Every Thanksgiving at the Cannabis Cup Awards in Amsterdam, someone is inducted into the HIGH TIMES Counterculture Hall of Fame. Last year, it was Ina May Gaskin, founder of the modern midwife movement. She joined Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong, Mezz Mezzrow, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs.
I started reading HIGH TIMES because of my love of pot, but I really got into your government corruption and conspiracy articles. It seems strange that you encourage the viewing of pot-related Websites considering the power of the government.
Actor Woody Harrelson tours the Northwest in an all-natural, organic caravan.
America is a nation in distress. Our once-proud democratic republic is now a military regime used by corporate capitalist thieves to plunder the planet. But, we can change the course of the world if we, acting as individuals, practice non-cooperation with evil and embrace a life with a light spiritual and ecological footprint.
WASHINGTON—In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision rejecting the medical-necessity defense for marijuana distribution by buyers' clubs, the medical-marijuana movement is likely to focus on trying to change federal law and encouraging patients to grow their own.
SAN RAFAEL, CA—Marin County District Attorney Paula Kamena easily won a recall attempt on May 22, by a 6-to-1 margin. “The voters have said they will not be misled and deceived in letting the DA’s office become a puppet of politics,” a jubilant Kamena told supporters and the press.
Former dictator and cocaine trafficker Hugo Banzer, now the democratically elected president of Bolivia, kisses Uncle Sam’s ass on the issue of coca eradication, to the detriment of his people. And why not? He’s already made his billions.
Over 300 Bolivian peasant coca-growers (cocaleros), mostly Aymara Indians, marched on the capital of La Paz on April 23 to demand an end to forced eradication of their crops. Also demanding agrarian reform and water rights, the "March for Life and Sovereignty of the Peoples”—a 200-mile cross-country trek from Cochabamba—was publicly warned away from the capital by Interior Minister Guillermo Fortún, who thundered, “I said: you're not going to arrive marching!" More than 1,500 cocaleros from the cocagrowing regions of Cochabamba and Los Yungas formed feeder marches from their villages, but were repeatedly blocked and attacked by police, who threw tear gas and arrested hundreds.
NEW YORK CITY—The Narco News Bulletin, the Website devoted to exposing the hypocrisy and horrors of the War on Drugs in Central and South America—reporting that is almost nonexistent or terribly biased in the major US media—began its march to trial for libel in New York on April 24.
BOISE, ID—On March 29, two daredevil activists rappelled from the top of a building in Idaho’s capital, Boise, and dropped a giant banner reading: “BOISE-CASCADE: AN AMERICAN DISGRACE.” It was the eve of controversial hearings on legal challenges to the US Roadless Policy, a last-minute Clinton administration move to halt further road building in the national forests.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—"We meet today when the signs are all around us that we are beginning to prevail," outgoing American Civil Liberties Union Director Ira Glasser told the Lindesmith Center/Drug Policy Foundation’s annual conference here in his opening remarks May 31.
Feds demand list of leftist news Website's contacts during Quebec protests.
Silja J.A. Talvi
SEATTLE—On April 21, as demonstrations unfolded in Quebec City, Canada, against the Free Trade of the Americas Agreement, volunteers at the Independent Media Center in Seattle were industriously sending reportage out to the IMC’s international network of Websites (indymedia.org).
VANCOUVER—Provincial elections on May 16 in British Columbia yielded 52,000 votes for the Marijuana Party’s first foray into the electoral process. With candidates running in every electoral district in B.C., the Marijuana Party wound up winning 3.2% of the vote.
Michigan prosecutors move to forfeit Rainbow Farm.
VANDALIA, MI—Rainbow Farm, southwest Michigan’s hippie haven, has been busted, and forced by state authorities to cancel the planned Memorial Day weekend Hemp Aid festival. About 50 hooded state and local police raided the farm on the morning of May 8, arresting co-owner Tom Crosslin and his partner, Rolland Rohm, on charges of manufacturing marijuana with intent to distribute, gun possession and maintaining a drug house.
