Started by the Waldos of San Rafael High School in California in 1972, 420 has become a symbol of how the counterculture adapts to oppression. In much the same way that early Christians used the symbol of a fish to communicate with each other while being oppressed by the Roman Empire, 420 has become the secret stoner code used to communicate with members of the counterculture.
The March '01 issue is excellent, a keeper. Article after article of great stuff. Andrea the mermaid, an adequate dose of boobs'n’buds for me. The rest was pure learnin’: Cuba libré, Mud Cat Blues and Reefer, Smoking Joe interview, Kyle and Jorge hitting stride with great grow tips.
In 420 BC,Greek philosopher Socrates speculated on why children don't always resemble their parents. He often commented on the fact that sons of great statesmen were usually lazy and good for nothing. [Probably stoned, too.] On this day in 1931, Shirley Temple made her film debut at the age of four in Stand Up and Cheer.
Deadheads thought they flipped the script on a California police code, but 4:20’s origins are much simpler than that.
Deadheads remember it well. A flyer that told the story of 4:20. It circulated on Dead tour For several years starting in 1990. "It reached thousands and thousands of people," Cannabis Action Network director Debby Goldsberry reminisces.
In 1971, the Waldos all lived and went to school in San Rafael, California. The Grateful Dead and New Riders of the Purple Sage were basically a consolidated San Rafael-based organization. Waldo Mark’s father was a local real-estate broker who found the Dead places to rehearse and also found band members their homes in the Marin County hills.
WASHINGTON—By a 58-42 vote, the Senate confirmed John Ashcroft for attorney general Feb. 1. The former Missouri senator says escalating the Drug War will be one of his top three priorities. In his six years in the Senate, Ashcroft cosponsored legislation that would have banned publishing pot-growing information, blocked efforts to equalize the disparities between crack and cocaine sentences, and argued that providing drug treatment is indulging drug addicts.
ALBANY, NY—New York's Governor George Pataki, in his annual State of the State address on Jan. 15, called for revising the state’s Rockefeller laws, some of the harshest drug laws in the country. The laws, which force judges to sentence first-time nonviolent offenders convicted of possessing four ounces or more of cocaine or heroin to 15 years to life, have been largely responsible For the state prison population's rise from 13,000 in 1973, when they were passed, to over 70,000 today.
LANSING, Ml—According to a formal complaint released by Michigan on Jan. 18, former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson tested positive for marijuana in a urine test he took after a fight with Andrew Golota last October. While no action was taken by state regulators for the pot-positive, Tyson’s boxing license was suspended for 90 days and he was fined $5,000 for refusing to take a urine test before the October bout.
LITTLE ROCK, AR—House Bill 1303, which would allow seriously ill patients to utilize marijuana as part of their therapies, has recently been introduced to the Arkansas Legislature. The bill would allow patients who have a doctor’s recommendation to cultivate and use cannabis for a variety of illnesses, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, chronic diseases and multiple sclerosis.
NEW YORK—A top Mexican banker has filed a libel suit in New York against two reporters who accused him of smuggling cocaine. Roberto Hernandez, a stockbroker who bought financial giant Banamex from the Mexican government in 1991,charges that the "smear" has hurt his ability to do business.
TRENTON, NJ—In her final budget message to the New Jersey Legislature before assuming a post in President Bush’s Cabinet, Governor Christie Todd Whitman requested nearly $30 million to eliminate racial profiling in her state, a practice her attorney general admitted in 1999 was widespread among both state troopers and local police for nearly a decade.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA—Bolivia’s President Hugo Banzer Suarez has threatened Congressman Evo Morales for suggesting that if Banzer is really serious about combating drugs in the South American country, he ought to toss himself and several family members in jail.
SPRINGFIELD, IL-On Jan. 9, Illinois passed a bill (SB1397) requiring the University oF Illinois and Southern Illinois University to study the Feasibility and desirability of industrial-hemp production in the state. The bill also requires a report of the Findings to be Filed by Jan. 1, and that the universities acquire all Federal and state permits needed to legally grow industrial hemp For Fiber and seed production.
