Selecting the annual poster art for the Cannabis Cup is one of the most difficult decisions we make each year at HIGH TIMES. I made a point of running this year's art past our Native American celebrity judges, who were understandably concerned about how their culture was going to be portrayed.
In response to your "MASS CANN" coverage in February's issue, who is this Steve Hager guy and why does he still work for you? The first quote I read from him was "the less pot you smoke, the higher you get." So what! In the next sentence he tells kids they shouldn't smoke.
Part trade show, part Grateful Dead vending lot, spirits flew at the 3rd Annual Hemp Expo.
Annie Riecken, director of the Hemp Expo at the 9th Annual Cannabis Cup, is trying to eat dinner, but it's not going very well—because the telephone keeps ringing! "No, I'm sorry the Expo is completely sold out for 1996," she explains, "but let me take your name and number and I'll put you on the list for next year."
How millions of potheads discovered the exact time of day to smoke.
"What time is it?" has a whole new meaning. For weed fans, the answer is "4:20"—tea time for the '90s hemp-hop generation. A California tradition born in the '70s is now a nationwide ritual, a lingo and a holiday for cannabis smokers. The most repeated explanation for 4:20's origin is that the San Rafael Police Department in Marin County.
There are currently as many as a dozen record labels—from Bongload to Weeded—that have lifted their names from stoner lingo. Pot-friendliness is de rigueur among indies these days. These are a few of our favorites: Owned by: Rob Schnapf and Tom Rothrack.
Back in 1971, I had my own radio talk show on ABC's FM rock station in San Francisco. My first show was on Easter morning, and I opened with "The Nazz," Lord Buckley's be-boppity narrative on Christmas—the Nazarene, the Nazz, get it?—originally delivered while smoking a joint, drinking a beer, with a streetjive jazzed-up rhythm which sounded so authentically black that many listeners didn't know he was really white, gently twirling his waxed mustache, always dressed in a tuxedo with a red carnation, except when he was wearing an open shirt and khaki pants.
1. The Perfect Drug NINE INCH NAILS (on Lost Highway soundtrack, Interscope) 2. Into Your Drug MATTHEW SWEET (Zoo) 3. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock) SPEARHEAD & STEPHEN MARLEY (Capitol) 4. Just a Little Herb ASWAD (on Roots Rocking: The Island Anthology)
Though they sprang from the eye of the same Texas tornado that cut a swath to San Francisco in the mid-'60s with the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, their International Artists labelmates, the Red Krayola were never really a psychedelic rock band—unless you stretch that label to include Captain Beefheart.
The music of the Pacific Northwest continues to evolve, incorporating acoustic singer-songwriters, ambient excursions and, more recently, funk. One of the most unique home-grown developments to emerge from Seattle is Pigeonhed. Singer Shawn Smith (known for his work with Brad and Satchel) rejoins legendary producer Steve Fisk (Screaming Trees, the 360's, the Geraldine Fibbers) for this follow-up to their 1993 self-titled debut.
Stacy Kreutzmann Quinn grew up with the magic, celebration and controversy surrounding the livelihood of her father, Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead. Living in communal atmospheres and surrounded by counterculture characters since she was born, her upbringing was more than a bit unorthodox.
KILLING THE WHITE MAN'S INDIAN: REINVENTING NATIVE AMERICANS AT THE END OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Fergus Bordewich (Doubleday, New York, $27.50) Fergus Bordewich's exhaustively researched tome attempts to refocus modern America's wildly muddled and vastly contradictory image of Native Americans.
Sitting down for a drink recently with 24-year-old Australian director Emma-Kate Croghan, I ask if it was merely a coincidence that the principal characters in her feature debut, Love and Other Catastrophes, seem to find romantic catharsis only after sharing a joint in the film's decisive party scene.
