As part of our contnuing campaign to "celebrate the counterculture," HIGH TIMES will be publishing more features on the history of our culture and the lives of our saints. To kick off this campaign, me have brought out our best writer, Paul Krassner, to tell the story of the most famous radical activist of the '60s, Abbie Hoffman.
Your magazine is getting better and better and surprisingly important. "Mad Cows and Englishmen" by Gabe Kirchheimer in the July issue mill be your most significant exposé ever if the prognosis is not exaggerated. Let's pray that it is. I've been trying to be a uegetarian all my adult life, with only sporadic success.
DRUG CZAR BARRY McCAFFREY CONSORTS WITH GHOULS, PERVERTS THE TRUTH AND LEAVES WRECKAGE IN HIS WAKE.
THE HEMP HORROR SHOW
THIRD WORLD WICKEDNESS
THE GRUESOME TWOSOME
TERROR ON THE NET
MAD DOG UNLEASHED
When President Bill Clinton tabbed General Barry McCaffrey to run the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1996, his appointment was meant to put to rest forever Clinton's appearance of waffling on the Drug War. America was getting a straitlaced West Pointer, who'd earned a chestful of medals during vietnam and later as a division commander in the Gulf War.
Will HIGH TIMES change its name to TOMATO TIMES? It might, if the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act of 1999 becomes law. The bill, passed unanimously by the Senate last year, would make it a felony "to distribute by any means information pertaining to...
A Spanish study released earlier this year wasn't the first research to find that THC might reduce the size of cancerous tumors. In 1974, researchers at the Medical College of Virginia found that when oral doses of THC were given to mice with lung cancer, "the size of the tumors dropped 25 to 82%, with a corresponding increase in survival time," wrote Dr. Lester Grinspoon in Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine.
Enjoy. That was his favorite word. He always signed his e-mails Enjoy, even if it was bad news. And Peter McWilliams was living with bad news every day—he had AIDS and cancer—yet he was bursting with enthusiasm. His other favorite word was Consent.
CONGRESSIONAL DISSENT TO COLOMBIA AID Sen. Paul Wellstone [D-MN] has introduced an amendment to cut $225 million from proposed military aid to Colombia and use it for drug treatment and education in the US. American Friends Service Committee, Vermont, press release, June 5, 2000 UC CENSORS COLOMBIAN REBEL WEB SITE Authorities at the University of California at San Diego disconnected the BURN! Website, which hosted the homepage of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces guerrillas.
LAKELAND, FL—Warrantless, indiscriminate searches of concertgoers entering a December 1998 festival violated their constitutional rights, a Florida appeals court said in an April decision. The ruling, by the state’s 2nd District Court of Appeal here, effectively tosses out charges filed against 11 people arrested for felony possession of drugs while entering the Zen Festival 1998 near Zephyrhills.
Kiyoshi Kuromiya, a lifelong activist who ran the Philadelphia Transcendental Medication cannabis buyers' club and was the lead plaintiff in the late-'90s federal class-action suit to legalize medical marijuana, died from AIDS May 10.
About a year ago when I began my campaign for President, a fellow hippie named Vince Prygoski thought I sounded "Green” to him. He sent my platform, Which included my anti-Drug War plank, to the Green Presidential Exploratory Committee. The last plank in my platform read: "A corporation is not a person.”
FRIRFIELD, WI—The 12th annual Weedstock festival, Wisconsin's Memorial Day celebration of cannabis culture, was over before it began this year, as Sauk County police shut down the planned four-day fest just hours after it was slated to start on May 26.
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.
HIGH TIMES contributing writer Bill Weinberg had an epiphany when he first visited Mexico in 1983. "I went to Palenque and took magic mushrooms," he recalls. "It was a big turning point in my life and the beginning of a lifelong fascination with Mexico and Central America."
WASHINGTON—The Lindesmith Center and the Drug Policy Foundation, two of the leading organizations of the drug-law-reform movement, have merged into a new group. The decision was announced at the annual DPF conference here in May. Intended as an umbrella group for drug-policy reform, the new organization will keep the DPF office here and the Lindesmith offices in New York and San Francisco, plus a satellite project in Albuquerque, New Mexico aduismg Gov.
Laws against "drug paraphernalia" were enacted across the country in the late 1970s and early '80s, yet another weapon in the war on marijuana-smokers. They defined "paraphernalia" as any item utilized to consume a controlled substance, from pipes and screens to syringes and coke spoons.
I'm supposed to write 500 scary words for the "Halloween Issue." The scariest thing in my life is writing for HIGH TIMES. As you would guess, some of the dumbest vermin alive write and edit our sacred magazine. My own work is a good example: Appalling trash fit only for extermination.
