Founder Tom Forcade once said that HIGH TIMES "has always been far more than a dope magazine... we have no desire to be limited to being the magazine of substances that people put in their mouth." We couldn't possibly feel more in tune with that sentiment.
Is Steve Hager a dope Nazi or what? His article "Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid" is the biggest load of shit I’ve seen in HT since I began reading it in 1977. If you don’t smoke when, how much, and for his reason then you’re stupid according to Hager.
There are hundreds of Scriptures that foretell the end of the world. In Revelations 5:1, John the Evangelist has a vision that God has a big book with seven seals. All we can say is run for cover when He starts breaking the seals. First, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride into town and cause huge earthquakes.
Multi-pigtailed rapper Coolio ignored all four tips last September in Lawndale, CA and was booked on all kinds of un-coolio charges. He was later released with a $1,000 citation. That’s what happens when you act like a foolio. Coolio will have to face a different style of music at a later date.
Courtney Love’s transformation from punk nymph to Stevie Nicks wannabe is complete. With Celebrity Skin, Hole’s fourth album, lead singer and songwriter Love sheds a final epidermal layer. Unfortunately, all the makeup, implants and superficial glamour can’t hide her shallow self.
high times video guide to marijuana movies of 1998
When you head out to your local video store this winter, it’s important to have a guide so you can pick out a winner instead of seeing Sharon Stone get naked (again) or watching another blow’em-up buddy extravaganza. Rent smart. Clip chart below.
Pro sports franchises haven't licensed smoking paraphernalia yet. You can get hats, jerseys, dishes, piggy banks, baby diapers—every piece of junk you can possibly imagine with the colors and logo of your favorite sports team— but you can't get a bong. Until now. Sportsbongs.com is designing "tobacco water pipes" for the sports fan. They’re made of strongest-grade ceramic and the logos and designs of your favorite teams are hand-applied with waterproof vinyl. Currently, www.sports-bongs offers over 50 designs that pay clever homage to our cherished teams and sports heroes: the Green Bowl Packers, the Los Angeles Bakers, the Oakland Faders, Spark MacGwire, Sammy Smoka and many, many more.
Forget about Formula 409. The real deal in cleaning supplies has arrived. It’s Compound 420, an all-purpose hemp soap, superfatted with hempseed oil. It's not only body wash, shampoo, and a tooth wash and whitener, it's suitable as a spot and stain remover, laundry detergent, dish soap and even car-wash suds. Compound 420 is safe and nontoxic, 100% biodegradable and all-natural. Clean up your entire life with hemp and soften your hands at the same time.
Though he could have titled the book Everything You Wanted To Know About Hash But Were Too Stoned To Ask, Robert Connell Clarke has pulled out all the stops and simply called his volume Hashish!, offering history lessons and incisive how-to manufacturing methods. Clarke also gives you the lowdown on the psychoactive ingredients that make hashish-smoking the joy it is. Hashish! comes with color photographs, recipes and useful guides to healthy ingestion.
These legendary Seattle grunge stars have a flair for psychedelia, and aren’t afraid to show it on their new album.
MUDHONEY, WEED AND THE WHITE HOUSE
Once upon a time—say, the early ’80s—Seattle was just another American metropolis. Most of the kids there were pretty typical. You had your stoners and nerds, metalheads and greasers. They formed high-school bands because it was fun, they were smarter than their guidance counselors, and Fleetwood Mac was boring and sucked.
A few years ago, Marilyn Manson told HIGH TIMES that "out of boredom and wanting to try something new, I started smoking pot again" (Jun. ’96 HT). He rattled on about a dream of his in which Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf "had wings made out of marijuana leaves," and credited Wyndorf as the inventor of marijuana and Dr. Hook (of Medicine Show fame) as the inventor of cocaine.
It can be frustrating, sometimes, producing a pot magazine. You’d think lots of people would love to be in HIGH TIMES. After all, a million people read each issue. Or maybe that’s the problem. A lot of so-called "rock stars,” for instance, won’t appear in HIGH TIMES because they don’t want anyone to think they smoke a little grass from time to time.
The Spaceman wasn’t the only player who experimented with psychedelic drugs, although he never spoke of gobbling psilocybin before a game. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, however, once took a trip to the ballpark on the back of a hit of blotter acid.
CHATHAM, ONTARIO—"Jeez, this is not anything like marijuana!” an astounded Mountie exclaimed last August, looking out across the hundreds of acres of reedy, branchless, bamboo-like cannabis at Laprise Farms Ltd. near here. Smelling slightly spearminty in the Lake Erie breeze, the seven-foot plants couldn’t possibly be mistaken for short, leafy marijuana shrubs.
