“Dope Shortage!” The anguished cry cuts into the heart like the knelling of the plague bell or the gasp of the runner one league ahead of the locusts. Like flood, famine, fire, earthquake, pestilence and army ants, shortage breeds fear and trouble in the hearts and minds of the 13 million (government estimate) chronic weedheads.
Andrew Weil’s enthusiasm for viewing the sun directly [High Times Aug./Sept.] is ill-advised. The danger that blindness will result is genuine, not something invented by the Justice Department. During the phase immediately before or after totality, the sun’s normal brilliance in visible wavelengths is cut by over 99 percent, making it possible to look at the almost obscured disk without reflexively closing your eyes.
Q: I read this article in New York magazine about a guy called the “Marijuana Maven," and I noticed from the quotes that it was the same guy you interviewed earlier in your Interview with a Dope Taster article in High Times #4. Is this a real person, and if so, what kind of rolling papers does he use?
Dogs can be used to sniff out evidence and the evidence can be admitted to court even if no “probable cause” for examining sealed packages was given before drugs are discovered. A three-judge panel in the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the appeals of two men to suppress evidence.
Winter weather is no time for stoned outings, says Doctor Ian Henderson of the University of Ottawa’s pharmacology department. Henderson claims that smoking dope has “hypothalmic effects” on the body that inhibit shivering during exposure to cold.
Fifteen hundred dopers marched through the streets of the Hague, the Dutch capital, on November 1, passing hash pipes back and forth, behind a banner reading “We're Stoned." They marched to Parliament Square to present a petition calling for legalization of soft drugs.
To almost anyone who has smoked a joint and to a few million who haven’t, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong need little introduction. Possessed of an uncanny ability to tickle the funny bone of the dopesmoking Seventies, the two long-haired comics have enjoyed a phenomenal rags-to-riches success since their debut at the Troubador in Los Angeles in 1971.
From Belize to Bolivia flows a growing trickle of gringo tourists in pursuit of the primitive. Almost all are in their mid-twenties, wear long hair and the customary jeans; many have already wintered in Africa or Asia, and they speak Spanish flavored with the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala and seasoned with smuggler’s talk. They quickly find use for their foreign experience, for the gringo trail is a rugged road to travel.
Harry “the Rock” Hoffman, self-proclaimed marijuana mogul, is free in Florida awaiting trial after more than a year of fugitive exile from the United States. Hoffman, 29, fled to the Bahamas last year when a statewide grand jury in Florida indicted him among 15 people accused of conspiring to import 50 tons of Colombian into the Carolinas and Florida.
The University of Mississippi will become the legal worldwide supplier of standard grade marijuana, it was announced in August. Dr. Carlton Turner, director of the university’s marijuana project, said they will supply uniformly cultivated research samples of the weed for research centers sanctioned by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the United Nations.
Chatham County, Georgia, Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 16 persons and claim they seized 1,500 pounds of marijuana, $97,547, and more than a pound of cocaine near Savannah. Those arrested were charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs.
William Spector, an upstate New York ex-Cadillac dealer, testified before the State Senate Crime Committee that a $2 million cash contribution to former President Nixon had come from French multimillionaire Paul Louis Weiller. The testimony came in the wake of allegations by Spector that his ex-wife, former model Patricia Martinson, had participated in international drug trafficking operations.
British physicians have clashed with drug and law enforcement agencies over the uncontrolled dispensing of legal barbiturates. The government asked that doctors give up voluntarily their right to prescribe barbiturates, which the government claims contributed to more than 2,000 deaths last year.
In a widely publicized capture, Dominic Orsini was arrested in New York and arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court on drugsmuggling charges. Orsini, alleged to have worked with the “French Connection,” claimed he was kidnapped in Senegal and brought back to the U.S. against his will.
The number of unprosecuted drug offenses is angering some Customs officials and DEA agents, who patrol the nation’s borders. The El Paso, Texas, Customs office, for example, makes an average of 65 cases a month, while only about 60 are prosecuted in a year.
