Before fate dropped her onto the Drug War battlefield, Renee Boje pursued her dreams like millions of other young Americans. She put herself through college. She dreamt of success as an artist. She tried to better herself. That's the supposed promise of our country.
I have a cousin currently enrolled at Columbine and another who graduated in '99 (“Shadow of the Past,” May '01 HT). On Apr. 1, 1999, I was a visitor to the school. It was my spring break and I went with my eldest cousin to see what a big school was like.
Who are real the criminals of the Drug War? A beautiful, spirited woman named Renee Boje? Or the US government that wants her behind bars?
The night before I meet Renee Boje I get a disturbing phone call. She is on a silent retreat. She's not speaking. The tickle of panic. How, exactly, am I supposed to interview her? Am I going to get the silent treatment? I manage to sound unfazed by the development and assure the caller that I’m coming anyway, and will need someone to meet me at the Ferryboat landing when I arrive on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, where Renee lives.
30th Hash Bash kicks off Michigan legalization drive.
ANN ARBOR, MI—For 30 years now, the Hash Bash here has been an annual ritual for Michigan stoners. They pour onto the University of Michigan Diag to celebrate cannabis, demand its legalization and perhaps pass a discreet reefer. Organizer Adam Brook urged the crowd—which he estimated at 8,000—to be “as civil as possible and as disobedient as possible."
Supreme Court Bans Drug-Testing of Pregnant Women WASHINGTON—In a 6-3 decision handed down on March 21, the Supreme Court held that For hospital workers to perform a "diagnostic test to obtain evidence of a patient’s criminal conduct for law-enforcement purposes is an unreasonable search if the patient has not consented to the procedure.”
Anti-Drug Herbicide Kills Food Crops, Critic Says BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—Colombia’s human-rights ombudsman has issued a stinging critique of a USfunded coca-eradication campaign, saying that “indiscriminate” herbicide spraying had wiped out food crops across southern Colombia. Eduardo (ifuentes called for an immediate halt to all counternarcotics operations involving aerial herbicide spraying.
State Medical-Marijuana Bill Updates In Maryland, hearings were held on Senate Bill 705, which would exempt medical-marijuana patients and caregivers from arrest and prosecution. The proposal would also establish a registry to issue patient ID cards. In Massachusetts, lawmakers endorsed proposals to extend legal protections to patients who possess or cultivate marijuana to treat a debilitating illness.
Kentucky Governor Signs Hemp Study Bill Into Law FRANKFORT, KY—Kentucky's Hemp Bill, passed by a state Senate vote of 26-11 on March 7, was signed into law by Gov. Paul E. Patton on March 22. The new law establishes an Industrial Hemp Commission and will permit Kentucky's college agricultural programs to grow industrial hemp and study its potential value as a crop.
AUBURN, CA—Responding to Placer County prosecutors' announcement that they would not pursue a second trial against medical-marijuana activists Steve and Michele Kubby, Superior Court Judge John L. Cosgrove dismissed marijuana charges against the couple on March 2.
WASHINGTON—New leadership will guide NORML into the 21st century. Dr. Lester Grinspoon, retired Harvard professor and world-renowned marijuana authority, resigned in January as chair of the NORML Foundation's board of directors, and from NDRML’s board.
NEW YORK—In February, Amnesty International reported that torturers across the world are arming themselves with increasingly sophisticated equipment, and that the international trade in these devices is growing as armies, paramilitary groups and police scurry to purchase the latest technology.
Peace talks uncertain as Presidente Fox vows 'merciless' Drug War.
Completing a 13-day, 11-state motorcade from their jungle stronghold in Mexico's poor southern state of Chiapas, a delegation of 24 Zapatista comandantes arrived in the Federal District on March 8. They wore their trademark ski masks but left their rifles at home.
The Seattle Hempfest's upcoming 10th anniversary celebration will include over 100,000 citizens who will turn out to say "NO!" to the War on Drugs. It will feature four stages, hundreds of vendors, dozens of bands and legions of activists.
No, we didn't catch them in the act. But almost! On the set of lgby Goes Down, Claire Danes, who also smoked pot in Brokedown Palace and played one of the brats in Little Women, puts the final touches on a joint. Kieran Culkin, who recently showed up in She's All That, looks like he's already had a few hits.
