Last December 30th’s Washington news conference detailing the Clinton Administration’s long-awaited response to California’s and Arizona’s new drug-reform legislation (see "Highwitness News” section) was the culmination of two months of work by damned near every branch of the federal government, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
I would like to thank HIGH TIMES for providing Stephen Gaskin with a venue to express his thoughts. I'm glad to see you respect him and are standing behind him. It's time someone did. R.E.M.G. Whittier, California For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed the article “Cannabis Spirituality.”
2000 B.C.'s Craig Rubin proves there's no business like pot business.
Nothing is more tedious to Craig Rubin than the ongoing debate over whether to link the industrial-hemp and marijuana-legalization movements. Squelching the pot issue as the hemp industry courts mainstream consumers, Rubin contends, is worse than hypocrisy—it’s plain bad business.
HBO's Mr. Show is the stoniest comedy series since SCTV.
"In my own humble opinion," volunteers Dave Cross, costar of HBO's uproarious Mr. Show, "I believe this is the best show to watch when you're high." His partner Bob Odenkirk largely concurs with this assessment of their critically acclaimed series.
Back in 1993, Tool thanked Bill Hicks on their Undertow album and the comedian introduced the band at the Lollapalooza stop in their hometown of Los Angeles. Three years later, in the booklet of AEnima, the group's latest CD on the Zoo label, Tool pay tribute to Hicks with a painting of him titled: BILL HICKS—ANOTHER DEAD HERO.
The long-awaited Wu-Tang doubleopus should be out by the time you read this, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on Ironman by GHOSTFACE KILLAH (Razor Sharp/Epic), solo release number six from the Wu, and one of the best. Ghost lets the RZA’s eerie-yet-soulful tracks creep under your skin while assorted Wu-Tang members provide reinforcements in showdown after lyrical showdown.
EVERYTHING I KNOW I LEARNED ON ACID by Coco Pekelis (Acid Test Productions, 1370 Industrial Ave., Petaluma, CA 94952, $12.95) What types of things can one learn on acid? A tough question. Some of our cosmic lessons are emotionally felt rather than cognitively understood.
MARIJUANA BEER by Ed Rosenthal and the Unknown Brewer (Quick American Archives, 1635 E. 22nd St., Oakland, CA 94606, $14.95) —Adds a fifth element—leaf—to Kurt Zapata's holy quaternity of water, malt, hops and yeast, in recipes for "Light Headed Lager," "Homegrown Homebrew" and more.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has been on a tear lately, deluging the media with full-page ads in major newspapers like The New York Times. With the help of ABC/Disney, it’s taking to the airwaves this March with yet another blitz of “public service” announcements and antidrug messages to be incorporated into entertainment and magazine shows, including General Hospital and Good Morning America.
With all the Oscar attention surrounding his critically acclaimed turn as America's most notorious pornographer in The People vs. Larry Flynt, Woody Harrelson has recently seen his star flare from hot to absolutely blazing. Hollywood's hell-bent hempster makes no effort to conceal his strong convictions about the industrial side of the marijuana plant.
Lies, Hot Air, Little Substance in Administration Response to New Laws in California and Arizona
WASHINGTON,DC—After months of interagency strategizing, the Clinton Administration finally unveiled its official response to last November's passage of California's Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, and Arizona's Proposition 200, the Drug Medicalization, Prevention and Control Act, at a December 30 news conference.
Respected Berkeley psychiatrist Dr. Tod H. Mikuriya is considering legal action against Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey for slander in connection with the December 30 press conference, broadcast over CNN, decrying medical marijuana (see facing page).
One week after the Clinton Administration's December 30 attack on the new medical-marijuana laws in California and Arizona, it announced that it had quietly budgeted a million dollars for the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine to review medical-marijuana research, with a report due in 18 months.
THE HEMP INDUSTRY IS GROWING FASTER THAN A WEED. SIX YEARS AGO THERE WERE ONLY A HANDFUL OF HEMP COMPANIES SELLING PRODUCTS IN THE UNITED STATES. TODAY THERE ARE HUNDREDS, AND EXPERTS PREDICT HEMP WILL BE LEGALLY GROWN IN THE UNITED STATES BEFORE THE YEAR 2000.
It is known throughout Latin America as the School of the Assassins. Since it opened after World War II, it has trained some 60,000 officers from throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean. The masterminds of death squads, torture states and brutal counterinsurgency campaigns learned their grisly arts under its direction.
ANTIPROHIBITION LEGAL GROUP REVIVES TO CONFRONT DRUG WAR
NEW YORK—For anyone who fears that Prohibition-era mentality has never left this country, here's good news. An organization first formed in 1927 "to preserve the spirit of the Constitution by repealing Prohibition" has returned. Disbanded in 1933 when its goal was achieved, the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers re-formed last November to see what it could do about the War on Drugs.
FEDS INDICT VENEZUELAN CIA PAWN A Miami federal grand jury indicted Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila, chief of a Venezuelan National Guard antidrug unit set up by the CIA that imported at least a ton of cocaine into the USA in 1990. The CIA, over the objections of the DEA, allowed the ton to be shipped to Miami to gather information on the Colombian cartels.
