When Woody Harrelson performed on Broadway last autumn in The Rainmaker, he showed up on Late Show with David Letterman just before its opening to promote the show. Much of the interview was spent bantering with Dave about hemp and pot issues.
I am a faithful collector/reader and I wanted you to know that the article on Jimi Hendrix was not only beautiful, but it was also very respectful. I had never seen some of the pictures. I just want to say good job, you really went beyond expectations with this issue and this would have to be the best HIGH TIMES ever.
BACK IN 1965, ARLO GUTHRIE went to THANKSGIUING DINNER. THE Rest, as THEY say, IS HISTORY.
Arlo Guthrie was only 21 when he took the stage at Woodstock in 1969. However, he was under the impression that he wasn't supposed to play until the second day of the three-day event. Suddenly someone informed him: "Arlo, you gotta play now!" "No.
The Guthrie tradition lives on. Arlo's son Abe is a member of the power-pop foursome Xavier that is making its mark up and down the East Coast. Their latest album demonstrates their influences and their uersatility as they shift easily from mystical ballads to folk-influenced rock.
Jack Herer continues to make progress after suffering a massive stroke and heart attack at the World Hemp Festival in Eugene, OR, on July 15th. The first two weeks after a stroke are most critical for victims. But at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Portland, Jack's wife Jeannie reports that he made tremendous strides.
Voters in SIX states—Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada and Utah—will have a chance this November to legalize medical marijuana, put restrictions on asset for-feiture, and ordain treatment instead of jail for nonviolent drug offenders.
VANDALIA, Ml—Michigan's marijuana-legalization initiative failed to qualify for the ballot this year, but may be able to use signatures already gathered to get on in 2002. The "Personal Responsibility Amendment," which would have legalized possession of up to three plants and three ounces by people over 21, garnered only about half the 303,000 signatures needed by the July 10 deadline.
Last July, six years after David Koresh and his Branch Davidian followers died in flames following an FBI attack on their Waco, TX, compound, a Texas jury found that the agents acted within the law, advising against awarding the $675 million sought by survivors.
Window Rock, AZ—Following the example of the Oglala Lakota tribe of South Dakota, the Navajo Nation Council approved amendments to Navajo law in late July that distinguish between low-THC industrial hemp and marijuana. The final tally of votes was 58 in favor, 11 opposed with one abstention.
On July 13, Colonel James Hiett, the disgraced former head of the US military's antidrug efforts in Colombia, was sentenced to five months in a federal penitentiary for his part in his wife's cocaine and heroin distribution activity. Regular readers will remember that Laurie Hiett was busted last August for shipping kilos of heroin and cocaine to New York via the US Embassy in Bogota, a crime for which she could have received—had her husband not been a military pet—more than 50 years [racketeering; moneylaundering; smuggling controlled substances; income-tax evasion; misuse of the US mails, etc.].
In Canada, two police officers who burst in on a children's birthday party and shot the family dog during a botched drug raid [HighWitness News, May '99 HT] will be kicked off an elite emergency team. One of the two, Const. Matthew Sekela, was also suspended for five days following a ruling by the B.C. Police Complaints Commission.
Cops grab stashes at DC rally while pot activists debate mhether public taking is good for the cause.
WASHINGTON-On July 4, an estimated 10,000 people gathered in Lafayette Park for the 30th annual Rally, March and Concert to End Marijuana Prohibition, many toking up across from the White House to defy an oppressive government. The day was dedicated to the memory of author Peter McWilliams, who died last June after a federal judge prohibited him from using marijuana for nausea.
The new President is accused of taking illegal campaign money, and the army invades Zapatista villages, allegedly looking for pot fields.
With July's election of Vicente Fox as Mexican president, decades of one-party rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party officially came to an end. Fox, a former Coca-Cola CEO and Ross Perot-style corporate populist from the rightwing National Action Party, won despite the usual attempts at fraud and intimidation in remote regions of Mexico.
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.
On June 29, the House of Representatives voted 306-110 for the Clinton Administration's $1.3 billion Colombia Drug War package. The Senate approved it the next day. Most opposition came from Republican fiscal conservatives like Sen. Slade Gorton [R-WA], who warned: "There has been no consideration of the consequences, cost and length of involuement.
A Travel & Leisure for stoners? Well, perhaps you have yet to stumble upon Trips, the alttravel mag out of Oakland, CA, at your favorite hostel. Or maybe you have. Trips surely was there. The 13th issue of Trips devoted its cover to Nepal. The 14-page feature answered the question, "What Is Nepal?" but never informed readers where to cop those wonderful Temple Balls.
OAKLAND, CA—The case White House officials assumed was a "slam dunk" has left lawyers from the Justice Department with egg on their face, and opened the door for the legal distribution of medical marijuana under federal law. Obeying a unanimous mandate from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, US District Court Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco ruled that the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative may legally provide medical marijuana to patients who meet medical-necessity standards.
September 29-October 1 Maine Harvest Fest Harry Brown's Farm, Route 43, Starks, Maine Maine's seventh annual harvest festival, with a bud contest and over 25 bands. $30 with camping; day passes are $15. No dogs, alcohol or glass containers.
