What do the slave laws of the Roman Empire, the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, the extermination of Native American culture, and the modern War on Drugs all have in common? Surprisingly enough, these catastrophic events—which destroyed the lives of so many millions of people—emanate from a quest for control over spiritual reality, much of which depends on severing connections to sacramental plants.
I am a reporter at a web site called The Smoking Gun (thesmokinggun.com). We just posted the list of reading material ordered by the Drug Enforcement Administration for its library. We figure that the narcs must have been fighting over each month’s copy of HIGH TIMES, because the DEA's in-house library is shelling out for three copies a month of the pot bible (HT is the only title for which multiple copies are ordered).
Shooting pot on has its downside. Like the time a dealer called me a month after a shoot and demanded reimbursement. He was the one who offered me the chance to photograph 50 pounds—I didn't ask. He wanted his pot to appear in the magazine. But he blamed me when he put the pot back in the Coleman coolers where he was storing it and accidentally left one partially unsealed.
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Wilson Pickett Picked on in Strip-Search OTTAWA, CANADA—Soul-music legend Wilson Pickett found himself in the undignified position of being strip-searched for drugs while entering Canada at Ottawa International Airport over the weekend of July 14-15."The Wicked" Pickett, best known for songs that include "Mustang Sally,” "In the Midnight Hour” and “Funky Broadway,” was in town to perform at Ottawa’s Bluesfest.
Belgium Approves Cannabis for Selected Medical Purposes
UK Loosens Up
LISBON, PORTUGAL—Police may no longer prosecute marijuana or other minor drug offenders under a new law that took effect June 29. The law change, adopted by the Portuguese government last November, reflects the European Union’s growing tolerance toward drug use and nonviolent drug users, and its support for harm reduction policies.
DENVER—Attorneys for Kaiser Permanente in Colorado have given its doctors a tentative green light to endorse medical marijuana use for qualified patients. Doctors sought legal advice from the nonprofit HMO's lawyers after they became concerned about facing prosecution despite a new state law that authorizes use of marijuana to alleviate certain debilitating medical conditions.
Sixty patients to receive up to 30 joints weekly for a year.
SAN MATEO, CA—On June 13, 300 joints delivered by the federal government arrived at San Francisco International Airport, to be used in a groundbreaking study conducted by the San Mateo County Health Center. The study, of medical marijuana's efficacy in treating AIDS symptoms, marks the first time the feds have provided cannabis for a study with a specific clinical goal in mind, as well as the first time they have provided it to another government agency, as opposed to an academic research facility.
Long-term pot-use study finds no ill health effects.
In the first study of its kind, four recipients of federally provided medical marijuana were examined for the health effects of their long-term cannabis use—and none showed any serious adverse effects. The Missoula Chronic Clinical Cannabis Use Study—headed by Montana neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo and Virginia nurse Mary Lynn Mathre, cofounder of Patients Out of Time—investigated “the therapeutic benefits and adverse effects” among patients receiving cannabis through the department of Health and Human Services’ Compassionate Investigational New Drug program.
California’s 58 counties have 58 different plans for implementing Prop 36.
As ever, the devil is in the details. California's Proposition 36—designed to divert 36,000 small-time drug offenders a year from incarceration to treatment—was inaugurated July 1. Control of how to implement the initiative, which the state’s voters passed by a 61%-39% margin last November, falls to local authorities, and each one of the state's 58 counties has a different plan—with some still emphasizing punishment over treatment.
No bust, no crisis, no kid home from school DARE-ing them to quit prompted Tracy Johnson and Jeff Jarvis, both 39, of Bend, Oregon to buy a full-page newspaper ad that proudly proclaims: "We're your good neighbors. And we smoke pot." It was just a slow burn.
White House pays boy band $800G for ads in scandal-ridden antidrug campaign.
Funded by $800,000 from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the multimillion-selling boy group 'N SYNC is running a “What’s Your Anti-Drug?” public-service announcement on their Website, as well as during each show of their 45-date Celebrity 2001 tour this summer.
SEATTLE—Saturday morning, June 16, started out blissfully enough for Freedom Fighter of the Year Vivian McPeak. The charismatic director of Seattle Hempfest remembers that he was enjoying an “unusually sound” sleep. He had spent the week organizing for Hempfest, anticipating a reunion with his daughter in California after an 18-year absence from each other’s lives, and planned to participate in the celebrated “art car” parade as a part of the city’s quirky Fremont Solstice Parade later that day.
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.
Some of the most closely guarded secrets in the world have to do with criminal money, especially the amount of money generated by the sale of illegal drugs. In 1996 the UN estimated that the drug trade generated $440 billion annually. In 2000, Le Monde, the power-house French magazine, estimated it at $500 billion.
