As part of our continuing effort to expand high-tech cultivation coverage in HIGH TIMES, we're proud to announce the debut of what will soon be a regular feature in these pages: the Grow Grrrlz report from Holland. As most people already know, Holland is the center of modern innovations in indoor grow techniques.
It's about time someone wrote about the athletic benefits of pot, but your article missed my sport—body building. As an avid, hard-core bodybuilder for the past ten years, I attribute much of my success at maintaining a 285-pound, totally fat-free physique to indulging in MJ.
Sublime's lead singer Brad Nowell thought he had his heroin habit licked. But on May 25, it got the best of him.
The list of gifted young musicians whose lives have been tragically cut short before their potential could be fully realized grew by one more in the early-morning hours of May 25, when Bradley James Nowell, vocalist and guitarist for Sublime, the Long Beach, CA trio, died in his San Francisco motel room.
Most people who try heroin only try it once, even rock’n’roll performers, because it brings on a wave of the pukes as dependably as any cancerchemotherapy preparation. This is the way heroin declares itself, loudly and clearly: I am something bigger than you are, overwhelmingly bigger, and I will crush you and own you forever if you give me just a little chance.
No lifestyle has been more romanticized than that of the rock star. As wide-eyed teens, we gaze in envious wonderment at the far-removed figures on stage—fantasizing about their outrageous sexual exploits and Dionysiac debauchery, overwhelmed by their hypnotic power and our sheer adoration of them.
At presstime, we received the following fax from Phil Anselmo, lead singer of Pantera: I, Philip H. Anselmo, immediately after a very successful show in Dallas, injected a lethal dose of heroin into my arm and died for four to five minutes. There were no lights, no beautiful music, just nothing.
There are quite a few noteworthy records deserving general notice, but only so much space, so instead of coming up with some clever theme or concept linking them all together. I'm just going to get right to it without any further ado. De La Soul's Stakes Is High (Tommy Boy) is an ideal place to start, being so highly-anticipated.
“It’s a long way from the South Berg,” says Dave Katz, observing the sprawl of Hookahville’s population up over three hills that roll to the horizon. Not more than 60 miles of central Ohio actually separate this festival site from the cavelike basement bar in Columbus—a rumored speakeasy during another Prohibition—where the five-year-old Ekoostik Hookah began cultivating their sound.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS: THE WAR ON DRUGS AND THE POLITICS OF FAILURE by Dan Baum ( Little, Brown, New York, $ 24.95 ) In Smoke and Mirrors, former Wall Street Journal reporter Dan Baum has put together a devastating account of the Drug War from 1967 to 1992.
THE ACTIVISTS HANDBOOK: A Primer For the 1990s and Beyond by Randy Shaw (University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, $17.95)—Detailed advice for political activists, from ballot initiatives to direct action. “Don’t respond, strategize.”
PIRATE UTOPIAS: MOORISH CORSAIRS & EUROPEAN RENEGADOES
Peter Lamborn Wilson
PO Box 568, Brooklyn, NY 11211, $8 plus $2.50 s&h) Underground cult legend Peter Lamborn Wilson is obsessed with exploring the historical roots of what he calls “dropout culture.” He has written about white settlers in colonial America who fled indentured servitude to “go native,” joining the Indians in the wilderness.
DREAM BABY DREAM: IMAGES FROM THE BLANK GENERATION
(2.13.61, PO Box 1910, Los Angeles, CA 90078, $25.00) Photographer Stephanie Chernikowski calls Dream Baby Dream “a documentary film in stills,” and it is. She shot a virtual who’s who of the late-’70s New York punk scene—Patti Smith, the Ramones, Television, David Byrne, John Lydon, the Dead Boys, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Sid Vicious and Andy Warhol—in portraits (her double-exposed Richard Hell is brilliant), candid and performance shots, with the street in Front of CBGB one of her Favorite settings.
Richard C. Morais, Forbes Steve Forbes' obscure attempt at the presidency last spring ushered him info a position of legislative legitimacy. Perhaps his executive readership and cronies on Capitol Hill will take note of New York freelance writer Richard C. Morais' investigation of the Dutch cannabis industry ( “Just Say Maybe," Forbes, June 17, 1996).
