You might have noticed the quality of our photos has increased a bit over the past months. Part of that is due to MG Imaging, a couple of West Coast photographers, Jeffrey and Justin, who first came to my attention through an unsolicited contribution that floated across my desk.
I am honored, thrilled, and pleased to be counted among the Top 25 Pot Stars. I could not be more delighted if I had won the Nobel Prize (although the Nobel Prize comes with a million bucks, and that would be nice). In fact, I consider this the Noble Prize, as fighting for marijuana legalization is the noblest cause on the planet.
Who woulda thunk? We made it! It's been a journey, but we're still here. After 25 glorious years, the heart of HIGH TIMES is still beating strong. The lungs are good, too. Hell! We even survived the Mother of All Parties: our 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration.
Hello, Hello, HELLO!! At New York city's Hammerstein Ballroom Paul McCartney threw a special pre-release "listening" party for his new CD, Run Devil Run (Capitol. records), a collection of rock classics which he claims were influential to the Beatles' music.
If you spend a few hundred on an exquisite glass bong, odds are you want to keep it around awhile. Transport it safely with Just Bags, the perfect choice for safe guarding your fine glassware. Just Bags are well-crafted, cushiony waterpipe bags and pipe pouches for smokers who cherish their accessories.
Gatewood Galbraith fell short in Kentucky's gubernatorial election, his third try for the statehouse (see story on page 23). As the Reform Party candidates he crisscrossed the state on a shoestring budget and was the clear winner in a televised debate a week prior to Election Day, coming out strong for medical marijuana.
Actor Matthew McConaughey didn’t have to be strip-searched when police showed up at his home late last autumn after neighbors complained about loud music. That’s because the cops arrived to find the star of Dazed and Confused rockin’ on his bongos naked with his stereo cranked all the way up to 11.
We hate ragging too hard on hempsters, so we won’t. But our patience is strained. A particular Northern California hemp author and entrepreneur led the purge of the North American Industrial Hemp Council’s board last year, when he determined that certain members were sympathetic to marijuana-legalization efforts, especially for medical use.
Beat Generation patriarch Paul Bowles dies in Tangiers.
Paul Bowles, acclaimed author, composer, translator, poet and Beat patriarch, died on November 18,1999 in a Tangiers hospital of a heart attack. He was 88. News accounts said his passing was unexpected, yet Bowles suffered from both glaucoma and emphysema, and spent his life fixated on death.
311’s lanky weed activist P-Nut has become the band’s official smokesman.
“Who’s Got the Herb! Who’s Got the Herb!” the New York crowd chants during 311’s encore at Irving Plaza. It’s a particularly high moment for a band who only minutes before broke out their original weed tune, “Hydroponic.” Bowls are lit and joints smoked.
On the road with Atlanta stoner-rockers, Sevendust.
"This is our home," says Lajon With erspoon, Sevendust's dreadlocked lead vocalist, about this evening's show at Birch Hill in Old Bridge, NJ. "It's our home for tonight, the same way the venue in Philly will be our home tomorrow night, the same way the nightclub in Hampton Beach [New Hampshire] was our home last night, and the same way Woodstock was our home in July."
Jimmie's Chicken Shack cluck for weed on Bring Your Own Stereo.
The first time I encountered Jimmie's Chicken Shack was during a stormy January night in 1998 at the ecologically friendly Manhattan club the Wetlands Preserve. They seemed like the perfect keg-party band as they jammed through several roots-rockin', ska-inspired numbers.
Add marijuana legalization to the list of causes supported by Rage Against the Machine
On the surface, Rage Against the Machine would appear to be reactionary: four angry young men of various backgrounds, exorcising their contempt for the status quo and social injustice through pummeling music and venomous diatribes. But when you experience their frenetic live show or groove to any of their three albums, the true nature of the band is unveiled.
Which Doobie Brothers you be remembering? The '70s phase-shifting Americana of Tom Johnston’s “Listen to the Music” or the soul/jazz studio slickness of Michael McDonald’s “Minute By Minute?” Perhaps you loved the country purity/New Orleans a cappella of Patrick Simmons’ “Black Water,” or maybe it’s their spirited Motown revival of “Little Darling (I Need You)” that stirred your soul.
But How Will Patients Actually Get Pot? Who Knows?
PORTLAND, ME—The November 1999 election saw Maine join six Western states and the District of Columbia by passing a new medical-marijuana law. But in Kentucky, hemp activist Gatewood Galbraith placed a disappointing third in the state’s gubernatorial election.
WASHINGTON—Killing a popular vote by American citizens for the first time in US history, Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) have entered the new millennium's history books by smothering DC’s new medical-marijuana law.
ANCHORAGE, AK—A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Fairbanks pot-grower, but also hinted that the 1990 law recriminalizing possession of less than eight ounces violates the state constitution. The law was challenged by Dale R. Walker, who was convicted of possessing eight or more ounces in 1998 after police found 33 plants and 70 seedlings in his home.
ACTIVISTS SLAM THE WTO AMIDST TEAR GAS AND RUBBER BULLETS.
Silja J.A. Talvi
SEATTLE—By Sunday, Nov. 28, the overcast skies and persistent Thanksgiving-weekend rain had given way to a crisp, stunning day. With majestic Mount Rainier towering high above the downtown skyline and the snow-capped Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges peeking out at a distance on either side of the city, Seattle seemed more the picture of calm, Northwest splendor than a city on the verge of the last major protest of the 20th Century.
BERLIN—With little notice from the mainstream US media, several European countries have been edging away from drug prohibition and toward “harm-reduction” policies—with significant steps toward cannabis legalization in Switzerland and Germany.
