What do a former US Attorney General, a professor from Harvard Medical School, the singer of Black Sabbath and a professional wrestler have in common? They are all horrified by marijuana prohibition— because they know that pot doesn't hurt people, absurd laws do.
It’s about time that HIGH TIMES covered the explosion of glass smokeware and I commend Chris Eudaley’s coverage of the industry. I have only one problem: I felt that the glass hobbyist, such as me, wasn’t represented in the Glass of ’99 article.
Was pot made for TV or vice versa? Who cares? Just grab the remote. Herewith, our scientifically chosen, statistically top-rated, classic 25 best shows for being high.
1. THE TWILIGHT ZONE
2. THE SIMPSONS
6. THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW
7. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
8. SOUL TRAIN.
9. STAR TREK
10. GET SMART
12.PEE WEE'S PLAYHOUSE
13. MR.ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD
14. THE X FILES
15. THE ADDAMS FAMILY
16. NFL FILMS PRESENTS
17. POLICE SQUAD
18. MONTY PYTHON
20. BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD
21. GREEN ACRES
22. MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
23. THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR
24. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
25. ANYTHING BY CHUCK BARRIS
Everything that stoners think about can be seen on The Twilight Zone—time warps, apocalypse, death, aliens and enough “what if?” plots to keep a pot-smoker glued to the tube for life. Plus, you get to see the stars of today as up-and-comers in the ’60s.
Two East Coast “pot parties” mark the release of HEMPILATION 2.
A pair of rockin’ parties celebrated the release of HEMPILATION 2: FREETHEWEED, the sequel to 1995’s HEMPILATION: FREEDOM IS NORML. Not your run-of-the-mill industry record-release gabfests by any standard, the first of these took place at the Wetlands club in New York on Nov. 5, coinciding with the CMJ (College Music Journal) convention, which attracts hipsters, college radicals and FM wannabes from across the nation.
Reconstituted and rejuvenated, the Black Crowes are back with their fifth album, By Your Side. The last we heard from them, guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Johnny Colt had left the group. The Crowes switched record labels (from American to Columbia), hired a new bass player (Sven Pipien) and decided they didn’t need another guitarist.
Lunar Notes: Zoot Horn Rollo’s Captain Beefheart Experience by Bill Harkleroad (with Billy James) is the most important book ever published. Well, for Captain Beefheart fans, anyway, it’s at least as important as, say, Mel Bay’s Introduction to Slide Guitar.
As we’re continually beholden to authoritarians who operate out of both arrogance and stupidity, it’s imperative for our sanity that we express our anger. So M.J. Loheed, Matt Patterson and Eddie Schmidt (the editors of the online humor zine Ooze) have created The Finger: A Comprehensive Guide to Flipping Off (Acid Test Productions), a beautifully designed and meticulously researched tribute to the time-honored middle digit on the human paw.
Placebo's single "Pure Morning" has potheads singing the lyric, "A friend in need's a friend indeed, a friend with weed is better.” Is this a wake & bake anthem, or what? Michael Rose's greatest hit is the lead track on Party in Session from Heartbeat.
In 1978, a future President of Colombia was giving Deep Throat to HIGH TIMES writers. Who could have predicted that a US President would one day face impeachment for receiving it?
Las Narcocasetas y ‘Maria'
Presidents For Sale, Cheap
El Trafficante! El Patriarca!
I suppose it’s safe to tell this story now. My old pal Ernesto is no longer president of Colombia. And if he ever gets extradited to the US, or kidnapped by a squad of DEA thugs to stand trial here, I’ll surely wind up telling this story under oath anyhow.
ABILENE, TX—Pat Barber used to be the prosecutor for Mitchell County, Texas. So when his car was pulled over on Interstate 20 there last spring by uniformed officers of the West Central Texas Inter-local Crime Task Force, he knew he hadn’t violated any traffic laws by tapping his brake lights to switch off his cruise control.
WASHINGTON, DC—"I feel a spirit in these rooms I haven’t felt since 1977,” Ecolution hempster Steve D’Angelo told the NORML conference here Nov. 14. Over 230 people—college students and graybeards, activists and professionals, doctors and hempsters, hippies and lawyers, from New York, California, Oklahoma, Florida, Indiana and elsewhere—had gathered for three days in a cavernous, boxy conference hall, two stories beneath the impersonal luxury of the Renaissance Hotel here.
Marijuana could be the wonder drug of the 21st century, says Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Lester Grinspoon—as cheap, nontoxic and versatile as penicillin was in the 1940s. Much of the NORML conference was devoted to the medical uses of cannabis, with testimony from users and an impressive array of doctors.
WASHINGTON, DC—A little-noted provision of the budget approved by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in October allocates $23 million for a genetically engineered fungus the US hopes to unleash to contaminate poppy and coca plants around the world.
PHILADELPHIA—Journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal is facing execution once again, after 16 years on Death Row. Last Oct. 29, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied his bid for a new trial, rejecting every single contention Abu-Jamal’s lawyers made to claim that he was not guilty and did not receive a fair trial.
What laws could be a bigger invasion of privacy than the laws against pot? Try the laws banning oral and anal sex, still on the books in 18 states and Puerto Rico. In these places, a “detestable crime against nature” doesn’t mean dumping toxic waste in the water supply.
