Back in the day. many of the pot smokers and acid heads currently residing in the so-called Rock’n'Roll Hall of Fame were on the Official Governmental and Parental Shit List. Given this country's unapologetic drug policy, they still should be.
I must respond to your article in the September ’98 issue titled “In Search of Guatemalan Gold.” Your writer Steve Bloom apparently didn’t do his homework very well. While the Lake Atitlan area has been known for easily obtainable pot, it has never been famous for quality.
"Shit, man, there’s nothin’ wrong with drinkin’ a little beer and smokin’ a little dope," says Trent Sommers, coauthor of “The Dope Smoking Song," which makes its recorded debut on HEMPILATION 2: FREE THE WEED. Sommers’ is one of 20 songs on the NORML benefit album, the follow-up to 1995’s HEMPILATION: FREEDOM IS NORML, from Capricorn Records.
George Clinton: “U.S. Customs Coast Guard Dope Dog” P-Funk concert favorite about drug-sniffing pooch. Willie Nelson: “Me and Paul” Willie’s tale about raisin’ hell around America with drummer Paul English, recorded live at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.
It started with an e-mail message I received last May. "My name is Steve.” it began, "and I am the member of a small group of friends known as the Waldos, from San Rafael, California. The Waldos are the true originators, the founding fathers of 420, and I would be willing to put up as much as $1,000 of my own money for the Waldos to be tested by polygraph or stress-voice analysis to prove our claim.
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One of the year’s most anticipated albums, the Beastie Boys’ Hello Nasty (Grand Royal/Capitol) is a compilation of soundscapes, samples and even singing. Although the Beasties have been spending more time in Los Angeles than in their hometown New York, the four years since III Communication have also seen them spend as much time in the studio.
The fourth and latest installment in the ongoing saga of Outside, the UK's brilliant abstract-jazz/drum'n'bass/ classical/fusion/soul/ambient/pop outfit. Long-overdue retrospective of this influential New York label’s many hits: from Afrika Bambaataa to De La Soul to Information Society to Naughty By Nature to Coolio, among many others.
Somewhere between Happy Days and The Wonder Years, That '70s Show nestles into the annals of television history with a precarious duty—poking fun at the '70s in a way that's actually funny. Originally titled "Teenage Wasteland" (they couldn't get clearance from Peter Townshend) and later "Feelin' Alright,” what evolved into That '70s Show features a cast of high-school kids hanging out in a Wisconsin suburb in 1976 with nothing to do.
In 1980, Gabrielle Schang, the widow of HIGH TIMES founder Tom Forçade, took over the magazine for eight rocky months. Schang wanted to bring HT into the ’80s by creating a more mainstream publication. One of her first steps was changing the HT slogan from “The Magazine of High Society” to “The Magazine of Feeling Good.”
Not to be confused with D.C. Cab, that rarefied Mr. T vehicle of yesteryear, Chicago Cab (Castle Hill) is a new film based on Will Kern's remarkably long-running play. Hellcab, which had its debut in the Windy City six years ago. Like Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth, the story unfolds in the back seat of a taxi as a collection of passengers draw the relatively inexperienced driver, and the audience, into their various issues, quirks and even some drug-related dramas.
OUTSIDERS LOOKING IN: HOW TO KEEP FROM GOING CRAZY WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE GOES TO JAIL
Mass consciousness is a double-edged sabre. It can produce a goose-stepping nation of genocidal xenophobes or it can create an almost-telepathic planetary consensus to battle for justice. The year 1968 was an example of the latter. There's been a passel of tomes on '68.
McWILL AMS OUT AFTER MONTH IN JAIL DENIED AIDS MEDICATIONS DURING PRETRIAL DETENTION
LOS ANGELES—Peter McWilliams, the best-selling author and publisher who became a medical-marijuana advocate after his 1996 diagnosis with AIDS and cancer, was denied critical prescription medications by federal authorities during his incarceration this past August on pot-conspiracy charges.
