The brainchild of Thomas King Forçade reaches an important milestone with this issue, and I can't help but wonder where we'd be if our founder had lived to celebrate with us. Albert Goldman, who made a career out of tearing down countercultural icon like John Lennon, knew both the good and bad sides of Tom Forçade, Goldman described him as "the most brilliant mind of the '60s."
I'd just care to respond to a minor comment made by "Dr."Jordan Rubin,from the Modern Medicine report in the July issue. "It is important to finish an entire bong hit in one sitting. Do not leave any smoke in the tube, or try to finish it later, or say 'I'm good now'.
The founding publisher of HIGH TIMES was an elusive soul. But those who knew him never forgot his raw genius.
“I didn’t see him walk in."recalls John Holmstrom. "but suddenly there’s this guy who sits down, puts his boots up on my desk so I can’t get any work done, and then tells me I’m going to make you rich and famous!' ” Holmstrom smiles as he remembers.
Nobody’s perfect. Over 25 years, sometimes we’ve missed the target. Come along with us now, as we look back in agony at 10 of our most harebrained covers—the ones that were rejected by the readers. For whatever reason an issue failed to please you, we can only apologize with our standard line: We must have been high!
Woodstock ’99 warriors Limp Bizkit smoke hardcore on tour and off.
Metal-rap champions Limp Bizkit must be getting some fine "Nookie” now that their sophomore disc, Significant Other, has topped the charts. Fresh from Woodstock '99 and the Family Values tour, this L.A.-via-Jacksonville. FL quintet originally came together when singer Fred Durst—a respected tattoo artist and avid Elvis fan—hooked up with a few local musicians and former House of Pain turntablist.
Ziggy Marley files solo on his new album, Spirit of Music.
Ziggy Marley smiles sheepishly when he says the two months he spent recording Spirit of Music in Los Angeles was a "great time in my life—I had some good vibes in L.A." His older sisters and fellow Melody Makers Cedella and Sharon both laugh, however.
IT'S NOT EVERY DAY A TOP 10 GROUP WRITES A STONER ANTHEM THAT GETS PLAYED ON THE RADIO. BUT THAT JUST MAY BE THE CASE WITH SMASHMOUTH'S "STONED."
Some bands owe marijuana a debt of gratitude for the inspiration the plant has provided them. In the case of San Jose, California quartet Smashmounth, pot's role in their success is far more direct. In the lean years before their 1997 retro-cool hit "Walkin' on the Sun" launched them to the top of the charts, vocalist Steve Harwell and drummer Kevin coleman would raid Bay Area pot gardens, pilfer the plants, then dry and sell the weed.
The great Peter Tosh is finally beginning to get his props on CD, starting with the release two years ago of the Honorary Citizen 3-CD box, and continuing now with Sony's long overdue upgrading on disc of his who most popular albums, Legalize it(1976) abd Equal Rights (1977).
Jerry Garcia's first big gig in American letters occurred in 1968, when Tom Wolfe described him as the “deadend kid" who led the Grateful Dead into (and never out of) Ken Kesey's Acid Tests. Blair Jackson's exhaustive new biography, Garcia: An American Life (Viking), closes the circle by giving us the first complete portrait of one of the most important figures in modern American culture.
Chrissie Hynde has nothing to prove. If she had died an untimely rock-star death after her debut release, The Pretenders (1979)— which fused punk and pop as never before—the Akron, Ohio girl turned one-woman-latter-day-Brit-invasion would have already earned her place in rock’s pantheon.
Widespread Panic's last album, the live epic Light Fuse, Get Away, was an exercise in consolidation, a chance for the band to put an exclamation point on the end of one of its phases. Till the Medicine Takes (Capricorn), their latest studio effort, takes a leap forward in composition and arrangement away from their loose-limbed jams of the past.
SOUTH AFRICA, DELUGED WITH CRACK. CRACKS DOWN ON DAGGA MARIJUANA
JOHANNESBURG, RSA—The Magistrate’s Court at King William’s Town, situated along one of the main contraband-smuggling routes from the Transkei to Cape Town, is not an unusual place for dagga marijuana cases to be heard. But on this blustery autumn morning in June 1999.