You've probably noticed that something is missing out of your mornings. Probably it's indigestion—because Kathie Lee Gifford left the network airwaves last year. But your stomach probably turned again when you were forced to watch Spinning Out of Control on E! While you were bound and gagged, you got a chance to watch Gifford in a wretched performance as a self-obsessed actress with Jekyll and-Hyde traits-a warm-hearted sitcom mom on TV who displays wicked-witch tendencies off-camera.
White House Weasels Around Human-Rights Strictures
More Para-Army Cooperation
Venezuela, Ecuador Face Destabilization
As Colombia deploys more troops to rebel-controlled territory, the fragile peace process with leftist guerillas is at the brink of collapse. Troops armed and trained by the US under the $1.3 billion "Plan Colombia" are being prepared to invade the guerrilla-controlled demilitarized zone on the eastern edge of the Andes Mountains.
IQUITOS, PERU—Though the stated objectives of Plan Colombia are to end the production of cocaine and heroin and the 30-year civil war that has cost the lives of more than 35,000 Colombians, there may be a simpler reality: oil. There have long been rumors that somewhere between the vast oilfields of Venezuela and the third-rate shale-oil fields of the Peruvian Amazon’s northwest, there might lie the motherlode of South America's oil.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authorily 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.
The drawings look like doodles or hurried sketches. But they are significant for reasons other than artistic merit. Those who rendered the sketches had no idea what they were going to draw. They sat down with photographs placed face down in front of them and laid their hands on them.
FREE! Celebrating its 14th year and featuring the finest of Columbus' music on two stages, inflatable rides, and more, combined with political activity from high noon `til inky midnight. On the Ohio State campus at South Oval Mirror Lake: Contact: For a Better Ohio, 319 E. Hudson St., Columbus, OH 43202; phone, (614) 65-VOTE; e-mail, forab firstname.lastname@example.org june 3 6 de Dordfse Weedcup Dordrecht, Holland This cannabis event takes place on a big ship.
Drug War proponents such as Former Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey are Fond oF declaring that the debate over marijuana policy should be guided by "science." Don’t bet on it. Since the 1970s, more than a dozen government-appointed commissions—including those in the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia—and several prestigious independent panels have reviewed the scientific evidence surrounding the effects of marijuana, and issued public-policy recommendations regarding its use.
Feds Bust Rave Promoters for On-Premise Ecstasy Use
NEW ORLEANS—Federal prosecutors here say they will try to obtain new indictments against "rave" promoters James D. Estopinal (a.k.a. Disco Donnie), Robert Brunet and his brother Brian Brunet for allowing drug use at parties they ran.
UKIAH, CA—When Dan Hamburg First heard about Measure G, an initiative to let Mendocino County residents grow up to 25 marijuana plants For personal use, he was skeptical. use, “I thought, ‘jesus Christ, this is crazy. We’ll never get this through,”’ recalls Hamburg, a Former Congressman who was the G campaign’s spokesperson.
Washington couple wins lottery days after pot bust
CLARKSTON, WA—“I was trying to Figure out a way to get up money,” Paula Goodwater, 25, recalls. She’d just spent two days in jail, busted along with her husband For growing 110 marijuana plants under their house here, and was trying to raise $1,000 to bail him out.
More than two months into his presidency, George W. Bush had not yet named a drug czar. Attorney General John Ashcroft, a devout prohibitionist, along with several Drug Warriors in Congress, the media and the Christian right, has espoused the line that the Clinton administration was "soft on drugs," and Bush must be tougher.
Sometimes it helps to vent-even if it's 30 years after the fact.
Well, I thought you’d get a charge out of the fact that I'm pissed off at something you did almost three decades ago that I just now discovered. In the new collection of your old letters, Fear and Loathing of Fear and Loathing, you sent a letter to jann Wenner in 1974 about Bend in the River, a grass-roots conference in Oregon that Ken Kesey was organizing.
Looking to accessorize your sex life while maintaining your support for the hemp movement? Then look no further than Hustler Hemp Exotic Love Oil™ with hempseed oil. The makers claim that the exotic love oil will allow you to "unlock the mystical powers within.”
James Bong is a master spy who skates, snowboards, skydives and puffs his way through danger. He even has his own signature self-intro: "My name is Bong. James Bong.” He’s the stoner’s answer to Agent 007 and he’s licensed to chill! Join James and his entourage oF sexy Bong Girls as they embark on a perilous mission to save the Queen oF England in the wacky adventure/comedy Secret Agent 420.
