Four years ago, there was a music magazine called Reflex. One of the young lions on that staff was a dread named Greg Casseus. Whenever he wasn't working at his full-time job at Tower Records, he could be found interning for Reflex. His first article was about the band D.R.I., and he knocked out a handful of record reviews.
As a first-time participant and judge staying at the Museum Hotel, I would like to thank you for the outstanding job you did with the ceremonies. It was indeed an honor and a pleasure to take part. At 76 years of age, I believe I was the oldest in attendance.
Former Leader of the New School, Busta Rhymes got you all in check.
ASONDRA R. HUNTER
Heavin' half-words and multi-syllabic bluster atop the bathtub-sized stage at Chaz & Wilson's buppy hotspot in Manhattan, Busta Rhymes is bringin' the ruckus—or raucous as he likes to say. His farcical live act—hands waving frantically, voice gruff like Tony the Tiger's, body writhing on the ground—falls somewhere between exuberant and "the shakes."
DON'T FRONT ON FRONTA-IT'S THE REAL WAY A BLUNT SHOULD BE SMOKED.
THIS IS HOW TO A FRONTA BLUNT:
WHERE TO GET IT:
The first blunt I smoked was in 1982. It was with this kid Richer, a graffiti writer from the Lower East Side. Richer was a very large black guy who used to sneak up behind me and yell, "Yo, white boy!" in my ear and scare the shit out of me. Anyway, my friend Haze hung with Richer and MinOne, this insane white kid, and they would come over and roll E1 Pees.
Is it the weed or is it the tobacco that got me strung—or all of us in the ghetto, for that matter? If I roll with paper it's delicious, don't get me wrong. A bong'll send me to the moon, Alice. But nothing hits me like a long, fresh, tight, phat blunt.
In the eyes of the law. Desa is a repeat offender. A graffiti writer from Queens. NY, he has been arrested three times and is now facing a long-term sentence for graffiti. After his release from upstate Dannemora State Prison last December—he did a four-month stint following his second arrest—Desa still had an unsuppressible urge to write, and his tags started popping up around New York.
Following the style of Louis Farrakhan's Million Man March in Washington, DC last October, thousands of Rastafarians (backed by hordes of tourists) took to the streets of Kingston on March 1st and openly smoked the illegal herb, much to the disgust of "Babylon."
Exaggerations, estimates presented as facts, lies and slanted reportage are pervasive in mainstream media drug coverage. While working in corporate media, I realized that stilted Drug-War coverage wasn't just a diabolical plot by the government to demonize drugs, but was largely the fault of two things: laziness and effective advertising by the anti-drug people.
if you're like me—chances are you're not, and I'm grateful for that—you could manage to live the rest of your life pretty happily even if you never heard "Yesterday" again. Well, there ain't much chance of that because there is still a legion of baby-boomers and housewives who need something to remind them of those halcyon days gone by.
There's nothing like a bust or two to get you activated. Last summer, Floyd Gaugh (aka Bud) was popped twice for pot—first in Orlando, FL, then in Myrtle Beach, SC—while drumming his way crosscountry with his band Sublime on the Warped Tour.
This spring, HIGH TIMES put new life into the dormant Hemp Tour. We booked signing engagements at stores that sell the magazine and our products—from classic head shops to neighborhood record stores—and hit the road. Apr. 2, The Kind, Virginia Beach, VA; Morning visit to 96X in Norfolk followed by 4:20 signing at cool hemp store.
GREEN GOLD, THE TREE OF LIFE: MARIJUANA IN MAGIC AND RELIGION
GET LOST: THE COOL GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM
SACRED SORROWS: EMBRACING AND TRANSFORMING DEPRESSION
GHOST OF CHANCE
This book is a string of understanding upon which many unconnected beads of mystery are arranged. The string is cannabis, and the story is that feminine spirituality has been central to many people throughout history, and She can be known directly via entheogens, such as soma, ganja and mushrooms, and practices such as yoga.
Convinced that Boston radio station WBCN was peddling a "pro-drug message" by playing cuts from the HEMPILATION album, sponsoring last September's Boston Freedom Rally and selling hemp hats in its company store, the Massachusetts Governor's Alliance Against Drugs (GAAD) led a demonstration at the station last December 1st.
POT-PESTERED TOBACCO COMPANY DELETES 'BLUNT' FROM TRADEMARKS
DOTHAN, CN— Bluntsmokers puzzled by the abrupt discontinuation this summer of the popular White Owl and Garcia y Vega lines of pot-adaptable "blunt" mini-stogies will be pleased to learn that it's just a minor public-relations readjustment, and that perfectly serviceable substitutes are already available.
