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Q. Last year I visited Tokyo, where I was turned on constantly by all of my Japanese friends. I was treated to everything available in the Orient, but one thing that Japan offers, I never got to try. That was fugu, some sort of fish dish that was described to me as the world's most potent aphrodisiac.
High Times: How did you get into this unique profession? Dope Taster: I was a dealer, starting out in high school with ounces and dime bags to my friends. I did it for about five years until I worked my way up to a brownstone in Brooklyn Heights. Then I lost all my money.
Murder charges lodged in New York against five reputed members of the ganja (marijuana)-smoking Jamaican religious cult, the Rastafarians, has fueled controversy already surrounding the mysterious group. New York police claim that Rastafarian factions have been waging a war for control of the Jamaican marijuana trade that has resulted in eight deaths since November.
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Scoop: Justice Dept Using 'Watergate Tactics' To Block DEA Probe
Senate Investigations Committee Chairman Henry Jackson charged the Justice Department with using dirty tricks to block his committee’s investigation into the Drug Enforcement Administration. In a letter to new Attorney General Edward Levi, Jackson accused the Justice Department of attempting “to bar subcommittee counsel from reviewing pertinent files,” and “compiling a dossier on one of the investigators working on the case.”
Major American manufacturers and distributors of head paraphernalia have formed a trade organization, the Smoking Paraphernalia Association of America (SPAA). SPAA is the outgrowth of meetings held during the National Fashion and Boutique Show this January at the Hotel McAlpin in New York City.
The Hearsts make news again and Linda McCartney sings the blues in Hollywood. And the big story is the growing celebrity line-up at your local precincts. Linda McCartney, wife of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and a member of the rock group Wings was arrested in West Hollywood for alleged possession of marijuana.
The U.S. Customs service has concluded that there is no such animal as the “typical” smuggler. Responsible for 96,000 miles of U.S. borders, and with posts in Canada and the Bahamas, Customs agents last year cleared 267 million travelers for entry into the States.
The Oakley, Kansas, courthouse smelled better than a gotham smokeasy after police tried to dispose of 139 pounds of marijuana by putting it in the courthouse incinerator. Smoke poured through the entire building and the operation had to be moved to the Oakley City dump.
After serving two-and-a-half years of a ten year sentence in California for marijuana possession and prison escape, Timothy Leary has been released by the California Adult Authority. Leary is not yet, however, a free man, since he is scheduled to immediately begin serving ten years on a federal marijuana-smuggling conviction in Texas.
Following the suicide of his personal secretary, Bobbie Arnstein, who was facing a fifteen year prison sentence for a cocaine rap, Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner has charged that the year-long government investigation into drug use at the Playboy mansions and clubs is “a politically motivated witch hunt” that drove Arnstein to her death.
The cost of high living continues to inch upward in '75, but narcs are kept off the breadline by a constant supply of dopers. On police blotters are the following: A 25-year-old New Jersey State Police laboratory chemist was arrested for the theft of $1.2 million of cocaine that had been confiscated in Bergen County drug raids.
John Storr, convicted in Boulder, Colorado, for selling 200 pounds of grass, thought he’d done pretty well by the legal system when he received a three year suspended sentence. But that was before the Internal Revenue Service billed him for $327,000, based on the provisions of the rarely-used Marijuana Tax Act, which allows for a tax of $100 an ounce to be paid to the federal government.
In an interview with the San Francisco Examiner, Mexican President Luis Echeverria rejected proposals for a conditional amnesty for Americans imprisoned in Mexico on drug charges. He also claimed that, until the interview, he was not aware of charges that torture and extortion are rampant in Mexican prisons.
An undercover fire marshal posed as an arsonist-for-hire recently to nab a ring credited with over 500 fires in New York City. The indicted culprits were a 73-year-old woman, her lawyer son, and her sister, 66. The team allegedly bought up new, unoccupied houses, insured them heavily, and had them burned to the ground.
Raul Colon, a 29-year-old Brooklyn man, was convicted of first degree manslaughter and sentenced to an indeterminate fifteen year sentence in prison. According to testimony, Colon stabbed and strangled his girl friend, Renee Hoffman, 25.
For two years now, a group of dope-smoking Australians has operated a nationwide union and political party to push for legal marijuana in Australia. The organization is known as the Dope Smokers Union—or DSU— and is currently generating $65,000 a year in income through the sale of dope through the mails.
The marijuana decriminalization movement continues to acquire new advocates, and the right to get high may soon be part of the Constitution. Here are some of the more newsworthy anti-prohibition developments: Dr. Jerome Jaffee, the man who headed the White House Drug Abuse Section under President Nixon, has joined his successor, Dr. Robert DuPont, in urging a liberalization of marijuana laws.
