harvest time— your nerves are shot, your patience is running out and the neighbors are starting to complain about that skunky odor which seems to be permeating your whole neighborhood. But after spending so much time, energy, and money on growing those stinky ganja plants, you don't want to screw up everything you worked so hard for.
As a Mexican immigrant I have been trying desperately to find information about Chiapas. I have written USA Today, ABC, NBC, CBS and other major media conglomerates to beg them to report on such matters. None really care to, though. It came as a shock that I found such a great story in your recent issue (“Mexico’s Dirty Little War,” Jul. '98 HT).
IT'S TIME TO LOAD THE BONG, SIT BACK AND GET SUCKED INTO THE POWERFUL PULL OF MONSTER MAGNET.
Don't expect Monster Magnet's animated ringleader, Dave Wyndorf, to be the spokesman for Nevada's tourism board any time soon. Although Las Vegas served as the lyrical inspiration for his band’s latest record, it was the bejeweled metropolis’ soulless facade that trickled into the 12 new songs of lust, greed and America’s insatiable conspicuous consumption on Powertrip.
DEATH-METAL PIONEERS SLAYER ARE AS UNCOMPROMISING AS EVER.
Relentless, brutal, even frightening—Slayer’s music is the soundtrack to mankind's nightmares. Unlike other '80s metal bands who've been forgotten by their labels or fans or both, Slayer remain immensely popular. Why? They will never sell out.
Pain, pleasure and pot at New York's first-ever Tattoo Convention.
Think of infinite icons of five-fingered leaves, countless caterpillars smoking hookahs, plump mushrooms. Bob Marley wailing and the Zig-Zag Man. Consider fine lines of color carefully crafted in endless variety onto palatable skin, an outlaw artform as the medium of the illicit act: dice, women, weapons and weed.
West Coast tattoo artists Sick Dogs make weed designs their main attraction.
Everyone knows the old tattoo cliché: Get drunk with a bunch of sailors and wake up in the morning. Today, most connoisseurs of the ink injection are aware that drinking alcohol is counterproductive to the process, as it increases bleeding.
Much lip service is paid to the nearly undefinable genre known as trip-hop. The name provides a convenient media hook on which to hang the work of a loosely affiliated group of artists who don't view their work as being part of any larger movement and would never identify themselves as "trip-hop artists."
IMPACT ALL-STARS, Forward The Bass: Dub From Randy's 1972-75 (Blood and Fire) This brilliant Blood and Fire reissue compiles tracks cut at Randy's Studio 17, one of the most important recording spots in Jamaica in the '70s. BETH ORTON, Best Bit EP (Dedicated) British neo-folkie meets Chicago folk-soul legend Terry Callier and the results are magical, particularly their duet on Fred Neil's "Dolphins."
On April 27. Carlos Castaneda met with what he always described as the truest advisor a warrior could hope for: death. The 72-year-old author succumbed to liver cancer, and his ashes were given to the desert winds of Sonora. Strangely, his death was not announced for nearly two months after the fact.
A major scandal erupted in the White House while Jimmy Carter was midway through is term in office. It started when Dr. Peter Bourne, Carter's Drug Czar, was caught writing a dubious Quaalude prescription for a female staffer. Keith Stroup of NORML. stung by the government's refusal to stop spraying paraquat on Mexican marijuana fields, contributed to the scandal by refusing to deny a story about Bourne consuming cocaine at a NORML function in December 1977.
Billed as "cinema for the ear," director lara Lee’s ambitious new documentary, Modulations (Caipirinha Productions), spans the last century, and the planet, to place the international popularity of techno, ambient, jungle, hip-hop and other contemporary forms into the larger context of electronic music’s earliest origins and subsequent evolution.
Speaking of technology, we have π,a bold, brainy new film from writer-director Darren Aronofsky. Visually reminiscent of David Lynch’s Eraser-head, π is the story of Maximilian Cohen (played by Sean Gullette), a young, antisocial mathematical genius tortured by vicious migraine headaches while on the verge of unlocking a secret code to the stock market with a homemade supercomputer.
Now that you’ve looked into the music of the future, maybe you’ll want to see the cartoons of the millennium. Just don’t call them that—the term is considered blasphemously demeaning by true fans of "anime," or "Japanimation," an imported genre gaining converts like crazy.
In Permanent Midnight (Artisan Entertainment). Ben Stiller plays a compulsively sardonic recovering heroin addict looking back on how he lived, and nearly died, in L.A. Based on the autobiography of former overpaid television writer Jerry Stahl, the film aims to capture the black humor of the author’s formidable appetite for self-destruction, evidently accelerated by his contempt for the plastic world of Hollywood, where he stumbled upon a success that felt meaningless.