Drug Warriors still pull strings when their kids get busted for pot.
Drug War supporters in Congress are quick to point out "the evils" of smoking marijuana and how it's ruining the youth of America. Their solution is to imprison thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who happen to smoke marijuana, with especially harsh penalties reserved for those who grow or sell it.
Six lucky stoners to be marooned with the world's best pot.
Would you like a vacation in Amsterdam complete with unprecedented access to all the strains entered into the Cannabis Cup? For six lucky stoners, the dream of being a celebrity judge will come true. One of the lucky six may even end up on the cover of next April's issue!
This column can only be read while listening to Floyd's "High Hopes" or I'll kill you. After a squidly low slide into a ditch I managed to get my Honda CBR929RR up 15 miles of winding gravel road near Paonia, Colorado. I park the damaged bike near Querland Reservoir.
That's one debate we'll abstain from. However, many studies indicate that "vaporzation" of the aromatic, volatile oils in cannabis can practically eliminate the tars and noxious gases associated with smoking and enable the delivery of more than twice of the good stuff—the cannabinoids that get you so giggly.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND—Nandor Tanczos is a member of the New Zealand Parliament and a study in contrast. Born to a Hungarian father and South African mother, citizen of a mostly white, British-stocked country, and since November 1999 the only dreadlocked Rastafarian in a Parliament with 11 farmers, 16 lawyers, 24 businessmen, and two cops.
US style forfeiture laws forced on land of Terrance and Phillip
MONTREAL—Early on the morning of October 2, 1993, 30 US federal and local police officers raided Donald Scott's ranch in Malibu, California. Acting on an informant's tip that he was growing pot, they busted down his door and shot Scott, 61, dead in front of his wife.
Using a silver spoon, plant in shallow hole. Protect from draft. Feed with loads of family and soft money. The Bushleague Seed Company is now giving everyone a chance to grow. Distributed at the recent Democratic and Republican Conventions, this packet of seeds is loaded with helpful cultivation tips like when to plant ["whenever migrant labor is available"] and how deep ["extremely shallow"].
When I was growing up, Chiquita Banana first triggered my sense of skepticism. In those days, she was just a poor street hooker with curvature of the spine, a yellow complexion and false eyelashes. She would do her little dance and beckon me, singing, "I'm Chiquita Banana, and I've come to say/Bananas have to ripen in a certain way/So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator/No, no, no, no!" "That’s bullshit," I told her.
Resort areas have some of the highest marijuana-arrest rates in the nation.
Race AND DRUG ARRESTS
LOCAL HOT SPOTS
Few things in life are more pleasant than getting high by the pounding waves of the ocean or the lapping ones of the lakeside. And few things are more likely to get you busted. Outside of a few counties along the major smuggling corridors of the Southwest, the highest marijuana-arrest rates in the United States are in vacation spots, especially at the beach.
If you're a black man, your chances of going to jail for drugs could be as much as 57 times that of a white man, according to a human-rights group's recent report.
Black men are sent to state prisons on drug charges at 13 times the rate of white men, according to a report released last summer by Human Rights Watch. The report, "Punishment and Prejudice: Racial Disparities in the War on Drugs," found that African-Americans represent only 13% of the national population, but constitute 62.7% of drug offenders admitted to state prisons.
On July 14, the New York Post revealed that Giorgio Armani is farming out some of his fashion work to inmates at San Vittorio prison in Milan, Italy. Post fashion reporter Jared Paul Stern wrote that the prisoners were being paid "a few dollars a week" to stitch together a line of Armani handbags sold as part of the "Armani Jeans" label for up to $240 apiece.
Former L.A. Laker great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, was arrested in northwest Los Angeles on July 18 for "investigation of driving under the influence of marijuana." He was released on his own recognizance. Recording to an Rssociated Press report, Rbdul-Jabbar was stopped for speeding and an officer approaching his car smelled marijuana coming from an open window.
PAT DINIZIO OF THE SMITHEREENS RUNS FOR US SENATE.
He can't remember exactly what caused his "epiphany." Pat DINIZIO says he awoke one morning and decided to that he had to do something. Is it that simple? You just wake up and decide to run for US Senate? "Yeah," smiles the lead singer of the Smithereens.
In today's society, where individual privacy and rights are violated on a daily basis, we have yet another war being waged. The target: constitutionally protected speech on the Internet and in print. An amendment to the Bankruptcy Reform Act, H.R. 833, which is close to passing in a House/Senate conference committee, is just one fish in the sea of threatening censorship laws that deny us our rights.
America has gone apeshit over reality-based TV programs, like CBS Survivor and Big Brother. The idea of these "reality" shows is to throw together all types of people, force them to interact and watch them lose their minds. It reminds me of staring at my ant farm as a kid.
"We get the weirdest audience of anybody," says Nashville Pussy guitar goddess Ruyter Suys. "We attract the curious and the horny." What the hell do they expect? Their latest album, High As Hell [TVT], features Ruyter and ultra-bomb-shell, flame-throwing bass vixen Corey Parks [who recently departed the band] on the back cover performing oral sex, shotgun-style, with a smoking doobie.
