You've probably noticed an increase in investigative research in these pages over the past year. In this issue, For example, we delve into some of the links in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that were mysteriously left unexamined by the official investigation and unreported by the national media (page 46).
I love the mag and am now a subscriber, Your reporting on the Drug War is an important resource. I haven't had any complaints to speak of, and appreciate your multifaceted approach to the counterculture. However, I was dismayed to see the August cover.
Santa Cruz is the closest thing to weed paradise in the us.
The sweet aroma of marijuana burning is commonplace. So, too, is the possibility of having a joint handed to you by a stoned stranger. Where the redwoods meet the sea, the Northern California beachside city of Santa Cruz has it all—culture, opportunities for an outdoor lifestyle and a laid-back vibe that is all-inclusive, especially toward marijuana.
Olympic Gold Medalist Gets Four Months for Selling Pot
Will Foster Free
Census: War on Drugs Hits Blacks Hardest
Oklahoma Drug Agency Dyes Pot Plants to Deter Users
Marijuana Mishap Mars NC Sheriff's Credibility
Miami Cops Shoot Wheelchair Man
Mickey, Cinderella Win Right to Clean Underwear
VENTURA, CA—Olympic gold medalist Justin Huish was sentenced June 13 to four months in jail for selling marijuana. Huish, 25, who won two gold medals in archery in the 1996 games, pleaded no contest in May to a felony charge of selling marijuana out of his Simi Valley home.
GOTEBORG, SWEDEN—During his first visit to Europe as President, George W. Bush maintained his opposition to the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. European leaders at the meeting were polite while Bush spoke, but afterwards criticized him harshly.
Two New Studies Can't Challenge Marijuana's Safety
INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Bedridden with multiple sclerosis, Jeanne A. Horton claims marijuana is the only thing that eases her chronic pain. But after she was busted For having pot in her house April 3, she's in Marion County Superior Court, trying to persuade a judge to allow her to use it For medicinal purposes.
Here’s one for your next debate with joe Sixpack Republican about the insanity of the Drug War. Ask your Doubting Thomas friend this question: “What do the American International Group of insurance companies (AIG) and the co-founder of the Medellin cartel, Carlos Lehder, have in common?
CARSON CITY, NV—Nevada, whose pot penalties were arguably the nation's harshest, has decriminalized marijuana, reducing the sentence for possession of less than an ounce to a $600 fine. “It was quite antiquated to have it as a felony for a first offense," says the bill's sponsor, Assemblywoman Christina Giunchigliani (DLas Vegas).
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 on June 11 that police cannot use infrared heat-detecting technology to gather evidence from a private home without a search warrant. The technology is commonly used to detect possible grow lights.
MONTREAL—Canada’s Parliament has voted to re-examine the country’s drug laws, after a wave of politicians, doctors, police chiefs and Mounties came out in favor of decriminalizing pot. came out in favor of decriminalizing pot. The pro-pot cavalcade got rolling in May, when the prestigious journal of the Canadian Medical Association endorsed decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana.
PINE RIDGE, SD—It has been nearly three months since members of the Oglala Lakota planted hemp on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. And although their crop is flourishing under the hot South Dakota sun, there is considerable doubt whether the Indians will actually be able to harvest it.
LIMA—New Yorker Lori Berenson, originally tried and found guilty of treason by a military tribunal in Peru in 1996 for her collaboration with the Tupac Amaru rebels, has been found guilty in a civilian court retrial and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
SARASOTA, FLORIDA—Glaucoma sufferer Robert Randall, the first person in the US to use medical marijuana legally after pot was outlawed in 1937, passed away in his home in Sarasota, Florida on June 2. He was 53 years old. Randall, who died from complications from AIDS, was a pioneer in the use of marijuana to stave off blindness from glaucoma.
Though it may not be televised, we are amidst a global ganja revolution.
Call it an awakening, or perhaps an international injection of common sense. Whichever the case, cannabis-law reform is contagious—and spreading. Not surprisingly, this insurrection has gained its strongest foothold in Europe, the longtime breeding ground for rational pot policies.
BOSTON—Steve Epstein comes on like a lawyer version of Abbie Hoffman. A short, curly-haired ball of energy in a pot-leaf T-shirt, he’s too restless to stay behind the podium at the NORML conference, preaching against prohibition in an accent half Boston “pahk-the-caa” and half “what-am-I-crazy” Jewish.
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.
Timothy McVeigh is gone, but the malady lingers on.
During the Vietnam War, there developed a horrible ritual that was broadcast across the nation on the TV news—every Thursday, for some reason. It was the body count. So many “American dead," so many "Vietnamese dead," so many "enemy dead."
On May 10, Jennifer Stahl was murdered execution-style, along with two others in New York City. Two more miraculously survived their injuries. The crime made international news. Stahl sold marijuana For over 10 years and boasted a clientele of show-business names.
