As the new Editor-in-Chief of HIGH TIMES, I relish our role in pointing out the hypocrisies of marijuana prohibition. So taking the editorial helm here was like a dream come true, even after Peter Gorman. HT’s journalistic guru and acting Editor-in-Chief.
One of the most efficient seed-dispersion systems in history is birds. There are about 50-million-plus potsmokers in this country; if every smoker would take the seeds they normally throw away, or put in a jar somewhere, and put them in a $10 bird-feeder, eventually the landscape of this country would change.
Terje Haakonsen had the right idea. The 23-year-old three-time halfpipe champion stayed home in Norway rather than participate in the Nagano Winter Olympics in February. Denouncing the Games’ ultra-nationalistic and militaristic structure as an affront to snowboarding’s celebration of individuality and high spirits, he likened Olympic boss Juan Antonio Samaranch to Al Capone.
Techno duo Daft Punk liven up the French dance scene.
For a couple of French guys who wear bondage masks and Afro wigs at their publicity shoots. Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are surprisingly down-to-earth Considering that they created the definitive primer on modern dance music's roots in disco and pop with last year's Homework (Virgin), they're certainly entitled to have sizable egos.
The genesis of Capricorn Records can be traced back to 1969 when company founder Phil Walden purchased the recording contract of an unknown guitarist named Duane Allman. In the course of the next decade, the Georgia-based record label came to epitomize relentless partying, denim jeans and, more importantly, the rocking, good-time music of the New South.
Pat Dinizio Is concentrating on a solo career for now.
A native of rustic Scotch Plains. New Jersey. Pat Dinizio guided the Smithereens through a decade of power-pop hits like "Blood & Roses,” "A Girl Like You” and "Only a Memory” in the '80s. His urgently fatigued voice surrounded edgy, minor-key songs concerning hurt and despair.
Who says potheads don’t work? Turning up once again as an on-screen ganja enthusiast is rising talent Guillermo Diaz, last seen as Scarface in Half Baked. This time he plays Eric, one of the college friends reunited for a wedding in the romantic ensemble, screwball comedy / Think I Do (Strand Releasing).
On the TNT program Rough Cut, Ethan Coen, writer and producer of The Big Lebowski, defended the presence of marijuana in the film You make a movie like Fargo where certain people get killed and a body gets put through a wood chipper and nobody asks about, like, how do you feel about depicting murders.
Improbably but irrefutably, Academy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple has earned the distinction of directing the best Woody Allen film in years. Wildman Blues (Fine Line), her intimate, all-access account of Allen’s European tour with his New Orleans-style jazz band, captures hilarity and hubris on many levels while shadowing the comedian and his companion, “the notorious Soon-Yi Previn,” as he introduces her at one point.
The Guinness Book of World Records needs to take a look at how many hours Mark Levin and Richard Stratton have spent filming in prisons across the land. The duo’s series of documentaries for HBO has been a resounding success, and now Slam, their first fictional effort, garnered the top dramatic honors at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
In the oddly charming Welcome to Woop-Woop (Goldwyn)—another outback comedy from Stephan Elliot, the man who brought us The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert—a Rodgers and Hammerstein-obsessed renegade commune of unbelievably backward Australians cultivates marijuana from Jerry Garcia’s seeds.
In the seven seasons since his hit sitcom. Home Improvement (Tuesdays, ABC), first aired, Tim Allen has managed to instill solid family values into some 40 million households. He's accomplished this despite a very shaky past, which includes a coke bust that landed him in prison for two years (1979-80).
