there are countless varieties of marijuana, perhaps more than any other plant species in the world. Each variety has distinctive characteristics, both aesthetically and kinetically. I believe that it is important to document the various cannabis strains that are available in a particular region, as there is the possibility that they could go extinct.
Thank you for giving me the privilege of attending the 9th Annual Cannabis Cup ceremonies in November 1996. It was, indeed, first class! Hazel Rodgers San Francisco, CA I have to write and send a little reassurance to my old friends. Some of them who saw the gig flyer for the Spring Hemp Tour thought I had really flipped out when they saw the “Greatest Living Guru from the Summer of Love” stuff.
Alan Gerry, a Sullivan County, NY native who made his mark in the cable-TV industry, announced on April 24 that he has purchased the 37.5-acre Woodstock festival site in Bethel, NY, for approximately $1 million. Gerry (pronounced with a hard G) also bought 1,000 additional acres around the site for an undisclosed amount.
The Cannabis Action Network's 4:20 Hempfest at San Francisco's Maritime Hall on April 20 kicked off with a big smoke-in at—when else?—4:20. Anyone wondering about hemp's cross-subcultural appeal needed only to witness the "chronic" T-shirts and dreadlocked tourheads milling about outside the venue, industriously sparking impressive cones and tasty bowls of bud.
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU MIX KIND BUD WITH CUBAN COHIBAS? EXTREMELY HIGH!
With the popularization of the blunt in the ’90s, US weedsmokers became familiar with the European tradition of mixing tobacco with pot. For potheads who don’t regularly smoke tobacco, this “double whammy” can be truly “breathtaking.” In a quest for the perfect tobacco/pot mix, I have traveled the world over—to the Mideast, Africa, Central America, the Pacific islands and Europe.
I recently flew from Merida, Mexico to Havana, Cuba (cost: $175). My expectations were high. I hoped to find a lost socialist paradise with the soundtrack of Perez Prado’s mambo filling the streets. The people would be struggling, but happy.
The spliff, or cone, is famous in Jamaica and is also popular in Europe, often mixed with tobacco. We recommend rolling with just pot, preferably the green variety. Here’s how to master the technique: 1. Break up the weed with scissors and remove the stems and seeds.
Bronx-born Laura Nyro was one of the finest singer-songwriters to emerge in the late ’60s. While more of a songwriting success than a recording star, her pop constructions were an unbridled synthesis of rock’n'roll, folk, R&B, gospel, soul, doo-wop, Motown, Broadway and jazz.
Rock'n'roll lost a considerable chunk of its shock value on April 19, when Eldon Hoke, drummer and lead vocalist of the Mentors, was killed in Riverside, California. Hoke, who performed under the nom de rock El Duce, was struck and decapitated by a train while inebriated.
MARIJUANA MYTHS, MARIJUANA FACTS: A REVIEW OF THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
A HISTORY OF THE BREAST
DIARY OF AN EMOTIONAL IDIOT
The cannabis conspiracy is the great American scam. For 80 years, the government has fabricated elaborate propaganda against marijuana—reaching an absurd extreme in 1990 when Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates said that “pot-smokers should be taken out and shot.”
R. CRUMB’S CARLOAD O’COMICS by R. Crumb (Kitchen Sink Press, 320 Riverside Drive, Northampton, MA 01060, $18.95)—A collection of Crumb strips from 1967-76. “Just another infantile fantasy from a sick, immature mind.... But, remember, it’s only a comic book!”
As tie-dyed jammers chase the munchies away during set-break at New York's Beacon Theater, Widespread Panic are choking down kind-bud hits from a glass pipe. Everyone, save for percussionist Sonny Ortiz, takes a few tokes before returning to the stage for a rousing, weed-inspired second set.
"I'm the only nigger on my block... once again,” Russell Simmons wryly declares at a Manhattan press junket for How to Be a Player (Gramercy), referring to the house he purchased in Los Angeles between David Geffen’s and Jerry Bruckheimer's.
Hard drugs nearly totaled Royal Trux. Then the group’s husband-and-wife team, Neil Hagarty and Jennifer Herrema, moved to the country and cleaned up their act.
Five years after giving up weed as part of a drugs-and-alcohol purge, Royal Trux rock on. Sweet Sixteen (Virgin), the sixth release from the core Trux team of Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagarty, sounds like the Velvet Underground meet the Grateful Dead.
