Publicizing medical marijuana initiatives and efforts to legalize industrial hemp, exploding media myths about "kids and pot," bannering the 1996 Cannabis Cup festivities—all smack in the middle of an election year—has provided a whirlwind start for Julie DiTursi, the new publicity manager of HIGH TIMES. "People need to be educated," Julie diagnoses.
Now that California and Arizona have made medical marijuana legal, doctors will continue to debate the possible adverse effects of smoke inhalation. Healthy ways to take medicine is a hot issue for the American public. We feel it is high time for a consumer report that separates fact from fiction with regard to the safest and healthiest method of taking cannabis medicine.
Tricky DJ Shadow and Morcheeba have one thing in common— they're all identified with a spacey musical hybrid known on dance floors from London to San Francisco as "trip-hop."
Tricky takes the stage at the downtown Manhattan club Vinyl, lights a six-inch spliff and launches into the first lurching tune of what will be a drastically curtailed set. His band copes with the weird rhythms and eerie moods of his mostly sampled albums with surprising ease, while Tricky and partner Martina mutter into twin microphones their tales of psychic confusion, fucked-up sex and millennial paranoia.
Though Tricky wouldn't talk to us, he has spoken many times in the past about his affection for spliffs. In fact, his own record label is called Durban Poison, named for a particularly powerful strain of South African weed. Here's what he's had to say: • "I could sit and smoke a spliff with my dad and we're cool."
Tricky: Maxinquaye (Island)—His superb debut, slower and mellower than Pre-Millennium Tension. Tricky: Nearly God (Island)—Interim release, intended as a collection of great demos featuring such collaborators as Bjork, Terry Hall and Alison Moyet.
Medeski, Martin and Wood make jazz for Phish-heads.
The inevitable backlash to the current neo-punk trend will surely involve a renewed appreciation of instrumental prowess. As more people grow tired of semi-competence with a sneer, and seek something a little more substantial to sink their musical teeth into, talented players may once again be able to grab the spotlight playing music strong enough to dispense with vocals altogether.
HIP-HOP'S TOP TOKER, REDMAN, HAS A PHAT NEW JOINT.
ASONDRA R. HUNTER
"I ain't got no smoke," confesses Redman, the copper-topped weed rapper with two gold records to his credit. "I didn't have the time to make the trip uptown. This is a first!" You'd figure Redman (aka Reggie Noble), who appeared on the cover of this magazine exactly four years ago, wouldn't have to hit Buddah spots to acquire his daily dose of cannabis.
Mouth Almighty's Flippin' The Script: Rap Meets Poetry and the self-released Giants in the Dirt present two very different trends in spoken-word poetry. Not completely dissimilar, both collections compile a variety of artists who synthesize poetry and performance with embraceable pop idioms like rock and jazz and the blunted rhythms of hip-hop.
Chim Chim's Badass Revenge (Rowdy) Fishbone's seventh album alternates among high-speed hardcore/ska, generic rock and annoying non-musical interludes. The title track and most of the tunes drone along with little funk and a simple formula approach to rock'n'roll.
Destruction By Definition (Hollywood) This ska band's ominous name and album title are incongruous with the upbeat, pop-kissed, punk-flavored blasts of rude-boy bliss emanating from the Suicide Machines' powerfully catchy debut. Swinging skank-fests like "New Girl," "No Face" and "Hey" (with Bim Skala Bim's Vinnie Nobile on trombone) are just too energetic to make anyone want to end it all.
Scenery and Fish (Capitol) Prog-rock is not merely the territory of '70s dinosaur bands. With their second album, Canada's I Mother Earth prove that younger bands, if they want to expend the effort in honing their craft, can do it just as well or better.
A feud between Cypress Hill and Ice Cube has escalated into full-scale lyrical warfare. Back in 1995. Cypress wrote a song for the Friday sound-track. The day DJ Muggs and B-Real submitted it, they also played Cube a few cuts from their upcoming joint.
The Black Crowes can always be counted on to produce their own custom papers with each album release and tour. Crowe Brand Papers, courtesy of Bambu, feature psychedelic art. They sell for $5 a pack at shows. Another band brand comes from The Drag, a South Carolina quintet produced by Mitch Easter.
It was inevitable that one or both of Oasis' Gallagher brothers would get busted for coke. Last year, guitarist Noel told The New York Times that the only thing the battling brothers can agree on is to "snort white lines every day." On the morning of Nov. 9, after the Q magazine awards, police nabbed lead singer Liam on Oxford Street.
