I remember working in an amusement park the summer of my 19th birthday. I dreaded the holiday weekends. They promised three days of wall-to-wall bodies, long lines and lots of noise. The job called for 10 hours of standing in the summer heat making sure people didn’t do anything stupid enough to kill themselves, which was rare since I ran the ride where people actually get to drive a car themselves.
If you have not already heard, Tom Crosslin, owner of Rainbow Farm, was murdered by the FBI on September 3rd. Rolland Rohm, his partner, was killed by Michigan State Police on the following day. It’s a shame the people we are supposed to trust are the very same ones we fear the most.
GOVERNMENT COMMISSION RECOMMENDS DECRIMINALIZING GANJA.
After a nine-month inquiry with testimony from 400 witnesses, Jamaica's National Commission on Ganja has recommended "the decriminalization of ganja for personal, private use by adults and as a sacrament for religious purposes.” In a report released Aug. 16, the commission declared that the illegality of ganja could not be rationally or morally justified.
DENVER—When Colorado’s new law allowing medical-marijuana use went into effect this year, Gov. Bill Owens fired off a blustery letter urging federal prosecutors to go after anyone who sells, distributes or grows pot. But when Owens, a Republican, was found in possession of cannabis recently, state law enforcement handled the incident far differently than most citizens are treated when the cops’ spotlight is cast on them.
OAKLAND VOTES TO REDUCE SIZE OF PATIENTS’ GARDENS.
OAKLAND, CA—On July 25, the Oakland City Council voted to cut the number of medical cannabis plants allowed per garden in half, from 144 to 72. The vote was 6-0, with two abstentions. The policy will go into effect Nov. 15. The new rules let patients grow up to 20 plants outdoors down from 60, or no more than 72 indoors within a 32-square-foot growing space.
DELTA AIRLINES KICKS GOVERNMENT-POT PATIENT OFF FLIGHT.
BOCA RATON, FL—“I’m sorry, you won’t be allowed to board this flight," Irvin Rosenfeld recalls a Delta Airlines employee telling him at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. “We’ve been informed that you’re carrying marijuana.” “Yes," Rosenfeld replied calmly.
NEWS SHORTS FROM AROUND THE NATION AND AROUND THE WORLD
Dead Singer Aaliyah’s Pilot Had Recent Cocaine Charge
US to Challenge Drug-Sentence Ruling
Justice Department Study: Pot Leads Drug Prosecutions
Oregon Stands Up to Feds
Hemp Car Hits Highways
MIAMI—The pilot of the Cessna which crashed on Aug. 25, killing pop star Aaliyah and eight others, had pleaded no contest to a charge of possession of cocaine just 12 days prior to the tragedy. Luis Morales III, 30, had entered the plea in a Broward County, FL courtroom and was given probation.
LOS ANGELES—Sarkis Soghanalian, the international arms dealer dubbed the “Merchant of Death” by Peru’s press, whose revelations that the Peruvian government had diverted arms to Colombian guerrillas caused the downfall of now-exiled President Alberto Fujimori, was ordered released by US Judge Ronald S.W. Lew in Los Angeles.
San Diego Officials Urge IDs For Medical-Pot Users
Medical-Marijuana Network Sought
SAN DIEGO, CA—San Diego should issue identification cards to medical-marijuana users to protect them from arrest, a City Council committee recommended by a 4-1 vote Aug. 8. “It will reduce the fear patients have of being prosecuted,” said City Councilmember Ralph Inzunza Jr., who proposed the measure.
CANADA’S GOVERNMENT MEDICAL-MARIJUANA GROWROOM OPENS—AT THE BOTTOM OF A COPPER MINE IN NORTHERN MANITOBA
FLIN FLON, MB—The underground industry of marijuana production has once again gone underground—but this time because the government of Canada thinks it will grow better there. The first government-sanctioned pot-growing operation in the nation opened July 31 in Flin Flon, a sleepy copper-mining town of 7,000 in northern Manitoba, 470 miles from Winnipeg.
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CASCADE LOCKS, OR—A small town in northern Oregon has become the latest and perhaps most bizarre battleground in the nation’s War against Drugs. According to a new ordinance passed by the Cascade Locks City Council, anyone arrested by police for the use, possession or sale of illicit drugs is prevented, by law, from traveling within the city for a 90-day period.
