Where would music be without marijuana? For one thing, there would be no jazz, the music that begat rhythm & blues and then rock’n’roll. Throughout the '20s and '30s, jazz musicians Frequently extolled the virtues of marijuana in wonderful swing-era reefer songs like “Sweet Marijuana Brown” and “If You're a Viper.”
The thanks of a grateful nation to you for an excellent magazine that somehow keeps improving! I especially appreciate the political coverage, information available nowhere else. The Preston Peet/Daniel Hopsicker piece on Barry Seal in December added some important pieces to that particular puzzle.
Even though strict control is exercised over most aspects of Cuban life, the love of cannabis still survives.
When I posed the idea to my close friends on the island, fear distorted their faces. Surely I was the devil. Who else would complicate their lives like this? All Cubans know the envelope, and this was something you just don’t push. “I think you’re with the DEA,” said one.
PHILADELPHIA—The Liberty Bell hasn't rung in more than 150 years, but the "torch of freedom” blazed there Nov. 4. "It is immoral to arrest people for owning vegetables,” proclaimed retired Penn State professor Dr. Julian Heicklen, 68, to about 50 demonstrators gathered for the Liberty Protest: Unity to End the Drug War at the historical site.
Though George W. Bush is loath to discuss his alleged drug use in his younger days, some of those who puffed with him have no qualms about coming clean. Former majorleague baseball pitcher Bill Lee told the Montreal Gazette that, back in 1973, the two rolled up a couple of doobies and smoked them together.
The War on Drugs is behind a crime spree by ex-cops in Quebec, home to the world's most violent biker war.
MONTREAL—It's like a bad scene out of Russia. Car bombs exploding in the streets. A crime reporter shot on his way to work, another kneecapped in front of his family. Daylight gun battles worthy of a John Woo movie. Welcome to daily life in Quebec, the wild frontier of North America’s War on Drugs.
When Mexico's president-elect Vicente Fox took office Dec. 1, he fulfilled his campaign promise to order a withdrawal of federal army troops from Chiapas, the violently divided southern state that is home to the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).
GILMAN FLIPS; CLINTON WAIVES HUMAN-RIGHTS STRICTURES Rep. Benjamin Gilman (R-NY), a key proponent of the Clinton Administration’s $1.3 billion "Plan Colombia” Drug War aid package, has come out against the plan—after it was already passed by Congress.
Four leaders in the battle for legalization offer their views.
With President Clinton gone and the passage of five new state drug-law-reform initiatives in last November’s election, HIGH TIMES asked several well-known reform advocates where they think the movement stands and where it is headed. The five initiatives concern medical marijuana in Colorado and Nevada, Forfeiture reform in Utah and Oregon, and drug treatment instead of prison time for simple possession of drugs in California.
US moves in to make the nation a staging area for the Drug War in Colombia.
Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori, at odds with the US since he decried the military components of President Clinton's Plan Colombia, was ousted this past Nov. 21. Little-known Congressman Valentin Paniagua has taken over, throwing the South American country into a financial and political quagmire that is sure to have it reaching out to Uncle Sam for assistance.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 26 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.
Three 'leaders' face jail for gathering without a permit.
The Rainbow Family, a loose network of hippie tribes and fellow travelers, has been gathering on National Forest lands every year since 1972. But the US Forest Service is demanding that the decentralized and communal Rainbow Gatherings assign leaders to sign official permits.
Sex, golf and rock'n'roll—what a concept! Now in its second year, the San-Francisco-based Schwing! manages to make golf look cool. The otherwise bland sport is dressed up with babes and rockers like J. Mascis and Incubus, all teeing up and getting down in 80 fairly slick pages.
Getting high isn’t the only thing you can do with the cannabis plant. Hemp can do all kinds of wonderful things for our modern world—replace wood pulp, provide fiber, serve as a source for building materials. However, one of the most ancient uses for the hempseed is food.
Portugal and Switzerland are the latest countries to ease their pot laws.
