Nowadays everybody complains about the dope situation, but the guests at the first High Times symposium do something about it. No, we didn’t gather the world's biggest dealers together for a think-tank session on some remote, luxurious and well-guarded Caribbean island.
This note is in reference to your recent article on astral projection (Dec./Jan.), in which I was quoted. I expected a bit more about the relationships between astral projection and the ingestion of psychedelics. Although it is a poor idea to depend entirely on psychedelics to do all the work, some of them do seem quite useful, especially when combined with the proper music, atmosphere, breathing exercises and ritual training (all carefully orchestrated by an experienced guide).
Q: A rather strange technique has become popular in my hometown. All the dopesters are curing their grass on dry ice. Rumor has it that this increases the potency of the smoke. Any truth to it? —Frank Jones, Stockton, Calif. A: Whoever started this rumor flunked high school chemistry.
Paraphernalia Registration Proposed in Massachusetts
Deadly Arm of Oriental Law
Norman E. Kent
Pot smokers can’t be fired by feds—at least not for smoking pot. So says a recent ruling by the Federal Employee Appeal Authority. FEAA ruled that use of marijuana or other illegal drugs by federal employees during nonwork hours is not an offense serious enough to warrant firing of the employee—provided the conduct does not interfere with the individual’s job performance, pose a threat to other workers, or reflect adversely on the government.
Marijuana experts at the first annual Chronic Cannabis Use Conference in New York City released findings of recent studies that overwhelmingly support the theory that cannabis is a relatively harmless product. The conference was sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the New York Academy of Sciences.
While thousands of people are content to get high the same way they have for years, there is always a rebel who finds a bold new way to sniff, snort or toke. Today a whole new breed of businessperson, the reefer baron, is transforming the rolling paper and paraphernalia business into America’s fastest-growing leisure industry.
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s failure to officially protest the treatment of American prisoners in Mexican jails—after he publicly announced his intention to do so—has resulted in an even more intensive crackdown on American prisoners there.
S-1 is not a supersonic jet or a new psychedelic. S-1 is a 753-page document drafted to fully revise the federal Criminal Code. This version was initiated under the direction of the late President Lyndon Johnson, and was completed in a modified form by the Nixon-Mitchell Justice Department.
The New Year began with grim tidings of what is to come—soaring bust statistics continue to rise. It’s high time for dopers to be more wary of the people they deal with—especially for large quantities of Colombian weed, which the DEA is busy flying into the U.S. to sell to unsuspecting buyers and thereby entrap them.
The following are some of the recent developments in the reefer reform movement. This is not a complete compilation of all actions taken to liberalize marijuana laws, but is merely an indication of what’s going on at the grass roots level. Marijuana is still a crime virtually everywhere, so obviously much more needs to be done before we can cultivate, cure and smoke dope—legally, without fear of prosecution.
More and more domestic strains of cannabis are appearing on the British dope market, and authorities are concerned that soon the dope will reach the high quality British heads call “Crown.” Bust statistics charging people with cultivating marijuana have increased from three people convicted in 1967, to some 450 convictions last year.
While the bitterest winter in years gripped the eastern U.S. and Canada, cold-hearted narcs put the heat on, thus melting the flurry of flake from South America and leaving a lot of snowbirds dry and not so high. In an example of the dubious achievements of the forces of law and order, a former New York City policeman and one-time narc had a guilty verdict on a dope charge set aside by the State Court of Appeals.
Izak, they is the smallest, ugliest people in the world, but they is the highest. They is constantly smoking that dynamite black Congolese weed." Ugandan Tony and I careened down a dirt road through the Ituri Forest in northeastern Zaire in search of the pygmies.
Marijuana has made it into the smoke-filled rooms of campaign '76. Reform of the grass laws is an acceptable issue in this year's presidential campaign. In fact, eight Democratic candidates favor marijuana decriminalization. Just the fact that all the candidates feel free to discuss grass is an indication of how far we've come.
Although the popularity of cocaine is at an all-time high, relatively few people know anything about its source, the coca leaf. Few cocaine users have ever seen coca leaves, much less learned how to use them. I still meet people who confuse coca with cocoa, the product of an unrelated plant.
Ye shall reap what ye sow, says the Bible, and so shall you smoke what you plant. Accordingly, as the sun warms the earth and melts the snows of winter, we offer some heady advice for the amateur outdoor farmer who wants to try his hand at raising a marijuana crop—whether for cash or stash.