Hawaii Activists Push for New Curbs on Pot Eradication
HONOLULU—Hawaii cannabis activists are finding it’s harder than they thought to fight the weed-eradication machine. Although the Hawaii County Council made history last year when it became the first municipality in the nation to reject a federal “green harvest" eradication grant, Big Island cops have since regained funding and resumed their efforts to wipe out pakalolo.
SAN FRANCISCO—Noted medical-marijuana expert Dr. Tod Mikuriya filed suit May 22 in San Francisco Superior Court in an attempt to stop the Medical Board of California [MBC] from acquiring documents related to approximately 45 of his patients.
The window is down and I am attempting to stay focused on the road. I glance down for an instant at the odometer, trying to recall the last time I changed or even checked my oil. Lo and behold, the odometer on my 1987 Volvo is rolling over to 419,999 to 420,000 on Friday, April 20th.
I needed to see America. But the only way I could pull off the trip was to hitchhike 1-80, the northern route across the beautiful USA. Back in the "good ole days"—I hate to use that phrase, but hell! It’s the truth sometimes!—it was possible for any fine, upstanding hippie to put out a thumb and hitch a ride.
On April 20th, four campsites of friends on Lake Mendocino in California twisted themselves into the appropriate digits for a photograph taken from up in a nearby redwood tree. Then they twisted one to celebrate.
With Blowback, trip-hop star Tricky introduces a new way to inhale.
It’s about 11 PM at the all-star Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, and trip-hop iconoclast Tricky is holding his own, competing as he is against Jane's Addiction and Fatboy Slim in this all-day, five-tent pop-music blowout.
Ohio alt-rockers Guided By Voices love theirbeer and pot.
Nearly a decade removed from the grunge-inspired lo-Fi scene spearheaded by such DIY home-tape fiends such as Liz Phair and Lou Barlow, Guided By Voices frontman Bob Pollard remains one of indie-rock’s most fascinating and extreme bohemians.
Paul McCartney’s status as far and away the most successful ex-Beatle is beyond any doubt. Wingspan: Hits and History (Capitol), a 2-CD anthology of his many '70s Wings and solo hits, is not the first time this material has been compiled, but serves as a timely reminder of Sir Paul's unerring knack for insidiously catchy tunes, whoever his bandmates may be.
Considering all of the Beatles coverage in this issue, we would be at fault to not mention the recent reissue of George Harrison’s sprawling triple-album masterpiece, All Things Must Pass (Capitol). Originally released on Apple in 1970, All Things remains the greatest post-Beatles recording.
Brion Gysin was a writer, painter, filmmaker and inventor, but these rather limiting descriptions don’t begin to explain the polymathematical totality of the man who destroyed boundaries as fiercely as the squares created them. Bored with the stasis of modern Western thought, Gysin insisted that humans are Here to Go, which is also the title of this reprint of his interviews with apprentice Terry Wilson, interspersed with journal entries, novel excerpts, artwork, quotes, a film script and other efflorescence from this uncontrollable genius, published originally in 1982.
So much has been written about Bob Dylan in the last four decades that you’d think the assertions regarding our great American bard would be pretty much exhausted. Not! Two recent Bob bios cover vastly different territory. Howard Sounes' Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan (Grove Press) brings the Bob saga up to date with previously undisclosed facts, interviews with former Dylan associates and a well-researched enthusiasm.
World's Scoriest Police Chases, Fox's cops 'n' robbers reality-TV show, welcomes you to the world of police work in the big city, where crazed criminals put law enforcement to the test. Assume the identity of Deputy Dope. Fulfill your duty by any means necessary—even if it means causing thousands of dollars in property damage and medical bills to unsuspecting bystanders.
Carnivore is still here—with a different identity.
The FBI’s Carnivore e-mail-surveillance program was transformed into the less hostile-sounding “DCS1000” during its upgrade this year. But the name, drawn from its function as a “digital collection system,” isn't fooling anyone. The FBI still monitors the Internet communications of suspects under surveillance with the system.
“It brings me no joy to watch McVeigh die, no closure. It doesn’t bring my grandkids back. He deserves to die, but with the death of McVeigh, so dies the truth.” Those were Cathy Wilburn’s words to HIGH TIMES, shortly before being one of the chosen witnesses to watch convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh be put to death via chemical injection on June 11, at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.
When you consider the events of April 19, 1995, and you see those photos of the gutted Alfred P. Murrah Building, images of firemen pulling dead babies from the wreckage, you can’t help but ask, who was Timothy McVeigh? Who was this Desert Storm hero from Pendleton, New York, whose last meal was two pints of Haagen-Dazs mint-chip ice cream?
These Phat Pharmers have been sowing the kind for years. Read on to learn their ancient organic secrets.
