held on the northern steps of California’s state capitol to draw attention to the California Compassionate Use Initiative of 1996 succeeded in getting several thousand signatures in the battle to get it on the November ballot.
9TH CIRCUIT PERMITS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DEFENSE FOR RASTAFARIANS
On February 2, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously ruled that Rastafarians have the right to use a freedom-of-religion defense in marijuana-possession cases. The ruling, based on the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("Congress Passes Freedom of Religion Act," May '94 HT), is the first of its kind with regard to marijuana use.
In the year 379, the Roman emperor Theodosius the Great ushered in the Dark Ages by declaring all non-Christian spiritual rituals—including the popular practice of burning cannabis incense—to be crimes of treason punishable by death and forfeiture of the property used to facilitate the ceremony.
For all of their xenophobic paranoia about United Nations conspiracies to take over America, the militia movement is playing on some fears which are, alas, very real. All those sightings of mysterious unmarked black helicopters, for instance, are not hallucinations.
MARIJUANA RELATED EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS: THE LAST WORD
The primary focus of the federal antimarijuana campaign launched last summer was to shatter the drug's image as a relatively benign or "soft" drug. To accomplish this, former Drug Czar Lee Brown, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna Shalala and others began flooding the media with reports of increasing and purportedly epidemic numbers of marijuana-related emergency-room episodes.
EXPLORING THE NEW PROSEXUAL PHARMACOLOGY AND THE ART OF FEELING GOOD
DAVID JAY BROWN
Like the philosopher's stone of immortality and the fountain of eternal youth, the true aphrodisiac has been religiously sought after by every culture since the beginning of purposeful consciousness. Advanced biological organisms such as human beings seem to find sex and drug-ingestion fairly irresistible, because these activities activate ancient reward systems and pleasure centers in our brains.
At this year's Super Bowl, football wasn’t the only game in town. Marijuana activists stepped into the massive media spotlight to find out exactly how legal the Arizona cannabis dealer’s license actually is.
Life can look a lot like Saturday-morning cartoons. Especially when politicians get involved. Originally, the Arizona cannabis dealer’s license was designed to be a tool for prosecutors to use to punish busted pot dealers for tax evasion.
A New York City punk goes to the Rainbow Gathering
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
A BRIEF EXCURSION
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
Sometimes I forget about hippies. I don't see them much in the Big Apple. All I knew about hippies before the Rainbow Gathering was that they had bad hair, wore bad clothes and listened to bad music. It's a little amazing to me that they even still exist.
HIGH TIMES: What were you doing prior to your hemp involvement? Christie Bohling: We were stimulating the economy with hemp in its most natural form. Would you care to elaborate? It's all part of the public record at this point. I’ve been involved in a number of businesses over the years.
It all started in the formative years of my life. The year was 1967 and I was a "young everyday NEGRO” who went to Church every Sunday. Believe it or not, I was a VIRGIN and I DIDN'T DO ANY DRUGS. (Needless to say, the worst years of my life.) Both SEX AND DRUGS were highly taboo back then.
We're comin' at ya this month with a science-fiction installment of Grow America. We've got mutant bud, bud lizards and a caterpillar that's out of this world. I seem to remember a story about a "hookahsmoking caterpillar" from somewhere, maybe this is it?
A FORMER GROWER REMEMBERS THE GREAT STRAINS OF YESTERYEAR.
About 10 years ago, one especially delectable individual appeared among 200 sisters of third-generation Skunk NO1. She was very Thai-like in spiritual qualities, sweet and fruity, yet her colas were dense and the plant was early-flowering (the most consistent trait of the Skunk NO1 variety).
How sweet it is! Hawaiian Thai. Tiger Hermosa Beach, California I planted the seed in a one-year-old compost pile and Fertilized the plant once a month with three gallons of a chicken-manure brew. The brew consisted of raw chicken manure and water that was left to sit in a covered 55-gallon drum for about four months.
This is Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier bulletin of herbally knowledgeable Americans, World Citizens and Alien Doctors from the Hospital Spaceships since 1974. Representative cannabis and psychedelic listings from various unimpeachable, impeccable and laughable sources appear within this scholarly pork bulletin according to a strictly maintained set of criteria, by necessity known only to personnel of the Imperial THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
Does pot go better with sports? This summer’s drug-tested Olympians might never admit it, but we have the proof: interviews with skateboarders, BMX bikers, windsurfers, martial artists and fitness trainers who get high and aren’t afraid to talk about it.