THE WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST AWARD STACEY HIRSH, THE NEW YORK TIMES
THE TOM FORÇADE AWARD THE SHADOW
STILL ENLIGHTENING THE NATION Back in 1865, The Nation commemorated the abolitionists' victory at the end of the American slavery era. Continuing in their freedom-fighting tradition, last January 6th's issue gleefully declared a victory in the Drug War, featuring a medical-marijuana update by HIGH TIMES reporter Sarah Ferguson from the front lines of the legalization movements in Arizona and California.
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES DITHER OVER MEDICAL-MARIJUANA LAWS
THEY WANT A NEW DRUG
The reaction of American professional medical societies to the unprecedented success of medical-marijuana referenda in Arizona and California last November was timorous, at first. On December 30 the American Medical Association, which has historically served as a faithful mouthpiece for the pharmaceuticals industry, echoed warnings from the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy that pot is still forbidden by federal law, counseling doctors to provide only "legal medications" to sick people.
SAN FRANCISCO—On January 15, 1997, the Cannabis Cultivators' Club (CCC) rose from the ashes of its predecessor, the Cannabis Buyers' Club (CBC), reopening at the same downtown five-story location. Hundreds of patients and an international media throng descended upon the Club as cannabis was legally distributed in the United States for the first time in 60 years.
A group of California doctors and patients filed a class-action suit in federal court in San Francisco on January 14, seeking an injunction blocking federal officials from taking action against doctors who recommend marijuana to their patients.
MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR WELD DEMANDS MEDICAL MARIJUANA
BOSTON—Last January 28, Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner David Mulligan sent a letter to federal Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, requesting that HHS either provide the state with medical marijuana or permit it to grow its own.
Though the US government fiercely prohibits medical research involving whole cannabis, recent research from abroad and new work here using synthetic cannabinoids have turned up some interesting developments. THC's non-carcinogenicity: For over two years in the early '90s, 120 rats were given mega-doses of pure THC by researchers for the National Toxicology Project, on behalf of the National Institutes of Health.
They live by the Koran—and also opium money. Now an infidel oil outfit is talking wicked legal currency.
The Lords of Jalalabad
Oil from Turkmenistan
Back to Jalalabad
The Golden Crescent
Jalalabad and its surroundings used to be a pirates' den, an unstable conglomerate of chiefdoms, each ruled by gun-toting warlords. Years before, they had all started their careers as mujahadeen—holy warriors—against the evil Communist empire.
US RENEGES ON PROMISE TO HOLLAND IN EXTRADITION OF POT-LAW REFUGEES
LITTLE ROCK, AR—In a case with ramifications for thousands of American Drug War refugees, Cheryl and Les Mooring were extradited last January from Holland back to Arkansas to face charges that could put them behind bars for 21 and 33 years, respectively, without parole.
FRENCH AND DUTCH QUARREL OVER 'SOFT DRUG' POLICIES
AMSTERDAM—French President Jacques Chirac has dropped his insistence that the Dutch government crack down on cannabis coffeeshops, enabling the 15 European Union countries to sign an agreement to cooperate on drug enforcement. The agreement, adopted last December in Brussels, Belgium, ordains that member states shall "undertake to combat illicit movements of narcotic drugs and psychoactive substances within the Community, including 'drug tourism.'"
On November 3, a speeding Mercedes crashed into a truck on a highway 100 miles from Istanbul. In the car were Husseyin Kocadag, a top Istanbul police official and counterinsurgency expert; Sedat Bucak, Parliament member and head of a Kurdish clan that receives $1.3 million a month from the government for "village guards" to fight guerrillas; Gonca Us, exbeauty queen and mistress of top gangsters; and Addullah Catli, a convicted heroin trafficker on the lam from Interpol since a 1990 Swiss jailbreak.
Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Alfred Dan Jack Combs was charged by state police last December 10 with letting his 15-year-old son, Dan Jack Jr., smoke marijuana. The charges came almost exactly a year and a half after Justice Combs' arrest on possession charges in August 1995 ("Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Busted," Jan. '96 HT).
