Ras Menelik, a Rastafarian priest anointed by Bob Marley, presided over the first Cannabis Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the 10th Cannabis Cup, while reggae queen Rita Marley accepted on her late husband's behalf. It was an emotional and thrilling moment.
As a psych major with a special focus on drug use, misuse and abuse, I was delighted to read Lucky Jean's very accurate and telling assessment of the rehab industry in America ("The Recovery Routine: Understanding the Modern American Mindfuck," February, 1998).
"Hello, Steven?" the voice on the phone asked with a distinct Jamaican accent. "It's Reee-ta!" "Rita!" I exclaimed. "Where are you?!?" "I'm at the airport," she said. "Which airport?" I inquired. "Schiphol." she answered. "Thank goodness," I said.
As the preceding article explains, I met Michael Franti In Amsterdam at the conclusion of the 5th Annual Cannabis Cup. When it came time to book bands for the 10th Cup, which was: being dedicated to Bob Marley, I insisted that Spearhead, Franti's band, be part of the mix.
The Rolling Stones have an uncanny ability to create spectacle. For the release of Bridges to Babylon (Virgin) last September, they held a press conference at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Their stadium tour that followed featured a video screen you could see for miles.
California rockers shine at 13th annual hall of fame show
"Thanks for indicting me," said a tonguetied Eagle, Glenn Frey, at the Thirteenth Annual Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. held at New York's historic Waldorf Astoria hotel on January 12. It was a decidedly mellow affair. Inductees Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, the Mamas and the Papas and Santana represented the California wing of rock that came to define the music in the '60s and '70s.
After a month in theatrical release, Half Baked was ensconced in the Top 20, with ticket sales of more than $15 million. That's a lot of stoners eating popcorn and candy at a movie geared precisely for them. The reviews, however, were less than kind.
Leave it to HBO to lead the pack in edgy, thought-provoking programming by giving distinctive comic personalities a half-hour in which to rant, spew and mock. Best known for his "Weekend Update" stint on Saturday Night Live. Dennis Miller has politics on his mind and he’s not afraid to speak it.
WALKING TO MERCURY by Starhawk (Bantam, New York, $23.95, $13.95 paperback)
THE CELIBACY CLUB by Janice Eidus (City Lights, San Francisco, $9.95)
WHITE TRASH DEBUTANTE by Jennifer Blowdryer (Galhattan Press, 270 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10009, $10.00)
The term “alternative” has become a catchphrase used to sell everything from music to newsweeklies. So you inhaled in college, listened to Hendrix or Green Day, and your culture is noisier and raunchier than your parents’. Big fucking deal.
An Encyclopedia of Lawless Lawmen by Michael Newton (Loompanics, Port Townsend, WA, $14.95)—Outlaw officers from the Wild West—Wyatt Earp was a pimp and Wild Bill Hickock killed a man for beating him at poker—to the Drug War, like the Arizona narc who killed two colleagues who caught him dipping into the evidence-room methamphetamine.
WASHINGTON—Marijuana has been improperly classified in law for nearly 30 years as a powerfully addictive drug devoid of any accepted medical uses, the Drug Enforcement Administration quietly conceded last December. In a series of brief communications to Virginia public-policy expert Jon Gettman and attorneys for HIGH TIMES in New York, the DEA confirmed that current scientific evidence presented to it in 1995, in a 270-page petition filed by Gettman, has obliged the Justice Department to request binding guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services in seeking a more appropriate regulatory category for pot on the federal controlled-substances list.
SAN FRANCISCO—After the passage of Proposition 215 two years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle said the initiative “effectively decriminalizes pot use” in California. There are now over 30 public medical-marijuana clubs in California, but authorities are seeking a compromise to appease the Drug War orthodoxy.
NEW YORK CITY—Efforts to reform the marijuana laws, from state bills approving medical marijuana to a host of referendum initiatives inspired by Proposition 215, are underway in at least 11 states and the District of Columbia this year. Medical-marijuana initiatives will be on the ballot in Alaska and, possibly, Maine; Arizonans will vote on restoring parts of Proposition 200; and petition campaigns are on in Florida, Colorado and Washington, DC. Oregon voters have a chance to reject the state legislature’s attempt to recriminalize possession of pot, and activists there and in Arkansas are gathering signatures for initiatives to make herb as legal as liquor.