...the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Star Joint Enterprise, its mission to seek out new worlds where no one has dared go. Behind it hangs a trail of milky vapor like the fiery tail of a comet; before it lies adventure without end, amen.
In 1954, three years before his death in a federal penitentiary, Wilhelm Reich led a research expedition to the Southwest to further the study of Orgone Energy. Already he had invented the Orgone Energy Accumulator for treatment of body energy fields.
Historians of the esoteric art of dealing are locked in violent dispute over the sensational findings of an obscure and little-known amateur in archeology, Wolfgang Hopschnitt (or schneitt), whose claims to having deciphered an ancient code found in the most ancient of documents may reveal a heretofore unsuspected antiquity to the profession.
Many homegrowers have sighted "marijuana bugs" on their precious plants —tiny, psychedelic, exoskeletal critters that may be links in nature’s great chain but can look for a real hot welcome if they intend to mess up the crop. Pot farmers, relax.
Joseph Lupton, a researcher at the Georgia Tech Research and Development Center in Atlanta, has been working since 1971 on a marijuana breath analyzer. Lupton’s breath analyzer works something like this: a sample of the breath of someone suspected of smoking marijuana is collected and mixed with a solvent.
The sun was setting as the small plane laden with Mexican marijuana landed at Bear Creek Airport in North Georgia. The grass was quickly unloaded into a waiting mobile home and a pickup truck. Also waiting for the plane were federal, state and local law enforcement officers.
Tons of pain-killing opium and morphine are stored in the torch-proof steel and concrete vaults of Fort Knox, Kentucky, says a spokesperson for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). O. B. Stauffer, of the GSA, reported that 150,000 pounds of opium and 24,000 pounds of morphine have been kept in storage in the vaults since the Fifties, to safeguard against dwindling supplies on the world market and for use in the event of emergencies.
Sometimes the temptations of busting heads outweigh doing things the right and legal way. Other times the cops are just plain “hooked” on smoke, even though it’s not in the cards they’re playing. Here’s a short review of what we’re talking about: • An attorney in Anderson, South Carolina, acting for 15 defendants in drug law violations, charged law enforcement officers there with entrapping dope pushers.
Mothers, millionaires, movie stars and politicians all are falling prey to the infamous DEA. From city to city, the great and near great are being jerked from their discrete hedonism into the awful reality of dope enforcers. Hopefully, our mighty cousins will wield the power to help make changes in those old, blue laws.
While you were getting odds on the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl or the Cotton Bowl, there was something far bigger brewing down under—the First Annual Pole Bowl—another sports history maker. Steve Sugar, one of 27 men at the U.S. Antarctic Research station on the South Pole, reports that the South Pole “Heads” trampled over the South Pole “Narcs” by 14 to 7.
The bicentennial celebration is touching more than just politicians, store owners, activists and paranoid police, and the reported influx of hundreds of prostitutes into Washington is proving it. D.C. Assistant Police Chief Theodore Zanders claims that the number of hookers in Washington has increased by 400 percent since the beginning of 1974, and more "ladies of the night" are expected to appear in anticipation of the almost certain tourist trade.
DEA and assorted police agencies around the country are making it a point to survey their jurisdictions, consolidate their information and their forces, and then leap zealously onto the unlikely groups of people who they would have us believe are big deals in the dope world.
What this world needs is a good $25 lid. But the dope market may have to be restructured first. Jacques Rogiers says the Dope Conspiracy (DC), an organization of West Coast dealers, intends to revolutionize the industry to that very end. Rogiers, 37, organized DC in 1971, shortly after he was released from San Quentin, where he did two years for pot possession.
more of the unusual events, incredible cons and unwarranted retribution that make the shaky ground of dopers and narcs even More uncommon. Cases in point: • Undercover narcs in the Bronx, New York, discovered a corner grocer happily dispensing marijuana for government food coupons.
Widespread use of phony identification to steal goods and to avoid detection by law enforcement personnel has prompted the Justice Department to organize a federal task force that will propose new regulations for obtaining identification documents.
JUNG AND THE STORY OF OUR TIME, by Laurens van der Post (New York: Pantheon Books, $10.00). From the very beginning, Carl Jung's life was guided by powerful forces from the unconscious. At age three he dreamed of descending into the earth, where he found a giant one-eyed phallus on a golden throne—a dream that affected him so strongly that he could tell no one until he was 65 years old.