PORTLAND, OR—When it comes to spreading the word to marijuana activists, Phil Smith is a master. And it is for his maintenance of the Portland NORML World Wide Web site—http://www.pdxnorml.org or http://www.pantless.com/~pdxnorml/—despite a recent pot bust, that he's the recipient of this month's Freedom Fighter award.
LEXINGTON, KY—Woody Harrelson, by planting four cannabis seeds on his property near Beattyville last year, has already managed to legalize the wearing of hemp in Kentucky, if not its cultivation. For over four years, Kentucky state law has officially defined all hemp-based textiles as "Schedule I Controlled Substances": hemp hats, shirts, particleboard, and anything else made from the cannabis sativa plant.
Sometimes we journalists have an ax to grind. In my case, that ax sought to chop Dan Quayle into little pieces after a federal prisoner named Brett Kimberlin claimed to have been the VP's pot dealer in the early '70s. As Quayle, a former Indiana representative, once suggested that marijuana be studied for possible legalization, it stood to reason that he had inhaled.
NORML SUGGESTS EXPANDING GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF MARIJUANA
NORML PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR
Seeking to alleviate public dismay over the Clinton Administration's proposal to arrest physicians who recommend or prescribe marijuana as a medicine in accordance with Arizona and California state law, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently committed $995,639 to fund a comprehensive review of marijuana's therapeutic uses.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the '80s was the original Lord of Jalalabad, financing his Hezb-i-Islami guerilla army with money from the US CIA and the two heroin-finishing laboratories he operated there. Hekmatyar's Pushtun mujahadeen were lionized in ultra-right-wing publications in the USA, for as long as the Afghan jihad lasted, as fearless freedom-fighters against the Evil Empire of the Soviets, earning them generous dollops of American charitable contributions—which served to disguise the millions that were being channeled to them through the CIA via Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence agency.
Just before the start of the Ninth Annual Cannabis Cup, the Dutch government announces a crackdown on coffeeshops and seed companies, causing many of the participants in Holland to panic. Will they pull out of the event days before it starts?
An expert grower tells us what to look for in Dutch seeds.
JUDGING THE SAMPLES
BUYING DUTCH SEEDS
Anyone who attended the Cannabis Cup had to be impressed with the event's organization. When you realize that there were more than 2,000 perpetually stoned marijuana/hemp enthusiasts touring a foreign city, fluidly moving from event to event, from coffeeshops to grow-supply stores, you have to applaud Annie Riecken, Steve Hager and Peter Gorman, the Cup's organizers.
As far as I'm concerned, the 4:20 Council is the heart and soul of the Cannabis Cup. There are so many seminars, workshops, concerts and events held during Cup week, some judges actually miss out on attending council. That's unfortunate because addressing council is one of the biggest thrills available to Cannabis Cup judges.
The Cannabis Cup was conceived by HT editor-in-chief Steve Hager as a means to establish an international standard for cannabis seeds. And though it has grown to be much more than just a cannabis seed-breeders’ competition, the Cup’s primary directive remains finding and rewarding those breeders whose work reflects their concern for protecting the genetics of the cannabis plant.
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!
EVER DREAM OF MOVING TO AMSTERDAM TO GROW WITHOUT HASSLES? READ THIS ARTICLE FIRST.
SEEDS OF COURAGE
LAYING DOWN THE LAW
Amos Washington moved to Holland about two years ago. His decision to leave America was a difficult one. He considers himself a patriotic American and loves the beauty of the country, he has many friends there and he loves his family. He was finally driven out by the repressive laws that made his very raison d'être illegal and made him an outlaw.
This is a Skunk No.1 x Shiva Skunk in my 3'x 8' garden using an ebb and flow system. It's lit with 2 400w HPS systems. Joe Budd Cleveland, Ohio I grew this plant in a clearing next to some jack pines. I dug a hole in extremely sandy soil and filled it with 250 lbs.
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All winter you've been saving the seeds from your kindest stash. Now that spring is here, what do you do? Leif B. Greene, an outdoor grower with 20 years experience, takes you from seed to stash with a simple step-by-step guide to feeding, pest control and security.