Comic fans should get an extra heavy buzz out of this month's issue. Readers might remember Mort from "Mort's Marijuana Mayhem." an article in our Oct. '94 issue which described in lurid detail his attempts to turn on the Marvel universe with his cannabis-friendly Bob Marley comic series.
As an avid reader of your magazine, I was greatly disappointed with the article covering the National Rainbow Gathering ["Fear of a Groovy Planet" by Chris Simunek, June '96.] The reporter was the worst choice of writers to send to such a wonderful event.
She's one of us! Joan Osborne, fresh from five Grammy nominations, shares her thoughts about a controversial song and an even more controversial plant.
Joan Osborne's current press kit is a phone-book-sized tome packed with critical raves of Relish, her Grammy-nominated album. But the press clip that tickles her most is a rant, not a rave. The morning before the awards broadcast in March, she made the cover of the New York Post with the blaring headline “CATHOLICS CALL GRAMMY STAR’S SONG A DISGRACE.”
Will the Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies become the first noncountry band to bust out of Music City?
No band has ever emerged from the diverse and often underappreciated Nashville rock scene. Many have tried, like hillbilly thunderclappers Jason and the Scorchers and hardcore thrashers lodine. But the national spotlight eluded them.
Opened in March of 1968 as a complement to his thriving Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Bill Graham's Fillmore East showcased the cream of '60s rock. But the venerable theater located in New York's East Village has been demolished. Dormant except for a short run in the '80s as a gay disco, the Fillmore East was purchased in 1994 by Hudson Companies, a New York land developer.
Last winter the Woodstock Nation Foundation was created to raise funds to purchase the remaining available land from the original site of the 1969 Woodstock festival outside Bethel. NY, part of a slowly-mounting campaign to save the 38-acre parcel of Max Yasgur's Farm from corporate development or other profit-making schemes.
Bright-eyed, warm and eminently enthusiastic about her work, Beth Lasch is both the director and on-screen narrator of The Eighth Annual Cannabis Cup Awards. You can see Morley Safer playing it safe in the hour-length video of last year’s pot-judging event in Amsterdam sponsored by HIGH TIMES, but Lasch doesn’t pull punches.
HEMP-FRIENDLY ROCKERS TO HEADLINE FREEDOM FEST ON SEPTEMBER 21.
The Boston music scene has had more than its share of alternative-rock successes—from the Pixies to the Lemonheads to current chart-topper Tracy “Mother Mother" Bonham. Another impressive aspect of the scene has been the ever-growing commitment by so many Boston bands to the hemp-legalization movement.
My two favorite rock bands of the ’90s, the Black Crowes and Soundgarden, both have new releases, the Crowes’ fourth and Soundgarden’s fifth. The Crowes started off back in 1990 as more of a teeny-rock band with Chris Robinson wielding the mike-stand like Steven Tyler.
PLEASE KILL ME: THE UNCENSORED ORAL HISTORY OF PUNK
AMERICAN MAGUS HARRY SMITH: A MODERN ALCHEMIST
SEVEN MILES A SECOND
Almost every loud, defiant artform in human history has been claimed as an ancestor of punk rock. Yet the most direct forebears of this peculiar noise, this amalgam of crudity and intellect and righteousness and trashiness, this ball of confusion screaming to be doused with vodka and burned through a cranked-up Fender Twin, are four bands: the Velvet Underground, the MC5, the Stooges and the New York Dolls.
Ever since Long Island college student Peter Schlendorf died after swallowing eight tabs of “Ultimate Xphoria" (and who knows what else?) last March, the media have descended on the largely-unregulated herbal-stimulant industry. Sam Donaldson, on ABC's Prime Time Live, warned viewers of the “lurking danger“ associated with ephedrine-based products.
CALIFORNIA'S MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE MAKES THE BALLOT!
PERON QUITS S.F.’S CBC TO PUSH INITIATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO—"I always said it was going to take a miracle, but I didn't think we’d have to wait ’till the last minute," jokes Dennis Peron of California's Medical-Marijuana Initiative campaign, which turned in over 775,000 signatures on April 24, guaranteeing the initiative a place on the November ballot.
It was a hard winter for forest activists. But despite a series of drubbings in the courts, the media and Congress, environmentalists say the past year's anti-green onslaught will likely invigorate this summer’s protests. "I don’t think the setbacks have slowed the pace down at all,” says Craig Benneville, an Earth First! activist based in Eugene, OR.
