i had not thought this sermon would be necessary, but then a while back, just farting around on the Net one afternoon, I came across a few snippets of dialog on some alt.narcotics newsgroup or other, in which some idiots were arguing about whether marijuana seeds were illegal or not.
I would like to express my thanks for Ozzy Osbourne gracing the cover of the March ’99 issue. I have longed to see the day of Black Sabbath being together again. As my dream of being part of the HIGH TIMES staff will surely never be fulfilled, at least keep in consideration that if you ever need writing assistance from a yolk down in Texas, I am but a puff of smoke away.
HEMP BEER FLIES HIGH WITH BILL CLINTON ON AIR FORCE ONE
Call it “Profiles in Hypocrisy.” The Clinton Administration may publicly denounce legalizing hemp cultivation in the US, but on Air Force One, the beverage choices apparently seem to be, "coffee, tea, or hemp beer?" In February, the Associated Press reported that stewards on Air Force One were serving passengers Hempen Gold, a popular Maryland beer brewed with hemp seeds (which contain far too little THC to be psychoactive).
Andrew Hoffman is speculating on how you could steal Steal This Movie. That’s the working title for the film being made about his dad, Abbie Hoffman, the charismatic and controversial Yippie leader who helped orchestrate the legendary 1968 Chicago Democratic convention demonstrations and authored Steal This Book, an off-the-wall guide to outlaw survival and countercultural scamming.
It's summertime again and you've got a lot of time ahead sitting on your butt as you travel to your destination. But where on the road is it comfortable and above all, safe for traveling tokers to smoke up? Our expert team of veteran stoners put together this helpful guide to smokin’ while movin’.
Former Housemartin Norman Cook has reinvented himself as DJ Fatboy Slim, An ardent Ecstasy practitioner, Cook now recommends his new favorite psychedelic: Mitzubishis.
"I write in complaint of the latest Fatboy Slim album, You've Come a Long Way, Baby,” began a letter sent to Skint Records just before Christmas. The author explained that the hedonistic party anthems by Fatboy Slim—a.k.a. Norman Cook, former Housemartins bassist turned superstar DJ/producer—will surely corrupt the young listeners who find them under their Christmas trees.
A modern-day Louis Armstrong, the Sex Mob’s Steven Bernstein trumpets the call for legalization.
Steven Bernstein smokes pot and he’s darn proud of it. So proud that during a recent gig at New York’s Tonic in support of the Sex Mob’s new CD, Din of Inequity (Columbia/Knitting Factory), Bernstein lit up on stage and blew smoke through his horn.
The Who might not have sounded as heavy as Led Zeppelin, they didn't look as cool as the Stones or write songs as well as the Beatles, but the one area in which they were unchallenged was energy, an accomplishment they owed mostly to their legendary drummer, Keith Moon.
Alex Grey’s psychedelic-inspired work has graced the cover of HIGH TIMES (June ’91 and Best-of #17), and his marijuana goddess (Cannabia) was featured on the 8th Annual Cannabis Cup poster. His first book, Sacred Mirrors, featured numerous visionary paintings that showcased his unique style—spiritual X-rays combining the muscle and bone of material existence, the ideation of mental and emotional realms and the transcendental luminosity of the soul.
In Drug War America, more people live in prisons and jails than in Philadelphia, Detroit or Houston. Shattered Lives: Portraits from America’s Drug War (Creative Xpressions, PO Box 1716, El Cerrito, CA 94530), by Mikki Norris, Chris Conrad and Virginia Resner, shows the human faces behind the bars of Incarceration Nation.
Big Sugar have a healthy Canadian following (they’re from Toronto), but have yet to break in the States. Heated (Capricorn) should change all that. Even more accessible than 311, Big Sugar deftly mix reggae, rock and blues with poppy results (“Cop a Plea," "Round and Round").
gonzo \gan-(,)zo\ adj. [perh. fr. It gonzo, simpleton] (1971): idiosyncratically subjective but engaged (—journalism); also: BIZARRE —From Webster’s Ninth Dictionary Over the past 25 years HIGH TIMES has devoted hundreds and hundreds of pages to “gonzo” style reportage covering wacky first-hand experiences on the dope beat.
If you’ve been to the Cannabis Cup, then you’ve probably run into Denny Finneran, the blonde, dreadlocked impresario behind Crucial Creations. Denny always shows up at the Cup to hawk his hemp clothing, definitely designed with the serious pot-smoker in mind.
GOP 'THOUGHT-CRIME' ACT WILL ALSO FUND ANTIPOT LOBBYISTS
Conspiracy To Attempt Thought
"Parents’ vs. Medical Marijuana
Take a Piss Test, Lose Your License
WASHINGTON, DC—The federal government will be heavily funding so-called “parents’ groups” to lobby against medical-marijuana and industrial-hemp legislation if the latest Republican omnibus antidrug bill is enacted this year. The bill also criminalizes various “states of mind,” so as to make it easier for police to bring drug-conspiracy charges against individuals based on their opinions and attitudes to authority.
