The Iran-Contra hearings of 1987 concluded with a tantalizing footnote, when the Senate's investigators displayed a pie chart showing how the CIA-backed Contras had spent scores of millions of unaccountable dollars trying to topple the Nicaraguan government.
I read the “All Marijuana Use Is Medical” View essay in the April ’98 issue and was moved! I was amazed that Robert Bowker’s views and opinions about smoking pot were as close to my own, and many of my friends’, as they could get. Marijuana helps me in about every situation.
Thanks in part to the success of ska-influenced pop bands like No Doubt, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime, Rancid and Goldfinger, the nearly 40-year-old genre is currently receiving some long-overdue recognition.
In the darkness, spliffs glow and bodies sway together. Like steady waves coming ashore, the bassline rolls and breaks. Rich and strident, the horns punch out rousing chorus lines. Meanwhile, the rhythm guitar fuels the whole enterprise with staunch chops, not unlike scratches—literally the ska-ska-ska of ska.
Rock photographer, celebrity wife, mother, vegetarian and potsmoker Linda McCartney died from breast cancer on April 17. She was 56 years old. Linda quickly become one of rock’s leading photographers after shooting the Rolling Stones for Town and Country in 1966.
Take a techno trip with the Propellerheads, England’s latest dance sensation.
Like the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy, the Propellerheads blend dance beats with rock, pop and hip-hop into an invigorating elixir. The British duo have scored Top 10 hits in England, jammed with the Jungle Brothers and Shirley Bassey, and now are poised to take America.
Talent and success should not be mutually exclusive. When you have a DJ/producer as virtuosic and in-demand as any jazz legend in his prime and an MC with an immediately identifiable voice and style making thoughtful, mature and accomplished hip-hop with as little filler per album as possible.
These young hipsters from Caracas are sort of like Jamiroquai/Brand New Heavies meet Chili Peppers/Sublime in South America. A veritable smorgasbord of styles, all funky. JOHN SCOFIELD. A Go Go (Verve) This highly regarded jazz guitarist shakes things up a bit by collaborating with Medeski, Martin and Wood on an album of earthy groove jams.
The Selector’s Pauline Black strikes a stunning pose on stage. Her head is freshly shaved, and her slim, muscular build glistens with beads of perspiration. The original "rude girl” of 2-Tone ska, Black has abandoned the androgynous suit-and-tie ensemble of her past in favor of a more intensely athletic outfit.
HIGH TIMES exploded during the Bicentennial. Despite being rejected by every major newsstand distributor, the magazine's circulation soared to 420,000, while full-page ads poured in from cigarette-paper manufacturers, pipe and bong makers and recording artists, including the Grateful Dead.
Candice Bergen affectionately describes him as an "intellectual kamikaze." Alongside friends like Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper, independent writer/director Henry Jaglom was there when the '60s generation was taking Hollywood by storm, armed with an experimental spirit that still survives in his work today.
Disney it’s not. General Chaos: Uncensored Animation, from Magna Entertainment, will be making a few big-screen appearances around the country before ending up in your video store. Essentially a self-contained mini-festival, General Chaos delivers just what the title promises, along with some good laughs.
HEROTICA 5: A NEW COLLECTION OF WOMEN'S EROTIC FICTION
A label that has had a vast impact on pop music in this decade, Death Row Records has always been shrouded by an aura of violence and danger—one that perfectly complements its musical output. The dense, steely strut of Dr. Dre’s and Snoop Doggy Dogg’s best records was born out of a world—Southern California’s gang life—that the average pop fan could only envision as being part of a movie.
OH SNAP! The Rap Photography of Ricky Powell by Ricky Powell (St. Martin’s Griffin, New York, $21.95)—Back in the gold-rope days.... a little Beastie-heavy, but if you’re into old-school rap, this is essential. THE DEADHEAD’S TAPING COMPENDIUM VOLUME 1 (1959-1974) by Michael M. Getz and John R. Dwork (Henry Holt, New York, $12.50)—An exhaustive guide to Dead tapes, from Garcia’s earliest coffeehouse folk gigs on.
NEW YORK—Despite Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s efforts to keep it from happening, 4,000 tokers marched on City Hall in the May 2 Million Marijuana March, the latest incarnation of the city’s annual pot protest. Lower Broadway was beclouded with sweet smoke as block after block of energized marijuana advocates chanted, “We smoke pot and we like it a lot.”
