Myths are wonderful things, almost always more interesting than “the truth.” Sometimes it pays to perpetrate the myth. Sometimes it’s a trap. For sure, the more sensational the story, the more papers you’re going to sell and the quicker Hollywood will be on the phone with an offer for the movie rights.
The 12th Cannabis Cup centerfold (May '00) is sad! None of the buds looked as good as past Cup centerfold buds. The bud from Rokerij isn't even close to ripe, and the Sensi Seeds nug looks like a twig. If HIGH TIMES can't get good buds for the centerfold, why would I want to go to Holland?
A new documentary explores the campaign against recreational pot-smokers.
"This film is not about medical marijuana. This film is not about hemp. This film is about the recreational use of marijuana." That's how Ron Mann introduced his film, Grass, a movie as pleasur able as its subject, at the Vancouver International Film Festival last year.
In our June ’00 issue, we noted that Laurie Anne Hiett, wife of Colonel James Hiett, the US military’s number-one antidrug man in Colombia, admitted that she ran heroin and cocaine from the US Embassy in Bogota to New York. When she pled guilty to the charge she insisted that her husband had no knowledge of her doings.
Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey bribes U.S. News & World Report
Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey allowed shows like ER, The Practice and 90210 to collect $22 million in ad revenue for including antidrug messages in their scripts instead of running antidrug ads for free as they were originally required. Now it turns out that Barry handed out $4.9 million to the publishing industry as well.
A typical day for hard-core Northern California surfers starts with a dawn wake-up call, a hot cup of coffee and a devastating joint prior to hitting the cold Pacific. Some call them “spiritually evolved,” solo athletes who set aside material possessions and the security of full-time jobs to pursue their passion on the best beaches from the San Francisco Bay northward.
The pursuit of ritual and celebration is important to me. Ritual events enhance our lives and give us the excuse to party like a bunch of maniacs. We enjoy ritual acts because they bring us together and define the particular cultures to which we belong.
Photographer Ricky Powell has been skulking around New York City for 14 years, shooting the urban characters who occupy the center ring in the metropolitan circus known as “the downtown scene.” A master party crasher, “the Rickster” has become a shooting legend in the Big Apple.
If you attend the 2000 Cannabis Cup, remember this about marijuana seeds: They’re tiny, they’re harmless and they can land you in jail. If you get caught crossing an international border carrying them, law enforcement can dump a whole lot of unpleasant shit on your lifestyle.
In 1992, author Neale Donald Walsch called out to the Big Kahuna while in a deeply depressed state. In anguish he beseeched the Almighty: “What does it take to make life work?” Apparently, God was in a talkative mood. Walsch’s conversations with The Big Guy/Gal Upstairs have resulted in three massive best sellers, aptly entitled Conversations With God (Hampton Roads Publishing Company).
It’s our bet that you do. And if you are an inhaler, then now and then in your stoned moments you probably wonder if pot-smoking is harmful to your lung tissue. Well, let’s face facts. It’s smoke that you’re putting inside your body—not pure oxygen.
It was Ruff Ryder rapper Drag-On's 20th birthday, and Def Jam recording artist Ja Rule (right) was helping him celebrate. Considering that they're smoking a blunt, there seems to be little doubt as to how Drag-On got his name. Drag-On's album, The Opposite of H2O, debuted in the Billboard Top 10 in April.
What is the meaning? What is created? What are the conceptual parameters? Can the aesthetics of smoking translate into meaningful art? Oh, who gives a shit—just pass the bong! At last, the art world is beginning to catch on to what serious pot lovers have known all along: Smokeware is a beautiful thing.
From Sublime to Long Beach Dub All-Stars, the music and spirit of Bradley Nowell lives on.
After a long apprenticeship in the Southern California sun, Sublime’s loyal legions pushed them onto musical radar with their second release, Robbin’ the Hood, in 1994. Their self-titled third album in 1996 would be their great breakthrough, boasting the hit, “What I Got,” but it would prove a bittersweet success.
New visions and old fables keep David Nelson tripping through time and space.
David Nelson was singing reefer tunes even before the day of quarter-ounce dime bags. As a founding member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, he helped introduce a generation to “Panama Red.” Three decades later, Nelson is still smokin’.
Hitting the road this summer? Looking for fun things to do? Here’s a list of our favorite hemp-friendly festivals, rally events and tours happening around the country during July, August and early September. HIGH SIERRA—June 30-July 3; Quincey, CA; 10th yr.; mountain location an hour south of Reno, NV; featuring Los Lobos, Dr. John, Jorma Kaukonen, Hugh Masekela, Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, Radiators, Steve Kimmock Band, Psychograss, Deep Banana Blackout, Slip, Living Daylights, Keller Williams, Blue Rags, Soulive, B-Side Players; $130/4 days, $110/3 days; www.hsmusic.net NATIONAL RAINBOW GATHERING—July 1-7; somewhere in western Montana/northern Idaho TBA; 30th yr., commune with your brothers and sisters in the national forest, donations accepted; www.welcomehome.org/rainbow.html 4TH OF JULY SMOKE-IN—July 4; Washington, DC, National Mall; 31st yr.; NORML invites you to the nation’s capital to rally for marijuana legalization; bands and speakers on two stages; 202-887-5770.