SEX, STUPIDITY AND GREED: INSIDE THE AMERICAN MOVIE INDUSTRY
FORTRESS OF EAGLES
HEMP HORIZONS: THE COMEBACK OF THE WORLD'S MOST PROMISING PLANT
Taylor Branch Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 (Simon & Schuster, New York, $30.00) is the second volume in his three-tome history of the civil-rights movement. Branch offers a rich lode of inside detail, most dramatically in his descriptions of the separate streams leading up to the epic confrontation in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY ARRIVALS RADIO ON: A Listener's Diary by Sarah Vowell (St. Martin’s Griffin, New York, $18.95)—One year of trying to understand America through the radio, from Courtney Love to Rush Limbaugh. Sharp and blunt, vitriolic and humane; makes me wistful at how long ago 1995 was.
Militias get violent when they don’t get what they want. When a friend failed to deliver weed he had promised them. Diz and Devious of the rap group Militia turned their frustrations into art. The result is “Burn," the hottest weed anthem since the Luniz’s "I Got Five on It."
Legend has it that HIGH TIMES founder Tom Forçade got the idea for a marijuana magazine after taking a hit of nitrous oxide. The first issue appeared in the summer of 1974 and contained contributions from Timothy Leary and jack Frazier. “Hemp Paper Reconsidered” by Frazier was a real eye-opener.
Busted for marijuana possession in January. James Brown offered a medical defense. "I have bad eyes," the Godfather of Soul explained. "It was just a little bit." The week before. Brown was released from a treatment facility for painkiller addiction.
CANADIANS CHALLENGE FEDS WITH MEDICAL-MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
TORONTO, ON—Medical-marijuana dispensaries are sparking to life in cities across southern Ontario as activists turn the heat up on federal politicians to legalize marijuana for medical use throughout Canada. Following a lower court ruling here that permits growing and smoking of cannabis for medical use (HighWitness News, Apr. ’98), some local providers have begun going public.
On Feb. 26, the state Supreme Court in California upheld an injunction against operations of the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers’ Club, inspiring fresh threats from law-enforcement authorities against all the state’s patients and providers.
BRITAIN'S NEW SCIENTIST JOURNAL EXPLODES CURRENT US POT MYTHS!
MARIJUANA IN THE LUNGS
'ADDICTION' OR EXPERIMENTATION?
NEW YORK CITY—Disturbing new scientific evidence about marijuana’s health hazards frightened United Nations medical experts so badly that they suppressed it last winter. When concerned researchers then leaked their findings to the eminent New Scientist journal in Britain, they published a special issue to alert the world about it.
HONOLULU—Hawaii’s highest court has rejected a claim that smoking marijuana is protected by the state constitution’s guarantee of the right to privacy. In a 4-1 ruling handed down Jan. 30, the state supreme court upheld the misdemeanor possession conviction of Lloyd Mallan, a Libertarian candidate for Congress in 1990.
ARCATA, CA—The city council of Arcata in Humboldt County voted unanimously last February to adopt formal definitions and guidelines for the enactment of Proposition 215, which has been mired in haphazard application around the state since it legalized the use and growing of medical marijuana in 1996.
E FOR ECSTASY AUTHOR NICHOLAS SAUNDERS DIES IN CAR CRASH
Renowned counterculture author and entrepreneur Nicholas Saunders, whose 1993 book, E Is for Ecstasy, won praise from MDMA users and researchers alike, died in a car accident in Kroonstadt, South Africa on February 3. He was 59. Saunders, who first took the drug in 1988, also wrote two other books on the subject, Ecstasy and the Dance Culture (1995) and Ecstasy Reconsidered (1996), and maintained a Web site, www.ecstasy.org.
STRASBOURG, FRANCE—The European Union’s Parliament is likely to begin urging its member countries to restrict their investments in the USA to states which do not practice capital punishment. Countries represented in the EU are obliged, upon entry, to sign an international convention implementing abolition of the death penalty.
DENVER—“This is all about politics,” exclaimed Colorado Springs doctor Matthew Hines at a March 9th meeting here of the House Education, Welfare and Institutions Committee, which killed a needle-exchange bill by a 7-to-4 vote strictly along party lines.
