In case you haven't noticed, the September Boston Freedom Rally on Boston Common has quietly become the largest legalization event in the country, attracting a crowd of well over 50,000 for two years running. I haven't experienced such a dense vortex of youth energy since Woodstock, and I encourage everyone in the country to check it out next year.
Your article on the "Million Dollar Grow Room" (Oct. '96, HT) was so flawed that I must respond. The math involved was: 320 ounces, 6 crops, which equals 53,760 grams. This equals $18.60 per gram or $520 per ounce. I must suggest that someone running this size grow operation and retailing that many ounces would not be doing either for long.
At Nine Miles, Kingston and Montego Bay, plans are being made to cultivate industrial hemp on the same ganja-friendly island that reveres herb as “the healing of the nations.”
CARTER VAN PELT
At Nine Miles in Jamaica’s St. Ann province—just up the road From the birth-place of Bob Marley—behind an inconspicuous little roadside shack, a knot of Rasta youths have collected around a 50-gallon drum of fresh mountain rainwater which has been dubbed “Nine Miles Hemp-Retting Tank Number One.”
Bob Marley would be proud. The company that licenses his name and image has gotten into the hemp business. Marley hemp hats and wallets are already available from Ecolution, and backpacks, jeans, jackets and jewelry will soon come. Two other hemp companies, Orval and Boona, have also signed up with Bob Marley Licensing.
From rudeboy to Rastamon, Capleton has joined Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer as one of dancehall-reggae’s biggest stars. The one they call “The Prophet” recently shared his Rasta wisdom with HIGH TIMES.
I WAS ONCE A CHRISTIAN
THEY USED TO SAY RASTA WAS BLACKHEART MON
I WOULD DJ LIKE A JUKEBOX
PEOPLE NEED TO LISTEN TO THE SONGS
THE PEOPLE WERE BRAINWASHED, MISEDUCATED AND ENSLAVED
PARTAKING OF THE CHALICE IS VITAL
THEY TRY TO DESTROY IT
SEEK AND FIND YOUR OWN TRUTH
But the man who baptized me when I was twelve was discovered with coke in his Bible. This was one of the eye-opening events for me. If you say Jesus, it’s okay, but if you say Rasta or King Selassie I, they say you are a madman and throw you out of the house.
It wasn't quite Jamaica, but you could feel the unmistakable reggae rhythms emanating from New York's Reefer Bar as summer turned to fall. The occasion was a celebration of the latest music from the Marley family. Julian, 21, and Damian (aka "Jr.Gong"), 18, have followed in their father's righteous footsteps with rootical releases on Ghetto Youths International, the label owned and operated by the Marley children and distributed by Tuff Gong.
Countryman has been expecting us when we arrive at his house by the beach on Runaway Bay, “the garden parish of Jamaica.” Beaming with bright eyes, sleek torso and a caveman grin, our charismatic host offers us the guest lodging—a small wooden shack on stilts with no electricity and an exquisite view of the Caribbean.
Last year it was Jerry Garcia. Two years ago, Kurt Cobain. Seems every time I write this year-in-review column it's colored by death, and 1996 was no different. The horrendous surge in heroin use among musicians killed Brad Nowell of Sublime and Jonathan Melvoin of Smashing Pumpkins, and landed numerous others (Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland, Depeche Mode's David Gahan) in rehab.
In the world of Jamaican music, few artists have managed To remain consistently committed to the spiritual roots of reggae. The onslaught of sequencers and drum machines has created soulless homogenization and left many of the top roots acts corrupted.
WISDOM'S MAW: THE ACID NOVEL by Todd Brendan Fahey (Far Gone Books, PO Box 43745, Lafayette, LA, $16.95) Aptly subtitled “The Acid Novel." Todd Brendan Fahey's Wisdom's Maw takes each facet of the CIA's experiments with LSD in the '50s and '60s and extrapolates them in glorious, diabolical detail.
THE TOM FORÇADE AWARD I GARRY TRUDEAU in TIME MAGAZINE
THE TOM FORÇADE AWARD II CANNABIS CANADA MAGAZINE
In last Sept. 16th's issue of Time Magazine, Cartoonist Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury penned a scathing attack against backpedaling pothead politicians. In "Getting Over Getting Stoned: An impolitic proposal for the post-pot generation," Trudeau challenges "the generation that popularized the stuff" to have the guts to “come clean about what made it so alluring in the first place."