Seizing upon a formula that blends tabloid journalism, docudrama narrative, music history and myth, VH1's Behind the Music is the Hard Copy of rock. Drug use figures significantly in each episode. Be it Rick James, David Crosby, the Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Andy Gibb or Meatloaf, Behind the Music consistently depicts the hard-drug experience as the low point of a musician's career.
Simon Reynolds' Generation Ecstasy (Little, Brown, Boston, $23.95) is an intensely detailed history of rave culture, tracking it from its roots in the Detroit techno and Chicago house scenes of the '80s to its emergence as the mass-bohemian counterculture of sorts of '90s Europe, from its explosion in the acid-house summer of '88 to its fissioning into myriad subgenres like gabba and jungle.
CRIMES OF THE BEATS by The Unbearables (Autonomedia, Brooklyn, NY, $12.00)— If you suffer from excessive reverence for the Beats, this is the cure. (But do we detect a little jealousy from the lesser-known NYC poets who wrote this?)GIRLJOCK: The Book edited by Roxxie (St. Martin’s Press. New York, $16.95)— Anthology from the zine for women athletes and those who love them; audacious, funny and includes some of our favorite cartoonists.
Training Colombia's Death Squads DRUG WAR BECOMES SHOOTING WAR
The US Drug Enforcement Administration oversees a bustling coca-poisoning depot at the big airport at San Juan de Guaviare in Colombia’s subtropical Meta region, part of an ambitious State Department project to turn Colombia’s anti-narcotics war into a full-fledged counterinsurgency conflict.
LOS ANGELES—California’s Compassionate Use Act of 1996, universally called “Proposition 215,” is still undergoing a painful evolution, as Golden State politicos react to their constituents’ will that the sick and dying should be provided with the medicine that works best for them.
U.N. DRUG PANEL HEARS FROM MEDICAL-MARIJUANA PATIENTS
NEW YORK CITY—While the U.N.'s narcotics-control board was loudly declaring a Global War on Drugs last June, right across the street its non-government Committee on Narcotics and Substance Abuse was quietly sponsoring a panel series on harm-reducing alternatives.
VANCOUVER, BC—The April police raids on the Hemp BC headshop, the Cannabis Cafe and Cannabis Culture magazine have provoked a C$1 million lawsuit against the city government, and paraphernalia charges against Hemp BC’s new owner. Police seized about $20,000 worth of merchandise from Hemp BC in the raids, which were apparently aimed at pot-seed seller Marc Emery, former owner of Hemp BC and the Cannabis Cafe.
FREEDOM FIGHTER DEBBY MOORE TAX-STAMPED BUT UNBOWED
WICHITA, KS—Kansas’ “hemp lady,” Debby Moore, was convicted of four counts of marijuana possession early in June. Moore, 50, a prohemp and legalization activist here for several years, was found guilty of two possession misdemeanors and two felony charges of possessing marijuana in containers without the Kansas state tax-stamp “affixed.”
ASPEN, CO—Younger drug-defense attorneys attending the three-day seminar here last May of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws were treated to something akin to a 1960s constitutional talk-in. Auditing a lecture from Gerry Goldstein of San Antonio or Michael Stepanian of San Francisco is like watching a Shakespearian actor combined with a rock star and a stand-up comedian.
CHICO, CA—One night in 1985, 12-year-old Steve Scott was a happy California kid returning from a sports event in Oakland. In the car with him were his father, paternal grandparents and a friend. Suddenly, a drunk driver hit their car head-on.
FOREST AGENT CHARGED WITH GROWING Forest Service enforcement agent Walter William Robinson III, who used to combat guerrilla marijuana growing in Northern California's Klamath National Forest, was indicted on pot-cultivation charges.
Do you know what 420 means? Several times over the past few years, HIGH TIMES has attributed “420” to a code used by the San Rafael police department. However, the department has always denied this and I’ve come to the conclusion they are telling the truth.
SEPTEMBER 4-7 Labor Day Weekend Roach Roast Rainbow Farm, Vandalia, Michigan Three-day party and campout with over 20 bands, prohemp speakers, and an after-hours rave tent. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. For information, contact (616) 476-2808; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.pfpd.com/rainbowfarms SEPTEMBER 19-22 Hemp Industries Association Convention Geyserville, California Hemp-industry confab features workshops on business techniques, legal and political issues, and plenty of hemp food.