In a bad season for lying by the Clinton Administration, White House Drug Czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey’s seamless stream of falsehoods finally backed up all over him last fall. The heavily-medalled Drug Czar got himself caught in so many public lies about drugs that when he actually tried to tell the truth for once, he wound up handing the Republicans a juicy antidrug propaganda item for the midterm elections: New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s crusade against methadone maintenance.
181 PATIENTS FILE LAWSUIT CHALLENGING MEDICAL-POT BAN
PHILADELPHIA—The cumulative effect of reading Lawrence Hirsch’s class-action lawsuit for medical marijuana is similar to reading an anthology of Holocaust biographies: eye-opening shock, horror and pity, instantly followed by an implacable rage against the political system that perpetrated these crimes.
California Narcs Used Teen As Pawn —Until He Was Tortured To Death
TOBY ROGERS WITH THE HIGHWITNESS NEWS TEAM
BREA, CA—"Just shoot me in the head,” 17-year-old Chad McDonald urged the cop who found a half-ounce of methamphetamine in his truck here last January 6. "I can’t do that,” the cop apologized. "It would waste a bullet.” Instead the Brea police used the high-school student for a month as a crank-trade informant, setting up dope buys and lab busts for them.
SEATTLE—Over $90,000 in the hole, John Fackrell is still trying to find out what hit him and how it hit so hard and so fast. His suburban shop, The Peace and Groove Connection, was only open for eight months when his landlords terminated his lease.
“It takes only a few very dedicated people to change history,” as Margaret Mead once said. It takes more than those peak moments of passion and confrontation, however. It also takes diligence and patience to provide the structure through which the dedicated few can have the maximum impact.
The Los Angeles Board of Education approved a plan to bring drug-sniffing dogs into Venice High School to check students’ backpacks, lockers, desks and cars for contraband. The one-year pilot program marks the first time drug-detecting canines will be used in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Rockefeller Center in New York City, site of NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the high-kicking Rockettes, is also the location for a permanent vigil held by families torn apart by New York State’s infamous Rockefeller drug laws. Imposed by Gov.
STATE COLLEGE, PA—At age 21, Diane Fornbacher is the guiding spirit behind the off-campus marijuana agitators on the edge of Penn State University here. Every Friday, she and retired chemistry professor Julian Heicklen (Freedom Fighter, Jun. '98 HT) hold smokeouts just outside the main entrance to the university, right in the face of both town and campus authorities.
DECEMBER 3-6 Key West NORML Legal Conference Key West Hilton Resort and Marina, Key West, Florida One of NORML'S two annual legal conferences; three days of seminars on drug-law topics, plus a cruise. Lawyers only; speakers include Tony Serra, Michael Stepanian, Judy Clarke, Gerald Lefcourt and Gerry Goldstein.
Since so many people have misinterpreted my essay “Are You Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid?", some further explanation is in order. First, I never intended to prescribe when people should consume cannabis, or set guidelines concerning the amount people should consume.
TORONTO, ON—Federal narcs were all geared up to raid the 211 Body Shop outlets across Canada early last October for "drugs," but then stood down after a British chemist flew in to teach these provincial cops the truth, once again, about hemp.
In the summer of 1997, I performed at the Starwood Neo-Pagan Festival in Sherman, New York, Amish country on the western border near Pennsylvania. This event—a female-oriented subcultural celebration of the sensual and the spiritual—took place on private campgrounds, where clothing was optional.
Even the most experienced growers sometimes overlook these essential tips for a successful harvest.
1 Keep It Small.
2 Keep Quiet.
3 Buy a Good Book.
4 Conceal Your Growroom.
5 Pick a Good Location.
6 Start Simple.
7 Get a Good Light.
8 Find Quality Seeds or Clones.
9 Keep a Sterile Environment.
10 Keep a Regular Schedule.
11 Germinate More Seeds Than You Need.
12 Clone and Select a Mother Plant.
13 Check Your pH Weekly.
14 Keep a Constant Temperature.
15 Maintain Constant Humidity.
16 Don't Overreact to Mite or Insect Infestation.
17 Ventilate Your Growroom.
18 Prune For Growth.
19 Don't Harvest Too Soon.
20 Harvest Top Flowers First and Allow the Side Flowers to Mature Longer.
21 Don't Keep Weapons or Any Evidence of Commercial Sale.
22 Don’t Overwater or Overfertilize.
23 Leach Your Plants Before Harvest.
24 Cure Your Buds Well.
25 Don't Flash Your Stash.
THE HT CULTIVATION CREW
The fewer plants you have the safer you’ll be. Beginning growers are better off starting with a few plants in a small closet system. Even experienced growers should keep their illicit garden under 50 plants, because the Feds could step in if you have any more than that, and 100 or more plants will bring you a mandatory minimum of five years behind bars.