Yes, that was Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis sharing a joint in Central Park last summer. They were filming I'm Not Rappaport—the inspiring story of two elderly friends who indulge in some old-fashioned pot-bonding. Acclaimed playwright Herb Gardener directed this screen version of his Broadway hit, which was released by Gramercy Pictures in December.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—The recent federally mediated payment of about $1 million to a Baptist minister wrongfully jailed for three years on bogus cocaine-peddling charges represents just the tip of the iceberg in a growing Philadelphia scandal involving police drug corruption, citizens being framed and jailed for drug crimes, and lawsuits that will cost tax-payers millions of dollars.
NEW YORK CITY—The last remaining residents of five contested squats on the Lower East Side were evicted last August 13, thrown out of their homes in the pouring rain in a predawn raid by hundreds of assault-rifle-wielding police. The invasion came five days after a state appeals court over-turned a lower-court injunction that barred the city from evicting the squatters from the five buildings on East 13th Street until after their case had been settled in court.
A Panamanian research program evaluating the effects of ibogaine treatment in heroin and cocaine addiction is now accepting clients for inclusion in the study. The program is being carried out with the authorization of the Panamanian Minister of Health, and is being run by physicians with the Panama Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Tuna, Dolphins and Drugs: THE COCAINE CARTELS V. ECO-LEGISLATION
SINCE 1990, NEARLY EVERY CAN OF TUNAFISH ON YOUR GROCER'S SHELF HAS CARRIED THE WORDS "DOLPHIN SAFE," SIGNIFYING THAT THE TUNA IN THE CAN WAS CAUGHT WITHOUT SLAUGHTERING THE DOLPHINS THAT OFTEN ACCOMPANY TUNA SCHOOLS. BUT RECENT BILLS INTRODUCED IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE MAY GUT THE DOLPHIN LAW, ENDING THE US EMBARGO OF MEXICAN, COLOMBIAN AND VENEZUELAN TUNA—AND REOPENING THE SUREST COCAINE PIPELINE THE INTERNATIONAL DOPE CARTELS HAVE EVER HAD
As US Attorney General Janet Reno demands the extradition of four Cali cartel kingpins and President Ernesto Samper battles charges that the cartel funded his election campaign to the tune of $6 million, US relations with Colombia are increasingly mired in bitter intrigues.
Medical Cannabis Provided at San Francisco Church in Defiance of California Attorney General Lungren
SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, September 13, the Healing Alternatives Foundation (HAF) began providing medical marijuana to 25 AIDS and cancer patients at the Metropolitan Community Church in the city's Castro district. The marijuana was provided in response to Mayor Willie Brown's request that alternative medical-marijuana distribution sites be opened following the Aug. 4 closing of the SF Cannabis Buyers' Club by state police.
A vaccine which prevents cocaine from affecting the brain has been proven successful in animal models and will be tested on human beings beginning later this year. After months of anticipation, ImmuLogic Pharmaceutical Corporation of Waltham, MA announced last summer that it had received a $700,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund the human trials.
SAN FRANCISCO—Dennis Peron, founder of the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers’ Club was arrested on October 11 in connection with last August’s raid on the club (see HighWitness News, Dec. '96) and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and with operating a location where marijuana was sold.
Perspiration Targeted by Drug-Sniffers Who Kept Paraquat Scare Alive in '70s
Sweat has joined urine and hair on the list of body products subject to drug testing. Authorities in at least two states are now collecting sweat from people on probation or parole, and sending it for testing to the California lab company largely responsible for the great paraquat scare of 1978.
WASHINGTON, DC—When NORML and other legalization groups needed a person to man the marijuana information table on some of 1996's hottest music tours, DC's John Pylka got the call. And now, 56,000 lonely driving miles later, Pylka, who has learned to handle everybody from party-hearty music fans to irate venue owners, has earned the Freedom Fighter of the Month Award.
Richard Evans, director of the Greater Cincinnati Cannabis Buyers’ Club, is relieved to be done with the 29-day jail term he received as a result of his work with the CBC. On July 18, Evans pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Trafficking in Marijuana, Under Eight Ounces.
Stories We Haven't Covered DRUG WAR HORROR— THE BEAT GOES ON
Every day hundreds of entries are logged into the book of human suffering being written by the War on Drugs. The stories of many of these human beings make their way to the HIGH TIMES office. It’s fair to say that not a single day goes by without someone contacting us and asking that their story be told, hoping that the people who read it will understand a little more about how far this failed war has gone in gutting the Bill of Rights and undermining human dignity.
