Welcome to a bigger, better and more colorful HIGH TIMES. While working on the most comprehensive redesign of the magazine in over a decade, we listened closely to your suggestions through surveys published in the May issue and on hightimes.com.
I don't normally reply to magazine articles, but this time I simply couldn't help myself. The Tom Robbins interview (Jun. '00] was one of the most hilarious I've read in a long time. He has always appeared as sort of an enigma, in public as well as in his work, hiding behind his extraordinary way with words.
The Lakota ara growing hemp. But the tribe isn't breaking any laws. They're just living up to their end of the Treaty of 1868.
Here on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, it's like it happened only a decade ago. General George Custer and his arrogance. The noisy, jangling cavalry detachments patrolling the prairie who were cut to pieces bp Lakota warriors.
NEW YORK—May 6 was a day of record heat in more ways than one. The temperature hovered around 93 degrees, and the police spent the afternoon picking off unwary smokers and their friends at the Millennium Marijuana March, making 312 arrests.
On Saturday, May 6, more than 80 Millennium Marijuana Marches took place in 23 countries, easily the largest number of simultaneous demonstrations for legal pot ever held. With a few notable exceptions, the events were peaceful. Nimbin, Australia—More than 8,000 showed up to celebrate the annual Mardi Grass and Cannabis Law Reform Rally.
Thousands of hippies, baby-boomers and students descended on London on May 6 for what was described as Britain's biggest-ever procannabis rally. By evening, approximately 30,000 supporters had converged on sun-drenched Brockwell Park in Brixton, a largely ethnic-minority community in south London.
A May 9 attack at the village of Chilón in tense Chiapas state left one person killed and one wounded—allegedly by Zapatista rebel sympathizers in retaliation for paramilitary violence. But the rebels denied responsibility, claiming the attack was actually the work of pro-government paramilitaries.
HONOLULU—Hawaii has become the first state to legalize medical use of marijuana through the legislative process. Alaska, Arizona, California, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana ballot measures.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 25 years. You, the faithful and loyal HIGH TIMES readers, are responsible for the quotes that are placed into the THMQ column. So, do your duty, fire up a monster spliff, rip a few bong hits, read THMQ thoroughly, then grab a pen and paper and write out a list of pot prices in your area.
Get ready for the biggest Pot Luck party ever. HIGH TIMES has begun production on its first feature film, High Times' Pot Luck. In what screenwriter Victor Colicchio calls "The Sopranos meets Cheech and Chong," HIGH TIMES will be lighting up the big screen with the kind of pot movie only this magazine could make.
Last May, a benefit for medical-marijuana activist Todd McCormick was held at Hollywood's House of Blues. McCormick, who was stricken with cancer as a child and relies on cannabis to relieve pain, was sentenced to five years in prison in March for cultivation of a massive crop of pot which he was growing in order that others could ease their pain and suffering as well.
Cops and Dopers looks like a coloring book, or maybe one of those "travel fun" books you played with in the car on long trips as a kid just prior to throwing up. You won't get sick when you read Cops and Dopers, but your stomach may tighten a bit. Because by reading this cleverly designed guide to understanding your Fourth Amendment rights, you'll realize that ignorance of your rights could spell dire consequences.
His name and deeds have been circulating since the '70s, especially throughout the Appalachian Mountains of the Southeastern US. Maybe he's only an ever-growing legend, a fantasy conjured up by wishful potheads. But according to the drowsy old stoners who recount the adventures of this mythical rebel, Johnny Hempseed still lives, wandering from town to town spreading his message and propagating the species by scattering the seeds of cannabis far and wide.
August 13 THE ANNUAL PORTSMOUTH SMOKEY BEARS PICNIC Southsea Common, United Kingdom An annual event since 1994, the Portsmouth Smokey Bears attracts up to 1,000 people of all ages. Contact: UKCIA, The Green House, Bethel Street, Norwich, NA1 1NA, UK; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org; Website, ukcia.org August 19 HANFPARADE2000 Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany "Zeig' Dich!" means "Show up!" The biggest German Legalize!
A few months ago, NORML joined with our good friend, country music legend Willie Nelson, to record a 30-second public-service announcement for radio stations nationwide. As Nelson's legendary "On the Road Again” plays in the background, he states: "Nearly 700,000 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges last year.
"The drug-testing industry is recession-proof!" rejoices a flashy investor-soliciting "advertorial" from Healthcomp Evaluation Services, "because drug use in America is unstoppable! Only constant monitoring will keep it in check!” White House Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey is the guardian angel of this ambitious outfit, now busily consolidating all the silk-stocking pisstest firms that surveil the bladders of the Chicago Bulls, Bears and Board of Trade; defense contractors Raytheon, Motorola and Texaco; and the Missouri National Guard.
The Swiss are on the verge of becoming the first country in Europe to actually change their drug laws to legalize cannabis use. In 1999, after a government-appointed panel recommended legalizing the sale and use of marijuana, Swiss citizens were presented five potential models for revising the country's narcotics laws.