WASHINGTON—In the biggest protests at a presidential inauguration since Richard Nixon’s in 1973, thousands of demonstrators braved freezing rain and phalanxes of police on Jan. 20 to denounce the newly installed regime of George W. Bush.
Big Apple pot busts soar while cokeheads get free ride.
NEW YORK CITY—Up to 2,000 affluent cocaine buyers here are being given a free ride by federal authorities. In a case US Attorney Mary Jo White described as the largest cocaine delivery service charge ever brought to federal court, the Feds are declining to press charges against the service's customers.
Plan Colombia—the joint US-Colombian "counter-narcotics" operation funded by $1.3 billion in mostly military US aid—officially took effect with the new year. Elite Colombian army units prepared by Pentagon advisors are about to launch new offensives against guerrilla-held territory, mostly in the country’s southern jungles.
St. Paul: Super Crystal, "Some of the best buds I have ever smoked, strong sweet smell, the buds are completely covered in crystals, one or two hits of this mean green and I was in outer space. Good price": $55 1/2-oz; $100 oz; $300 1/4-lb. Tommy Buds, "Super-sweet and super-sticky, bright-green with orange hairs": $40 1/2-oz; $80 oz; $250 1/4-lb.
The US Supreme Court has agreed to review a US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that may establish a "medical necessity" defense against federal marijuana charges. "We have faith that when the Supreme Court considers this case on the merits, it will consider the needs of the patients who are suffering," says Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative director Jeff Jones.
Being high can impair people's driving skills, but pot-smokers often compensate by driving slower, according to a British government study released last December. Conducted by Transportation Research Laboratories in Wokingham for the UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the study—"The Influence of Cannabis on Driving"—tested 15 participants’ performance on a driving simulator after they’d smoked a placebo, low-THC pot, high-THC pot or hashish.
From the master artisans of ancient Venice to the stoners of the new millennium, glass is making its mark once again. Over the last decade, hand-blown glass smokeware has exploded—especially out of Eugene, OR—capturing the imagination of smokers around the world.
In Washington, DC, the Marijuana Policy Project is helping to pave the way for sensible marijuana laws.
WASHINGTON—They were both star students at Penn State University. Rob Kampia majored in engineering science. Chuck Thomas majored in psychology and graduated summa cum laude. But before his senior year, Kampia was busted for growing marijuana For personal use and served 90 days in jail, an event that dramatically changed the direction of his liFe.
BRUSSELS—Saying "there is no objective reason why cannabis should be treated differently from alcohol and tobacco," the Belgian government last January announced plans to decriminalize marijuana possession and cultivation for personal use.
CAMDEN, NJ—Ed Forchion, the "NJ Weedman" who twice ran for Congress on the Legalize Marijuana Party ticket and once sparked up a joint on the floor of the state Legislature, was sentenced to 10 years in prison last December for possession and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX Platform: PS1, Dreamcast Developer: Z-Axis Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment In the rush to cash in on the extreme-sports marketing craze, it seems that every video-game publisher has tried to release at least one "X" sports game.
At 420.com, the "ultimate pot recreation site," the "What’s 420?" section contains all the accurate information and history you could ever need. Here you can find the story of the first recognition by the media that there was a 420 movement occurring nationwide.
WASHINGTON—In between the blockbuster movie ads and dot-com entreaties, commuters in the nation’s capital were treated to pot-legalization posters on subways and buses for the month of January. "Why do kids go to jail for doing what politicians did when they were young?" asked one of the three ads.
The scientific method requires the highest principles.
I was over at my friend’s pad, puffing on a few joints and listening to a heated debate over which papers we should use to roll them, when I had a brainstorm. Why not go down to the local smokeshop, buy a pack of every brand in stock and try them all?
My grandmother suffered from constant pain and loss of appetite. A disease called scleroderma was killing her. The loss of appetite, in addition to difficulty chewing and swallowing, had led to severe weight loss. Her final months were spent in and out of hospitals and nursing homes.