STARKS, ME—Maine Vocals’ 11th annual Hempstock festival was held August 16-19 amidst state police roadblocks, surveillance airplanes with infrared cameras, decibel meters, harassment by the local district attorney and internal difficulties.
JOINT US/PERU REPORT LAYS BLAME FOR SHOOTDOWN AT MISSIONARY PILOT'S FEET
IQUITOS, PERU—An August 2 report issued jointly by the US and Peru on the April 20 shootdown of a missionary plane in the Peruvian Amazon that was mistaken for a drug-running plane lays most of the blame for the mishap on the downed plane's pilot, Kevin Donaldson.
VANDALIA, Ml—Rainbow Farm owner Tom Crosslin, 46, and his partner, Rolland Rohm, 28, were killed by police Labor Day weekend during a four-day standoff at the farm here. Crosslin was shot to death Sept. 3 by two FBI agents. Police said he had pointed a gun at them.
SEATTLE—Joanna McKee’s modest West Seattle home is quiet now. The only thing to remind the neighborhood of what the home used to represent—and what dozens of daily, well-behaved visitors used to come for—is a “CLOSED” sign plastered above McKee’s garage door.
WOMEN DRUG PRISONERS TELL THEIR STORIES IN THE TALLAHASSEE PROJECT
The stories are straight out of the Soviet labor camps. Cops pressuring family members to inform on each other. Prisons where forced labor and medieval conditions are condemned by human-rights groups. Moms and grandmothers being snatched from their families and imprisoned for life, based only on the hearsay of jailhouse snitches.
In my last column we discussed some of the reasons why drug money is more powerful than legal money. Whether moved through net profits to boost a stock’s price-to-earnings ratio, loaned at cheaper interest rates to lower the cost of capital, hidden in a bank account which can generate $9 in loans for every $1 on deposit, or used as off-the-books supplements to research and development costs—drug money is about the hottest commodity on the planet.
CONSERVATIVES JOIN FIGHT FOR MEDICAL-MARIJUANA BILL.
Please welcome our two newest allies in the battle for medicinal pot: Representative Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, and Lyn Nofziger, once a political adviser and speechwriter for Ronald Reagan. At first glance, the duo may appear unlikely proponents for the legalization of medical cannabis—after all, both are longtime, hard-nosed conservatives.
ASHEVILLE, NC— Irvin Dargan brings a humble demeanor to his video and Website work documenting activist efforts to end the Drug War. But a growing number of medical-marijuana patients are tooting his horn for him. “Irvin is the living definition of the word philanthropist,” says fellow activist and medical-marijuana patient Jean Marlowe.
Placerville: Haze x Big Bud, "Packs a powerful, long high. Not harsh, but will definitely choke you": $50 1/8-oz; $95 ¼-oz; $300 oz; $1,150 ¼-lb. Moreno Valley: Mexi-chronic, "Great color, lots of orange hair. A hint of fruitiness comes out if put in a cigar humidor for a day or two.
THE REAL COSMO KRAMER WANTS TO BE NEW YORK’S TOP DUDE.
The crazed lunatic America let into their homes each week for nine years on Seinfeld is actually based on a real person-comedian Kenny Kramer. And he’s using his quasi-fame to run as the Libertarian Party candidate for mayor of New York City.
On July 22, poets and fans gathered in three cities across America to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Beat writer Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur. Big Sur was a pivotal point in Kerouac’s series of novels, depicting his own slow, torturous evolution toward mental breakdown during the summer of 1960.
BLOOD BROTHERS GIVES HEAVY METAL ART A SHOT IN THE ARM.
After being in hibernation for nearly a decade, underground art legend Axel has finally re-emerged in Blood Brothers, his first exhibit since his fabled run at the West Village’s now-defunct Psychedelic Solution Gallery. The 53-year-old “Metal Messiah" (who first appeared in HIGH TIMES on our “High Art" page in November 1987) became a protégé of master surrealist Salvador Dali after meeting him back in ’69.