The collection of photos is entitled "Smokers," and the images depict people from diverse cultural backgrounds caught in the act during the period 1850-1890. The photographs portray the universal practice of smoking in Asian, African and European cultures, with examples of people preparing and using a variety of smoking substances, including cannabis, opium and tobacco.
According to author LeeAnn Schappe, "Macrame is easy!"—and she proves it in Macramé For Newcomers, a compact guide to learning the craft in just a few days. All you need are a few inexpensive tools plus your own hands, and you too can make treasured gifts for friends and family.
Can you believe it? Levi Strauss finally started working with hemp. The jeans are called Levi's Red. They're about 50%hemp/50% cotton, and come in three different styles: 1st Hipster, 1st Slim and a baggy twin, 1st Loose. Levi's hired a European design team to make these futuristic, If "ergonomically correct" jeans.
"Objective? I always have an objective," says Ellen Komp, quoting her hero, muckraking reporter Jessica Mitford. Komp, a veteran freedom fighter who balances roles as a journalist and activist, has been published widely. She says her aim in writing "is to educate people about hemp/manrijuana and the groovy movement that surrounds it."
Last summer as usual, drunken British soccer fans demonstrated for the world the happy result of team spirit and mindless drunkenness, in Belgium, during the Euro 2000 soccer matches, the hordes from England known as “hooligans” went berserk in Brussels and Charleroi, and had to be rousted by riot cops using bear gas and fire hoses.
When the acclaimed film documentary Grass opened in Ontario, Canada last June, the Ontario Film Review Board immediately slapped a province-wide ban on theater screenings of the documentary because of a 20-second scene showing monkeys smoking pot.
Mosquitoes suck. Yeah, they’re God's creatures and everything, but get one in your ear while you're trying to sleep and you'll be eligible for a straitjacket. They bite and leave itchy calling cards. Many a camping trip has been ruined by these aggravating critters.
Queen Elizabeth was not amused. Last June at her cozy little cottage in London called Buckingham Palace, pot turned up in staff quarters. The Royal Protection Squad, the elite police unit that guards the royal family, made a heroic raid on a ground-floor kitchen that turned up "a minute quantity" of what appeared to be cannabis.
This month we've reviewed some of the leading seed sites on the Net. For an overview of seed sites check out these three URLs: angelfire.com/ga/ greenmanspage/current.html This site offers links to numerous lesser-known seed companies and gives each a star rating.
Wild Turkey Bourbon recently lamented that "genuine men are harder to find than ever." Our guess is that they've given up booze for pot. But apparently the liquor company was really concerned—enough so that the turkeys at Wild Turkey conducted a national survey over Father's Day to find out who consumers feel is a "genuine man."
America is more hooked on drug money than it is on drugs.
EUGENE, OR—"When you say CRACK, don't think BLACK, think CIA," Dedon Kamathi told the rapt audience at the CIA-Drug Symposium here June 10. A month earlier, the US House Select Committee on Intelligence had released a report stating that they "found no evidence" that anyone working for the CIA or any other US government agency had ever been complicit in running drugs into the US.
It was tough getting him, but the Prince of Darkness stepped out of the shadows this Halloween for a short one-on-one interview with HIGH TIMES. What happened with that end-of-the-world stuff last New Year's? Wasn't something supposed to happen that didn't?
It is said that smell is the most evocative of our senses, capable of conjuring up memories, emotion, the libido—you name it. In fact, the healing art of aromatherapy uses scents to manipulate mood. Light your fire with Way Out Wax candles. They come in eight different aromatherapy blends, with names like the Clear Head Collection, Sweet Dreams Collection, Essential Loue Collection and the wildly popular Hemp Transcendence Collection.
Don't deny it. Whether you smoke pot or not, you spend a lot of time in front of the TV, desperately surfing through 99 channels to find something worth watching. Some claim that the Discovery Channel is tops. For those who enjoy watching big animals tear smaller ones to shreds, we concur.
Paranoia is defined as "unreasonable fear" by Webster's dictionary. For potheads there is no such thing as paranoia—only real fear! The simple act of living a lifestyle that involves smoking pot automatically enters you into the realm of the "scary."
When comedienne Watermelon was first asked to host a Saturday-night comedy showcase at a Vancouver bar, she felt she'd better warn the proprietor about what to expect, "We had a meeting," says the bodacious blonde comic, "and I said OK, I'll run your show.
Recipe for success: Cypress Hill mix hip-hop and hard rock on Skull & Bones.
"I always pay attention to what the fans think," says Cypress Hill's Sen Dog. "I make it a point at shows to get out there, walk around the crowd, meet people, shake hands, hear people's opinions, see what they're wearing, see what the public's up to."
Pantera's frontman has rebounded from a heroin OD with a lot of help from his seven-leafed friend.
The cameramen are in position, the song is cued up and the musicians stand with instruments at the ready. But before the cameras roll at a Pantera video shoot in a New Orleans warehouse, frontman Phil Anselmo summons a photographer buddy watching from the wings.