Medical Protesters Commandeer Florida Anti-Marijuana Publicity
TALLAHASSEE, FL—After being pointedly uninvited, medical-marijuana patients and supporters successfully rallied and infiltrated Florida’s “Statewide Drug Summit” in Tallahassee on Feb. 12. This political klatch, held to organize Governor Jeb Bush’s “Four Fronts” initiative (subtitled, “Renewing Florida’s Drug War”) was a resolutely closed-doors event, even though some selected press were invited.
ARLINGTON, VA—“Health-conscious Air Force bodybuilders and other hempseed-oil consumers will have to find alternatives,” ordered a recent directive out of USAF headquarters here. “In the interest of military readiness and good order and discipline, active-duty, Reserve and Air National Guard members are now prohibited from consuming any product containing hempseed oil.”
PISMO BEACH, CA—"I'm fuckin' angry,” thundered Oakland lawyer Bill Panzer, who’s spent much of his career defending sick people facing jail time for medical use of pot. "It isn’t about marijuana, it’s about personal freedom!” The 100-odd reefer activists in the conference room of the Pismo Beach Marie Callenders’ family restaurant roared back in approval.
PORTLAND, OR —Portland’s high schools will be giving lessons in “Informing For Dollars” this fall. Joining a burgeoning national movement to impose prison-style surveillance and behavior control on adolescents, administrators of the Portland, Parkrose and David Douglas school districts have linked up with the “Campus Crime Stoppers Program,” which provides cash rewards to students for snitching on their classmates.
UN Battles Global Menace Of Decrim By 'Public Vote'
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK—When the venerable United Nations International Narcotics Control Board directorate cranked out its annual February summary of dismaying global dope-abuse trends, a surprising new element was added: medical marijuana.
KEARNY, AZ— Police seized more than 11,000 peyote cacti from Leo Mercado and his wife, Raven, founders of Arizona’s Peyote Foundation (“Peyote Visions,” Jul. ’97 HT), in a Jan. 8 raid. Pinal County Narcotics Task Force officers swooped down on the couple’s rural homestead here, forcing the Mercados, their eight-year-old son Moses and Foundation volunteers off the property at gunpoint.
CANADIAN POLITICAL PARTIES LINE UP BEHIND MEDICAL POT
OTTAWA—The Bloc Quebecois party has introduced a motion in the House of Commons to legalize medical marijuana in Canada. “The government should undertake all necessary steps to legalize the use of marijuana for health and medical purposes,” reads Motion 381, sponsored by Member of Parliament Bernard Bigras, a Bloc deputy from the Rosemont section of Montreal.
DEA AGENT: ‘WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?’ Off-duty DEA agents fired at least 10 shots at and into two youths outside a bar in Hampton, VA. The agents had been fighting among themselves at Rooney’s Grill & Bar and been bounced from the premises before getting into a fray with the unarmed youths in the parking lot.
Today I call upon the readers of HIGH TIMES to do more than just get high. Forgive me. I am one of those freeze-dried 1960s activists whose body has aged, but whose blood still breathes civil disobedience, righteous dissent and spiritual protest.
Politicians intent on arresting and jailing marijuana-smokers have long been getting their wish. Federal data released this year reveal that almost half of all drug arrests are now for marijuana, and that one in seven drug prisoners currently behind bars was convicted of a marijuana offense.
Willie Heard of Osawatomie, KS, was shot dead by police in a midnight “drug raid” on his home that turned up two small marijuana roaches. Heard was gunned down before the eyes of his 16-year-old daughter Ashley on February 13, the day before his 47th birthday.
HARTFORD, CT—Cliff Thornton hopes word of mouth will spread enough peace to end the war on drugs and freedom. Every time he pitches his common-sense message to a college class, an NAACP meeting or a Rotary luncheon, he aims to convince one person of prohibition’s failures.
MAY 6-15 HIGH TIMES on Tour Cultivation Editor Chris Simunek reads from his book Paradise Burning: Adventures of a High Times Journalist. Dates include 5/6 (7PM) at 2000 BC in Los Angeles, CA; 5/8 (2PM) at Pipeline in Santa Cruz; 5/9 (3PM) at Anubis Warpus, San Francisco; 5/11 (8PM) at Hayward Hempery in Hayward; 5/13 (7PM) at Hungry Head in Eugene, OR; 5/14 (7PM) at Third Eye in Portland; and 5/15 (2PM) at Harley Hippies in Tacoma, WA and Gobbshoppe (6PM) in Seattle.
The personal-computer industry is a distinctly counterculture phenomenon. From the hippie hackers of the ’60s and ’70s to the Internet-savvy cybernauts of the ’90s, marijuana is a common thread. Apple founder Steve Wozniak and fellow Homebrew Club member Jim Warren reminisce about those heady Silicon Valley daze.
The Early Years
The Homebrew Computer Club
Microsoft & Marijuana
Cyberweed in the '90s
it would be hard to picture the history of rock'n'roll without marijuana. The same could be said for computers, which have changed our lives as much as rock music, possibly more. Take a look around you. Computers are everywhere. About half of US households have personal computers, used for video games, paying bills, writing, communicating and shopping.