A French chemist claims that plant warfare is taking place around the world, and that plant strategy is strikingly similar to that employed by humans in conflict situations. Doctor J. M. Pelt, the director of the European Institute of Ecology, told an international pharmaceutical meeting in Paris that aggressive varieties of plants, such as garlic, emit poisonous substances to destroy other plants, such as endive.
Black Panther Party leader Elaine Brown was arrested and released by San Quentin officials who claim they found a vial of cocaine in her purse during a routine visitation search. Brown’s attorney claims the charge is just “another attempt to frame Elaine."
Little Rock, Arkansas, State Trooper David Hendershott reports seizing more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana solely by making traffic arrests in a sixmonth period from January 1 to June 17, 1975. Hendershott says he’s just lucky. It seems every time he turned around there was someone who looked “suspicious” enough to search.
The birds got falling-down drunk again in California, and it’s all the fault of what amounts to an ornithological gin on the rocks—the ripe pyracantha berry. “When taken in moderation, they’re fine,” said Gary Bogue, curator of the Alexander Lindsay Junior Museum in Walnut Creek, California.
Amidst speculation that the United States is developing psychic snooping potentials, CBS News recently reported on new electronic eavesdropping equipment capable of monitoring radio microwaves and rendering antiwiretap laws obsolete.
The U.S. Justice Department is following up an investigation which revealed that the DEA has been involved with murders, extortion and a variety of other crimes during its short two-and-one-half-year history. The Agency was formed in 1973, under executive order by Richard Nixon, to consolidate anti-drug forces in the federal government.
Ginseng has become big business, according to the Commerce Department, which released figures estimating that 95 percent of the $11-million, 240,000-pound domestic U.S. crop is exported annually to Korea and Japan. Ginseng is believed by some to have medicinal powers and aphrodisiacal effects.
It was white Christmas Eve in Orangeseed Florida, where nobody owned a sled. Quite a few owned airplanes, however and the snow had been falling for an unbelievable three days. Above the drooped shoulders of the local dealers, the palm trees bent white with their unnatural burden.
Women seem more accomplished at vomiting easily than men—perhaps abandon themselves to internal sensation?
TEPOZTLAN, MEXICO—Vomiting is extremely important because it has much to teach us about the workings of the body and the natural mechanisms for altering human internal consciousness. But there exist very emotional attitudes that stand in the way of discussing vomiting in polite company, at least around holiday dinner tables.
many people met their first lady dealer in High Times #1, when we interviewed “Lynne,” a young New York City artist whose frank statements on dope, dealing and sexism caused a flurry of letters to the editor and, apparently, considerable controversy in households and dealing pads across the country.
Astral bummers are heavy. Unwilled, abrupt discorporation makes first-timers think they’ve died and not gone to heaven. Triggered by dope, involuntary astral travel can be an excursion into ominous worlds that threaten the snuffing of the voyager.
You’ve got to remember that this country has just emerged from a very unpopular and miserable war. Six million men came back from Southeast Asia. Penthouse is primarily a magazine read by young men. Penthouse was the most popular magazine for the troops in Vietnam.
Blowing kif in the Café Sportif with a mixed bag of spacefreak and Moroccan benchbirds, stonefree in the morning sun pulsing here on the eastern side of D’jn del F’na—“the place of the dead,” or the circle of the spirits—hub of the Great Pink Wheel called Marrakech, pronounced MA-raksh.
To participate in a government-sponsored research project to study the effects of marijuana. To participate, you must be male, between the ages of 21 — 35 years and have used marijuana on a regular basis. You must be in excellent physical and mental health.
Amphicar. Imported from Germany by Hoffman, the Amphicar's advantages are obvious. This vehicle can be driven right off the beach and onto the water. Just the ticket for regular deliveries to neighboring islands. $2,500.