"It's waiting," says vocalist Bruce Dickinson of his flailing metal genre. "It's waiting in the wings, and it appears that Iron Maiden has been cast in the role as pied piper to lead the legions of metal back into the public domain. Everybody seems to have accepted that concept without even asking us.
A collision of metal, jazz and marijuana elevates Candiria's latest release.
The sound of someone taking a hit off a bong on the opening track of The Process of Self-Development, Candiria's third album, is a pretty good indicator that these Brooklyn-based jazz-fusion-metalcore heroes enjoy their weed. Further evidence is the band's sponsorship by Bambu rolling papers.
Not since 1998's Half Baked has a soundtrack directly targeted marijuana-smokers. Grass: The Soundtrack adds significantly to that genre. Favorites like Peter Tosh's "Legalize It" and Cab Calloway's "Reefer Man" are to be expected. John Prine's "Illegal Smile" and Ian Whitcomb's "You Turn Me On" are less predictable.
There's no flashback like a Black Crowes flashback. Who'd have imagined that the notorious Robinson Brothers would conclude their first decade of rock'n'roll by working with the infamous guitar icon Jimmy Page? This supergroup’s electrifying show, which toured the States again this summer, is available as Jimmy Page & the Black Crowes: Live at the Greek from Musicmaker.com and TVT Records.
Now that second-rate arena-rock hacks Rob Thomas [Matchbox 20] and Scott Stapp [Creed] have stolen his signature husky-throated howl, Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder relies on restraint and candid intimacy to score emotional points. On their sixth album, Binaural [Epic], Vedder's toned-down sentiments are expressed directly, fluently and provocatively.
Hide all the women and children. And the Deadheads and Phish fans, too. These are the mean and nasty groups—they think a jam band is something you spread on toast. This is the sleazy side of the street, the dark side of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.
One joint of Oaxacan—primo Mexican pot. Seventies weed that kids hear legends about. Rock 'em, sock 'em, spill-your-guts stuff. I was out of college, no job, still on campus, All I had was two puffs. I took a walk in a January snowstorm. Somewhere I lost my mind.
Abbie Hoffman once told me that a group of filmmakers wanted to follow him around in order to produce a documentary, but he declined. I asked him why. He smiled and replied, "I wanna make my own myth." But now, with the release of a posthumous biopic, Steal This Movie, one version of Abbie's myth has instead been produced by Robert Greenwald.
At Trichome Tech, we employ two different techniques when harvesting, one for our boutique varieties, and one for commercial production. It would be nice to harvest, dry and cure all of our crops with the same time and care we use for the boutique varieties, but when you're talking about 1,000 or so plants, it's simply not practical or economical.
THE MODERN WORLD: PROHIBITION, SMUGGLERS AND SPIES
RA KRIS MILLEGAN
Do the origins of the opium trade lead to the most dangerous secret society in America? "Motherships" sail up and down the coast. Fast, small craft come out, load contraband and scoot back to shore day and night. Corrupt officials take bribes to look the other way.
Starhawk's 1979 book The Spiral Dance heralded the modern resurgence of witchcraft in America. She's also an environmental and peace activist, and has written two novels. The Fifth Sacred Thing, about a peaceful pagan community facing invasion from a religious-fascist state, and Walking to Mercury, in which a middle-aged activist reflects on her '60s past.
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, NV 10003.
Attention readers: This is the only warning you will get. The products described herein are for the purpose of getting EXTREMELY STONED! Now I know we've all been there and back many times, but if you'ue never smoked pure trichomes, you're in for a sweet surprise.
Believe it or not, rockwool and humidity domes can't easily be found throughout the United States. I remember when I lived in the sticks, the only domes to be found were at the local co-op and they were always too shallow to put clones in.
FOLLOW DR. CERVANTES AS HE HEALS THE SICKLY DAUGHTEARS OF CARELESS GROWERS.
TWO BIG BLUNDERS
ONE HUGE SCREW-UP
QUICK FIH GUIDE
EVERY MISTAKE IMAGINABLE
On a recent trip to Canada, I was able to follow up on three growers who had previously asked me for advice. On my first visit to their growrooms, I found they all suffered from obvious errors and were producing about half of their potential. A grower who does not get at least 0.5 grams of dried, manicured bud per watt of light during every month of flowering is cheating themselves.
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Fall rains and cold weather are upon us. Be ready to harvest any time. Watch the weather and yank plants before a freeze or big rain, even if it's a little premature. Record your rainfall for the month. It will help you know more about when to harvest next year.
Bill Weinberg examines the real story behind the Republican candidate for President. What sort of policies did George W. Bush pursue while running the state of Texas, and what are we in store for should "the Shrub" become our next Commander-in-Chief?