With marijuana arrests having topped 640.000 in 1996 and with thousands of those cases ending up with someone serving state or federal time, we'd like once again to go over some of the rules of combat in this War on Drugs: 1) Don't brag. According to police officials, the vast majority of marijuana busts are the direct result of snitches.
Having lived in Bolivia for the last two years, learned its history and worked for a newspaper there, I was impressed and slightly shocked when I saw your article on General Hugo Banzer, the newly elected president and former dictator of Bolivia (“Bolivia Re-Elects ‘Cocaine Coup’ Jéfe," Dec. ’97).
The myth of Jim Morrison, both in life and death, continues to haunt Doors historians, band members, friends and family alike.
Twenty-seven years after his death, Jim Morrison is still causing trouble. The authorities that run the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, where the Lizard King is buried, have stated that they will not renew the 30-year lease on his grave when it expires in 2001, because of damage to surrounding sites and tombs caused by tourists.
Guitarist Robby Krieger, the man who wrote “Light My Fire,” came to New York’s Tramps nightclub in October to perform Doors music with his solo band—which includes his son Waylon and, for the occasion, Doors drummer John Densmore—in celebration of the release of The Doors Box Set 30 years after the release of the Doors’ debut album.
L.A. techno duo, the Crystal Method, busted in drug sting.
Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland (a.k.a. the Crystal Method) had just left the Jane’s Addiction show at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on Oct. 23 and decided to visit a popular DJ hangout nearby. When they got there, the police were in the middle of a bust.
Entire genres often get dismissed by those who claim that it "a11 sounds the same." Differentiating between performers and the subtle variations in style that distinguish them largely comes down to individual aesthetic. Take JAY-Z, for example.
THE DANDY WARHOLS: “Not If You Were the Last Junkle on Earth”
At the beginning of the video for "High," the hit single off Jimmie's Chicken Shack’s major-label debut, Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope (Rocket/A&M), lead singer and guitarist Jimi Haha rushes clumsily into a barn. Entering a fantasy rehearsal space, his fellow band members eye him reproachfully.
Perhaps the most eagerly awaited book on psychedelics ever, Alexander and Ann Shulgin's TIHKAL: The Continuation picks up where their book PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story left off. While PIHKAL focused on the “Phenethylamines I Have Known and Loved."
Folkie stoner Will Oldham strums to a different beat.
Discovering the music of Will Oldham for the first time—as I did, belatedly, five years into a career that has produced five albums, several EPs and numerous singles under the Palace Music rubric—is kind of like opening that dusty old shoebox stashed under your bed: There, amid brittle newspaper clips and long-dead roses, is the ghost of your former self grinning foolishly from a cracked Polaroid stained with tears you don't remember shedding for a love you can't recall.
Oscar time is once again upon us, and if the chips fall with any fairness at all, surely L.A. Confidential (Warner Bros.)—perhaps the only film of 1997 worthy in excess of its hype—will take home a few Academy Awards. Having won Best Supporting honors in '96 for The Usual Suspects.
"Raves"—the newest, hottest, most futuristic nocturnal subculture to sweep the country—are still gathering velocity at a fabulous rate. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, people from all walks of life are putting on outer-space wear and Dr. Seuss hats, glitter and play jewelry, platform tennis shoes and gas masks, and basically anything that glows in the dark.
'ERE, WOT'S ALL THIS, NOW? POT DEBATE REVIVES IN BRITAIN
LONDON—The cannabis cause has picked up steam over the last few months here, with a major Sunday newspaper campaigning for Dutch-style decriminalization and the British Medical Association advocating legalization of medicinal cannabinoids.
FAMED RAINBOW VALLEY RINGMASTER FACES 'RINGLEADER' FORFEITURE ACTION
LITTLEROCK, WA—"The people bought Rainbow Valley," says Gideon Israel, explaining how his woodsy little patch of river island grew over the years into an estate sizable enough to be coveted by local and state authorities. When they busted him just before last Thanksgiving, along with whomever else happened to be on the property, on complicated and inflammatory "narcotics racketeering" charges, Rainbow Valley extended to nearly 45 acres.
POLICE TORTURE OF REDWOOD CRUSADERS SPARKS NATIONAL OUTRAGE
EUREKA, CA—Across the United States last fall, citizens watched in outrage as television news programs broadcast video footage of sheriff's deputies in Humboldt County using pepper spray to torture young activists engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience.
THE HAGUE, HOLLAND—The Dutch government, despite its earlier progressive role in the institution of a sensible national policy to control illegal drugs, is taking a conservative, cautious approach in its recognition of marijuana as a medicine.
PROP. 215 A YEAR LATER: WHILE COPS KEEP BUSTING PATIENTS, MEDICAL-POT PROVIDERS SEEK UNITY
SANTA CRUZ, CA—The scene was straight out of a Bob Dole campaign ad. Dozens of high-school marching bands, in town for a convention, marched through this city on Saturday morning, October 18. But as they passed the corner of Maple and Center streets, a different slice of American pie was clearly visible.
CALIF. TO NIX BUYERS' CLUBS FOR EVIDENCE-BIN 'MEDICINE'?
REDWOOD CITY, CA—State Attorney General Dan Lungren, a Republican hopeful for this November's gubernatorial election, has abruptly indicated that he'll sign off on a bold new plan to furnish marijuana to sick people: namely, by raiding local evidence bins for pot seized from clandestine growers and traffickers, and peddling it through public health clinics and hospitals.
