We are sending out a request to the cannabis nation for submissions of all types. Many of our faithful readers forget that the grow section depends largely on you. That means that quality control is partly up to you. I read every one of the letters you send containing pictures, stories, tips and general nonsense.
Thanks for keeping people in touch and informed on all things cannabis. Covering so much territory makes it inevitable that mis-impressions will slip in. To clarify conditions surrounding Maine’s recently passed medical initiative (HighWitness News, Mar. ’00), a little more background would help.
NO ACTUAL CANNABIS CONSUMPTION TOOK PLACE AT THE EVENT, BUT COOKIES AND MILK SERVED.
Newton had his apple Fleming had his moldy Petri dish and a group of math and science undergrads at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have an often misunderstood molecule named delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. Be not afraid of the future, people, because the great minds of tomorrow are today learning the virtues of common sensi.
In January, Laurie Hiett, the Panamanian-born wife of Colonel James Hiett, the number-one man in the United States' anti-drug efforts in Colombia, pleaded guilty to shipping cocaine and heroin from Colombia to New York City. That's not a misprint.
Whether wrestling is real is anyone's guess. But there's no doubt about the pot-smoking. Ever since "Hacksaw Jim" Duggan got caught smoking a doobie in a car with his mortal enemy The Iron Sheik before a match several years ago, cannabis has become a more visible part of the world of professional wrestlingwhich probably explains why it's so incredibly popular lately.
The director of the Seattle Hempfest keeps the heat on-peacefully. Tracking down Vivian McPeak, director of Seattle's HempFest, 4 is no easy task. When he's not / -working on the Fest, a 24/7 non-~ stop job, he's out organizing prison vigils with the November Coali\ tion, interviewing prisoners of the Drug War or working on the new public-access cable show THC TV. But the workload doesn't bother him.
Maybe you had one growing up before you knew any better, or perhaps you’re still sporting one under that John Deere cap, but there’s nothing quite as tell-tale of ubiquitous white trash as the mullet. The long-inback, short-in-front haircut has been getting a lot of attention recently, including a book, a place in a Gucci ad and several cyberspace tributes.
Looks like First Lady Hillary Clinton has opted to take the high road in her campaign for the US Senate. When she formally announced her candidacy at the Purchase, NY campus of the State University of New York in February, Billy Joel’s 1973 ditty “Captain Jack” blared prominently overthe sound system.
Where Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. enjoyed their share of hard liquor and drugs, Risin’Outlaw Hank III just likes to smoke a little pot.
In the midst of an energetic and decidedly anti-Nashville night of country music, Hank Williams III grins and shares a foible with his audience: “I got thrown into rehab.” Hank III explains how his family freaked out last March when he appeared in Rolling Stone extolling the virtues of marijuana and his partying lifestyle.
All’s well with Del the Funky Homosapien, hip-hop’s mad professor.
“Magazines always want to ask me about acid and ’shrooms,” complains Oakland rap star Del the Funky Homosapien, whose abstract rhetoric often pigeonholes him as hip-hop’s absentminded professor. “Most journalists really don’t understand hallucinogens, so they make them into something they’re not.
Washington, DC electronica/rocker Lida Husik has a recipe that will cure just about any pain.
Lida Husik likes to keep things fresh. She emerged during the postpunk deluge of the late ’80s, a female singer-songwriter with overtly psychedelic trappings, then later dove into beat-driven electronica with heady enthusiasm. Fellow Washington, DC musician Don Fleming introduced her to Kramer, the notorious producer of Bongwater, King Missile and countless other subversive music projects.
Here is the secret recipe for Lida Husik’s molasses-elixir biscuits. The baker explains, “They’re good for the humours, a tonic for colicky babies, a boon to the young man of means about town and an absolute essential at our better ladies’ tea tables.”
Mexican metalistas hit the top of the charts with ‘Don Quijote Marijuana’ before the song is banned.
Brujeria has lasted a decade as the bestkept secret of “metal made in East L.A.” Shrouded in mystery—they do not perform in concert or do photo sessions with their faces in plain view, and rarely grant interviews to promote their albums—they have achieved the status of a cult band, with albums such as Matando Gueros and Marijuana.
Filmed in 1965, D.A. Pennebaker’s groundbreaking documentary Don’t Look Back captured every step of Bob Dylan's maiden tour of England, the claustrophobic road warrior and his manic entourage in all of their passionate glory. Surrounded by manager/father figure Albert Grossman, singer/lover Joan Baez, roadie/running buddy Bob Neuwirth and a host of characters drawn to the flame of his public persona, Dylan willingly participated in this revealing yet enigmatic examination of his life as a protest singer turned pop sensation.
For all his legendary music and legion of fanatical followers worldwide, many people are just now getting their first taste of the late Fela Kuti (1938-1997). Responding to the incessant demand provoked by the reissue of much of his voluminous catalog overseas, Universal recently released the double CD, The Best Best of Fela Kuti.
