HIGH TIMES is proud to bring you our annual travel issue. There isn't another magazine on any of the seven continents that brings you as much information about the world. Our intrepid reporters hoofed it to exotic India. beautiful Guatemala and hip Dahab, bringing back pictures and stories of the people of these regions—and discovering some of the finest places to spark up a doob while they were at it.
Please, please continue to remind all of the millions of closet smokers and growers of the very seriousness of confidentiality and keeping their mouths shut about their business. The American people need to wake up now and get their heads out of their bong clouds and join together as masses to change the current anticannabis legislation.
With a movie, a book and continued media coverage, questions surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain refuse to go away.
It's 90 minutes into Kurt and courtney, Nick Broomfield's rockumentary about the King and Queen of Grunge, and the filmmaker is hedging his bets. Though Broomfield is quick to admit that the intention of his film was to address the conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around Kurt Cobain's death, he seems to be backing away from making any such pronouncements.
'Stoner rockers' Clutch take hardcore where it has not gone before.
Visions of yetis, wing-sprouting blacksnakes and elephants driven by Civil War soldiers may all seem like by-products of an intense hallucinogen, but for the members of Clutch, these surreal images converge with pummeling hard rock on a warped journey into American folklore on their aptly titled third album.
Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland both gained prominence as grunge artists in the early '90s. but their solo efforts illustrate why they've outlived, and ultimately risen above that era.
BERNARD BUTLER People Move On (Creation/Sony) Erstwhile Suede lead guitarist goes it alone and finds his creative groove on a superb solo effort which reeks of rock classicism. VARIOUS ARTISTS Untouchable Outcaste Beats, Vol. 1 (Outcaste/Tommy Boy) Ear-grabbing compendium of tracks by some notable Anglo-Indian artists, vintage and contemporary, which juxtapose traditional East Indian forms with danceable Western styles.
"It's nice to be honored by my fellow dopers." Tommy Chong chuckled at his 60th birthday party on May 24. He flew in from his home in Vancouver for this special show at Detroit's Majestic Theatre. "I may be sixty, but I have the brain of a teenager."
By 1977, the small underground magazine founded by Tom Forçade had ballooned into a multimillion dollar empire. Forçade's great instincts for covering countercultural trends were evident that year, especially in his embracing of punk.
An actor in Hollywood publicly taking responsibility for their own substance abuse problems is pretty rare. So you could say it is a testament to the terrifically uncommon level of candor contained in Peter Biskind’s incendiary new book about Hollywood in the '70s, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, that he has Dennis Hopper confessing: "The cocaine problem in the United States is really because of me.
John Lurie is a jack of many trades. As a musician, he fronts the Lounge Lizards. As a composer, he did the soundtracks for Get Shorty, Mystery Train and Manny & Lo. As an actor, he appeared in Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law and The Last Temptation of Christ.
Dear Jesse, the first feature-length documentary from director Tim Kirkman, takes aim at the notoriously intolerant Senator Jesse Helms— one of the tobacco industry's most prominent allies. He's an easy target, but Kirkman, who is gay, avoids predictability with an unabashedly personal approach that is often witty and endearing.
The second-season South Park episode "Ike's Wee-Wee" stands as a true testament to just how tolerant our airwaves have become. Leave it to that wacky duo of Trey Parker and Matt Stone—the show's creators—to come up with the quintessential drug episode that illuminates the faults of "Just Say No" logic.
A really sickening aspect of the Vietnam War was how the hawks were always able to write off its critics, be their criticisms never so valid and irrefutable, as nattering nabobs of negativism who could present no "constructive alternative" to everlasting military murder.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY ARRIVALS SEIZING THE AIRWAVES: A Free Radio Handbook edited by Ron Sakolsky and Stephen Dunifer (AK Press, San Francisco, $12.95)—Writings by some of microradio's key figures, like Mbanna Kantako of Human Rights Radio in Illinois, plus analysis and technical instructions.
Gilligan's Island star Bob Denver has suffered much good-natured ribbing in the wake of his pot bust on June 4. Already, top seed banks and canna-botanists are struggling to develop a strain of marijuana powerful enough to take a shipwrecked man and turn him into a Far Out Space Nut.
UNITED NATIONS, NY— “Let there be no doubt,” President Bill Clinton told the world’s assembled Drug Warriors here on June 8, “this is ultimately a struggle for human freedom.” Clinton wasn’t the only one who saw it that way. The president of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, who had originally proposed this special three-day UN “drug summit,” came to it seething about a recently-revealed secret three-year US narcobank sting operation (see page 28) conducted on Mexican territory in blatant infringement of Mexican law.
