So, we're not the evil druggies the government would like everyone to believe we are. Maybe we even get to be the good guys for a change. There it was, in the Institute of Medicine report (HighWitness News, page 23 and front-page news in every village in the land: Marijuana does not have a high potential for abuse, Marijuana has a lower potential for abuse than alcohol or tobacco, and (I hope my high-school health-class teacher is reading this) Marijuana is not addictive and does not serve as a gateway to hard drug abuse.
In the April issue I read one of the Ask Ed pieces and I must differ with his conclusion. I may not have all of the story, but the person talked of his plants in three-gallon buckets that were dying and wilted further when watered. I would suspect that if there are no holes in the bottom of the buckets that he is using, then there is the chance that the buckets are filling with water and drowning the roots, as there was no mention of other indications of overfertilization.
Sustained-Release Joints INFORMATION FOR THE PATIENT Please read this information before you start taking MARIJUANA. Also, read this leaflet each time you buy a dime bag, in case anything has changed. This information is not intended to take the place of discussions between you and your dealer.
One of the best reggae albums of the year is by a white hip-hop group from Seattle.
SILJA J.A. TALVI
In two ways, this year’s surprise reggae/hip-hop gem, Jamaica, is an unlikely success story. For one, the album’s rich bass and beats were born out of the dark, drizzly environs of Seattle, a place which could fairly be said to have no resemblance whatsoever to the island nation of Jamaica.
South By Southwest, the annual music-biz hoedown in Austin, TX, featured multiple appearances by rock legend and HEMPILATION 2 contributor Wayne Kramer. First he participated in the MC5 panel with John Sinclair and MC5 documentarian David Thomas, then played his own late-night showcase at Emo's and finally headlined the HIGH TIMES Smokin' Party at Stubb's with his current band, the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs (check out their new album on Triple X).
I've always had a soft spot for the Band of Gypsies, ever since I saw them at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 1970 as part of the Winter Festival for Peace. It was a weird show. Jimi Hendrix played with his new band, which had unofficially debuted at Woodstock (as Gypsy Sons & Rainbows) and then officially at the Fillmore East on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Set in the summer of 1969, A Walk on the Moon (Miramax) deftly recreates Woodstock through the eyes of a mother and daughter who attend the festival. Bored housewife Diane Lane (Pearl) hooks up with Viggo Mortenson (the hippie "Blouseman,” Walker) at a Catskills "bungalow colony” resort.
A devious thrill-ride of a comedy rooted in the Quentin Tarantino school of filmmaking, Go (Columbia Pictures) tracks the intertwined exploits of some hapless L.A. youngsters living dangerously on Christmas Eve. The picture’s unconventional narrative takes us through a failed drug sting, an all-you-can-eat Vegas buffet, a marijuana-fueled menage a trois and the thoughts of a mind-reading cat, replete with subtitles.
No doubt about it! You have to be special to make the cover of HIGH TIMES more than once. But to make the cover four times—well—it kind of makes you the Babe Ruth of pot culture! Since 1974, marijuana superstar Tommy Chong has graced our cover more than anyone else.
“Prohibition is the best thing for our business,” claims Brian Roberts. “Any time the government says you can’t have or do something, people naturally rebel. That’s what our business is about.” Roberts and his partner, Ramsey Salem, market THC. In fact they own it.
Gideon Israel creates a spiritual site and is set up by a government informer.
Almost a half-century ago, Jeff McMonagle was crippled by polio. He became the fund-raising local March mascot of Dimes for charity in rural Thurston County, Washington. Friends and family recall him as an especially sensitive boy. Young Jeff’s limp made it impossible for him to participate in sports and other boyhood activities, but in high school he became athletic equipment manager and learned the joy of standing on the sidelines and helping.
Pot Potentially Good Medicine, but Permanent Political Poison
WASHINGTON—Cheryl Miller lay in her wheelchair in front of the National Academy of Sciences building here on March 17, one of several medical-marijuana patients and advocates assembled for a press conference. Unable to speak from multiple sclerosis, she looked like a dying angel, a beatific expression on her face as her husband adjusted a white cloth on her forehead.
LOS ANGELES—White House Drug Czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey discussed the Institute of Medicine's report on medical marijuana at the Community Coalition Center in South-Central Los Angeles on March 17. The two-year, $896,000 IOM study has something for everybody, from red-eyed legalizers to grim-faced Drug Warriors.
PHILADELPHIA—The courtroom here of the senior federal judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is scheduled to fill up again with certified pot-smokers on June 23—barring a sudden government tilt toward sanity on medical marijuana, which nobody expects to happen.
NELSON, BC—Vancouver, British Columbia, has earned the nickname “Vansterdam” for its downtown smoking and compassion clubs. Four hundred miles east, in the mountain town of Nelson, three longtime hemp and decriminalization activists are expanding the experiment.
'SEGGAE' ARTIST'S BUST AND DEATH SPARK RIOTS IN ISLAND NATION
SILJA J.A. TALVI
PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS—In late February, the death in police custody of a Rastafarian singer arrested at a marijuana-decriminalization rally sparked days of rioting and looting which left another popular singer dead, paralyzing the Mauritian capital of Port Louis.