Following in the tradition of innovative Swedish bands like Entombed and At the Gates, Opeth’s painstakingly crafted songs on their fourth album, Still Life (Peaceville/Music for Nations), are so fluid and majestic that they literally enrapture the listener with hypnotic acoustic guitar layering and emotive vocal harmonies, while still managing to scare the hell out of your average prog-rock fan.
There is plenty of trippy music on the market these days, but Sonic Youth’s Goodbye 20th Century, issued on their own independent label, SYR, takes the current “head music” crown. This double CD, featuring works by John Cage, Nicolas Slonimsky, Steve Reich, George Maciunas, Christian Wolff and Yoko Ono, revels in the pure joy of noise.
Return of the Flower Pot Men: Now every man woman and child on the planet shall know about de-evolution! But be warned: 10 baggies of kind bud and a fistful of Thorazine couldn’t prepare you for the mutant music of Devo on their 1980 debut album, which only accounts for the first mouthful of Rhino’s new double-CD retrospective, Pioneers Who Got Scalped.
WASHINGTON—Pot-smokers should come out of the closet. The War on Drugs is part of a larger assault on personal freedom. And the tide is turning in favor of legalizing marijuana, but it’s still a way off. Those were some of the main themes that emerged from NORML’s 2000 conference, held at a downtown hotel here Feb. 3-5.
Legalization Makes Ballot in Alaska; Medical Marijuana in Nevada, Colorado; Activists Push Measures in 11 States Following the success of medical-marijuana initiatives in 1998 and 1999, activists in 11 states are working for ballot measures stretching from forfeiture reform to full pot legalization.
MEDICAL—POT GROWER WINS A ROUND IN FEDERAL APPEALS COURT
SAN FRANCISCO—In what attorney David Michael called a “historic decision in the landmark medical-marijuana case US v. B& Smith,” the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Emerald Triangle grower’s right to use a medical-necessity defense.
TEXAS SCHOOL THREATENS SIXTH-GRADER FOR REFUSING DRUG TEST
Steven Wishnia LOCKNEY, TX—The note Larry Tannahill’s son brought home from sixth grade offered a stark choice. On Feb. 1, the school district would begin drug-testing all students in sixth through 12th grades. If Tannahill and his wife refused to sign the consent form, 11-year-old Brady would be presumed guilty and face three days of “in-school suspension,” under which he’d have to come to school in an orange jumpsuit and pick up garbage instead of going to classes.
When the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in February heard that the Rampart dirty-narc scandal was going to cost the city over a billion dollars in civil lawsuits, things started getting even more Latin American than ever there. The LAPD’s internal investigators had just finished up a 350-page official diagnosis of What Went Wrong with the citywide anti-gang CRASH program, and Chief Bernie Parks was to hand it over to the civilian police-review board at a sumptuous, full-dress ceremonial press conference.
Paul Armentano KINGMAN, AZ—When 65% of Arizonans affirmed Proposition 200 in 1996, mandating that nonviolent drug offenders receive treatment in lieu of incarceration, they assumed they were voting to protect people like 39-year-old Deborah Quinn.
SAN FRANCISCO—On Feb. 11, Mayor Willie Brown signed an ordinance creating a citywide identification-card system for medical-marijuana patients and caregivers. The city Department of Public Health expects to begin distributing the cards this May.
In February 1998,1 took a leave of absence from HIGH TIMES and with my family headed to my second home, Iquitos, Peru. For them, all Iquitos-born but for my baby daughter, it was to be an extended trip home after several years in New York. For me, it was to be an extended break from the horrors of the War on Drugs that we editors at HIGH TIMES deal with on a daily basis.
When Renee Boje came to Canada in 1998, she hardly anticipated getting written up in publications as diverse as Glamour in the USA and Maclean’s in Vacouver. But over the last year, she’s become the world’s most visible conscientious objectorto the US War on Drugs.
The so-called bias in the media against marijuana legalization may in fact be our fault. Is it possible that our messages and methods have become too repetitive for newspapers to care? Logic, facts and public support are on our side, and our country’s media elite, for the most part, know this.
May 5-7 Millennium Marijuana March Events in over 25 cities worldwide March to end the Drug War and celebrate the cannabis plant, in Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Detroit, Lansing, Los Angeles, London, Madison, Melbourne, Montreal, Moscow, Nashville, New York, Paris, Seattle, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Toronto and more.
The Colombian Shamanic & Ecological Association, a coalition of traditional Indian healers and environmentalists, urged the Environment Ministry to investigate US plans to spray the Amazon rainforest region with a genetically engineered fusarium fungus to destroy coca crops.
US Marines, DEA agents, local police and troops from several Caribbean countries descended on the marijuana fields of St. Vincent last December for the week-long “Operation Weedeater.” They slashed and burned over five million plants, seven tons of cured harvest and 250 drying huts, arresting 13 farmers and killing one, Junior “Turtle” Harry.