STARKS, ME—Harry Brown's farm in this rural town was the site of the sixth annual Maine Harvest Fest last October. This year's event included a special treat, declared by local weed wackos Motorcycle Rick and Mad Dog: the first annual New England bud contest.
SEATTLE—Entering this quiet, working-class West Seattle neighborhood, you’d never even consider turning down this particular residential alleyway. But the unassuming house three doors down is a lifesaver. "Marijuana doesn’t get rid of the pain, but it allows you to set it aside and get on with your life, instead of seeing nothing but this giant, red ball of pain," explains Joanna McKee of the Green Cross Patient Co-Op.
California NORML Conference Seacrest Resort Motel, Pismo Beach, California "Organizing to Legalize: Medical Marijuana and Beyond" is the theme, with a forum on medical marijuana and Prop 215 for patients, providers and caregivers, plus discussion of broader issues, including decrim, CAMP, hemp and drug-testing.
Derrick Smith, 19, tearful at the judge’s offer of three to six years for a crack sale, threw himself to his death from a 16th-floor courtroom in downtown Manhattan. Smith’s mother watched as her son hurtled out the window and screamed, “Oh no, that’s my boy!
Few politicians epitomized the federal War on Drugs like New York Republican Rep. Gerald B.H. Solomon, who retired last year. During his 20 years in Congress, he sponsored more antidrug legislation than the rest of his peers combined. These included bills seeking to incarcerate physicians who recommend the use of marijuana; suspend federal educational benefits to students convicted of drug offenses; prohibit all federally funded research pertaining to the legalization of drugs; bar tax-exempt status from any organization that advocates alternatives to drug prohibition; require the courts to notify businesses of an employee convicted of a drug crime; prohibit giving federal funds to organizations involved with needle-exchange programs; lower the quantity of drugs necessary to trigger the death penalty; and withhold federal funding to states that fail to require the death penalty in certain drug cases.
For me the ’60s started in Amsterdam. Most people don’t realize how hip Holland was in the early ’60s. The city was full of R&B garage bands who had discovered American rock’n’roll. There was a large group of disaffected teens who rejected mainstream culture and became known as the “Nozems.”
When you look back at the history of rock'n'roll, it is almost exclusively populated by people from two categories: 1. Those Who Got Fucked Up, and 2. Those Who Got Really Fucked Up. For the latter part of the '70s and all of the '80s, Ozzy Osbourne was the Chairman of the Board for category number two.
thirty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the public is being led to believe that the case is definitely closed. James Earl Ray, the alleged killer died at age 70 last year of liver and kidney failure while imprisoned for the crime.
This summer I visited a nursery in Switzerland which had just switched from growing potted plants such as begonia, hydrangea, ivy and pelagonium to growing marijuana. It was easily the largest operation and the one with the most infrastructure that I have seen since visiting the legal fields in Khandwa, India in 1979.
Rob Van Dam struts towards the wrestling ring. As usual, he’s wearing his trademark psychedelic T-shirt with “420" stenciled on the back, and his long hair is tied into a ponytail. While the ring announcer tells everyone Van Dam “weighs 235 pounds” and is “from Battle Creek, Michigan,” hundreds of Rob’s fans chant: “Let’s Smoke Pot!
Edinburgh-born writer Irvine Welsh is best known for his 1993 novel, Trainspotting, which chronicled the lives of philosophical junkie Mark Renton, hapless Spud Murphy and psycho fhug Frank Begbie with savage black humor and thick Scots patois.
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!
There's no better place to kick back and have a nice smoke on a fat joint than here in Hawaii. I've been growing bud for years but decided to get serious and add a few more patches to my collection. The plants I grow are of traditional Hawaiian seed stock and produce some of the most psychedelic weed that can be had.
Sometimes you gotta have a smoke RIGHT NOW, but your buds are still on the plant or not yet dry after harvest. What to do? Microwave! If you can wait for several days, then nothing beats careful air-drying for aroma, appearance and effect. However, you can get pleasant, potent, smokeable buds in just a few minutes through a microwaving technology known as “mishafication” (after Misha, the legendary Russian philosopher, scientist, martial artist and lover).
CannaBusiness is the largest event for the cannabis industry, so we went to Hennef. Germany (near Cologne) this September 25-27 to report this story. The expo was set up so that "greenhouse technology” had its own level of the expo center. There were a few notable developments.
I am planning a stoner party for a select group of my friends over spring break. This is my first year living away from home, and this will be my first real party. What type of preparations would you recommend for me to make? How much weed and beer will I need?
Welcome to Pix of the Crop, our new monthly photo contest. Send us your entries for Best Nug, Flower, Grow Room and Stoner of the Month. These pictures are for publication, remember, so lousy-quality photos just won’t do! All winners will receive a HIGH TIMES Mystery Gift!
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 25 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 have a closet that is 26” × 33”. What do I have to do to get it ready for cultivation? Greenman St. Paul, Minnesota There are many choices of technique for growing, from pots and planting mix to sophisticated commercially made hydroponic units.
Is growing hemp ever going to become legal? What's holding things up? Canada has just pulled in a monumental harvest. but the US is sitting on its hands. We go behind the scenes to take a close look at the progress of the American hemp industry.