What’s the old saying? “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t get stoned.” Something like that. But as long as we’re talking about stoned glass, let’s talk about art, in the form of stained glass. Award-winning craftsmen Steve Phipps and Greg Aja have been producing unigue stained-glass windows, lamps and wall hangings since 1981.
A stoner is a stoner is a stoner, whether you're wrapped in robes roaming the desert or wearing trendy duds. Our needs are the same. We need to get high and we need some sort of vessel in which to burn. The jordhuga is a traditional method of smoking hashish that dates back thousands of years to nomadic Afghani tribes.
As reggae culture spreads, it's worthwhile to remember the roots.
From the time Columbus stumbled into the island of jamaica, the destiny of the human tribes around the world was forever altered. Columbus and those who followed him enslaved and relocated the African peoples to pick the cotton and the sugar cane of the New World.
Ingredients 1 lb angel hair pasta 1 bunch asparagus (cooked) 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter 1/2 stick butter or margarine 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 3 cloves chopped garlic 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp coriander powder 1 cup chopped green onion l/4-oz Fine ganja leaf or 1/8-oz bud Take the ganja and heat it in butter in a double-boiler pot over a moderate flame for about 20 minutes.
All Access takes you backstage to an all-star concert on a huge screen with incredible sound, All for 10 bucks.
For Peter Shapiro, it's been a long, strange trip. The owner of New York's hemp-friendly rock club Wetlands and producer of the Deadhead documentary Tie Dyed has truly hit the big time with his new IMAX movie, All Access. Starring Sting, the Dave Matthews Band, Santana, Kid Rock, George Clinton, Sheryl Crow and Macy Gray, All Access is 64 minutes of unadulterated live music.
Southern Culture on the Skids reveal stoner secrets from their white-trash past.
Rick Miller is the contaminated wellspring From which Southern Culture on the Skids Flows. “You got to have an eye For the details,” says the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist For the world’s premier white-trash band. His own personal details—a misalignment oF angular, six-Foot-Four body parts topped by a head seemingly dusted with the genes oF terrified billy-goats chased through the hills of his native North Carolina—bring to mind Abe Lincoln’s evil twin thumbing through an old copy of Playboy.
Tom Waits joins the veteran blues man on his 25th album.
The sound is dirty and smoky and smells like whisky. Dark traces of country blues linger in rhythms that tumble drunkenly through a primitive cityscape. This is John Hammond’s Wicked Grin. Foralmost 40 years John Hammond has been working traditional country blues, wailing on steel guitars with bottlenecks and a hand like a claw hammer.
After five albums and several label shifts, the Black Crowes' scintillating sixth, Lion, on their new label V2, bristles with fresh ideas. Lion signifies many things: a long mane of hair, the king of the Serengeti, a symbolic reference to Bob Marley, the Iron Lion Zion.
Power Spike: Pro Beach Volleyball Platform: P51 Developer: [arapace Publisher: InIoqrames Entertainment Infogrames has been consistently releasing quality video games for some time now. Here's an exception. Power Spike can't match up to the rest of their impressive lineup.
A truly deranged site with a slow loading time. It makes up for it with a multitude of waiting screens and a library featuring tons of animated shorts and interactive cartoons. Drill rotten teeth as a virtual dentist. Control Polly the Kleptomani ac Parrot, who cant settle for crackers alone.
HIGH TIMES' alternative to the Oscars, the Stonys, may someday give the Academy Awards a run for its money.
Stony Winners: Traffic, Road Trip and Grass took the highest honors.
the stony winners circle
For the 2nd Annual Stonys, HIGH TIMES’ Film Awards show, we hoped to build upon the modest success of the first one. Awards would be given in eight categories: Best Movie, Stoner Movie, Actor, Actress, Pot Scene, Documentary, Soundtrack Album and a new category, Stoner of the Year.
Cheech & Chong reunite to accept their Lifetime Stony Achievement Award.
CHONG: (Looking at the trophy) This is nice—very nice. But not as nice as the glass we’re selling in the lobby. I want to thank HIGH TIMES for giving us an outlet in the magazine world. It’s the only magazine of its kind that has promoted pot almost as long as I have.
