Last December, I was flying back to New York after a week in Arizona, one of my favorite destinations and the location of many of the stories I've filed for HIGH TIMES. I was sick of reading, so I began amusing myself by counting how many states I'd visited in '98.
Excellent job on the June '99 techno-pot issue! I am writing to find out if Midpeninsula Free University ("Pot & the PC”) is on-line. My searches turned up nil. It is mentioned on page 46, and I am interested in pursuing a law degree from home, free being a good price.
Hip-hop’s top live band rises from the ashes of the rap underground.
New York’s Kit Kat Club is elbow-to-elbow with record-label insiders, industry entrepreneurs and hip-hop junkies. While the exotic essence of herb saturates the air, all seven members of hip-hop’s best live act, the Roots, are dispersed through the club.
A Zong bong filled with chronic to hip-hop's newest stoner krew, Kottonmouth Kings.
A Strong buzz has formed around Orange County, California’s Kottonmouth Kings. Inspired by Cypress Hill and hailed as the Black Flag of rap, this hip-hop quintet raps about being "So High" and "Bong-Tokin’ Alcoholics." On "Dog’s Life,” the latest single from their debut, Royal Highness (Suburban Noize/Capitol), they sound like fellow stoners Sublime.
Krayzie Bone is in the zone with his hot new weed anthem.
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It’s hard to find a Bone Thugs-N-Harmony song that doesn’t include a phat weed reference. On their 1995 second album, E. 1999 Eternal, three songs stood out: While "Budda Lovers” and “Bud Smokers Only" were self-explanatory shout-outs to fellow weed enthusiasts, “1st of Tha Month” found the Cleveland-based group rapping about setting weed on the corner and smoking the remainder, then laying low, eating barbecue and chillin’ at mama’s house.
New York's Black Moon like their weed on the dark side.
"The mist of the black smoke, one toke, take a hit, inhale it's some real ill shit,” boasts Buckshot ("Buck") on Black Moon's second album War Zone (Duck Down/Priority). The blurry-eyed lead MC seldom goes anywhere without a fresh fronta leaf and a sack of New York's finest herb.
Jamiroquai have re-emerged after a two-year recording break leaner and stronger. Expanding and fleshing out the disco stylings of their international breakthrough Travelling Without Moving, the new Synkronized (Work/Sony) could easily be subtitled "Spirit of '76.”
Usually anger ebbs with age. But not in the case of George Carlin, who at 60, growls and curses with abandon. The mellow counterculture comic of the '70s has become the angry man of the '90s. Carlin still rants against the government and life’s inanities, but does it with brutish charm.
"I've been black since I was fourteen,” George Carlin used to say in his act back in the '70s. Carlin grew up in “White Harlem,” where he picked up the lingo of his black and Hispanic neighbors. Danny Hoch's character Flip in Marc Levin’s Whiteboys has no such excuse; he lives in a trailer park in lowa.
Cultivating marijuana is a natural inspiration for literature. It’s got a three-act dramatic structure— planting, growth and harvest—plenty of conflict and the thrill of bringing in a mind-expanding outlaw crop versus the constant paranoia of narcs, ripoffs and bud-devouring animals.
You heard "US Customs Coast Guard Dope Dog" on HEMPILATION 2, but did you know that there is a current George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars album called Dope Dogs (Available), which includes that song and 13 others? The companion song, "Pepe (The Pill Popper),” and the funk jam, "Some Next Shit," are highlights, along with Pedro Bell’s comic art on the front and back covers.
In Hollywood, CA last May, TV star Andy Dick was busted on marijuana and cocaine possession charges after he plowed his car into a utility pole. To make matters worse, the 33-year-old actor felt it was in his best interests to flee the accident scene on foot.
Singer, actress and full-time strange person Grace Jones was in battle regalia at the recent anniversary of the Shelter, one of New York City’s premier tribal-house dance clubs. Jones, who wore what she calls her "body armor," rocked the house with favorites like “Slave To The Rhythm,” "My Jamaican Guy” and “Pull Up To The Bumper."
Why settle for the same old pot brownies from a mix when you can whip up an entire gourmet marijuana meal—from starters to dessert—in your own kitchen? Author Dan D. Lyon makes cooking with pot easy, fun and delicious in Gourmet Cannabis Cookery.
In our 25 years, HIGH TIMES has made a firm point of covering the wild and wonderful world of stoner travel. Ten years ago, in the September 1989 issue, Peter Gorman wrote “Bhang! Bhang! You’re High!" It’s one of my all-time favorites. I have its three pages framed on my bathroom wall.
NEW YORK—From Hawaii to Prague, Tampa to Oslo, smokers around the world united on May Day this year to show their support of pot, and their opposition to the war on pot-smokers, in the global Million Marijuana March of 1999. Dedicated activists and smokers from around the world have been building this coordinated, multinational effort to bring everyone together, to amplify the demands for change, for years now.
If you’ve ever driven a car in any foreign country, then you know that Americans are actually a conspicuously law-abiding people. Desperate and violent as we like to think we are, we actually obey the law a whole lot better than most foreigners do in their own countries, as a brief zip along any expressway around Milan or Buenos Aires, or even Toronto, will teach you, if you survive.