Four-Wheel-Drive Van. Manufactured in Long Beach, California, this boonie basher began life as a regular production van. Berm Engineering converts the entire drive train to very heavy-duty four-wheel-drive operation (at a very heavy-duty price—$3,000, excluding the initial price of the van) that enables this hauler to go where only jeeps dare to tread. $7,000.
Land Rover. This famous safari wagon from British Leyland has made more great white hunters out of gushy rich socialites than any other element under the hot African sun. Bwana, you want to save some room for that ganja on the other side of the veldt? $5,000.
1966 Chevrolet Four-Door Station Wagon
1966 Chevrolet Four-Door Station Wagon. This is possibly the most nondescript rollin’ machine ever! A gray wig and religious respect for the local traffic laws insure a safe trip in this bomb, which is usually piloted by seamstresses and retired policemen. $500.
Kawasaki Z-1. The fastest production motorcycle in the world, the Kawasaki Z-1 is capable of sprinting the quarter-mile at 105 m.p.h. in as little time as it just took you to read this sentence. Carrying capacity is limited, but you sure can haul ass with small weight. $1,500.
1941 Ford. Affectionately known as the bootlegger’s special, this model’s huge gas tank accommodated itself quite well to moonshiners’ transporation needs. And its V-8 powerplant could flat outrun any fed machine down those treacherous Tennessee mountain roads. Where did they keep gas? In a gallon wine jug, of course. $2,000.
Kenworth/Fruehauf Tank Trailer
Kenworth/Fruehauf Tank Trailer. This is that big rig you see truckin' down the highway with a few thousand gallons of petrol sloshing inside its shiny silver cylindrical womb. Unlimited hauling capacity is its claim to fame, and the cab is better outfitted than most living rooms, with quadrophonic sound, TV, refrigerator, a big bed, CB radio (for trackin' those Smokeys in the unwrapped package) and the most sophisticated, comfortable, air-suspension driver's seat in the world. $70,000.
Pimpmobile. The services of this very colorful vehicle are employed by vendors of white powders and shapely organic commodities. This one practically slaps the constabulary across their collective gaping mouth. Better leave your stash at at home when traveling in this much style. $12,000.
Lamborghini Countach. You’ll have to smuggle one of these into the country, since it just doesn't pass the stringent EPA emission specs; must have somethin' to do with the six dual-throat Weber carbs mounted on individual runners connected directly to each cylinder's intake ports. Introduced just last summer, this head turner can easily exceed the national speed limit three times over, and doesn't stop 'til the speedo hovers at 175! Its transversely mounted midship V-12 engine displaces 4.4 liters. The tariff? Only $10,000 per liter. $40,000.
Bugatti Royale. This is strictly for the successful entrepreneur. There are only six in existence, but for the right price anything is possible. Place bids with the Harrah's Automotive Collection in Reno, Nevada, or the Briggs Cunningham Collection in Newport Beach, California. If they won’t part with theirs, there are always four more that you can bargain for. $100,000.
British-Leyland Atlantean Omnibus
British-Leyland Atlantean Omnibus. This is the answer! You and a hundred of your very closest friends can go just about anywhere there's a golden ribbon of highway. The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority has just ordered four Atlantean double-deckers, at a grand total of $330,000. They’ll run the Fifth Avenue and Riverside Drive routes, but you can do better than that. $82,500.
Today’s pied peddlers must be merchants of mobility. Their bods and wares must be transported securely, whether it’s across the border or down La Cienega Boulevard. Their business is highly specialized and, if they are true professionals, so, too, should be their means of transportation.
In the first half of 1975, over 61 aerosmuggling planes entering the U.S. crashed, with 23 known casualties. The numbers missing in action in remote mountains or over the ocean are unknown but probably much higher. Morgan Camacho knows how to fly low.