BERKELEY, CA-Cannabis Action Network codirector Don Duncan, now almost 30, grew up the perfect Texas small-town boy, earning the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, attending church and aspiring to become a classical euphonium player. Life changed during college at the University of North Texas.
Over 30 years ago, Yippie leader Jerry Rubin told me that he had written his book Do It! on Ritalin. I thought he was talking about some newfangled electric typewriter, the Ritalin. I didn’t realize it was a prescription drug with speed-like qualities.
The War on Drugs is a failure and drug laws should focus on prevention, not incarceration. That was the conclusion New Mexico’s Drug Policy Advisory Group presented to Governor Gary Johnson in January. The advisory group, appointed by Johnson last year, called for an end to criminal sanctions for the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana by anyone over 18 years old.
April 9 FAMM Storytelling Night White Dog Cafe, Philadelphia With Families Against Mandatory Minimums Communications Director Monica Pratt and members of families affected by mandatory-minimum sentencing. 7:30 PM at the White Dog Cafe, 3420 Sansom St.
The morning air was filled with the sweet scent of flowers and fruit as I made my way down the well-worn path to the sea. The morning sun had yet to peek out over the palms and bathe the white, sandy beach with its light. Early morning is the time to be out in Jamaica.
British magazines are quicker to feature drug-related cover stories then those in the US. With mags like Loaded, Bizarre and Weed World, it’s not surprising. Recent issues of Q and Hotdog Focused on drugs in music and movies, respectively.
STEP INTO THE SMOKING CIPHER WITH HIP-HOP'S WEED WARRIORS, THE WU-TANG CLAN.
It’s Wu-Tang Clan's first record together in over five years and U-God’s birthday as well, so it’s no surprise that the Clan is in good spirits. I was welcomed at the undisclosed interview location by healthy clouds of smoke and empty bottles of Hennessy.
BLACK EYED PEAS STIR UP HIP-HOP IN THEIR MELTING POT.
When they named their second album Bridging the Gap, Black Eyed Peas chose something that captured both their background and intent as a band, expressing their mixed ethnicity and a desire to reach out beyond the traditional boundaries of hip-hop.
Rap-a-Lot's James Prince is no longer being hounded by the DEA, but Former Geto Boys ScarFace and Willie D. are still not happy.
It’s been a long, strange trip for the Rap-A-Lot record-company family in Houston. After a 12-year DEA investigation of the company and its CEO, James A. Prince, ended with no charges being filed, only days prior to the presidential election a federal drug-enforcement agent told a congressional committee that the investigation ended because Prince had made a substantial contribution to AI Gore's 2000 campaign.
Snoop Dogg is arguably West Coast hip-hop’s most important superstar MC, and The Last Meal [Doggy Style/No Limit], his fifth album, is his most popular release since 1993’s classic, Doggystyle. The Last Meal minimizes the sound of the underrated No Limit Top Dogg and maximizes the P-Funk style with which Snoop and Dr. Dre swept the nation.
T.C. Boyle’s eighth novel, A Friend of the Earth [Viking], is a deeply disturbing and grim tale. Viewed through the embittered eyes and disillusioned desperation of Tyrone Tierwater, a protagonist who takes no satisfaction from having been a militant eco-terrorist in the years before global warming transformed the planet into a wasteland of extinction, Boyle's apocalyptic topography of the future [circa 2025] is an existential survey of the darker warnings of environmentalism.
Whether he admits it or not, Robert Crumb is the "father" of underground comics and continues to shock, repulse and entertain us with his highly amusing work. The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 [Fantagraphics] compiles his work from the early '80s and, in particular, from Weirdo magazine, which Crumb edited.
Alan Bisbort and Parke Puterbaugh have never eaten acid, yet they have coauthored Rhino's Psychedelic Trip, a colorful and comprehensive history of LSD’s impact on the '60s. The 192-page narrative attempts to explain what the authors observed as teens, best exemplified in the chapter, "Two Rock Critics Who Never Took Acid Reminisce About the Late '60s."