DRUG BUSTS SWAMP NYC COURTS Operation Condor, a citywide drug crackdown, has overwhelmed New York City’s courts. In one weekend last February, Legal Aid attorneys said, over 200 people were jailed beyond the 24-hour limit set by a state court in 1991—including a 17-year-old arrested for trespassing and held for 50 hours.
FATAL RAID IN DENVER On the afternoon of Sept. 29,13 Denver SWAT team members kicked in the door of a High Street apartment, looking for drugs. Ismael Mena, 45, a father of nine who worked the night shift at a Coca-Cola plant, was shot eight times and killed.
UK’S OFFICIAL CANNABIS FARM The UK’s first legal cannabis farm is gearing up for full-scale clinical trials. Movement sensors, sophisticated alarms and security guards keep intruders away from the eight-foot plants growing in temperature-controlled greenhouses at a secret location outside London.
THE WHITE HOUSE DRUG CZAR'S OFFICE HAS BEEN REVIEWING SCRIPTS OF TV SHOWS, GIVING NETWORKS CREDIT FOR RUNNING ANTIDRUG ADS IF THE SHOWS' MESSAGES MET THEIR APPROVAL IT'S CALLED FRAUD..
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tand-up comedian Argus Hamilton appeared on the Tonight Show during the week of `Ronald Reagan's inauguration in 1981. Hamilton did what he calls usual "coke and reefer-laced" routine, and Johnny Carson demonstrated his amusement "~-~-`~ with knowing winks and nods.
An Outdoor Planting Guide First, you must decide on a strategy. The two most basic strategies are: (1) Grow a few plants and control their environment, or (2) Grow many plants and play a numbers game. Growing a few plants is easy, but requires more care and discretion.
Plant seeds and clones. Now is the last opportunity to plant seeds or transplant pots, unless you live in a southern US climate. Seeds and clones planted now will not grow as large but be more difficult to detect. Record your rainfall for the month.
ome home, Tom Robbins: The bestselling—and beloved—author returns to the pages of HIGH TIMES. In 1976, we proudly excerpted Robbins’ wildly popular countercultural novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and published his article about amanita muscaria (“The Toadstool That Conquered the Universe”).
Tom Robbins agreed to be interviewed—in his own fashion. Insisting that he’s more articulate on paper than he is in person, Robbins proposed writing out—rather than verbalizinghis answers to our questions. Still, he welcomed a visit from HIGH TIMES to his “sodden clam-chawed outpost” north of Seattle in order to flesh out his persona.
HT Senior Editor Steven Wishnia has a long and checkered past playing in Lower East Side rock’n’roll bands, most notoriously the False Prophets and Iron Prostate. His new novel, Exit 25 Utopia (The Imaginary Press), excerpted here, draws on some of those experiences.
Grown on an ebb & flow table in rockwool under 2000 watts HPS, this bud of Skunk #1 weighed over two oz. and produced an extremely uplifting, ‘Grade A’ high. Kootenay Boy Unknown Grow America is reader-driven. Your submissions make ail the stoners of the world dream of kind nugs.
The STASH awards are here again to give recognition to Significant Technological Advancements in Sinsemilla Horticulture—a fancy way of saying that these are the best marijuana-cultivation aids a grower can buy. Only products that flawlessly meet or exceed growers’ needs will be mentioned.
I’ve been feeling a little crusty lately, like my brain has been batter-dipped and triple-fried in cooking oil, so I decided to take a break from the constant imbibing of intoxicants. This leads to more free time than I really know what to do with.
No one wants to hit off a loochy-looking’ pipe or bong. Every now and then some maintenance, in the form of a good cleaning, can restore your stoker to its original state. And the best way to do it is with powdered Grunge Off. I’ve been using it for years and nothing works better.
Blaine: Commercial Bud, “Very nice buds for the price if ya know the right people. Smoke one or two joints and you’re ripped for the night, lots of red hairs and a little bit sticky, cheap”: $20 1/8-oz; $40 1/4-oz. Kind Bud, “Lime-green, sticky, tons of crystals, 2-3 big hits and you’re out like a light, worth the price”: $50 1/8-oz; $100 1/4-oz.
If black pots make roots too hot on a summer day, why don't they make the pots white to stay cooler and reflect heat? Bright Bud Dear Bud, Good point. Many pots are white and they do just that, reflect hot sun. A black pot can heat up in excess of 140°F in just a few minutes!
As a connoisseur of the cannabis arts, I have naturally smoked from many different apparatuses. It’s always fun trying out a new piece of paraphernalia, but different smoking situations require different characteristics from your smoking device.
Tommy Chong is goin’ strong, makin’ bongs and starring on the tube in That '70s Show. He’s got a stand-up gig going with his wife, Shelby, proving that great pot comedy never goes out of style. Dan Skye visits Tommy on the set of the marijuanafriendly sitcom, and the result is a fascinating look at a savvy entertainer at work.