Steven Wishnia wrote his first news story for HIGH TIMES ("Nuke Puke Spooks Southeast") in February 1993. For the last four years, he has been one of our top copy editors, as well as Book Review Editor. This issue marks the beginning of an expanded role for Wishnia: In addition to copy editing and reporting, he is now the editor of HighWitness Views, as well as a new legal news section that follows the Views each month, which is why his title has changed to Senior Editor.
As a Canadian grower, I must respond to K.B. from Boston’s negative comments directed at the British Columbia Seed Company (Letters, Apr. ’97). The B.C. Seed Company produces and delivers high quality seed. I have used B.C. seed for indoor and outdoor gardens.
For Leo Mercado, cultivating cacti is a spiritual responsibility. But, he has learned, life on the peyote road has a few potholes.
On an early spring morning, the temperature in Kearny, AZ hasn’t quite reached 50 degrees. The sun must rise a bit higher in this small mountain town, tucked away in the Gila Valley between Phoenix and Tucson, to dissipate the lingering night chill.
THE LEGACY OF GRAM PARSONS HAS INSPIRED A NEW GENERATION OF ROCKERS TO ADD COUNTRY TO THE MIX.
When it comes to musical typecasting, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy apparently follows the sage advice of Groucho Marx—he refuses to join any club that would have him as a member. A founder of the critically acclaimed Uncle Tupelo. Tweedy has been heralded as a virtual poster boy for what's come to be known as the alternative-country movement since that band's 1990 debut album No Depression.
Supersuckers and country music—it only makes sense. This punk quartet has always worn beat-up old cowboy hats on stage, and though they may be based in Seattle, all four of them (singer/bassist Eddie Spaghetti, guitarist Dan Bolton, drummer Dancing Eagle and guitarist Ron Heathman, who’s back from a one-album hiatus) were born and raised in Tucson.
No 60s rocker walked the edge with more reckless brilliance than Gram Parsons, whose life changed the pop landscape forever and whose death at 26 in 1973 lit up the Western sky with scandal. BY JOHN SWENSON In his legendary Nudie Western suit, snow-white with a pattern of reeking-green pot leaves, Gram Parsons chewed life and spit out myth.
The great jazz bassist Charles Mingus once said there are only two kinds of music: good music and bad music. With that in mind, it’s easy to understand how good music in one style might inspire good music in another. The Charlie Hunter Quartet’s excellent remake of Bob Marley’s Natty Dread album on Blue Note is not reggae by any stretch of the imagination, but an instrumental jazz interpretation of Bob’s classic melodies, successfully recast across boundaries of time and genre.
The final panel of the Canadian Music Week conference in March almost went up in smoke. “Waiting to Inhale: Pot Prohibition in the ’90s” brought together musicians and activists in an effort to inform attendees about Canada’s marijuana laws.
THE IBOGAINE STORY: REPORT ON THE STATEN ISLAND PROJECT
THE GREAT WOMEN SUPERHEROES
PIRATE RADIO OPERATIONS
Howard Lotsof claims to have discovered the addiction-interrupting effects of the African shamanic drug ibogaine almost accidentally in the ’60s. In the ’80s, from his home on Staten Island, he launched an operation (carried out with “the same degree of secrecy as the Manhattan Project”) that brought the potent psychoactive root of tabernanthe iboga from the rainforests of Gabon to European labs, which then supplied ibogaine to Amsterdam safe houses where smack and coke addicts were brought for treatment.
If you can’t make the trip, three new documentaries bring a little Amsterdam into your living room. Though they cover a fair amount of the same soil, so to speak. Parallax Productions' Grow Dutch focuses on the instructive nuts-and-bolts of Holland's advanced cultivation techniques.
Big bro who once kept your nose clean is now staring down the stem of a dirty crack pipe and there isn’t a whole hell of a lot you can do about it. Loosely inspired by actor Nick Chinlund’s real-life experiences growing up as a white kid in East Harlem, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s directorial debut, A Brother’s Kiss (First Look Pictures) captures a New York sensibility previously unexplored on the big screen with knowing swagger.
Mojo Nixon's new compilation. Gadzooks!!! The Homemade Bootleg. along with a starring role in the upcoming Buttcrack: The Movie, continue to push this zany, demented character into public attention like a church pew fart. Known best for such classics as "Jesus Is Everywhere,” "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Lovechild” and "Don Henley Must Die."
WHEE! Come to the beautiful Pacific Northwest July 18, 19 and 20 for three days of hemp and fantastic music at the first-ever High Times World Hemp Expo Extravaganja! Conveniently located just outside Eugene, Oregon at High Five Music (exit 209 off Interstate 5), the largest-ever Hemp Expo features camping, concerts on two stages, the world’s best hemp products, cannabis celebrities, “The 4:20 Show,” workshops, councils, bonfire drum circles, medicine teepee circle and much more, all for one low price.
'NEW' LATINO-RUSSIAN DOPE MOB REDISCOVERED BY US MEDIA
Federal Investigation of Topless Bar Reveals Bottomless Credulity of Popular Media
MIAMI—The DEA last winter turned up a new and very dangerous connection between the South American drug cartels and the newly emerging Russian mafiyas, with the arrests in Miamo of two Cuban lieutenants of the Cali cartel and a Russian-born South Florida nightclub owner, Ludwig “Tarzan” Fainberg.