TULSA, OK—Will Foster, whose 93-year prison sentence was one of the harshest punishments ever given an American marijuana user, will most likely be out on parole in time for Christmas. Foster, 40, convicted in January 1997 of growing 66 pot plants, had been sentenced to 70 years for cultivation by District Judge Bill Beasley, with an extra 23 years tacked on for possessing marijuana in the presence of a child (his daughter, then five) and other charges.
OAKLAND, CA—Defying federal and state attempts to quash medical-marijuana distribution, the city government here has designated the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative as the city’s official medical-marijuana provider. On August 13, City Councilmember Nate Miley presented that designation to Oakland CBC director Jeff Jones in a ceremony at City Hall.
Petitioning the government for redress of grievances, as the Constitution encourages citizens to do, can become uncommonly complicated when the grievances involve the laws against drugs. This election month, initiatives to make marijuana legally available to sick people who need it will be on the ballots in Washington State, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska.
The 1998 Seattle Hempfest enjoyed decent summer weather for a change, drawing nearly 50,000 people for a good long Sunday of music and fun in Myrtle Edwards Park on August 23. “The police treated us a lot better this year, too,” says Hempfest guiding spirit Vivian McPeak.
KAU LANDING, HAWAII—For the past two years, local residents on Hawaii’s Big Island— especially the marijuana-producing southern tip—have been organizing to stop the aerial spraying of herbicides over their communities by police helicopters.
WOUNDED KNEE, SD—Millions of Midwestern prairie hemp shrubs, descendants of the rope plantations originally sown by European-American settlers invading traditional Native American lands, could very appropriately provide today’s reservation dwellers with a route out of economic stagnation, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has determined.
US PRISON POPULATION AT RECORD HIGH The US prison population increased by more than 61,000 last year, to a record of nearly 1.25 million state and federal prisoners, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics said in its annual report.
Renaissance Hotel, Washington Titied "Marijuana: Here for Goood!", the NORML Conference will discuss each leg of the medical-kecreational-industrial trinity. Featured apeakers include Jack Herer, Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Barbara Ehrenreich, attorneys Ramsey Clark and Michael Kennedy, and special guest Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.
Florida’s Cannabis Action Network last summer provided party organizers nationwide with a successful pattern for putting on pro-hemp extravaganjas despite ferocious opposition from inbred political hacks. CAN organizer Kevin Aplin went up four-square, toe-to-hoof against bureaucrats in the municipal courts of Jacksonville and Miami, challenging nuisance regulations demanding that CAN’S events be approved by “special-events committees” and be covered by expensive liability-insurance policies.
THOUSAND OAKS, CA— Early in November 1997, Andrea Nagy told the City Council here that she was opening a medical-marijuana cooperative, suggesting they amend their municipal zoning ordinances in line with the state Compassionate Use Act, fruit of Proposition 215.
PHILADELPHIA—Raids early last summer shut down two outlaw radio stations here, including one of the microradio movement’s most prominent broadcasters. On June 22, federal marshals and FCC agents raided the West Philadelphia studio of WPPR, Radio Mutiny at 91.3, and seized their transmitter, antenna and various audio equipment.
DENVER—“There can be no lawful obligation, with penalties of criminal prosecution, to disclose your political beliefs in order to qualify to participate on a jury in Colorado or anywhere in the United States,” argued Laura Kriho’s lawyer at her August 10 appeal here for contempt of court.
On April 12,1996, Mississippi reporter Pamela Berry found herself pinned down in the middle of a shootout between Jackson police and 59-year-old Larry Wayne Shoemake, a former military sharpshooter and an avowed white supremacist. “All of a sudden there was just unceasing gunfire,” Berry recalls, “and I said to myself, ‘Oh my God,’ and at that moment I froze because I felt heat on my back, and it turned out that the heat was actually my blood dripping down my back.
It’s the first thing you notice when you walk into my living room—a large poster for Homegrown, the marijuana movie that appeared briefly in theaters around the country last spring. My poster is autographed by the director: “Dear Jonah, Congratulations on surviving your first Hollywood flick—Love, Stephen Gyllenhaal.”
