Good Evening, Mr. and Mrs. Hashpipe and All the Ships at Sea
The Freebooters vs. the Machine
Piracy at Sea
As we go to press a drama is being played out on the high seas, of the sort that movies starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are made. The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued an all-points bulletin to the Coast Guard, Customs Bureau, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol, Marine Patrol and all other federal, state and local agencies and foreign governments to be on the lookout for ten ships at sea suspected of marijuana smuggling.
The excerpt from Antonin Artaud's Peyote Dance in the March 1976 issue of High Times lacked an interesting piece of information about the Indians who practice the peyote rite. Their name, Tarahumara, means “flying feet." They live in the Mexican Sierra Madre at 8,000 feet, where the mode of transportation is running.
Q: Last June I planted some Colombian seeds in my corn patch. During September some of the males flowered, but to my dismay the females remained flowerless. By late October, the corn and natural foliage had turned their fall colors, and my marijuana stood out like eight-foot green thumbs.
$690 Million-Plus Tagged for White House Drug Office
Canadian Court Admits Voice Print
A historic decision in a marijuana case in Kingston, Jamaica, could mean that some 25 percent of the cases being tried under existing cannabis laws there will no longer hold up. This is the inference to be drawn from a Kingston Crown Court’s acquittal of 17-year-old student Rodney Johnson on a charge of possession of 740 milligrams of marijuana.
According to Dr. Peter L. Thompson and Dr. Bernard Lown, nitrous oxide can provide relief for people suffering from acute heart attacks. The doctors’ conclusions were based on a study of patients suffering coronary pain at the Harvard Medical School.
At the height of World War II, four months after the first artificially created nuclear reaction was released in a pile of uranium ore in Chicago, an accidentally absorbed trace of a seminatural rye fungus product quietly exploded in the brain of a 37-year-old Swiss chemist working at the Sandoz research laboratories in Basel.
Mercenaries Liberate 14 Americans from Mexican Jail-Torture Continues-
While election-year politics continue to buttonhole efforts to release the estimated 532 Americans being illegally held by the Mexican government, three men brandishing heavy firearms and dressed in green costumes with matching ski masks burst into the small Mexican border town of Piedras Negras and freed 14 Americans being held in the local jail.
Washington—Tucked away in the University of Florida offices of Dr. Irving Goffman is a proposal that would raise at least $1 billion annually for the federal government. The plan a detailed account of how legalized marijuana could be marketed and taxed, has not attracted any attention since it was developed nearly four years ago.
The United States and Mexico have launched a new major effort to combat the flow of narcotics between their two countries, following another round of charges and allegations by the U.S. that Mexico never does enough to curb trafficking and is riddled by official corruption.
John Thomas Jova, 24, son of the American ambassador to Mexico, pleaded guilty to smuggling cocaine and was sentenced to 2½ years in an English prison. Jova was the victim of a blackmail plot in which a group of international smugglers took photographs of him in bed with a man at a London party.
Following his pot bust in Rochester, New York, David Bowie has alleged that he was the victim of illegal search and seizure as well as police entrapment. Bowie and two friends who were arrested with him have pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing a half-pound of marijuana.
On March 31, Michigan politicians in Lansing dealt the death blow to a bill that would have reduced the penalty for possession of 18 grams of cannabis to a $100 fine with no court appearance or jail time required. The bill, sponsored by State Representative William Bryant, had been wavering for months, gradually being watered down and amended into virtual impotence.
SEE White Womanhood Protected! PLUS "THE WORKING MAN'S FRIEND" AND Snake-Oil Humbug Deposed!
Nowadays, you hardly ever hear one of those frightening San Francisco tales of a forty-niner's daughter shanghaied by a fatal pipeful of opium in a Chinatown hop joint. Must be 50 years. at that, since a Southern belle was fettered to a fare-thee-well by a burly buck blackamoor coked to the gills on horse powders.
Organized crime found Prohibition a bonanza and reaped millions by bootlegging, rumrunning and operating illegal breweries. But few underworld figures made the transition into the legitimate liquor business after Repeal. Instead, the mob turned to other rackets—gambling, hard narcotics, prostitution and "protection." Some of the speak-easy owners like Toots Shor,and Charles Kriendler of "21," went legitimate after Repeal and established worldwide reputations as respectable restaurateurs.