British rock darlings make a go of it in the States.
"When the three of us get together," says Gaz Coombes, "it's more natural for us to have a bit of a laugh." Three Oxfordshire school chums with a penchant for rambunctious rock that fluidly weds the aggression of punk and the melody of Britpop with the mod style of bands like the Jam, Supergrass never come across as impressed with their stardom.
The Up in Smoke tour was a nonstop affair. Those who arrived early got to see Warren G, Snoop Dogg's Eastsidaz and Ice Cube. Not me. By the time I settled into my seat, comedian Alex Thomas was cracking up the crowd with his imitations of "old-school" hip-hop acts like Naughty By Nature.
Extending the concepts of Southern rock and vintage psychedelia, Warren Haynes is an authentic American guitar hero with vision and precision. Since serving an eight-year tenure with the All-man Brothers Band, he's proven to be one of the most versatile six-stringers to hail from the New South.
Some recordings appear out of the blue. Current case in point: The Legendary Marvin Pontiac on John Lurie's Strange and Beautiful Music indie label. Pontiac was born in 1932 to an East Coast woman and an African father [the family’s African name was changed to Pontiac when they moved to Detroit], After Marvin's mother was committed to a psychiatric institution, his father took him to Bamako, Mali, where he bathed in African sounds.
With 10 albums to their credit, Royal Trux have Bstablished themselves as consistent experimenters, provocateurs, rockers, paradoxes. They have broken alliances, sold out, dropped out, detoxed, dropped in and pulled off the Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle.
A decade and a half after debuting on record, Fishbone are still making delirious, unclassifiable music. While many of their L.A. peers have gone on to achieve a higher media profile, the 'Bone remain more of a cult favorite, renowned for their anything-goes live shows.
History repeats itself—the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. —Karl Marx It’s deja vu all over again. —Yogi Berra President George H.W. Bush was born to a political dynasty and learned how to play the power game with Machiavellian genius.
This month I invite you to view two beautiful gardens by two excellent gardeners. Maximizing factors like time and yield, utilizing space and watts for maximum benefit, and attention to every detail puts these gardens in the professional ranks.
HIGH TIMES: Four years ago you tried to make a distinction between hemp and marijuana and were reticent about appearing on the cover of HIGH TIMES. What made you change your mind? Woody Harrelson: Many of my friends felt that the issues couldn't be separated, and that it was important to talk about both.
will this lost emerald sea ever be discovered? perhaps not. some claim that it has indeed been found, but the intrepid explorers who made the discovery decided to Keep it to themselves as a sort of sensi-sanctuary, a place they can visit when the need to escape the claustrophobic ways of babylon becomes overwhelming.
Welcome to the original hipster generation— a must-read if you want to know where much of today's slang originally came from. Mezz Mezzrow participated in the creation of wildly original forms of costume, music, dance and gesture. But even more important, his generation invented the solo, which unleashed tremendous spontaneous creativity.
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.
Straight from Sensi Seeds in Amsterdam, this is Jack Flash. It has a distinct flavor like the old "Cali Skunk" I grew years ago B.F.C. Productions Florida's Finest Menu You’re looking at 15 pounds of primo smoke grown in a basement under 8000 watts of light.
So you finally went for it and bought that 1,000-watt high-pressure sodium system you've been wanting for so long. You're ready to upgrade from the 400-watt system you've been using, and decided to use your new and old systems together to maximize lighting.
First, I want to thank everyone for recent submissions, as the idea for this column started with a tip that came in by e-mail. Please, keep 'em coming! The last time I wrote about microbial agents was in the July '99 High Tech, and the only microbial agent available to indoor gardeners was Earth Juice Catalyst.
A friend of mine recently grew a beautiful basement full of flowers. He raised five different varieties with high-quality genetics. He's an experienced grower and needed no help from me. Everything was going great: The plants were super-stinky and the buds were growing larger.
EVER WANT TO DEVELOP A VARIETY OF YOUR VERY OWN? HERE'S HOW TO BREED THE EASY WAY.
Since there seems to be so much confusing information floating around concerning breeding high-quality strains, I've taken it upon myself to clear the air—and in plain English that your average basement botanist can understand and actually put to use.
What do you think of seed companies that advertise "female seeds?” Are those seeds "freaks of nature," as you call them in your book, where female flowers are forced to produce seeds? Are they OK to buy? Mutlaq, "The Southerner" Dear Mutlaq, Henk, owner of Dutch Passion, is the originator of the 100 percent female seed varieties.
Short days have forced all marijuana to finish blooming by now. The only plants that are still growing are in no-frost zones. Harvest should be in by now. Plan for next year: Order seed catalogs, surf the Internet for information on outdoor growing and new seeds for next year.
1-2-3 HYDROPONICS Here's a cheap, foolproof system that can be assembled easily for under $100—lights not included. THE CHRISTMAS BAKERY Let Santa's little helper guide you toward baking the very best Christmas munchies this holiday season.