The US War on Drugs long ago replaced the Cold War as an excuse for government repression and human-rights outrages against peasant organizers. But now that democracies have replaced military regimes nearly everywhere, politicians are beginning to learn that they can get votes by standing up against Yankee narco-imperialism.
MICHKA, the eminent Parisian cannabis activist and author, spends her summers in British Columbia. Last year her serenity was briefly disrupted when she was taken to libel court in France by the legendary Dr. Gabriel Nahas, whose dubious “scientific” antipot research she had been bold enough to criticize in his own country (“Auto-da-Fé,” Dec. ’95).
MADISON, WI—The US Supreme Court has unanimously struck down a Wisconsin policy that said police officers never have to knock before conducting a drug search. "The Fourth Amendment does not permit a blanket exception to the knock-and-announce requirement for felony drug investigations,” declared Justice John Paul Stevens in the Richards v. Wisconsin decision, handed down April 28.
OREGON, OH—Eight medical-marijuana users, including two in wheelchairs, trekked the 140 miles from here to Columbus to protest the state legislature’s repeal of a law protecting them from prosecution. The “Journey for Justice” left this town near Toledo on May 26, spending five days on the road before reaching the state capitol in Columbus on May 30.
DETROIT. MI—Prosecutors here may drop marijuana-possession charges against author Peter McWilliams if he provides a doctor’s note recommending his use of the drug. McWilliams, author of the 1993 antiprohibition tome Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, was arrested with seven joints at Detroit Metropolitan Airport last December.
GAINESVILLE, FL—On October 6, the US government will play roulette with the fate of the Earth when over 72 lbs of the world’s most toxic substance, plutonium 238, is scheduled for a Florida liftoff aboard the Cassini-Huygens space probe. The unprecedented size of the radioactive payload, atop a huge Titan IV rocket, represents an exponential leap in nuclear quantity—and risk.
The US Supreme Court struck down an Oklahoma jury's $818,000 judgment against Bryan County for serious injuries that plaintiff Jill Brown suffered in a 1991 arrest by sheriff's reserve deputy Stacy Burns, saying that hiring the combative Burns—the sheriff's great-nephew—didn't amount to "deliberate indifference" to the risk that he would violate citizens' constitutional rights.
NEW YORK CITY—Demonstrators gathered unofficially for the 25th annual Cures Not Wars smoke-in on May 3, because the city government refused to grant a permit. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration had claimed, citing complaints from neighborhood businesses and residents, that the park had been left a mess after the previous year’s parade, and that with over 5,000 in attendance, the rally had grown too large.
This award also is being suspended this month, for lack of any particularly inspiring dopewriting lately, outside of the publication you’re already reading. In fact, if you felt like it, you also could stop just reading about dope and get up and go over to your nearest Tower Records and plug yourself into Digitas: The New York Review of Arts and Literature.
SAN JOSE, CA—On March 27 the Santa Clara County Medical Cannabis Center opened its doors, becoming the first licensed non-profit medical-marijuana dispensary in the country. Founded by medical cannabis users Peter Baez, who suffers from colon cancer, and AIDS patient Jesse A. Garcia (neither of whom take salaries), the center is operating with the approval of both San Jose’s mayor Susan Hammer and police chief Louis Cabarrisqua, the city council and Santa Clara County District Attorney George Kennedy.
TORONTO—Like the phoenix, the marijuana movement keeps rising from the ashes as various governments work to oppress it. Such was the case in Canada when, during the late 1980s, the government censorsed all cannabis-related literature.
Were the ‘terrorists’ executed without trial because they’d learned too much about government drug dealing from their high-placed hostages?
Last December 17, 14 guerrillas from a small rebel group, the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Army (MRTA), took over the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Lima, Peru. A big reception was in progress when the “busboys” whipped out their machine guns.
I’ll be honest up front: I don’t smoke pot, and even when I did I didn’t enjoy it all that much. Oh sure, there were a few laughs and some good times getting high with friends, but it just wasn’t my thing. Want to hear the topper? (And you’ll hate me for this.) I made my boyfriend quit too.
HIGH COURT STRIKES DOWN DRUG-TESTING OF CANDIDATES
The Supreme Court on April 16 struck down a Georgia law requiring candidates for public office to undergo a drug test before getting on the state ballot, ruling that it failed to demonstrate a “special need” substantial enough to override constitutional protections against unreasonable searches.
