After three days of speeches and partying, Keith Stroup declared the 29th annual NORML Conference in Washington during the occasion of 4/20 "the best NORML conference ever." Stroup should know. He founded the organization in 1970, stepped down in 1979 and returned in 1995.
The cover photo of Jack Herer brought a huge smile to my face ("Jack’s Back," Jun. ’01 HT). Jack is a hero to most in the marijuana movement, and I’m so happy to see him back in action. As is true with a lot of people, The Emperor Wears No Clothes is my bible, and is the most worn-out book in my library.
It was just after dawn on August 29 of last year when Alex White Plume was awakened and served with a search warrant. His fields were being raided. He dressed hurriedly and ran down to where his two acres of hemp were being hacked and hauled away by DEA and FBI agents, federal marshals, and members of the Shannon County Sheriffs Department and Indian police agencies.
WASHINGTON, DC—The results of a new study that appeared in the March 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association indicate that the “crack baby” scare of the late ‘80s and early '90s was largely overblown. The scare, which had a whole generation of women who used crack during pregnancy producing biologically, emotionally and intellectually inferior children, has not been borne out by reality.
NYPO PEPPER-SPRAYS POT PROTESTERS AT 2001 SPACE DOYSSEY RALLY.
NEW YORK CITY—"It was the most powerful and inspirational marijuana rally I've been to. It’s the first year we actually stood up and said to the cops, ‘hey, get the fuck out,’" said Josh Twelve of White Plains, NY. Twelve’s friend Nick Rie was one of numerous victims of brutal behavior by New York City police May 5, at the “2001: A Space Odyssey” pot-legalization protest.
SAN FRANCISCO—California’s Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, passed with a convincing 61% percent of the vote last November. It is slated to become state law on July 1. Nonviolent firstand second-time offenders convicted of drug possession will be placed on probation and ordered into a drug-treatment program tor up to one year, rather than being put in prison.
THE AMTRAK/DEA PARTNERSHIP: SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—In a collaboration reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1384, the Albuquerque, NM Amtrak office has been giving passenger information to the local Drug Enforcement Administration in the hopes of catching drug couriers and earning a 10% split of any money seized from drug suspects arrested on its trains.
MONTREAL—The headlines in Canada’s newspapers promised a major breakthrough for medical-marijuana activists. “Pot-smoking rules relaxed under new plan," said a headline in the country’s largest newspaper. "Pot rules to exempt ill, their caregivers from law," declared another headline.
WASHINGTON—After delaying the decision for three months, President George W. Bush has picked a drug czar who even Barry McCaffrey thinks is too hardline. Bush’s choice, John Walters, 49, was a top deputy to William Bennett, drug Czar under Bush's father.
SEATTLE—On any given day in Seattle, Dominic Holden can be spotted in his shiny green "power pants” and Hempfest cap handing out fliers and postering the streets. A city native, the 23-year-old single gay organizer describes himself as a cross between a hippie, a raver and a Washington lobbyist.
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.
Those rope-like cords of hair, immortalized for many by the late Bob Marley, are cropping up again everywhere—and it’s not just an irie phenomenon. Hair salons from Amsterdam to Los Angeles, Toronto to Tokyo promise instant dread manes for anyone willing to spend $400-plus and a day in a beauty salon dealing with back-combing and beeswax.
July 4 Rally, March and Concert to End Marijuana Prohibition Lafayette Park, Washington, DC DC's 32nd annual Fourth of july rally starts at “high noon” in Lafayette Park, on the north side of the White House, with a march at 3 PM. Act responsibly.
Desperate people do desperate things. IF there were any lessons to be learned from medical marijuana’s day before the high court, it was that the opposition has become more desperate than ever. Two battles took place on March 28. There was the long-awaited legal showdown inside the courtroom pitting the Justice Department against the proprietors of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative and the seriously ill patients they represent.
All right, class, today we’re going to focus on the Great Drug War at the turn of this century, specifically the notorious Plan Humboldt, a counternarcotics and crop-substitution program funded by the government of Colombia. It seems that, because the Colombian people enjoyed smoking the highly potent marijuana grown in Humboldt County, the Colombian government gave $1.3 billion to help the United States stop the flow, including herbicide spraying at the source.