Noise Complaint Held Cause for Search in Grower Bust
CANTON, OH—Pot-growers shouldn't crank their stereos too loud after midnight. An Ohio man’s failure to follow that bit of elementary common sense has resulted in a new exception to constitutional restrictions on search and seizure. Last Halloween, a federal appeals court ruled that Canton police had a legitimate reason to enter Donald Rohrig’s house without a warrant after neighbors had complained they could hear music a block away, at 1:30 AM.
Panama City, FL—Larry Nieman is as far removed from the front lines of the Marijuana War as his backwoods Florida home is from the media glare on the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers’ Club. Yet it is the 46-year-old Nieman who earns this month’s Freedom Fighter award, for his steadfast refusal to plea-bargain after being busted for growing pot in his yard.
AUSTIN, TEX.—Texas’ highest court has ruled that the state cannot prosecute a man who already paid its $3.50-a-gram marijuana tax. The Oct. 16 decision by the state Court of Criminal Appeals follows the logic of recent rulings in Arizona and Indiana, which held that prosecuting people for possessing drugs while hitting them with obviously punitive controlled-substance taxes violates the Fifth Amendment’s protection against "double jeopardy.”
In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley predicted a future in which workers at assembly-line drudge jobs are motivated by earning doses of "soma," a pleasure drug. Urine-testing statistics, believe it or not, show exactly how well that might work.
NEW YORK CITY—I've suffered from migraine headaches for over 15 years, getting them, on average, every week to 10 days. I don't think people who don't get them understand the intensity of the pain. The worst ones I get, about three or four a year, hurt more than getting my jaw broken in two places did.
NORML PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR Following the historic votes in California and Arizona on ballot initiatives approving the use of medical marijuana for seriously ill patients, the subject of marijuana's therapeutic value has captured the national spotlight.
The struggle for California’s medical-marijuana initiative, Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, was a battle with reverberations throughout American society—and it isn’t over yet. The opposing forces are represented by two men—California Attorney General Dan Lungren and San Francisco medical-marijuana crusader Dennis Peron.
Both the Grow Grrrlz are self-admitted hippies, real back-to the-land types. Both have seen big fields of cannabis growing free out of doors under the Goddess's sun in lovely rich soil, as it was meant to be. Unfortunately, most cannabis crops in the West are locked up in closets, attics and basements, dependent upon artificial sunlight and whatever nutrients growers provide for them in an attempt to recreate the great outdoors.
Agents of the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE), besides possibly planting a gun in the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers’ Club's offices just before raiding it last August (see main story), engaged in numerous other criminal activities during their pre-election campaign to discredit the Club, its patients and its backers.
It was high noon on a muggy July day when the raid began.The noise of the helicopters was deafening while squad cars and cops were suddenly everywhere. Crandy and Tracy Johnson realized quickly that both of their homes had been surrounded. Their 75-year-old mother was beginning to cry.
KEY WEST, FLA—The upcoming triat of two people busted in the August 8 raid on the Key West Cannabis Buyers Club could set another precedent for the state's marijuana laws. While Florida already allows users to present a medical-necessity defense, this case will argue that caregivers should have the same rights.
SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday, January 8, San Francisco Superior Court Judge David Garcia lifted the injunction on the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers’ Club that had kept it closed since an August 4 raid by state narcotics police, authorizing the not-for-profit cultivation and sale of marijuana for medical purposes.
Perhaps the most fascinating of the old-time “mom and pop" labels, Detroit's Fortune Records' story is every bit (or maybe more) crucial to the development of rock'n'roll as some of the tripe celebrated in the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and in countless misinformed books on rock’n'roll's history.
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IMAGINE BEING ABLE TO TAKE YOUR TWO FAVORITE FEMALE PLANTS AND BREED THEM. THROUGH THE USE OF A NATURAL PLANT HORMONE, THIS CAN NOW BE DONE.
Why would a grower want a potion that makes female marijuana plants develop male flowers? These male flowers, hormonally produced, would contain no Y chromosome, the one that makes plants male. All plants fertilized by pollen from these plants would be female.
It looked like it was going to be a long summer with little KGB in sight. The college graduate's answer? A fully automated hydroponic marijuana garden, of course. I set up a 4' x 8' table to accommodate several hydrofarm trays. Utilizing a 25-gallon reservoir, a 1200-PPM Genesis nutrient solution kept at 6.5 pH was pumped to drip emitters at the base of every plant.
This 8 ft. tall mega-plant yielded 11 lbs. of sticky, sparkly, red and purple-haired buds. Definitely expando weed. When you cough you will get off. In just three hits you achieve a complete and total “funk-a-delic" high that keeps going and going and going and GONE. MNK St.
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Rogue reporter Chris Simunek gives us his toke on the “world of weed" awards. Catch all the spliff-by-spliff action this super bowl event has to offer! The universe’s finest stash is prominently displayed in this collector's edition! Cannabis connoisseur Mel Frank takes you on a tour through Amsterdam’s latest and greatest strains.