KALEIDOSCOPE EYES: PSYCHEDELIC ROCK FROM THE '60s TO THE '90s by Jim DeRogatis (Citadel Underground, New York, $16.95) Jim DeRogatis' Kaleidoscope Eyes is by no means the definitive book on psychedelic music, but its inclusiveness and flexibility expand the concept far beyond the standard canon of psychedelic masters like the Beatles.
PSYCHEDELIC RESOURCE LIST by Jon Hanna (Soma Graphics, PO Box 19820, Sacramento, CA 95819 0820, $19.95)—Where to go for psychedelic-related materials, be they hard to find books, ethnobotanical seed suppliers or a Web site devoted to the Bufo alvarius toad.
"I can't stop thinking, like, how do I keep the Mayor from becoming a centerfold in HIGH TIMES magazine?" So laments Michael J. Fox in a recent episode of ABC's Spin City. It begins with a press conference where a television reporter unexpectedly informs the Mayor's nominee for school chancellor that a videotape has surfaced of him smoking marijuana at a Grateful Dead concert in 1971.
AUTHORITIES SCRAMBLE FOR STRATEGIES TO SUPPRESS MEDICAL-MARIJUANA LAWS
WHITE HOUSE DRUG CZAR WHITEWASHES PERU'S DRUG JEFE
PHOENIX, AZ—Controversy began raging immediately in the wake of the successful passage last November of both California's Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (formerly Proposition 215), which legalizes medical-marijuana use in that state, and Arizona’s Drug Medicalization, Prevention and Control Act (Proposition 200), which completely revamps that state's drug laws.
MAJOR STUDY FINDS NEEDLE EXCHANGE LOWERS RISK OF HIV
NEW YORK CITY—Intravenous drug users who get clean needles from syringe-exchange programs are 70% less likely to get infected with HIV than those who don’t, according to a study by leading AIDS researchers. The study, released in the Oct. 12,1996 issue of the British medical journal The Lancet, tracked over 1,600 needle users for two and a half years.
If you're like me, names like "Red 90," "Sugar Loaf" or "Enola Hill" mean absolutely nothing. But to thousands of people in the Northwestern United States, these are just a few of the sites where they saw their friends, family members and comrades hauled off to jail.
1,000 Arrested to Save Northern California Redwoods
On September 15, the biggest protest ever against cutting old-growth timber in an American forest took place in the town of Carlotta in Northern California's Humboldt County. 6,000 people gathered and over 1,000 were arrested, including blues star Bonnie Raitt, to stop the chainsaws of Pacific Lumber (PL) from cutting down the ancient and majestic redwoods of Headwaters Grove.
EASTLAKE, OH—On Tuesday, Oct. I, the two high schools in Eastlake, Ohio cracked down on hemp. School officials in this lakeside Cleveland suburb sent over 25 students to the principal's office for wearing hemp necklaces and bracelets, and called their parents to warn them that their children were displaying signs of "drug use."
An estimated 588,963 marijuana arrests were made by state and local law enforcement during 1995, according to the latest edition of the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. This figure represents an 18% increase above the marijuana-arrest totals for 1994 and pushes the total number of marijuana arrests made before 1996 during the Clinton Administration to a staggering 1,450,751.
JAMAICA LEGALIZATION DRIVE The Legalize Ganja Campaign Committee, a group of lawyers and doctors, has been founded to overturn marijuana prohibition in Jamaica. Attorney and Rasta legal advisor Sandra Alcott says the decision to use ganja “is for each adult man and woman to make."
OHIO HEMPSTERS NEED ORGANIZERS FOR INDUSTRIAL--MEDICAL BALLOT DRIVE
CLEVELAND—Once again Ohio is in the forefront of the hemp movement, this time with a bold initiative that combines industrial hemp with medicinal marijuana. The initiative, which is being driven by Don Wirtshafter of the Ohio Hempery and longtime activist Kenny Schweickart of Columbus, would legalize cultivation for industrial and medicinal purposes, but would not change the laws regarding "recreational" use.
THURSTON COUNTY, WA—One of the paradoxes of the Rainbow Tribe's love and peace philosophy is that they remain a threat to the United States government's War on Drugs. And it is for this reason that this month’s Freedom Fighter award goes to one of Rainbow's strategic commanders, Gideon Israel, who has dedicated his life to marijuana legalization and being a key link in the peacelove-hemp movement in the Northwest.
Question: What does a 70-year-old disabled woman from poverty-stricken rural Pennsylvania have in common, besides her age, with two retired gentlemen living in one of New York City’s most exclusive neighborhoods? Answer. All three face time in prison after being busted for marijuana.