Legislation to permit the planting of experimental hemp crops met with different fates in three different states this past April. In Vermont, a bill introduced by State Representative Fred Maslack (R-Poultney) was passed by both the full House and Senate and is about to be submitted to Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who has promised to veto it because of the "message" it would send to "children" about cannabis.
If the US military commits environmental crimes at a Top Secret installation, can it later use the shibboleth of "national security" to cover up its felonies? The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will be considering that question this fall, as it takes up two lawsuits alleging that the US Air Force used the cloak of secrecy to illegally burn hazardous waste in large open trenches at the super-sensitive military test site known as Area 51, or Dreamland, in the desert north of Las Vegas, NV.
HAVANA'S SPIES SPILL THE BEANS AT TOP-LEVEL CONFERENCE!
THE MIAMI PUZZLE
HAVANA'S MISSING PIECES
HAVANA-WASHINGTON SHADOW PLAY
LIKE KOREA'S DMZ, THE 90-MILE STRAIT THAT SEPARATES HAVANA FROM MIAMI IS A PLACE WHERE THE COLD WAR SURVIVES. THIS PARTICULAR COLD WAR HOTSPOT MAY HAVE BEEN THE MATRIX FOR THE CONSPIRACY ON THE LIFE OF JOHN F. KENNEDY. BUT EVEN AS THE JFK WHODUNIT BECAME A HOLLYWOOD CRAZE AND NATIONAL OBSESSION IN THE USA, STATESIDE CONSPIRACY-HEADS HAD NO CONTACT WITH THOSE IN CUBA WHO WERE INVESTIGATING THE CATACLYSMIC 1963 ASSASSINATION.
NEW BOOK TRACES OSWALD LINKS TO RUBY, FBI, CUBAN EXILES
Was Lee Harvey Oswald an FBI informant on Right-wing arms deals, who knew his slayer Jack Ruby and who was set up to take the blame for the Kennedy assassination by a group of anti-Castro Cuban exiles whom he had infiltrated? This is the central theme of a dramatic new book, Oswald Talked (Pelican Publishing, 1996) by Ray and Mary La Fontaine, a husband-and-wife team of Dallas-based journalists.
Raymond Hamblin, a reserve deputy sheriff in Oregon's Klickitat County, was arrested after a secret private arsenal in a shed on his property burst into a fiery explosion. Local residents were evacuated as the fire ignited ammunition and high explosives, spewing bomb-making literature into the air for hours.
The notorious "Three Strikes" mandatory-sentencing law passed by the California legislature in 1994 has been applied to more than twice the number of pot-possession convictions (192) than to all felony convictions of murder, rape and kidnapping combined (just 89).
'TRAFFICKING' CONVICTION FOR QUADRIPLEGIC HOMEGROWER
Daniel Asbury, a 40-year-old quadriplegic in Ohio, has been sentenced to two years of closely-supervised probation, including urine-testing, for growing the marijuana which he uses to alleviate the muscle spasms, back pain, and depression characterizing his condition.
New York—The possession case against medical-marijuana provider Johann Moore was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal this past April 3 when City prosecutors agreed to take no further action on charges stemming from an August 22, 1995 bust.
America's oldest pot festival-cum-legalization rally, the Ann Arbor Hash Bash in Michigan, celebrated its 25th anniversary last April 6th, drawing an impressive crowd of more than 5,000, by official estimates. The University of Michigan, after going 0-3 in District Court against Hash Bash organizers in previous years, opted this year not to challenge the Bashers, granting a permit for one hour of amplified free speech on the campus Diagonal.
GAINESVILLE, FL—Rookies in the legalization movement may have a lot of vim and vigor, but it takes a crafty veteran to draw the troops together. That's what Michael Geison is doing as he draws up battle plans for the first National Hempfest to be held in Washington, DC on September 8 and 9 on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building.
Busted for possession of marijuana at age 53, Joan Bello, an author and drug-addiction counselor with no previous arrests, hardly seemed a likely candidate for jail. So why is she is serving a six-month sentence in Binghamton, NY, with five years' probation?
It's possible that hemp activists have become a bit tunnel-visioned by the hemp issue. Relegalization may affect not only prisons, the sick and dying, and law enforcement, but may indeed help our air and rivers, save our farms and create a billiondollar industry.
MEDIA SPIN ON THE UNABOMBER'S BOGUS 'EARTH FIRST! CONNECTION' REVEALS CORPORATE 'COINTELPRO' AGAINST GREENS
The coverage of the Unabomber suspect's alleged connection to Earth First! has taken on the distinct whiff of a high-level corporate hatchet job. The New York Times last April 8 expended several column inches on blaming Earth First! for the Unabomber's 1994 mailbomb slaying of Thomas Mosser, an exec at the giant Burson-Marsteller public-relations firm, speculating that the Unabomber's writing "seems to parallel" anti-corporate screeds in the Earth First!