Funded by billionaire George Soros, the Los Angeles-based Americans for Medical Rights has become a powerhouse in the movement for drug-law reform. In 1996, AMR was largely responsible for Proposition 215’s victory in California. Last year, it gathered 95,000 signatures in five weeks to stall Oregon’s attempt to recriminalize marijuana.
JACKSON, MS—In one of the more bizarre excrescences to emerge from the Drug War recently, a state legislator here has introduced a bill to allow the dismemberment of drug offenders. HB 196, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Moak (D-Bogue Chitto), would allow anyone convicted on state drug charges “to have a body part removed” as a substitute for a fine or jail term.
SANTA MONICA, CA—“The DEA gives ambulance-chasing a new meaning,” best-selling Hollywood author Peter McWilliams wisecracked in Daily Variety early last December, after DEA chief Thomas Constantine had fiercely pledged an investigation of Murphy Brown for her sympathetic portrayal of a potsmoking chemotherapy patient.
CHICAGO COP SCANDAL SCUTTLES DRUG CASES In 1997, 124 drug cases were dropped in Chicago because the arresting cops were tainted by a scandal in which seven officers have been arrested for extortion and shaking down drug dealers. New York Times, Dec. 27.
CHICO, CA—Michael Nelson, a 35-yearold resident of a rural county which voted against California’s medical-marijuana initiative in 1996, decided last year that he was “tired of living like a criminal.” “I’ve got hepatitis C,” he explains, “which is an incurable, sometimes fatal disease.
Are you a supercilious connoisseur who’d sniff “I’ve had better” at a Cannabis Cup champion? Or are you a degenerate burnout who'll smoke rughair-infested schwag to get a buzz? Take this test and see where you stand. 1.) Do you describe your pot as "having hints of Bubblegum with piney overtones"?
Ann Arbor Hash Bash University of Michigan Diag Ann Arbor, Michigan 12-1 PM Pure Productions presents the 27th annual Hash Bash, with speakers from HIGH TIMES. Contact: Pure Productions, 211 South 4th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104; phone (313) 6687420; Web site: www.hashbash.com.
MEDICAL COMMUNITY GETS BEHIND REFORMING MARIJUANA LAWS
Opponents of legalizing medical marijuana often contend that few, if any, respected medical organizations recognize cannabis as a legitimate therapeutic agent. This notion is untrue. In reality, many prestigious medical groups worldwide have taken a range of cautiously favorable positions toward the use of marijuana as a medicine.
URRAO, COLOMBIA—Last October, local elections were held in war-ridden Colombia. They took place in a turmoil of violence and anarchy that surprised even Colombians. Six months earlier, the two primary neoCommunist guerrilla organizations in the countryside, the FARC and the ELN. had announced their intentions to sabotage the voting.
US DRUG WARRIORS CRANK UP FOR MORE ELECTION VIOLENCE
Late last December, the Clinton Administration quietly eliminated all restrictions on the use of US aid by the Colombian military, even in the face of uncontested State Department reports detailing how the army not only abets the activities of paramilitary gangs, but helps form them and recruit thugs to staff these autodefensas, as they’re called.
"Here. Try a hit of the Bubbleberry," someone said as they passed a burly joint in my direction. I took in a few deep puffs and felt the medicine curing—or at least easing the pain of—the cramped flight overseas. "Here, this is the NL #5 x Haze," said another voice, passing a smoldering joint which struggled to stay lit.
When Steve Hager asked me to MC the 4:20 Council this year, I was hot to do it. The 4:20 Council, at the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, has been, classically, a combination of testimonials for pot, a chance for the coffeehouses and seed banks to distribute samples of their special kinds of reefer, and a chance for people to say what was in their heart about bud or hippies in general and the worldwide progress of our movement.
Mom and Dad, I’m sorry. There could have been other circumstances that led me to the cold yet comforting climes of Holland just as the autumn was ending and winter was born—like the Van Gogh Museum and all those dull, dark beige Rembrandts. But the fact of the matter is that my job sent me there to smoke pot.