Cofounder of NORML Canada and the lawyer for the Vancouver Compassion Club and American Drug War refugee Renee Boje, John W. Conroy boasts a distinguished history of creating penal reform in Canada. While running British Columbia's first community law office, he won a Supreme Court of Canada decision making the nation's penal system accountable for what went on behind the walls, gaining prisoners the right to get out of solitary confinement on the grounds of habeas corpus.
Oct. 5-7 Harvest Fest Harry Brown’s Farm, Starks, Maine Harry Brown has made his farm available for 11 years to end marijuana prohibition. Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. Contact: Maine Vocals, PO Box 189, Anson, ME 04911; phone, (207) 696-HEMP. Oct. 6 &reat Midw~sf Marijuana Harvest Festival University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin Assemble at noon on the UW library mall; march to the state capitol later.
SAN FRANCISCO—On June 15, the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that Consolidated Freightways Corporation employees can sue the company for invasion of privacy for putting video and audio surveillance devices in rest rooms.
Two years ago, Nevada Assemblymember Christina Giunchigliani (D-Las Vegas) approached her state legislature and NORML with a radical proposal: to ease Nevada's draconian marijuana laws. Though commendable, her proposition appeared altogether improbable.
MANDERSON, SD—The midnight dark skies were clear and the stars were brilliant above the hemp plants that swayed gently as a light breeze whispered through them. Alex and Deb White Plume stood together, hands clasped, in silent prayer beside the slender ceremonial staff.
Jim Robinson, an award-winning silversmith and jewelry maker, has been turning out exquisite pieces for nearly 30 years. His workmanship exhibits the unmistakable influences of Southwestern tribal art. There is no better example of his craftsmanship than the Kachina Spirit Pipe, completely insulated and heat-absorbent.
America is slowly awakening to the efficacy of marijuana as a medicine. But although several states have passed laws allowing the cultivation of medical pot, much ignorance and fear of cannabis still exists. Our nation is being divided between the medicinal needs of its citizens and the legal restraints set by the federal government.
We arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland at 3 AM. It was my first command in Europe. I had been selected as a celebrity judge at the Cannabis Cup. HIGH TIMES had copped tickets for us on Iceland Air, but it wasn’t a direct flight to Amsterdam. It made a stopover in Reykjavik before flying on to Amsterdam.
The South's top jam band, Widespread Panic, continue to cultivate their fan base with constant touring and a new album.
If you didn’t already know that Widespread Panic have built a substantial following over the last 15 years to become one of America’s premier jam bands, check with anyone who witnessed the start of their spring/summer tour at Alltel Pavilion in Raleigh, North Carolina in April.
From the opening fanfare of Black Trash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones, you know this is not the average hip-hop concept album. Onyx veteran Sticky Fingaz plays Kirk Jones on the album, and soon you'll see him on the big screen in a role he thinks will earn him an Academy Award.
Ganja lovers Tha Liks depart from their former booze-loving image.
Although you wouldn’t guess it from their name (shortened from Tha Alkaholiks), Tha Liks are more into weed than anything else. Partly responsible for resuscitating West Coast rap, they’ve been expanding minds and lungs beyond the local gangsta mentality for almost 10 years now.
In this belated but brilliant follow-up to 1996’s Aenima, Tool once again shove a mirror in humanity’s face. Steeped in spirituality, Eastern and Jewish mysticism, and psychedelic experience, Lateralus (Volcano) is the soundtrack to a new religion of musical enlightenment.
Bill Hicks is more popular today than at any point before his untimely death from pancreatic cancer in 1994 at age 32. We at HT have fond memories of seeing him perform and even meeting him, and marveling at how such a firestorm of comic malevolence and uncomfortable truths could issue forth from such a basically low-key, nice guy.
The hottest potcentric recording artist since the Kottonmouth Kings, Afroman has already carved a niche for himself with the amusing "Because I Was High.” Embraced by radio, Howard Stern in particular, and the Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back duo, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, who appear in his video (the song is in the movie), Afroman is clearly blowing up.
Michael Pollan is a gardener and a writer. He’s very good at both. In his new book The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (Random House), Pollan uses gardening as a vehicle to investigate our coevolution with the plant world. The book opens with the simple act of Pollan planting potatoes.
Developer: EA Sports Platform: PS1 Publisher: EA Sports FIFA Soccer features some of the best graphics out on the PS1. Play is smoother and team favorites, like AC Milan, return, but not much more was upgraded from 2K. Well-defined skill levels let beginners win the first time, but expert modes will keep hooligans angry enough to start a riot.