Now, we are different. We changed when terrorists crashed jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As we go to press, it has been one week since this unspeakable event. This is our last possible opportunity to yank one article in order to note a major breaking story.
My high school didn't have a baseball team, but the local American Legion post wanted to cosponsor a team with a local automobile dealer, so I tried out and made the team. I was the only one who brought a shoehorn to all the games to help put on my spiked shoes.
DESPITE LEGAL OBSTACLES, THE ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE FAMILY THRIVES.
Bear Valley, ID—Across the huge meadow, below a sun-filled lodgepolepine forest, sits a circle of tepees. A trail runs along the meadow’s edge, and along it hike the people of the Rainbow: old and young, strolling from camp to camp, exploring the colorful Rainbow community.
Be historically accurate when you fly our nation’s colors. Check out Hemp US Flag, which brings you the Stars and Stripes in 100% hemp. The first 50 flags were given to leaders in each of the 50 states. But now demand is growing, and Tim Castleman, who produces the hemp flags, has seen fit to make them available to all.
The Simpsons is getting ready to push the envelope further than ever before, taking plenty of parody potshots at the Harry Potter books and the movies Erin Brockovich and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Executive Producer Al Jean also told the Cinescape Website that this year’s 13th season will definitely allow Homer and Bart to let their hair down.
MARC LEVIN'S INTERRACIAL LOVE STORY, BROOKLYN BABYLON, WENT RIGHT OVER ITS DISTRIBUTOR'S HEAD.
All it took was 89 short minutes to turn the film industry on its ear—89 minutes from acclaimed director Marc Levin, that is. The movie is Brooklyn Babylon, and the beef between Levin and the film’s distributor, Artisan Entertainment, has prevented this pot-friendly film from being widely released.
ENTER THE MIND OF BAY-AREA TURNTABLIST DJ QBERT AND HIS PSYCHEDELIC ANIMATION MASTERPIECE, WAVE TWISTERS.
In 1998, DJ Qbert released his debut solo album, Wave Twisters, as a side project from his work with the world-famous DJ crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz. “Halfway through its production," he explains, “I decided to create a concept album, making sure each of the musical tracks were compressed chapters specifically arranged to create a story.
Oh, to be Young again. Box Set, Rhino’s four-disc Buffalo Springfield compilation, is an illuminating journey through the past. The time that Buffalo Springfield actually hung together—1966 to 1968— was a vital period that brought together five intensely creative individuals during their wild, formative years.
“To astonish" was a verb the late Terry Southern frequently used to describe the mandate of a great writer. Southern consistently astonished as author of Red Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes, The Magic Christian (skewering capitalism) and Candy (ditto for sexual mores), and co-screenwriter of Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider and Barbarella.
The seeds of Joseph “Red Dog” Campbell's 30plus-year gig as an Allman Brothers Band roadie were sown on his return home from Vietnam. “On our way through the Panama Canal,” Red Dog writes in his self-published A Book of Tails, “I picked up two A&P shopping bags full of weed.
Some HIGH TIMES staffers go on to great things. One former editor, Glenn O’Brien, is now a big-bucks-per-word scribe for Vanity Fair. Another, Craig Pyle, won a Pulitzer Prize. Then there’s Eric Danville, who was managing editor here during the Just-Say-No ’80s.
GRAND TURISMO 3 Developer: Polyphony Digital Platform: PS2 Publisher: Sony Start your engines! Following much anticipation, Grand Turismo 3 finally screeched through stores this past summer. There was a lot of hype surrounding PlayStation 2’s debut, but it has generally been a disappointment, despite its superb graphics capabilities.
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FOR CENTURIES, THE HUMAN RACE HAS HEIGHTENED CARNAL BLISS WITH CANNABIS. IN FACT, MANY PEOPLE CAN’T IMAGINE HAVING SEX ANY OTHER WAY. IS THAT A PROBLEM?
Remember that scene from the movie Annie Hall? Diane Keaton and Woody Allen start to get romantic, but she puts a momentary hold on things so she can smoke some pot in order to more fully enjoy the experience? She can't get into it without the weed.
What happened when 160,000 people flocked to the 2001 Seattle Hempfest? The biggest pot celebration in history broke out! But the party wasn’t just a giant smokeout. The organizers always kept the eyes of the crowd on the ultimate goal—getting marijuana political prisoners out of jail and making the plant legal!
