In the February issue you stated the first HIGH TIMES World Hemp Expo was being held in Oregon on July 18-20. You did not say where. My wife and I will be bringing my father-in-law. He was pretty excited when I told him. J.B. Spokane, Washington High 5 Music near Eugene (exit #209 off Interstate 5) is hosting the event.
I'm sitting in a restaurant just outside of Eugene, Oregon, with Ken Babbs, one of the original Merry Pranksters, discussing the HIGH TIMES World Hemp Expo on July 18-20. “You gotta add another ‘E’ to the title,” says Babbs while nursing a gin and tonic.
“You’ve got to be in touch with higher spirits," Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson said in the heat of the NBA playoffs several years ago. “You have to smoke hemp.” High-profile guards Mookie Blaylock and Isaiah Rider clearly agree with Jackson’s recommendation.
The Fender Strat of synths, the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer, is renowned for its “acid” sound, made when its filters are opened or “tweeked.” DJ/producer Frankie Bones particularly favors its “fat, crunchy analog bass tones,” which have become one of the most identifiable and enduring sounds in dance music.
At a time when rock stalwarts like Eric Clapton (on his anonymously issued Retail Therapy) and U2 are using tape loops and techno beats, and pop-industrialists like Trent Reznor, even David Bowie, are producing drum-and-bass tracks, the whole concept of electronica has become increasingly blurred.
This acid-groove combo from Seattle on Stone Gossard’s label plays host to a multitude of musical styles and splats them out with irreverent vengeance. Drummer Matt Chamberlain, bassist Brad Hauser and saxophonist Skerik expand and expound on the formula they exhibited on their 1994 debut, Guest.
With their wacky clothes, wild stage show and loony lyrics, the Lunachicks are the tricksters of poppy punk. But with Pretty Ugly, their fourth album, the all-girl quintet have fine-tuned their playfulness without losing a bit of their goofy charm.
Is trip-hop the “next big thing”? As with any new and still-evolving style or genre, “trip-hop” is pretty much open to wildly diverse interpretation. England’s Sneaker Pimps (singer Kelli Dayton and DJ/producers Liam Howe and Chris Corner) conform to certain trip-hop traits—moody, dark sound-scapes; slow hip-hop beats; almost-eerie female vocals—that will inevitably have them neatly categorized alongside Massive Attack, Portishead, Morcheeba and Baby Fox.
Rents and cops being what they are in New York, it's rare that electronic artists get to converge outside conventional club venues. "Sub-station: Off the Grid” was an exception, a sprawling electro-happening staged February 7 inside a former Con Ed substation in midtown Manhattan that once served as one of Andy Warhol's infamous Factories.
With its informed dramatic treatment of the medical-marijuana issue, CBS’s Chicago Hope delivered a little of just that in a February episode. “Where’s the fire?” demanded Dr. Jack McNeil (Mark Harmon). Told the alarm was emanating from the room of his patient, Phyllis Church, he rushed for an extinguisher only to discover that, in this case, where there’s smoke there’s marijuana.
“This is going to be the kind of a movie where the rappers that ain’t in it are gonna wish they was in it,” Ice-T told me after a New York screening of Peter Spirer’s Rhyme and Reason—which he hails as “the comprehensive rap documentary”—although it’s hard to think of significant rap artists who aren’t in the film.
SQUEAKY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LYNETTE ALICE FROMME— RUNAWAY by Jess Bravin (St. Martin's Press, New York, $25.95)
GET OUTTA TOWN: A TALE OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD, THE IRS AND COFFEE by Ted Ringer (Acid Test Productions, Petaluma, CA, $13.95)
HORROR HOSPITAL UNPLUGGED by Dennis Cooper and Keith Mayerson (Juno Books, New York, $24.95)
ECSTASY by Irvine Welsh (W.W. Norton, New York, $13.00) Irvine Welsh is the Burroughs of the '90s, the first writer of the post-'60s generation to explore drug-taking as a means of cultural sub-version and personal transcendence. Finally, after years of authors like Jay Mclnerney selling out drugs as mere yuppie escapism, comes a writer brave and experimental enough to chart the terrifying rigors of an acid freakout or the surreal reveries of a heroin rush.
THROUGH THE HABITRAILS by Jeff Nicholson (Bad Habit, PO Box 1012, Petaluma, CA 94953, $14.95) A graphic novella in which a hunched-over office drone finds that he has frighteningly more in common with the company's captive gerbils than he would like to think.
Buffalo Tom's Bill Janowitz makes a go of it on his own.