The story of the incomparable Mexican rock guitarist Carlos Santana has been a long and eventful one, full of twists and turns, triumphs and disappointments. Until now it has gone virtually untold. Simon Leng’s Soul Sacrifice: The Santana Story (FireFly Publishing) is a good start in that direction.
After era-defining debut and second albums, a disappointing third, and a B-sides collection better than most bands' official releases, the slightly retooled and more sober Oasis have rebounded with Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (Creation/Epic).
An artist's challenge is to produce renegade and novel work in spite of history. With more than 30 years of achievement, both solo and collaborative, Lou Reed is a rock'n'roll master. Ecstasy (Warner Bros), the latest from Lou, is a soulful, expressionistic adventure into cool, the kind of CD you'll play over and over again.
Just when you thought you had read every imaginable word from the mouths of '60s legends like Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Dennis Hopper. Peter Fonda, Wavy Gravy, Mountain Girl, Peter Coyote, Mickey Hart, Ram Dass, Paul Krassner and Stephen and Ina May Gaskin, comes this brilliant book, Interviews with Icons (Lumen).
Listening to Neil Young’s new album, Silver & Gold (Reprise), is like sharing a joint with an old friend. When he sings the refrain on the opening track, “Good to See You,” you know it’s time to hang with America’s favorite hippie-troubadour again.
Robert Bradley is a revelation. Sounding like a combination of Joe Cocker and Stevie Wonder, Bradley plaintively emotes while his band cranks out pure rhythm and blues. Smooth but gritty, he grabs your gut with sounds that make you dance and sing and mostly smile.
WASHINGTON—Monday, April 17, started with a bang. The bang of tear-gas canisters exploding. City Police Chief Charles Ramsey had called in the National Guard, and Guard troops in camouflage fatigues, black Kevlar vests, gas masks and military helmets were firing tear gas at protesters occupying an intersection.
Terence McKenna is gone and my mind is flooded with information, like when you've chewed through too many 'shrooms and data is streaming at you so quickly that it becomes white light. Can one do justice to a mortal's life by saying that he reminds you of white light?
WASHINGTON—Forfeiture foes made great strides last spring, winning both federal legislation and a California court decision aimed at curbing government forfeiture abuses. On the national level, the Senate passed the Civil Asset Reform Act of 2000, sponsored by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), on March 27.
NEW YORK—Patrick Dorismond, a 26-year-old security guard, stopped into the Wakamba Lounge on Eighth Avenue for an after-work drink on March 16. As he was leaving, three raggedly dressed undercover cops approached him and asked if he was selling any smoke.
SANTA CRUZ, CA—Trying to find a legally workable way to supply medical marijuana, the City Council here last April unanimously passed an ordinance allowing “provider associations” to grow pot for patients. The measure, based on a 1998 Oakland ordinance, lets the associations provide marijuana to California residents who have either a doctor’s recommendation for it or a diagnosis for a condition for which “there’s a presumption that marijuana is helpful,” explains Councilmember Mike Rotkin, its cosponsor.
Cops Drag Accident Victim Out of Hospital—For One Joint!
TALLAHASSEE, FL—The 160-mile Journey for Justice march reached the state Capitol lawn here March 30, after one protester was hit by a car and then snatched from his hospital bed by police. The caravan of approximately 30 patients, activists, rollerblading photojournalists and a float of a jail cell began its pilgrimage for prison reform at the Starke penitentiary near Gainesville, where an inmate was beaten to death by guards in July 1999.
PORTLAND, OR—Lee Berger is a lawyer with a cause. When he appears in court, his intensity, his imposing bulk and his woolly mass of facial hair leave opponents feeling like they’ve just confronted the smack-down king of the courtroom. Berger began defending Oregon pot patients in the summer of 1995, when the directors of a Portland cannabis buyers’ club asked him for help.
As I write this on May 1, Union Square Park, two blocks from the HIGH TIMES office, is surrounded by hundreds of riot police, a phalanx of mounted cops on the west and a squadron of motorcycles on the east—all for a peaceful demonstration of about 500 people supporting immigrants’ rights.
One of the many roadblocks to our efforts to legalize marijuana is the misinformation presented by political leaders, especially during an election year. We like to say we have truth on our side, but without a referee, it’s not easy for the general public to separate fact from fiction.
July 7-8 Fudafest Norway, Maine A small and peaceful protest against all unjust laws. Petition signing, a drum circle, live bands, and free camping and hemp info. Contact: 57 McKay, Norway, ME 04270; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org July 14-16 WHEE 2000 Michigan Rainbow Farm, Vandalia, Michigan The world’s best hempfest goes on the road this summer, with special guest Steven Gaskin.