Some consider it art, others just see vandalism. But even in the boonies there it is! Cruise these graffiti sites and understand its history, terms and style while soaking up the eye-candy. If you missed the New York movement or just want to relive some memories, then at149st.com is the place to be.
She was flamboyant, hard-nosed and honest as the day is long. In the golden age of marijuana smuggling, one outlaw stood apart the others. And she wielded her power like a sorceress.
It’s the moment in smuggling when all the forces come together. The plans that were carefully laid out, the endless phone calls, the transportation arrangements, the meeting place—everything's set. Then, the exchange. One moment in time.
IS THE MODERN WAR ON DRUGS REALLY NOTHING MORE THAN AN EXTENSION OF THE CHRISTIAN INQUISITION? DAN RUSSELL EXPLORES THE HISTORICAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THESE TWO CATASTROPHIC EVENTS.
Inebriation—ritual, social, alimentary and medical—is basic to all cultures, ancient and modern. Traditional cultures don't separate inebriative herbalism from any of the other "archaic techniques of ecstasy"—dancing, music, socializing, ritualizing, fasting, curing, ordeal—which are part of the same shamanic behavior complex; nor do they separate medicine from food.
Here's a scientific look at the age-old debate between chemical and organic fertilizers. How do you decide which method is best for you?
Every farmer has to think about their methods of growing; specifically, whether they want to use organic or chemical fertilizers and pest control. Most make their decision based on economics, though as the scale of the operation gets smaller, so does the influence of money.
Whenever Abbie Hoffman was arrested, Anita would immediately get on the phone to contact lawyers and journalists. “Hi,” she would begin each call, “this is Anita Hoffman—Abbie’s wife..." That was her behind-the-scenes role, and she played it with diligence.
Scare stories are the first line of attack for antidrug zealots flanked by hollow lies and facts that do not support their cause. The traditional strategy in drug control is to hyperbolize a drug’s prospective danger—á la Reefer Madness—and to inflate available criminal penalties to obtain and justify increased departmental and agency budgets.
A synthesizer note blasts out of the sound system. Echoed out, it repeats and ripples across the dancefloor. Then the bassline and drum machine kick in, electronic arpeggios pulsating harder and faster than human hands could ever play, and the several hundred people at the party erupt, pumping their legs like possessed bicyclists, carving the air with their hands.
HIGH TIMES: When did you first know you wanted to be a cop? Mike Ruppert: I was still in high school when I took a police-science course from an L.A. police sergeant, and I knew then that I wanted to be a cop with the LAPD. I was totally in love with the mystique of police work and the camaraderie.
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1/3 Northern Lights. 2/3 Orange Bud. 100% blazed out. Docta' Toxs Canada My friends and I got my 21st birthday party started right with a few bowls in this homemade Cartman gas mask. Jenny Eugene, Oregon This flower gives “Chemo” therapy that’s nontoxic.
It’s amazing that trichomes have only been a part of my vocabulary for several years; I probably should read more. But it’s twice as nice when you discover a new ride in the park that you’ve never been on. Making ice-water hash is as simple as riding the carousel, but you’ll feel like you’re on the inverted, triple-loop, standup coaster at Great Adventure when you smoke it.
A healthy watering philosophy is the first essential piece of information for a novice grower to learn. It will help ensure a vigorous plant and help you stave off problems with insects, molds and fungi. The following was excerpted from the Marijuana Grower’s Insider’s Guide by Mel Frank.
Follow this intrepid reporter as he travels to the outskirts of Brooklyn in search of the elusive New York Kind.
The Big Apple has undergone a facelift in recent times. Ten years ago dealers used to sell dime bags of Skunk on East Village street corners. Then there was the infamous drought, around '89-'90, from which the city never really recovered, followed by the election of antipot fanatic Rudolph Giuliani as mayor.
Thanks for all the great advice and information in your column. Can you run a 270-watt high-pressure sodium Son Agro lamp with a 250w HPS ballast? Do you know if SunMaster bulbs add more blue-green spectrum than typical HPS lights? John Doe Denver Dear John Doe, Use a specific transformer designed for the wattage of the lamp you are using.
Stop fertilizing two weeks before harvest. Plants must use all excess fertilizer so the smoke tastes sweet and clean. Harvest before a freeze or heavy rains are predicted. Watch, read and listen to weather reports daily. Harvest mature plants.
Maybe you’ve heard, pot and sex go great together! In this issue we explore the reasons why. Sex experts check in on whether marijuana is actually an aphrodisiac while plenty of "nonexperts" gladly offer up their experiences as proof that it is.