The resignation of John Bartels as director of the Drug Enforcement Agency amid charges of corruption and failure probably brought a warm glow to those who use dope. The Senate investigation of the DEA, and strong rumors that the DEA itself will be dissolved, may gladden the hearts of dope users.
I've read two copies of High Times from cover to cover several times. It’s the only magazine that makes sense all the way through. However, I think that the article on mushrooms [Spring '75], is not quite accurate. Teonanacatl is Psilocybe mexicana.
Q: I have three pounds of pot seeds saved up and no place to plant them. Outside of feeding them to my parakeet, is there any way to get high off them?—Susie Blahdorn, Springfield, III. A: Yes. Place the seeds between wet Kleenex. The moisture will stimulate the seeds to germinate, resulting in sprouts.
By 1972 the drug revolution had escalated to a constant firefight between opposing camps. Rhetoric had replaced intelligent thinking on both sides. That year, a young Harvard-educated doctor named Andrew Weil offered a fresh, original approach to drugs and consciousness.
49 pot-carrying planes have crashed in the first five months of 1975, according to the E1 Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), the government information agency with the most extensive data on dope smuggling across the southern border of the U.S. Jacques Kiere, head of the Texas operation, admits that 150 unidentified planes make it into the U.S. every day.
Headshops in Nome, Fairbanks, Juneau and points north have been doing a land-office business in every kind of dope paraphernalia since the May 26 decriminalization. The day after the legislature passed the bill, closet dopers — trappers, Eskimos and pipeline workers among them — flocked to the head shops.
The ships of MULEPAT, a new Coast Guard patrol operation "designed to conduct documentation and safety inspections" of American-flag vessels in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti, found over three tons of pot in a 60-foot yawl this Easter Sunday.
Largest Bust Ever: 20 Miles of Colombian Pot Fields
Colombian soldiers have discovered a mountain valley marijuana plantation in southwestern Colombia that encompasses 20 miles and contains an estimated million plants. Authorities told newsmen who visited the area that it would take a 500-man battalion of soldiers more than a month to harvest the crop.
Attorney General Edward Levi announced that special narcotics units under the direction of U.S. attorneys will be formed in 19 cities to investigate and prosecute “highlevel” dope smugglers and distributors. Most of the units will be made up of two or three assistant attorneys and a secretary, and will work closely with the DEA in pursuing cases.
A Gallup poll of 57 American colleges and universities has found that while college freshmen are about equally divided on the question of legalizing marijuana, two out of three seniors favor legal pot. Responding to the question, “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?” 64 per cent of college seniors said yes, 30 per cent no and 6 per cent don’t know.
Mrs. Nicholas Fargos and her daughter carrying a bronze plaque commemorating the deaths of DEA agent Nicholas Fargos and five others in the collapse of the DEA building in downtown Miami last year (see "N architectural Disasters," High Times, Fall ’74).
Jimmy Hughes, the former Mr. Gay World and Mr. Gay Universe, was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping two women. Hughes, who surrendered his title, faced charges of raping nine women.
Misdemeanors, felonies, sins and acts of self-destructive antisocial nonconformism committed or allegedly committed by the great, the near great and the once great. Nathan Heard, author of the best-selling book Howard Street has been arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of dangerous weapons by East Orange, New Jersey, police.
Four men who pleaded guilty to the charge of attempting to smuggle cloves off the island of Zanzibar have been sentenced to death by the government there. Cloves are the island’s main source of income and the government has ordered the entire crop sold at government-fixed prices.
With the demoralization and possible dissolution of the DEA, other government agencies are scrambling to achieve an image of effectiveness that will garner newly available federal dope-fighting dollars. The U.S. Border Patrol in Texas has just installed a $350,000 electronic detection system along 350 miles of the Mexican border in the El Paso sector that was responsible for a 16,173-pound marijuana bust.
The son of a King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, dentist died from an accidental asphyxiation by nitrous oxide, according to Montgomery County Coroner John Hoffa. Dr. and Mrs. Harry Berman came home to find their son Steven, 16, lying on the floor of the dentist’s office attached to the house.
U.S. Customs has seized copies of a British book called How to Read Donald Duck for violating Walt Disney copyrights. The book is the work of two Chilean Marxists, Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart. After the military coup in 1973, in which Allende was overthrown, Chilean authorities burned all available copies of the “subversive” text.
