Biggest topic of conversation is the Great Hash Shortage of 1974. For a variety of reasons, hashish of all types and qualities is almost impossible to find. Informants in Europe report that well-heeled American tourists and dollar-laden German and Dutch hash smokers, as well as bored sailors of the U.S.
“It is clear to us,” Joanna Harcourt-Smith says, “that Dr. Leary and I were brought back to the United States to decode the message of the comet Kohoutek.” Why is the comet vision of Timothy Leary (see Terra II by Timothy Leary, High Times, Vol. 1, No. 1) more meaningful than a vision of ray gun warfare between legions of Martian mice and Venusian ducks?
Q: Ever since I started getting high, I’ve been either toking or snorting. There must be some other way to get high short of hypodermics? A: Well, we’ve heard of a cocaine douche, but don’t know about it’s safety. Perhaps one of our readers could enlighten us?
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) discovered an abandoned four-engine airplane at tiny Winder Airport near Atlanta one late August morning containing 218 burlap-wrapped, fifty-pound bales of marijuana. There were no clues to what had become of the flight crew.
Pot was found growing on the plantation of Mississippi Senator James Eastland. A mysterious intruder had planted the patch unnoticed and it was discovered by an Eastland employee. Police and narcotics agents were called in and a stakeout begun near a church on the plantation.
Even while we sleep, vigilant avatars of culture shock watch over those who would raise their well-bred aristocratic hands against law and order. For example, Tuli Kupferberg, the well-known Fug, and Sylvia Topp have completed a collage-manuscript of news clippings of dope damages, which, when published, will lay before us all the relevant data in the cases of: Peter Fonda: charged with marijuana possession, Van Nuys, Cal., August 23, 1966.
"Operation Whisper," an annual snitch-on-your dealer campaign in Ocean Country, New Jersey, had another successful year. Fifty-six persons, including eleven juveniles, were charged in Seaside Heights as the summer roundup of suspected drug traffickers came to a close.
AIM-J is a new organization dedicated to helping Americans in jail in Mexico. AIM-J was founded by Jerry Kamstra, the author of the book Weed. Theoretically the U.S. Consul should help U.S. citizens but the government’s zest in stopping dope means: no help.
Charles Roberts, 62, of Eastbourne, England, received the world’s record for tomato growing for his tomato weighing 41/2 pounds. The great gardener attributed his success to stereo earphones he put on the growing tomato, playing music into it continuously.
Marvin Forest Flowers, 30, ran out of gas on U.S. 19, north of Clearwater, Florida. He was drunk and he pulled his 1973 Lincoln Continental to the side of the road to sleep until sober. Unfortunately, he and his attache case filled with $336,556 cash were roused by a deputy at 5 a.m.; his wallet revealed papers with code names and instructions for a rendezvous off Jamaica.
A former New York welfare department investigator pleaded guilty in Bronx Supreme Court to masterminding a $500 million international narcotics ring. The ring was broken last July with the indictment and arrest of 33 persons. Howard Zachary Fuchs, 27, a Yeshiva University graduate described by police as “a Horatio Alger of crime" faces up to 15 years in prison on charges that he had bankrolled the transport of 600 pounds of cocaine and 4,000 pounds of hashish.
Anthony Renteria, 20, of Union City, N.J., has been charged with passing a marijuana cigarette to a two-year-old child in a school yard. He was also charged with possession of 25 grams of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Deaf and mute students at Gallaudet College, the nation’s only liberal arts college for the deaf, have a sign language description of a narcotics agentan imaginary syringe is stuck into one arm, followed by the letter “C” (for cop) being made with the fingers across the heart.
After 13 days, a hunger strike by 68 American and Canadian prisoners within Lecumberri prison in Mexico City was ended on July 22. Unfortunately it did little to alleviate the brutal conditions with which the prisoners, most of whom are jailed for drug possession, must live.
Two men who swallowed 24 condoms filled with Moroccan hashish oil arrived in London’s Heathrow airport near death after the condoms burst in their stomachs. They had been on vacation in Tangier. They were later sentenced by the Crown Court to two-year suspended sentences for attempted smuggling.