'Soft On Drugs' Democrats Keep Rocky Drug Laws Alive
ALBANY, NY—Drug War politics appear to have killed this year’s efforts to ease New York’s drug laws, widely considered the harshest mandatory-minimum sentences in the nation for small-time hard-drug users and dealers. The “Rockefeller drug laws,” enacted in 1973 when Nelson Rockefeller was governor, ordain a sentence of 15 years to life for possession of four ounces or more of heroin or cocaine, or sale of two ounces or more—more than the state requires for rape, manslaughter or assaulting a police officer with a weapon.
Portland’s Caregiver Heroine Snaps, 'It's Not a Fucking Party.'
PORTLAND, OR—One of Portland’s favorite freedom fighters, Diane Densmore, recently put the new Oregon medical-marijuana law, “Measure 67,” to the test and won back a measure of her freedom and dignity—not to mention the right to use her choice of medicine.
Gibbs Hill Music Festival (Gibbstock) Kane, Pennsylvania Originally a celebration of Woodstock; festival on a 100-acre site, bands play throughout Saturday and into Sunday morning. Contact: 201 East Swissvale Ave., Apt. 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15218; phone: (412) 241-0389; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.come.to/gibbstock Seattle Hempfest Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle One of the nation’s biggest marijuana rallies, Seattle Hempfest features three stages, over a hundred vendors, world-class musical support and internationally recognized speakers on the subject of cannabis and freedom.
I started writing for HIGH TIMES after being arrested for medicinal cannabis, the kind herb that helped me save my life after a workplace injury and botched surgery. When 13 police officers came crashing through my door in 1994, they showed me that the Drug War is a literal war—a war against people, nature, democracy—against fundamental human rights.
Tim Leary’s Cannabis Spirituality Or, Know Your Guru Over Time
Recently I had dinner with Keith Stroup, executive director of NORML. He has been in the struggle to decriminalize marijuana for a long time, so I felt encouraged to see him in such an optimistic mood. Although medical marijuana is still in heavy battle mode, Stroup is now girding his legal loins to fight for recreational use.
NC NARC SHOOTS UNARMED TEEN Police Officer Lennie Bryan Rivera of Concord, NC, shot unarmed 15-year-old Thomas Roosevelt Edwards Jr. from behind while entering a home on a drug search. Thomas was at a friend’s house playing video games when the officers came in.
VANCOUVER—Canada saw a milestone this spring when Toronto AIDS sufferer James Wakeford won court-ordered protection from prosecution for possession or cultivation of cannabis. Wakeford, 55, actually won his constitutional challenge to the nation’s drug laws without first being charged with a cannabis related crime—a pre-emptive strike.
Renee Danielle Boje, 28, of Staten Island, NY, has the Canadian government between a hard place and a Rock, so to speak. Last spring, just as Canadian Health Minister Alan Rock was loosening up government policy on medical marijuana (see main story), the US Justice Department filed extradition charges against Boje, currently residing near Vancouver, for her alleged involvement in 1997 with L.A. medical-marijuana martyrs Todd McCormick and Peter McWilliams.
America prides itself on our independent press, yet some media outlets and networks are compromising their autonomy and objectivity by welcoming the federal government as a major advertiser. This alarming union is the result of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a five-year, $775 million advertising blitz begun last year to buy antidrug advertisements in major media outlets.
Due to its liberal cannabis policies, Holland remains the most stoner-friendly country in the world. Discount round-trip airfares from major cities on the East Coast can be as low as $400. Since the monetary unification of Europe, the dollar seems to be getting stronger against the Dutch guilder, and the current exchange rate is nearly two guilders for a dollar.
I got started growing about a year and a half ago because of my disgust with the black market and the people involved in it. Up until this harvest, the largest quantity I had managed to grow was about three-eighths of an ounce of manicured colas.
"Mestre Asplingler invites the Caravan to a 'oasca sessau’ in his house this weekend. We are meeting Friday afternoon, bring your hammocks and get ready for a long journey.” With these words. French-Italian photographer Leo Principe, also known as Prince of the Amazon forest or the lost son of Tarzan, let me know we were being admitted to a secret ritual.
Bookshelves line the living room walls of Paul Bowles’ tiny fourth-floor flat in Tangier, Morocco. Hardcovers and softcovers of his masterpiece The Sheltering Sky in six different languages, dozens of other editions of his novels, collections of short fiction, plays, translations of Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit and Moroccan folk tales, fiction by his wife, Jane, and inscribed gifts from friends like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Truman Capote.
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!
Bountiful harvests are easy in a growroom equipped with the right gear. Some essentials are household items that cost next to nothing while a few items can be a bit pricey. All of them make gardening easier, safer and more productive. So, without further ado, here are 25 useful items no bud garden should be without.
The other day, after smoking a pile of schwag, I got curious about where "schwag" came from. I know the weed is usually from Mexico, but where did the word come from? I dug into my Webster's Ninth to do a little research. The word schwag wasn't in the dictionary.
Giving plants a CO2 boost is what they like best and need most. Increasing a plant's CO2 intake to the optimum level can accelerate growth four to six times. But generating CO2 to a significant degree within the confines of a growroom means escalating temperatures.
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’m designing a small growth chamber with compact fluorescent tubes. How effective are these lamps? Farmer Jack via Internet Compact fluorescents are more efficient than standard fluorescent tubes. They can also be placed close to each other to increase light intensity.
The moment you've been waiting for has arrived! Time to take down those sticky colas and turn them into righteous smoke. HIGH TIMES comes to you this month with harvesting and curing advice from our two premier grow experts Jorge Cervantes and Ed Rosenthal.