It is my distinct pleasure to be HIGH TIMES’ liaison to the Marley family. It all started in 1993 when I requested an interview with Ziggy Marley through Virgin Records. Their album Joy and Blues was coming out, and I wanted to provide HIGH TIMES readers with the inside story of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
I work at a store that carries HIGH TIMES, and although I do not subscribe to the views expressed in your magazine, I am occasionally bored enough to page through an issue. To my disgust, I saw a spread of photographs (Grow America, Nov. ’97) sent in by your readers depicting pets propped with marijuana.
Ever so subtly, Stephen Marley has stepped into the spotlight, taking an increasing role in Ziggy's Melody Makers and cutting tracks on the side. Meet the new Mr. Marley.
In Jamaica, people like to whisper “Bob” when Stephen Marley’s name comes up in conversation. It is he, not his older brother Ziggy, they contend, who is the true musical heir to Bob Marley’s legacy. They say this because of Stephen’s vocal resemblance to Bob—high, reedy and emotionally charged.
Sister Carol brings ganja spirituality to dancehall music.
SILJA J. A. TALVI
Sister Carol exudes a cool, distant vibe that people unfamiliar with the Rastafarian outlook on the world might find intimidating. Immersed in her work and the lives of her family members, Sister Carol's priorities don’t include making small talk or putting on false airs.
Some words of wisdom from reggae elder Burning Spear.
With his graying locks and beard, Burning Spear (a.k.a. Winston Rodney) comes across as more of a soft-spoken sage than one of reggae’s most venerable artists. During his career, spanning close to three decades and some 29 albums, Burning Spear has always been consistent and true to the Rastafarian philosophy.
The late Winston Hubert "Peter" Maclntosh is a paradoxical icon. Aside from being the second name that comes to most minds when discussing reggae, he is for many the true keeper of the anti-Babylon flame—the uncompromising John Lennon to Bob Marley's Paul McCartney.
1. Legalize BUJU BANTON (Gargamel) Smokin Sensi ANTHONY LAVO/JOSIE WALES (Kingston 11) Bring the Kutchie EVERTON BLENDER (Star Trail) Smoke Sensi in a Bush JUNIOR REID (VP) Herb in the Morning PAPA SAN (Digital-B) Tru Ganjaman ROCKER T (Positive Sound Massive) Eyes a Bleed BOUNTY KILLER (Greensleeves) 8.
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, one of the world’s most resilient musical revolutionaries, died in Nigeria on August 2 of complications from the AIDS virus. He was 58 years old. Fela’s dogged and persistent denunciations of the ruling forces of his homeland—and, by extension, everywhere else— resulted in his attaining folk-hero status among fans and incurring the wrath of the Nigerian military, who harassed, beat, tortured and imprisoned him throughout his adult life.
THE FILLMORE: SERIES ART 1966-1971 OF THE THE POSTER
The More You Watch The Less You Know chronicles how print, radio and television news have been dumbed down into a morass of glitz and entertainment that only hints of journalism. Author Danny Schechter (a.k.a. "the News Dissector") covered the US and South Africa’s race wars for the alternative press in the 1960s, then pioneered investigative radio news for the Boston rock’n’roll station WBCN. An ugly buyout by Infinity Broadcasting and the subsequent evisceration of the news department sent Schechter into the heady world of network TV, where he watched his stream of stories on human-rights dilemmas get swallowed up by a torrent of "corporate-friendly” entertainment news.
THE WORLD OF ZINES by Mike Gunderloy and Cari Goldberg Janice (Penguin, New York, $14.00) The Factsheet Five editors present an encyclopedia of 400 zines, plus a guide to putting out your own. ACTION: THE NUYORICAN POETS CAFE THEATER FESTIVAL edited by Miguel Algarin and Lois Griffith (Touchstone, New York, $14.00) Includes plays by Miguel Piñero, Ntozake Shange, Amiri Baraka and Ishmael Reed.
The largest reggae festival in the US, Reggae on the River, is located in legendary Humboldt County. The 14th annual event, "dedicated to the preservation of ancient forests,” offered the 10,000 who attended 14 hours a day of nonstop Jamaican and domestic music.
The debut production from Chris Blackwell’s Island Jamaica Films, an endearing, low-budget reggae comedy entitled Dancehall Queen, has caused a sensation in the country from whence it originated, and codirectors Don Letts and Rick Elgood couldn’t be happier about it.