Long Island college student Moshe Pergament, 19, attached a suicide note to his Honda before jumping on the express-way, getting pulled over for reckless driving, waving his toy gun at the approaching cops, refusing to drop it, and getting shot dead.
STATE COLLEGE, PA—One day last July, Alan Gordon walked into a magistrate's office here carrying a cardboard lettuce box with 150 cannabis seedlings sprouting in it. He explained that he planned to grow and distribute this marijuana because it combats all the acute and chronic effects of ultraviolet-B radiation sickness.
Pot was never a part of my Catholic guilt-ridden upbringing. There was wine and smoldering incense, even a chant or two in regard to the Mother (or Mary)—all the ingredients for inspiration, minus one little green leaf. The herb was never discussed in a sermon, nor in my home either.
OK, I admit it. I smoke pot. There, I said it. Does this make me a bad person? No. Am I a productive member of society? Yes. I have a job at a sizable monthly publication, I have ambitions and goals, my personal life is fulfilling, and I generally get along with my family.
FEDS STONEWALL MEDICAL-MARIJUANA STUDY—UNTIL IT SWITCHES FOCUS TO 'RISK FACTORS'
NORML Director of Publications
Last August, amidst fanfare generated by a National Institutes of Health report endorsing medical-marijuana research, NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus announced that the agency "is open to receiving research grant applications for studies of the medical efficacy of marijuana," adding, rather disingenuously: "We want to make clear what has always been the case."
Recreational Drugs and Dietary Supplements: An Occasional Series
In recent years the pineal gland, a pea-sized structure located in the center of the brain— referred to by ancient anatomists as “the seat of the soul” and “the Third Eye”—has regained mystic proportion among biochemists, health practitioners, drug enthusiasts and zealots of all orders.
PARIS—France, ruled by one of Western Europe's most anticannabis governments, has been opening up somewhat since a Left-liberal coalition took over Parliament last year. Last November, the country's top public-health official endorsed legalizing medical marijuana.
NEW YORK CITY—Medical marijuana may become a casualty of its own pharmacological success, judging by recent developments. While the US antidrug establishment gears up fretfully to propagandize against several state medicalpot initiatives scheduled for the November elections, cooler heads from abroad may be showing America's impetuous Drug Warriors a better—and more lucrative—way to order this thing.
The Last of the Black Mesa Navajo Refuse to Leave Their Land—as Corporate Interests Lurk in the Background
THE ROAD TO RELOCATION
DEADLINES ON BLACK MESA
PEABODY COAL COMES TO BLACK MESA
TROUBLE ON BLACK MESA
THE INDUSTRIAL 'CONSPIRACY'
RESTORING THE WATER, CARING FOR THE LAND
FOUR CORNERS, AZ—In July 1979, high on a desert plain near a place called Big Mountain in the lonely northeastern comer of Arizona, federal agents building a fence across the plain were confronted by Katherine Smith, a Navajo woman carrying a .22 rifle.
With spring just around the corner, our senior statesman of outdoor marijuana cultivation provides some helpful tips for the prospective guerrilla grower.
East and West
Seeds, Planting and Transplanting
splendor of the Grass
How Many Plants to Start?
Preparing the Soil
Marijuana-growing doesn't take heroic efforts or special experience. You're not growing truffles or orchids. Keep in mind that marijuana is a weed, a very tenacious survivor. If you grow flowers or vegetables, you can grow marijuana outdoors.
Spring Break in Cancun. The concept was too rich to resist, so we sent two of our most trusted representatives down to Mexico’s premier Caribbean resort—known for buds, booze and bullfights—to investigate the "Spring Break” phenomenon. One came back physically bruised, the other psychically scarred by a generation that has no soul.
WELCOME TO THE LOSERDOME
A CHEAP HOLIDAY IN OTHER PEOPLE’S MISERY
BLOOD AND ACID
MR.TODD'S WILD RIDE
As we stumble towards the millennium, assorted media types will be drawing up their lists of faces to look for in the twenty-first century, the proverbial "best minds” of the next generation. What people forget is that the "best minds” of a generation do not a generation make.
When Jeffrey Steinborn, 54, graduated from Yale Law School in 1968 he planned on a career as a labor lawyer. But with the Vietnam war raging, he found himself involved with draft law, fighting for the rights of conscientious objectors in state, federal and military courts.
These days, the term "folk music" conjures up images of whimpering, sensitive singer-songwriters or quaint geeks who talk like Garrison Keillor. And let us not forget such smug unlistenables as Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, or any of the drivel from that ugly era.
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!
Agricool Lighting Ltd., out of British Columbia, is marketing the latest in high-intensity-discharge lighting. What makes these fixtures unique is that they are cooled with water, dramatically reducing the amount of heat they radiate.
The outdoor grower is mostly concerned with three things: location, location, location. Marijuana is grown on the sides of mountains, hidden in forests, along railroads, rivers, small streams, power lines, every place you can possibly think a person can reach.
Interested In organic growing? Would you like an environmentally friendly alternative to rockwool? Why not start with the basics? Many farmers believe nothing beats good old-fashioned soil when It comes to growing high-quality bud.
The last time I was at Sensi Seeds' Cannabis Castle in Holland, I noticed that the plants were growing in planting mix. Alan Dronkers, one of the Castle's owners, told me that he would much prefer to grow in rockwool, but because of environmental regulations regarding draining nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus into the water, they can no longer run one-way drip systems.
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Is it possible to clone buds? Mickie Cincinnati, Ohio Yes, a bud can be cloned by treating it much like any other cutting. It should be given 18-24 hours of light and be placed in a rooting medium after using a rooting hormone on the bottom of the stem.