HAWAII. SUN AND SURF. BUDS AND BOOGIE-BOARDS. AMERICA'S FAVORITE VACATION SPOT. BUT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO CALL HAWAI'I THEIR NATIVE LAND, HAWAI'I MEANS STOLEN LAND. IN 1993, CONGRESS OFFICIALLY APOLOGIZED FOR THE AMERICAN-BACKED COUP D'ETAT AGAINST THE SOVEREIGN NATION OF HAWAI'I ONE HUNDRED YEARS EARLIER. SINCE THEN, NATIVE HAWAI'IANS HAVE BEEN DEMANDING THE RETURN OF THEIR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY. SOME LEADERS SPEAK OF SECEDING FROM THE USA. WALMART, MCDONALDS, GOLF COURSES AND PRIVATE SPACEPORTS MEET RESISTANCE FROM "LOCALS" CLAIMING SOVEREIGNTY RIGHTS TO THE LAND. HIGH TIMES REPORTS FROM THE REMOTE ARCHIPELAGO IN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC.
BUMPY KANAHELE: "I'M A POLITICAL PRISONER." "Congress apologizes to the Native Hawai'ians on behalf of the people of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i on January 17, 1893...and the deprivation of the rights of Native Hawai'ians to self-determination.” So reads Public Law 103-150, the Hawai'i Apology Act of 1993, the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of the independent Kingdom of Hawai'i.
Eduardo Vetere, chief of the UN Criminal Justice Division, told a Manila conference that organized crime is a top global industry with $1 trillion annual profits from operations in drugs, arms, nuclear materials, biological agents, human organs, sea piracy, “illicit capital outflows" and tax evasion.
VANCOUVER, BC—The pending new Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which originally sought to intensify penalties across the board for drug possession and use, may be significantly amended after the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in Ottawa gets through with it.
ARKANSAS COUPLE FACE LIFE FOR POT WHEN EXTRADITED FROM HOLLAND
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS—The story of Les and Cheryl Mooring qualifies as an American tragedy with a historic European dimension. The Moorings have been sitting in Dutch jails for nearly a year facing extradition back to America, where these still-young people will most likely spend most of their lives in prison because of an outdoor garden in Arkansas with some marijuana plants in it.
RAYMOND COUNTY, GA—On March 25, 1994, 29-year old US Army veteran Eddie Self stopped in Rayburn County, GA to buy beer for a fishing trip. Earlier, his cousin had told him about the checkpoint roadblock at the entrance to the Wildlife Preserve.
The Western States Center of Portland, OR has been monitoring political issues involving wilderness areas in the American Northwest since 1992, and over that time has observed mounting levels of violence and harassment directed against both environmental activists and government forestry workers.
NEW YORK CITY—Evan Camp, 35, is not new to the work involved concerning the New York City marijuana movement. He started in 1982 with concerts and smoke-ins organized by the Yippies, where he used to roll joints and do the doobie toss. Since then he's learned from the bottom up how to organize and hold events: getting ground permits, writing press releases, postering and acting as a go-between among the various legalization factions in the city.
NEW YORK CITY—On a cloudy but rainless Saturday last May 4th, Cures Not Wars held its annual parade and rally for medicinal marijuana. Early on, about 350 activists met outside the offices of The Partnership for a Drug Free America on Lexington Avenue, to protest the organization's promotion of the "War on Drugs.”
Rob Christopher is an alert young man who sports a class-warrior haircut along with a full complement of rings for ear, nose and—well, the ring through the eyebrow is not recommended viewing for the squeamish. Having inherited a largish sum from his mother, a college lecturer, Christopher "resisted the urge to squander it,” he says, and "decided to do something worthwhile with the money instead."
SUPREME COURT REJECTS ‘INNOCENCE' DEFENSE TO FORFEITURE
“An owner's interest in property may be for feited by reason of the use to which it is put, even though the owner did not know that it was put to such use," Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote last spring, citing “a long and unbroken line of cases'" dating back to government seizure of pirate ships.
"What's going on in here?" the officer bellowed. My friends' hands shook as they held their cards and I knew they were panicking. Although we had consumed all the marijuana that we had. the smoky evidence still hung in the air. He wants to scare the shit out of us so we don't do it again.