As Tim Leary used to say, every epoch gets the drugs it deserves. For instance, the ‘60s, age oF peace, love and do-your-own-thing, got weed; the '80s,a decade oF dog-eat-dog, Reaganomics and paranoia, got cocaine. I think every age also gets the heroes and villains it deserves.
SAN FRANCISCO-Five years after the passage of Proposition 215 and with a Supreme Court decision on the medical-necessity defense pending, California continues to wrestle with the issue of how much marijuana is allowable for medical use and how patients can get it.
After all the hype the First Bubba cup generated, I decided to make a Few calls to set up Bubba #2. For those oF you who don’t know what the Bubba Cup is all about, you basically call up all your Friends and everybody brings whatever buds they have, and you throw a big pot party.
I First heard the Ramones in the summer of 1976. Their radical simplicity was a revelation, rock-’n’roll stripped down to eighth-note guitar downstrokes and bass hammer-ons. Two months later, I saw them open for Talking Heads at Max’s Kansas City.
Bill “Spaceman” Lee blames '78 Red Sox manager Don Zimmer For blowing a 14-game lead and losing the American League pennant to the New York Yankees. In an ESPN Radio interview, the Former pitcher even claimed that Zimmer “threw the 78 season to the Yankees, and now he has a cushy job.”
On April 24, Marc Emery, Vancouver seed-meister and publisher of Cannabis Culture, had a very public meltdown that should make readers think twice before ordering seeds From him. Annoyed with some Flaming he was getting over the quality of his seeds, Emery responded on cannabisculture.com in the “Seeds and Strains” section, a Forum For which he is the moderator, under the title: "Marc caught in avalanche??” Emery’s post began with a response to a comment, since deleted from the Forum, regarding his losing clients over bad seeds: “First oF all, we are not losing customers at all.
Back in April, Aaron Sorkin, the Emmy-winning writer For The West Wing, was busted at Burbank Airport in California For trying to skip through security with psilocybin mushrooms, cocaine and pot in his carry-on luggage. (Gee, that doesn’t sound like it was in the script.) AFter being released on $10,000 bail, Sorkin said in a statement that he was "Fortunate to be surrounded by a supportive group oF people."
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream has always had a flair for naming their luscious ice cream. You’ve got Chunky Monkey and Chubby Hubby. And you’ve got the rock-star tributes like Cherry Garcia and Phish Food. Now Ben & Jerry’s, makers of some of the all-time top, all-natural treats in the history of the cosmos, have unveiled their newest creation.
When you bake cookies, are they thematically correct? Do they shape up? Gr are they just ordinary, run-of-the-mill, unexciting round cookies. Boring!! Get with the program and start baking cookies the cannabis-ly correct way with the Cannabis Cookie Cutter™.
New study links body’s cannabinoid receptors to appetite.
While hunger cravings might inevitably follow a toke, why that’s true hasn’t been well understood. Until now. In a study published in the April 12 issue of Nature, scientists have Found that THC is part of a lock-and-key set of brain chemicals integral to appetite.
I got a call from Mikey-san and Aja at 420 Tours in New York City. They wanted me and Pot Star to host a Jamaica tour on April 20th—the Big 4/20.1 appreciated the numerology, so naturally I agreed. The next thing I knew, I was sitting outside the international terminal at Montego Bay, or MoBay, waiting to catch the tour bus to Negril.
Ingredients 2 cups Flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 beaten eggs 2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg 1/2 cup Fresh pineapple chopped into small pieces Extract about 1/3 cup oF pineapple juice From the pineapple (You can substitute 1 #2 can oF crushed pineapple w/juice.) 1/4-oz top-grade jamaican buds 1/2 stick butter To prepare the buds, use a double-boiler pot, one pot that fits inside the other separated by water.
Hank Williams III blows up the HIGH TIMES party at 5X5W.
It was Hank III week at South by Southwest (5X5W) in Austin this past March. Hank Williams III, the grandson of Hank Sr. and son of Hank Jr., kicked off the festivities with successive shows at the Continental Club two days before the four-day music festival/trade conference began and finished things off with a late-night 5X5W-ending show back at the Continental.
Boulder's best band has a new album out and a summer tour that should not be missed.
