Hash shortage. Colombian pot shortage. Coke shortage. Coke spoon shortage. Inflation, recession, hard times and the onset of the Second Depression. Pot Prohibition continues and once again the smugglers are arrayed against the Feds, the Drug Enforcement Agency is the new Untouchables and dope networks are beginning to resemble a new, hippie mafia.
I enjoyed reading your Fall, 1974 issue. I did want to add the following notes to your article “Money Doesn’t Bring Happiness” which appears on page 12: 1. The paper found in Mr. Flower’s wallet did not reveal any instructions for a rendezvous off Jamaica; 2.
I find that my memory isn’t nearly as good as I think it should be. I don’t know if that has anything to do with the pot I’ve smoked in my time or not (and I’ve smoked plenty), but I wonder if I can compensate for this in any way. What would you suggest?
A secret government-sponsored research project at U.C. Berkeley is developing a fungus to specifically attack and destroy marijuana plants. Arthur McCain, after receiving his doctorate in plant pathology, sought and gained the sponsorship of the Department of Agriculture to study Fusarium Orisporan, a fungus which “might be used by the government to fight drugs.”
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire has been coming under close scrutiny by local and federal investigative agencies for dope use at both the Chicago and Los Angeles mansions he maintains. Though as of yet Hefner himself has not been linked directly with any illegal substances, Adrienne Pollack, a 23 year-old bunny living in the Chicago mansion OD’d on quaaludes in September, 1973; and in November, 1974 his social secretary, Bobbie Arnstein, 32, was convicted of conspiring to distribute a half pound of cocaine.
A massive dope blockade of the fall harvest of Colombian pot has begun, with a multiagency effort in November along the Florida coast. Although few arrests were made, many incoming loads anchored at sea, awaiting a hole in the blockade. Certain ships were said to be hosting large parties while at anchor.
A “gin duel” between two Florida bar patrons has claimed three lives. Walter Wade, 39, and Eugene Cole, 32, drank themselves to death in an attempt to settle a dispute over who could drink more. Claude Kidd, 52, the bartender who officiated at the contest later died of a heart attack provoked by reports that he would be charged with manslaughter.
AT&T has begun using a new “box” to monitor certain calls on its lines. Developed by TelTone Corp. of Seattle, Washington, the “silver box” permits phone company employees at a single monitoring to use a touch-tone dial that activates the system to listen in on any one of ten trunk lines.
Marijuana-sniffing dogs are able to put in only a short work-week, according to the Police Times. An article written by a dog handler reveals that pot-detecting dogs can be applied effectively for only fifteen to sixty minutes and then they need a rest, varying from a few minutes to forty-eight hours.
Colombia’s leading newspapers are now carrying a warning from the country’s Civil Aeronautics Authority: Don’t be a “mule!” In smuggler’s argot, a “mule” is a person who knowingly or unwittingly serves as a courier. The ads are aimed at the 250,000 Colombians who annually visit the U.S. as ordinary tourists, from whose numbers many mules are recruited.
Testimony in the trial of the alleged Seattle smuggling ring operating behind the facade of the O’Brien Water Ski Co. revealed that one shipment of alleged cocaine which the arresting officers purchased was actually sodium chloride—common salt.
In the wake of the David Carradine pot bust there has been a wave of arrests of the great, the near great, and the once great. Rubbing elbows with the common felons and wrongdoers are the following: Aging 1930’s movie star Lash Larue was charged with possession of marijuana after being arrested in Clayton County, Ga., for drunkenness.
The United States government is growing concerned over the possibility that the giant domestic marijuana plants, which grow wild through the Midwest, may become extremely potent as the years go by. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare has found, through a series of studies, what many smokers have long known: the wild plants contain almost no THC and are virtually useless for getting high.
An alleged plot to dynamite the homes of narcotics officers involved in a recent drug raid has been foiled by Broward County, Florida, sheriff's deputies. Arrested in three separate raids in the Fort Lauderdale area were: Larry Joe Clements, 23; Gary Eugene Muth, 22; and Paul Reynolds, 21, all of Fort Lauderdale.
Thousands of acres of wild pot are spreading over West Virginia and authorities there are busy trying to control it. During W.W.’s I and II the West Virginia eastern panhandle provided hemp for rope factories, but the current crop is up for grabs.
In the latest development between the U.S. and Turkey over the renewed Turkish poppy farming, a New York state congressman reports that the Turkish government plans to oust U.S. narcotics agents presently operating in Turkey. Rep. James F. Hastings, a member of the House task force on drug abuse said he had received confidential information about Turkey’s plans.
Robert Vesco, fugitive financial tycoon, co-defendent in the Mitchell-Stans trial, and a secret large contributor to the 1972 Nixon campaign, is now the focus of a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations inquiry into the competence of federal drug-law enforcement agencies.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has been forced to rack its brains to create public-service ads that would not offend the public—at least not as the public is conceived by the advertising acceptability departments of Time, Newsweek, and Ms.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s policy on cocaine has brought fire recently from Dr. Peter Bourne, former Assistant Director of the White House Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention. In a recent article Bourne attacked the DEA for spending vast amounts of time and money to suppress cocaine—and failing, since coke use is increasing at many levels of American society.