A Clintonville, Ohio, teenager being given hospital treatment for an overdose of downs has been gunned down by his mother in the emergency room. According to homocide detective Robert Litinzer, Joseph Lombardi, 18, was being treated at the Riverside Hospital in Columbus for the effects of the eight or nine Nembutals he had taken that day, when his mother, Mrs. Mary Lombardi, 47, entered the emergency room and shot the youth five or six times in the chest with a .
The militant Shan tribesmen of Burma have offered to sell the United States 400 tons of opium for $20 million, and three congressmen think it’s a good deal. The three, Reps. Lester Wolff (D.-N.Y.), Morgan Murphy (D.-III.) and Tennyson Guyer (R.-Ohio), believe that buying up the Burmese crop will be an effective way to fight dope trafficking and argue that the price is now right — Wolff contends that in the past the U.S. has been willing to pay $37.5 million for only 80 tons.
Spencer Trask & Company, a New York brokerage house, has conducted a survey of everyday items and how much more they cost today than two years ago. While McDonald’s cheeseburgers have gone up 35 per cent, and martinis cost 40 per cent more, the company says the typical panhandler’s request for spare change has jumped 150 per cent.
The mother of Pfc. Chris Fuller, an 18-year-old Marine stationed on board the USS Okinawa, claims that her son was beaten by angry shipmates after he reported dope smoking to officers. The Marine Corps affirms that Fuller was twice attacked, the second assault landing him in the hospital for facial surgery.
25 members of the North Carolina state senate recently turned in a single well-rolled joint apiece to the police there, explaining that the marijuana arrived in the mail accompanied by a note reading, “Try it. You’ll like it.” There are 50 state senators in North Carolina; presumably, if the phantom lobbyist did a complete job, 50 per cent of the legislators there are not willing to part with their dope.
The Turkish government has handed down death sentences to alleged hash smugglers. These sentences have been given to young Americans in retaliation for America’s refusal to give Turkey arms and support. High Times feels it is unfair to make blameless individuals pawns in international diplomacy.
A Cambodian paymaster who showed up empty-handed was killed and partially eaten by the disgruntled troops, who had gone without pay for four months. The incident, which occurred four miles southeast of Phnom Penh, was one of many cannibalistic acts common in the chaotic days before the communist victory in Cambodia.
It’s the real thing, and it’s still illegal. My, what some ladies won’t do for some lady . . . • The second largest dope bust in Brazil’s history has netted 7½ pounds of pure cocaine that Rio de Janeiro airport police found taped to the thighs and chests of two Oklahoma women.
It seems that hardly any life form on earth can escape becoming involved in the eternal struggle between dopers and lawmen. Over the years, the conflict has claimed countless tons and acres of nature’s vegetative gifts, and deprived millions of human beings of their lives or freedom.
Joseph E. Pine, an East Providence, Rhode Island, chiropractor was charged with 20 felonies, including intent to sell 18 different controlled drugs, after state and federal drug agents seized an estimated million doses in a raid on his office.
Houston police claim to have the names of 307 nickle-bag pot buyers who participated in a “buy 19, get one free” operation offered by a local store that ostensibly sold records. The names, written on pink punch cards, were obtained by police when they arrested clerk Thomas Branch, 29, and cashier Lenora Robertson, 22, of the Flying High Enterprises Record Store and Boutique, on charges of delivering marijuana.
U.S. Attorney Richard Pyle predicts a moonshine still boom in the hills of southeastern Oklahoma because depressed economic times traditionally revive the old reliable ways of making a living. Although Pyle says a moonshiner selling 200 gallons of illicit brew per week will clear $100,000 per year that the government loses tax revenue on, there will be no big push to apprehend moonshiners.
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On May 27, 1975, Alaska became the first state to legalize marijuana possession when the Alaska Supreme Court ruled police searches of homes possessing less than eight ounces of grass or persons possessing less than one ounce in public to be a violation of the constitutional right to privacy.
The Tonic of Popes and Presidents that Made the Gay Nineties Bubble
Three centuries after the European discovery of coca leaves, their amazing properties were still generally unknown. Then, in 1859, Paola Mantegazza, an eminent Italian neurologist, published On the Hygienic and Medicinal Virtues of Coca.
