I'm sure that there are some readers who wonder why we'd give space to a "steazebag pornographer" like Hustler publisher Larry Flynt (Interview, page 64). We're not in love with everything Mr. Flynt is involved in, but we do staunchly believe in freedom of expression.
I want to thank HIGH TIMES for its article on the Cannabis Cafe in Vancouver, BC (HighWitness News, Oct. ’98). I recently visited Vancouver and stopped in the Cafe a couple of times. It was a great experience. I walked in and sat down and a customer immediately offered to share a doob of dank with me.
After two and a half years of record earnings, the stock market went into a tailspin last fall, with worries that further meltdowns are imminent. Amid the hand-wringing, there may be a silver lining for average pot-smokers. Years ago in the “decade of greed,” as the '80s are now known, college students followed a business curriculum with one thing in mind: money, and making lots of it.
Sports penalties can be pretty damn confusing, what with all those whistles blowing and flags being thrown around. And really, what do they have to do with anything, uh, important? Like, uh, getting high? Perhaps HIGH TIMES' official smoking violations will help your game.
Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but after reading his new book, The Good Life (Pocket Books), one has to wonder just what the hell he was doing there in the first place. According to Tony’s ex-wife, the famed crooner-turned-hipster smoked enough marijuana to fill three cigarette packs every day.
“Drugstores offer a 24-hour-a-day cure for pain, and the music we play kind of does the same,” says Daron Robinson, guitarist for the British-based band Drugstore. Their latest album, White Magic for Lovers (Roadrunner) peaks with blustery rockers and bottoms out on fragile heartbreakers.
“My style is similar to how people want to feel off weed—mellow,” explains Germaine "Canibus" Williams, whose debut album, CAN-I-BUS (Universal), busted straight to No. 2 on the charts when it was released in October. "I never smoke before doing a song—only after—and I only drink occasionally,” he says, adding that Guinness is his favorite brew.
The Wizard of Oz is the archetype for bliss in the stoner universe, a film so utterly perfect that it rates right up there with chocolate as the optimum marijuana experience. Plus, the Munchkins are just so trippy even if you’re not high. The epic Oz got our attention again big-time a little over a year ago when rumors flew that Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was purposely designed to be played in synch with a viewing of the classic movie.
Though generally compared to the Grateful Dead, Phish have more in common with the Beach Boys these days. Guitarist Trey Anastasio, at his best, has a way of approximating Jerry Garcia’s highest daredevil solos, but besides the tie-dye quotient of their crowd and some space jamming, that’s about as far as the analogy should go.
Writer/director Todd Haynes and his creative team (including executive producer Michael Stipe) set an ambitious goal for their visually impressive cockrock opera, Velvet Goldmine: cinematically capturing the glam-rock era, a seminal but relatively unexplored phase of pop music’s evolution as colorful and dramatic as any.
Canadian kookiness courtesy of Manitoba's JFK and the Conspirators. The title track, in ska-reggae style, goes: “He’s the mayor of ganja city/He don’t take no bribery/Because he's a man that loves his sensi.” Nice horns, a few tokes and some coughs add to the overall stoniness of this wonderful little number.
Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched? Here’s one HIGH TIMES editor who remembers being haunted by the ghost of JFK.
You might find it difficult to believe, and I have no legal documents or press clippings to prove it actually happened, but for about two weeks in August of 1991 I was the king of the world. After a 54-hour Greyhound ride that took me from Vegas to New Orleans via El Paso, I met up with the Heiress, a Swiss traveler I knew from a youth hostel I was staying at back in San Francisco.
The Further Adventures of THE BOSTON FREEDOM RALLY
NINTH ANNUAL EVENT ATTRACTS 50,000 AS POLICE INVADE COMMON.
"Oink, oink!” the protester with the plastic pig's snout strapped over his nose shouted. “Oink, oink, oink!” That protester was none other than Bill Downing, president of MASS CANN, the organization that sponsored the ninth annual Boston Freedom Rally on October 3 on Boston Common.
JUNEAU, AK—Just how valid are Alaska’s marijuana laws? In 1990, the state’s voters approved a referendum reimposing misdemeanor penalties for possession of less than eight ounces. State officials say that negated the state Supreme Court’s 1975 Ravin decision, which held that arresting adults for having pot in their homes violates their constitutional right to privacy.