European nations are increasingly liberalizing their treatment of marijuana use, bucking prohibition in favor of more pragmatic and humane solutions. Five European nations have now decriminalized pot to varying degrees, with Switzerland looking to do so next.
PORTLAND, OR—John Sajo's modest home in an unpretentious neighborhood near Portland doubles as the headquarters for Oregon’s Voter Power. A massive wheelchair ramp leads patients to his front door. Oregon's approximately 1,000 card-carrying medical-marijuana patients are all invited to meetings and monthly barbecues here to learn the complexities of the state’s Medical Marijuana Act.
Pope consumes massive quantities to set world's record.
Last month we left off at the beginning of my World Pot-Smoking Record attempt. (See last month’s HIGH TIMES). The Pope Weasel Faithful will remember Sheila, the double-D degenerate nurse who was taking advantage of my incapacity. That minx was eyeing me from the moment I put my straitjacket on.
Just what does the everyday stoner look for in smoking products? Is it durability or the vanity of owning a color-changing glass art piece? Are smokers looking for six-foot bonghitting insanity or just plain old reliability? These pressing questions nagged me as I went deep undercover into the rough-and-tumble world of waterpipes hoping to crack the cosmic egg I refer to as “the collective stoner mind.”
Book charges scientists with nazi-like experiments on Yanomami.
Human experiments by US-Funded scientists caused the deaths of “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of Venezuelan Indians in 1968, a new book charges. Patrick Tierney’s Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon (W.W. Norton) says that the scientists, funded by the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), decimated the Yanomami Indians (who number some 20,000) by vaccinating them with a controversial live measles strain.
In 1989, on the same evening that Lucille Ball was about to undergo serious surgery, I had dinner at a Hollywood restaurant with Steve Allen. CNN’s entertainment reporter had made an appointment to meet Steve at the restaurant, and he interviewed him there—twice—once for if Lucille Ball survived the operation, and once for if she didn’t.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Platform: PS1 Developer: Neversoft Publisher: ActiVision If you're already playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater six hours a day, then I've got more bad news for your boyfriend/girlfriend. THPS 2 is here, and it's more addictive than its predecessor.
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Yes, it has been a long, strange trip. The recent announcement that Phish will no longer be touring brought back fond memories of my own experiences of traveling with the Grateful Dead. The magical lifestyle of journeying the countryside cooking for the beautiful children of the counterculture is something I sorely miss.
Bag off flour tortillas, 2 cups of cooked and mashed refried beans, 1/3 cup olive oil, 6 cloves finely chopped garlic, 2 diced tomotoes, 2 stalks of chopped green onions, 1 chopped yellow onion, 1 tbsp. chili powder, 1 tbsp. cumin, 1 cup Mexican salsa (from store or homemade), 1 cup sliced avocado, 1 cup grated Colby cheese, 1/4-oz fine ganja leaves or good buds.
February 15 2nd Anti-Drug-War Candlelight Vigil St. Louis County Justice Center, St. Louis, Missouri Feb. 15, 2000, found the US prison and jail population passing 2 million, with 45 cities holding observations. One year later, St. Louis NORML and Campaign Liberty will protest outside the “Injustice Center” from 6 to 8 PM, “for each unharmful gentle soul misplaced inside a jail."
From dancehall reggae to Rasta vibrations, Buju Banton's musical and ganja roots run deep.
“Open your eyes,” says Buju Banton, thrusting a few half-crumbled buds of fragrant vegetation into his visitor’s palm. Just moments after stepping through the red, green, gold and black gates of Aksum, the reggae superstar's studio compound in Kingston, Jamaica, it’s time to catch a fire.
Greg Dulli's taking a break from Afghan Whigs with his side project, Twilight.
“I always liked HIGH TIMES,” claims Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli. "They're a big fuck-you to the establishment.” A native of Cincinnati and now a resident of Los Angeles, Dulli grew up listening to his parents' Motown, Stax and Philadelphia soul records.
