High Times is a business—dedicated to bringing you an entertaining and informative magazine about adventures in consciousness. We have no axes to grind—high or low—and within our staff are some who feel that decriminalization should be the limit of pot reform, thus preventing a big-business takeover, while others urge laissez-faire legalization with no holds barred.
I'm stuck in Santa Marta Prison in Mexico City with 40 other American women. I just read the Dec./Jan. issue of High Times. The brief mention of us there prompted me to write and tell you a little more about what's going on down here. Besides the women, there are about 90 men incarcerated in the infamous "Black Palace." Most of us were busted for importation of cocaine while in transit through Mexico City to the United States from South America.
Q: We’ve heard that crossing weed with hops will produce an unidentifiable pot plant, so we’ve been trying to find a source for hops seed—specifically Humulus lupulus—but our search has been a bust. We believe that the commercial name for these hops is “Brewers Gold” or “Bullion.”
A landmark decision by the Mexican Supreme Court may hasten the release of some 500 Americans who are currently behind bars in Mexico. This comes on the heels of mounting American condemnation of questionable tactics used by Mexican police.
Medical Evidence Suggests Possible Health Hazard to Pot Smokers
Electro-Pollution Worries Soviets
Drugstore Dope Ad Claims Termed “Shocking”
Acid Veterans Found “Normal”
Tap Water Menace
California Curbs Drug Industry Profiteering
Banned Pharmaceuticals Sold to Third World
New Bringdown Invented
Biofeedback Replaces LSD for Drunk Therapy
Vets Were Drugged
New research indicates that marijuana is effective for alleviating the vomiting and nausea that plague thousands of cancer patients undergoing chemo-therapy, and should be used as a treatment for such side effects. In a report published by researchers at the Sidney Farber Cancer Center, a branch of the Harvard Medical School, there was at least a 50 percent reduction in vomiting and nausea in 12 of 15 cases involving marijuana drug treatments.
Art Kleps Neo-American Boo Hoo Church is far from the worst. At least it is the oldest permanently established, tripping acid game of our time. From 1963 to 1968, Kleps'Church, Tim Leary's League for Spiritual Discovery and William Haines's Sri Ram Ashram comprised the core of energy behind the psychedelic experiment.
A famous Hollywood landmark was used to celebrate California's liberalized marijuana laws on New Year's Eve, when merry prank sters revised it into a comment that could be seen for miles. The Hollywood sign, erected as part of a real-estate scam in the 1920s, once read HOLLYWOOD HOMES. High on the slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the movie capitol, the 65- foot letters can be seen for more than ten miles on a clear day.
DEA Accused of Abuse of Power in Arkansas Dope Case
DEA abuse of power and illegal procedure will constitute the basis of an appeal by six persons convicted in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in connection with a bust that netted federal narcs 8,644 pounds of their own dope, according to informed sources.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) held its annual convention this December 5-7 in an atmosphere of restrained optimism at the swank Marriott motel in Rosslyn, Virginia. Just across the Potomac—under the sparkling lights of Washington, D.C.—NORML members and delegates enjoyed an opening-night banquet donated by General Motors heir and philanthropist Stuart Mott.
There's nothing high about being busted, so we sincerely hope that you never have to appear in High Crimes." On the other hand, if you're among the thousands who get popped trying to stay in the game and don't make this column, remember, we can't publicize every bust.
Michigan State Representative Paul Rosenbaum is promising a hard push against heroin and cocaine dealers this year by introducing two bills that would provide up to mandatory life sentences for "high-volume dealers" in "hard drugs." His thesis: "We'll never get rid of the heroin unless we take the profit out of it."
Before his resignation as acting head of the DEA, Chief Henry Dogin revealed that the agency operates a special international training school in Washington for "high level police officers" from around the world. Dogin said in a press conference in Tucson, "We have an important responsibility to train police officers of other countries in the techniques of making, developing and prosecuting narcotics cases."
Noble celebrities—writers, musicians, thespians, royalty and streetwalkers alike—have enjoyed and been rewarded by their use of psychoactives. "High Rollers" is dedicated to those who have had their covers blown, not by choice, but by unfortunate chance.
European narcs have recently dubbed Amsterdam the "syringe of Europe" and are acting to tie it off. Officials in Amsterdam say that since the break-up of the traditional "French Connection" at Marseilles, dealers have opened a new international smuggling route that begins in Indochina and ends in Amsterdam.