The making of whiskey is a metamorphosis not quite so mysterious and intricate as birth or death, but for many it’s a process just as awesome and fulfilling. It partakes of the seasons of the earth, and involves delicate but enormous changes of matter; impossibly sophisticated pharaphernalia are required to magick the innocent, wholesome vegetable mash into brain-damaging liquor, and the transformation is so extreme you cannot watch it without getting a little drunk on the mystery of Nature itself.
Like violated gods, the eight islands of Hawaii spewed forth lava from their molten hearts. For a hundred years the skies were ashen, until one day they cleared into a brilliant cerulean blue. Then, mysterious bronze wanderers arrived in long teak outriggers, bringing with them amazing seeds.
The crowd clustered around the park bench playing cards and dealing dime bags of heroin is a little surprised to hear that the Drug Enforcement Administration occupies the squat gray building just across the street. "No shit? The federal narcs, huh, well they ain't been botherin' us none."
The search for exotic highs is like the temptation to bet on “propositions”: of course, you know who won the World Series in 1936, how to sing the “Horst Wessel Song,” or that the dude drinking pink ladies cannot pour that glass into your trousers without getting you wet.
Scorned by Western medicine since its use was first reported by missionaries and traders 400 years ago, the ginseng root of the Orient has been a coveted folk remedy throughout the East for thousands of years, and legends of its miraculous powers have been popular in the Far East since its use became common, though that ancient time is now lost to memory.
The serpent lies coiled at the foot of the spine in the subtle body, and when it is awakened by mantra and meditation it bursts through the chakras from the lowest to the highest, from the loins to the brain, to the seat of power, visions and the fire of the spirit.
It has outrun the horse, outlasted the Hupmobile, outexercised the exercycle. Sure, the autocar had a brief flurry from 1895 to 1975, but the bike is back! Physicists say the bicycle is the most efficient means of transportation ever invented (the car and the jet plane can't even come close).
Doping footballers are making up more defensive lines than ever before, according to former San Diego Chargers team psychiatrist Arnold Mandel. Citing the case of Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, the late Baltimore Colts linebacker who OD’d on heroin, Mandel said defensive players would go to any length to achieve their objectives.
Ant Farmers in Lewiston, New York, have buried a 1968 Oldsmobile Vistacruiser station wagon-time capsule, scheduled to be dug up in the year 2,000. Members of the Ant Farm loaded the car with 30 suitcases of contemporary artifacts, and wrapped the car in four layers of polyurethene foam and two inches of tar.
California moonshiner Michael Barleycorn (author of The Moonshiner’s Handbook) has raised a cry for the decriminalization of “hootch.” In the wake of marijuana, gambling and prostitution appeals, Barleycorn told a press conference in Los Angeles that “it’s time the government got out of the kitchen as well as the bedroom.”
University of Missouri researchers have reportedly developed a breathalyzer machine designed to determine whether someone has just smoked pot. In a memo from the desk of Doctor Robert C. Petersen of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it says: “It now appears likely that the use of cannabis can be detected by breath by means of a simple roadside collection device in routine equipment,” and that it could be in use by police agencies “soon.”
Reuters reports that herds of wild elephants in Tanzania have been getting high on fermenting fruit. According to Mikumi Game Park rangers, the beasts then trumpet, scream and run around breaking up straw huts and Pygmy villages.
In an effort to stem the flow of Mexican brown heroin from Mexico to the United States, the DEA has set up a “diplomatic service” branch in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. 19 agents reportedly operate throughout Mexico in DEA Region 15 at an estimated cost of about a million dollars.
A Congressional investigation of Americans in Mexican jails is under way on the initiative of Representative Fortney H. Stark (D.— Calif.). Stark has been collecting case histories of prisoners in Mexican jails, among them: • A Ford Foundation scholar arrested with 19 grams of marijuana and sentenced in 1973 to five years in prison.
In times past Americans have found that grass is greener on the other side of the border. Today it is gaining superior sheen inside their backyard fences, where it has long belonged. Americans are taking to growing their own weed in unprecedented numbers as the DEA and Customs services crack down on imports.