Here are some of the stranger specimens that have crossed the High Times news desk: 78-year-old Joanna Williams, a Lakeland, Florida resident, discovered some marijuana growing in a windowbox of her new home, recently vacated by a younger tenant.
The hemp at Tochigi Prefecture, a hamlet north of Tokyo, has long been popular with American soldiers and Japanese citizens looking for a high. But no more. Commercial hemp farmers have decided to stop the unwanted harvesters and are cultivating a new hemp that contains no tetrahydrocannabinol.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has admitted that fifty-three former employes of the Central Intelligence Agency now work for the DEA as agents, analysts, and clerks but that, by “mutual consent”, the drug agency and the CIA have canceled their cooperative training agreement.
The bodies of two erstwhile pot purchasers were fished from the Whiskey Bay Pilot Channel near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They had been chained and locked to concrete blocks and then shot in the face with a shotgun and dumped from the Interstate 10 bridge.
Sheriff's officers in Elberton, Georgia, were on the way to the scene of an accident, lights flashing, when the driver of a pickup truck ahead of them pulled off the road, then jumped out and fled into the underbrush. In the back of the truck, deputies found a 1,250 gallon groundhog (underground) moonshine still ready for installation.
Mexican and American officials recently announced that the U.S. has supplied Mexico with jet-powered helicopters and small reconnaissance planes to supplement a new campaign to destroy Mexico’s vast marijuana and poppy fields. The beefed-up efforts are considered a reaction to a threatened flood of brown Mexican heroin into the States.
A priest known as a friend to needy junkies in New York has been indicted in connection with a $50,000 plot to free seven major pushers from the Federal House of Detention. Rev. John J. Tirella, known around New York’s lower East Side as “the junkie priest", is accused along with fourteen others, including a prison guard, of obtaining styrofoam duplicates of keys to the doors through which the seven made their escape.
Dope smoking continues its popular growth internationally, while on the domestic scene statistics show steady smoking among all walks of life. A recent issue of the official publication of the Young Communist League reported the arrest of a young Soviet accused of selling packets of hashish.
The U.S. Customs Service plans to combat the flow of dope into the southern U.S. with computers that will forecast smuggling routes and index all private aircraft returning from Mexico. Albert G. Bergesen, regional commissioner of the Service, told of the plans recently at a meeting of the Arizona Associated Press Newspaper Association.
The Congress of Micronesia has decriminalized marijuana, making possession of one ounce a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $50. Micronesia is a U.S. Trust Territory which consists of numerous islands between Hawaii and the Philippines.
Steve Crabtree, proprietor of Crabtree’s Inc., a Decatur, Georgia head shop, has been arrested for selling the book Legal Highs. DeKalb County police allege that some of the substances the book describes are now illegal. Crabtree was also charged under the Georgia Drug and Cosmetic Act with selling improperly packaged morning glory seeds and Hawaiian baby woodrose—the packages did not list the name of the manufacturer or distributor on them, as required by Georgia law.
The phone freaks have spawned a new space-age whiz kid, the computer freak. New Scientist magazine reports that a fifteen-year-old London school-boy named Joe used a school computer terminal to crack the security system of one of the biggest time-sharing computers in England.
The DEA has America divided into thirteen sections and watches each for drug action in categories like marijuana, hashish, cocaine, methaquaalone, and heroin. Only one region can be tops and right now that’s DEA Region 5, which includes Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Claiming to be searching for kidnap victim Patricia Hearst, Texas police set up a roadblock near Ozona, Tex., and arrested twenty-four persons on charges of possession of marijuana. A previous roadblock at nearby Sheffield in April had yielded twenty pot holders.
Dr. Katsusabruo Miyamoto, 84, a Japanese biologist who gained prominence in Argentina by inventing a fluid that saved an historic pine tree, was recently fined approximately $3,000 for not reporting the death of his wife in 1959. When Dr. Miyamoto’s wife, Carmelina, died in 1959, the bereaved scientist embalmed her body with another fluid of his that allowed him to keep the body in their marital bed for ten years.
The world’s most written about high continues to cost plenty in many ways. The Nevada State Journal, a Reno daily, reports that a federal strick force is investigating a sophisticated cocaine-smuggling ring being organized in Las Vegas and Palm Springs by CIA-trained, anti-Castro Cubans and ranking members of the Mafia.
Here High Times presents four international styles, guaranteed to please the most ecumenical tastes and provide hours of cosmopolitan smoking. This is a favorite among smokers in London and Amsterdam, where joints are often thickened with tobacco and rolling becomes a craft.
The prosecutor hates your guts and wants to put you so far away they'll have to shoot you at daylight with a cannon. Obviously, selecting a dope defender is serious business. If you are smart, you’ve already been gathering information for some time, noting who represents the heavies when they get busted, and watching whether they get off.