In 1980, the minimally autonomous Bantu “homeland” of Transkei briefly mooted the nation of legalizing cannabis for commercial purposes, and was slapped around by not only the racists in the South African government, but also by the socialist revolutionaries of Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress.
WASHINGTON—“Why do you believe marijuana should be illegal?” HIGH TIMES asked Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chair of the House Government Reform Committee’s drug-policy subcommittee, after its second hearing on “drug legalization” last July.
Will Governor’s Veto Chill Medical-Marijoana Bill?
SACRAMENTO, CA—It looked like a done deal, right up to the last possible minute. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s Medical Marijuana Task Force, an ideologically diverse group of 30-odd cops, lawyers, prosecutors, doctors and weed advocates, delivered a resolution to the legislature here last July, after six months of deliberations, which appeared to be on the fast track.
Artist Renee Danielle Boje of Staten Island, NY, has become an international incident. In November, Canadian courts in Vancouver will decide whether she qualifies as a refugee from “cruel and unusual punishment” in the USA, where she faces 10 years to life for allegedly assisting Todd McCormick and Peter McWilliams in their famous 1997 Los Angeles medical-marijuana “conspiracy.”
People are either unemployed or struggle to scrape out survival from subsistence farming, while state-sponsored community-based development activity is virtually nonexistent except in the form of electioneering promises. Much the same is true in KwaZulu Natal's rural areas and the tiny nations of Swaziland and Lesotho.
As the United States moves into the 21st century, it practically leads the globe at jailing its citizens. (Only Russia jails more, per capita.) Six out of 10 federal inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, often with longer sentences than murderers or rapists.
STATE COLLEGE, PA—A local judge has thrown out charges against two protesters busted for using a bullhorn at a pot-legalization rally here, ruling that the town’s noise ordinance was unconstitutional. Centre County Judge Thomas King Kistler held that the ordinance, which banned the use of sound-amplification devices, “does not contain reasonable manner, place, or time regulations” and was thus “an impermissible restraint on free speech.”
Oct. 31-Nov. 7 Melbourne International Cannabis Culture Festival Melbourne, Australia The first week of Hemp Month Down Under, proudly presented by the National Union of Mullers, opens with the 24-hour Melbourne Marijuana Mari-thon.
GREEN BERETS GROOM MEXICAN NARCS The Pentagon has instructed over 2,000 Mexican military officers in antidrug operations, intelligence, and weapons and helicopter use since 1995. Special Forces at Fort Bragg, NC, and Fort Benning, GA, are grooming a Mexican counterpart, the Special Airborne Groups, or GAFE.
Years ago, when my Labrador retriever contracted heartworm disease, the veterinarian explained the treatment that would save his life. "We inject him with arsenic,” he said, "but just enough to kill the heartworms and not stop the heart.
Record Pot Busts Hide Lessened Hard-Drug Enforcement
“It is clear that we cannot arrest our way out of the problem of chronic drug abuse and drug-driven crime ” —White House Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey, speaking at the Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Conference. Albany. NY. June 29 Despite lip service from public officials bemoaning the rising human costs of Drug War enforcement, the 1990s have witnessed an unprecedented increase in drug arrests.
Patients, this is written for the cops,” says Dennis Perón. “They’ve been waiting to register every AIDS patient.” However, the actual wording was more subtle. Doctors need only identify the symptoms to be treated, not the disease, as in “cachexia,” a loss of appetite and body weight that might signify many other diseases besides AIDS-wasting syndrome.
“The stories in Pot Stories For the Soul were chosen because they’re funny, whimsical, bizarre, poignant and, yeah, soulful, you got a problem with that?" says Paul Krassner. “All are revealing snippets of an essentially good-natured subculture.
