Frankly, we don’t give a damn about the President's sex life. What we do care about is that during President Clinton's time in office, marijuana busts have almost doubled. A new federal prison opens almost every month, as the river of convicted pot-growers and low-level crack dealers overflows the old facilities.
I am a 23-year-old college student with a 10-month-old daughter. I am also a Deadicated partaker of the chalice. HIGH TIMES clearly prides itself on integrity, valuing truth more than corporate-infused “objectivity.” What got me sparked was the open, honest article written by Nicki Davida (“Mom, It Smells in Here: What Should Pot-Smoking Parents Tell Their Kids,” Aug. ’98).
The line wraps like a coiled snake around Pier Five of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, an eight-piece swing combo immortalized in the closing scenes of the movie Swingers, is headlining a free concert at Pier Six Pavilion as part of alternative-rock station WHFS's Five O'Clock Shadow series, and every youth subculture imaginable has come out to represent—punks, skaters, goths.
Some say New Orleans runs on booze, buds and coffee. How else could locals walk around the fairgrounds all day at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival chasing area musicians like Snooks Eaglin, Walter "Wolfman” Washington and the Radiators, and then go clubbing until 6 AM at tiny venues featuring the same artists?
THE MUSIC OF THE DEAD HAS INSPIRED INSTRUMENTAL IMPROVISATIONS THAT WOULD'VE MADE JERRY GARCIA PROUD.
Labels may be essential to designer clothes, but they sure don’t mean much to music lovers. Great music comes wherever you can find it, and the best players don’t hesitate to use an idea just because it comes from the wrong category. The Grateful Dead epitomized this approach, building a unique sound out of an eclectic group of elements including blues and jug-band music, country and bluegrass, rock, R&B, classical and the improvisational spirit of such jazz greats as John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
Steeped in the funkified eclecticism of acid jazz, both Charlie Hunter and Medeski, Martin & Wood show a grand sense of tradition while consistently looking towards the styles of the future. On Return of the Candyman (Blue Note), guitarist Hunter and his Pound for Pound ensemble play a laid-back, instrumental wild-style for the head.
"Happiness is such a shallow emotional state,” says Todd Solondz, director of Happiness, the controversial new movie that won the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in March. Good Machine/Killer Films has picked up the movie for distribution after it was abruptly dropped by October Films.
It was a beautiful day in New York City as we drove north for the third annual Furthur fest, but just outside of Albany it began to rain. Despite the inclement weather, the show at SPAC went on. Rusted Root and Hot Tuna opened for The Other Ones—the post-Grateful Dead unit consisting of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby and a couple of Garcia-influenced guitarists.
Former HIGH TIMES editor Larry “Ratso” Sloman has culled literally hundreds of voices from the subcultural underground for STEAL THIS DREAM: ABBIE HOFFMAN AND THE COUNTERCULTURAL REVOLUTION AGAINST AMERICA (Doubleday, New York, NY $27.50) his definitive portrait of the late, great media transgressor Abbie Hoffman.
FOUR DAYS FOR HALF A JOINT PENN STATE PROF GETS BUSTED... AGAIN
STATE COLLEGE, PA—“Here’s the torch of freedom,” retired Penn State chemistry professor Julian Heicklen proclaimed as he lit up a joint at the opening of a four-day smoke-in here just after noon on July 9. Sitting in a lawn chair at the entrance to the university campus, Heicklen (Freedom Fighter, Jun. ’98 HT) told about 50 assembled protesters that if marijuana prohibitionists “really wanted to protect our children from harm, they would outlaw football.”
WASHINGTON—Our nation’s capital lit up with more than just fireworks this Fourth of July as the 29th annual Rally, March and Concert to End Marijuana Prohibition attracted 10,000 devoted antiprohibitionists willing to brave oppressive heat from both Mother Nature and Uncle Sam to stand up for their ganja rights.
BETHESDA, MD—“Coming up at eleven,” local TV newscasters around the country breathlessly promised: “How pot could save your life!” The disclosure that marijuana’s prime active ingredients can shield human beings from brain damage was all over the media the second week in July, even though it wasn’t exactly news.