Fishbone cofounder gets blunted on his solo debut.
“Dirty Walt” Kibby loves to get high. “Every day, all day" is how Fishbone’s veteran trumpet player and vocalist characterizes his blunt-smoking tendencies.His resin-stained funk extravaganza, To Put It Bluntly (Triple X), couldn't be more to the point.
“What is music, m’love?” james Marshall Hendrix wrote in the liner notes of Electric Ladyland. “PUFF PUFF.” Needless to say, jimi Hendrix was stoned Free—a head of the highest order and an artist like no other. If you thought the Hendrix catalog must have been completely exhausted and there weren’t any more long-lost goodies left to be found, think again.
Before there was jazz, before there was rock, the Deep South's African-Americans were rolling to the sounds of rural blues. Stories of early jazz and pot have been told thousands of times, but what about the first blues musicians who were born in the Mississippi Delta, and later took their guitars to Chicago and became pioneers of rock'n'roll?
GUIDE TO THE CZARIST OCCUPATIONAL GOVERNMENT THE CREATURE THAT ATE THE CONSTITUTION
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How, how, how did we ever get ourselves in a predicament where an Oriental-style despot controls American medicine and most doctors fear to prescribe what they think best for their patients? Why, over 200 years after a war to liberate ourselves from a half-mad king, have we allowed our lives and health to come under the rule of a totally mad Czar?
It seems that the world of marijuana horticulture is going hydroponic more and more each year. With faster yields, no messy dirt and easy directions on the bottle, it's all very enticing. Hydroponics can be a great way to grow, if you don't get caught up in new-product hype.
Water expresses itself in so many ways. It boils. It roils. It surges. It flows. It floods. It can pour, spray, blast, spritz and splash. It can flush. It can douse. It can soak. It can shower. It can mist. Plus, there are so many textures of wetness.
One of San Francisco's psychedelic-music pioneers, "Country Joe" McDonald led the Fish before there was Phish. McDonald sang the marijuana chant at Woodstock and taught everyone how to spell F-U-C-K. He continues to release albums—his name has graced 32 of them over the years—and tour.
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.
Sweet and tasty. We call it Snakebite. Saint Sensi Upstate New York There were two plants like this grown for medicinal use. Natural fertilizers and LOTS of water yielded us 11 lbs., 3 oz. The smoke was very sweet, with a chronic high!! Larty & Sandy Redding, California This is Chamoru Gold, a strain I picked up from the BOBH seed company in Guam.
Home Director From IBM will control all of your home and garden appliances. This system allows you to program a PC interface from your computer which then sends commands to individual modules through the electrical wiring in your house. These modules act as timers that turn on and off your lights, fans, CO2 injectors, irrigation and anything else you want.
My friend Lou and I were ready to leave for the River Rave in Foxboro, MA. He says, “Wait, I’m gonna make some kif real quick.” “C’mon, man, we don’t have time,” I said. “Besides, we’ve got five different kinds of organic chronic.” “Settle down, it only takes a couple minutes.
Welcome to the world of growing small! The herbal bonsai carries with it the same satisfaction taken from growing traditional bonsai, with the added advantage that you can also get stoned off your little project. This makes the art more transcendental.
I put a seed in the ground about three weeks ago, watering every two days since. I put the seed a half-inch deep directly in the soil outdoors. The problem is, nothing is happening, no sprout, nothing. The soil was kind of clay-like, so I mixed it with potting soil and some humus.
The worst of the weather is gone! By now you should have seeds or clones in hand for your outdoor garden. • Check out HIGH TIMES for more outdoor grow tips. • Cultivate grow holes. Get up to the site nice and early, before anybody is suspicious of growing.
Many of the leading women of the marijuana movement convened at the Cannabis Cup to select the finest herb that the Dutch have to offer. They also contributed their own special passion to the Cup events. Valerie Corral, who leads WAMM, California's leading medical-marijuana provider, tells the story of ganja and the Goddess in Amsterdam.