• Rockers (1977). This film effortlessly embodies the spirit of roots reggae and Rasta culture during its golden age, cinema verité style, with Burning Spear, Big Youth, Gregory Isaacs, Inner Circle and many others playing themselves. • The Harder They Come (1972).
DEMONSTRATORS CRY FOUL AS HHS EVADES NEEDLE-EXCHANGE DECISION
WASHINGTON, DC—On September 17 hundreds of activists and health-care workers descended upon the offices of the federal Department of Health and Human Services here to protest HHS Secretary Donna Shalala’s refusal to remove obstacles to needle-exchange programs.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—New Jersey is o-one place where the plight of compassionate health-care workers is clearly demonstrated. The Chai Project, one of the state’s few underground needle-exchange programs, has been distributing clean needles and conducting outreach programs to those at risk here since 1994 under the direction of Diane McCague and Thomas Scozarre.
Is the USA 'Facing a Disaster of Biblical Proportions?'
Imagine an infectious agent so potent it cannot be destroyed by scorching heat. So clever it can jump the species barrier with ease. So deadly it is invariably fatal. Not a virus, not a bacterium, this agent represents a biological threat never before seen on Earth.
CALIFORNIA MEDICAL-MARIJUANA UPDATE CONFUSION REIGNS, PATIENTS SUFFER
A full year after the passage of Proposition 215, the implementation of California’s 1996 medical-marijuana law remains mired in confusion. Prosecutors around the state continue to operate under their own interpretations of the law, and the fog is not likely to clear up any time soon.
SEATTLE COPS GIVE HEMPFEST '97 'TIANANMEN CROWD-CONTROL'
SEATTLE—Retired firefighter Stanley Stevenson became a victim of the War on Drugs when he was stabbed to death on a downtown street last August 24. The police were miles away, strangling the 1997 Seattle Hempfest. Witnesses, family members and community activists asked why there were no police patrols where Stevenson was stabbed, and the answer was that the city’s cops had massed that day for a show of force at Myrtle Edwards Park on Puget Sound, harassing and arresting nonviolent hempsters and pot-smokers.
HOOVER, AL—All charges have been dropped against a local couple whose hemp store, Bohemian Rhapsody, was raided by police in this Birmingham suburb last July. The bust, believed to be the first in the nation of a store that did not sell anything remotely resembling drug paraphernalia, was based on a recent state law which classifies all parts of the cannabis plant as controlled substances.
NORFOLK, VA—The case of a young Virginia woman serving a 24-year jail term for her ex-boyfriend’s crack business has become a rallying point for African-American opponents of Drug War excesses. Kemba Smith, now 26, pleaded guilty to cocaine-conspiracy charges in October 1994.
IRS ZAPPED IN VENGEANCE CASE Charging “reckless disregard" for the law, a Denver federal judge awarded $250,000 in damages to a woman whose family business was raided by armed IRS agents after the woman insulted an IRS auditor. When agent Paula Dzierzanowski audited the returns of Tristan Ward, Tristan's mother, Carole, questioned her mathematics, saying, “Honey, from what I can see of your accounting skills the country would be better served if you were dishing up fried steak on some interstate in West Texas."
MADISON, WI—Fifteen medical-marijuana patients spent a week last September marching 210 miles from the small town of Mondovi to the state capitol here, in a follow-up to last May’s “Journey for Justice” in Ohio. The march’s arrival on Sept. 18 coincided with the introduction of a medical-marijuana bill in the state legislature by Rep.
I received a letter from my father the other day. In it, he said the judge had set his release date for August 18. As much as I would like to, I know better than to believe such a dream is that close to reality. My mother has always described my father as “incarcerated.”
Last August, after two New York City cops were charged with shoving a toilet plunger up a Haitian immigrant’s ass and rupturing his intestines, over 10,000 people marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to protest police brutality. One speaker noted that while police had blocked smaller demonstrations from crossing the bridge in the past, “If you have enough people, you can go anywhere.”
October 1997 marked the 60th anniversary of the enactment of marijuana prohibition, and represented a golden opportunity to reevaluate a failing public policy. Marijuana remains the third most popular recreational drug in the United States—after alcohol and tobacco—despite six decades of criminal prohibition.