Independent spirit is the benchmark of the new millennium. You see it everywhere, From the protests against globalization in Seattle and Quebec City to the new anticorporate stance taken by rock bands. String Cheese Incident is at the top of that list.
GATHERING OF THE VIBES—June 29-July 1; Red Hook, NY (new location); Gth yr; featuring Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bruce Hornsby, Disco Biscuits, Les Llaypool, Dickey Betts, Steve Kimock, Max Creek, StrangeFolk, Merl Saunders, John Scofield, Soul Live, The Wailers, Tom Tom Club and more; $120 For 3 days Includes camping,$60 per day; no dogs; gath erinqofthevibes.com NATIONAL RAINBOW GATHERING—July 1-7; somewhere in eastern Washington/northern Idaho TBA; 31st yr., commune with your brothers and sisters In the National Forest; donations accepted; welcomehome.org/rain-bow.html 4TH OF JULY SMOKE-IN—July 4; National Mall, Washington, DC; 32nd yr.; DC NDRML Invites you to the nation's capital to rally For marijuana legalization; Featuring the Almighty Senators, Soldiers oFJah Army, the Smoke-in All-Stars; (202) 887-5770, FourthoFiuly.org HIGH 5IERRA—July 5-8; Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Quincey, CA; 11th yr.; hour and a halF NE oF Reno, NV; Featuring Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, moe., Little Feat, Leftover Salmon, Spearhead, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, 5teve Kimock Band, Jazz Mandolin Project, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Keller Williams Trio, The Slip, Mike Clark's Prescription Renewal w/Charlie Hunter, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Dlu Dara, Laura Love Band, Cabaret Diosa, Smokin’ Grass and more; $130/4 days, $110/3 days; $90 Sat./Sun.; no dogs; hsmusic.net STARWOOD 2001—July 17-22; Brushwood Folklore Center, Sherman, NY; 21styr.; pagans of all ages gather in Western New York; Jay Featuring jay Stevens and more; no dogs; $140; (800) 446-4962, rosencomet.com FINGER LAKES GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & DANCE-July 19-22; Trumansburg Fairgrounds, Trumansburg, NY; 11th yr.; 10 miles north of Ithaca on Cayuga Lake; more than 60 bands, including Donna the Buffalo; $70 For adults, $30 For 13-16-yearolds, 12 and under Free; (607) 387-5098, qrassrootsfest.org WOMAD USA-July 27-29; Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA; 4th yr.; $75 For 3 days, $35 per day, children under 12 Free with adult; womadusa.org ROCKYGRASS—July 27-29; Planet Bluegrass Ranch, Lyons, CO; 29th yr.; bluegrass in the Rockies, Featuring Old and In the Way tribute, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Tim O'Brien & Darnell Scott, Tony Rice, Nickel Creek and more; $90 For 3 days, $40 Sat. or Sun., $35 Fri., children until 12 Free with adult; camping Fee; no dogs; (800) 624-2422, (303) B25-084B, blueqrass.com REGGAE ON THE RIVER 2001—Aug.
Back in 1992, a couple dozen HORDE tour vets gathered at CBGB to see Five unsigned Virginia musicians make their New York City debut. None one could have predicted that the Dave Matthews Band would become both a touring behemoth and a Billboard juggernaut.
In 1997, the phanatics at the not-for-profit Mockingbird Foundation began distributing set lists at Phish shows. Four years later, with written contributions by more than 1,000 Phish-heads, The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and Their Music (Miller Freeman) hit the bookstores.
In BMT: The Spirit Molecule (Park Street Press), Rick Strassman recounts his experiments with N,N-dimethyltryptamine, better known as the psychedelic DMT. Beginning in 1990, Strassman, who is a proFessor of psychiatry, administered approximately 400 doses intravenously to 60 volunteers at the University of New Mexico’s School oF Medicine in Albuquerque.
Two bright lights from the Summer of Love are currently shining on stage and screen. The theatrical production of Love Janis, based on the book by janis Joplin’s sister, Laura, immortalizes the Texas Tornado. Since the role of Janis was apparently too much for one woman, the play features one actress as the talking Janis and another as the singing Janis.
