In Mazatlán, a pound of primo tops wholesales for $25. In Tucson, it changes hands for $175. In Boston, the same weed costs $250; in all, a 1,000 percent markup from the producer's price and a rise of 50 to 100 percent above the top prices of five years ago.
I’d like to clarify a potential misunderstanding that may have arisen in the minds of those who read the introduction to our conversation in your March issue. Contrary to your overzealous explanation of my claims, I am not and never have been God except in the sense that everybody is a god.
Q: When I was in Colombia a native told me that in his country they prepare weed for export by urinating upon it. Is there any truth to this? The only thing I can figure out is that the smugglers are trying to cover up the smell of pot with piss. — Jim De Rauio, Mt.
Police may not search a vehicle and its occupants merely because they see cigarette rolling paper in the car, the Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court has ruled. The decision overturned the misdemeanor guilty plea of one Lloyd Baldon on the grounds that the lower Court of Claims should have granted an earlier defense motion to suppress as evidence a bag of marijuana found in the defendant’s pocket.
The fifth annual report on marijuana prepared by the National Institute on Drug Abuse is one of the most evenhanded "official" reports on the effects of grass yet published. Dr. Robert L. DuPont, director of the institute, reports that research conducted during 1975 failed to confirm several beliefs about marijuana, including those that smoking leads to genetic damage, impotence and lower fertility rates.
He was once a Washington curiosity, invited to cocktail parties because of his controversial brand of politics. Now, with eight states, 40 million-plus marijuana smokers and a parade of presidential hopefuls supporting the decriminalization of Cannabis sativa, the toothy grin of 32-year-old Keith Stroup has become the outrage of the nation’s capital.
Guajira, Colombia, police chief José Ignacio Lara reported that in 1976 more farmers will be turning to cash crops than to the traditional maize, frijoles and ajonjoli. The cash crop is marijuana, of course, and the farmers claim that they lose money by growing anything else.
The Drug Enforcement Administration will not be affected by President Ford’s recent reorganization of the American intelligence community. Nor has Congress yet instituted a permanent watchdog committee to oversee the agency’s activities, despite investigations that have implicated DEA agents in cases of bribery, extortion, drug dealing and murder.
Colombia may soon replace Mexico as the world’s leading exporter of grass, according to a recently released report by the Colombian Central Office for Drugs and the Struggle Against the Narcotics Traffic. Entitled “The Menacing Green Spot,” the study reveals that marijuana is now grown in half of Colombia’s 24 provinces.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is working on a small unmanned plane that will fly the U.S. borders and security areas to keep track of smugglers and saboteurs. The “remotely piloted vehicles“—R.P.V.’s—would be equipped with sophisticated scanning equipment that is now used in satellites and manned aircraft, including infrared systems that enable them to “see in the dark.”
The United States government is using civilian medical personnel, including doctors on administrative, advisory and independent technical missions, to provide information on indigenous dope situations in Third World countries. Much of this information has been relayed by Dr. Peter G. Bourne, president of the Foundation for International Resources, Inc., who recently visited Thailand, Laos, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan.
Pot is now as ... you guessed it... “All-American as Miss America herself.” With that in mind, the archconservative Oakland Tribune was the country’s first major newspaper to endorse the complete and total legalization of marijuana. You might assume that legalization won’t be long.
There’s a problem in Albany, New York, where legislators are trying to figure out just how many joints you can get from an ounce of grass. The dispute may hold up passage of a new dope law. Estimates have run from 20 to 100 joints per lid, the high opinion being that of Senate Majority Leader Warren Anderson.
American interests are changing—slowly, like most institutional change, but surely. In a nationwide 1975 Harris poll of 1,394 adults, only 45 percent opposed “penalizing anyone having a small amount of marijuana with a small fine and no jail term.”
The Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library, the world’s largest collection of dope literature, was destroyed in a fire in San Francisco’s historic Cavalli Building. Damages were estimated at $5,000 and arson is suspected in the blaze. The Library contained over 10,000 books, records, pamphlets, journals, manuscripts, letters, engravings, posters and comic books.
His name is Walter T. Krauth, one of his many aliases, and he has the seasoned, squinty eyes of Charles Bronson —but you get a distinct leprechaun feeling from him, a leprechaun down on his luck. For 17 years, from 1950 to 1967, Krauth was an international smuggler of hashish, cocaine, gold and almost anything else your heart desired.
"Fellow rats, please, if you have any legitimate complaints write them in a paper and submit them in triplicate to the Newsletter” “We want our rights!” “Fellow rats, you are protected by Public Law 89-544 of the Eighty-ninth Congress of the United States, and I quote, to wit: ‘The Secretary shall establish and promulgate standards to govern the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of animals by dealers and research facilities.'
Manuel was a poor but hard-working farmer who lived in the high mountains of the Sierra Madre del Sur, some hundred miles west of Oaxaca. Although the few acres of land he owned just barely yielded enough corn to support him and his wife and their five children, Manuel managed, and because Manuel managed he gained a reputation for being a practical man.
The first thing I want to do before I become involved in the relation of my story is thank all the High Times readers who wrote in and asked for another of my stories. The publisher was very pleased, although I was a little scared, as some people wrote with green crayon on red paper and talked about weird things.
