Amidst the gloom and doom of Y2K preparedness and other controversies, a bright spot emerged through the darkness at the end of December as I journeyed to New York’s Whitney Museum to see the second half of their “The American Century” exhibit, 1950 to 2000.
Just read your article on Mumia Abu-Jamal (Interview, Jan. ’00). Politically, I agree with almost every opinion. I am well aware of the racist birth and current enforcement of drug laws. Also I am firmly against the death penalty, for moral and spiritual reasons.
In two years her feet never touched the ground. In 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill climbed an ancient redwood tree in Northern California, and over the course of the next 738 days, the 25year-old environmentalist succeeded where no other activist had.
A musical version of the classic antipot scare movie is entertaining Hollywood theater audiences.
In 1936, Reefer Madness, originally titled “Tell Your Children,” helped to further fan the flames of antimarijuana hysteria. In 1972, NORML founder Keith Stroup discovered it in the Library of Congress film archives, paid $297 for a print and held the first revival screening—as a campy benefit for NORML—at St. Mark’s Cinema on New York’s Lower East Side.
Check out the Galaxy Global Eatery next time you roll through New York City. It’s a tasty restaurant offering a super variety of hemp entrees, appetizers and desserts. There’s catfish, veggie burgers, pancakes, power smoothies and more, all made with hemp and served up with urban bravado— whatever that means.
As the hemp movement progresses, it is increasingly clear that the food industry will be an untold gold mine for smart entrepreneurs—people like Lenda Hand, creator of Humboldt Hemp Foods. She has concentrated on bringing snack foods to the forefront—“one of the quickest ways to convince people that hemp is harmless,” she claims.
Acute respiratort distress syndrome, which can result from trauma, infection or other causes, has a fatality rate as high as 70%. But researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, in a study of 150 hospital patients who had oil from borage seeds administered through tubes in their stomach, found that the death rate from the respiratory syndrome dropped by about 35%.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has long been a stalwart defender of nonhuman creatures. In fact, PETA recently launched a vegetarian ad campaign designed to enlighten the masses on the joys of giving up meat. It’s called “Cauliflower Power.”
The People’s Court and Judge Wapner started it all when TV executives decided to let real people (read: losers) humiliate themselves in a studio courtroom in front of a national audience in order to settle their legal differences. But then the art form proliferated.
It’s almost that time of year again. April 20th. The BIG 4:20, as all devoted pot fans know. For the past three years, the Cannabis Action Network, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been using this auspicious date to mount the 4:20HEMPFEST, an annual festival designed to promote legalization efforts and empower local communities to create their own projects to free the weed.
Go sweeps The Stonys, HIGH TIMES’ first Film Awards.
The Winners are:
During our 25-year history, HIGH TIMES has repeatedly gone to the movies. In the '70s, Joe Kane’s four-part “Dope in the Cinema" series put the magazine firmly on the movie map. Over the years, we have tracked Hollywood’s contributions to the counterculture with cover stories on Arnold Schwarzenegger [Conan the Barbarian], Madonna and Rosanna Arquette [Desperately Seeking Susan), Rory Cochrane (Dazed and Confused), Ice Cube (Friday) and most recently Jason Mewes [Dogma].
It was only fitting that the HIGH TIMES Film Festival made its second stop (the first was in New York) in Austin, the stoner capital of Texas, at the sublimely swank Alamo Draft House Cinema last December. The Alamo’s owner, Tim League, graciously hosted three consecutive nights of drug-addled movie madness and the first Austin Stoner Olympics at his fine establishment.
DiCaprio stars as a pothead beach bum in Thai travel flick.
For his adaptation of Alex Garland's travel novel, The Beach, director Danny Boyle offered the lead role of Richard to Leonardo DiCaprio. "The idea of playing an extremely flawed hero appealed to him," says Boyle. Richard meets a mysterious character in Bangkok who dies and leaves him a map to find the mythical "Beach" of the story's title.
Britain's best rock band remains relatively unknown in the States despite two stellar albums.
Huddled around a pinball machine in a small, shadowy American bar, England’s Gomez are discussing how Garth Brooks doesn’t know anything about rock'n'roll, while Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson helped invent it. This discussion concerning heritage music bounces back and forth throughout the day and seems to be a regular conversation piece.
Bossa nova meets Brian Wilson on this British band's atmospheric album, recorded in Chicago. Huh?