Temporarily leaving the explosive furor of Buffalo Tom behind for his solo debut, singer/guitarist Bill Janowitz dresses up introspective, roots-oriented acoustic vignettes with dabs of steel guitar, pump organ, wailin’ harp and gentle piano on Lonesome Billy (Beggars Banquet).
Can’t afford to go to the Cannabis Cup? Come to High 5 Music (Exit 209 off Interstate 5) for the first World Hemp Expo just outside Eugene, Oregon on July 18, 19 and 20th! Camping, concerts, the world’s best hemp products, ] workshops, 4:20 councils, bonfire drum circles, medicine tipi circle and much, much more.
PALO ALTO, CA—Radically different approaches in two early Proposition 215 cases involving medical-marijuana users in California are sending mixed signals as to how local prosecutors plan to handle the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which legalizes cannabis as a medicine in the state.
PRESTON, ID—When David Largent was busted last August, police and local media claimed he was running a major marijuana operation on his farm here in the state’s southeast corner. Reality was less lurid, the 47-year-old computer builder says: The “pot plants” he was allegedly growing in his dining room were dead chili peppers.
It was a dreadful sight to behold. In mid-February, some 42 dolphins and at least three whales suddenly washed ashore dead on the beaches of northern Mexico’s Pacific coast, and schools of dead sardines were seen floating in the Gulf of California.
TULSA, OK—Arthritic marijuana user William Joseph Foster, 38, was hit with a 93-year sentence after his conviction last January on four felony counts related to a small marijuana grow operation he was running in his home here: 10 medium-sized plants and 56 clones in his converted basement bomb shelter.
LONDON, ONTARIO—Canadian hemp retailer Chris Clay is operating an ambitious publicity and legal campaign for his April 28 trial stemming from two raids on both his home and business. The trial is of national significance, as Clay’s attorney, Toronto law professor Alan Young, will invoke a Canadian right to present a constitutional challenge—arguing that the current anti-cannabis laws should be struck down for violating Canada’s constitutionally guaranteed right for citizens to make autonomous decisions with respect to their bodily integrity.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, KY—Hemp is finally becoming acknowledged as part of our national heritage: Last fall, the country’s first hemp museum opened its doors in the unlikely setting of Charlottesville, Kentucky, the heart of America’s farmlands and once the nation’s premier hemp-growing state.
Kathey Lynn James of Aguanga, CA, was convicted of second-degree murder for the accidental killing of her three children in a blaze that started in her mobile-home bathtub crank lab. In a “landmark" ruling, Judge Charles Morgan told the jury they could convict her of murder if they found her guilty of making methamphetamine.
Ex-President George Washington called Thomas Paine’s Common Sense pamphlet the “unanswerable reasoning” that propelled the Americans not only to resistance but to independence. Out of the marijuana-rich mountains of California’s Emerald Triangle, proud cannabis farmer and constitutionalist B.E. Smith prints Common Sense II, a monthly newsprint magazine that boldly challenges government authority and inspires folks to do the same.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO—The United States government’s regulations requiring drug-testing for truckers may or may not improve road safety, but they have engendered a wave of anger among small Canadian trucking companies. In 1995, the US Federal Highway Administration informed the Canadian transportation industry that trucking firms which make deliveries to the United States would have to enforce hard-line “workplace” drug-testing policies—including random and pre-employment tests—or risk being fined and having their drivers refused permission to cross the border.
MELBOURNE, FL—It’s called the Cannabis Freedom Festival and the annual event has been going strong for three years. However, had it not been for a band of “tribal Zen musicians” and their belief in the cause of marijuana legalization, the festival might not have taken place at all last November and probably would have been doomed.
WASHINGTON DC—The lawsuit against the current board of directors of national NORML— filed in 1994 by members of the previous board, challenging the new board’s legitimacy—is over, and both sides are claiming victory.
Since it went into effect on January 1, California’s new Drug Dealer Liability Act has allowed drug users, their families, employers, drug-treatment facilities—in fact, anyone who purports to have been injured as a result of the reckless or negligent actions of a drug user—to sue drug dealers and other black-market “participants” for damages, regardless of who actually furnished the drug to the individual user.
I am a doctor who occasionally prescribes marijuana for my ill AIDS or cancer patients. Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey and President Clinton have threatened to deny me the right to practice medicine because I recommend the use of an “illegal” drug.
Canadian Ruling: Smoke a Medical Herb, Keep Your License
GUELPH, ON—Marijuana may soon become a legal prescription drug in Canada—as heroin and cocaine already are—thanks to a Dutch prescription for pot made out to a Saskatchewan multiple sclerosis patient. The new Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (formerly Bill C-8), which reorganizes Canada’s drug-control policies, notably neglected to designate marijuana as a prescription drug when it was passed last year (HighWitness News, Nov. ’96), although It specifically provided for medical uses of both heroin and cocaine.