It’s August in Amsterdam and I’m having quite a miraculous harvest. I grow between 20 to 60 types of medicinal-grade cannabis at all times. Times change and so do conditions. On the full moon of June 5th, I was raided by the Amsterdam police at the request of my landlord, with whom I was having a lease dispute.
The main purpose of sexing your plants is to produce sinsemilla. Marijuana without seeds is a relatively new phenomenon to American consumers. Before the 1970s, nearly all of the marijuana we smoked had seeds. Seeds would frequently comprise 25% or more of the total weight of an ounce.
CALL IT THE POLITICS OF ORIFICE LEGISLATION. THE ADULT-FILM INDUSTRY IS HAUNTED BY THE SAME GOVERNMENT THAT BUSTS POT SMOKERS.
The correlations are undeniable, yet some feminists and heads just don’t get it. First and foremost, smut and sativa embody the American struggle for freedom from "orifice legislation." The government should not have the right to regulate what consenting adults willingly put into their orifices, whether it’s a joint, a penis, a pot brownie or a fist.
WHY DID A BOOK ABOUT PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND COCAINE GET BURNED AND BANNED? AND WHY DID THE AUTHOR BELIEVE HE WAS GOING TO GET KILLED FOR WRITING IT?
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Before Fortunate Son was published in the fall of 1999, James Howard Hatfield spent a year researching and writing his biography on George W. Bush, which he titled “Lone Star Rising.” Most political junkies knew that Bush and his father were plotting a return to power, and a massive money machine had been constructed in Texas for that purpose.
What led you to write Love Potions: A Guide to Aphrodisiacs and Sexual Pleasures? In my practice, I noticed I was seeing many people who were young and healthy—vital people in their thirties and forties—who were complaining of low sex drive, especially women after childbirth.
Do you believe pot is an aphrodisiac? When I wrote Marijuana Reconsidered back in 1967, I was very interested in all questions regarding marijuana. There wasn't a lot of literature on the subject. There still isn’t. But research seemed to indicate that marijuana was not an aphrodisiac, which is what I found for the most part.
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.
A fine flower, a fine time, a fine high. Kered NFC USA On the highway coming to town is “the rock.” It gets painted over, but my girls and I have repainted it on 4/20 for two years straight. Mary P. St James, British Columbia CANADA Unfortunately pigs snatched this beauty before her time.
Let’s say everything’s goin’ groovy, and your plants are healthy and resinous every time. You're not interested in new genetics or amending your tried and true techniques, but two questions remain. How can I increase the yield, and how can I get the plants to finish quicker?
Somehow I’ve made it my duty to make sure that everyone knows the virtues of marijuana. Maybe because it saved my life. There are many important reasons, but at this point in time, the most important is the normalization of pot-smokers. Coming out of the closet will show everyone how they’ve been prejudiced against us.
What, you say, another Dutch herb contest? Yes, it’s true. This one is held on a boat that departs from an ancient Dutch city. How’s the smoke? Read on and see.
Amsterdam, Holland, June 3, 2001 It was a gray and cool Sunday morning, and I was late to Amsterdam’s Centraal Station. When I got there, Peter (my friend and Dutch organizer of the High Times Cannabis Cup) was looking disgusted. “Pete, what’s wrong, bro?" I asked.
We grew five seeds we found in a bag of crystal-packed Chronic. Four months later we had two 1.5-foot-tall females with about 20 2-inch buds with enormous crystals. But the fan leaves had only three blades. We hit them with the 12-hour light cycle, and the buds are full of crystals and literally look neon.
Harvest last outdoor plants in warmest climates this month. Sunshine has diminished, and little, if any, growth is apparent. Harvest before a freeze or if heavy rains are predicted. Dry harvested plants and buds. Suspend branches from a drying line in a cool (60°F) dark room with good air circulation.
The lead singer of Staind, Aaron Lewis, is this year’s stoner Santa. He talks to Steve Bloom about his band’s incredible ride up the charts and his love of marijuana. Plus a glass special: Historically, the artisans of the glass smokeware industry have generally been men.