Given a 56-Year Sentence for Pot, Joe Kelly is Now Free
STATEMENT OF THE CASE
APPEAL TO REASON?
You don't need to be a Deadhead to know that life is a long, strange trip, but in the case of Joe Kelly, it provides a better basis for understanding. Introduced to you in the Nov. 1995 HIGH TIMES story on blues-rocker Ian Moore ("Moore, Moore. Moore"), Joe was the friend of Moore's who received a 56-year sentence for transporting marijuana to Dead shows.
At the end of the 18th century, a man called Jeremy Bentham implemented a prison surveillance system based on his design, the Panopticon. The Panopticon was a building structured to allow every inmate to be constantly viewed without them being aware of whether they were or weren’t being watched at any particular moment.
CHICO, CA—Students living in a dormitory at the California State University at Chico woke up early one morning last November to find nearly 50 armed university police officers pointing guns at them. Dormitory residents, along with several students residing off-campus, were handcuffed, thrown around, and held for hours without being allowed to contact parents or lawyers.
FORMER LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE, NORML TO CHALLENGE DRUG-TESTING
WASHINGTON, DC—This year, the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of a Georgia law mandating that candidates submit to a drug test before qualifying to run for elected state office. This will be the third time since 1989 that the High Court has examined the issue of suspicionless drug-testing.
Last fall, for the second year in a row, I visited the Emerald Triangle, Northern California’s Mendocino-Humboldt-Trinity marijuana belt, for the annual harvest. And for the 13th year in a row, the state of California worked to suppress as much of the harvest as possible through the draconian Campaign Against Marijuana Planting—CAMP. Upon returning to the Emerald Triangle, 1 was greeted this time with a certain amount of paranoia as well as appreciation.
CAMP, California's Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, is led by state Attorney General Dan Lungren, conducting a more zealous crusade against drugs and hippies than any California AG since Gov. Ronald Reagan's Ed Meese. CAMP coordinates local county forces with the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE), the National Guard and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), as well as the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the National Forest Service and other agencies.
after creation in the fields and growrooms of the globe’s outlaw cultivation capitalists, marijuana is ferried by airplane, mule, lorry, cartrunk and innumerable hands to the Earth’s 100 million or so potheads. In New York City, where McDonald’s delivers burger meat 24 hours a day, cannabis buds often make their final smoggy voyage to local pipes, joints, blunts and bongs by bicycle.
“Vincente*” fled to New York a dozen years ago after being fired from the Port-au-Prince Police Department for peddling cocaine and guns. He has held a job for the past five years as a delivery man for a cosmetics shop in an arty part of town. The proud father of “twelve children and six abortions” involving several women across the city and sea, Vincente’s $5.00 hourly wage is barely enough to keep him afloat.
Not since Willie Nelson has a celebrity come out as strongly for hemp as Woody Harrelson. In 1996 alone, Harrelson lent his time and support to the Colorado Hemp Initiative, The Navajo Hemp Project and the Kentucky Hemp Grower's Cooperative, while continuing his role as a vice president of The Hempstead Company, a West Coast hemp-sportswear manufacturer.
John Sinclair—The Most Grand Exalted Potentate of Zenta
John Sinclair is one helluva guy: poet, writer, radical, disc jockey, marijuana advocate, former chairman of the White Panther Party (later the Rainbow People's Party), former manager of the MC5, promoter of the legendary Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, and now recording artist.
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!
Rick doesn't have a lot of space for an indoor garden in his small home, so he built a small growroom in his garage. With the help of a few grow books, he designed an efficient, high-yielding, easy-to-care-for system. He constructed a 9' x 12' room in part of the garage.
Hello fellow herb growers and smokers. I'd like to share some photos of my favorite ladies for your viewing pleasure. My first "field of dreams" made me pretty nervous, but there is nothing like the feeling of your first victory harvest. I gave the plants all the TLC that a person could give and in return they produced some of the most sticky and skunky buds that I’ve ever smoked.
This is a Northern Lights grown with the help of my friend and teacher, David B. He died before he got to see this beauty. It was 12' tall with a 10’ diameter. The clone was planted in May, and we used catfish trimmings for fertilizer at the bottom of the planting hole.
This is Trans-High Market Quotations, the 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 THMQ Statistical Analysis Unit.
THE CALIFORNIA MEDICAL-MARIJUANA REBELLION Dennis Peron, Dan Lungren & the Battle for 215 The battle for Proposition 215, California’s groundbreaking medical-marijuana initiative, has been won. Or perhaps only the first round has been won.