Keith Stroup in this month's HT Interview details the deja vu which all we pot-law-reform veterans feel every time the Feds crank up a new "scientific" pot scare. If it's not desexing or oversexing men or women, pot is giving them cancer or deforming their babies or corroding their brain cells.
With great expectations, I subscribed to HIGH TIMES after your Web site aroused my appetite. HIGH TIMES is not displayed on Danish magazine racks. My first impression of the June issue was of a low-end magazine. Never judge on first impressions!
Heavy metal is not dead by any stretch of the imagination; it is, however, undergoing an evolution. What once was the province of testosterone-fueled teens now encompasses everyone from prepubescent punks to midlife-crisis sufferers, varied sexes (males, females and the androgynous hordes Marilyn Manson calls a fan base) and numerous subcultures.
"We're always writing lyrics and going, 'Man, I don't know what the fuck that's about,' " laughs Neurosis guitarist Scott Kelly. "Then, a year later, we look at it and realize that it was just a totally literal description of what was about to happen next."
Anisa Romero seems light years away from the frail, cancer-afflicted figure that greeted her future partner in music and life, Roderick Romero, at the Seattle coffeeshop where he worked in 1986. The two would reunite under happier circumstances in 1990 as lead singers for Sky Cries Mary and marry three years later.
Rock and hip-hop fans join together for a weekend of freedom-fighting.
Can people actually be educated by socially conscious rock and hip-hop artists? That was the question at the second annual Tibetan Freedom Concerts, held this year in New York on June 7 and 8. How would the nonviolent struggle of the oppressed Tibetan people against big bad China resonate in the minds of young concertgoers who paid $50 a ticket to see some of their favorite bands?
The jazz and funk revivals continue side by side and together under the rubric “acid-jazz,” which loosely encompasses the commercial-driven jazz of the ’70s. Perfect example: Nuyorican Soul (Giant Step/Blue Thumb), the all-star cultural meltdown spearheaded by the NY-based DJ duo, “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzales (a.k.a.
THIN LIZARD DAWN (RCA) WARREN G & RONALD ISLEY(Def Jam) WU-TANG CLAN (Loud/RCA) K. D. LANG (Warner Bros.) MISSY ELLIOT (Elektra) SAXSEMILLA (self-released) LLOYD BEVETT & THE SKATALITES (Moon Ska) MEEN GREEN (Patchwerk) DEAD RINGAZ (Hush Entertainment) STONE FOX (Rockstar)
On their breakthrough sophomore set. Whatever and Ever Amen (550 Music/Sony), Ben Folds Five defy altindie fetishism with twisted baroque piano tunes. A self-described dweeb, pianist Folds leaves the majority of the trio's weed inhalation to his partner, bassist and coarranger Robert Sledge.
Closed Caption, the Oakland-based hip-hop group that brought you weeded albums like Greens and The Harvest, tried to bring marijuana cross-country on a Greyhound bus last December. Two members, Tangaray and Bad Newz Brown, boarded a bus bound for Ohio with 22 pounds of marijuana and were arrested during a random search of east-bound buses in Grand Junction.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology officially warns of three specific "undesirable side-effects" of marijuana for glaucoma patients: euphoria, lowered blood pressure, and dry, bloodshot eyes. Elsewhere, the Academy lists the inevitable side effects of the glaucoma prescriptions they approve: blurred vision, headaches, "changes in sexual desire," loss of appetite, "tingling of fingers and toes" and more.
"Herb is powerful, but as you know, we have to hide and smoke it.” says renowned Jamaican producer and singer Linval Thompson, reflecting on his. 1978 album / Love Marijuana, which was recently reissued in England by Trojan Records. "That's the first album I do on myself.
“There are so many actors who smoke while they’re working,"’ says Kevin Corrigan, the resident stoner in several new films. Even before I can ask him for an example, the low-key, Bronx-bred star of two independent releases. Bandwagon and Kicked in the Head, blurts out "Christopher Walken" with obvious admiration.
