High Times At 30, Getting Its Head Together 

High Times At 30, Getting Its Head Together 
Posted by CN Staff on April 19, 2004 at 23:21:06 PT
By Peter Carlson, Washington Post Staff Writer
Source: Washington Post 
Man, the news from Iraq is, like, a major bummer. Read the mainstream press and all you get is bombings, murders, uprisings, riots and hostages. Fortunately, one publication dares to print the news that won't kill your buzz. That publication is High Times, the marijuana magazine now celebrating its 30th anniversary. And the news is this: There's plenty of weed in the new liberated Iraq.
"There are few laws in Iraq right now," writes Dave Enders, High Times's man in Baghdad, "so although drug possession was punishable by death before, you can now pass a spliff openly in front of the cops." Which may not, come to think of it, be exactly the kind of freedom that President Bush envisioned for Iraq. Enders, a freelancer from Michigan, covers more than just the dope scene in Baghdad. He also writes about U.S. soldiers and the nutty do-gooders who've swarmed into Iraq and about Hamid, "a 26-year-old translator/bodyguard/heavy-metal fan." Hamid was an Iraqi soldier until he deliberately shot himself in the leg to avoid fighting the Americans and now smokes weed and writes protest lyrics set to the tune of "The Wall" by Pink Floyd: "We don't need no occupation, We don't need no CPA. . . . " "The desire to leave," Enders concludes, "is the only thing US soldiers and Iraqis have in common." Enders's entertaining piece is a good example of High Times's new editorial policy -- less dope, more reality. High Times still covers the weed -- and runs full-color centerfolds of voluptuous pot buds -- but since January it has expanded its coverage of the rest of the world. In recent issues, High Times has published articles on prostitution, bike messengers, comedian Dave Chappelle, a Colombian guerrilla, singer Ani DiFranco, education reform and a piece on Arnold Schwarzenegger by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gary Webb. Snipped: Complete Article: Washington Post (DC)Author: Peter Carlson, Washington Post Staff WriterPublished: Tuesday, April 20, 2004; Page C01 Copyright: 2004 Washington Post Contact: letterstoed washpost.comWebsite: Related Articles & Web Site:High Times Magazine'High Times' Post - 9/11's Smoking Now? Who's Seen Jail From Both Sides of the Bars 
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Comment #4 posted by goneposthole on April 20, 2004 at 07:08:23 PT
boo, hiss
"Man, the news from Iraq is, like, a major bummer."It ain't funny. This is a piece that can be labeled, 'as smarmy as it gets'.
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on April 20, 2004 at 06:58:07 PT:
Actually, Mayan, it does make sense
A very sick and suspicious kind of in the Busch Regime's conscious refusal to upgrade security against a known terr threat prior to 9/11.As the old Scottish saying goes: "Fool me once; shame on you..." Well, the Bushites are no doubt believing they can try for another 'trifecta'. Perhaps that's why so much of their legislative efforts seem to carry the serenely confident assumption of continued control, as much of what they say they'll do - like the (choke! gag! cough!) "Medicare Reform" that won't start for a few years. And why they are screeching about keeping the (ugh! I have no anti-nauseants available!) PATRIOT Act intact in it's present odious and detestable form.The teflon is peeling off in huge swathes, and the (very) base metal underneath is corroding faster than the Bushites can whitewash it, and the rest of the world knows it. 
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on April 20, 2004 at 04:06:33 PT
Crumbling Coalition...
Honduras joins Spain in pulling out of Iraq. More countries may follow now that the reasons for going to war have been thoroughly exposed as bogus... Other Nations May Follow Spain From Iraq, Japan Says: just keep getting worse for the Bush regime. They will resort to desperate tactics before their ship sinks. Rice is predicting "terror attacks" before the election yet the feds are easing airport security. That makes a lot of sense! Feds Might Ease Post-9/11 Airport Rule: only way out...Mike Ruppert on Coast to Coast AM: exercise had jet crashing into building: Were Saudi Passengers Flown Out of the Country After 9/11?
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Comment #1 posted by E_Johnson on April 20, 2004 at 00:09:48 PT
Look what Santa Pot brought us
I do remember the day the IOM report came out and this newspaper called the Washington Post published a story that Barry McCaffrey himself could have written.Times sure have changed. 
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