OAKLAND, CA—“We’re awaiting our day in court,” Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative director Jeff Jones has been telling reporters for a long, long time now. The Oakland co-op, along with medical-marijuana providers in Marin County and upstate Ukiah, continued providing pot to sick people well into the summer, even after a federal judge in May ruled that they had violated the federal Controlled Substances Act.
BLUNDERING COPS RETURN PLANTS TO MEDICAL-MARIJUANA PATIENT
SIMI VALLEY, CA—Less than 24 hours after telling the Simi Valley police department that he was growing pot for his medical conditions last May, 62-year-old Dean Jones looked out a kitchen window and saw two plainclothes detectives snooping through a neighbor’s yard.
The DEA, in happy cooperation with state troopers and highway cops, federal Border Patrol and immigration agents, local sheriffs and town police, and other armed public-safety agencies, is proud to orchestrate this year’s highway drug-interdiction zones.
MICKEY OF THE MOUNTIES Three years after the RCMP teamed up with Walt Disney to market products bearing the Mounties' image, the force says the partnership has generated thousands of dollars for "community policing" programs. Vice Brick of Walt Disney Canada admits, “When the program first started, many nationalists were worried that the RCMP had sold their image."
OCTOBER 23-25 Bioneers Conference Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
NOVEMBER 12-14 1998 NORML Conference Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC
OCTOBER 3 Boston Freedom Rally Boston Common
The East Coast's biggest legalization rally has finally nailed down a date, despite harassment from city authorities. It'll run from noon to 5 PM, and there'll be plenty of speakers and bands. For information, contact Mass CANN/NORML, (781) 944-CANN "Visionary solutions for restoring the Earth," such as preservation of biodiversity, bioremediation, "eco-nomics," restoring the feminine and restorative farming.
FREEDOM FIGHTER OF THE MONTH STEVE MICHAELS FIGHTING CLINTON FROM THE GRAVE
WASHINGTON, DC— Steve Michaels, head of DC ACT UP and one of the city’s leading medical-marijuana activists, died of AIDS-related pneumonia May 25. He was 42. Before he was moved into the intensive-care unit, he told Wayne Turner, his partner, to continue campaigning for Initiative 59, the medical-marijuana measure that was his last major project.
NEW YORK CITY—The New York State Green Party may not unseat Governor George Pataki this November, but their candidate—Al “Grandpa Munster” Lewis—ought to scare up sufficient votes to establish them as a recognized political party. If Grandpa Al gets more than 55,000 votes, the Greens’ enlightened views on environmentalism, human rights and drug policy will find a slot on state ballots for the next four years.
Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, running unopposed, plans to reintroduce medical-marijuana legislation next year. “None of the arguments against it make the slightest bit of sense,” he says. Ten of the Frank bill’s previous cosponsors are up for re-election in November: Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Tom Campbell (R-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), John Olver (D-MA), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Pete Stark (D-CA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).
Marijuana-related measures will be on the ballot in at least five states this November. Oregon has two measures qualified for the ballot: the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, an initiative sponsored by Americans for Medical Rights; and a referendum on a 1997 state law increasing penalties for petty pot possession from a violation to a misdemeanor.
When I was first invited to write this guest column—as the only congressional challenger in America running against the War on Drugs—I considered simply condensing my official position paper on the issue. Then I realized the readers of this publication have probably long ago concluded that our 80-year policy of prohibition is wrongheaded and ultimately futile, and I might be merely “preaching to the choir.”
FEDS DENY ANOTHER PATIENT LIFESAVING AIDS MEDICINES
Peter McWilliams, the bestselling Los Angeles author-publisher of How To Survive Depression and Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do, was jailed on July 23, charged with orchestrating a marijuana-growing conspiracy in 1997. The bust came just as his book company, Prelude Press, was about to publish How To Grow Medical Marijuana.
Mississippi muckraker Charles Tisdale has been in a pitched battle with the state’s white power elite for decades. This year, that battle escalated into a hot war. In the early hours of January 26, Tisdale’s Jackson Advocate, a 60-year-old black weekly with a reputation for exposing racism and political corruption, was firebombed and reduced to rubble.