“It is the property which is proceeded against, and, by resort to a legal fiction, held guilty,” wrote Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, concluding: “Civil forfeitures, we hold, do not constitute punishment for purposes of the double jeopardy clause.”
The Los Angeles Cannabis Buyers’ Club reopened on Wednesday, Sept. 18, two days after it was shut down in a pre-election raid by county sheriff’s deputies and state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement narcs. Four people were arrested in the raid on the club, located on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood: its medical-records coordinator and three clients—two with AIDS, one with glaucoma—working there as volunteers, says founder Scott Imler.
Since the earliest stages of marijuana prohibition, proponents have maintained that one of marijuana's greatest dangers is that its use leads to harder drugs. Known as the "gateway theory," this notion serves as one of the primary pillars of the prohibitionist argument.
DEA aerial spraying for marijuana eradication on the Big Island of Hawaii is sparking a citizen outcry as local communities are contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate. In K'au, where most locals depend on rainwater catchment, respiratory complaints, dead chickens and birds have been reported, along with evidence of poisoned water.
If the snowboarding world has a Bonnie and Clyde, it's Megan Pischke and Jason "J2" Rasmus. A gregarious Californian, Pischke is instantly likeable and warm. Rasmus, who hails from the East Coast, keeps his distance with a quietly irreverent sense of humor.
“Skiing is about hot toddies, snow-boarding is about hot bodies. Skiing is about wiggling your ass, snow-boarding is about freeing your soul.” When you pull snowboarders together, you’ll hear a lot of this stuff—which was the whole point.
You meet the hustlers first in Kingston. They're the city's Praetorian Guard and no one from the outside gets past them without paying tribute. They greet you when you get off the plane, they're waiting for you when you leave the barbwire security of your five-star hotel, they stand on the street corners and approach you as you pass.
Bunny Wailer is not an easy guy to get in touch with. Bob Marley is gone. Peter Tosh is gone. Bunny is the last surviving Wailer and those are pretty big shoes to fill. There's an endless stream of press, promoters and musicians trying to find him, and as far as I can see he ignores them all.
Dan Baum is the author of Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure (Little, Brown and Company, 1996). The book recounts the history of the War on Drugs, beginning with the Nixon Administration in 1967. I thought that I was informed about the irrationality and horrors of the Drug War, but when I read Baum's extremely well-researched book I was astonished to discover just how sinister things had gotten.
From the time that Christopher Columbus sailed the seven seas and stumbled onto the island called Jamaica, the destiny of the “Human Tribes" around the world would never be as innocent as before. Imperialism would change the face of the Earth.
Here’s just a few peculiar CDs buried in the back bins of your local record shop. Among the oddball items you might enjoy are...
LEE PERRY: Kung Fu Meets The Dragon (Lagoon) You could do worse than entering a record store, closing your eyes and picking anything from the Lee Perry section. This founding father of reggae and pioneer of dub has churned out dozens and dozens of fine albums over the last 20 years.
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!
The distinctive odor of an indoor garden can draw unwanted attention, especially in crowded urban settings as in Holland. We have the densest population on Earth here in the small area known as the Randstad, which includes Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.
G'day from Down Under. I have cultivated pot for 10 years now. I started outdoors, which is relatively safe to do in Australia because of the amount of vegetation in the bush and the low population. But with the development of indoor seed strains, I moved indoors.
Alan G. State College, PA My greenhouse garden of mixed plants produces quite a yield. There are two types of hybrids from last year's crop. Some are mostly sativa and others mostly indica. Big Mac Humboldt, CA Dave Hell, Texas I had a plant this season with six branches coming off the main stem.
This is Trans-High Market Quotations, the heartwarming bulletin of herbally aware Americans since 1974. Representative cannabis and psychedelic listings from various sources appear within this righteous bovine publication according to a strictly absurd set of criteria, by necessity known only to personnel of the THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
Everybody has their favorite way to smoke herb. Be it in a joint, bowl, bong or chillum, the end result is usually the same. In Jamaica, people mostly smoke their ganja rolled in spliffs, which are giant cone-shaped joints, or in the chalice, a type of waterpipe traditionally fashioned from a ram's horn or a calabash.
In the Netherlands, growing and selling cannabis and cannabis products is not just a man's job. Dutch women are finding that the Cannabiz is an ethical, often spiritual way to earn fair pay and live free. A lot of work goes into an indoor operation.