NEW ORLEANS-State Rep. Arthur Morrell (D-New Orleans) has filed a Lawsuit challenging the state's new law requiring random drug tests for elected officials. "The law seems to be clearly unconstitutional," says NORML litigator Tanya Kangas.
WASHINGTON, DC—Some subliminal version of Peter Tosh's "Legalize It" must have been humming through the voting booths last Nov. 3, maybe one going, "It's good for chemotherapy/AIDS wasting syndrome/multiple sclerosis.” Because voters in five states solidly approved initiatives to legalize medical marijuana.
Last autumn, when he sat down for an interview with Dan Skye of HIGH TIMES. Jesse Ventura was just an ex-Navy Seal turned feather-boa bad-guy for the World Wrestling Federation turned suburban mayor turned candidate for governor of Minnesota.
SACRAMENTO, CA—Pot-smokers had a fair amount to celebrate this election, aside from the victories of medical-marijuana initiatives and Jesse Ventura's win in Minnesota. In California, medical marijuana's arch-foe, state Attorney General Dan Lungren, got trounced by Democrat Gray Davis in his bid to become Governor, winning only 38 percent of the vote.
Medical Emergency Declared As Feds Padlock Oakland CBC
CONTEMPT OR COMPASSION?
OAKLAND, CA—The Oakland City Council declared a formal health emergency here late last October, the day after a federal court directed US marshals to padlock the local medical-cannabis cooperative. After impassioned orations on both sides of the question, the council resolved by a 5-4 vote to seek emergency methods to continue enforcing California's 1996 medical-marijuana law, Proposition 215.
California Broke Its Own Laws In Hounding Patients, Says Author
LOS ANGELES—Author Peter McWilliams stuck a sharp fork into the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Dan Lungren at the last minute, when he sued the former California Attorney General in October for failing to enforce the state’s 1996 medical-marijuana law.
BELLEFONTE, PA— After a six-hour trial in state court here on October 7, a jury convicted Dr. Julian Heicklen (Freedom Fighter, Jun. '98 HT) of pot possession during four off-campus “smokeout” demonstrations early last year. The 66-year-old retired Penn State chemistry professor instantly appealed the resulting fine and sentence of probation, on the grounds that the jury and trial judge had disregarded Pennsylvania law, which specifically exempts THC as an element in the definition of illegal “marijuana.”
VANCOUVER, BC—"We're expecting the Marines next,” says Jim Millar, the attorney for Sister Icee's Hemp BC, the popular counterculture shop here which was busted with the help of United States Naval Intelligence agents last year. This operation was revealed in court papers justifying the June 1997 arrest of Hemp BC owner Shelly "Sister Icee" Francis on petty "drug paraphernalia” charges.
Marijuana-like compounds produced naturally throughout the body appear to help humans control pain, new research published in Nature magazine shows. NORML board member Dr. John Morgan of the City University of New York calls the study “dramatic,” and says the research holds significant implications for the use of marijuana as a medicine, as it “nails down the fact that marijuana is an analgesic.”
A pamphlet entitled How Parents Can Help Children Live Marijuana Free, by Gerald Smith of the University of Utah’s criminology department with a foreword by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), cites “excessive preoccupation with social causes, race relations, environmental issues, etc.”
Lowry Park, Tampa, Florida Live music, speeches, vendors, voler registration and the Statewide Medical Marijuana Petition. Come show your support for getting a medical-marijuana initiative on the ballot in Florida in 2000. Contact: Florida NORML phone: (813) 782-2164.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Diana McCague, head of the Chai Project needle-exchange program here, was arrested again on Sept. 29. She and volunteer Derek Moore were charged with possession of syringes with intent to distribute, a misdemeanor, after they allegedly gave needles to an undercover Middlesex County investigator.
KEY WEST, FL—“I was just hanging around the San Francisco buyers’ clubs not doing anything,” Key West resident Joe Hart recalls of the time before he got word that some friends back home were terminally ill and was inspired to relocate and start a co-op of his own on this balmy island in 1993.
