Back in 1989, HIGH TIMES created the Freedom Fighters, an activist group designed to spread the message of the environmental benefits of hemp legalization. The concept was to encourage readers to come out of the cannabis closet by portraying them as red, white and blue patriots whose primary mission was saving the planet from petrochemical pollution.
I really enjoyed Robert Anton Wilson’s article about the Cup (“Temporary Autonomous Zone,” May ’00). It’s great to read contributions from the older generation of our cannabis community. We owe a lot to guys like Ginsberg, Krassner and Kerouac.
He seems no different from any other Washington lobbyist. He wears the coat-and-tie uniform. Phones ring constantly. Papers are scattered across his desk. Keith Stroup is the national director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
The Freedom Fighters were founded in 1989 by Steven Hager in order to spread the message of the environmental benefits of hemp. An annual Freedom Fighter convention was convened each April after the Ann Arbor, MI Hash Bash on the campus of the University of Michigan.
spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y? Many stoners still think he’s “one of us,” even though he didn’t inhale. Well, what has he done for us in seven years? Did he ever do anything to STOP PUTTING PEOPLE IN JAIL FOR POT? Did he even lay off on medical marijuana, out of respect for either voters’ voices or patients’ conditions?
The only risk you’ll take is having your pants fall down while you toke up. The Belt Pipe comes in cotton, leather and faux leather, featuring buckles that double as pipes with clever locking designs. Screen required. From Belted USA, 127 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015,(213)689-9761.
Amy Sedaris’ Strangers With Candy is a solid addition to Comedy Central’s stoner-friendly lineup.
The premise is this: Jerri Blank, a 47-year-old bisexual ex-hooker/felon/drug addict, has returned to the home she ran away from 32 years earlier. Not only that, but she’s decided to start high school all over again—as a freshman.
Just when we thought the White House had stopped reviewing TV scripts, NBC’s Freaks and Geeks proved that Barry McCaffrey’s drug office continues to wield influence over prime-time programming with a laughably bad marijuana episode in March.
The first-ever HIGH TIMES Film Awards, christened the Stonys, were given out at an awards ceremony on March 2 at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. The big winner, Go, received awards for Best Movie, Best Actress (Sarah Polley) and Best Tripping Scene.
Four years after actor Woody Harrelson planted four hemp seeds in Beattyville, KY and orchestrated his own arrest, the state supreme court has reversed a lower court decision and ruled that a state law that makes no distinction between hemp and marijuana is constitutional after all.
Minnesota may have legalized marijuana. Is Governor Jesse Ventura doing anything about it? A year ago, Jesse “The Body” Ventura got himself elected Governor of Minnesota with straight talk. Whether it was hemp, the War on Drugs, legalizing prostitution or some other hot-button issue, he wooed some and aggravated others.
In 1977, Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota Indian, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the 1975 deaths of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Peltier, an American Indian Movement organizer, was living on Pine Ridge helping protect traditional Oglala Lakotas from a corrupt tribal president, Dick Wilson, and his private army of GOONs (Guardians of the Oglala Nation).
THIS IS FU MANCHU—HOTROD ROCK FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Somewhere between Jeff Spicoli and the stoners of Dazed and Confused lies Fu Manchu, a group of So-Cal surf rats that does to 70s rock what the Ramones did to ’50s rock. Their latest album, King of the Road (Mammoth], hits your ears like a Superbird chirping into gear for a quarter-mile run, leaving most of the current rock scene in the proverbial dust.
These punk-metal maniacs are gearing up for another throwdown at the Boston Freedom Rally.
“Our music is about flexing the muscle of the people,” says Tree’s vocalist, River. “At first, we became Tree and were going to be environmental terrorists as a joke. But we realized what serious issues there were. We found out the Feds allowed the tearing down of 3,000-year-old trees.
Ian Brown carries on the flame of his British acid-house band, Stone Roses
The Stone Roses’ self-titled debut album was the soundtrack to 1989’s acid-house Summer of Love in England, when indie rock met dance culture head-on and Ecstasy was the drug of choice for a generation of British youth. The band took five years to release a second album, changed its sound considerably, toured very little and then broke up in 1996.
It began as an industry event and turned into a circus; too many parties, too many punks. Too many record-company geeks and dot-com morons stumbling around Sixth Street, in the heart of Austin, pretending that they cared about, uh,the music.
There has been no shortage of Stony films in the year 2000. So far, we’ve seen Steve Carr’s Next Friday go straight to the bank ($55 million gross). It’s no Friday, but Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie wasn’t Up in Smoke either... Danny Boyle’s The Beach, on the other hand, went belly-up on these shores ($35 million).