This trip was a coming home of sorts. I can’t say which home, but it was like seeing family after a long time away. I’ve been friends with this rat pack since high school. I met Doc J. when a friend of his became my roommate. Let’s just say we enhanced each other’s connections.
In Which the author introduces the Beatles to Bob Dylan and pot.
DYLAN CALLS BEATLES BUBBLEGUM
LENNON PLOTS DYLAN MEETING
ARONOWITZ BECOMES INTERMEDIARY
AND THEN BOB DYLAN AND THE BEATLES SMOKE A JOINT
It's my experience that to smoke marijuana for the first time is to explore the limits of hilarity, only to find that there are no limits. I'm told that few ever really succeed in laughing that hard a second time, but I did. The two biggest laughs of my life were the first time I smoked marijuana and the first time the Beatles smoked it.
Since the award-winning Clerks was released in 1994, Kevin Smith has enjoyed a steady rise in the ranks of Hollywood directors. The hottest names in Hollywood regularly sign on to work with him. He was the creative force behind Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma.
HIGH TIMES goes on the set of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
There's Jay and Silent Bob. Then there's Bluntman and Chronic. Then there are the stand-ins. It's difficult keeping everybody straight. Chris Rock repeats a scene again and again in which he plays a sensationally hostile Film director berating a production assistant, accusing him oF spitting in his coffee, then knocking it out oF his hand.
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.
The local smoke of the week is K-Rock. Smokes pretty good, makes you feel like you've been stoned. World Traveler New York City Toking tough on a ¼pound joint at Domm's cabin. Endee Salt Lake City, Utah Grapefruit impregnated with Sweet Tooth.
FIRST THE BAD NEWS: The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Congress did not intend to allow a marijuana medical-necessity defense when it enacted the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. The Court held that Congress determined there was not enough need for marijuana to justify allowing any medical exception to the general federal prohibition.
Caring For seedlings and clones is simple, except during times when the temperature drops. That’s when you need a little added warmth to keep your babies rockin'. Whether you’re new to cultivation or consider yourself more experienced, having the right tool for the job makes life a lot easier and sometimes safer. Because the root zone is primarily not visible, growers sometimes fail to realize this area too should be maximized. Young, developing plants and root structures are easily influenced. Low temperatures at the root zone will stunt growth, and add to failure rates of both seedlings and clones. Likewise, using one of these products to keep temperatures optimal will increase growth rates, encourage rooting and produce stronger plants overall.
Electra Grow Propagation Mat
The Electra Grow Propagation Mat comes in two sizes. The 21” x 15” is $55, and the 38” x 17” costs $80. Place your trays on the wire rack and plug it in. The trays don't touch the mat, and the airflow means there’s no chance of cooking your sprouts. Electra Grow mats come preset, so no thermostat is required. Sold at AGS, (800) 4442837, or ALTGARDEN.com Hydrofarm seedling mats come in three sizes. A one-tray mat (20” x 20") sells for $23; a twotray mat (20” x 20”) is $35. The largest mat (48” x 20”) will accommodate 4-5 trays, and costs $65. These mats are preset to keep roots 10-15 degrees warmer than ambient room temperature. For more precise control, I suggest purchasing the accompanying thermostat for $35.
Pro Grow heat mat with thermostat
For the professionals out there, I recommend the Pro Grow. These mats are made from high-quality rubber and will last indefinitely with proper care. Two sizes are available: a two-tray mat (22” x 22”) is $85, and the largest (22" x 60”) mat goes for $145. A heavy-duty thermostat required for both sells for $62. Both the Hydrofarm and Pro Grow heat mats are available at East Coast Hydroponics in Queens NY, phone (718) 762-8880, or hydroponicgarden.com Warming mats can be found at nurseries and garden centers as well.
Some of these tips are my idea, some come from Friends, and others come from you the readers. Please, send more! This idea came From a conversation with a friend, and it turns out that it’s not for light-weights. Keep that in mind when you decide to try this at home.
In these days of fear and chaos, one of the finest things we as humans can do is grow seeds. I mean, let's Face it, without plants, we as humans are gone! It doesn’t matter what kind of seeds you grow, the fact is that seeds are good for planet Earth.
Can you give me information on charcoal filters? I grow in an apartment. Anonymous Florida Panhandle Dear A., Charcoal filters are fantastic, and they work! The activated charcoal absorbs the odor molecules. The mechanics are simple and there are only three things to remember when using a charcoal filter: 1.
Water is important only if growing long-season plants in warm climates. Water as needed. Do not let plants wilt. Winds could pick up during the Fall. Keep plants From drying out. Mulch is no longer necessary. Pests could still be a problem. Inspect for slugs/snails, aphids, insect, rodent and deer damage.
Before the first seed goes into the ground, a farmer must make a choice as to what method he is going to use to grow. Will he use chemical fertilizers and pest controls or will he go organic? Chemical fertilizers are famous for their big yields, but at what cost?