The director of the El Paso Intelligence Center recently announced that law enforcement agencies will have the support of the new Pathfinder computer next year. Data will be fed into the computer from intelligence agencies that handle narcotics, including the DEA, U.S. Customs and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The mouth of the tank lay open before me. Naked and expectant, I stepped into the warm salty water. I stretched out as the lid was fixed behind me, and began to float and familiarize myself with the surroundings. First, there was total darkness—and then a silence so complete that my breathing and heartbeat became deafening.
When it was published in 1936, “Marijuana: Assassin of Youth" created a panic that drove the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 through Congress. That law was the first federal legislation passed against marijuana and climaxed a seven-year antipot campaign headed by Harry J. Anslinger, then U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics.
Early morning in Mexican mushroom country is misty. The mountains that surround Palenque are draped with clouds, and the nearby pastures are dotted with grazing Brahma cattle. In the thick jungle ten miles outside Palenque lie spectacular Mayan ruins that attract tourists in growing numbers every year.
The world's worst narcs come in every race, color and creed. They are French, Chinese, Nigerian, English, Jamaican, Colombian, Swedish. They are even Polish. For example, Alexander Messing. He is the New York liaison officer for the Geneva-based U.N. dope bureaucracy.
The kif-producing community of Mazzarif (altitude 4,500 feet) is one of many villages of cannabis growers located in the Rif Mountains of Morocco. Above the houses of Mazzarif, the mountains climb to 7,000-foot summits; below, the land descends to the river on a series of slopes and terraces that are covered entirely with kif in the growing season.
Hard to capture and impossible to define, magic captivates everybody's imagination. Our quest for magic's origins took us through a dozen countries, always searching for the secrets of age-old places of enchantment. We began our journey in Greece, the fountainhead of Western culture a mere three or four thousand years ago.
It's been all day from Bogota to New York and you've been stacked up over Kennedy for two hours. Finally you set down in a dense fog and slip through Customs like a bar of soap in a wet fist. Walking to the taxi, there's a slight drizzle...romantic...but deadly.
Veterans of Foreign Jails Recount Brutality, Filth
"Escape" from Turkey
Jamaica: Why Do You Think They Call It Dred?
Congress will soon schedule hearings so legislators can learn first-hand about the excessive abuses inflicted upon U.S. citizens in foreign jails, particularly in Mexico, Turkey and Jamaica. The hearings are the result of several years of lobbying and letter writing by inmates and graduates of the various hellholes.
South American narcs, armed with DEA-supplied tools, continue to chip away at the big nose candy mountain. So don't be surprised if 1976 becomes the year of the $100-plus gram for medium-grade blow. • Colombian police arrested two men and seized 407 kilos of suspected cocaine and a single-engine Cessna at Cali International Air port, in Cali, Colombia.
Marijuana smokers could prove to be the telling factor in this year's national election. Political candidates will have to confront the issue of decriminalization—but only if 40 million tokers apply some heat. From the look of developments in some states, the mood of the nation favors reform by 1977 on a federal level, but the busts keep coming down.
The DEA and FBI annual budgets to pay informers and to buy dope are $9 million and $3.6 million respectively, according to Martin Pera, Chief of Domestic Investigations for the DEA. And the best informer, explains Pera, "is a two-time loser, 45 to 50, who knows if he goes up one more time, he's going to die in the can.
New research conducted at Harvard University indicates that while heavy drinkers tend to stop work because of drinking bouts, marijuana users stick to their jobs even when they smoke a lot of dope. Doctor Jack Mendelson, director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center at Harvard, added that alcohol users seem to be much more dangerous drivers than heavy marijuana smokers.
Two former inmates at the Lexington Center in Kentucky told a Congressional committee that volunteers in CIA drug experiments performed there in the 1950s could build up a "bank" of morphine and other drugs if they agreed to certain experiments.
Charges against a Santa Cruz, California, man accused of selling coke and assault with a deadly weapon were dropped when the accused showed up in court with a tape recording of the bust that contradicted police testimony. Ed Leslie, 36, a real-estate broker and rock-group promoter, will not have to face charges, because "the case went haywire," according to Assistant District Attorney Art Danner.