The cargo may now be Colombian gold grass and not Incan gold treasures, but piracy is fast making a comeback as more and more profit is realized in dope smuggling by yacht. During the last two years at least thirty American seagoing yachts and cabin crisers have allegedly disappeared in suspicious circumstances, and the U.S. Coast Guard suspects that boat owners are being victimized by drug smugglers in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
A year long “war” over the importation of Colombian roses and carnations into the United States has ended. In 1973 angry American flower growers protested that a Colombian government subsidy of the industry constituted a threat to their own economic health.
In 1970, the Turkish government rejected a U.S. proposal to ban poppy cultivation, simultaneously announcing an intention to curtail production to an unspecified degree. In 1972, however, the Turks accepted the U.S. plan, as well as $35 million in farm subsidies to help Turkish peasants shift to other cash crops.
Various groups looking to ease the drug laws have been active on different fronts lately. NORML (National Organization for the, Reform of Marijuana Laws) started a decriminalization advertising campaign on New York City buses this July.
Latest police reports from Darwin, Australia, are alerting the populace to be on the lookout for five killer toads still at large after 18 escaped from a local biology teacher. The eight-inch toads squirt a poison deadly to cats, dogs, and pigs.
On Tuesday, August 25, a Miami office building housing the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency offices suddenly crumbled, killing one narcotics officer and injuring six other persons. The dead man was Special Agent Charles H. Mann, who had been active in the Miami area for about two years.
Alan Murray, a former criminal investigator for the Justice Department, might finally be successful in his quest to expose “corruption at the highest levels” of his department, the Customs Service, The Border Patrol, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Southwest.
On May 3, 1974, drummer Buddy Rich was fined $75 for possession of marijuana and ordered to forfeit $750 bail in Hobart, Tasmania. James Miller, a member of the rock group War, has been arrested in Los Angeles for possession of marijuana and cocaine.
A full-scale, two-and-a-half-hour battle was won by Chicago Municipal workers this summer when thousands of red ants attacked a motorist who had stopped to change a tire on the Edens Expressway Highway maintenance crews used a mixture of weed killer, fuel oil and gasoline to quash the ant rebellion after fending them off with water so the driver in question could escape with his repaired care.
Judge Frederick B. Smillie fondly recalled Blanche Smiths pies when she ran the Norristown, Pa. restaurant where the Montgomery County Bar Association gathered for lunch. So, when Mrs. Smith, age 76 and confined to a wheelchair, was brought before him on charges of selling heroin to state police undercover agents, Judge Smillie gave her six years of unsupervised probation.
Laughing gas almost became an uncalled witness at a London pornography trial. Stephan Balogh, son of Lord Balogh, Minister of State for Energy, was caught trying to enliven the trial by feeding the nitrous oxide into the courtroom air-conditioning system and was sentenced to a six month jail sentence.
Charles Lisand, 17, was arrested in a Brooklyn subway train for buying $10 worth of pot but the dealer got away. In a tense scene plainclothes police closed in, but a wave of resistance spread through the crowd, who besieged the pair of detectives, chanting “Kill the pigs!” in unison.
Apparently hoping to beef up its enforcement efforts, the U.S. Customs Service recently issued a nationwide call for young dogs with an “inquisitive, bold and willing disposition” to serve as drug sniffers along the U.S. Borders. Tough larger breeds are preferred, though any dog can apply.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) reports that the total number of persons arrested in the United States on marijuana charges rose to a record high: 420,700 in 1973. According to figures based on the F.B.I. Uniform Crime Report for 1973, marijuana arrests increased 43% over 1972.
A study of marijuana smokers released in the British Journal of Addiction has come up with a rather unstartling revelation: grass smokers maintain “a broad tendency towards hedonism.” They are more likely to smoke tobacco, get drunk, and find their studies in school unsatisfactory than the non-toker.
The New York Cannabis Merchants Association (NYCMA), a syndicate of marijuana dealers, recently donated $1,000 to Geraldo Rivera’s One-To-One program. The money will be used to help Willowbrook patients. The money donated by NYCMA is proceeds from profits made on marijuana sales.