It’s graduation day for Cypress Hill at Smokin' Grooves Academy. After three summers of raisin’ hell on the tour which they helped create, today is the band’s final appearance, and Cypress Hill are planning to go out with a bomber. On Cypress Hill’s mighty marijuana bus, B-Real, or better yet, B-Roll, is doing the honors, meticulously arranging six sheets of Zig-Zag papers horizontally so that they extend eight inches.
In Cypress Hill's weeded worldview, first came blunts, then there were bongs and now it's time to grow the shit yourself. I asked Dr. Greenthumb to share some grow tips with the HIGH TIMES readers, What is it about growing that you want to say?
Sixteen pounds of pot sit in a pile on the table in my $30 motel room outside Phoenix. Originally, it had been measured out in half-pound quantities and individually wrapped in quart-size ziploc baggies. But the owner allowed me to dump the entire lot into a big.
Here are the songs that universally cause pipes, rolling paper and various other smoking implements to be pulled out at parties and concerts. They have inspired many a stoned-out singalong. They are... THE MARIJUANA ANTHEMS! And HIGH TIMES is pleased to present our highly subjective, thoroughly unscientific selection of the...
Salt, soap, bleach, plain tap water: These are the trusty standbys recreational dopers have been using to beat piss tests ever since the government gave employers the go-ahead to use them on employees and job applicants 15 years ago. Just dump a tablespoon of salt or a thimbleful of liquid soap or bleach in the sample cup, or fill it a quarter-full of tap or toilet water before pissing into it, and there’s no way any urinalysis gimmick ought to read that sample as “positive” for anything.
1. NEVER STIPULATE: Never tell anyone you've ever done drugs, not even a single puff of pot, ever in your life. Lawyers for drug-testers are always amazed at how easy it is to get people to admit to pot-smoking. Don’t be a chump. They're not being honest with you, so there's no obligation for you to be honest with them.
anybody can be a playboy ... it takes a man to be a hustler
Lawrence Claxton Flynt is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Hustler magazine. The success—and controversy—that Hustler and the plethora of other Flynt-owned publications (from the S/M-themed Taboo to urban music-themed Rap Pages and skateboarding's Big Brother) has engendered has also made him a millionaire many times over, as well as the subject of a successful and controversial movie.
WASHINGTON. DC—THC, a prime active ingredient in marijuana, was unleashed for neighborhood-drugstore distribution within hours of the spectacular approval of medical-marijuana programs in five states last November. The DEA on Nov. 5 recommended to the Food and Drug Administration that synthetic THC should be placed on Schedule III of the federal controlled-substances list, making it as available in drugstores as Tylenol with Codeine™.
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!
STONER-SMART IS WHAT THEY ARE CALLING THIS HOT NEW TECHNIQUE. GROWING SAFER, WITH FEWER, BIGGER PLANTS, IS THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE.
I have been friends with "Sinsemilla Sal” for about four years. In the past, he’s pulled off several mediocre hydroponic harvests. He recently moved close enough to my house that I could give him some firsthand advice, and the first thing I told him was to switch to organics.
I’d like to believe that there are others like me, but to my knowledge, there is only one corporation on this great planet who employs a full-time Pot Star and that is here at HIGH TIMES. Maybe one day, they’ll be thousands of us all over the world, but for now, there can only be one.
I have to take issue with the photoperiod manipulation tip in the Nov. '98 Tips column. The Ganja Growin' Cannabis Cookin' Kid writes that "When a plant is put into a flowering cycle, it undergoes three major phases: a growth spurt, the formation of the flowers and the ripening of the buds.”
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, 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 recently germinated some seeds in wet tissue. After two days a little white shoot appeared. Is this the root or stem? I want to plant the seed in soil. How deep should I place it? T.P. Hampton-in-Arden, Midlands GREAT BRITAIN The little white “shoot” emerging from the crack in the seed is the root.
Black Sabbath are back! HIGH TIMES welcoms their triumphant return with a skullful of buds and some serious drug talk with Adventures of a High Times Journalist author Chris Simunek. Also, outrageous exclusive photos by Dennis Kleiman. Latest developments in high-tech cannabis cultivation can usually be found at CannaBusiness.