The Los Angeles Police Department is once again facing revelations of institutionalized corruption and brutality—this time from a former officer testifying in exchange for a reduced sentence for stealing eight pounds of cocaine from an evidence locker.
LOS ANGELES—It’s one thing to get busted for pot. It’s another to be legally banned from even speaking about marijuana. But that’s exactly what happened to California cannabis activist Joe “Hemp” Kidwell here last June, when he was sentenced to three years’ probation for cultivation of marijuana.
PHILADELPHIA—The execution of jailed journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal has been stayed while the federal courts hear his appeal. Federal District Court Judge William H. Yohn issued the stay in late October, two weeks after Governor Tom Ridge signed a death warrant scheduling the execution for Dec. 2.
It is hard to say which is more frightening: that voters and parents can blindly accept Gen. Barry McCaffrey’s untruths as gospel when determining their views on drugs—or the fact that a man with all the financial and scientific resources of the White House’s drug-policy office can say such ridiculous things with a straight face.
Feb. 3-5 NORML 2000 CONFERENCE Washington Plaza Hotel Washington, DC NORML’s annual three-day conference for supporters and political activists. Contact: NORML, (202) 483-5500; Website: www.norml.org. For hotel reservations, call (202) 842-1300 (reference # 8385 and mention the NORML conference).
In late October, 10 million Colombians—out of a total population of 40 million—marched in over 700 cities and towns throughout the country demanding an end to their fulminating civil war and political violence, under the slogan “no mas” (no more).
Which bulbs grow the biggest buds, metal halides or high-pressure sodiums? Depends. I have seen killer buds grown exclusively with HPS lights. I have also seen thick, dense, superlative sinsemilla grown under MH lamps. Watt for watt, both types grow killer buds, but there are lots of different MH and HPS lamps— which ones grow the most weed per watt?
High-intensity-discharge lamps operate when electricity passes through vaporized gas under high pressure. All of them produce light with similar technology, but there are many important differences among the various lamps in the HID family, which makes some types better suited for growing plants.
HIGH TIMES attends the Millennium Cup—North America's first-ever cannabis-judging contest.
Marijuana may remain illegal here in the US, but just to the north our neighbor Canada is experiencing a newfound tolerance that has sprouted smoke scenes in Vancouver and now Montreal, with its distinct French flavor. Only five years ago, HIGH TIMES was not even allowed to be sold in Canadian stores.
The Las Vegas heat is searing, but inside the casinos, the AC cranks at full throttle, keeping the gamblers cool. At the Palace Station Hotel, the din is the same as everywhere else in town: jangling slot machines and the yelp of the occasional winner.
Marty Balin doesn't look or act like a cultural icon from the '60s. His boyish face and cropped reddish hair paint a different picture than one might expect from the 58year-old founder of Jefferson Airplane. Thirty years of steady yoga practice have served him well; he is lean, energetic and experiencing a creative resurgence.
Grow America is reader-driven. Your submissions make all the stoners of the world dream of kind nugs. Send pictures (no Polaroids), tips, questions and stories to: Grow America, HIGH TIMES, 235 Park Ave. South, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003.
This foot-long Jack Herer cola was the whip! Too sticky for a joint, it was best in a chilled waterpipe. Grown under a 1,000-watt high-pressure sodium light, it is super-dense and has an extreme calyx-to-leaf ratio. Waldo East Coast Outdoor sariva buds grown with organic manure and compost.
IS HEAT BUILDUP A PROBLEM IN YOUR GROW CHAMBER? HERE'S ONE WAY TO COOL YOUR BUDS.
Every marijuana growing situation has its own advantages, disadvantages and limitations. The main limitation with my own indoor growing set-up is that I must (for reasons I won’t go into to) run the whole operation on a single 15-amp circuit.
Fluorescent lights contain a mix of inert gases—argon, neon and krypton— plus a small amount of mercury vapor, sealed in a low-pressure vacuum. There are electrodes at either end of the bulb, and when the power is turned on, an electrical current is sent through the two electrodes, forming an electrical arc that stimulates the phosphor coating on the inside of the glass tube to give off energy in the form of light.
What would you do if you received an invitation to the greatest party on Earth? That’s right, none other than the exclusive HIGH TIMES 25th Anniversary Party at Irving Plaza in New York City. If you’re me, you book a hotel room, pack your bags and catch a flight out to New York.
Everyone has different ways of smoking, as well as individual preferences of how to prepare the herb to be smoked. How well you prepare your pot will affect how well it smokes. Remember all those joints that were half-wasted because they burned badly?
New York City: Purple Star x Black Domina, “Fresh organic buds, extremely pungent, great for sex, medicine and rock’n’roll”: $60 1/8-oz; $440 oz. Diesel, “The word just says it all, it hits you like a Mack truck, one nice milky bong hit and you forget your name”: $25/gm; $25 1/8-oz.
This is the 200th ASK ED column What a long, strange trip it's been. During the 16 years that I have been writing, HIGH TIMES readers have allowed me an extended run as a student. To keep up with the questions, I was forced, or was given an excuse, to go to fascinating seminars, conferences and trade shows, and spend my days reading books, papers and magazines, as well as viewing gardens near and far.
Any indoor gardener, even those with simple setups, will benefit from the convenience and reliability of Green Air Products electronic controllers. Gaining precise control over environmental conditions, as well as the application of feedings and growth stimulators, will increase your yield and knowledge of plant behavior.
Twenty-five years after the fall of Saigon, HIGH TIMES returns to the site of America's longest, saddest war. It's "Fear and Loathing in Ho Chi Minh City," as Bill Bridges surveys the present-day Vietnam landscape. Dan Skye checks in on 25-year-old eco-warrior Julia Butterfly Hill as she celebrates two years of tree-sitting 200 feet high in a Northern California redwood.