Although thousands of indoor gardens have appeared in HIGH TIMES over the past 25 years, for this anthology we chose only the best. Unfortunately, we didn’t have space to illustrate all of them, so if you want to see all the photos you’ll have to order the back issues (see page 40).
MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ENTERS THE COMPUTER AGE CYBERCROP
INSIDE SENSI SEEDS
CONTROLLIND THE ENVIRONMENT
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE HOMEGROWER?
Imagine a garden packed with row after row of plants brimming with buds, each crop tipping the scales with a bit more resin than the last. How do top growers dial in each growth facet to get the absolute most from the harvest? With a high-tech computer-controlled growroom, and I'm not talking about virtual buds!
His BOOKS CALL HIM T.C. BOYLE OR T. CORAGHESSAN BOYLE, BUT HE INTRODUCES HIMSELF SIMPLY AS TOM. WEARING A BLACK LEATHER JACKET, A BLACK T-SHIRT WITH AN OFF-KILTER ILLUSTRATED HEAD ON IT, BLACK BOOTS WITH FLAMES PAINTED ON THEM AND A SKULL RING, BOYLE, 50, IS QUITE A CHARACTER-AS WELL AS ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE FICTION WRITERS WORKING TODAY.
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! What are you waiting for?
We’re looking for a few good buds. 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!
Significant Technological Achievement in Secret Horticulture
Green Air GHC4
Green Air GHC4 is a microprocessor-based controller that has the potential to revolutionize underground farming. It can monitor all aspects of growroom environment—temperature, nutrients. pH, etc. It works by itself or can be hooked to a computer and used remotely via modem from any place in the world. Pumps and sensors are connected, allowing for remote control. That means less trips to the growroom, a plus for most cannabis farmers. It is currently used in greenhouses and growrooms across the world. There are four GHC models, ranging from $475-$985. Electrodes and sensors are sold separately.
Spray Master sprayers have a five-year guarantee. As most growers know, your average sprayer won't last a year. Spray Master also pumps three to five times more liquid than other sprayers, making it easy on the hands. $7.
Agri-Cool Liquid-Cooled Lighting
Agri-Cool Liquid-Cooled Lighting from Agri-Cool Lighting Limited uses water-cooled bulbs. Water passes through a canister around the bulb, allowing you to place your lights closer to your plants (increasing the amount of lumens they receive) and cut down on heat dramatically. Though a probe is included that will shut the ballast off above a certain bulb temperature, you are using water and electricity very close to one another, so be careful and monitor the bulbs frequently. A complete kit, including the canister, one 1,000-watt highpressure sodium bulb and the hood, is $315 (not including ballast). They can also be bought at tower wattages.
Uvonair utilizes a lamp which bombards oxygen molecules with ultraviolet light, causing them to mutate into the threeatom form known as ozone. This cleans the air of molds and other impurities, in addition to neutralizing odors. Ozone is believed to be nontoxic, but can irritate tissues. Comes with a test card which will change color to indicate high levels. Price ranges from $199-259.
Flag Drippers from Rain Drip are built with what the company describes as a "laminar flow take-apart design for easy clean-out.” What's that mean? They have removable restrictors, so clogs are easily fixed. $0.25 each.
Einstein Oil is a solution to spider mites, thrips, white flies and other growroom pests, as well as a powerful plant nutrient, and is 100% organic. It interferes with an insect’s ability to molt and reach sexual maturity. Pests die of old age without leaving eggs behind. Harmless to honeybees, spiders, ladybugs. Under $20.
As a new feature in our annual indoor cultivation issue, the HIGH TIMES Cultivation Crew will be selecting grow products that have distinguished themselves as being of invaluable aid to marijuana cultivators, and awarding them the coveted STASH (Significant Technological Achievement in Secret Horticulture) Award.
The number-one security tip for anyone using computers in any capacity is AVOID ANY VERSION OF WINDOWS. Microsoft products may be all well and good for that faux-Bohemian Bret Easton Ellis character who just moved into the loft next door because he thinks living in a warehouse is somehow "hip," but there are holes and back doors all over Mr. Gates' mediocre product, and there are some terrific software products available to exploit those flaws from our friends at L0 Phat Heavy Industries (www.L0pht.com).
I’ve smoked thousands of different varieties of pot. Some of them had fancy names like Skunk #1 x Northern Lights #5, but most were just anonymous buds. This doesn’t mean that they didn’t have as much character as the named strains. Actually, it’s quite the contrary.
Drying and curing your bud is a two-step process. Air-drying may take three to seven days, depending on various factors. Curing may take up to a month. After the buds are air-dried on clotheslines or screen racks, larger quantities can be placed in big Rubbermaid boxes.
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 threw a bunch of seeds in a 6” container and to my surprise 10 germinated. The plants are healthy and about 4” tall. All of them look the same except for one, which is shorter with a thicker stem, and smaller, darker-green leaves. Is this a different strain?
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Scarface, Up in Smoke and Midnight Express are a few of the Top Drug Movies of All Time, as determined by our special Stoner panel of experts. Like a good movie, though, we’re going to keep you in suspense and not give away the ending yet. We’ll also tell you about the Best Pot Scenes ever in the movies.