PARAMILITARIES MASSACRE MORE PEASANTS Nine paramilitary gunmen executed 21 unarmed residents in two poor barrios in Tibu, a small town in an oil and cocaine-producing region near the Venezuelan border. "They dragged the people from their homes and massacred them right in front of their families," said local human-rights ombudsman Ruben Sanchez.
The HIGH TIMES Y2K Report on Marijuana in the U.S.
A DANGEROUS DRUG
SCHEDULING: WHAT IT ALL REALLY MEANS
THE GETTMAN/HIGH TIMES PETITION
SCIENCE AND THE LAW
Out of all the obstacles to reforming anti-cannabis laws—ending the war on potsmokers, legalizing medical marijuana and allowing hemp cultivation—the biggest legal roadblock is the obscure federal process known as “scheduling.” Scheduling is at the core of US marijuana policy.
Just what are the odds of getting arrested for marijuana possession in the United States? Overall, the answer is one chance in 36, or 2.8%. This figure is based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports statistics for 1995: 506,000 arrests for pot possession that year, measured against an estimated 17.8 million people who got high at least once, according to the federal National Household Survey data on marijuana use.
In 1999 it became clear that the focus of marijuana-related research had to move away from character assassination and toward further appreciation of the therapeutic uses of cannabinoids, the active ingredients in marijuana. Aside from the discovery of the canriabinold-receptor system in the early 1990s, the most significant recent research discovery regarding marijuana was published in the June 1997 issue of the journal Science.
Technology has improved indoor growing beyond your wildest dreams. Today’s techno-growers amass accurate data and apply the knowledge with savvy stealth to accelerate yield into the stratosphere. The basics of hydroponics and highintensity discharge lights remain the same, but the application of the technology has changed how information is gathered and implemented.
If everything goes as planned, September 18,2000, the 30th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s much-fabled death, will see the unveiling of a stunning tribute in Renton, Washington’s Greenwood Memorial Park, near Jimi’s hometown of Seattle.
Cyber-guy and all-around troublemaker, Richard Metzger is one very busy man. At 34, he is master of his own growing, extremely popular infotainment empire, running the conspiracy/occult/freethinkers-oriented Disinformation Website (www.disinfo.com), and hosting a provocative television show of the same name in England.
Outdoor Ontario organic kind. The strain is Purple Star and tastes like a grapefruit would if it were purple. N.Y.P.D.S.W. Ontario CANADA This is NL#5 x Maui Wowie grown 100% organically: bat and seabird guano, worm castings, Maxicrop and nine weeks of flowering under 1,000 watts of high-pressure sodium light.
Want to start a hydro garden the easy way? These all-inclusive systems are great for beginners, and expert setups are also available.
Most growers would agree that flexibility in growing style and the ability to maximize space are generally the top considerations when buying a hydroponic system. Of course, price and the quality of manufacturing materials are just as important.
This juice has been around for a long time, sold in garden centers and nurseries for use on ornamentals as well as edibles. Now indoor garden centers everywhere offer it. Made by Dyna Grow, Pro-TeKt is a clear liquid that is basically diluted silicon.
HIGH TIMES, of course, is a must-read for everyone who's part of the cannabis culture. And our new column "Jorge's Rx" turns out the best marijuana-cultivation advice you can find. It's required reading for neophyte cultivators and experts alike, and promises to teach you something new every month.
NEW YORK Manhattan: Delivery Mids, "Dark, brownish-green, small, compact buds, aromatic, pleasant taste and smooth smoke, B+ high": $50 1/8-oz; $100 1/4-oz; $350-375 oz. Sensi-Star, "Very heady, sweet smell like a purple grapefruit, small buds and small supply, the next harvest WILL KICK ASS"; $50 1/8-oz; $100 1/4-oz; $400 oz.
I am an indoor grower with very little experience. My plants are 4-1/2 inches tall, have started to bend and are not very sturdy. What can I do? Every time I spray a fine mist of water on them, the plants shake. I would also like to know if there is a way to make my plants produce more bud?
Record your rainfall for the month. If less than one inch, make sure to water plants. August is the most critical month for water. Try to visit even the most remote patches to water plants. Add more layers of mulch. Fill a backpack with dry grass clippings and pack it into the plants.
The phone rings. “Hello?” I say, not so quick to wake up. “Yo, wake up, man, it’s JP. Let’s roll.” “OK, I’m on my way.” The clock reads 8:15 as I hang up the phone. I pack a nug in my bong and suck it down. Laying my head back down on the pillow, I let out a lungful of smoke as I try to gather my thoughts.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Woody Harrelson reveals why the war on cannabis infuriates him. The relentlessly honest actor continues his personal campaign to get the government to recognize and finally grant us our guaranteed personal freedoms.