NYS LIBRARIES CENSOR DRUG-WAR DISSENT The Syracuse, NY drug-policy reform group ReconsiDer is accusing upstate New York school districts of censoring the book Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence by Drs. John Morgan and Lynn Zimmer.
STATE COLLEGE, PA—“Frankly, I don’t get it,” Dr. Julian Heicklen was saying after he’d smoked the fourth joint of his life, at the age of 66: “I don’t understand why anybody smokes it, and I don’t understand why anybody cares who smokes it. There’s no doubt about it, marijuana induces insanity—in nonsmokers.”
Police searches and seizures, even if lawful, can traumatize the victims of the search. Those who have experienced the chaos of a ransacked home or the indignity of a personal “cavity search” know how terrifying it is when your privacy is suddenly breached by armed invaders.
Polls Show Overwhelming Support for Medical Marijuana
More than one year after voters in California approved Proposition 215, establishing patients’ rights to use marijuana medicinally, state and national polls confirm that public support for legal access to this herbal medicine remains unwavering.
When cops make a drug bust, I’m the one who asks the officers how much they seized, quizzes the neighbors about strange behaviors and writes the story for Page One. I’m a newspaper reporter and I burn. I feel trapped when I have to write about the teenager who got pinched after a routine traffic stop turned up an eighth of herb and paraphernalia.
Jonathan Pekar has four main passions: marijuana, stand-up comedy, skateboarding and the Lakers. Indeed, he performs every night— unless there’s a Laker game on. Pekaris material ranges from a description of how he eats a burrito to the Bill Clinton scandal to “Gucci lesbians” (“the chicks who took your milk money, the kind that roll their own tampons—with one hand”) to pot.
After 14 years of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, the coastal counties of Humboldt and Mendocino, with their hippie settlers who fled the cities for peaceful country life, remain the epicenter of both the cannabis industry and the paramilitary crackdown on it.
Growers in the United States are paranoid and for good reason. The consequences of getting arrested are unpleasant at best. Security is always Americans' number-one concern. Stateside growers supply the ever-increasing demand for quality marijuana in the United States.
While he was a kid growing up in Buffalo, any time the Herer family visited his grandmother in Brooklyn there were so many cockroaches permanently residing in her home that the whole family would always stay at the Edison Hotel instead. But now in California, even though he lives in a funky little Van Nuys apartment that is a monument to clutter, there is not a single roach to be found.
Trina Robbins was one of the originators of underground comix. Starting at the East Village Other underground newspaper in 1966, she moved to San Francisco, where she organized the Wimmen’s Comix collective and edited It Ain't Me Babe, the first book in the often misogynist comix scene to feature exclusively women artists.
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!
Dealing with the warmer temperatures the summer months bring is a major concern of most indoor growers. Marijuana plants thrive at room temperature (70°80°F), but during the summer, temperatures in some climates can get up to 90°F indoors.
The introduction of CO2 to your garden is a cheap and easy way to increase yield.
Carbon dioxide is a gas that makes up about .035%, or 350 parts per million (PPM), of the atmosphere. It is not dangerous. It is odorless, colorless and non-combustible. Most important to gardeners, it can be used to increase the growth rate of plants by up to 300%.
“With Philippine and East Indian sources of hemp in the hands of the Japanese, and shipments of jute from India curtailed, American hemp must meet the needs of our Army and Navy as well as our industry. In 1942, patriotic farmers at the government’s request planted 36,000 acres of seed hemp, an increase of several thousand percent.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier non-backstabbing, non-Alba-worshipping, non-politricksy 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.
While it is spring-planting time here in the northern latitudes, harvest has just been completed in Australia. This year reports say the harvest was bigger than ever, with more adapted high-potency varieties. Here are some photos of the 1995 and 1996 harvests.
It's high drama when Dan Skye meets Married With Children's bud Bundy— David Faustino, who is starring in the film, Dirt Merchant. A weed-toking monster who can fire up a bowl from 100 feet? Mort Todd brings you the captivating illustrated saga of potzilla.