A 74-year-old woman has been accused of atempting to smuggle $210,000 worth of cocaine into the United States from Colombia. “Who could have done this to me?” exclaimed Madline Partlow when 100 small tubes of the powder were found woven into a small rug she said had been purchased as a gift for her by friends in Bogota.
When 11,000 pounds of hashish were seized recently at the U.S.-Canadian border, the only question was on whose side of the line one of the greatest hash hauls in history had happened. (Canada eventually got custody.) It also underscored overwhelmingly huge busts that have been made recently—the following among them.
Surveys taken throughout the United States have been continuing to show increased acceptance for grass. •The Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors has voted to recommend abolishing laws against the use and possession of marijuana.
LSD was found brewing in a coffee urn at Chicago’s McCormick Palace the night then-Vice President Gerald Ford addressed the National Computer convention. Nine hours after Ford concluded his speech and left, six stagehands became light-headed and giggly and were hospitalized.
Timothy Leary has reportedly agreed to become a government witness, and is apparently testifying before a grand jury about his knowledge of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, the Weather Underground, and others. Leary himself has been kept in isolation in recent weeks, and there is no confirmation of the situation from him or the government.
Exotic Rio de Janeiro, equated by many with intrigue and escape, has become the modern haven for international fugitives. Reports of faces from the wanted list seen on Rio streets are accumulating and fashionable sectors of the romantic town are being settled by such rogues as Ronald Biggs, infamous British train robber.
Dr. Arnold Mandell, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at U.C. San Diego, has come to the astonishing conclusion that it may soon be possible to develop, “exquisite” new drugs without side effects which will allow normal users to select the lifestyle they desire.
Federal drug agents arrested an alleged seven man cocainesmuggling ring after tracing a shipment of cocaine hidden in bags of coral and other poisonous snakes at JFK airport in New York. The snakes were addressed to a Flushing pet shop which presumably was planning to peddle the reptiles at a multimillion percent profit.
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. ruled that “Chief", the marijuana-sniffing pooch owned by the Yuma, Arizona police had acted constitutionally when it sniffed out a pot-laden footlocker at a Greyhound bus terminal. The court rejected the appeal by attorneys for the man arrested for maintaining the locker, saying, “The conduct of the police was a model of intelligent and responsible procedure.”
By a decisive 64-31 margin, the Senate voted on July 31 to repeal the controversial “noknock” provisions of federal drug laws—a legacy of the Nixon administration. Characterized by Watergate investigator, Sen. Sam Ervin as sanctioning the “methods of a common Burglar,” the clause empowered drug enfocement agents to enter the homes of citizens innocent of any violation.
The BNDD’s former chief speaks frankly on pot, narcs, and other subjects.
In 1972, John Finlator resigned his post as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD). As America’s chief narc, he occupied a controversial position. He deliberately made it twice as hot by openly advocating the decriminalization of marijuana while still in office.
Harvest Herald : crop reports from around the world
In some places the harvest has been good, while in other places it has been not so good, depending on which side you stand. It has generally been a year to which narcs could point with pride, but poor weather accounted for more scarcities than all the activities of the carabinieri.
In the southern Arizona desert, three miles north of the Mexican border, and forty miles east of Nogales, stretches Lochiel Road: a bleak stretch dotted with scrub pine, manzanita trees and prairie grass. In the dawn of April 25, 1974, two young schoolgirls, Nancy and Julie Searle, walked down a road on their way to classes.
The man who claimed to know the Kennedys leaned over his pâté and confided to me. “Before I contacted you, I investigated a bit to see if High Times was legitimate.” Across his suite, he assayed the departing waitress from room service.
It was the C.I.A. that sent me to Russia. Not that I’d planned it that way. But after studying Russian language and culture for three years at the University of Miami, my yearning to visit the great Slavic motherland was impractical for one idiotic reason: no money.
Some folks might call her square but our Harvest gatefold knows better. A native of Colombia, our October oblong grew up close to the soil with her shapely stems planted firmly in the ground, and a rich golden tan bespeaks of months spent basking in the sensuous sunshine.