I went to Katmandu to witness the end of an era. Under pressure from the Western democracies, Nepal was preparing to outlaw its centuries-old trade in marijuana. Soon, the Eden Hashish Center, the Hashish Bazaar, the Jupiter Hashish Center and dozens of other flourishing small-family cannabis merchants would be closed for the last time.
A State-by-State Wrap-up of the Latest Gains and Losses
1975 is the year of marijuana reform consciousness. The public and political moods are signaling green for pot activism in many states. Decriminalization bills have been introduced in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Hearings have been held or scheduled in ten of these, and in six states—Illinois, New Jersey,-Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington — the bills have been voted out of committee and only await floor action.
The crusaders who braved the sands and sun of the Holy Land to drive the armies of Saladin the Magnificent from Jerusalem were beset by a host of natural enemies: heat, diseases climatic and social, the unpredictable dust storms and the legendary cruelties of the Saracens themselves.
By the end of the Sixties it had become evident that the existing drug enforcement efforts were inadequate against the spread of dope. In that turbulent decade, dope use had become so commonplace that the laws were openly defied at rock festivals like Monterey Pop and Woodstock, at peace demonstrations and in public parks every Sunday.
I was sixteen when I decided to leave the reservation. I went down to Charlotte City, where my cousin had his fish boat, and I said, “Cousin, give me a ride to Vancouver.” My cousin, for all that he beat his wife, was a pretty good man. He said, “Johnny, I can’t give you a ride to Vancouver, but I can give you a ride to Bella Coola.
Whether you're fixing a hole or stitching a stash, only the needleworker knows when to turn on, tune in, drop one, purl two. In a few years maybe you will be able to buy these clothes at Penney's. Meanwhile you'll have to make your own, as these people did.
This movie has about a nickel bag’s worth of sex and a roachful of info on marijuana, but a ton of fun. It makes no sense whatsoever and was probably filmed on somebody’s lunch hour, but it's definitely entertaining. The film opens at a dull party.
Cynthia Barrett, of Portland, Oregon, has been awarded $1,500 in the out-of-court settlement of a $25,000 suit she brought against county commissioners and police when she was forced to submit to a vaginal smear and blood test after being arrested for jaywalking.
Flyers and narcs both warn that the biggest danger in the aero-smuggling of marijuana may come from the pot itself. The moist bales of weed spontaneously oxidize much as wet hay does, filling the craft with intense heat and even more intense THC fumes, which may overcome the pilot, resulting in a crash.
YAMASHTA RAINDOG, by Stomu Yamashta (Island ILPS 9319). Thirty years after World War Two, as German rock bands hurl Teutonic riffs across the Atlantic, the Japanese are beginning to stir. It’s not enough to manufacture the radios; they want to make the music too.
The Willy Lomans of dope spend many deadly hours without the salvation of music in hotels — not to mention jail cells, where the only tune is the rasp of shiv on bone. Unlike most portable casette players, which sound like tin cans, the Superscope CS-200S stereo recorder has good treble and bass, and sounds good when you’re high. Yes, the CS-200S can relieve the stress and strain of waiting for hours, days, even years for your connection, or the governor’s pardon. Narcs will be happy to know it has two built-in mikes to record deals in stereo, but rock concerts are better. Some people say the resulting tapes are superior to commercial records. The CS-200S packs into a nifty attaché-style case that adds class to your act. Price is $200, and you’ll probably have to order it, since most stores don’t carry it.
About six years ago, Village Voice writer Howard Smith discovered at a mortician’s aid could keep potheads out of jail. Ozium was then an aerosol sold to undertakers—it killed the smell of justdead bodies, replacing it with the sweet smell of soap. Smith found that Ozium worked equally well on marijuana fumes and told his Voice readers the news, at which point the manufacturers of Ozium protested his endorsement. But soon they were thanking him as sales climbed to incredible heights. Orderthrough Prevention, 1234No. Cahuenga, Los Angeles, Calif. 90038.
