“High Times is one of a select few publications that isn’t afraid to hang their sack out there and let the story be told as it should be. I have the dubious distinction of being the only person in the history of the world to have appeared in both High Times and Boys’ Life.”
“I’ve smoked weed with racists of all different colors,” Dave Chappelle tells High Times in this issue devoted to the subject of race in America. Why is High Times examining an issue like race, you ask. Because the sacred herb crosses all frontiers.
High Times stakes out its stoner space on the Web with 420.com, which will incorporate features, photos and columns from our new title, High Times' Grow America. Read how-to-grow articles by HTGA cultivation experts Jorge Cervantes, Kyle Kushman, Max Yields, Soma, Nebu and Breeder Steve.
I never, almost never, buy a five-dollar magazine at a newsstand. But when my son Tim told me his friend Mark Webber had been interviewed for the January ’04 High Times, and the next day I read about HT’s new editorial direction in the New York Times (November 16, ’03), I went out and bought a copy.
I TOOK A JAR OF PENNIES AND BOUGHT THE “Inside Women” issue at my local newsstand. The pennies were being saved up to pay for the bleaching of my asshole. Your stupid fucking magazine gave me the idea, and now I can’t get it off my mind. But I decided that owning the latest High Times was more important to me than some dark and vain procedure.
“You do not want to get into a situation where ICT (Information Communication and Technology) and its progress create social chasms and economic chasms between the haves and have-nots." — Rajeeva Ratna Shah, India’s secretary for industrial policy, announcing a $2.7 billion plan to bridge his nation’s digital divide.
“WHAT’S THE TOPIC OF YOUR NEXT COLUMN?” I WAS ASKED at a recent holiday party. “Race,” I replied to a trio of gay men really good at yapping about the dirty details of their lives. Dylan, a white ex—ballet dancer, put down his crudité; and leaned into the group.
People often describe the “timelessness” of a particular fashion when it has transcended the vagaries of being “in” or “out” to become a more or less permanent fixture on storeroom shelves. In this regard, the sari has the longest streak going.
PILLS, POT, PLACEBOS, POISONS, & OTHER INTOXICANTS
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED IF A GOAT ON ACID CAN walk a straight line? What drug inspires the most murder and mayhem? What’s in the pill cocktail used to get horny at a circle jerk? Why it is that when a witch straddles a broomstick she can, ahem, “fly”?
ON A WARM WINTER NIGHT RECENTLY, I found myself walking through the Lower East Side of Manhattan with a group of teenaged aspiring rappers. As we walked to a film shoot they were going to be in, we kept picking up more of their friends on the way. It was a ragtag, multicultural group of neighborhood kids in low-slung jeans and oversized sweatshirts.
US Defense Secretary Tours Afghanistan's Homegrown Economy
IN LATE NOVEMBER, US SECRETARY OF Defense Donald Rumsfeld went to Afghanistan, where he met with two prominent Afghan warlords and key US allies, Rashid Dostum and Atta Mohammed, to thank them for stopping clashes between their fighters and for supporting the US-created government of President Hamid Karzai.
AT FIRST GLANCE, THE GRAINY FOOTAGE appeared to be something out of the news from Baghdad: Heavily armed, uniformed men taking over a building, guns drawn and waving wildly, shouting loud commands at cowering civilians, and shoving and handcuffing those who complied too slowly.
THAILAND’S PRIME MINISTER, THAKSIN Shinawatra, declared victory in Thailand’s War on Drugs campaign on December 3, 2003, with the bodies of thousands of dead hill people, drug users and smugglers strewn throughout the country. The campaign’s stated purpose was to bring about a drug-free Thailand by December, as a present for King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 76th birthday.
EVERYONE HATES TAXES—BUT SOME people hate them more than others. So much, in fact, that they’d rather spend their time in court than filling out a 1040. They are tax protesters, and most of them focus on the federal income tax and the agency charged with collecting it, the Internal Revenue Service.
“THE AVERAGE AMERICAN IS SUBJECTED TO about four thousand images and messages per day. Of these, about three thousand nine hundred ninety are generated by corporations. Like Weblogs, freeway blogs are one of the last outlets for individuals to express themselves to the masses.”
FORMER COP HOWARD J. WOOLDRIDGE rides his 9-year-old horse, Misty, across America, coast to coast, wearing a T-shirt that reads, “Cops Say Legalize Pot. Ask Me Why.” Wooldridge is one of the founders of of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of former and retired law enforcement officers speaking out against the War on Drugs.