COAST-TO-COAST HERBICIDE BINGE ENVISIONED BY DRUG WARRIORS
BY THE HIGHWITNESS NEWS TEAM
POISONING FOR DOLLARS
THE DEA's NEW MENU
PYROLITES? WHAT PYROLITES?
NORMAN, OK—The new Global War on Drugs opened this spring with a chemical and biological assault on the geographical center of the United States of America, as National Guard aircraft loaded up with herbicides to blanket vast tracts of Oklahoma wilderness hemp.
HEMP GROWERS, MERCHANDISERS SEW UP TOP FEDS IN HEMP SUIT
LEXINGTON, KY—Harry Anslinger, the federal government’s first and fiercest Drug Czar, left no loopholes open when he ramrodded the original Marihuana Tax Act through Congress in 1937. When lawmakers asked him what the new law would mean for industrial hemp farmers, Anslinger flatly declared, “They can go ahead and raise hemp just as they have always done it.”
SMALL FRY BUSTED, BIGWIGS AT LARGE, DOPE GETS TO STREETS
May 18 was a “a very bad day for drug dealers in this hemisphere,” boasted US Attorney General Janet Reno, announcing an unprecedented sting on the cream of the Mexican banking establishment. That day, a Los Angeles federal grand jury brought charges against three top Mexican banks and 26 bankers for laundering Mexican and Colombian cartel profits.
AMHERST, MA—The Town Common in Amherst turned festive, if somewhat smoky, at the end of the spring semester, when antiprohibition groups from all three of the town’s institutions of higher learning jointly sponsored the annual marijuana rally on April 25.
PBS POT-SHOW APPEARANCE BRINGS BUST FOR MEDICAL USER
MARTINSVILLE, IN—After appearing on a PBS Frontline show about hemp and marijuana last April, Doug Keenan and his wife, Theresa, received a visit from Hamilton County Deputy Prosecutor Jeffrey Wehmuller, who couldn’t even wait a whole day to drop by.
DA REMOUNTS MURDER CHARGE AFFER INDIAN'S ACQUITTAL
UKIAH, CA—American Indian political prisoner Bear Lincoln, acquitted of murder charges in a surprise verdict last year, now faces recycled manslaughter charges. Lincoln, a Wailacki Indian from the Round Valley reservation at Covelo, CA, is accused of killing Mendocino County Deputy Bob Davis in a 1995 reservation shoot-out (HighWitness News, Apr. ’96).
NICARAGUAN PRESIDENT IN COKE-JET CAPER Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman fired seven top police and customs officials following revelations that he was personally used in a coke-smuggling scam. Miami ex-con Jose Francisco Guasch loaned out his stolen Lear jet to Aleman and other Nicaraguan and Costa Rican officials in order to escape customs inspections.
SEATTLE HEMPFEST Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle The West Coast's biggest legalization rally; more than 50,000 people are expected. It runs from 10 AM to 7 PM and will include over 100 hemp vendors, speakers and regional performers on two stages.
Clifford A. Schaffer is an on-line librarian with a vengeance. He has educated more people on how to effectively argue against the War on Drugs than practically anybody else. He likes to call the thousands of hours he's dedicated to his Web site "arming the guerrillas."
BEL AIR, MD—Prosecutors here in Harford County are making a big deal out of the hemp seed—filing felony charges against a local hemp-store owner for his window display of sterilized seeds. Chris Baugher, 23, co-owner of Global Roots in Bel Air, was arraigned last May on charges of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, selling drug paraphernalia and operating a common nuisance.
In the early 1980s, journalists Martha Honey and Tony Avirgan moved from Africa to Costa Rica. After covering the bloody 1980 purge of Idi Amin in Uganda, the couple was looking for a quiet spot to settle down and raise their children outside the pervasive drumbeat of American capitalism.
Rain forest Dwellers Arm Against Timber and Coke Cartels
Indians Resist Corporate Chainsaws
Council of Elders Declares New Government
Marijuana, Crack and Guerrillas
Eco-Guerrillas Defend the Rainforest
The New Autonomy Struggle
On the road to Puerto Cabezas, the cowboy country of Nicaragua's central mountains slopes into the lush lowlands of the Miskito Rainforest—or what is left of it. Things are changing fast here, on one of the hemisphere's last true frontiers.
No 1 NEVER CARRY ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES ACROSS THE BORDER
No 2 BUT IF YOU MUST CARRY ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES ACROSS THE BORDER...
