In my experiences as a schoolteacher, telemarketer, receptionist, administrative assistant, executive assistant, office manager, and even cocktail waitress, no job has been as entertaining as my job at HIGH TIMES. Since this issue is showcasing head-comedy blockbusters like George Carlin, Tommy Chong and Dave Chappelle, I’d like to contribute some classic knee-slappers from an untapped source of Found Comedy: my callers.
I am a concerned parent who is appalled by the ads produced by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The latest one I saw showed a person getting hit in the head with a metal cooking pot. It stated that if you smoke pot more than once you will become stupid, and the more you smoke the dumber you will become.
Pot comedy gets a lift in David Chapelle's new stoner flick.
"Reefer is as American as apple pie,” declares pot-loving comic Dave Chappelle. "It’s very much in the public consciousness right now.” This sentiment certainly explains why Chappelle has cowritten and is costarring in Half Baked, the first fully marijuana-driven movie since Friday, which will hit smokescreens across the nation this month.
On February 27, Hollywood's much anticipated 'marijuna movie' is coming to a smoke-screen near you.
It's a long way from Northern California's marijuana heartland during harvest. At the wrap-up shoot for Homegrown, a parking lot in Temple City—a suburb northeast of Los Angeles—masquerades as a parking lot in Mendocino County. Billed as a "suspenseful black comedy."
Tommy Chong couldn’t find a new Cheech for his upcoming film. Best Buds, so he hired his family instead.
ADAM ST. JAMES
Twenty years ago, in a land with a moral atmosphere quite unlike the one we endure today, comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong were the undisputed heavyweight champions of dope humor. A string of hit movies and gold albums kept them rolling along with their heads in the clouds.
Despite a last-minute venue change that threatened to mar Farm Aid '97. the event sold out the New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park. IL. 25 miles south of Chicago. More than 35.000 rock and country fans paid $27.50 per ticket to benefit the 12-year-old organization that focuses on saving America's family farms.
As electronic dance music continues to gain increasing attention and exposure outside its underground roots, more progressive-minded rockers are abandoning the traditional prejudice barring them from getting their groove on. The Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers have both made successful stabs at integrating rock’s abrasive energy into their techno head jams.
KNUCKLEHEAD: A JOURNEY OUT OF THE MIND by Peter Gault (Elephant Press, 40 High Park Ave. Ste. 1912. Toronto. ON M6P 2S1. Canada. $16.95) Knucklehead, the second novel by Canadian author and performance artist Peter Gault, is one of the wildest literary rides you'll ever take.
GRANDPA’S MARIJUANA HANDBOOK: A User Guide for Ages 50 & Up by Evan Keliher (Pedagogue Press, PO Box 28808, San Diego, CA 92198, $9.95 + $1.30 s&h) A severely tongue-in-cheek how-to for elderly tokers, by a 66-year-old glaucoma sufferer who cleans buds on his Medicare card.
Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde and Brian Mantia—collectively known to fans of left-field post-punk art-funk the world over as Primus—are happy with their sixth full-length offering, The Brown Album (Interscope). Claypool especially credits the presence of Mantia, who replaced Tim Alexander after stints with the Limbomaniacs and Bill Laswell’s Praxis and extensive studio work.
Moral advocates for antidrug messages on TV had to be pleased with a recent episode of "7th Heaven.” but were probably scratching their heads a month later as Candice Bergen's "Murphy Brown” character toked in a courageous attempt to cure the nausea she is suffering from radiation treatments for her breast cancer.
On “Friends” (NBC, Thursdays), Phoebe (the space cadet of the group, played by Lisa Kudrow) finds a cat possesses the spirit of her dead mom, Lily. To this typical Phoebe-stretch, Ross (David Schwimmer) says, “Are you sure she’s in the cat, or have you been taking your grandma’s glaucoma medicine again?” ...
In 1969, director Michelangelo Antonioni was looking to repeat the success of his movie Blow-Up with Zabriskie Point. While Zabriskie Point's counterculture motifs did not translate as well as he envisioned. its soundtrack was an unheralded triumph.
URINE-TESTING INDUSTRY FLUNKS HEMP-SEED CHALLENGE—BIG TIME!
MIAMI—The inability of commercial drug-testing equipment to distinguish between illegal-drug users and persons inadvertently exposed to commonplace environmental substances was startlingly illustrated last summer, when the prestigious Journal of Analytical Toxicology published several technical reports involving people whose urine tested positive for “marijuana” after they ingested ordinary nutritional doses of common hempseed oil.
