as this issue is being put to bed, Bill Clinton has just been reelected, we've got a host of new and returning senators and members of Congress, and the medical marijuana initiatives in both Arizona and California have passed. Unfortunately, we have not moved one iota closer to ending the awful Drug War.
Thanks for the long-awaited November '96 issue of HIGH TIMES dedicated to the punk music movement. It's about time HIGH TIMES has acknowledged the fact that not everyone who smokes is a tie-dye-wearing Hessian. After all, aren't punks just misinformed hippies?
"We liberated Boston Common for a day," smiles MASS CANN's executive director Bill Downing as garbage teams begin collecting the desiderata of at least 50,000 weed supporters who converged on the Parkman Bandstand on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Brijitte West says she tronts a rock band because "I don't have anything else I can do." Excuse West for her modesty. Why, just three years ago she penned two HIGH TIMES cover stories—about rave culture (May '93) and Sebastian Bach (July '93).
Syd Straw breaks into hoots of delight at the idea of her album being used as a rolling surface for her good friend Mary Jane, a constant companion since the 37-year-old singer/songwriter traded in the Book of Mormon for the Book of Syd a couple decades ago.
Many know J.J. Cale as the songwriter of two of Eric Clapton's biggest hits, "After Midnight" and "Cocaine." Now on his latest album, Guitar Man, Cale has moved onto ganja with the cool stoner track, "Days Gone By." With smokey vocals and laid back guitar, Cale sings of enjoying a buzz but worrying about the consequences: You know they say it’s illegal/but what isn’t these days/No matter what you do/there’ll be somebody on your case/Ooh ooh days gone by/It just seems like I sit around and get high/Ooh ooh shame on me/They’re gonna put me in the penitentiary.
Cannabis-themed compilation albums have become increasingly common lately, and it's a great thing. A song can get a message across better than any amount of speeches, research, rhetoric or editorializing, and this month's bumper crop of tokin' tuneage speaks loud and clear.
If you’re into E, this is a valuable, if somewhat disorganized, sourcebook. Nicholas Saunders, whose E is for Ecstasy became a cult hit in the British club scene, offers here an updated American version, jam-packed with research and anecdotal testimony about the drug he knows and loves.
Remember back in the early 1990s when the world got in a tizzy over the disappearing Amazonian rain forests? The media were saturated with alarming projections of ecological Armageddon, and indigenous rain forest cultures were suddenly cast as repositories of ecological wisdom.
"We had a funny introduction," recalls director Murray Lerner. The year was 1970, and the promoters of the Isle of Wight Festival—England's Woodstock— had their agent, Bert Block, call about screening Lerner's acclaimed documentary of the Newport Folk Festival between performances of rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and the Who.
MEDICAL-MARIJUANA PROPOSITIONS PASS IN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA!
On Nov. 5, voters in both California and Arizona resoundingly passed initiatives which permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. But while the California initiative—spearheaded by Dennis Peron, founder of the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers' Club—passed by a margin of 56-44, and the Arizona initiative passed by a margin of better than 65-35, opponents of both bills have said they would challenge the validity of the new laws.
CIA 'FREEDOM FIGHTERS' AND THE '80s CRACK EXPLOSION
Newspaper Exposé Leads To Investigations
REACTION TO DARK ALLIANCE'
An investigative news series linking leaders of the CIA-sponsored anticommunist armies in Nicaragua during the 1980s with the US crack explosion has spurred two federal investigations into the allegations. In his three-part series, titled "Dark Alliance," in California's San Jose Mercury News last August, veteran Drug War investigator Gary Webb showed how, throughout the '80s, "a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles, and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the US Central Intelligence Agency."
They dug up the body of poor Manuel Muñoz Rocha just before Halloween last October—that would be the Dia de las Muertos down there—in a spooky little pine-shrouded hideaway outside Mexico City called, appropriately enough, Las Encantadas.
Rebellion Against Narco Militarization Rocks Colombia, Mexico
PEASANT AND INDIAN RESISTANCE TO THE WASHINGTON-MANDATED 'ANTIDRUG' MILITARIZATION OF COLOMBIA AND MEXICO—THE TOP PRODUCER AND TRANSPORTER, RESPECTIVELY, OF FINISHED COCAINE—IS GROWING FAST. IN BOTH CASES, WASHINGTON IS PRESSURING REGIMES COMPLETELY ENMESHED IN THE DRUG TRADE TO CRACK DOWN ON CAMPESINO FARMERS AND GUERRILLAS, PROVING ONCE AGAIN THAT THE DRUG WAR HAS REPLACED THE COLD WAR IN THE PERMANENT PENTAGON/WHITE HOUSE EFFORT TO MAINTAIN YANKEE POWER OVER LATIN AMERICA.