Portland Narcs Made Millions On Grow-Store Phone-Buggery
PORTLAND, OR—The famous squad of Portland city narcs who got themselves shot up during an illegal 1998 raid on a crazy pothead’s house were financed for years from pot-forfeiture proceeds. And this plunder derived, it now turns out, from an eavesdropping gimmick attached to the phone lines of a garden-supply store which sells to customers nationwide.
FUCK! MARIJUANA VERY FUCKIN’ EFFECTIVE AGAINST FUCKIN’ TOURETTE’S SYNDROME
NEW HAMPSHIRE CONSIDERS DECRIM
WORKER FIRED FOR LEGAL MARINOL USE CAN SUE
The family of an 18-year-old Mexican youth shot in the back by a DEA officer as he crossed the Rio Grande on Jan. 25 has launched a $25 million suit against the US. A bullet struck Abecnego Monje Ortiz between the shoulders as he ran through the bush of Maverick County, TX, leaving him paralyzed.
“I just want to be alive to defend myself in September," said Peter McWilliams. The self-published best-selling author (Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crime, among others), who has AIDS and cancer, was referring to his upcoming trial— which could be the War on Drugs’ equivalent of the Chicago conspiracy trial of eight leaders of the protest against the Vietnam War 30 years ago.
Is it too late to stop hemp? When the Democratic Party of the state of California moves to make hemp legalization a platform plank for the 2000 elections, does that mean the game is up? Two of hemp’s top lobbyists come from the US Department of Agriculture and the CIA. Where, in God’s name, did we go right?
VANCOUVER’S PROHIBITNIKS PUT SQUEEZE ON CANNABIS CAFE
VANCOUVER, BC—Hemp BC and the Cannabis Cafe, the businesses that sparked Vancouver’s tolerance experiment when they opened five years ago, have been denied business licenses and may soon be forced to close. When current owner Shelley Francis, a.k.a.
Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) has reintroduced legislation to provide for the medical use of marijuana. The bill, HR 912, the “Medical Use of Marijuana Act,” would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II under federal law, thereby making it legal for physicians to prescribe.
JUNE 5 Jacksonville Beach Hemp Fest Sea Walk Pavilion, Jacksonville, Florida Live music, speeches, vendors, voter registration and petitions to get a medical-marijuana initiative on the ballot in Florida in 2000. Contact: Cannabis Action Network, 1064 SE 22nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32641: phone: (352) 378-9836: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.jug-or-not.com/can/ JUNE 5 Spring Hemp Festival Mirror Lake, Ohio State University.
Despite decades of prohibition, marijuana use continues to persist in the United States. What’s more, unprecedented numbers of arrests have driven the costs of enforcing marijuana laws higher and higher, with no apparent impact on adult marijuana use.
If you're like most growers of our favorite herb, you strive to induce your plants to produce as much THC as possible. Good ol' delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, as it's known to its many connoisseurs, is produced mainly in the sticky clear resin glands called trichomes.
Easy Rider scores a landslide victory as HIGH TIMES' all-time favorite.
THE TOP 25 DRUG MOVIES OF ALL TIME
'WILL IT BLOW ME AWAY?'
Our favorite pot scenes of all time.
Jack Nicholson inhaling marijuana in Easy Rider, Al Pacino snorting a mountain of coke in Scarface; Cheech and Chong smoking the largest joint ever in Up in Smoke; Matt Dillon shooting up in Drugstore Cowboy; Malcolm McDowell drinking “synthemesc” in A Clockwork Orange; deranged “marihuana addicts” in Reefer Madness.
Dennis Hopper directed, cowrote and starred in Easy Rider, voted the Top Drug Movie of All Time by our esteemed stoner panel. The foremost filmed document of the ’605 antiestablishment generation, Easy Rider introduced marijuana, LSD and cocaine to Greater America.
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!
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!
Everyone who has read anything that I have written in the past knows that the best way to a great garden is the use of lots of organic amendments. Things like bat and seabird guanos, blood and bone meals, all have one thing in common. They need to decompose before they become nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus compounds that your plants can use.
With a limited space, Bud Love and J. Frost switched from soil to hydro and increased their yields dramatically.
PESTS AND OTHER UNWANTED NASTIES
TEMPERATURE CONTROL AND HUMIDITY
LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE
Bud Love and J. Frost pooled their resources six months ago to rent a house and start a cannabis garden to escape their day jobs. Their lucrative hobby keeps them entertained and has the potential to turn into a full-time gig. “Yo Bud, nice spliff.”
I’m frequently asked what I think of Y2K. I won’t sit here and paint you a horrid picture of doomsday and mass devastation. That would be a real bummer. Instead, I’m going to outline a few "ounces of prevention” for stoners who are racked with paranoia concerning the Y2K situation.
When purchasing grow equipment and smoking paraphernalia, it’s good to follow a few strict guidelines, so that you don’t incriminate yourself or implicate the store owner in your future illicit endeavors. There are two ways of acquiring your needed equipment, in person or by mail.
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 would like to know what I should do if I find any males in the garden. How can I tell the males from the females? What is a safe distance to space males from females? Green Ottawa, Ontario CANADA Marijuana is a wind-pollinated plant. When the male flowers open, the pollen rides on the slightest breeze.
HIGH TIMES passes the peace pipe at Burning Man. Follow Chris Simunek on a twisted journey overrun with sex, drugs and bizarre pagan rituals. Can a would-be journalist start his own religion in a single weekend? You'll find out. Also, get a sneak peek at what's in store for the 1999 event.