DRUG ACTIVISTS, PRISONERS, MEDICAL USERS FIND FRAGILE CONSENSUS AT '97 DPF MEETING
NEW ORLEANS—October 1997’s Drug Policy Foundation conference here publicly introduced the group’s new executive director, Sher Horosko. A former director of addiction services for the state of Connecticut, Horosko has also been involved in issues related to feminism, Latin America, migrant workers and prisoners with AIDS in Sing Sing prison in New York.
WASHINGTON—Marijuana arrests have hit a record high for the third year in a row, with an estimated 642,000 pot busts by state and local police in 1996. This is an increase from 589,000 in 1995 and 481,000 in 1994. More than 85% of those arrests—about 547,000—were for simple possession, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, released in September.
COPS INVENT 'MEXICAN MAFIA' TO ACCOUNT FOR CALIF. BUD
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CA—Last autumn’s bumper sinsemilla crop from California’s famed Emerald Triangle, which reportedly outstripped any previous fall harvest this decade, has been officially attributed by law enforcement to an alleged influx of Mexican nationals connected to drug cartels trying to cash in on the local staple.
ARCATA, CA—Mel Brown, the police chief of this traditional countercultural haven in Humboldt County, has recently implemented an inventive program of issuing identification cards to legitimate local medical-marijuana patients in an attempt to protect them under the terms of Proposition 215, California’s 1996 medical-marijuana law.
TAX-STAMP ACTIVIST CONVICTED FOR LIGHTING UP '96 SUPER BOWL
Richard Davis Given Five Years' Probation
PHOENIX—California marijuana activist Richard Davis, who tested Arizona’s cannabis-tax law by selling pot openly during Super Bowl weekend here in January 1996, was sentenced to five years’ probation last September, after conviction on three felony charges.
SAN FRANCISCO—The first medical-marijuana clinical research project to be directly approved by the federal government began in December at San Francisco General Hospital, with doctors from the University of California at San Francisco administering THC capsules and government-grown marijuana to groups of HIV-positive volunteer subjects receiving a protease-inhibitor (PI) medication.
PORTLAND, OR—Activists here have blocked the recriminalization of marijuana in Oregon by getting a referendum on the measure on the November ballot. Aided by 200 volunteers and a $50,000 donation from a George Soros foundation, recrim opponents gathered over 95,000 signatures in five weeks, almost twice the 48,800 needed to qualify.
CHICAGO 5 CLEARED Calling it a victory for the First Amendment, the so-called "Chicago 5" were acquitted of felony mob action at the 1996 Democratic National Convention by Judge Themis Karnezis. Defendant the Rev. Ron Schupp called the verdict "an unquestionable victory for all those who seek to legitimately express their right of freedom of speech under the US Constitution."
TRENTON, NJ—Cheryl Miller rolled her hospital bed to the steps of the New Jersey state capitol here last October, and, as two state troopers approached, drank down a marijuana tincture mixed with orange Gatorade. She was demonstrating marijuana’s effectiveness in quelling the chronic muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, a disease she was diagnosed with 27 years ago.
ALBANY, GA—William “Buster” Jones, HIGH TIMES’ June ’97 “Stoner of the Year,” busted last June buying two dimes of herb from an undercover-cop dealer in a predominantly black neighborhood here, pleaded guilty Nov. 11 to possessing 3.2 grams of marijuana.
I am a middle-aged, middle-class white male. And I recently began to smoke crack—though not with the absoluteness of a hardcore addict, nor even the abandon of a weekend drunk. In fact, I have for the most part ceased, because I really find it difficult to fathom the allure of the drug.
America’s War on Drugs has frightening parallels to the Third Reich's targeting of Jews, Slavs, Gypsies and anyone else they chose for political repression based on race or physical or mental differences. That was all done “legally” by passing laws enabling prosecution of their targets, whether or not they caused any actual damage to society.
Grinspoon, Peron Back Frank’s Bill, But Republicans Lay Out Hard Line
For the first time since voters in California and Arizona approved landmark initiatives allowing the use of marijuana under a doctor’s supervision, Congress heard testimony from medical-marijuana proponents at a special hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime on Oct. 1.
PORTLAND, OR—Portland’s medical-marijuana center has been shut down after two police raids, apparently set off by movement rivals informing on it. Diane Densmore, 50, who ran the Alternative Health Center here, was arrested Oct. 29 and faces 16 counts of conspiracy and “delivering” marijuana over a 10-month period.