The question has not always been "who's high?" but "who's high on what?" Among some rock stars it's good old-fashioned alcohol, plus other things. Elton John, for example, downs Yukon Jack; Mick Jagger swills white wine, beer and Jack Daniels; Bill Wyman goes for vodka and Seven-Up; and Frank Zappa is picky about the years of his Chateau Batailly—1961 or 1967.
The most direct route for moving large shipments of dope from Colombia to the United States by ship or plane runs up the coast of Belize, formerly British Honduras. But recently renewed military activity between Belize and neighboring Guatemala has kindled fears that newly restored weed runs from Santa Marta and Car tagea may be grounded.
Law enforcement officials in major U.S. cities will receive more than a million dollars from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration in 1976 to help them combat Bicentennial terrorism. The move began last summer when legislators on the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee were told by various law enforcement authorities that left-wing political groups planned to step up violence during the nation's birth day celebration.
"Ups" seized in a raid near Thornton, Iowa, late last year could have been fatal to people taking them, according to pharmaceutical examiners in Sioux City, Iowa. Analysis revealed the tablets contained traces of strychnine that if taken in large enough quantities could kill.
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A Pakistani official has been accused by the British government of allegedly smuggling hashish oil into Britain packed in radioactive waste drums. Radioactive waste shipments are regularly sent from Pakistan to England's Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Harwell, where it is prepared for storage.
The insidious, the cranky and forlorn, the riduckulous and the faux pas—that's what it's all about in "Dope Opera." • Gary W. Brown, 22, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was arrested in his semi-furnished cave not long ago for alleged possession of marijuana.
Ex-Agents Charge Grand Jury "Whitewash" in El Paso
Former U.S. Customs agents in El Paso, Texas, are charging that a U.S. grand jury investigation of alleged corruption within Customs is a "whitewash" and a "coverup." Former agent Mike Kelly testified before the grand jury—along with about three dozen other agents—but says the jury never asked pertinent questions: "They didn't want to hear about it.
"Through the valley of the shadow of death ..." and then what? "Light," according to Doctor Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who has spent the last six years interviewing and counseling hundreds of patients whose hearts have stopped beating temporarily, and who have been clinically dead for up to two hours.
Antonin Artaud's theater of cruelty, le Grand Guignol, was a central influence on the work of the crucial dramatists of our age, among them Ionesco, Beckett, Pinter, Malina and Beck (Living Theater) and Peter Weiss (Marat/Sade). A dedicated sensualist, Artaud put all his cards on the table to test his theories on himself; he often used hallucinogens to escape the manufactured realities of twentieth-century life.
The commonly accepted American version of “chili” is chopped meat, a few canned kidney beans, canned tomatoes and/or sauce and a little chili powder served with crackers and/or corn chips. It’s good, but it ain’t chili. Texans, those earthy giants who stride the borders between the U.S. and Mexico, have a version of chili that uses chunks of beef and lots of spices but no beans.
THE ROOTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Psychic Liberation Through History, Science and Experience
THE TOADSTOOL MILLIONAIRES
A GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
THE HASHEESH EATER, by Fitz Hugh Ludlow (San Francisco: Level Press, $7.95, paperback). When The Hasheesh Eater first appeared in 1857, it impressed the pants off Mark Twain and Emerson. So its absence from the standard required reading of American Lit.—or at least from the shelf that contains Melville's poetry and Whitman's prose—is a great oversight.
Tired of finding your joints reduced to unsmoked roaches in your pocket before you get a chance to toke the line? Well, here's a really elegant way to keep your cache intact. Watch the glint in their inquisitive eyes when you pull a readymade from this glamorous.
GREAT SCIENCE FICTION FILM MUSIC, composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann (London CSL 1001). Movie composer Bernard Herrmann is a master of paranoia. Like his hypnotic "Twilight Zone" theme, Herrmann's best work is clouded with doubt and menace.
It is a little known fact that Boris Karloff discovered laughing gas—in a fine film called Corridors of Blood (1958). In his role as Dr. Bolton, a pioneer anesthesiologist, he flies in the face of early Victorian doctoring 130 years ago, with his primitive nitrous oxide and opium tinctures, only to be chewed up and spat out by the quacks of his day.
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When Ikhnaton I built his pyramid at Giza, he said he wished it higher than anything in all of Egypt. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for Ikhnaton's ghost, something higher has invaded the Valley of Kings. High Times contributor and raconteur of the prison dope scene ("Dope Behind Bars," October/November '75), Chic Eder recently returned from a five-week research visit to Colombia.