On March 6, NORML Executive Director Keith Stroup was invited to testify before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime on the subject of marijuana policy and the need for legal access to medical marijuana (see HT, June 1996 "Normlizer").
FDA GUIDES STATE HEALTH DEPTS IN COMPILING 'EPHEDRA' BLACKLISTS
ALBANY, NY—Under the guidance of the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, DC, officials in the administration of New York State Governor George Pataki launched a blitzkrieg legal assault on a select list of companies involved with merchandising 20 specified ephedrine-containing "herbal" preparations late last May.
BERKELEY COPS TEST LOCAL STATUTE WITH MEDICAL-MARIJUANA ARREST
BERKELEY, CA—There he was, a retired botany professor growing a handful of plants for his glaucoma and other ailments, content with the apparent protection of Section 12.24 of Berkeley's municipal code, which officially ranks pot busts at the bottom of the police-priority list.
THERE'S A METHOD TO THE MAD SUCCESS OF NEW YORK'S INDEFATIGABLE WU-TANG CLAN. ENTER THE SMOKE-FILLED 36 CHAMBERS, AND MEET THE BLUNTED BROTHERS OF SHAOLIN.
The Staten Island Ferry ride from Manhattan is unique even in a city famous for its public transportation. Something about traveling over water instead of underground train tracks or street level asphalt makes the 20 minute jaunt across the harbor a singular New York experience.
STARTED BY A SMALL GROUP OF THRILL-SEEKERS IN THE LATE '60s, POPULARIZED BY A SHORT-LIVED ART EXPLOSION IN THE EARLY '80s AND LONG ABHORRED BY POLITICIANS AND THE PRESS, GRAFFITI REMAINS THE MOST DEMOCRATIC AND DANGEROUS ART MOVEMENT EVER CREATED. FROM ITS EARLIEST DAYS, GRAFFITI AND GANJA HAVE GONE TOGETHER.
ON APRIL 11, 1996, THE COLORADO INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION ACT, HAVING ALREADY CLEARED THE STATE SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, WAS KILLED IN THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, WHICH VOTED IT DOWN AFTER SURPRISE TESTIMONY FROM DEA AND STATE AND LOCAL LAWENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.
"You Send Me" established Sam Cooke in the '50s as a genuine pop star, but the pop market is perhaps the most fickle in all of music. One could be hotter than a two-dollar pistol in May and colder than a nun's tit by Christmas. Cooke longed for the type of solid middle-of-the-road success enjoyed by Nat "King" Cole and Harry Belafonte.
We're always interested in seeing what you've got growing. Send pictures, tips and war stories to: Grow America, HIGH TIMES, 235 Park Ave. South, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003. For every picture we put in the magazine, we'll send NORML 25 bucks!
JAZZ WANTED TO GROW A HEALTHY GARDEN THAT WOULD PRODUCE A HIGH YIELD OF POTENT BUD. FIGURING THAT A COMPLEX SYSTEM MIGHT LEAD TO COMPLEX PROBLEMS, HE DEVISED A SIMPLE HYDROPONICS SYSTEM THAT GIVES GREAT RESULTS.
JAZZ'S EBB & FLOW SYSTEM
Jazz's garden grows in two 3' x 3' x 4"-deep trays which were dropped into a custom-built table and sit side by side. The 18 plants are spaced evenly, 9 in each tray. The tray is filled with "ceramic corn expanded clay pellets", and is irrigated using an ebb-and-flow system that floods only the bottom two inches.
We started 12 plants from some deadly indica and sativa seeds that we'd saved. Out of those 12 we got six females, two sativa and four indica. The seedlings were grown under double fluorescents until they were ready to go under the lights. The room was 4' x 6' with an 8' ceiling.
I used perlite and vermiculite and hydroponic fertilizer to produce these beauties. When I harvested, the plants were 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall after 69 days of budding. The 11' x 5' x 7' garden produced 40 ounces from 20 plants grown from a mixture of Dutch seeds.
This is Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier bulletin of herbally knowledgeable Americans since 1974. Representative cannabis and psychedelic listings from various sources appear within this bulletin according to a fastidiously maintained set of criteria, by necessity known only to personnel of the THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
BUZZ: JOAN OSBORNE & THE SCREAMIN' CHEETAH WHEELIES
Want to know where to go to find good ganja? Travel with HIGH TIMES to such exotic destinations as Australia, Cambodia, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal and Peru to see how green the grass really is on the other side of the world. HIGH TIMES Chris Simunek asks the questions “Where do old metal bands go to die?” and "Who came First, the publicist or the expense account?”and Finds the answers at Burbank s annual Foundations Forum.