The only time I ever lived with a roommate was in the ’70s, when I shared an apartment in San Francisco with Stewart Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog. We were the hip odd couple. Although we were fellow graduates of the Merry Pranksters Acid Tests, we were opposites in appearance and style.
Politicians and pot. Putting the two together seems like an insult to pot. If it weren't for politicians, pot would be legal. It's almost impossible to find a mainstream politician who will even discuss marijuana decriminalization. But lurking in the closets of many of those self-righteous politicans are some pretty stinky, resin-stained skeletons.
Somewhere in Seattle, in an unassuming house on a quiet street, Uncle Bud is hard at work maintaining Seattle’s reputation as an urban gardener’s paradise. In his basement, 100 potted plants and another 100 aeroponic specimens are growing happily, looking every bit as lush as the foliage on the streets above.
The true story of jazz legend Louis Armstrong's lifelong devotion to pot.
POPS AND MEZZ
JAILED TWICE IN '31
"SONG OF THE VIPERS"
BILLIE, DEXTER AND THE FBI
CIVIL RIGHTS, ANOTHER BRUSH WITH THE LAW
ARMSTRONG HOUSE TO BECOME MUSEUM
"Now let’s talk about pot. Yeaahhhh!” Louis Armstrong said with his trademark rasp. The year was 1970. He was at home, taping his marijuana memoirs. “Speaking of pot, we did call ourselves vipers, which could have been anybody from all walks of life that smoked and respected gage.... That’s what we called it at that time.”
Tsss, tsss. The serpentine sound of pot smoke hissing through hipsters’ lips was a ubiquitous noise in the jazz scene of the 1930s, earning potheads the nickname “vipers.” Jazz musicians were among the first Americans to use marijuana regularly.
In the annals of cannabis history, jazzman Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow remains an uncelebrated and unknown martyr. After being placed in a reform school in Chicago in the 1920s, Mezzrow discovered jazz and became a lifelong devotee. Through his interest in black culture, Mezzrow discovered cannabis.
A 45-minute bush-plane flight and several centuries from the NAFTA-fueled industrial sprawl of northern Mexico’s Chihuahua state lies Baborigame, a squalid and paranoid settlement of 5,000 in a high valley. Isolated by vast canyonlands, Baborigame is the gateway to the rugged territory of the Tarahumara and Tepehuan Indian peoples.
"I DON'T THINK THE REASON CANNABIS IS HERE IS SO WE CAN DESTROY IT," SAYS JESSE VENTURA.
HIGH TIMES: How did you make the transition from wrestling to politics? Jesse Ventura: I lived in Brooklyn Park, MN. I sent my kids to public school and paid taxes. We had a little wetland in the neighborhood and we lived in an old part of Brooklyn Park where we all had ditches.
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!
So many people try so many crazy things to grow Da Kind. Would you believe I get e-mail from people who want to know if using birth-control pills can help increase their number of females? Another poor fellow said that he used his dog's poop as fertilizer.
What’s the difference between plastic bongs and glass ones? I mean, I know that the handblown pipes and bongs are beautiful, but is it healthier to smoke out of glass than plastic? Just Curious Omaha, Nebraska Yes, it is healthier, because glass has a higher melting point than plastic, meaning it takes hotter flames than a lighter’s for glass to give off harmful fumes.
I am writing in reference to an article that I read in the January issue, "The Mother of Invention,” that talked about interrupting the flowering cycle to increase yield. As the article states, this requires an extensive knowledge of the cannabis plant.
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 a pen and paper and write out a list of pot prices in your area.
I am planning on growing for the first time. What is a realistic harvest from a 10’ × 12’ room? What lights should I use? I am planning to grow Northern Lights #5 and Skunk #1. Shaz Newmarket, Ontario CANADA I have a grow space of 10’ × 10’ and a budget of £300 ($450).
It’s a glass pipe and bong spectacular, as Chris Eudaley heads to Oregon, the epicenter of psychedelic glassblowing, and gets the inside story from glass gurus Bob Snodgrass and Jerome Baker. Two of the world’s most respected cannabis connoisseurs take a moment to teach America how to cultivate.