LONDON, ON—A Canadian high-tech firm may soon send marijuana growers running for cover. Agrimage, a Quebec-based specialist in agricultural diagnostics, is on the verge of creating the world’s first hyper-spectral ganja detector. The company is working with the Sureté du Quebec (SQ), the province’s police force, to develop software for a machine that will, they boast, detect outdoor pot patches with previously unheard-of accuracy.
NEW YORK CITY—A 450-mile walk and wheelchair-roll, for compassionate access to medical marijuana and other banned drugs with lifesaving potential, began Sept. 20 in Boston and ended 40 days later in a series of enthusiastic protests at the offices of the nation’s public-health establishment in Washington.
On Jan. 14, 1967, thousands of people gathered in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for a “Human Be-In,” the event that signified the psychedelic subculture’s emergence as a mass movement. For better or worse, “hippies” were now a national phenomenon, and that summer thousands of seekers, wannabes and cultural refugees, runaways and throw-aways, flocked to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
Boston and Providence events conjure up the ghost of Hemp Tours past.
Hemp Tour was a day-after-day lifestyle, going from city to city stomping for hemp. That’s how I cut my teeth in the hemp movement—on Hemp Tour, which was sort of activist politics for Deadheads back in ’89 and '90 when it was going strong in the Northeast and Midwest.
If you're growing herb Indoors, you need to duplicate the spectrum and Intensity of natural sunlight as closely as possible, and you want every watt you use to go directly to producing the healthiest, most luscious buds.
Light is one of the most basic needs of all plants and the most often mismanaged. Recent tours of growrooms in Australia, Europe and Canada showed me that even the most experienced growers forget about the basic needs of a plant. Let’s look at a few high-intensity discharge bulb basics, then concentrate on getting the most light out of them.
EIGHTEEN IS ENOUGH! L.A.'S DOPEST COMICS MIX IT UP AT THE UN-CABARET
OK, let’s start with television. Except for the old Cheech and Chong movies, or maybe a sitcom rerun like the hash-brownie episode of “Barney Miller,” there’s hardly any humor about drugs for couch potatoes. But it’s usually a matter of self-censorship.
George Carlin, philosopher-comedian, has been tinkering with our collective psyches for more than 40 years. He began his career in show business in 1956, and by 1960 was headlining Las Vegas and had his first album out. But despite this early success, Carlin’s career didn’t really take off until he fell in love with the irreverence of the counterculture during the late 1960s, when he released Take-Offs and Put-Ons (in 1972) and began to develop trademark routines like “The Hippy Dippy Weatherman” and the classic “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”
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Magic Gems are water-retaining polymers from J.M.J. Enterprises Inc. of Milwaukee. WI. They can be used in place of or as an additive to soil, absorbing up to 400 times their weight in water and nutrients, releasing it to your plants as needed.
Standup Gardens Ltd. is currently marketing a product that has some unique features and capabilities. It’s a self-contained gardening system that can be used indoors or out. The unit stands waist-high, hence the name Standup Garden, and utilizes built-in irrigation and drainage systems that can be hooked together, linking several units to a single water source and drainage system.
My outdoor female, in puberty, is getting too large. Solution—take an 18" clipping (tops or leaders), then use the whole clipping to root a new small tree. Using good shears. I clip the major body from the domed cap, leaving a taper. This allows another two-liter bottle to fit over it and create an aquarium-like atmosphere.
No room to grow in your apartment? Here's a system that turns a kitchen cabinet into a thriving herb garden.
THE LIGHT CYCLE
Most of the articles I've read about cannabis cultivation make a few inaccurate assumptions about the herb-growing public—namely, that bigger is better. From that premise we are led down a tangled path of equipment and techniques that require extraordinary devotion and commitment.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier non-backstabbing authority on marijuana prices for over 20 years. Please obey the following pre buddhalizing ritual for ultimate transpersonal THMQ perceptual orgasm: 1) Fill favorite bong with crushed ice & distilled water.
I have a garden which supplies a local medical buyers’ club. It has three flowering rooms, each with four or five lights, as well as a mother garden and clone hall. My problem is heat. As you can imagine there is a tremendous heat buildup, so I purchased a 90,000-BTU air-conditioning unit, figuring that each light produced about 3,200 BTUs of heat, so the system would never function near capacity.
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That's right, folks! Spring is not far off. It's time to get those clones ready for the great outdoors. Outdoor expert Mel Frank tells you all you need to grow under the sun. Location, feeding, seed propagation, reservoir building—Mel's step-by-step guide is useful for novices and pros alike.