You've quit your job, sacked your savings, packed your bags and got your passport in order. Now where you gonna go? What are you gonna see when you get there? And are they gonna have any weed? Of course they will. Otherwise they wouldn't be in this mag.
The houses in the kilometer-wide fields of marijuana have an eternal feel. The farmers' huts along the Mekong River are made of bamboo poles and palm leaves, with open fires on the dirt floor. There are no roads, vehicles, wires, antennas or boom boxes.
There are a multitude of secrets in the jungle of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The Mayan civilization flourished and decayed here, and the spirits of their triumphs and failures surround you in the form of ruins and pyramids and natural places of worship.
Wandering around St. Leu on my first day in Réunion—an island off the east coast of Africa, still an overseas department of France—I came across a cagey Rastafarian who muttered something to me in Creole. “I don’t understand,” I replied in high-school French.
You don’t need marijuana to get high at the ruins of Machu Picchu, the fabled lost city of the Incas, but thanks to a growing ex-pat community and local heads living in Cuzco—the nearest city—you can get it if you want. Cuzco, a glorious mix of Incan and Spanish architecture located about 12,000 feet high in the Peruvian Andes, is the starting point for all trips to Machu Picchu.
A life of leisure is the only life to lead in Malawi. Situated in a tight pocket in southeast Africa amid Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, this tiny country rests lightly on the shores of Lake Malawi, one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes.
KILLED BY DEATH! WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HEAVY METAL?
WHERE DO METAL BANDS GO TO DIE? HIGH TIMES GOES TO FOUNDATIONS FORUM, BURBANK'S NOTORIOUS HEAD BANGER'S CONVENTION TO FIND OUT!
KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE
When I was a kid, about 11 years old, I used to go to the local Pathmark and carry old ladies’ grocery bags to their cars for 50 cents a pop and then grab my earnings and head to the record store. That started in the summer of 1980 and lasted about two years until I figured out how to run a lawnmower.
ALTOGETHER I'VE THROWN AWAY TONS OF POT. THOUSANDS OF KILOS. IF WE WERE TO SELL ANY MARIJUANA WE'D BE RISKING EVERYTHING.
Tall, good-looking and affable, 46-year-old Ben Dronkers is unquestionably the king of cannabis seeds. Owner of the fabled Sensi Seeds company of Holland, which has won nearly a dozen Cannabis Cup awards since 1988, Dronkers and his team of breeders are responsible for developing such classic cannabis strains as Northern Lights NO.5 X Haze, Shiva Shanti, Silver Pearl and Jack Herer.
In a recording career that has spanned some 45 years and at least 20 labels. Rosco Gordon has proved himself to be one of rhythm and blues' most irrepressible performers, one whose contributions can be felt more by his influence than the personal fame and wealth he never quite accumulated.
We're always interested to see 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! What are you waiting for?
The science of plant nutrition might seem complex and difficult, but a grower must understand it to be successful at the outlaw art of marijuana cultivation. Like most other higher plants, cannabis requires 17 absolutely essential elements for healthy growth.
The following simplified key should help you diagnose nutritional problems. This key is based on the fact that some elements easily move from one leaf to another inside the plant, while others are immobile and some are intermediate. • If an element is mobile (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, chlorine, sulfur), symptoms of its deficiency will be seen first in older, lower leaves, because it will be shifted up into newer growth where it is most needed.
To make "Super Tea Mix." just mix bat guano (the dry-cave kind) with some dry. sifted earthworm casts (minus the worms). The ratio is something like five to 10 pounds of bat guano for every five cubic feet of earthworm casts. The more guano you use, the more of a blooming agent you have.
Wrap the seeds in wax paper then place them into a glass, metal or plastic container along with a dessicant. A dessicant absorbs moisture from the air and can be purchased in an electronic-supply store. Close the lid tightly on the container and place it in a freezer.
This is Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier bulletin of herbally knowledgeable Americans since 1974. Representative cannabis and psychedelic listings from various sources appear according to a fastidiously maintained set of criteria, by necessity known only to personnel of the THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
Ever fantasize about what it would be like to set up a growroom capable of producing a million dollars every four years? We have, and now we've found one already producing some of the sweetest buds this side of Amsterdam. Professor Afghani shows how it’s done.