“The reason for the sentence of the Court is simply the word cocaine. That is the one— that is the explanation. Hard narcotics in my opinion demand hard sentences....Anyone who facilitates the transaction in the hard narcotics—and I consider that cocaine hard narcotic—has to be made a lesson cut down on the traffic....
Irv Teibel is one successful record company president who never reads the Top 40 charts. He couldn’t care less how many units Led Zep shipped last week. In fact, he’s released only one musical disc in seven years, and doesn’t intend ever to put out another.
Bedroom, Bathroom, Mushroom— How to Keep a Perpetual Supply of Psilocybin in Your Own Home
Mushrooms in a jar? They’re the greatest thing since psychic liberation in a bottle. Now a new book from And/ Or Press, Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide, by O. T. Oss and O. N. Oeric ($4.95), has revealed the deepest secrets of homegrown mushroom magic.
Surrounded by a phalanx of Secret Service agents. High Times news editor A. Craig Copetas recently questioned Democratic presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter on marijuana and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “I favor the decriminalization of marijuana,” said Carter, “but I’m not sure about the legitimacy of the federal government making this rule.
The U.S. Board of Parole has voted three to two to reject Dr. Timothy Leary’s request that he be released from prison. Leary is currently serving the second year of a ten-year federal sentence for alleged transportation of marijuana. One joint was found in the vagina of his daughter Susan while they were driving from Texas to California.
A new film starring Tommy Smothers will be out soon, but you probably won’t see it on television. The film, entitled Alcohol, Drugs or Alternatives, was purchased recently by the Boulder, Colorado, Health Department’s division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
If human athletes were subject to the same scrutiny as horses and dogs,there would be a biochemical lab at every football and soccer field in the nation, and perhaps a third of all games would be forfeited because players were doped up to get through games.
“You perceive an increase of self-control and possess more vitality and capacity for work,” wrote Sigmund Freud, who, along with Pope Leo XIII, President William McKinley, Thomas Edison and Sarah Bernhardt, enjoyed the occasional healthy snort.
Sheldon Songstad, the Republican senator from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is sponsoring a bill that puts a price on dealers’ heads. The bill would authorize cash rewards of up to ten G’s for information leading to the arrest and conviction of dope peddlers—enough to make some people turn in their mother.
Dr. Robert DuPont, President Ford’s top dope spokesman and head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has come out publicly in favor of marijuana decriminalization. At the same time, he pointed to statistics that indicate marijuana is third among recreational drugs—behind alcohol and tobacco.
A million dollar jet plane allegedly used to smuggle arms and ammunition to Puerto Rico has been drafted into service by the U.S. Customs to be used as a chase plane in the government’s war against high flyers. The small executive jet was taken by Customs in 1974 at San Antonio airport, during an investigation of an alleged gun-running operation linked to fugitive financier Robert Vesco.
The size of a woman hitchhiker’s bust is an important factor in whether or not she gets a ride, according to University of Washington researcher Dr. Joan Lockard. Lockard, a professor of neurological surgery and psychology, conducted the experiments last year in Seattle, Washington.
Warren Lynch, 45, owner and operator of the Alligator Ranch near Corpus Christi, Texas, swore he would rather die than go to jail on a pot possession charge. He then held off police with a shotgun from an island refuge in the middle of his alligator pond.
Marijuana has been discovered growing in the fourth-grade classrooms in Riverton, Wyoming. Thirty-two youngsters and at least two teachers and administrators were exposed to the dangerous pot, but no casualties were cited. Riverton Police investigating the incident said that no one knew what the plant was for at least four or five months.
The cops are socking it to more jocks this month. But that’s the story of the high life these days— to be brought down by the law. Whatever happened to the swashbuckling days of resistance to the heat? The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned the drug conviction of former cowboy movie star Alfred (Lash) LaRue.
Approximately 100 instances of the trading of U.S. guns for Mexican dope have been documented in the last year and a half, according to federal officials in El Paso, Texas, and Mexico City. Jacques Kiere, director of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), said that “Some but not all of the cases involved left-wing groups.”
Pittsburgh’s “Supercop,” Ron Nagy, has been banished to the city’s river patrol for making too many drug busts. A nine-year veteran of the force, Nagy earned his nickname because he made so many arrests. Usually his victims were teenagers with small amounts of marijuana.
Some people thought the Viet Cong won the war because history was on their side. Others insist it was because the U.S. didn’t go in and nuke ’em right from the start. Well, if the truth be known, according to William Duffy, the reason the communists kicked ass was that they were not eating sugar and the South Vietnamese were.
MARCUS GARVEY, by Burning Spear (Island 9377). Exoticism, no matter how contrived, is one of the cons used most successfully by a promotion-crazed recording industry. They would have us believe that reggae was unwittingly discovered during a safari through the West Indies bramble bush.
Take a lesson from the bears, there's nothing so relaxing or arousing as a good backscratching against the natural grain of wood. Master lumberjack Hugh Gundry understood this urge when he hand-honed these square-wheeled backscratchers for Whimsical Woodcraft, woodcrafters to the whimsical.
The Trans-High Market Quotations are a factual record of actual transactions that have taken place in the weeks before press time. The THMQ does not represent prices now, nor does it necessarily represent what people should or should not be paying.
Recently High Times received the best shots of booths since Booth shot Lincoln. Gary Wolfson sent in The Thing, with no explanation of its origin; Karen Horowitz of Philadelphia shot the photo below at the Union Fair in Union, Maine, on August 21,1975.