FDA MOUNTS FAKE DRUG SCARES TO GAIN CONTROL OF HERBAL THERAPIES
Lab Wizards Discover 'Postmortem Redistribution'
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL—On March 6, during Spring Break here this year, several vacationing students from Long Island prepared for a night on the town by taking upwards of II doses apiece of an ephedrinebased pep pill called "Ultimate Xphoria."
ALBANY, NY—After loudly banning a selected list of ephedrine-containing herbal stimulants from sale in New York State last spring [HighWitness News, July '95], Governor George Pataki’s FDA-inspired crusade climaxed very quietly with an unpublicized hearing in a little courtroom here in June before Administrative Court Judge Johnathan Brandes.
Military Chemical-Weapons Incineration Threatens Thousands
"All my life I was told 'There's nothing to worry about, everything's safe,’ ” says Karen Jones, who grew up downwind and down the river from the US Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington. "Now we know for certain that was a lie."
MAPS STUDY FINDS LIGHTWEIGHT X, BUT NO HEROIN OR GROUND GLASS
UNITED STATES SAMPLES
ENGLAND AND SOUTH AFRICA SAMPLES
As ANY RAVER KNOWS, MDMA IS THE GENTLEST OF EUPHORIC INTOXICANTS. IN THE '80S IT WAS SOMEWHAT MISLEADINGLY CHRISTENED "ECSTASY," ALTHOUGH ITS DELIRIANT EFFECTS ARE FAR FROM THE SORT OF OVERWHELMING BLISS WHICH THE TERM CONNOTES. NONETHELESS, ECSTASY HAS CAUGHT ON AND IS GETTING COOKED UP EVERYWHERE NOWADAYS BY ANY BATHTUB PARACELSUS WITH ACCESS TO SASSAFRAS (SASSAFRAS ALBIDUM), ITS LOWLY STARTING MATERIAL.
ECSTASY BUSTS CLOAK HARD-DRUGS BONANZA IN NYC DISCOS
NEW YORK CITY—MDMA briefly but floridly made headlines here last spring with the arrests of 22 people, mainly college-age ravers, for allegedly dabbling in Ecstasy sales in two popular dance clubs owned by Canadian investor Peter Gatien.
The Supreme Court ruled that police can use a minor traffic violation as a pretext for stopping a car to find drugs if there was probable cause for the traffic stop, upholding the conviction of two DC men arrested for crack possession after they were stopped for failing to signal while turning.
New research supporting hemp's energy potential now reaches us from Hawai’i. About 90% of Hawai’i’s energy is supplied by imported petroleum, and because of the expense of transporting it across the ocean, oil costs more on the islands than on the mainland.
They’ve come to be known as cannabis buyers' clubs (CBCs), but Philadelphia’s medicinalmarijuana provider does not place stock in economically driven principles. "We're an unusual club," says director Kiyoshi Kuromiya. "Most clubs sell their medicine.
DAVENPORT, 1A—Saturday, May 16th, ’96 couldn't have been a more beautiful day for the Quad Cities Hemp Coalition’s 12th semi-annual Hempfest, held on Credit Island on the Mississippi River here. But it soon became apparent that this fest wasn’t going to be as groovy as past events.
Bobby Vik is not a saint. By the time he was charged with selling 4.97 grams of marijuana to an undercover cop in Joplin, MO in 1986, he'd already done six years of federal time on a Mann Act violation, for transporting an underage runaway across state lines, and had been charged with second-degree burglary and stealing.
When it comes to switching horses in midstream, the Seattle and Washington State legalization movements are lucky to have Vivian McPeak in the water. His position as the primary organizer of the hugely successful Seattle HempFest and his willingness to suspend this year's festival in order to concentrate on preparing the first-ever Washington State Hemp Voter's Guide in time for the November elections have earned him this month's Freedom Fighter award.
SANTA CRUZ, CA—In what is becoming an annual spring tradition in this woodsy county north of Monterey Bay, the Santa Cruz Hemp Council has once again stirred up widespread opposition to this year’s funding for the local War on Marijuana. The annual Santa Cruz County antipot offensive includes low-flying surveillance helicopters, paid informants and the targeting of citizens growing fewer than 10 plants for their personal and medical use, despite the overwhelming victory in 1992 of Measure A, the medical-marijuana initiative sponsored by the Hemp Council.