When Steve Hager invited me to MC the awards night at the 10th Annual Cannabis Cup, I had to decline. Regretfully. I was committed to be in Detroit last Thanksgiving week, to cover the trial of Peter McWilliams. He has AIDS and cancer, and was arrested for possession of seven joints.
Tropic of Cannabis: The Intoxicated Adventures of a Celebrity Judge
Exhausted but psyched, I arrived in Amsterdam—my home away from home. While waiting to check in, I moseyed on over to the outdoor market by the Rembrandtsplein. There I purchased a pair of dirtcheap, Levi-cut leather trousers, symbolically invoking the spirit of Morrison to watch over me as I embarked on my weeklong rebellion against sobriety.
The Cannabis Cup Band was formed prior to the 8th Annual Cannabis Cup in the fall of 1995, when event producer Steven Hager asked me, a drummer and HIGH TIMES’ musical director, to put together a band similar to Paul Shaffer's on The Late Show with David Letterman: a house band that could play anything at a moment's notice in a variety of styles.
HIGH TIMES: How did a girl from Poughkeepsie wind up becoming a Merry Prankster? MOUNTAIN GIRL: Around the time I was supposed to graduate high school I got thrown out—just kid stuff—so I went out West to get away from New York. My brother was doing graduate work at Stanford University and I went out there to be with him.
As Hemp Expo director of the 10th Annual Cannabis Cup, I had the pleasure of working with 40 companies specializing in everything from gorgeous glassware and groundbreaking gardening formulas to tasty hemp foods, state-of-the-art hemp fashions and even teddy bears.
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!
Bing-Bong! That's the sound of the bong hit rushing to my head. So enjoyable: just a little herb, no tar, no paper, just pure, clean smoke. Ahhh! Let me show you how to build a homemade bong. STEP 1—The materials needed are a knife or razor blade, a disposable ballpoint pen, a plastic soda bottle, cloth-electric or duct tape, a 10-mm or 7/16" ratchetwrench socket, a screen, an ashtray and a good stash.
Lighting is one of the most important and expensive investments you will make in your indoor garden. Reflectors are designed to focus and concentrate the light from your high-intensity discharge fixture down onto your plants, maximizing the efficiency of your lamp.
The Pollinator company out of Amsterdam is now marketing the newest improvement in resin-collecting devices, called the X-TRACTOR. Traditionally, THC resin was collected by drying high-quality cannabis and then sifting it through progressively finer screens until only a powdery residue of resin glands was left.
When growing indoors, try to keep your crop's supply needs as simple as possible. If you have to return to a specialty shop regularly, say for rockwool, then you become dependent on that store, and with each return visit you increase your chances of being noticed.
The Cannabis Cup is the time of year when Amsterdam’s finest growers whip out their best buds. Sure, they have easy access to the seeds, but it takes more than a killer seed stock to grow premium kind. At the root of every Cup plant is know-how gained from years and years of cultivation.
In early September I visited the offices of HIGH TIMES in New York, walked into Steve Bloom's office, and was greeted with a High Five: "Hey Chef RA, guess what we're puttin' together in Amsterdam for the Cannabis Cup this year? We're havin' Ziggy and Stephen Marley come for the Cup!" “I don’t believe you.”
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier non-backstabbing. nonAlba-worshipping authority on marijuana prices for over 20 years. Please obey the following prebuddhalizing ritual for ultimate transpersonal THMQ perceptual orgasm: 1 ) Fill favorite bong with crushed ice & distilled water.
I have a 75-watt “grow bulb” from my local hardware store in each of two 2’ x 3’ closets. They screw into regular lamp sockets. Can you tell me how they compare to high-intensity-discharge lamps? How effective are they? Maggie Internet Incandescent bulbs produce the lowest amount of light per unit of electricity of any lamp.
Grow guru Jorge Cervantes gives you step-by-step instructions for building your own hydroponic NFT system, including important tips on security. Ed Rosenthal tells you how to increase your garden yields substantially with the use of CO2.
After the recent death of a friend, I found myself responsible for shutting down two fully operational facilities—the “main facility” and a smaller training facility. The two facilities together were flowering over 300 plants at a time.