FEDS ADMIT NEEDLE EXCHANGE SAVES LIVES, BUT CLINTON & GINGRICH SPIKE FUNDS FOR IT
WAR ON DRUG BABIES
WASHINGTON—The Clinton Administration has acknowledged that needle exchange saves lives, but they’re still banning federal funds for it—and congressional Republicans are working up legislation to make the ban irreversible. The President had banned the use of AIDS-prevention funds for needle-exchange programs since he took office in 1993, demanding proof that giving users clean needles both reduces the transmission of HIV and does not increase drug use.
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA—Facing an incipient addiction epidemic, police here have decided that decriminalizing cannabis is a good way to protect young people. And across the straits in New Zealand, a blue-ribbon panel of drug-policy experts has urged the government to legalize the domestic cannabis trade, subject to the same controls and taxes as alcohol.
LONDON—Saddam Hussein’s biological-warfare arsenal of nerve gas and anthrax may have been developed with secret profits from the Latin American cocaine trade, as indicated by documents in the possession of a top-level Iraqi defector.
WASHINGTON—The skies were sunny and the air unusually warm for March 27, as thousands marched from Malcolm X Park to the gates of the White House for freedom for America’s political prisoners. The marchers were mostly young, but many veterans of political struggles also attended.
Soldiers detained 21 Huichol Indians from Jalisco, Mexico, at an army checkpoint for gathering peyote on their annual Holy Week pilgrimage to San Luis Potosi. "It's like putting a Catholic in jail for taking Holy Communion," said Susana Valadez of the Huichol Indigenous Center in Huejuquilla.
WASHINGTON, DC-Cheryl Miller has had multiple sclerosis for 27 years. “People don’t know what to do when they meet Cheryl,” says her husband, _ Jim. “People who don’t move don’t break the law, as a rule.” But the Capitol Hill police knew what to do with Cheryl.
“The clouds rolled in and thunder crashed across the sky,” writes Meg Foster of Oklahoma, whose husband, Will, is serving a 93-year sentence for growing marijuana. “Nonetheless, we pushed on.” Despite the torrential rains, “one hundred and fifty vigilant souls” showed up at the state capitol in Oklahoma City for the Free Will Foster Rally on April 20.
CIA Inspector-General Fred Hitz casually dropped a bombshell in March when he told Congress that Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General, William French Smith, cut a deal with the agency in 1982 that allowed US spies to work directly with drug traffickers without having to report their narcotics activities.
MURFREESBORO, TN-The freshly painted sign on the front of the store reads “Enchanted Planet, Rising on New Beginnings,” with a mural of a phoenix rising out of flames in the center. No other statement or picture could better represent this store, which was engulfed by fire and almost died, but was able to recapture its former spirit and return to the land of the living.
Is Food and Drug Administration approval a viable option for making medical marijuana legally available? J. Richard Crout, former director of the FDA’s Bureau of Drugs, explored this issue at an Institute of Medicine conference in Washington, DC last spring.
I am a criminal-defense attorney. I follow the laws that I agree with and publicly demonstrate against those that I find unjust. I have represented both adults and children charged with drug offenses. On downtime in the courthouse, I discuss with other attorneys the wastefulness of prosecuting people for possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana, which in my state can land one in jail for up to 90 days.
Now that Buddy the First Dog has been neutered, will Bill and Hillary treat him to the latest medical advance? I’m talking about Neuticles here. They are plastic testicles which a surgeon sews into the empty scrotum of a neutered dog. And for whose benefit?
Dennis Peron, longtime fighter for legal pot, gay-rights activist and candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of California, always seems happiest when he's got Pinky, his pint-sized Pomeranian, cradled in his arms or curled up on a nearby chair.
BUSTING CALIFORNIA’S MEDICAL CO-OPS: ‘LIKE FISH IN A BARBEL’
California's Compassionate Use Act of 1996—still referred to as "Proposition 215,” as though it were still only tentative—is a public-health statute directing state authorities to enact guidelines enabling sick people to obtain marijuana whenever they need it.
BLUEBERRY, ROMULAN AND WHISTLER GOLD ARE NEW B.C. VARIETIES THAT HAVE GROWN IN POPULARITY. WHY? THEY GROW WELL AND GET YOU STONED!
