This year, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws held its annual conference in San Francisco instead of Washington. NORML leaders felt that the city that spawned Prop 215 would be a lot friendlier to a flock of pot-smokers than Dubya's DC. The result was a smashing success.
Finally, a giant step in the right direction ("The Burning Bush," Jun. ’02). The DEA’s fight is with God, not with us stoners. In the beginning of the Old Testament, God considered his creation good. “All things” does not mean some things. God intended for marijuana, opium and coca to be common household medicines.
Late this summer, the 11th annual Seattle Hempfest is scheduled to get underway with 1,000 staffers working in six-hour shifts to clean up, set up and secure the grounds for the biggest hemp party in the world. Like last year, 150,000 free-speech-lovin', social-justice-seekin', lawchangin' citizens are expected.
MANDERSON, SD—The Oglala Lakota are growing industrial hemp for the third consecutive year on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota. The White Plume family planted it on their land April 5, firm in their conviction that doing so was both legally and morally legitimate.
NEW YORK CITY𠄄On April 9, readers of the New York Times found Mayor Mike Bloomberg's beady eyes staring out from page A13. "You bet I did, and I enjoyed it," read a comic-strip balloon coming out of the billionaire politician's mouth, over the tag line, "it's NORML to Smoke Pot."
This year's Hash Bash at the University of Michigan's Diag in Ann Arbor proved that not only is the Bash still a smash after 31 years, but that the spirit of Rainbow Farm, wounded by the murders of owner Tom Crosslin and his partner, Rolland Rohm, last September at the hands of law enforcement, is healing well.
As the son of an Assembly of God minister, we can expect some of John Ashcroft's fundamentalist beliefs to seep into his position as chief of the Justice Department. He holds daily prayer meetings with his staff. And not long after being appointed to office, he spent thousands of tax dollars covering up the exposed breast on the Spirit of Justice statue that had otherwise remained bare since it was installed in the '30s.
Instead of stuffing towels under the crack of your motel-room door or smoking your stash while hanging out the bathroom window to avoid detection, why not stay somewhere that appreciates potsmokers? In Vancouver, B.C., marijuana tourists have their choice of two exquisite bed & breakfasts that afford maximum comfort and security for the weed wayfarer.
What happens when you find out that your 14-year-old son is shooting heroin? If you're Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, you tell him: "Don't let drugs rule your life or become everything in your whole life." Jamie Wood told London's News of the World that people used to give him drugs just because he was Ron Wood's son.
In mid-April, America Online mailed out zillions of those little start-up discs that offer 1,000 hours of free AOL service. We've all seen these come-ons before—high-tech junk mail that goes straight into the trash. However, this time we actually opened the package.
Before selling your soul to the government for student financial aid, pick up the new University of Psychogenic Fugue: A Course Catalog for Students of Life by Tye R. Farrell and Jeffrey Morrow. Named for a disease in which people "thought they were something other than they really were," the UPF offers a vast array of dubious courses, campus activities, councils and student organizations.
The distortions about the dangers of pot continue to fall by the wayside. In response to a request from Home Secretary David Blunkett, the British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has reviewed the current scientific evidence on cannabis and recommended that it be reduced to Class C, grouping it with antidepressants and steroids.
Richard Nixon was the villain all good hippies and radicals loved to hate—and the tape transcripts recently released show him to be just as vile as we imagined—a conniving, foul-hearted racist and anti-Semite. With drug-related sections collated by Common Sense for Drug Policy, the transcripts reveal Tricky Dick and his henchmen as petty, bigoted and often dementedly stupid.
New York's top jam band stages its own summer festival.
Music comes from a need for a higher form of communication, says moe. percussionist Jim Loughlin. Sitting in a leaky backstage Winnebago at last summer's moe.down, the band’s annual Labor Day weekend music festival at Snow Ridge Ski Mountain in Turin, NY, Loughlin takes another hit off a blue glass pipe filled with sticky green hydro.
Acoustic guitarist Keller Williams has been turning heads on the tie-dye circuit for nearly 10 years—as a solo act. While his fingers fly over 12 strings with quick precision, Williams exudes a dry, folksy demeanor that brings to mind one of his heroes, Leo Kottke.