Ex-spooks and Bush cronies turn to flacking for Burma's narco-generals
A GOVERNMENT BY AND FOR HEROIN
A HAPPY FACE FOR THE JUNTA
Cold War propagandists don’t die. They just score high-paying jobs as Washington PR flacks, fronting for murderous dictators and corrupt foreign regimes. Consider the well-connected firm of Jefferson-Waterman International. JWI’s CEO, Charles E. Waterman, and its senior vice president, Samuel H. Wyman, were both longtime CIA spooks.
Two people I knew died last April, after tracing diametrically different paths through the amorphous world we call counterculture. One was Tim Yohannan, 52, editor of Maximum Rock’n’Roll, the pre-eminent leftist punk-rock zine, who died of lymphoma on April 3.
A recent study by the Vermont State Auditor’s office reveals that over 99% of the “marijuana” eradicated nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Cannabis Suppression Program” is ditchweed—wild, nonpsychoactive feral hemp.
BOBBY KENNEDY REDUX WAS SIRHAN PROGRAMMED TO KILL?
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s assassination in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Everyone saw the event through the filter of their own agenda. In February 1968, a group of New York Yippies attended a college-newspaper editors conference in Washington.
At six in the morning on November 19, 1997, Kelly Benjamin was awakened by a loud bang on the front door of his Tampa home. "There was a SWAT team outside," he remembers. "My girlfriend looked up and they were about to knock down the door with a battering ram."
When Callum Francis steps into the studio where the HIGH TIMES Radio Hour is recorded, he makes sure he’s carrying his bong, a few packs of rolling papers and a quarter-ounce of kind bud. At least that’s what he tells his listeners. Francis is the host of “High on the Air,” now heard on over 40 college radio and micro stations, and receiving 20,000 hits a month on HIGH TIMES’ Web site, where the show can also be played.
It’s near harvest time and you’re looking at those buds in your closet or backyard and not-so-patiently waiting to smoke the past three months' hard work. WAIT! What you don’t know about harvesting can ruin your whole crop.
It's almost harvest and your flowers have grown thick. Some days, the aroma is so strong it makes your mouth water. Whether you grow your plants indoors or outdoors makes little difference now. Either way, you face the same questions and fears as the time for harvesting gets closer.
Michael Stipe is full of surprises. For the first R.E.M. performance since drummer Bill Berry quit the band in 1997, at the Tibet Freedom Concert in Washington, DC on June 14, the bald singer wore a sarong (an Indian skirt) and a midriff top. Clearly, Stipe has come to terms, at least publicly, with his bisexuality.
It was a strange time for R.E.M. at June’s Tibet Freedom Concerts. With Day One canceled after a lightning storm invaded RFK Stadium, their much-anticipated first concert appearance in more than two years had to wait another day. The June 14 show packed about as much music into nine hours as was humanly possible.
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!
Hydroponic gardening is very popular in these prohibitive times, because it allows the outlaw cultivator to grow large quantities of marijuana quickly and with fewer visits to the garden. The hydro-grower usually uses chemical fertilizers, because the nutrients reach the plant faster and won’t clog drip emitters, but some people complain that they affect the taste and feel of the buds.
KANSAS Topeka: Schwag, “Pretty nasty, though some red hairs are present”: $75-80 oz. Manhattan: Head Banger, “Superstenchy schwag, due to the intense throbbing in the area of the brain stem that it sometimes produces in first-time smokers of this particular crop": $90 oz.
My friend prefers to smoke blunts over joints. I have no problem with this, but he doesn’t clean his weed before he rolls it up. He says that since it doesn’t tear through the blunt, he doesn’t have to worry about the seeds or stems. I heard that smoking seeds makes you sterile—or at least is unpleasant.
The following is a quick and easy reference guide indicating which moon sign is favorable for planting or performing any chores involved in growing, such as irrigating, fertilizing, cultivating, composting, weeding, harvesting, etc.
Many indoor gardeners raise their personal marijuana in a grow box. A grow box lets you control light/dark cycles, airflow and temperature; it's also is portable and frees up household space. Unfortunately, a locked wooden box (with electrical cord, fan noise, etc.) will also pique the interest of anyone who happens to see it.
To create a smooth, enjoyable smoke, marijuana should be dried slowly, so the cells have a chance to convert the stored starches to sugars. Ideal conditions would be three to 10 days in a dark space with moderate humidity, temperature in the low 70s and constant air movement.
One of jazz’s founding fathers, Louis Armstrong, was a devoted marijuana smoker. Steve Gelsi chronicles Satchmo’s cannabis-fueled career, from his pot bust in 1931 to his brushes with the law in the ’50s to his last days in the early ’70s. Partner in weed Mezz Mezzrow will be inducted into the Cannabis Hall of Fame this month, along with Armstrong.