Get ready Simpsons Fans, America's Favorite cartoon family is coming to a video-game console near you. Watch as all your Favorite characters, like local boob Homer Simpson, flamboyant personal assistant Wayland Smithers and the ever-popular Bumble-bee Man, duke it out for the chance to be crowned Springfield's wrestling champion.
From cover-ups to mind control, Uncle Sam and his henchmen always seem to be holding a smoking gun. Get the scoop on all kinds of secrets and deception in the vast library of knowledge readily available on the Net. You’ll never trust anything again.
Sure, you can point to either the sitting Republican governor, the congressman or the big-city district attorney addressing the troops as signs of progress, as many indeed did during the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws conference this April in Washington.
California's Medical Supergrowers THE SPICE BROTHERS
I often sit in my cubicle, staring at my computer, wondering where my next story will come from. As you might guess, marijuana growers aren’t signing up in the lobby to have their operations photographed. Recently a fellow contacted me and asked if I was interested in an education on medical marijuana.
Ten years ago this month, a journalist who claimed to have uncovered evidence of government-sanctioned drug running and money laundering was found dead in West Virginia. In 1991, few believed his tale, but today Danny's "Octopus" looms bigger than ever.
Danny Casolaro, a Washington-based investigative journalist, dubbed his probe of organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering, pirated software and other nefarious activities “the Octopus.” Just prior to his death on August 10,1991, Casolaro ecstatically told friends he would be traveling to Martinsburg, VA to bring back the head of the Octopus.
Adding CO2 enrichment to your indoor garden can significantly increase its productivity and maximize your yields. CO2 supplementation causes plants to produce more foliage with larger, heavier, denser buds, and can reduce growing and flowering time by several weeks.
GETTING ARRESTEO SIX TIMES FOR PROTESTING ALMOST COST TERENCE HALLINAN HIS LEGAL CAREER. YET, AFTER STINTS AS A PEFENSE ATTORNEY ANO PUBLIC OFFICIAL, HE WAS ELECTEO DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF SAN FRANCISCO IN 1995 ANO RE-ELECTED IN 1999. A SUPPORTER OF PROP 215, HALLINAN FAVORS BUYERS’ CLUBS THAT PROVIDE MARIJUANA TO PATIENTS. HE ALSO SUPPORTS ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING OF DRUG OFFENDERS. BETWEEN CONSULTING ON A MURDER CASE AND A UNION NEGOTIATION IN HIS BUSY OFFICE, HALLINAN FOUND TIME TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS FOR HIGH TIMES. HIGH TIMES: You come From a long line of progressives and Fighters For human rights.
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 is a room full of Sweet Tooth or Strawberry Blond. It might be Chemo though, shit, I’m so stoned I can’t remember. Mad Mike My Own Sweet Heaven Ganja is a celestial herb that provides anti-Satanic botanical compounds. They bring wisdom to those who truly love, love.
This gadget is a godsend from B.C. that is guaranteed to reduce growroom electricity bills anywhere from 5% to 40%. It is most effective when used in conjunction with a 10-light (10,000-watt) or bigger garden. I've been watching this little box for more than a year.
A Funny thing happens when you grow your own weed. Life becomes easier. Simpler. Happier. You lose that alarm dock in your head that goes off when you’re running out of weed, "gotta go cop again.” Life slows to an enjoyable pace, and suddenly you realize that you didn’t put aside enough head stash.
This is an easily built and handy way to have a growth/cloning chamber in full view, yet unassumingly integrated with its surroundings. Properly built, the “gro-cube” can raise plenty of clones and support growth until the young plants are ready to be flowered.
Dear Eager Traveler, Get ready to book a flight! Currently it is legal to grow cannabis, but it is illegal to use it (publicly) as a drug. They have been producing and selling cannabis in “smelling bags,” “herbal pillows,” “dried Flower arrangements,” “ornamental plants,” etc.
Water! Water becomes critical this month in most climates. Water now can make the difference between a fair crop and a great crop. Water-stressed plants wilt, grow slowly and produce less. Protect From wind and excessive sunlight. Wind dries plants and surplus sunlight heats the plant too much.
Let s be honest: the best pot spot in the world is probably where you’re toking up right now. But if you had the dough, where would you go to smoke a nug? HT travels to India, Australia, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, Jamaica and a host of other top pot spots to check out the local smoke in exotic locales.