NATIONAL RAINBOW GATHERING—July 1-7; Great Lakes region, probably Michigan; 32nd yr., commune with your brothers and sisters in the national forest; donations accepted; welcomehome.org/rainbow.html 4TH OF JULY SMOKE-IN—July 4; National Mall, Washington, DC; 33rd yr.; rally in the nation's capital for marijuana legalization; fourthofjuly.org
If you are a factually retentive, hardcore Allman Brothers fan, you must pick up a copy of The Complete Allman Brothers Band Discography, compiled by Dean Reynolds. A longtime collector of all things Allman, Reynolds has spent 30 years gathering every possible nugget of data available about the recordings of the Brothers, as well as their individual projects, offshoot bands and guest session work.
I just returned from the 30th annual Hash Bash, which takes place on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. For 30 years the Hash Bash has kicked off the spring and summer season of hemp fests. Over the years, all my friends in the hemp movement have gathered together to restore our commitment to change the unjust mariwanna laws in this country.
"Many people are viewing Canada as a haven to avoid US justice." —DEA spokesman Richard Meyer
VANCOUVER—A reputation for tolerance and good cheap bud makes British Columbia a logical destination for medical-marijuana patients fleeing the US Drug War. Recent media coverage detailing the plight of these refugees caught the attention of authorities in both countries, resulting in the Canadian roundup and detention of three American medical-pot users.
AUGUSTA, ME—Maine medical-marijuana patients can now possess up to 1-1/2 ounces of harvested cannabis and up to six plants, no more than three of which can be mature, under a law signed by Governor Angus King on April 1. Public Law 2001, chapter 580, enacted by a voice vote in the state House and Senate, also expands the qualifications for a designated caregiver, and gives patients who comply with the law's procedures the right to use a medical-necessity defense if prosecuted by the state for possessing or growing pot.
In the weeks following US President George W. Bush's appearance in Peru to push his antidrug Andean Initiative, South America has seen an abortive military coup aimed at Venezuela's president and an assassination attempt on a right-wing presidential candidate in Colombia.
Charges have been dropped against a defendant busted in the notorious Tulia, Texas drug dragnet of 1999 after a bank slip proved she was 300 miles away when the alleged cocaine sale occurred. Tonya White, 33, was charged with selling 1.3 grams of cocaine to undercover narc Thomas Coleman at around 10:30 AM on Oct. 9, 1998.
Hells Angels chief accused of multiple murders in drug-trade empire.
MONTREAL—He says he is a cook and used-car salesman. Quebec prosecutors call him the kingpin of the most violent Hells Angels chapter in the world. Crime reporters and his fellow bikers call him by his nickname, “Mom.” Maurice Boucher is on trial in Montreal for allegedly ordering the murder of two Quebec prison guards as they left work in 1997.
Putting the brakes on doped-driving misconceptions.
Policy debates regarding marijuana-law reform, including those involving the legalization of medicinal cannabis, invariably beg the question: "What about marijuana and driving?" The concern is a valid one. In fact, NORML's own "Principles of Responsible Cannabis Use" invoke a "no driving" clause, stating: "Although cannabis is said by most experts to be safer than alcohol and many prescription drugs with motorists, responsible cannabis consumers never operate motor vehicles in an impaired condition."
SAN FRANCISCO—At your next cannabis political event, if you see a guitar player in a tie-dyed shirt with graying curls who's singing pot songs, that could be Oakland lawyer Bill Panzer. His recent wedding resembled a Grateful Dead concert, complete with psychedelic posters as invitations and Jerry Garcia's band for entertainment.
Undercover Crackdown at Widespread Panic Concerts PELHAM, AL—State and local police arrested nearly 200 people during a crackdown on drugs during a three-night outdoor concert series by the group Widespread Panic at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham, Alabama.
Proud to be a hippie and wearing my new yellow leather fringe jacket for the first time, I was on my way to the original Woodstock Festival along with half a million others. At the same time, newspapers were headlining the murder in Beverly Hills, CA, of Sharon Tate—the actress wife of director Roman Polanski—their unborn baby and a few friends.
1991-1997—Major US oil companies invest billions in cash in Central Asia to secure equity rights to huge oil reserves. They have no way to get the oil and gas to market. Dec. 4, 1997—Representatives of the Taliban are invited to the Texas headquarters of Unocal to negotiate their support for a pipeline to get the oil out through Afghanistan.