December is the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, and that always makes me feel like reminiscing about him. I remember a moment of epiphany at Shea Stadium in 1964 while the Beatles were singing, even though I couldn’t hear them above the screaming of the crowd.
IN THE '70S, CONNOISSEUR-QUALITY MARIJUANA WAS BEING IMPORTED FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD, BUT ONE GROWER DECIDED TO SPROUT SOME OF THOSE SEEDS IN THE PRIVACY OF HIS OWN HOUSE. WORKING WITH ORIGINAL GENETICS, PIONEER INDOOR GROWER DJ SHORT HAS SINCE PRODUCED SOME OF THE FINEST HERB WHICH HAS NEVER SEEN THE LIGHT OF DAY. It's our time.
Joe Hart, Vietnam veteran, AIDS patient and medical-marijuana provider in the Key West, Florida area, was taking a shower on March 20, 1997 when he heard his doorbell ring. He quickly put on a pair of shorts and accepted a package from a man in a postal uniform.
The guru of ganja travels all the way to the pot fields of Switzerland and can’t get high.
Beautiful countryside, hills, scenic villages, well-tended gardens and verdant fields. The scene at CannaBioland fits these postcard images of Switzerland. From the road, rows of cannabis plants rise in a gentle slope. A 19th-century farmhouse sits atop the hill.
Surely, hand-blown glass pipes and tubes are the modern connoisseur’s weapon of choice. Their sleek, smooth feel and exquisite psychedelic swirls, marbles and designs are only outdone by the outstandingly pristine tokes each use delivers.
When I began doing research for "Glass of ’99,” one name popped up repeatedly in conversations with glassblowers across the country—Bob Snodgrass. I had heard all sorts of rumors about him. Some whispered that he was suffering from cancer; others told me he had passed away.
Although the music started on Friday, July 17, the fun began the previous Monday as organizers opened up the site, just 16 miles north of Eugene, to campers and vendors. Many stayed over from the nation’s oldest hippie happening, the Oregon Country Fair, setting up camp so that by the first band a mellow feeling of community had settled in.
The road to WHEE2 was paved with a human speed bump: a man standing in the road near the Wheesite, holding a sign. I braked to avoid hitting him, but he moved nary an inch as I parked on the side of the road and approached him. “Are you a druggie?” he asked suspiciously.
‘A Day in the Garden’ marked the legendary rock-fest’s 29th anniversary.
Duke Devlin came from a commune in Ohio to attend the original Woodstock festival in 1969 and never left the area. Twenty-nine years later, he was among the thousands who attended this summer’s anniversary concert, staged by the property’s new owner, Alan Gerry.
WHO'S DA GANGSTA WHO SHOT DOWN JERRY AND QUENTIN TARANTINO?
JUST SAYIUG ‘NO’ TO SEINFELD
On the stark, backlit stage of P.S. 122, a performance space in downtown Manhattan, Danny Hoch throws down the opening lines from his scathing monologue, “Message to the Bluntman.” It's the first act of Hoch’s solo show, Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop, and a bold challenge to all the homies in the house who bought into the thug-life pose of hip-hop culture without fathoming the real locus of power.
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!
You have a choice—hydro or soil. Why not take the easy way out?
Indoor gardeners face a choice of two growing methods: hydroponics or planting mix. Hydroponic gardeners use a medium such as clay pellets, foam rubber or spun rock, all of which are virtually nutrient-free, and add nutrients by using water-soluble fertilizers.
Judging from your pictures, you must smoke a shitload of weed. My friends and I have a question for you. We are all growing dreads, like you, and we’d like to know if after a few years of constant smoking, is it possible to get off by smoking your hair?
When building a growroom you must consider all the factors involved, such as how many plants you want to grow, how much room you can make available. and if you want a two-room system (vegetative and flowering) or a single vegi/flowering room.
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.
It has always been my understanding that cloning is the best way to grow. I have been taught that clones grow more rapidly than seeds, and you know in advance the sex, taste and potency from earlier generations. I recently read an article in which the writer said that clones will always be inferior to the parent plant.
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