SAN FRANCISCO—Despite federal obstruction manifested in excessive fees and a show of force, the National Park Service (NPS) could not stop HempTown from becoming a reality. On August 23, at Chrissy Field in the Presidio here, roughly 6,000 heads, entrepreneurs, artists and befuddled tourists were all citizens of HempTown, conceived by Debby Goldsberry, national coordinator for CAN, the Cannabis Action Network.
"Colombia is fast becoming the Rwanda of Latin America,” warned the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees last year. A million people, one out of every 30 Colombians, are at this moment on the run from the never-ending violence in their country.
Under Colombia’s once-secret Military Reorganization Order 200-05/91, devised seven years ago by a team of US Defense Department and CIA operatives working with top Colombian military officials, US “antidrug” money moves automatically through the Colombian army to its favorite paramilitary death-squad militias.
Jamaica has everything the adventurous traveler could ask for: white-sand beaches, lush tropical forests, secluded waterfalls and rivers, quaint mountain villages, excellent food and an abundance of good weed. Depending on what you’re into, Jamaica has it.
RASTA JOHN has been coming to Jamaica for 15 years. From the Marrows to the Hills to the top of small mountains, he’s seen his share of ganja farms. But this year he decided to find what everybody calls Ganja Mountain.
Everybody claims to know one, but I wanted to meet that special Jamaican farmer who had his act together. One with a big plantation, with a variety of plants such as indicas, skunks, hybrids and giant sativas. Flinton met those criteria. Flinton the ganja farmer first wanted to thank all the tourists from Europe who had brought him seeds, which allowed him to produce different strains of ganja from all around the world right here in Jamaica.
On the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, the Lakota nation is quietly laying the groundwork for America’s first crop of hemp in over half a century.
you can see the plants from the road. Just a dozen miles overland from Wounded Knee, robust feral hemp plants are still flourishing near the Red Cloud Indian School. Back when it was known as the Holy Rosary Mission School, in the 1920s, the German Jesuits who oversaw it planted hemp crops to create a sustainable source of fiber.
Lee “Scratch” Perry, a.k.a. The Upsetter, got his start in Jamaica as a producer under the tutelage of Sir Coxsone Dodd in 1959. By the late '60s, Perry had his own Upsetter label and a house band by the same name, composed of drum and bass wizards Carlton and Aston “Family Man” Barrett.
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The Mother of Invention, a 'Found Materials' Grow Room
This has gotta be one of the weirdest-looking gardens that ever turned out bud. Katrina’s garden shows once again that the cannabis plant can survive and even prosper under stressful conditions. Both the changes caused by timing and the special techniques advised by Stevie Wonder (his friends call him a master grower, but with what he does to plants, we’re inclined to wonder if he’s not more of an S&M master) would have killed a weaker plant.
Manufactured by Denver-based Gualala Robotics and available from dealers throughout the United States and Canada, the Light Rail 3 is a fully extendable, rigid six-foot, self-propelled, track-mounted light mover that is very lightweight, making it nice and easy to install.
The high-in-the sky fly over at least three times a day, but they can’t see my harvest. I grow my weed under pine trees, a natural camouflage. I dig a hole under a tree and cart in my own soil, because the soil under pine trees is terrible for growing herb.
Medicine Man and his Indian Princess As an amateur I learned the right techniques through trial and error. I started with two 150w high-pressure sodium lamps head bag. I read and reread the various "bibles" written by Jorge.
We grew this garden under a l,000w MH. The buds are about halfway done 3-1/2 weeks into bloom. These are William’s Wonder clones. GrassMaster Illinois Anonymous USA Who says you can't grow good herb under fluorescents? We do! We use 20 watts of fluorescent per ft2 in our 4' x 8' unit.
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I am planning a vacation in Amsterdam with two friends. How much will a decent hotel cost for a week? How much is weed? W. Brown Zanesville, Ohio Hotels are rated one to five stars. One and two-star hotels, while not flophouses, are small and cramped, and you’ll share a bathroom.
THE HIGH TIMES INTERVIEW George Carlin: The Clown’s Dark Genius
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Three Stoner comedies are coming to smokescreens near you, and we have the skinny on each one of them. Half Baked features rising young comic Dave Chappelle. Homegrown, more of a black comedy, stars Billy Bob Thornton. And Tommy Chong's latest, Best Buds, focuses on his life after Cheech.