WASHINGTON—Lafayette Park, which sits directly across from the White House, has always been prime property for protesters of all persuasions who come to the nation's capital. Once known as President's Park, it has been home to a racetrack, a wishing tree, the Marquis de Lafayette's triumphant return to the United States in 1824, and on April 29, the Millennium Medical Marijuana March.
The top site bookmarked on my Web browser at HIGH TIMES is mapinc.org, the DrugSense/Media Awareness Project's collection of over 37,000 drug-related news articles. The MAP Inc. Website is the most-surfed drug-policy site in the nation, averaging over 70,000 hits a day last March and getting over 100,000 one day in April.
It was one of those rare occasions when my wife, Nancy, and I could take off for a weekend vacation in the desert. I made sure to bring our favorite designer drug, Ecstasy, along with marijuana, snacks, vitamins and bottled water. In our room at the spa, we smoked a joint to ease us into the Ecstasy, then swallowed our capsules.
Summertime is stoner-time. Think about it. School's out. Girls are walking around half-naked in the hot sun. Barbecues, camping, swimming—basically you're plain old fucking around, As a summer fun veteran, I've compiled 10 steps to amping my enjoyment of summer.
On April 3, the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to move against manufacturers of "various products that are being manufactured, marketed, or distributed as alternatives to illicit street drugs" by way of an official notice in the Federal Register.
Welcome to High Sites, your HIGH TIMES guide to the online world. Internet technology has brought a wealth of possibilities to enrich our lives, and stoner sites rule! Check this column each issue for Web reviews and CyTip of the month. High Site of the Month: TieDyeTV.com, "the site to psychedelicize your soul," brought to you by Medium4.com, "the home of InternetOnly TV." A recent visit to TieDyeTU's home page featured the "kindest streaming videos on demand," including RealPlayer downloads of the Toronto Hemp Company, Widespread Panic playing "Can I Get High" and War doing "Peace Sign," and MP3s of Phish live from Atlanta's Lakewood Amphitheatre 7/4/99 and the Grateful Dead at RFK Stadium 6/25/95.
The first Stoner New Year of the millennium kicked off with celebrations in cities as far and wide as Ann Arbor, MI, Tokyo, San Francisco, Tampa, FL, Regina in Canada, Pittsburgh, and Washington. Still don't know what the Stoner New Year is?
The great Oglala Lakota chief Red Cloud resisted the attempts of the US government to open the West to settlers, and eventually negotiated the Fort Laramie treaty of 1868. That treaty is now the legal foundation of the Lakota Hemp Project on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.
Check out this series of documentaries dealing with contemporary indigenous issues. This sterling set of films is now available on video. The Peyote Road focuses on centuries-old sacramental use of peyote. Reuben Snake, the late Winnebago political and spiritual leader, speaks out on ecology, sacredness and intuitive thinking in Your Humble Serpent.
Returning to the Hash Bash is like revisiting my roots. Dearest among my recollections is the first Hash Bash that the HIGH TIMES crew attended in 1989. Rising out of the smoke and haze of a wicked 4:20 session, Editor-in-Chief Steve Hager gathered up a bunch of hippies and charged across the country in a psychedelic bus destined for the Hash Bash, where attendance had been languishing for a number of years.
Evolution starts at home. In this case, "home" is an Eastside Vancouver apartment presided over by one Cherise Mitchell. The hostess, tonight wearing a sleeveless Oriental black dress, opens the front door and greets two straight-looking couples, then gives them a quick rundown: Food is served from 6:30 PM to midnight, then can eat as much as they want, admission is by donation.
Chumbawamba are just bound to get into trouble. They may have evaded the attention of the authorities momentarily before their 1997 anthem for jocks and alcoholics, "Tubthumping," became a huge international smash. But just like Frank Zappa, this eight-piece anarchist pop collective can't help but phrase their contempt for the capitalist status quo in the most tunefully sarcastic way possible.
Seattle's top activist band is ready for this month's Hempfest.
Erwin A. Karl
"People in the US need to make up," says Share Parker, who, with partner Jim Matthiessen, form the core of the Seattle-based rock-reggae band Herbivores. Their third album, the live Say Yes, was released earlier this year on the band's own Wet City label.
The Art and Life of Jamaica's reigning dancehall king.
"You can smoke herb if you want to, but put out the cigarette." Beenie Man is admonishing audience members jam-packed against the stage of Seattle's Bohemian Backstage reggae club. "Cigarette smoke nah good for mi health," he tells the crowd.
"Women sigh for it, men get high for it!" headlines the reefer-friendly cover of the Asylum Street Spankers' Spanker Madness on the band's Spanks-a-lot label. The fourth album from this wacky Austin, TX acoustic ensemble finds them staggering through Depression-era folk, old-timey jug-band music and deranged backwoods country & western.