High-THC-producing marijuana is dominant over low-THC-producing strains, said Doctor Coy Waller, in reviewing recent Japanese studies before Mississippi Senator James Eastland’s Senate subcommittee. The University of Mississippi pharmaceutical specialist indicated that domestic marijuana could attain strengths of untold proportions in a very short time.
Counterculture advocates of cocaine sniffing now have public confirmation of what they’ve known for a long time: the chief drawbacks to tooting coke are high costs and the law. Doctor John Newmeyer of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco told a drug symposium in Oakland that “almost everything about cocaine is on the positive side from the point of view of the counterculture ... it is considered pleasant, potent and stimulating, and is considered nonaddicting."
As part of an increased effort to intercept smuggled drugs, the Customs Service has issued a noncommercial flight requirement that pilots radio U.S. officials 15 minutes before they cross the border. Failure to comply can mean a $500 fine or more, depending on the cargo.
If you happen to be in possession of pendants, bracelets or even toilet seats in which marijuana seeds or leaves have been imbedded, watch out. Technically, the wearer is a misdemeanant for being in possession of a controlled substance, and you may find yourself gathering flack from more vigilant foes of the herb who would rather hassle than let you go.
"Independent" pot smokers outnumbered Democrat and Republican dopers "hands down," according to a recently compiled report from the Drug Abuse Council in Washington. The council survey showed that of 2,638 Americans across the nation, 10 percent of Republicans are smoking grass compared to 15 percent of the Democrats.
Information recently released by the President's Blue Ribbon Committee reveals that in at least one instance, the United States government blackmailed a foreign government to achieve its ends. Paraguay’s General Alfredo Stroessner was threatened with a $35-million cut in aid if he would not return alleged dope king Augusta Ricord to the U.S. for prosecution.
The decriminalization issue hangs on slender threads throughout the nation this year, as legislators move closer to elections. The flags for pot are buried, out at half mast or flying high from Alaska to Virginia to Maine. And in Oregon and California, reefer reform advocates are pushing for more change in new laws—enough to give home growers the right to sow their own grass seeds in small home plots.
Police seized paraphernalia from three head shops in the Fort Collins, Colorado area, after city officials cited an obscure Colorado State Provision that “anything that may have been used in a crime is subject to seizure.” The unlikely line was written into the recently passed Colorado decriminalization bill.
An Illinois woman has filed suit against Alton Memorial Hospital after she awoke from surgery to find hundreds of ants crawling on her wound. Lorene Barnes recovered conciousness and says she felt something was wrong. When nurses peeled back the covers and bandages they discovered hundreds of the insects infesting her bandages.
What’s funny about six cops busting an old man after they barge in on his property unidentified, intimidate him after lying to him and then see to it that he’s convicted of assault? Not much, you say ... but this is just another episode in the ongoing drama of “Dope Opera”: • Charlie Stoll lives in the tiny Arizona mining town called Oat-man.
If the sweetly familiar smell of burning reefer is becoming more familiar in London’s West End these days, give a nod to that pioneering Johnny Appleseed of pot who likes to be known as Peter Boo. Unlike in the U.S., where marijuana has infiltrated enough to become quasi-legal (or, at least, acceptable, as in New York, Berkeley and L.A.) the weed is still strictly a no-no across the water, although the demand, if not the supply, is comparable.
Nature has provided us with many recycling devices that are ecologically sound, nutritionally balanced and spiritually uplifting. One of the best of these is the lowly chicken, who is in fact a benevolent goddess whose products and by-products have only positive effects.
In 1971, Orson Welles wrote and directed F For Fake on the fashionable island of Ibiza, Spain, and on locations from London to Las Vegas. It has been shown at several film festivals in the hope of attracting a theatrical distributor, but hasn't gotten a nibble—and it's not likely to, which is odd, since the art-house crowd is always hot to get hold of anything from the maker of Citizen Kane.