PHILADELPHIA—A key witness in the city’s 1995 police-corruption scandal says police officers tried to get her to give false testimony in 1981 against radical journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. Convicted of killing a cop after a highly controversial trial, Abu-Jamal faces death by lethal injection if his appeal for a new trial is denied in state court.
Brig. Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo. Mexico's top military Drug War point man. was arrested on charges of receiving payoffs from Juarez cartel kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes. Defense Minister Enrique Cervantes announced. US Drug Czar Gen.
Several states are following the example set by California and Arizona last year, with legislation proposed to decriminalize pot in New Hampshire and to legalize medical marijuana in at least six other states. New Hampshire’s HB-118 is the most progressive of the new bills.
WASHINGTON, DC—Needle-exchange programs have been given a lukewarm endorsement by the Clinton Administration, faced with mounting scientific evidence that they help prevent the spread of AIDS. But no action is imminent on ending the ban on federal funding for them, even though shooting up with unclean needles is the second most common risk behavior for HIV infection, the leading cause of death for Americans aged 25 to 44.
GILPIN COUNTY, CO—Is it the wave of the future, or just the exercise of a long-dormant right of citizens to nullify unjust laws? Either way, the recent conviction and fining of Colorado hemp activist Laura Kriho, 32, for “obstruction of justice” while doing her civic duty as a juror, has become a cause celebre for legal eagles and rights watchers around the country.
In the early hours of March 2, Judi Bari died peacefully at her home in Northern California’s Mendocino County of breast and liver cancer. Bari was the most visible leader of Earth First!’s struggle to save the ancient redwood forests from the timber industry's chainsaws.
by (Name Suppressed for Her Own Good) Last year, I was caught smoking a bowl with four of my friends in a dorm room at our college. My punishment was academic probation, meaning that one more incident would land me in front of a judicial council that could kick me out of school.
NORML Publications Director What kinds of tests will be necessary before marijuana is accepted as a medicine? And will it be judged by tougher standards than other new drugs? That was the subject of debate at a two-day conference organized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on February 19 and 20.
I make my living defending people when they run afoul of the law. With a little forethought, many of my clients could have avoided a large amount of trouble. No one needs a law degree to avoid becoming entangled with the law. Everyone just needs to practice legal self-defense.
On the flight, I wondered why I was trekking to the other side of the great continent of North America to follow a rumor of underground coffeeshops known as smokeasys operating in the back alleys of Vancouver. Looking out the airplane window, I tried to forget about the knot in my stomach by staring into the blue sky until I finally fell asleep.
Vancouver's first aboveground cannabis coffeeshop, run by the Harm Reduction Club in the suburb of Burnaby, was busted on February 28. Cops raided the storefront, nicknamed the "Dutch Embassy," just after the club celebrated the day's 4:20.
GUIDE TO THE HIGH TIMES WORLD HEMP EXPO EXTRAVAGANJA
More bands and exhibitors will be announced later.
MAIN STAGE BANDS (2-10 PMI
FOR MORE INFO SEE PAGE 20. The Cannabis Cup Band will be playing every day at the 4:20 show until 6 PM. This versatile group (featuring members of Skadanks and Black Uhuru) will also be backing up Native American activist/poet John Trudell with Quiltman; Latino Rainbow Rocker Fantuzzi; and others as required by improvisational law.
As Minister of Education for the Yippies and liaison between the radical Weather Underground and their aboveground supporters, Brooklyn-born journalist Jonah Raskin played a vital role in the cultural revolution of the ’60s and ’70s. In his new book, For the Hell of It: The Life and Times of Abbie Hoffman (University of California Press, Berkeley, CA), Raskin, now 55 and a professor of communication at California’s Sonoma State University, explores the roots of the counterculture while telling the story of his 20-year friendship with Hoffman, the clown prince of the revolution.
I bring up today’s subject, Dr. Isaiah Ross, not because the good publicity is going to do his dead ass a bit of good, but more to steer you misguided, muddle-headed dope fiends from your wrongly held beliefs that white wankers like Blues Traveler and Hot Tuna endlessly retreading riffs that B.B. King, Elmore James and John Lee Hooker wore out 40 years ago in the name of the blues is some sort of valid entertainment.
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You would think that after my previous article on the Vancouver grow scene, I would not be welcomed back. However, when I let Dave from B.C. Rare Botanicals (also known as Canada’s Seed Bank) and Steve from Spice of Life Seed Co. know that I was coming up for a day, they made arrangements to make sure I got to see at least one notable garden.
I bought 10 Swiss XTC seeds in Holland. They are said to be a Cannabis Cup winner and a good indoor variety. Of the females only two look alike. Other plants have variations such as being all purple, having just the colas purple and having multi-branching.
My garden started in early April. Seven female sativas and one female indica/sativa cross were planted. I took twelve clones from the indica/sativa mother. The babies had lush white roots at two weeks under a 250w MH. They made the long trip into the great outdoors in June.
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SIXTY YEARS OF REEFER MADNESS A who’s who and what/when look at the first 60 years of marijuana prohibition—a veritable rogues’ gallery of the people and personal agendas responsible for bringing you a gutted Bill of Rights, mandatory minimums, forfeitures and the $500 ounce.