Scared, defiant and hopeful, NORML gathered in San Francisco on 4/20. Its annual confab, held this year in the medical-marijuana capital of the world, drew a record 560 people.
They ran out of beer early at the jammed, raucous, spit-and-baling-wire emergency party that closed this April’s National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws annual conference in San Francisco. Thirsty guests found ways to compensate for the lack of suds, and if you ignored the computers and filing cabinets, it was easy to forget you were violating fire codes at an ad hoc shindig at a hotshot law office.
Are Jack Black and Kyle Gass the new Cheech 6 Chong? With their debut album as Tenacious D and Black's stony acting résumé, 'The D' movie can't be far behind.
Stoner of the Year? Jack Black balks at the idea. "Am I a lock?" asks the wild-eyed actor/musician before dismissing the possibility. "I ain't no lock." Black has built quite a résumé, from his movie work as an underwear-clad, pharmaceutically challenged character in this year's Orange County to the dreadlocked pot dealer in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer to zany drug guru Devlin in the underground flick Bongwater.
Here's a few tips we'd like to pass on far those of uou still hopinq to get a crop in this summer.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!
Plant everywhere the sun meets the earth! Don't put all your eggs in one basket—or all your plants in one patch. Having three plants in each of 10 locations is infinitely preferable to 30 plants in one place. The same holds true for 10 gardens of 30 plants over one garden of 300.
Not sure where to let it all hang out? Let us guide you to the planet's top six cities for smoking the good weed and restoking the spirit.
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The region surrounding Vancouver, B.C., presents a diverse range of world-class cultural, recreational, natural and wildlife attractions year-round. Situated between ocean and mountains, Vancouver offers a spectacular range of diversions, whether it’s the city’s vibrant marijuana community or more traditional vacation pursuits like cycling, hiking and boating.
Born in 1864 in Ft. Worth, Texas, Emesto "Trey" Anastasia III was raised in Princeton, NJ, where he met budding high-school musicians John Popper and Chris Barron. In 1983, Trey moved further north to attend the University of Vermont, where he would soon cross paths with three other musicians—Mike Gordon, John Fishman and Page McConnell.
We grew her (Mona) completely organically, using tips from HIGH TIMES. We even created our own bug spray, using habanero peppers, onions, garlic and other organic ingredients, that seemed to prevent the bugs from gnawing on our friend. Otis, Leroy & Doc Philadelphia This is only one of my babies.
I haven't mentioned anything about vaporizers in almost two years, waiting for serious technology to be applied. Now, Advanced Inhalation Revolutions Incorporated, based in California, has developed the Vapir Digital AIR-2 vaporizer.
Here's an exclusive from General Hydroponics: New Coco Cups rooting baskets. Made from 100%-organic coco fibers held together with natural latex, they're completely biodegradable. However, the intertwined coco fibers are superstrong.
Dutch Passion is one of Holland's premier seed companies, winning numerous Cannabis Cups over the past decade. Henk, OP's charismatic owner, has been breeding marijuana seeds for nearly 25 years.
Without quality seed banks of the world's useful and needed seeds, we as a species would cease to exist. Every culture on Earth has saved seeds of their important plants since the beginning of time. In the near future, cannabis seed banks will be one of the very important healing tools of humankind.
Welcome to Trans-High Market Quotations, the premier authority on marijuana prices for the last 28 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.
Dear Jorge, Please print my list of how growrooms are discovered. It is very important. Top 13 Ways Growrooms Are Discovered Snitch turns you in Burglary Fire Odors leak outside Water leaks outside house/apartment/room Weird trash—soil, grow stuff and supplies Fan noise Suspicious traffic at odd hours Dreadlocks, hippie clothing Loose lips and irresponsible business practices Outdoor crops near growroom Carrying too much stuff in and out Loud parties Baba Otis Anonymous Dear Baba, Thanks for caring so much about your fellow growers.
The countdown to harvest is on! The days are getting shorter, and fastmaturing plants will show signs of flowering by the first or second week of August, especially in northern climates. August is often the hottest month of the year in many climates.
Whether you're searching for a simple hydro system that won't take up too much space, or you desire something that looks like it was built by NASA, you're going to want to check out the August issue, because we're going hydro in a very big way. The entire spectrum of the hydro universe will be represented here.