It’s 3 AM on a Saturday night in San Francisco— do you know where the ravers are? Well, if you’re to believe the underground dance flick Groove, from Sony Pictures Classics, the lucky ones are rolling on the finest Ecstasy and LSD imaginable at the sort of illegal warehouse party depicted in its scant 90 minutes.
ANN ARBOR, MI—Like most pot-movement events, Ann Arbor’s Hash Bash combines politics and partying. But with the 29th annual rally last April 1 limited to a one-hour time slot on the University of Michigan Diag, the politics came first this year.
Whenever good news about marijuana’s therapeutic medical properties appears in the popular media, you can always expect a stiff additional dose of “disturbing new scientific evidence” of pot’s alleged toxicity. The publication of two extremely important investigations, in the March 4 issue of Britain’s prestigious Nature magazine, into the effects of cannabis when treating multiple-sclerosis symptoms and brain cancer, was significant enough to touch off a veritable feast of warmed-over “reefer-madness” speculations in the US press.
“Teenagers are boiling down their hemp clothing and mixing it with alcohol to get a cheap high!” officials at the DEA and US Customs were advised early last March by the White House. “And when beef cattle are fed on hemp grain, the THC in the beef goes into the diners’ systems, and we’re concerned about the impact on urinalysis testing!”
AMHERST, MA—Voters here on March 28 overwhelmingly approved a referendum urging police to “deprioritize” enforcement of marijuana-possession laws against people 18 or older. The resolution is not binding, but also urges elected town officials “to persuade our state representative, state senator, US representative and US senators to repeal the prohibition of marijuana."
“This aid package is not about democracy in Colombia. It’s not even about drug policy.” So says Steve Kretzmann of Amazon Watch about the $1.7 billion of your tax dollars soon to be winging down to Colombia in the form of helicopters and other war materiel.
LOS ANGELES—After a 32-month legal battle, federal Judge George H. King last March sentenced medical-marijuana activist Todd McCormick to five years in federal prison and three years supervised probation, the maximum possible on conspiracy charges.
Maybe it’s because I’ve developed an MTV attention span in the face of profound change, but I find it difficult to concentrate on newspaper editorials while I savor the wit and insight in Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury. Comic strips have long served as a vehicle for cultural and political propaganda, on the left [Pogo] and—much more frequently—on the right (Steve Canyon).
JACKSONVILLE, FL—Scott Bledsoe has been arrested twice in the last year, and chased by a baseball-bat-wielding preacher while petitioning for medical marijuana here. But the 28year-old organizer of the Jacksonville Hemp Fest is not ready to back down.
AUBURN, CA—Medical-marijuana defendants Steve and Michelle Kubby have refused to cop a plea to pot-growing charges, insisting that their January 1999 arrest violated state law. After much legal wrangling, Judge James L. Roeder scheduled their trial for May, stalling prosecution attempts to push it through before the Kubbys could change lawyers.
As if marijuana-smokers did not already have enough to worry about following a pot bust, beginning this month, those who are college students will also now be ineligible for financial aid for a year if convicted. Under the new federal law, which takes effect on July 1, a second conviction will result in two years with no financial aid.
Two stages, a theater, dance music, rides, swimming, volleyball and an all-night acoustic café, all to raise money for an initiative to make pot possession the lowest priority for Columbus police, and to fight the denial of financial aid to students convicted on pot charges.
Bill Weinberg ANOTHER TIJUANA POLICE CHIEF KILLED Tijuana Police Chief Alfredo de la Torre was killed by gunmen who fired over 100 shots at his car as he was driving home from Mass. A previous chief, Federico Benitez, was killed while investigating the 1994 Tijuana assassination of presidential candidate Donaldo Colosio.
The studio audience watching the taping of That 70s Show is warned about “whooping.” When Tommy Chong made his first entrance of the show, the audience whooped it up—a tribal din—raucous recognition of a kindred spirit. Unfortunately, whooping plays havoc with the taping of the show.
Does Mad Cow disease represent a worldwide pestilence affecting many species of animals and millions of people? Is CJD the world’s most dangerous disease? Is unsafe animal feed creating the most devastating epidemic since AIDS? After reading this article, you may never eat meat again.
MAD COWS IN WE USA
SEE NO EVIL HERE NO EVIL
HOW NOW MAD COW
A CLEVER PATHOGEN
AN INDESTRUCTIBLE PROTEIN
MAD DEER, SAD PEOPLE
Mad Cow disease has turned Britain on its head. Even as the number of infected cattle in the United Kingdom has been reduced—126,000 cases have been confirmed, 3.2 million cows have been destroyed—the likelihood of widespread human infection has increased.