"it seems to me curious, not to say obscene and thoroughly terrifying, that it could occur to an association of human beings drawn together through need and chance and for profit into a company, an organ of journalism, to pry intimately into the lives of an undefended and appallingly damaged group of human beings."
Ilka Pardinas from fly PR picks me up at LAX in her dilapidated '66 Mustang, and we take the scenic route through the freeways of Smogville back to her office. The extent of my sightseeing is a 10-minute tour of Griffith Observatory, the site of James Dean’s infamous tribulations in Rebel Without a Cause.
If I had $20 million like most record companies do, I could make any band on our label sell a platinum record. You take that enormous budget and spend it all on promotion— get stylists to make them look good, get them photographed, make a couple half-million-dollar videos, pay for airtime on all the major commercial radio stations, get them on television shows—and you’re going to sell a million records, guaranteed.
Andre Grossman has been taking high-quality photographs of marijuana for HIGH TIMES since 1986. You've seen his work in our features and centerfolds, and on some of our most popular covers. This is the first in a series of photo essays that mine the archives of some of our most popular photographers looking for photos that have never been printed, or that deserve a second look.
Come visit the massive fields of Bernard Rapaz, a Swiss farmer with a license to grow pot.
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Bernard Rapaz is the most renowned cannabis activist/grower in Switzerland. When he invited me and a few friends to visit his pot plantation in the country's French-speaking section, we accepted without hesitation. We rolled into Valchanvre ["Hemp Valley"], Bernard’s estate, at night.
Morale at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms [ATF] was reaching an all-time low early in 1993. The previous summer, the agency had botched a case against Randy Weaver in Idaho by killing Weaver's wife and son. [Weaver later collected $3.1 million in restitution.] Then came widespread accusations of sexual harassment inside the agency.
Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke raised eyebrows in 1988 when he called for a national debate on legalizing drugs. His statement came at the height of the '80s crack explosion and attendant Drug War escalation. Schmoke was re-elected twice before returning to his law practice in 1999. Now 51, he recently joined the board of the Lindesmith Center/Drug Policy Foundation.
HIGH TIMES: In 1988, you said that the Drug War had Failed and that we should consider all the alternatives. But by the time the media got ahold oF the story, they had you calling For drug legalization. Kurt Schmoke: It was a great learning experience, because I had not been involved with the national press before.
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.
This medical marijuana is "the cure for stink foot." It covers all odors and eases the pain! Mr. Puff-n-Stuff Santa Cruz, California Grown hydroponically from seed, these took three months exactly. I harvested just under a pound. I have another room for vegging, and have dreams of staging a perpetual harvest.
Every indoor cultivator knows that to be safe you must know how many amps are available on each circuit you are using. Never load a circuit with more than 90% of its rated capacity—leave 10% just to be safe. Timers are an integral part of the garden, and they have a load capacity that must not be exceeded as well.
Many people have trouble when starting seeds. They will sprout, grow a couple of inches, then fall over. This is usually caused by low light intensity, which causes the sprout to stretch in a search for more light. Low-light situations like windowsills are generally to blame.
HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT OUR CULTIVATION COMRADES ARE UP TO NOW.
I was sitting at my desk one day last November when my phone rang. On the other end of the line was a friend of a friend, asking if I would like to visit a garden in Delaware that weekend. "OF course," I said. "Just tell me when and where." He then told me that I would be contacted, and hung up.
Dear Growers, When you ask questions about plant health, please include as much information as possible. For example, if the leaves are turning color, note whether it’s only the old leaves, only the young leaves or both. How does the discoloration start and progress?
Direct seed in ground. Seeds planted now will require more care and water to become established. Plant seeds where they will receive regular care. By now, all danger of frost should be gone in all but the harshest climates. Transplant well-rooted seedlings and clones outdoors.
Following his devastating stroke last summer, Jack Herer, the uncrowned leader of the cannabis movement, has been on the hard road back to fighting form. Executive Editor Dan Skye visited the Hemperor at his home and reports on Jack’s extraordinary recovery.