Over Hie pas! 25 years, HIGH TIME5 has published some outstanding conspiracy research. For this anniversary issue, four of our top writers cover 10 disturbing scenarios: The great cocaine plague, dead bodies around Clinton, the “Yankee-Cowboy war,” the man who knew too much, how Nazis came to America, UFOs as a cover-up, mind-control assassins, AID5 as a government project, creating multiple-personality disorder and hemp regulation.
There aren’t a lot of magazines who can boast 25 years of continuous publishing. There is only one whose raison d’etre is illegal and you’re holding it in your hands. Happy Birthday HIGH TIMES! In the world of magazine publishing, 25 years earns credibility and respect.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF UNDERGROUND MARIJUANA HORTICULTURE
The "High” Point of the Sixties
The Even-Higher '70s
The Sinsemilla Tips Years
The Indoor Sun
Growing Abroad— The Changing Movement
It was like being a character in a movie and watching the movie at the same time.What a feeling! I liked it. Still do! This was the first time I smoked pot. It was mexican dirtweed, back in the "long hot summer" of 1968, the peak of the '60s.
Jimmy Carter sniffing coke? Santa Claus smoking hash? Beavis and Butt-head holding Joints in their fists? No other magazine in history has pushed the envelope like HIGH TINES. They say politics makes for strange bedfellows, but so does prohibition. Where else are you going to find such a diverse collection of cultural icons?
Democratic Rep. Barney Frank is indisputably the drug-law reform movement’s most sympathetic supporter in Congress. He’s been representing the Fourth District of Massachusetts, in the Boston suburbs, since 1980. He graduated from Harvard in 1992 and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1977.
The HIGH TIMES centerfold started as a Playboy satire, but has since taken on a meaning all its own. Every month our best buds mingle with our half-baked ideas, resulting in these unique photo-essays. Don’t ask us how or where these photos are taten.
Want to know everything there is to know about hash? Hashish by Robert Connell Clarke, author of the most in-depth book on marijuana breeding and genetics [Marijuana Botany], now takes us on a tour through the world of THC in its purest natural form.
While at a friend's house smoking up, I looked down and saw some seeds in the ashtray. I gave them much love and voila—I've paid my friend back kindly. Whereabouts Unknown This is "Elvis Bud” from the NY-NJ area; and apparently Elvis has left the building.
Since my early youth I had dreamed of becoming a writer and plant scientist. However, during high school and college I was drawn to other matters and studied in a totally different area. Somehow, my natural inclinations broke through. My work as a writer for HIGH TIMES has helped me live a fantasy.
THIS GOLDEN BOY X HAZE PROVIDED A KNOCKOUT PUNCH. PICTURED ARE MY FAVORITE BUBBLER AND TWO NUG-JUGS. THIS MASSIVE FLOWER CLUSTER IS "EARLY GIRL," FLOWERED UNDER ONLY 1,000 WATTS IF HIGH-PRESSURE SODIUM.
I was the first one through immigration, and waited as the rest of the HT crew secured their baggage and made their way through Customs. Before I even got out of the airport, cabbies were trying to get my attention. Some made smoking gestures, others were trying to cart my luggage to their car.
Here’s Hie scenario. Your plants are healthy and growing righteously. The bud sites are set, and you want to do something to help them grow faster and bigger. So you decide to pull off all the fan leaves (all leaves not protruding from a bud), because you heard that they are unnecessary.
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 three lights, a 400-watt metal halide for vegetative growth, clones and mother plants, and two 1,000w HPS lamps. The lamps go on from 9 PM to 8:30 AM so that I can cool them with nothing but fans and the Pacific air. The trouble is I’m rarely around at that time.
An emulsion is formed by the suspension of one liquid in another. In this case fresh fish is pressed, and the oily, nutrient-rich juice is mixed with water, making an emulsion. It is carefully tested and mixed to achieve a certain potency. Cannabis farmers traditionally use fish emulsion as a nitrogen supplement, a remedy for yellowing leaves.
The subject of a new documentary. Emperor of Hemp, and author of the underground best-seller. The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Jack Herer continues to barnstorm the country in his unyielding campaign to legalize hemp and marijuana. Steve Bloom traces Herer's long and winding cannabis career.