The so-called "Pizza Tapes" of Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Tony Rice jamming acoustically have been floating around the Grateful Dead scene since they were recorded in 1993. Legend has it that a cassette of the session was ripped off from Garcia's house during a routine pizza delivery.
Brenda Blethyn [Secrets & Lies] plays a newly widowed gardener in Saving Grace [Fine Line]. When faced with losing her home and other possessions, Grace resorts to a little greenhouse ganjagrowing. She knows a hemp plant when she sees one, but her greenhouse looks like something out of Little Shop of Horrors.
Take a look at a calendar lately? Y2K is more than half over and whatcha done so far this century? Nothin'? Well than grab yer hat, feed the cat and get outta here! Treat yerself good already! Go someplace nice! Go to one of our green destinations and roll yerself a fatty or six!
Ralph Nader is the father of the modern consumer movement. His 1965 exposé of the auto industry, Unsafe at Any Speed, led to the passage of the National Traffic and Motor Safety Act. He founded PIAG [the Public Interest Research Group], which is still active on college campuses across the country, and his Washington, DC-based organization, Public Citizen.
Want big plants? This Canadian cultivator employs radical techniques to produce primo bud.
Good morning, boys and girls. After successfully completing last year's course in advanced pruning and training ["The Art of Supercropping," Feb. '99 HT], I welcome you to Supercropping 102. This new technique comes from Southwest Ontario, brought to me by cultivator NYPD. With this method, he says, "You will increase your yield and at the same time eliminate plants and branches that fall because they lack the strength to sup port phat flowers."
BILL CLINTON SAYS HE DIDN'T INHALE. AL GORE ADMITS HE WAS AN "INFREQUENT" MARIJUANA-SMOKER IN THE '705. ONE FRIEND FROM BACK THEN SAYS GORE WAS A FULL-BLOWN POTHEAD. IF GORE WINS THE PRESIDENTAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER, WILL HE SOFTEN MARIJUANA LAWS?
GORE'S CANNABIS CONFESSION
INVENTING JOHN WARNECKE
THE OTHER WITNESS
THE FLIP-FLOP MAN
It was like a scene from That '70s Show, only everyone at the party was in their twenties. Al and Tipper Gore cuddled in a love seat, a joint in Al's hand. He puffed and then they both laughed out loud. The son of a former US Senator, Al Gore was the most famous person in the room.
John Warnecke, 53, grew up in San Francisco during the hippie heyday of Flower Power and the Summer of Love. He went to boarding school with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and did roadie work for the Dead in their early days. In Living with the Dead, Rock Skully describes Warnecke "as an old friend of the band."
WHY A COUNTERCULTURE HALL OF FAME? AND WHO IS GOING TO BE INDUCTED AT THIS YEAR'S CANNABIS CUP IN AMSTERDAM?
There is a culture that believes all things are connected. This culture is respectful toward all life because it believes everything is one family called God. This culture has many tribes, but wherever it appears, it's always the same culture.
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.
Indoor farming makes this place bearable. Skipford Detroit, Michigan The larger bud is just over two feet long. Grown outdoors, the plants grew to eight feet tall. Anonymous Tokers Waikato New Zealand Too baked to think of something to write.
A while ago I wrote about what I thought was the best way to prepare your weed for smoking: using a shot glass and scissors to prevent rubbing precious THC glands off with your hands. It works great, but storing these useful yet obtrusive tools whilst traveling can be a hassle.
ORAGANIC GROWTH ENHANCERS NITROZIME AND SPRAY-N-GROW
Looking for a leg up on a garden that's already growing well? I have a couple of products for you to consider. I've always been a devout Maxi-Crop man, but I've been receiving written testimonials about these two products for a while now. Both are growth enhancers, to be used in conjunction with your normal feeding of nutrients.
Marijuana-growers must remember there is a war being fought against them. There's no such things as risk-free growing in America, but there are ways to minimize the chance of discovery.
WAR IS HELL AND YOU ARE THE ENEMY!
Marijuana-growers and tokers are the enemy, according to the American government. In this "land of the free," gardening—growing [marijuana] flowers—is a crime against the state. Law enforcement has an impressive arsenal of weapons and laws to inflict upon the enemy.
I'm not sure about getting involved with the variety White Widow, because my friends say that it is often cut with crack. Isn't it just pure Mary Jane? C'ya Bells xxx Wereabouts Unknown Dear C'ya Bells, Crack, the freebase form of cocaine, is very addictive and sold by the most unscrupulous of people.
Fall rains could come early. A contingency plan should be in place to harvest plants early to beat possible bud mold. Swiss growers lost up to half their crop last year to mold. Record your rainfall for the month. Plants still need water when blooming.
Sometimes things don't go so well on pot. Eerie, supernatural stuff happens. Scary stuff. Stuff that makes you shiver with fear. As Halloween 2000 draws closer, gather 'round and listen to our chilling tales of marijuana mayhem. Yes, it's that time of year again.