The Brotherhood of Eternal Love: The Senate Report
HASHISH OIL MANUFACTURE
What follows is a summary of the Senate report entitled Hashish Smuggling and Passport Fraud: “The Brotherhood of Eternal Love.” The report outlines a story never likely to be told in its entirety—of what was allegedly the biggest hash and acid dealing operation in the world.
Buy American is a slogan we heartily endorse. However, these fine imports are savored by collectors as rare examples of horticultural expertise. Collected and photographed by Brother Artemus for his forthcoming book, The Compleat Book of Cannabis.
Over the past two decades, the urgent need for brief, inexpensive, but still “experientially dense” means of psychoanalysis has led to the emergence of two independent streams of experiment and research. The first involves the use of chemical agents (barbituates, amphetamines, and more recently LSD and other psychedelics) as adjuncts to analysis; the second explores new variations of psychotherapeutic techniques: encounter groups, Perls’ gestalt therapy, Lowen’s bioenergetics, etc.
According to the Federal Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, cocaine is a “narcotic” and the penalty for the peddling or possession of it—fifteen years and $25,000 in fines—is the same as that prescribed for heroin. This law is now facing a severe Constitutional challenge in a U.S. District Court in New Jersey.
PEYOTE SONGS: MUSIC OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA (INDIAN) (Canyon Records ARP 6054) and CROW DOG’S PARADISE: SONGS OF THE SIOUX (Elektra EKS 74091) It is not hard to believe that perhaps the first songs heard in the primordial caves were the spontaneous murmurs inspired by visions in burning bushes or the intoxications of roots from the forest primeval.
HASHISH: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A RED SEA HASH SMUGGLER
THE BOOK OF HIGHS: 250 METHODS OF ALTERING YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS WITHOUT DRUGS
THE GREAT ESCAPE: A SOURCE BOOK OF DELIGHTS & PLEASURES FOR THE MIND & BODY
STRONG AT THE BROKEN PLACES: WOMEN WHO HAVE SURVIVED DRUGS
WEED: ADVENTURES OF A DOPE SMUGGLER
ROLL AWAY THE STONE
THE INDOOR OUTDOOR HIGHEST QUALITY MARIJUANA GROWER’S GUIDE
THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION
221A BAKER STREET: THE ADAMANTINE SHERLOCK HOLMES
SECRETS OF THE MIND-ALTERING PLANTS OF MEXICO by Richard Heffern (New York: Pyramid Books, $1.50) There is a peculiar romantic mystique that has always clung inexplicably to Mexico. Geologically speaking, the country resembles the murderous Sudan of Africa—blistering arid deserts in the north, sweltering malarial jungles in the south—only without a Nile to recommend it to tourists.
”I took gas alone for 25 minutes. It was wonderful. Unspeakable and undescribable truths became apparent. At one point I became aware that I had to grab something. There was a noise that had to be stopped. I was sideways. It was the gas that was making the noise and valve which had to be turned off.
The boffo comeback of Reefer Madness in 1972 was one of the few worthwhile excavations by a movie generation that has been eagerly exhuming its heritage from the moldy mausoleums of the past for some years now. The search for still fresh box office cadavers, fragrant with the atmosphere of high camp, goes forth.
Presenting: the Perforated, Mentholated, Underwater Rolling Paper
“It’s a Boy!” shouts the pack of rolling papers from its cover. “Nixon”, “Haldeman”, “Mitchell”, and “Ehrlichman” glare from the edges of the Watergate Scandal Papers. Other papers sport dollar bills and draft cards and marijuana leaves.
According to one theory of cannabis cookery, the thing to remember about dishes prepared with marijuana or hashish is that these drugs should have no obtrusive taste; at least none that can violently usurp the importance of the standard culinary elements of gourmet fare.
I had fully intended to knock off a snappy piece for this issue about the dope situation in the benighted British Isles but the situation is that there really isn’t any. Most people here have that grubby habit of smoking thick, horrid hash mixed with poisonous cigarette tobacco and then going on a nodding downer for the next hour or two while they discuss how lousy English weather is and how they wish they were back in California.