Let gallows gape for dog, let man go free, And let not hemp his windpipe suffocate.
If you want to get your name in all the world's wire services right now, take this snippet of Henry V, first performed in 1599, and crank out a scholarly paper diagnosing it as William Shakespeare's slyly coded repudiation of the cannabis to which he'd been addicted for so long. Hemp itself is the “gallows” here, obviously, a reeking, choking drug fit only for dogs, suffocating all mankind, and that's what Shakespeare's secretly saying here.
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.
What for many might appear to be an illegal stash is, in the eyes of the art world, an aesthetic pleasure.
In the great modem-art tradition of the found object, in which all manner of quotidian and mundane detritus has become the material of fine art, contemporary artists have increasingly taken to submitting the most taboo of consumer products—drugs—to the academy of highbrow culture.
PINE RIDGE, SD—Late in May, FBI agents visited the Pine Ridge reservation in southwestern South Dakota to determine whether the Oglala Lakota tribe had planted hemp again. Tribal members who participated in the planting ceremony in late April have made no secret of the hemp crop (“Pine Ridge Drama," Aug. '01 HT) and are fully aware of the legal consequences.
The specter of Mad Cow Disease has left a lot of beef eaters a little uneasy about biting into a burger. But the Madison Hemp & Flax Company of Lexington, KY may have answers that may allow all nonvegetarians to chew a little easier. They’ve developed Nutra-Hemp, a nutritional feed supplement for cattle which uses hempseed meal as a primary ingredient.
Three days of bands, speakers, camping and cannabis education at a scenic location in northern Ontario, just outside Sault Ste. Marie. Contact: (888) 215-8970; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org; Website, planetarypride.com/comingsoon.html Aug. 18-19 Seattle Hempfest 2001 Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle The biggest pot-legalization rally in America, or at least the West Coast, expanded to two days.
Congress, not marijuana, has "no accepted medical value."
When all was said and done, the eight justices sitting on the US Supreme Court cared only about 10 words: “The drug has no currently accepted medical value in treatment.” In their view, nothing else mattered. It mattered not that those 10 words were written into the Controlled Substances Act more than 30 years ago—decades before the discovery of cannabinoid-receptor sites in the human brain, a finding that has just now begun to unlock the ways in which pot’s medical properties work at the biochemical level.
M.I.T WATER FILTRATION COMPETITION II: BACK WITH A BONG
On a frosty February afternoon the Second Annual MIT Water Filtration Competition convened in the Talbot lounge of the east campus dormitory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hosted by MIT Hemp Coalition President Charisse L. Massay, this year’s event was even more successful than last year’s groundbreaking debut.
Mae Brussell was the first conspiracy researcher who perceived a plot by the government to destroy the counterculture. When President Kennedy was killed, Mae was a suburban homemaker with five children. Her seven-year-old daughter, Bonnie, was concerned about Lee Harvey Oswald.
The indefatigable Watermelon marches to her own drummer.
She's one of those creatures who have been blessed by the gods of bone structure with near-perfect features—a visage the camera embraces. Regular readers will remember her from our September cover a year ago when she posed sporting only an understandably shocked expression at her predicament—“I’m naked in a growroom!” Then she showed up in our December '00 issue as Santa's scantily clad helper slaving away in the kitchen on Christmas Eve baking midnight treats.
Good reporting takes a back seat to the pleasures of Negril.
LAST NIGHT: The frogs chirp weird lullabies that echo through the Jamaican darkness. Goats amble slowly down the road. Dreadlocked Rastas pop out of the bushes speaking that sing-song, staccato patois that, somehow, I seem able to understand.
It's a real pain, isn’t it? Where can you get all your counterculture needs Fulfilled without skateboarding all over town? town? You're lucky if you live in Boulder, CO. You can motor over to Color the World, a one-stop shop for the counterculture.