Your plants are what they eat. Fertilizer in too high or too little a concentration can spoil a few months' work in no time. It is also important that plants get the right nutrients at particular stages at growth. Read on to learn how to give your plants the Food they need.
Mobil and Immobile Nutrients
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v‘î Nutrients are elements that plants need to live. Plants absorb carbon, hydrogen and oxygen From air and water. They absorb other elements From the growing medium and nutrient solution. Supplemental nutrients supplied in the Form oF Fertilizer allow marijuana cultivated under highintensity-discharge lights to reach maximum potential.
Smoking with what? is probably going to be the reaction of many readers. It was certainly my reaction when someone first suggested I take a toke from an apple pipe. I first found out about it from a friend of mine. He told me he had recently visited some friends in France for a few days.
The perfect pathogen has arrived, millions are at risk and Planet Earth will never he the same. The advent of widespread mad-cow disease—and the corresponding human epidemic of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease—has nations on high alert. Naturally, the US and the billion-dollar beef industry continue to deny mad cows exist in America, but our government's own data prove they do.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
CJD and nvCJD
A Different US Strain?
Big Beef and USDA
What Goes Around, Comes Around
Got Mad Milk?
Vaccines and Blood
Every' so often, a plague comes along with the power to shape nations. Such a plague is mad-cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE], recognized as an expanding worldwide epidemic. Tests in Europe where, until the crisis broke, most countries routinely fed recycled cattle corpses to millions of live cattle, have revealed numerous cases in addition to the 177,000 confirmed in Britain, which has incinerated nearly five million cows as a result of the crisis.
For some, joining the counterculture was simply a matter of attending the right events. Two experts offer
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their nominations for which of these events were the most significant.
EXORCISING THE PENTAGON
In 1966, while a longhaired young panhandler stood at the corner of Haight and Ashbury—asking passersby, "Can you spare a quarter to expand my consciousness?'ߞthere was an ecological renaissance in progress. Although hundreds of thousands of gal lons of milk were being dumped daily by farmers in 25 states, the San Francisco Diggers were feeding their community at no cost.
At the 2nd Annual Stonys, HIGH TIMES had the honor of presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to one of America’s greatest living documentary filmmakers, D.A. Pennebaker. Known best for Don’t Look Back; his 1867 portrait of Bob Dylan; Monterey Pop in 1969; and The War Room, his Oscar-nominated portrait of the Clinton presidential campaign, in 1993, Pennebaker has also captured David Bowie, in Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, and the raw experiments of the Plastic Ono Band in John Lennon.
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.
I use two 43O-watt Son Aqro bulbs and 5-quart buckets with Black Gold, vermiculite. perlite. worm castings, greensand, bonemeal and Earth Juice nutrients. Lady's Room Productions San Francisco This is the "Chronic," figuratively and literally.
Here’s a self-contained growing system that’s very popular in Australia. It’s a high-yield indoor hydroponic system called Turbo Tank. All Turbo Tanks come with pump and irrigation Fittings, heater, root mat, rockwool, nutrients and instructions.
Purchase a humidome and turn your Turbo Tank into a Turbo cloning machine. Units can handle From 12-96 cuttings at one time. The constant flow of heated water below the cuttings warms the cubes, which is vital for rapid rooting of clones. The super-oxygenated nutrient solution encourages roots to grow in as little as Five days&—with outstanding growth, ready for planting in only seven days.
Here we are again, entering the secret laboratory of my friend Dr. Calyx. As you can see, the garden has been moved to a safer and larger location. In last February's article, you saw how the reflector was bent to fit in the tiny closet, and there were too many plants crammed together.
I'm traveling to Amsterdam and need some advice on the basics, like where to eat, sleep and, most important, smoke. I'm interested in the best the city has to offer, but am also on a tight budget. Do you know about any events going on there this summer?
Transplant well-rooted seedlings and clones outdoors. Bury them all the way up to their first set of true leaves. The subterranean stem will grow roots. Make sure to harden-off. Place a board or plastic at the bottom of the planting hole in fast-draining soil to form a reservoir under roots.
Our intrepid cultivation reporter Kyle Kushman storms the West Coast looking for buds and adventure. This article takes you inside several California medical gardens where benevolent providers grown top-shelf medicine for people in need.