As we look back over 60 years of marijuana prohibition, we discover, as did the world-weary writer of Ecclesiastes, that there is no new thing under the sun. Whether or not it is apt to compare marijuana prohibition to the liquor Prohibition of the 1920s, there is one useful principle of law from that era which has lain dormant too long.
AUGUST 3 Hemp Education Day State Capitol, Olympia, Washington A 14-mile march from Rainbow Valley to the state capitol will feed into this rally to legalize hemp and “end the war on the peace-love culture." The rally runs from noon to 6 PM; Jack Herer will speak and bands will include the Herbivores.
Summer’s almost gone and winter’s coming once again. It’s going to get real cold real soon and you’d rather not be here, but you’re stuck with mouths to feed and bills to pay and you know you’re not going anywhere. Well relax! It’s time to roll your spliffs, fill your bongs, light up that joint and pass it to a friend while you dream about exotic locales where a good smoke can be found on a pristine beach, or in some seedy shantytown where anything might happen.
FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE TINY VILLAGE OF NIMBIN, LOCATED DEEP IN THE HEART OF THE AUSTRALIAN RAINFOREST, HAS HOSTED ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREMIER CANNABIS EVENTS. HOW DID NIMBIN BECOME HOME TO AUSTRALIA'S COUNTERCULTURE, AND JUST HOW GOOD IS THEIR CANNABIS ANYWAY? WE SENT CHRIS EUDALEY AND ANDRE CROSSMANN TO FIND OUT.
LET THE FREAKS DANCE
THE NIMBIN CUP
Driving into Nimbin on Cullen Street—the only road in and out of town—we crossed over a bridge painted with pot leaves and Rasta colors. The bridge seemed to say, "Squares, take heed, freedom ahead!” Nimbin is located in northern New South Wales and surrounded by rainforests and mountains.
Nobby: The Jiggi came from an accidental cross between a Northern Lights female crossed with a Thai male. I used these seeds to produce this plant, which grows very tall, and I have to tie down the branches. I usually get a pound per plant of good colas.
Writer, anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis has spent the better part of the last 25 years exploring the relationship between remote indigenous tribes and the plant world in which they live and on which they depend. Davis, a native of British Columbia, is the author of The Serpent and The Rainbow (1986) and Passage Into Darkness (1988), both based on his experiences while studying Haitian voodoo culture, as well as Penan: Voice for the Borneo Rain Forest (1990).
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!
The best plant-spray method for washing, foliar-feeding or preparing your virgin girls for insecticidal treatment is to use a quart-size Poly 2® hand-held pressure sprayer. The unit is produced in England and is available for $20.00 from Diamond Lights in San Rafael, California.
Everyone has something that they don’t want stolen. Whether it’s jewelry, guns, cash, collectibles or dope, everyone has something they don’t want lying around in plain sight. Imagine a secret place in your home, so well hidden your wife doesn’t know about it.
What could be easier than clearing out an unused space, hanging some lights on a mover and dumping some premixed soil from a bag into some flower pots? Here's one grower's simple lesson.
I caught a glimpse of Merv’s plants when they were four weeks into flowering, with another four or five to go. They were very healthy and the buds were developing well. The cuttings, a gift from a friend, were rooted in 6-oz Styrofoam cups punched with drainage holes and filled with vermiculite, a soil amendment available at most garden shops.
It is difficult to take an outdoor plant in, and the plants are usually the worse for it. If the plants are in containers, you should prune dying and yellow leaves and extraneous branches. The plant should be placed in a space with good air circulation and temperature in the 70s.
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MARIJUANA MYTHS, MARIJUANA FACTS: THE GAP BETWEEN THE TWO
THE MUSHROOM APOCALYPSE OF TERENCE McKENNA
THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW: Keith Stroup: Back At NORML's Helm
BUZZ: FESTIVAL FEVER, PART 1
GROW! GROW! GROW!
Excerpts from Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts, the new book by sociologist Lynn Zimmer and Dr. John Morgan, in which they investigate and debunk the 20 most common myths about marijuana use. Edited by Peter Gorman The "Eschaton" predicted by magic-mushroom visionary Terence McKenna is proceeding on schedule.