No 3 DON'T CARRY IT ON YOUR PERSON AS YOU CROSS THE BORDER
No 4 BUT IF YOU MUST CARRY IT ON YOUR PERSON AS YOU CROSS THE BORDER...
No 5 TRAVEL HEAVY
No 6 NEVER CARRY A GUITAR
No 7 BE DRUNK
No 8 HAVE A FAMILY
No 9 LOOK LIKE A TOURIST
No 10 DO NOT BE A GOOD LOOKING WOMAN
Who cares whether you’re headed for Belize, Burma, Brazil or Butte, Montana? It really doesn’t matter. Stoners can have a great time anywhere. What’s really important is making sure you have plenty of pot once you get there. But you wanna be careful.
Three hours southwest from New York by plane, Guatemala City is a teeming Third World urban center blackened by bus and car exhaust. "Chicken buses"—schoo1 buses painted bright colors with lights blaring front and back, often carrying animals as well as people—whisk citizens around the city to their destinations.
"Ganja Town" is one of the pot spots to visit in this weed-friendly country. You can fly from Guatemala City to Belize, but if you’re curious or cash-strapped, one embarks by bus instead to the jungle temples of Tikal. The long-tailed, furry pizotes forage from your palm while orange-breasted, green quetzal birds perch over-head.
The Bedouins of the Sinai have turned Dahab into a stoner mecca on the Red Sea.
“Yaahleh, Yaahleh!" an Egyptian cab driver named Mohammed hollers as he herds another Israeli couple into his Toyota van. It had been a good 20 minutes since he enlisted his first takers, myself and my photographer, and he still has 10 more passengers to go.
Pot is not the only reason Israelis come to the Sinai, as travelers to the sparsely populated village of Terapin insist. Most are escaping the political and economic chaos of their tumultuous homeland in search of absolute quiet. In that respect, Terapin shames all the other beach communities.
Israeli pot activists light a fire for legalization.
Until four years ago, the idea of cannabis legalization was unheard of in Israel. The country's experience with the plant was practically nonexistent, its legal classification maintaining a seat alongside hard drugs like heroin and cocaine.
The sun just peeked over a distant hill as I crossed the footbridge to Omkareshwar, a small island in the river Narmada, a river second in holiness only to the Ganges. Seen from the air the island looks like the sacred mantra Om, as it is written in Sanskrit; that's why it is called Lord of the Sound Om.
The Indian city of Haridwar is ancient and holy. Situated directly on the banks of the Ganges river about 150 miles north of Delhi at the Himalayan foothills, it's the site of Kumbh-Mela. The oldest and most sacred of the Hindu festivals happens every 12 years as millions of pilgrims flock to bathe in the holy Ganges.
In August 1996, The San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published his controversial "Dark Alliance” series, which revealed that in the 1980s, Nicaraguan drug wholesalers in California had supplied cheap coke to the biggest crack dealer in Los Angeles and sent part of the profits to the CIA’s Contra counterrevolutionaries back home.
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Some growers complain that if they employ an ionizer inside their grow chambers, it stifles the odor of their buds, which in turn can lower the price of their weed. You have the opposite problem; you'd like the buds to be odor-free. Try purchasing a small ionizer, which should cost you around $40, and leave it in a small enclosed area with your buds.
These photos are of my Last two harvests. The first harvest contained Northern Lights x Skunk plants and the second housed AK-47, Skunk, Northern Lights and Mr. Misty plants. Out of four plants, I got 1/4 pound of primo nugs each harvest. The ladies were brought to fruitition in a hydro-drip system underneath a 1,000-watt high-pressure sodium lamp.
A report from Germany's CannaBusiness, the largest marijuana trade show in the world. It was 3 AM when I arrived in Bochum, the only town within 20 miles of the '97 CannaBusiness® trade show that still had a hotel room to rent, so I didn't get a good look at the place until the following morning.
With the millions of pot-smokers around today, its a wonder that more people don't have their own home gardens. Unfortunately, most beginners contemplating growing are often deterred by the perceived complications of maintaining a cultivation system.
The ability to produce consistent, healthy, exact replicas of your favorite and most potent plants is of great value to the marijuana grower. Cloning will allow you to create plants that have known potency and characteristics and are certain to be female.
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 returned from Amsterdam and brought back 350 seeds from nine varieties. I want to store most of them until I am ready to use them in about a year. How should I do it? Southern Buds Charlotte, North Carolina Place the seeds in tightly sealed containers such as glass jars or film canisters.