SEATTLE—The amount of time and energy needed to pull off the nation’s largest marijuana/hemp-legalization event is staggering. A year-round effort, Seattle Hempfest involves the constant and dedicated work of an unpaid, 50-person core group, in addition to the assistance of no less than 550 volunteers.
Under the ultra-fundamentalist Taliban militia, Afghanistan has become a pretty scary place. Harsh Islamic law is strictly enforced. Women are denied education and medical care, and are flogged for being in public without a veil. Men are imprisoned for trimming their beards.
When you have your likeness traced in neon, you know you’ve made the big time. And nothing deserves a neon tribute more than the cannabis leaf. The Neon Leaf by Beckley Industries is a 14-inch pot leaf with five points emanating a neon glow that will unmistakably demonstrate your deep feelings about cannabis.
We recommend that you never, ever drive while smoking cannabis. But what if the passengers in your vehicle want to get high? Follow the example of this safe driver. Travel with a supply of oxygen. And buckle up!
Last May, when the New York Yankees traveled to Oakland to play the A’s, viewers of MSG, the Yankee cable broadcaster, got a taste of what it’s like to be a California baseball fan. As the camera scanned the bleachers, the picture settled on a spectator wearing a New York Mets cap.
They don’t make roach clips like they used to—they make them better! At least Mr. Giggles does. Mr. Giggles clips are produced by Merlin Tavarez, an artist/graphic designer from New York City who began putting together these decorative, imaginative clips just six months ago as a hobby.
It all began in the summer of 1969 in the gentle rolling hills of Bethel, NY. I had just graduated from a small Mid-western high school, and friends heard that Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Dead and a host of other bands were going to play at a festival called Woodstock.
What is this thing called jazz? Going back, way back, it was the sound of Dixieland and the uptempo jaunts and clarinet rides of old-school New Orleans. Moving forward, it became swing and bop. Crazy secondline R&B, for many the true calling card of the Crescent City, rode the line between rock and jazz but still lived as happily at jazz festivals as it did in juke joints.
Blues Traveler recover from the death of Bobby Sheehan with a kick-ass new album the bassman would be proud of.
Late last summer, about a year after they buried founding bassist Bobby Sheehan, Blues Traveler converged at The Plant in Sausalito, CA to lay down tracks for Bridge (Interscope), their first album since his death. Joining frontman John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla and drummer Brendan Hill were the reconfigured band’s new members: bass player Tad Kinchla, Chan's younger brother; and keyboardist Ben Wilson.
Four years after their debut album, Vegas, the Crystal Method are back with the humorously titled Tweekend (Interscope). Spanning styles from bass-bumping hard techno to hip-hop to funky electro-breakbeats with overlapping guitar riffs, the Los Angeles electronic-music duo takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride.
Three years ago, Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh told HT that he wanted to take “a wee break” from writing, because it was getting “too much like work." Welsh’s break was brief, but the layoff has paid off: His new novel, Glue (W.W. Norton), is his broadest-scoped book yet.
Fill your thermos with coffee, pop some pills and get ready to hit the road trucker-style as you haul ass and cargo from New York to San Francisco in four no-holds-barred races through America's heartland. Aside from traffic, tornadoes and the occasional Smokey waiting to pull you over, you’ll have to contend with a rival truck that will stop at nothing to beat you to the finish line.
Remember the Cannabis Cup Castaways? They leaped into cyberspace! Find out what’s happening to four of the six newest pot celebrities. www.hightimes.com/THCTV/Category.tpl If you missed it the first time, six of the luckiest people in 2000 won a dream vacation to the Cannabis Cup.
According to US officials, the April 20 downing of a missionary plane in Peru—first identified as a drug plane by CIA contract pilots—was the result of a series of blunders on the part of the Peruvian military. But that story doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.
The best places in the world to smoke a spliff, Sit back, roll a fatty and dream...
AMSTERDAM The One and Only
MONTREAL In Motion
SWITZERLAND Viva La Sativa Suisse!