Recently, I was fortunate enough to meet Mark and Mike, twin brothers, while visiting a friend-another grower. While we were examining my friend's garden, the twins told me that, back at their own garden, they were in the middle of harvesting their Blueberry crop.
GATHERING OF THE RAINBOW FAMILY OF LIVING LIGHT (28th year) Dates: 6/29-7/5 Location: Arizona Description: The annual national gathering of the Rainbow Family celebrates the earth and spirit in a blissed-out environment Ticket prices: free For info: (Web site) www.welcomehome.org/rainbow.html HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (8th year) Dates: 7/2-6 Location: Bear Valley, CA Description: Camping music event in the majestic Sierras.
Watkins Glen is a famous resort town situated among some of New York State's most beautiful terrain in a mountainous area near the Finger Lakes region. Despite the Glen's breathtaking landscapes, with waterfalls you can stand behind and peer through and the craggy beauty of the mountains, the area became famous for a Grand Prix racecourse, which regularly draws six-figure crowds for its crosscountry auto races.
A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG SCHMUCK: THE MAKING OF A CULTIVATION EDITOR
Our own Chris Simunek has recently published his hazy memoirs with St. Martin's Press. Entitled Paradise Burning: Adventures of a High Times Journalist, this smoky tome follows our decrepit reporter around the world in search of dope. But how does one rise to such a lofty position in the cannabis world? Read on.
I'd been working in Queens as an unlicensed high school teacher for about two years. In New York City all you needed was a bachelor's degree to start teaching, as long as you signed something promising you're going to take some education courses over the next few years.
Thirty years ago, the American Indian Movement emerged as a voice of liberation for the beleaguered Native population. This month, AIM celebrates a special anniversary.
Four tepees stand their ground in the sub-zero winds. The flames of a central fire blow flat across the snowy earth. Out of the blizzard emerges the first ceremonial procession. A few minutes later comes the second, then the third and the fourth-each one materializing mystically in the driving snow from each of the four directions.
Clyde Bellecourt and Dennis Banks are widely considered the cofounders of AIM, and remain two of the most influential Native American leaders in the country today. Both men were part of the Wounded Knee takeover in 1973. Bellecourt is now the national director of AIM, and also serves as director of the American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center in Minneapolis.
Founder of Trans-Love Energies, a hipster commune in Ann Arbor; manager of the MC5, one of the most influential rock bands of the late ’60s; and creator of the White Panther Party. In 1969, Sinclair, after being arrested for giving two joints to an undercover policewoman, was sentenced to 10 years in jail. John Lennon and Stevie Wonder appeared at a benefit concert to aid his appeal. Today he lives in New Orleans and releases poetry CDs, most recently Full Circle [Alive Records, Burbank, CA). Sinclair will be master of ceremonies at the 11th Cannabis Cup.
HIGH TIMES: How did you get into non-conformist culture? John Sinclair: Well, I started listening to rhythm and blues records on the radio when I was 11 years old. I picked up this little radio station coming out of the black section of Flint, Michigan, with a disc jockey who called himself the Frantic One, Frantic Ernie Durham.
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Fertilizing is one of the hardest things to learn for the novice marijuana grower. Since marijuana is a high-energy plant, it’s suggested that you must keep up on the nutrients or your plants won’t grow as fast and healthy as they should. However, if you apply too many nutrients, the excess will build up in the soil and the tips of your leaves will start to curl under.
It’s true. I have been stoned in every situation possible. Waiting to cash my check in that long snake-like line down at the bank, dealing with the horrible fluorescent lighting and aggravated shoppers at the supermarket, stuck on NYC’s crowded subways, getting cottonmouth in the Australian rainforest, on the back of the ferry in Vancouver, baked on spacecakes at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam—damn near everywhere.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 24 years. You, the faithful and loyal HIGH TIMES readers, are responsible for the quotes that are placed into the THMQ column. So, do your duty, fire up a monster spliff, rip a few bong hits, read THMQ thoroughly, then grab pen and paper and write out a list of pot prices in your area.
I just bought some seeds. My friend says to germinate them I should place them between two wet towels. What do you think I should do? I am totally new at this. Seedman Internet Before you plant the seeds, make sure that you have an environment where they will thrive.