US NATIONAL GUARD & INS MOVED CARTEL COKE: WITNESSES
MEXICAN ANTIDRUG CHIEF FOUND DEAD TWICE
TIJUANA DRUG WAR ESCALATES
REPRESSION IN PENN.
MUMIA WITNESS ARRESTED ON STAND
HARMLESS CYBER GEEK BEATEN IN PRISON
GLIMMERS OF HOPE
MUMIA PROTESTORS GET OFF
Carlos Rodriguez, former insider of Mexico's Gulf cartel now serving up to 60 years in a US prison, testified in the Houston trial of accused cartel kingpin Juan Garcia Abrego that US National Guardsmen shipped cocaine and marijuana in military trucks for the organization.
While the recent pro-legalization rally that drew some 50,000 people to the Boston Common (see BUZZ section, this issue) was a huge success, it was only one more feather in the colorful cap of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition. And it is for their collective body of work that the Mass CANN organization wins this month’s Freedom Fighter Award.
OK! OK! OK! I'll stand up for my entire generation and confess: Not only did I smoke, I inhaled! I also pasted patches on my jeans, slept on a waterbed, marched and protested, burned incense, sported a big Afro and wore a Nehru jacket. So what about it?
My name is Karen Hoffman. I am a 26-year-old Dead Head from San Francisco facing multiple life-without-parole sentences on federal LSD charges. My case is a part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s "Operation Looking Glass." This operation is also known to Dead Heads as Operation Dead End, as its focus is on us and the Grateful Dead's tours.
US GOV’T: NO LINK BETWEEN MARIJUANA DECRIM AND INCREASED POT USE
The last election's teen-pot scare contradicted the government's own data. At a time when politicians appear to be champing at the bit in favor of increasing state and federal marijuana penalties as a means to curb adolescent use, NORML would like to spotlight the conclusions of the only federal study ever conducted regarding the impact of marijuana decriminalization on youth.
in Amsterdam it's easier to find women in the Cannabiz, partly because there are more of them, and partly because Dutch women are, as some men say, "notoriously liberated." And without a doubt, the tolerance policy here makes the entire Cannabiz accessible to anyone with growing experience or business savvy?
"Let’s caravan together and get a Medicine Show on the road." Year after year, this idea came up at "Vision Council" at the US Rainbow Gathering. Overseas, a Peace Caravan had taken off from the European Rainbow Gathering in Ireland in 1994, journeying all the way to Yugoslavia in the middle of the war there.
Sociologist Lynn Zimmer never had any intention of becoming a Drug War reform advocate. Raised in upstate New York, she got married right after high school, had a couple of kids, attended college and began the life of an academic at a small university near Buffalo.
The Little Ones With The Big Holes: 45 RPM Rock'n'Roll
From Elvis Presley's first record to Nirvana's debut, rock'n'roll music was invented for and is best represented by the 45-rpm disc. Whether one speaks of doo-wop, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, New Orleans R&B, surf, the British Invasion, girl groups, `60 garage, psychedelia, glitter, `70s punk rock or today's so-called alternative rock, virtually all of rock'n'roll's major stylistic innovations came about because of the seven-inch 45 rpm record.
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!
With a few minor exceptions, the care and upkeep of any indoor garden is essentially the same. Whether you grow organically or hydroponically, have a large commercial operation or a small closet garden, efficiency and yield can be maximized with careful scheduling and maintenance of your growroom.
I started my personal garden with Haze × Northern Lights N°5 seeds that I picked up in Vancouver. My growspace is 3' × 3' and is ventilated by a 12" fan. For lighting I like to mix a 400w metal halide and a 250w high pressure sodium lamp. I was able to pack six plants in my small growroom.
I control aphids in the growroom by blasting them with a water spray every other day for a couple of minutes. To prevent the container that holds the medium from getting drenched, or aphids washing onto the medium. I place a plastic sheet over the container before I blast.
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 strictly maintained set of criteria, by necessity known only to personnel of the Imperial THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
HT's Roving Editor Bill Weinberg returns to northern California during growing season to investigate the latest tactics used by law enforcement to try to disrupt the premiere marijuana region in the country. The dinner party's going splendidly.