I’ve argued with friends about the need for an article on pot etiquette. Most have insisted that good pot-smoking manners are just common sense and that no one needs to read about them. But then my friends began to take note of the many uncomfortable, irritating and even legally dangerous situations that can be caused by bad pot etiquette.
BETHLEHEM, PA—A masked, ninja-style “drug task force” squad of police officers gunned down an unarmed 21-year-old drug suspect in his own home here last April, in what the coroner subsequently ruled a homicide. The cops also set fire to the house, incinerating the body, but claimed to have miraculously retrieved the drugs for which they had a search warrant.
'The criminalization of marijuana use itself may be a health hazard.'
OAKLAND, CA—People using marijuana for medical purposes have forced the American health-care establishment to resume—with great reluctance—methodically investigating its effects on North Americans’ health. Twenty years ago, two landmark “epidemiological” surveys of marijuana use in other countries—Ganja in Jamaica, by Vera Rubin and Lambros Comitas (1976) and Cannabis In Costa Rica, by William Carter et al (1980)—established incontrovertibly that even long-term, intensive smoking of high-potency tropical weed by men in those countries did not measurably affect their health.
USA TO OPEN 21st CENTURY WITH COMPULSORY CYBER-ID CARD?
WASHINGTON—When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Social Security program in 1935, the last thing he envisioned was that one day it would be an instrument for national identification cards, furnishing a tool for enforcement agencies to monitor the lives of citizens.
SALEM, OR—Oregon, the first state in the nation to decriminalize marijuana, has enacted a law recriminalizing it. On July 3, Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill making possession of less than an ounce a Class C misdemeanor. Convicted users can face 30 days in jail, a fine of $500 to $1,000, and have their driver’s licenses suspended for six months.
Nine military police in Sao Paulo are under arrest after they were secretly videotaped brutally beating motorists and shaking them down for money at an "antidrug" roadblock. Chicago Tribune, April 4, 1997 RIOT ROCKS COLOMBIA PRISON Prisoners killed five guards and took 16 hostages at Colombia's Valledupar prison, demanding a helicopter for their escape.
SAN FRANCISCO—Thirty years after the Haight-Ashbury became a countercultural mecca and the perennial target of antihippie reactionaries, the storied district finds itself embroiled in a new imbroglio, this one involving a planned medical-marijuana club that the community doesn’t appear to want.
SAN FRANCISCO—“Peace is the uniting factor,” proclaimed Julia Carter, the Bay Area coordinator of the international Legalize! cyber-forum. Looking out over the white flags of the hundreds of demonstrators assembled at the Civic Center plaza.
MARIJUANA MEDICAL DEFENSE SPOOKS NEVADA PROSECUTORS
CARSON CITY, NV—Prosecutors here have dropped charges against cancer patient Doug Burton, arrested last February for possessing medical marijuana he brought here from California. District Attorney Noel Waters dismissed the charges against Burton, a 44-year-old resident of Moreno Valley, CA, the day before his trial was supposed to begin on June 17.
ORDERED TO PAY $22,500 IN LIEU OF HOME FORFEITURE EUGENE, OR—Cancer sufferer and medical-marijuana user Norm Major and his wife, Pat, have been fined nearly $1,200—and ordered to pay $22,500 in cash in exchange for the right to keep their house here—in a plea bargain stemming from a 1995 raid that turned up 36 marijuana plants growing in their basement.
CLEVELAND—| John Hartman first became appalled by the War on Drugs in 1989, after hearing then-Drug Czar William Bennett speak on television. “He was talking about how he wanted to drug-test everybody,” says Hartman. “I realized he wanted to separate the people from their paychecks, and I realized that we could soon have a very changed society, that things had gotten out of hand.”
FAIRFAX, CA—| Marin County’s cannabis buyers’ club has taken a large step towards legal operation. On June 19, the Fairfax town planning commission voted 4-1 to give the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana a “use permit” to run “a dispensary for the medical use of marijuana” in a former medical office near downtown.
In every movement there are many paths to the goal. Electoral politics is one of them. If you or someone else in your legalization group wants to run for public office, you are faced with a big unknown. How? Maybe my experiences can help you. I’ve done it.