MUMIA ABU-JAMAL HAS BECOME AMERICA'S MOST ELOQUENT LIVING POLITICAL PRISONER, SINCE HIS 1982 DEATH SENTENCE BASED ON EXTREMELY DUBIOUS EVIDENCE INVOLVING THE SHOOTING OF A PHILADELPHIA POLICE OFFICER. HIS WRITINGS IN CAPTIVITY-LIVE FROM DEATH ROW (ADDISON-WESLEY, 1996), DEATH BLOSSOMS (PLOUGH, 1997)—HAVE EARNED HIM ILLEGAL PRISON DISCIPLINE AND BECOME A FIRST AMENDMENT TEST CASE FOR PRISONERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. IN THIS ESSAY FOR HIGH TIMES, MUMIA EXAMINES HOW BLACK ACTIVISTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES HAVE CONSISTENTLY SEEN THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT'S "WAR ON DRUGS" PROPAGANDA FOR THE LAST GENERATION. THE PURPOSE OF THIS "WAR" IS TO STIGMATIZE AND DEHUMANIZE ITS MOST AFFLICTED VICTIMS, WHILE AGENCIES LIKE THE CIA ESTABLISH THEIR OWN PUPPETS IN PERPETUAL CONTROL OF THE NARCOTICS TRADE. MUMIA ABU-JAMAL'S DEATH BY LETHAL INJECTION IS A PARAMOUNT PRIORITY FOR THE POLITICAL ORDER HE EXPOSES AND CONDEMNS. LAST YEAR CONGRESS ENACTED LEGISLATION DENYING HIS APPEALS LAWYERS THE POWER TO PRODUCE EVIDENCE OF PERJURY COMMITTED DURING HIS MURDER TRIAL. IF HIS APPEAL IS DENIED, HE COULD BE EXECUTED AT ANY MOMENT (HlGHWlTNESS NEWS, JUL. '97 HT) .
After 20 years of growing, I teamed up with Sharky (whom you might remember from “Bye Bye Sharky,” Mar. '95 HT), and together we constructed a six-room grow facility (at a startup price of $100,000!) that is our finest operation to date. The garden we discuss here is our automated drip system, just one of several different gardens in a project that we call Trichome Technologies.
Does marijuana improve performance on the playing field? The experts are undecided, but stoner athletes definitely know the score.
Snowboarder Ross Rebagliati's marijuana melodrama was a nightmare for the Drug Warriors. Not only did an acknowledged stoner win Olympic gold, but the world rallied around Rebagliati when the International Olympic Committee tried to disqualify him after trace amounts of pot were found in his urine at last winter’s Games.
Many sportswriters want to put an asterisk next to Mark McGwire's 1998 record of 70 home runs in one season, to indicate that he passed the previous records set by Babe Ruth and Roger Maris with the alleged help of androstenedione. These are the same sportswriters who were getting themselves banned from major-league club-houses by rooting through other players' lockers to see what "nutriceuticals" they might be taking.
Michael Levine is a veteran of 25 years of undercover work with four federal agencies on three continents. He is now the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most prominent and outspoken critic. From the Golden Triangle to the Andes, he claims his efforts to snare the dope trade’s biggest bosses were sabotaged by the DEA "suits”—and CIA pressure.
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!
Want to make the most out of your plants? Here's a few tips on maximizing your buds.
One of the easiest ways of improving the size and quality of your yield is by pruning plants so they produce fewer, but much bigger buds. The genetics of your plants and your goals for harvest should determine the type and style of the trim. Recently I observed a garden in which different trimming techniques were used, depending on when the plants were placed into harvest.
Someone’s gotta help me. I am enslaved by the grip of that insidious weed. I smoke a lot of joints unless I happen to be out of weed. If I don’t have it, I don’t smoke it. If I happen to have a stash happening, I’ll tear through it with reckless abandon.
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 bypass the vegetative phase and go from clone to flowering to keep the plants small and manageable. The buds are burly, but keep growing skinny shoots from the tops of the colas. How can I stop these shoots from growing? Does it have something to do with the lack of blue light in high-pressure sodium lamps?
Don't call it a comeback. Cypress Hill have regrouped, and are stronger and stonier than ever. To prove it, they've added a new character, Dr. Greenthumb—the leader of the new school of hydro heads. How do you get the most amount of smoke from the least amount of plants?