The next time you’re at a party in California, complain of a headache. No doubt a well-meaning hippie lady will adorn your temples with an odoriferous concoction called Tiger Balm. Made in Singapore and something of an Oriental wonder grease, the secret recipe of camphor combined with the soothing application of fingers can be as effective as acupuncture. The Chinese poultice is becoming a smash in the West. Available from NALPAC Ltd., 2200 W. 11 Mile Rd., Berkley, Md., 48072
Sensory Deprivation Tank
Dr. John Lilly, the man who talks to dolphins, invented the Sensory Deprivation Tank in 1954. The tank was carefully designed to eliminate all external stimuli that act as “programing” inputs to the brain: light, sound, temperature, gravity, touch, heat, etc. Inside the tank, layers and layers of old programs can be explored, recognized and dropped, and deeper levels of inner realities emerge into conscious awareness. Formerly, this experience was available only at a few research centers. Now, the Samadhi Tank Co. offers a tank for the home. Veteran tankers say it’s better than getting laid, and that’s saying something. $900 from Samadhi, 2123 Lake Shore, Los Angeles, Calif. 90039. Write for a free brochure.
The all-American suds-n’-buds motif makes these beer-bottle bongs a cool headshop draw this year. And no wonder. Don’t we all want to “beer here now”? Strictly for those of us who can dig the unique beauty of Heineken and Coors bottles, these pipes can be used in public taverns for clandestinely smoking dope between draughts of old frothingshlosh. Pick up a sixpack from Stone Bleu, 801 Fourth St., S.E., Minneapolis, Minn. 55414.
When hip jewelers began offering gold and silver facsimiles of their 714 Quaaludes, the Rorer Corporation should have been elated. Instead, they slapped a cease and desist order on one New York company that had advertised the baubles at $100 apiece. Thanks to the jewelers at First Design of Cleveland, Ohio, solid silver and gold 714s are available at $65 and $120 respectively. Fashioned to fit the neck of any teen queen, they come with matching chains of the appropriate ore. See your local pill pusher, or send to First Design, 12,000 Fairhill Road, Suite 815A, Cleveland, Ohio 44120.
Odyssey Massage Oil
Does long, langorous foreplay with sensuous, expensive massage oils leave you aching and reeking? Does Wesson Oil foul your linen before you can get down to the important strokes? Odyssey Massage Oil is a nongreasy unguent that will tone your thews and sinews, and it comes in strawberry, musk, sandalwood and cool mint. Each flavor is calculated to dilate the nerve endings and assuage the musculature as a lover’s hands rub the wracked and fevered flesh. Distributed by Classic Products Corp., 4315 41st St., Brentwood, Md. 20722.
When they had trouble in River City, it was the smell of Sen-Sen that doomed young sinners had on their breath. At pool hall or pot party, Sen-Sen can eliminate lingering dope breath in time for Thanksgiving dinner or that important job interview. Some compare the taste of the potent pellets to 6,000-year-old Egyptian mummy gauze, but others find it positively addicting. Unlike dope itself, Sen-Sen is easier to find in small dusty towns where the confectionary hasn’t been replaced by a headshop. 15¢ a pack for a taste of a more innocent time.
Here’s what all you Playboy philosophers and Cosmo girls’ve been waiting for: pipes in the shape of. . . well, if you don’t know, we’re not going to tell you. The big boy is Larry, the ideal companion for shut-in, crippled lady dopers of doubtful age and middling looks. The little lady’s labia belong to Judy, the perfect friend for the traveling-salesman doper, the lonely widower weedhead or the slovenly, eremitic lighthousekeeper kif freak. For fun . . . for companionship . . . for conversation . . . for excitement . . . lifelike . . . you can even swim or shower with them! Great for dancing. You’ll never be lonely again. $4.00 for small models, of either sex, $6.00 for the larger ones (such is life); pederasts and leg men can inquire directly to Doug Johns, 15 W. 29th St., Box 2R, N.Y., N.Y. 10001. Tongues and tits also available.
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE: A BONDAGE OF OPIUM, by Molly Lefebure (New York: Stein and Day, $15.00) “The present study is an attempt to present Coleridge as it seems that he really was—a junkie,” writes Molly Lefebure. In profuse medical and literary detail, she shows how laudanum, the alcoholic tincture of opium, influenced his verse, his philosophy and his private affairs, how it made him the garrulous old sage of Highgate and sped his final exit from this life of sorrow.
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LONDON—The age-old history of magic is to a large extent also the study of drug experimentation, according to a provocative book just published in London. In Drugs and Magic (Panther Books), author George Andrews maintains that extrasensory perception and other telepathic thought transmissions often take place in trance states brought about by drugs.