NORML HELPING CONGRESS WITH NEW MEDICAL-MARIJUANA LAWS
With access to medical marijuana gaining momentum from the initiatives passed by California and Arizona voters last fall, NORML anticipates that members of Congress will have a renewed interest in moving forward with legislation on the issue.
Industrial-hemp legislation has been sprouting like well-watered seedlings in state capitals across America, especially in the Great Plains farm belt. As of late February, bills to legalize hemp cultivation by licensed growers had been introduced in Missouri, Minnesota and Oregon.
Two members of the Tuscarora Indian Nation in Lewiston, NY have had marijuana charges dropped against them. Brothers Crandall and Tracy Johnson (“Tuscarora: People of the Hemp,” April ’97 HT) were granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal by Judge Thomas J. Sheehan.
Cures Not Wars Parade New York, New York The city’s 25th annual legalization parade begins at 11 AM with two separate rallies: one outside the Partnership for a Drug-Free America office at East 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, and the other at the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse headquarters at West 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.
SPOOK WARS IN CYBERSPACE Is the FBI Railroading Charles Hayes?
Hayes Gets Around
Mena and The Octopus
Promis Them Anything
Plundering The Pirates
Putting A Stop To It
This is a story straight from a Tom Clancy novel, or maybe Mission: Impossible. Shortly before last November’s election, a Kentucky surplus-computer dealer, who claims to be a longtime CIA contract agent, gets arrested by an FBI SWAT team and is charged with hiring an undercover agent—to murder his own son.
Before he puts his growing days behind him, an experienced farmer shares some strategies that he’s learned after 24 years of cultivation.
WHEN AND WHERE TO PLANT
MALES AND FEMALES
SINSE OR SEEDS?
Leif B. Greene
To grow quality smoke, it's important to get the right kind of seeds for the climate in which you plan to grow. When I was doing time at Fort Riley, KS, I planted some seeds one spring. A friend said I would only get shit weed similar to what grows there wild.
HAGER: It’s very tragic that cannabis cultivators are treated worse than murderers, rapists or child molesters. If you’re a violent criminal, there are no laws to steal your property, or to lock you up for mandatory-minimum sentences. But these laws exist for people who use cannabis.
Thirty-eight-year-old Steve DeAngelo is best known to readers of HT as the cofounder of Ecolution, the company that reintroduced the 100%-hemp blue jean to the world of fashion. But DeAngelo, born in Philadelphia and raised in Washington DC and India, was involved in radical politics long before he’d ever heard of hemp.
It was the most pleasant of situations imaginable. Last fall I found myself at breakfast in New Orleans’ lower Garden District with three of the most astute voices on the subject of popular culture I know of. There was Wayne Kramer, Epitaph recording artist and founding member of the MC5, one of the most articulate musicians in America; Victor Bockris, who has written acclaimed biographies of the Velvet Underground (Uptight, with Gerard Malanga), Lou Reed (Transformer), William S.
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HERE'S A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO GROW SECRETLY AND SUCCESSFULLY UNDER POLICE SURVEILLANCE.
I’m proud to say that I’ve been growing pot on the Big Island of Hawaii since 1981. When I first started, my own motivation was the only thing limiting me, because even though the county had a helicopter that flew over a few times a year in search of pot patches, this is a BIG island and it’s impossible for one copter to cover the whole thing.
Yes people, the hour is at hand. At the start we, the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Council, would like to thank all those who entered the STONER OF THE YEAR CONTEST. Choosing the winners was by no means an easy task. Our judgments were based on a combination of originality, personality and attitude.
These plants were grown with two 400w HPS lamps in a basement. There are six varieties. Some were seeds from friends, some were my own varieties. Diva Duval Grand Junction, Colorado Southern Buds Charlotte, North Carolina I grew 12 Super Skunk plants under two l,000w Son T Agro lamps and one 400w MH. All the lights were on light movers.
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SMOKING EASY IN BC: NORTH AMERICA'S WEED AND SEED MECCA
THE MINIATURE FOREST
EYE OF THE NEEDLE
THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW JONAH RASKIN: A '60s INSIDER SPEAKS OUT
BUZZ: THE NEW FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS
Everyone knows that the Dutch policy is the model of tolerance when it comes to soft drugs and the sale of high-quality seeds and weed. But, did you know that there is a province in North America that is following Holland’s lead of tolerance? Well, there is and we sent High Times Associate Editor and pot connoisseur Chris Eudaley along with photographer Andre Grossmann into the heart of Vancouver to investigate the thriving BC marijuana scene.