Citing their “error in judgment,” Mayor Steven Laughlin and Councilwoman Anette Lombardi resigned their position in the small college town of Cotati, California. Both were 27 years old. The two, along with Vikki Flaherty, also 27, were cited by police for removing 12 marijuana plants from the city hall basement as a prank.
Michael Ford, son of President Gerald Ford, recently admitted to Women’s Wear Daily that he had smoked grass. His brother, Jack, admitted nothing, but both favor easing of marijuana laws. Steven Ford said he has never smoked grass, but that it wasn’t for lack of chances to do so.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is out with a warning about getting your pets stoned on marijuana or L.S.D. Eugene Sanders, a SPCA spokesman in San Francisco, says that what may be regarded as a pleasant experience for humans is often a period of helplessness and disorientation for an animal.
Federal agents in Dallas have seized drugs they valued at $320,000 and closed an illicit makeshift laboratory which Wayne L. Gindrup, an organic chemist who works for the Jones-Blair Paint Co., allegedly used to manufacture the potent hallucinogenic amphetamine DOB. Six persons in all were arrested by the Drug Enforcemnt Agency.
Terence Hammond, 18, of Pinellas County, Florida, was shot to death by a sheriff's deputy when he ran from arrest. Police are now searching the wooded area where he was shot for the gun the deputy claims Hammond was about to fire. Pinellas County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Bill Roberts said deputy Ken Kevas shot the youth when he “wheeled around as if he had a gun.”
Mexican and U.S. officials are worried about the growing rate of guns smuggled into Mexico. In recent months, U.S. customs officials have cracked down on gun dealers throughout the Southwest, and Mexican authorities have begun to penetrate the hinterlands of Sonora, a border state south of Arizona.
Pursuing a purse-snatcher into the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale, Long Island, police discovered 17-year-old Charles Davis of New York tending and cultivating a patch of 120 marijuana plants by moonlight. Davis said that he had planted the plants eight weeks previously and patiently nursed them to maturity.
Tapes yielded by former President Nixon to the House Judiciary Committee reveal that television, movies and radio were targeted for an onslaught of anti-drug messages. In one taped conversation between Nixon and domestic advisor John D. Ehrlichmann, they discuss the now defunct CBS series “O’Hara—The U.S. Treasury” starring David Janssen.
Just like every other high, moonshine is becoming more expensive because of inflation. Vice police in Buffalo, New York, report that undercover agents purchased illegally distilled liquor in upstate New York for $2.50 a half pint. That’s $20 a quart.
By transferring at least 380 known agents to the U.S. Customs Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency has acquired the power to initiate searches without legal warrants. Customs agents are empowered to search without warrants. All the new agents must do is assert their belief that drugs have been smuggled onto a premise or an effect—i.e., home car, luggage—from a foreign country.
Boca Raton, Florida, police arrested Nicholas Condon as he sat waiting to address City Council in favor of legalizing marijuana farming. He had brought along a demonstration plant and a book on marijuana and sat down in the back of the meeting hall.
Four Americans were recently released from Cuban jails as a good-will gesture, and two of them were met in Miami by FBI agents who took them away in handcuffs. Richard Peter Johnson, twenty-five, and Philip Fred Burris, thirty-two, were charged with transporting a stolen aircraft in foreign commerce.
Diligent narcotics enforcement officers continue to add notches to their guns in the last quarter of 1974, with the busting of a $1.6 billion drug ring allegedly operated by a father-son team out of Seattle and an unprecedented seizure of nineteen tons of grass in Arizona making it all seem worthwhile.
A new liberal attitude toward drug legislation is arising at the federal and state levels in the wake of movements in Michigan and Oregon that resulted in the decriminalization of possession of up to one ounce of grass. Among some of the most striking new developments: A new bill pending in Congress would reduce the penalty for simple possession of small quantities of pot for personal use from one year to thirty days.
The Internal Revenue Service is employing an old tactic with a new vengeance in its crusade against suspected drug dealers—assessment and seizure. According to Treasury Department statistics, the IRS has seized about $27 million and assessed an additional $101 million against drug suspects.
Introducing a report of subcommittee hearings on marijuana, Sen. James D. Eastland, chairman of the Internal Security Subcommittee, warned that the unchecked spread of marijuana use may cause many problems. “If the cannabis epidemic continues to spread at the rate of the post-Berkeley period (since 1965),” Eastland raved, “we may find ourselves saddled with a large population of semizombies—of young people acutely afflicted by the amotivational syndrome.”
Coining a new usage, Senator Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass.) said that the giftgiving policies of many pharmaceutical firms smacks of “drugola.” Four former salesmen for the drug industry testified before his Senate subcommitte on health that they had promoted their products by showering color t.v.
Spokesmen for Chile’s new military dictatorship have denied that Chilean armed forces officers were involved in a $300 million cocaine smuggling ring. This came in response to an announcement by Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator John Bartels that twenty-two people had been arrested—sixteen in Chile and six in the U.S.—for their part in the smuggling.