THE BRIEF, KICK-ASS HIT OF A SALVIA HIGH IS AS ELUSIVE AND chimeral as any other quest for a visionary altered state; be it the Holy Grail, the g-spot, bodhisattva, or the perfect martini. As a legal, hallucinatory, non-toxic, psychoactive plant, salvia divinorum sounds too good to be true, and, in a way, it is.
THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT VIVIAN MCPEAK is that he’s a man. He has long dark hair, a matching beard and a healthy attitude. He was once the lead singer for a band named Vivian, and people started calling him Vivian. Prisoners assumed he was a babe and wrote him sexy letters.
Anthony Bozza WHATEVER YOU SAY I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF EMINEM (Crown)
Gov't Mule THE DEEPEST END: LIVE IN CONCERT (ATO)
WE ARE EVERYWHERE: THE IRRESISTIBLE RISE OF GLOBAL ANTi-CAPITALISM (Verso)
A MOVEMENT OF MOVEMENTS: IS ANOTHER WORLD REALLY POSSIBLE? (Verso)
SCARFACE TWO-DISC ANNIVERSARY EDITION (Universal)
With the considerable ink that’s been spilled about Eminem over the last five years, a book about the Marshall Mathers phenomenon comes as no surprise. Whatever You Say I Am is an earnest and often entertaining effort, although it immediately reveals itself as that staple of pop-music literature, the biography written at the height of its subject’s career.
I KNEW THE JEWS OF HEEB WERE MY KIND OF JEWS: loose, lapsed, loquacious, libation-prone and libidinous, when The Spinning Dreidels, a break-dancing troupe, took to the floor to twirl about on their waxed-up yarmulkes at B-Low, a hip-hop club in New York City.
DAVE CHAPPELLE IS ONE ACHINGLY FUNNY DUDE. Just ask viewers who have tuned into Chappelle’s Show, his Comedy Central hit, where they make the acquaintance of characters like Tyrone, “the goofiest crackhead in the town,” who is lured to an intervention by the prospect of, what else, free crack.
Does the WTO kill farmers? Lee Kyung Hae said yes.
LEE KYUNG-HAE TRAVELED HALFWAY ACROSS THE GLOBE, to Cancún, Mexico, with a simple message for the World Trade Organization. The 57-year-old South Korean farmer perched atop the security fence surrounding the group’s September 2003 negotiations and unfurled a banner that read, The WTO Kills Farmers.
IS THE WHITE SUPREMACIST MOVEMENT IN AMERICA DEAD, OR MERELY SLEEPING?
SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR RACISTS ENDED UP under arrest (Matt Hale and Buford O’Neal Furrow), bankrupt (Richard Butler), dead (William Pierce and Bob Matthews) or executed (Timothy McVeigh). And those who follow these peerless leaders have found themselves walking blindly into the great wide open.
Between the First and Second World Wars, Germany was a newly formed nation struggling to define itself after the last remnants of its status as an empire had been crushed. Though America has just begun its perilous launch as an empire, the experience, after 9/11, of being a humiliated world power now binds the US more tightly to Germany’s cautionary history than ever seemed possible three years ago.
DRUG ABUSE WILL NEW YORK STATE EVER DROP THE ROCK?
WILL NEW YORK STATE EVER DROP THE ROCK?
The case of Darryl Best is a well-known example of justice miscarried. In the autumn of 2000, Darryl and Wanda were a poor, middle-aged, African-American couple struggling to keep their heads above the poverty line in lower New York City. They'd been faithfully married for over 20 years and had raised five children, putting them all through school, with the older two entering college.
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“JORGE!... GRINGO... JORGE!...” Excuse me....Am I dreaming? That someone’s calling my name from far, far away? But if I were dreaming, wouldn’t they be calling me by my real name? Instead of “Jorge"? And wouldn’t I be hearing rock and roll music in my dream instead of that painful Vallenato Indio music that the idiot three cells down plays way too loud on his tape machine all day long?
I know you can turn hemp into rope and paper, and I pretty much understand how that is done. I’ve also heard that you can turn hemp into fuel or gasoline. How is that possible? S. U. V. Detroit, MI In 2001, the famous Hempcar traveled 13,000 miles across Canada and the US on a tour of 50 cities in a 92-day marathon.