On June 1st, actor Woody Harrelson was arrested for planting four seeds of industrial hemp in Beattyville, Kentucky. Harrelson orchestrated his own arrest in order to challenge a Kentucky law that makes no distinction between marijuana and industrial hemp.
Last May's Supreme Court decision overturning Amendment Two. Colorado voters' attempt to ban gay-rights laws in the state, is a victory for rationality and tolerance in dealing with people often damned as deviants and degenerates—a status shared by gays, lesbians and pot-smokers.
My friend Julian Alexander II and I have an unstated rivalry. Our competition hinges on finding historical material before the other one does, especially trivialities, true oddities and gems of forgotten lore surrounding hemp prohibition.
NORML Director of Publications According to federal politicians, drug prohibitionists and the majority of the national news media, adolescent marijuana use is dramatically on the increase and soaring toward epidemic proportions. This claim has been made so frequently within the past year that one may easily remain unaware that there exists any serious debate on this issue.
The heart of Hawaii's pakalolo economy is the Puna district on the Big Island, which covers the County of Hawai'i. This is openly recognized by law enforcement and growers alike. Puna is a hippie-flavored backwater where fertile sugar plantations lie fallow while real-estate speculators sell subdivisions on barren lava fields.
Professor Afghani's Guide to High-Yield Cultivation
A Successful high-yield growroom
Ventilation and CO2
One million dollars!
Indoor cultivation for personal use provides the average cannabis user with inexpensive and uncontaminated cannabis. However, the legal hazards of home cultivation increase exponentially after more than 50 plants are cultivated.
I deally, outdoor marijuana gardens would be located in partially shaded, well-drained areas with rich soil and reliable water supplies. Deer, feral pigs and other predators would be kept away by a combination of fencing, nontoxic leaf sprays, insect traps and gardener diligence.
WE ALL UNDERUTILIZE OUR MIN A WAKE STATE. IT'S LIKE USING DS, USING BASICALLY ONLY ONE PROGRAM, OUR ORDINARY A POWERFUL COMPUTER STRICTLY TO PLAY CHESS.
“Not letting people use entheogens is like not letting a fundamentalist have a Bible or a Catholic go to church," says Thomas Roberts, a professor of educational psychology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Co-author with Paula Jo Hruby of Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments ( Psychedelia Books, POB 354, Dekalb, II 60115), Roberts has been studying mind-manifesting modalities and agents since entering graduate school at Stanford in the legendary summer of 1967.
One could trace a good 30 years of rhythm & blues history by simply studying the career of Johnny “Guitar" Watson. Texas blues, West Coast R&B. rock'n'roll, soul, funk and discoone gave way to the next in a slowly wrought osmosis as the tastes of the record-buying public changed along with various cultural and technological factors.
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!
Our girls on The Scene in Holland bring you the first in a series of articles on the latest Dutch grow technologies
THE GROW GRRRLZ
Holland offers a relatively free atmosphere for growing marijuana, which allows much experimentation with new products. The weather here has created a need for technology to support indoor and greenhouse growing of food and flowers. It's just not possible to get most crops to finish out-of-doors in this climate.
Welcome to our all-organic grow space! Of course you can’t stand up in it, but it's semi-portable and cheap to build. At 6' x 6’ x 4' it fits nicely into our New York apartment. We built the frame from 2" metal tracks, the kind used to hang sheetrock, but metal studs or tracks of similar dimensions will work just fine.
Mr. Greenthumbs. Ottawa. CANADA I have a 2' x 4' x 8' closet with a sliding door. I grow Dutch and West Coast varieties. By using extremely moist potting mix containing 40% Vermiculite, I get away using small 2-liter pop bottles as pots. I support the plants using cotton butcher string and self-adhesive mug hooks.
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 fastidiously maintained set of criteria, by necessity known only to personnel of the Imperial THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
The Sex pistols are back and Chris Simunek is out on the road covering their Filthy Lucre reunion tour as we go to press. Look for his report, with photos by Bob Gruen, in our punk-packed 116 page November issue. Author Legs McNeil was there at the beginning of punk rock in the early '70s.