What do you call an English band who’s established a compelling communion between orchestral pop, exotic tropicalismo and the latest wave of progressive electronica? Try calling them the High Llamas. While head Llama Sean O’Hagan stays away from the almighty herb (“I’ll throw up if I smoke anything,” he says), his music is exquisitely stoner-friendly.
Rev [Warner Bros.] carves an arc in rock history. Spawned at the edges of L.A.’s underground rock scene circa ’87, Jane’s Addiction marked the birth of “alternative." While most of the country was gorging on Appetite for Destruction, Jane's frontman, songwriter and producer Perry Farrell came along and shifted the entire musical landscape.
The best boogie band of the ’60s, Canned Heat was formed in Los Angeles in 1966 by the 300-pound Bob “The Bear" Hite (vocals) and Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (guitar, harmonica and vocals). Known for hits like “Goin’ Up the Country,” “On the Road Again” and “Let’s Work Together,” Canned Heat performed all over the world, including an immortal appearance at the original Woodstock festival.
Adults Only Department: The Pretty Things, the hard-rhythming and bluesing ’60s British band that brought you the first song about LSD (cleverly titled “lsd”) and the first rock opera (“S.F. Sorrow”) are back with the propot ditty, “All Light Up.”
Dr. Dre has walked the fine line between success and controversy throughout his storied hip-hop career. He’s come through it all relatively intact, but now seems to feel he has something to prove. While Chronic 2001 (Aftermath/Interscope) brims with merit and sonic invention, it’s loaded with sophomoric lyrics.
How do you put together a representative compilation of one of the longest-lived and hardest-working bands in history? So Many Roads (1965-1995), courtesy of Arista Records, makes a valiant attempt at documenting the music of the Grateful Dead.
TV screens are going green all over this spring, again, as the great green Drug War in Colombia cranks up for a new round of multi-billion-dollar munitions lobbying in Washington. Intrepid reporters are bundling up in camouflage gear again to hack through jungle brush and sail along greasy jungle rivers with face-painted Colombian antidrug troops on training missions guided by US Green Berets and Navy SEALs, scouting for “Marxistled guerrillas financed by the drug trade.”
KINGSTON, JAMAICA—Ganja, for years regarded by the majority of Jamaicans as the evil weed, came out of the closet in 1999 thanks to support from some most unlikely quarters. From selfstyled advocates to politicians, the embattled plant was consistently in the news—only this time most of the speeches were in favor of it being legalized.
Woody Harrelson sent his mother, Diane, 63 and quite fetching in her all-hemp ensemble with a floppy hat and matching accessories, to cover his hempseedpossession trial last winter in Lexington, KY. They were trying to give Woody a year in jail for planting four hemp seeds in Lee County in 1997, arguing that Kentucky cops can’t possibly tell the difference between hemp and marijuana in the field.
NEW POT-RESEARCH GUIDELINES: STRICTLY FOR DRUG COMPANIES?
WASHINGTON—Last December’s introduction of new federal standards for medical-marijuana research was supposed to triangulate the Feds in an “objective, scientific” position above crazed-stoner legalizers and hidebound Drug Warriors.
LOS ANGELES—Barred from discussing medical marijuana in their defense, HIGH TIMES Freedom Fighters Todd McCormick, 29, and Peter McWilliams, 50, pled guilty last November to federal conspiracy charges. The two were arrested in 1997 for growing over 4,000 experimental medical-pot plants in a rented mansion here.
The US Senate is again beating the Drug War drum. Just days before Congress’ annual winter break, it unanimously approved a sweeping antidrug bill that targets everything from ephedrine sales to the dissemination of marijuana grow tips on the Internet.
PHILADELPHIA—Federal District Judge Marvin Katz last December dismissed a class-action suit challenging the federal government’s medical-marijuana laws, ruling that there may be a “rational basis” for keeping pot illegal even while eight patients still receive government marijuana through a “Compassionate IND” program begun in the 1970s and closed in 1992.
MISSION VIEJO, CA—The California nurse who coauthored the landmark Compassionate Use Act is angry about the state’s continued failure to protect patients and caregivers since its voters enacted the law in 1996. “Here we are, three years later, still battling with the state, the legislature and law enforcement, to get patients safe access to medicinal marijuana,” says Anna Todisco Boyce, RN. “The California Constitution says that the state must enforce any laws passed by its citizens, and they haven’t been enforcing this one.”