As for collecting information, a lawyer friend may be willing to level with you about who’s good and who isn’t. Lawyers usually know more about their peers than they are willing to admit, but friendship can sometimes secure a frank appraisal, especially if the lawyer friend is not in the running for your money.
We see this guy walking towards us carrying a very bushy, seven foot tall plant—resembling a Christmas tree.
“Get in, get in. The truck's leaving.” Alan and I frantically climb into the back of the 1948 Chevrolet truck and try to make ourselves comfortable atop the big burlap sacks stuffed with dried fish. There we sit in the scorching sun for 3½ hours before the driver starts the engine—waiting is an inescapable part of life out here.
The ancient Aztecs of Mexico devoured the holy mushroom Teonanacatl or "Flesh of the Gods" to experience divinity on earth. Shown here are photographs by Kobayashi Yoshio and Imazeki Rokuya from Gordon Wasson's Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality.
The juke box cast rainbows in the dim interior of the bar, a godforsaken quonset hut at the edge of the Everglades Airport. Two grease monkeys played the pinball machines in the corner as the bartender idly squeezed droplets of perspiration from his fists.
Somewhere east of Suez, golden temples shimmer in the afternoon and saffron-robed monks brush past slender, black-eyed Siamese women. A long-haired mountain boy poles his sampan down a sleepy Bangkok canal to deliver his precious packet of Thai sticks.
The barge “White Raven”, painted orange, blue, and carnival red, sits in a quaint Amsterdam canal in an old ship-building section of the town. Since 1969 it has been head-quarters of Lowland Weed Compagnie, legal marijuana growers and sellers.
In 1857, a New England schoolteacher named Fitz Hugh Ludlow purchased sixpence worth of pure cannabis tincture and began experimenting with its effects and pleasures. The result was his essay "The Apocalypse of Hasheesh" and, later, The Hasheesh Eater, the first discussions, of dope usage in American literature.
To create these stunning photomicrographs, photographer David Donofrio heated colorless mescaline crystals to 183° Centigrade between glass slides—liquifying them. As the slides cool, recrystalization begins, forming thousands of geometric crystal arrangements.
In the old days, pot was sold by the “kilo” or “key”, the “lid”, and the “dime bag”. Any brick was kilo and moved at kilo prices. A lid was technically an ounce, but . . . And a dime bag was always ten dollars. But those practices have gone the way of the dollar joint.
The following indicate the direction of research into psychoactive drugs: At the Addiction Research Center in Montreal, Dr. Albert Siemens has completed a project he claims demonstrates that white rats exposed extensively to marijuana develop a tolerance.
And so I embarked on my last and most important charas venture. The charas adventure, I might well call it. My original plan was simple. I learned that Greek hashish had vanished from the market. The thought of another smuggling trip to Bombay, of traveling indefinitely shuttlewise from the Himalayas to Suez, the endless formalities, the shady interventions, the journey itself—the battle with the monsoon and the tedious weeks of tossing in the swell of the Indian Ocean—all inspired a distinct aversion.
The Appellate Division of New York upheld that state’s tough drug law, saying the law “did not violate the cruel and unusual punishment provisions of the Eighth Amendment to the Federal Constitution." Presiding Justice J. Clarence Herlihy, in reference to the state's mandatory sentences for drug offenders, said that “In our present day society, the punishment fits the offense.”
Rolling with the Hightime Tray gets you spoiled. After a while you want everything else you use to be just as useful, just as permanent and just as nice to have around. This new found convenience prompted us to search out additional ways to simplify rolling and smoking.
THE MAJOR ORDEALS OF THE MIND AND THE COUNTLESS MINOR ONES
DRUGS AT MY DOORSTEP by Art Linkletter (Word incorporated, Waco, Texas 76703, $0.00) Kids do say the darndest things, like, “Let’s do another 500 mikes and get really shredded,” and “Look at me flying!” It was the latter remark, uttered by ingenue daughter Diane Linkletter in 1969, that plunged kindly bozo Art Linkletter into the dark night of his soul (it says here) and through a nightmare of introspection to a profound reassessment of himself, society, and youth.
MUSIC OF AFGHANISTAN A typical Afghani band features string instruments, drums, harmonium, flutes, double reeds, finger cymbals, and tambourine shakers. Of course, urban sharpies in Kabul use fancier instruments than country performers, the latter mobbing into the cities at festival times.
The B movie is often an attempt to ease a lousy idea into the public consciousness. Propaganda itself is a lousy idea, but at two in the morning, watching TV stoned, a bad movie can provide good entertainment. Take for example To the Ends of the Earth (1947), an officially sanctioned narc movie.
That’s right, hundreds of possible pipes, all of them in ready-to-assemble pieces, come with the Insane Pipe Making Kit. The Insane kit was created three years ago by two Philadelphia mechanical designers who wanted a universal pipe to fit the needs of any smoker.
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