REEFER SONGS: 16 ORIGINAL JAZZ CLASSICS (Stash ST 100). Be the hit of your holiday family reunion. Slip this disc on between Perry Como and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and watch the generation gap disappear. Young and old alike will be hip to this jive because every song is over 30 years old, but they’re songs about getting high.
Tired old jeans become a picturesque psilocybin patch when you stick on this beautiful four-by-six-inch mushroom design. The kit comes complete with virgin wool yarn, needles (knitting) and everything you need to hand-scree your trousers into a mess of amanita. $2.50, Captain's Corner, P.O. Box 502, Old Chelsea Station, New York, N.Y. 10011.
Some do it with mirrors. Some do it with buzzsaws. You can saw your lady in half and half again with this cutting board modeled in fashionable Dopish Moderne. Complete with board of petrified wood, polished poplar base, brass pestel, glass tooter, stash vial, stainless steel spoon and scalpel, the whole thing is magnetized to stick together while you come unglued. Only $69, from Touchstone Jewelry, P.O. 710, New York, N.Y. 10011.
They’re still arguing in court whether the marijuana embedded in this plastic asstray is legal or not, but the daring duff can rest assured atop this transparent cannabis crapper that it’ll make a strange case in court. The American bathroom just ain’t the same since love-in-a-tub and fixture fantasies like this one, about $130 from Ganja Inc., Box 224, Glendale, N.Y. 11227, and American Pride Associates, P.O. Box 817, S. Lancaster, Mass. 01523.
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After you buy that bulletproof suit, why not drape it over the only coat hanger that can double as a Brinks armored truck? The Keepsafe is perfect for the traveler who wants to protect that last stash of cash, jewelry, wacky weed, credit cards, phone numbers, Quaaludes, whips—whatever you want to keep from children, friends or yourself. Lock this baby around a sturdy closet bar, toss your favorite hunk of haberdashery around it for a disguise, snap shut the two locks, and you're ready for living in the material world. Available with a piercing alarm. From $39.95 to $69.95. Travel Safe Systems, Santa Monica, Calif.
Yea, verily. Whether thou be Hebrew or Gentile, there is a roach clip fit unto thypurposes. These beautifully crafted religious roachers are so diverting that the intrepid state troopers probably will be very impressed. Moreover, the maker of these wonders is Jerry Samuels, who, under the rubric Napolean XIV, wrought the song “They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Haaa!" Send $3.00 for cross or star, or $2.50 for bell, to J. Laurence Samuels and Co., P.O. Box 27052, Philadelphia, Penn. 19118.
$15 ($7 in aluminum)
Want to take it up the nose? Want to be Number One with a bullet? Now’s your chance to fulfill your wildest dreams of proboscid promiscuity and cocaine concupiscense with the Master Blaster. This silver bullet sells for $15 ($7 in aluminum) and is good for one gram in 40 measured amounts of your favorite nose food. Doubling as a salt shaker, it’s perfect for the galloping gourmet. From Snow Gear, Box 623, Branford, Conn. 06405.
Pondicherry Ma Chéri
$9 to $12
The airy beauty of these delicately handmarbeled packets is matched only by the delight of their precious contents. They come from Pondicherry, in what was once French Colonial India. The incense sampler contains 14 provocative scents with such exotic appeles as Durbar Sollennel, Lumiere and Kurukshatra. Each of the 56 sticks is individually rolled at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram from a secret recipe of fragrant gums, balsams and essential oils, and burns a lingering ten minutes. The 100-percent silk chiffon scarves are dipped in 12 heavenly hand marblings, in a packet to match. Hand rolled and stitched at Pondicherry, they are a perfect gift or accessory to spiritual bliss. They come in four sizes, from $9 to $12. Both incense sampler ($3.50) and scarves are available from Essential Spirit, Box 2640, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93170.
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