TOY SYMPHONIES AND OTHER FUN, by Reinecke, Taylor, Kling, Steibelt, Gurlitt and Méhul; conductor, Raymond Lewenthal (Angel S-36080). Music textbooks would have us believe that Carl Reinecke, Franklin Taylor, Henri Kling, etc., were competent but only minor nineteenth-century composers.
No sunshine in your life? Save precious energy resources and let Nature light your next joy stick with the Solar Joint Lighter. A mirrored metallic base catches solar rays and focuses them on your muggle, causing ignition on a clear day in 10 to 20 seconds. Also good for torturing insects and picking up rescue signals. The Sundog I, cold-rolled steel and chrome with an average 15-second lighting time, costs $2.00. The Sundog II, stainless steel and chrome with a 10-to 12-second lighting time and pot pouch, costs $3.25. Both collapsible lighters are 4" by 3" and weigh 10 ounces. From those wizards of the tool-and-die game. Sun King Associates, Box 22427, San Francisco, Ca. 94122.
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Another triumph of form over content in this attractive joint-carrying wallet. The nine joints shown above contain tobacco, a blasphemous offering to the gods of the Paraphernalia Desk that would normally bar inclusion in the Paraphernalia Pantheon. But since this wallet—as well as this metaphor—is made in Greece, we make an exception. Boasting a pocket for matches and roaches and an attractive roach clip, the wallet is made of an ambiguous but appealing material that may be tan leather, but don’t leave it out in the rain to find out. $6.95, plus sales tax for New York State residents, from Jay Sales, 507 Seventh Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017.
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Flag Daze Drapery
Holding a cough-in? Veterans of the old “frag ’n’ flag” method who earned their stripes on Vietnamese Green won’t want to be without one of these attractive marijuana-leaf flags of sturdy white nylon—3' × 5' for $9.99 or 2½' × 3½' for $7.99. The proud emblem is guaranteed to stay put, and both sizes come with canvas header and grommets for indoor and outdoor display. From Yankee Peddler, PO. Box 14125, 7915 W. Becher St., West Allis. Wi. 53214.
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This classy 14K-gold-jacketed gram vial touches all the bases. Each one weighs more than an ounce and comes with a record of its exact weight in ounces and grams (also in ounces plus alligator baggies or Zip Locks), so that it may be used as a reliable weight in transactions. This ultimate accessory comes in hammered, smooth (pictured here), or satin finish. $250 each from Brother Bob Productions, P.O. Box 1868, Hollywood. Ca. 90068.
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The Fire Eater’s Friend
For centuries, homo sapiens has struggled to mix hashish with fire to produce smoke. Aside from narcs, the chief obstacle has been the awkwardness of keeping one hand on the pipe, the other on the flame, your eyes on the two of them and your teeth clenched on the stem. Now this revolutionary lighter-in-a-pipe makes it possible to kiss those hashday blues away with a flick of a built-in Bic pocket lighter that fires directly into the bowl. Handmade from rosewood or coco bowl, the pipe comes in three models— Hard to Use. Doesn’t Work and Burns Your Hand Up to the Elbow—costs $25 from Stone Pfactory, Newport Center, Vt. 05857. Also shown, a handmade wooden stash, available in three sizes, to accommodate joints 3¾" ($5.00). 2¼" ($4.50) or 1¾" ($4.00) in length.
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Hose your nose with this shell shooter fashioned from Dentalium, Nature’s perfect tooter. Or douche your nasal cavities and avoid septal ulcerations with the “Olivia” —just fill with water or your favorite rinse, hold to nostril, tilt head back and inhale through your nose (which you probably do anyway). Definitely the item for those who desire the moist for their money. Pretty as they come, these beachcomber’s answers to the bloody nose are $2.50 apiece from Vagabond House, 100 Walnut St., Marietta, Pa. 17547. □
In what may be the first of several sequels to The French Connection, Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), dedicated narc and two-fisted zany, lights out for bleak Marseilles in search of the smack czar that got away—the mysterious Charnier (Fernando Rey).
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A growing taste for esoteric food seems to be sweeping the world. In one South African restaurant, snake and chips is a popular new item. In Vancouver, patrons of a “native Indian” restaurant have taken enthusiastically to barbecued salmon heads and tails.