The US judicial system has not been kind to the marijuana-law-reform movement in recent months. Two high-profile federal cases that could have set favorable precedents on medical marijuana both failed to live up to expectations. The first case involves medical-marijuana users Peter McWilliams and Todd McCormick, who were both facing a 10-year minimum for marijuana cultivation.
National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics University of lowa, lowa City, lowa Experts on cannabis therapeutics, including historian Michael Aldrich, scientist Richard Musty, Drs. Tod Mikuriya and Geoffrey Guy, and nurse Mary Lynn Mathre.
The Pentagon sent 166 active-duty elite troops, including Special Forces, to Seattle to “assist” the police during the Nov. 29-Dec. 3 World Trade Organization meeting. The troops were officially there in the event of a terrorist attack, but may have advised police on repressing anti-WTO protests.
When was the last time you smoked Thai stick? HIGH TIMES' international correspondent LAURENCE CHERNIAK went to Thailand recently and found the country's legendary brand of marijuana still being produced by the boatload.
Thailand, also known as Siam, is traditionally regarded as one of the oldest places in the world to produce very high-quality marijuana. The Thais have their own variation of what apparently is a very pure or unique sativa strain, which grows extremely well in their hot, humid climate.
Hashish in its purest form is a concentration of resin-gland heads. In the real world of hashish making, other plant parts, dirt and debris contaminate the resin. Manufacturers in traditional producing countries such as Morocco and Afghanistan often adulterate their hashish with substances that, to the inexperienced buyer, improve appearance, usually making the hashish stickier.
Twenty-five years ago this month, Saigon fell— the climax to a murderous, unjust war. The scars of the conflict are still visible. But now peace rules the land. As always in the mysterious East, adventure is just around the corner—if you’re willing to look for it.
The elevator wasn't working and I had to carry my bags up three flights of stairs. Families were sleeping in the hallways. They were the ones who didn't have air-conditioning; the steamy Vietnamese night had evicted them from their rooms. It was 1:00 AM and I had just checked into the Phuong Hoang hotel in Saigon, renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the conquering North Vietnamese in 1975.
Richard Rose was a sickly child until he discovered he was allergic to dairy products. Changing his diet changed his life. At 43, the California native is an energetic entrepreneur who built a small naturalfoods empire, The Rella Good Cheese Company, marketing cheese alternatives.
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 tasty twist is “Purple Kush,” renowned for its pungent grape-bubblegum taste and aroma. Alouitious Christiana DENMARK Here are 46 plants of six different strains, including Skunk #1, Northern Lights and Strawberry Fields (the best).
In Northern California’s Sonoma Valley lies some of the most coveted fertile soil in the world, praised by farmers and vintners of world-class wines. Northern California has a rich history of outdoor marijuana cultivation, from the densely forested mountains of the northernmost counties to the backyards and fields of the lower Bay Area.
Growing is easy, right? Wrong. There are so many things to make you think twice—but worrying about smell doesn't have to be one of them. Odor Neutralizing Agent can make any smell disappear, and you don't need to make a major investment or install any machinery. Great for small to medium-size gardens. ONA is nontoxic and environmentally safe; just place it where you need it. The concentrate can be used by hydrating a water polymer for slow release; or purchase one or more solids, which can be rehydrated over and over. They will suck up a huge stench, I promise. Prices are dropping as it becomes more widely available. Check it out at Hydroponic Garden Centers, (718) 727-9300; Website: www.odorchem.com
Harrisonburg: Brick, “Almost like rocks, dark-green, decent buzz”: $35 1/4-oz; $100 oz; $300 1/4-lb; $900 lb. Kind Bud, “Looks white because there’s such a massive amount of crystals, orange hairs and big fat buds, gets you stoned for hours!”: $60 1/8-oz; $350 oz.
HIGH TIMES is very pleased to welcome Jorge Cervantes on board as the new curator of our question-and-answer forum. Jorge has over 20 years experience in the marijuana-cultivation field, and of all the people out there writing about the art of growing cannabis, he’s the best, plain and simple.
It’s the dawn of a new day as science and nature have been brought together, and the result is liquid organic fertilizers that are suitable for any growing medium and style. That’s right, doable organic hydroponics. Two new products have come to my attention; both are 100% organic and stress healthy microbial activity.
The world’s greatest pot party covered by one of the greatest living writers of our time, Robert Anton Wilson. The 12th Cup featured the inductions of Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs into the Cannabis Hall of Fame.