Alan Ducoulombier of Toulouse, France, has set a new world pipe-smoking record by puffing away continuously for sixteen hours, thirty-eight minutes, and forty-nine seconds. Ducoulombier surpassed the previous record of fourteen hours, twenty-eight minutes and forty-two seconds.
The Australian magazine Nation Review reports that farmers in parts of Australia have been raising marijuana as their major cash crop after unseasonal rains destroyed their tobacco crop. The Australian pot trade has grown into a multi-million dollar industry which is rapidly expanding despite police busts of farmers and smokers.
209 persons have been convicted under former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s toughened drug law since it went into effect fifteen months ago. The law stipulates minimum sentences of one to fifteen years in prison with life parole in case of release.
Willaim B. Saxbe, in one of his last official acts as United States Attorney General, presented awards to two outstanding citizens on December 12. Assistant attorney general Henry Petersen, who was strongly criticized by the U.S. Senate for his handling of the early Watergate investigation, received the seventh “Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service” for his “innovative approaches to law enforcement”.
Unlike the public leaders and avatars of the psychedelic movement, Michael Hollingshead has until now remained essentially unknown. This year, Hollingshead’s book The Man Who Turned On The World (New York; AbelardSchuman, $7.95) was published in its first American edition.
Part II of the Dope Defenders will include a listing of dope attorneys and a piece on how to choose an attorney. We welcome information on good attorneys, but cannot serve as a referral service. “Man, you’re in trouble.” The words send sharp pains to an already frayed stomach; they’re an attorney’s standard opener to a new client.
Dope. To some, it’s the holy sacrament for getting high. To others, dope is also a commodity, a stack of chips in the exhilarating lifegame of the Seventies, a contest of chance-and-skill where winners retire to ranches in the Yucatan and losers end up in the slam.
Dopesters love to exaggerate, but Mike McCoy is the first guy who’s gone into the business. His company is Electron Graphics and they’re experts at magnifying dope to thousands of times its normal size. In this inflationary age, it takes a real artist to pull that off.
When the clouds of battle cleared, a strange smoke lingered.
On March 17, 1914, a year after Pancho Villa slipped across the border after hiding out in Texas as a disgraced fugitive, his 5,000 enthusiastic soldiers disembarked from their railroad fleet seventy miles north of Torreon, the only remaining obstacle to Villa’s triumphant march to Mexico City.
Although Don Peyote is in many ways the tonic heir to the Man of La Mancha, bidding us to "dream the impossible dream," in appearance he resembles no one so much as Sancho Panza, the gaily betrousered, stout little onion-shaped squire who set all Europe to laughing with his wise and foolish proverbs.
Sitting here in the sweaty Jammu train station in southern Kashmir, after a grueling 300 - kilometer journey. My companion Lynn and I came here to rub hash. There are two kinds of hash in Kashmir: uter, which is made from the resin of the marijuana plant and is the strongest; and gurda, which is made from the pollen.
Her voice was full of money, but her plats were filled with hash.
You could not just walk into Crosby’s. No, you needed an introduction, an entree, the endorsement of a proven sponsor whose face and reputation, equal measures of discretion and hipness preceded him. I was first auditioned on a brisk New York autumn night in 1971, when the city was no longer new but still mysterious to me.
Dr. Thomas Piemme, the Director of George Washington University Hospital’s Division, says that a study of college students has found that potsmoking and sexual intercourse apparently go hand-in-hand. According to Piemme, eighty-five percent of grass-smokers questioned reported having sex regularly, while only thirty percent of the non-smokers reported that they regularly engaged in intercourse.
In Washington, D.C., Superior Court Judge David L. Norman ruled that present penalties for marijuana possession constituted cruel and unusual punishment and as such were unconstitutional. Since this decision he has dismissed or postponed every case that has come before him.
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THE SECRET WAR AGAINST DOPE by Andrew Tully (New York: Coward, McCann, and Geohagen, $7.95) and NARK! by Joe Eszterhas (San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, $7.95) Andrew Tully, a Washington-based author whose previous titles include The FBI’s Most Famous Cases, White Tie and Dagger, and Treasury Agent, doubtless writes at a desk cluttered with Official Reports and Agency Fact Sheets that champion the U.S. Customs Bureau’s courageous battle against slimy drug smugglers, for he writes “this book is about good guys and bad guys.
Many dopers have a great regard for Disney films. Of course, Disney animation is very accomplished, technically, even though the enduring characters are saccharine and oversimple. Give me the mantric monotony of Farmer Gray or the jazz-synched, polymorphous perversity of Betty Boop, even with their runny black-and-white, jerky frames, and scratchy sound, instead of the analsadistic antics of Micky and Goofy any day.
URUBAMBA (Columbia KC 32896) In the liner notes, J. Milchberg, who composed most of the music for this album, says of one of the group’s instruments: “The Charango is the most ‘native’ string instrument of South America. Each Charango has its own individual tone colour, that of the armadillo, the animal which gave its skin to make the sound chest of this instrument.”
For the hip, the high, and the heavy, giftgiving can be one big pain. What can you give a guy, after all, who's sworn by a flickering scented and sculpted candle to encumber himself with no more worldly goods and chattels than his tattered rucksack will carry?
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