WORRIED ABOUT HIDING YOUR GARDEN? TAKE A LESSON FROM RIZZO: HIS GARDEN EXISTS ON THE MOST CROWDED PIECE OF REAL ESTATE IN THE USA. AFTER A FULL YEAR OF GROWING, HIS ONLY REGRET IS NOT STARTING SOONER, NO AMAZING STATISTICS HERE, JUST KILLER KIND AND PEACE OF MIND.
This lovely garden is literally in the middle of midtown Manhattan, tucked away behind an inconspicuous storage closet in a roomy living loft. If Rizzo knows anyone is coming over, he easily makes it look like a cluttered storage closet. But behind a simple but flawless false wall is a 5’ x 3’ growing chamber that’s just perfect for 1,000 watts.
Like to bake? Like pot? Like to bake n' bake? Here’s an exclusive excerpt from the latest book to roll off the HIGH TIMES presses!
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Allow US to introduce Aunt Mary Jane, perhaps Kenosha, Wisconsin’s premier bridge player, and a lady who really knows how to cook. We first caught wind of the delightful aunty when we stumbled upon a box of her pecan cookies at a rally some time ago.
Do you want to be the creator of mind-numbing nugs that bear year name? Growers with the dedication, time, energy, patience and a safe haven can name their own tops. Join the groundswell of “breeders lending Mother Nature a helping hand and develop your own “kind” of cannabis.
Seminal psychedelic therapist, author and engineer Myron Stolaroff is not nearly a household name like some of his contemporaries, even among psychonauts. In the '60s, Stolaroff met the legendary Al “Captain Trips” Hubbard, dropped acid with him and decided that he’d stumbled on the greatest therapeutic tool the world had ever known.
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 is called Stoney High. Grown under a 600-watt high-pressure sodium lamp. After 50 days of flowering I harvested very tasty, sweet buds. N.O.K. Osaka JAPAN This chillin’ nugget is “4-way” from Homegrown Fantasy. Hand-fed organic hydroponics produced a sweet but also spicy taste.
Waldo is a medical patient who refuses dangerous and addictive painkillers. He prefers nature’s remedy for his mind, body and soul. Waldo’s green thumb makes everything ganjalicious!
This story takes place in an unassuming house on a country road, in suburbia USA. The yard is kept neat and the shrubs lining the driveway are being shaped by Waldo’s girlfriend as I pull in. “It’s been a while, how are you?” she asks. “Very well,” I say as I sample some awesome grape tomatoes right from the vine.
Personally I can’t relate, but many people won’t grow because of concerns over power consumption. Others have very limited space, like super-small. And some can’t afford to buy standard high-intensity-discharge lighting systems. If you thought you couldn’t grow for any of these reasons, here’s the answer.
To increase yield and maximize space, many farmers “top” their plants—snip off the top bud. Traditionally, topping your plant causes two shoots to grow back in place of the one pruned off, thus increasing the number of top/main buds. Well, thanks to a loyal reader, we’ve topped that.
Due to uncertainty concerning the existence of Mad Cow disease in the USA, HIGH TIMES no longer recommends the use of bone meal as a soil amendment, as it is often made from the material at highest risk of carrying the infectious agent which causes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.
Berkeley: Killer Green Buds, “The trainwreck is in town again, one hit and you’re out, best weed I’ve seen this year”: $55 1/8-oz; $340 oz. Purple Kush, “Great smell, lots of purple and crystals, gotta love the purple shit, always your best bet”: $50 1/8-oz; $320 oz.
What is the ideal temperature and length of time to dry your buds? My crop came out way too dry. I just bought the video “Sea of Green” and it says to dry buds for three weeks. I did it for five to seven days and mine were too dry and harsh. Wolf Tacoma, Washington Dear Wolf, The ideal time to dry buds depends on temperature, humidity and density of the buds.
Water seeds and clones. They use a lot more water during hot weather. Record your rainfall for the month Water plants as needed. Give at least one inch per week for strongest growth. Mulch. Add more layers of mulch. Mulch could save your plants during hot summer weather.
Spock, Help. I’m in Vegas for the Headshop Convention and I seemed to have misplaced my spending money, my return trip ticket and my watch. Misplaced might be a loose term—gone is more accurate. I’m sure you’d like to know what happened before you go wiring me more money.
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Does going hydro sound too complex? Grow wizard Kyle Kushman rounds up the latest all-in-one hydro systems. They’re simple, easy to assemble and come with everything you need to grow kind nugs. What are your odds of getting busted? Jon Gettman’s new report tells who is most likely to be arrested and what progress is being made towards legalization.