'I have survived for 11 years... Everyone who knows me knows that marijuana has kept me alive.'
Catherine E. Jordan
On January 1, 1986, I turned 36 years old. I was a very active hairdresser and a part-time bartender. I have one son and my husband has a son and a daughter. So between us, three kids, two dogs, a house in Delaware, a trailer in Maryland and a sport boat, we rarely had time to waste.
NORML Director of Publications For the second Congressional session in a row, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has introduced legislation to provide for the medical use of marijuana: HR 1782, the Medical Use of Marijuana Act. “I support the medicinal use of marijuana and increasingly a number of people seem to agree, as evidenced by the successful referenda in California and Arizona,” announced Frank immediately before introducing the bill.
OTTAWA, ON—A law designed to combat violent biker gangs in Quebec has enormous implications for protest groups in Canada which practice civil disobedience, as well as for grow-store owners, marijuana cultivators and their friends and families.
The War on Drugs stands on the legs of marijuana prohibition. Knock those pins down and the whole scarecrow tumbles. Which is why the federal government, combined with greedy and/or racist corporate interests, has worked so hard to promote the myths that keep the American public scared to death of cannabis.
It was Timothy Leary himself who called Terence McKenna "the Timothy Leary of the '90s,” and he could not have designated a likelier successor. For a quarter-century now, McKenna has been ethno-pharmacologizing among the indigenous peoples of the planet, translating his plant-alkaloid illuminations into a steady string of psychedelic landmark presentations, from 1976's Psilocybin: the Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide through Food of the Gods to his spellbinding pre-apocalypse audiotape, History Ends In Green: Gaia, Psychedelics and the Archaic Revival.
YOU'VE BEEN WAITING THREE OR MORE MONTHS FOR YOUR LATEST CROP TO COME THROUGH DON'T SCREW IT UP AT THE LAST MINUTE!
Johnny is no joker. His first garden was a technological marvel that resulted in a very controlled high-intensity grow area. Despite two tightly sealed doors, no windows and a sophisticated air-cleaning system, two officers testified that they were able to smell Johnny’s immature plants.
Twenty-one years after first being interviewed by HIGH TIMES, Keith Stroup, the founder of NORML, is back in these pages for a lengthy discussion about the group’s past, present and future. Stroup (pronounced Strop) started the pot-legalization organization in 1970 after a friend of his got busted.
"Dale Hawkins is really a piece of work," relays Norton Records jefe Billy Miller, who has just released a new album of vintage Hawkins material. "He called Huckleberry Hound [the cartoon character] a motherfucker!" Dale Hawkins is indeed a nut, the type of crazed genius it takes to create truly inspired rock'n'roll.
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, 50th floor. New York. NY 10003. For every picture we put in magazine, we'll send NORML 25 bucks!
Container size is very important. A small pot will result in slower growth, a smaller plant and a smaller harvest. Use standard plant containers— the square ones are better than the round because they hold more medium. Start cuttings or seedlings in small containers and transplant them into larger ones when they are ready.
The Agritest and Agritest1 are the latest in digital hand-held testers from Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based Hanna Instruments. Both meters act as two testers in one: The Agritest measures both pH and electrical conductivity (EC), while the Agritest1 provides a reading of pH and total dissolved solids (TDS).
GETTING READY TO HARVEST THAT OUTDOOR CROP? HERE ARE A FEW TIPS FROM CAPTAIN CHRONIC TO MAXIMIZE YOUR GARDEN'S POTENTIAL.
In the Great Smoky Mountains, life is slow and simple for most. For marijuana farmer Captain Chronic, however, the day-to-day grind is far from easy. Midnight hikes through seemingly impenetrable brambles to tend to his 10 patches are part of his daily regimen.
MITE AND PEST SPRAY I have an indoor closet garden. About two weeks into my first crop I developed a problem with mites. Those little suckers had their webs all over my buds. I found “Purge” in my local pet supply store. I am now into my third harvest, and I have not had a problem with mites or any other pests since I used this product.
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