NIMBIN Paradise Down Under
COSTA RICA Ecotourism, Rainforests and Mota
NEGRIL Jamaican Paradise
BRITAIN London's Bohemian Brixton
SPAIN Land of the Rising Buds
INDIA Parvati River
RAINBOW FARM Michigan's Hippie Haven
Victor Paul Borg
With a population slightly over one million, Amsterdam is the largest city in Holland and definitely the most fun. This nonstop party town caters to tourists interested in late-night clubs, good ganja, legal prostitution and world-famous musical performances.
After producing the award-winning Pot Stories for the Soul, Paul Krassner is back with Psychedelic Trips for the Mind, a brilliant compendium of LSD stories. A snapshot of visionary culture and history, with short remembrances by and about numerous counterculture icons, the book is destined to become a classic. Psychedelic Trips for the Mind is available from the HIGH TIMES Headshop.
FULL METAL BIRD
YIPPIE DAY AT DISNEYLAND
A NEW RELIGION
Michael Hollingshead was the one who first turned Timothy Leary on, and later wrote a book, The Man Who Turned On the World. He was a tall, bald, Waspish, whimsical Brit with a manner that bespoke Cambridge. He’d traveled extensively, spreading the gospel according to LSD, and his bearing usually got him through Customs without so much as a second glance.
Here it is! The latest dope on hydro systems to keep you stocked with kind buds indefinitely! Here you'll find an easy-to-follow guide to which all-in-one hydro system is right for you.
Hydroponics is the growing method of choice for people who do not have all day to spend with their plants. The main attraction is less work, but there are sever al other advantages. No special knowledge of organic chemistry is required; all you need is a set of quality nutrients, a pH/PPM meter and your favorite seeds or clones.
Author of Pharmacotheon, Ayahuasca Analogues and his latest Shamanic Snuffs, Jonathan Ott has developed his own "psychonautic modeling" of vision-producing plants he calls "entheogens"—psychedelic substances that create spirit or god within us. This interview with the 52-year-old ethnobotanist took place last summer in the flat of Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling in Hamburg, Germany.
JOERG AUF DEM HOEVEL
HIGH TIMES: Pharmacotheon, published in 1993, is a milestone in scientific literature on psychoactive plants and their chemical ingredients. What led you to write Shamanic Snuffs? Jonathan Ott: Ayahuasca Analogues started as a chapter in Pharmacotheon and grew into an entire book.
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 call this photo “Buds or Bucks.” Liz' Beth Toledo, Ohio These are all my bongs. The mask I’m wearing is generally for overnight use, but I wanted to model it for you. J.R. Elmont, New York Is it a coincidence that pink is my favorite color? Well now it’s also my favorite flavor.
These products may not be necessary, and they probably won't increase your yield, either. But they do look pretty, and they definitely make things safer than stacking phone books to adjust the height of your grow lights. Take a look at the Professional Fluorescent Line, made by Superior Growers Supply in Lansing, Michigan.
Rules of the Game: Don't tell anyone you don't trust with your life. Don't have traffic in your house. Don't talk on the phone. Don't grow in condominiums or townhouses; neighbors are nosy. Don't meet new people unless you know their background.
Composting is the practice of recycling waste to create a nutrient-rich fertilizer for soil. It's good for the Earth, good for the plants and an easy way to take out the trash. Although how it works is a complicated microbiological process, the actual practice is relatively simple and involves only a few tools and supplies.
Recently I found three plants growing in a little flowerbed in my backyard. They get plenty of sun and water. How do I tell if they are male or female plants? If they are male, will I still get buds? I am willing to do what it takes to get these plants to grow to their fullest, but I need your help.
Water is still important this month in most climates. Do not skimp on water now. Water-stressed plants yield less and are prone to disease. Wind dries plants out and causes them to use more water. Protect plants from heavy winds by mulching heavily and keeping plants watered.
In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jason Mewes and director Kevin Smith team up for the last time in a pot-saturated assault on Hollywood. Executive Editor Dan Skye goes on the set of Kevin Smith’s newest film comedy for an interview with the maverick director himself.