On Sunset Boulevard, midway between Schwab's Drugstore and Beverly Hills, there is a drive-in organic sidewalk café called The Source. The neon that makes this "The Strip" is invisible till the sun goes down, and nobody walks in L.A., so just about the only sign of life on Sunset, outside the hermetically sealed stream of cars tuned to various radio stations, is The Source.
The Cherokee Six is one of the most commonly used smuggling planes because it’s widely available and has a spacious cabin that is ideal for low-density loads. Payload is slightly less than in the 206, and the Six is not available with a tailwheel. Another disadvantage is the low wing, which is more susceptible to damage from boulders and bushes than the 206’s high wing. Large rear cargo door makes loading easy. A new retractable-gear version, introduced this year, is about 20 mph faster and has a slightly longer range.
Piper Super Cub
The Super Cub is a souped-up version of the famous old Piper Cub. Only a two-seater, it is slow and has less range than other aircraft listed here, but it is cheap and will take off and land shorter than almost any of them. With huge, fat tires, it can practically land in a field of boulders. Ideal for small, high-value shipments, like coke, that must be carried out of extremely short runways.
The boxy, utilitarian Evangel is remarkably well suited to shuttling in tons. It was designed solely to carry heavy loads out of ridiculously short jungle airstrips, and that it does admirably. Another plus for the Evangel is that when you fly one, God is on your side. This modern, twin-engine plane was designed and built by a missionary pilot who flew the South American jungles—Peru, Bolivia and Colombia—for an outfit called Wycliffe Bible Translators. The designer might not approve of his creation’s being used to transport vile substances across borders, but the Evangel remains an almost perfect airplane for carrying enlightenment of another sort. It is powerful, robust and extremely simple to repair; its two engines provide an extra margin of safety. Only a handful of Evangels were built before the line was taken off the market. Production rights are up for sale, however: this provides a splendid opportunity for an enterprising capitalist/freak to go into business building the dope smuggler’s dream airplane.
$20,000 to $60,000
This is it, the Rolls-Royce, the Peterbilt of dopesmuggling airplanes. The Lodestar is a small, twin-engine airliner built by Lockheed in the Forties, back before they bribed people to buy their airplanes. It’s the fastest airplane on our list (under ideal conditions, it will hit 270 mph) and also has the longest range. Payload is enormous, which makes it very popular among high-volume heavy rollers. Convicted smuggler Ken Burnstine, a flamboyant Florida arms dealer and air racing pilot, operated a fleet of Lodestars as the bulwark of his business. (Several of Burnstine’s Lodestars crashed, one of them scattering two tons of marijuana along a Florida beach.) The Lodestar is expensive to operate, but if you’re carrying 2,000 kilos, who cares? It also has the distinct disadvantage of being noisy and rare—a real attentiongetter—but if you’ve got the balls and the market for a couple of tons, fly a Lodestar. With a little searching, you might also turn up a Learstar, a higher-powered version of the Lodestar that can hit 300 mph.
Helio Super Courier
The huge, stilt-legged Courier is the all-time STOL and slow-flying champion. Its wings have sophisticated aerodynamic gizmos such as full-span, leading-edge slats and slotted flaps and spoilers that allow it virtually to hover at speeds below 30 mph with light loads. Courier is extremely rugged; a steel-tube roll cage makes it the safest and most crashworthy plane in the air, a significant fact for folks who fly at treetop level in mountains at night. The airplane is rather expensive, but for landing in certain mountainous areas there may be no other choice. Payload figure is misleadingly low because of huge, 120-gallon fuel supply. If, for example, a range of only 300 miles is required, payload can be raised to as high as 800 pounds.
All of our previously listed Top Ten airplanes have one big drawback: they are so well suited for their task that they tend to arouse suspicion among narcs. A Cherokee Six or a Lodestar parked at a small airport in southern New Mexico or Arizona almost cries out, “Search me!” Therefore, it could be argued that the best smuggling planes are those least suited for the task. If this makes sense, you might consider the BD-5, a tiny, one-man rocket ship of an airplane that uses a snowmobile engine and go-kart wheels. Payload is about ten pounds (a bit more if the pilot is skinny), but the BD-5 is so small that it is virtually invisible to radar. Because of payload and space limits, it is suitable only for smuggling packages small enough to hold on your lap. The airplane is very fast—200 mph—and highly maneuverable. The hitch is, you have to build it yourself, for the BD-5 is available only as a kit for home builders. If you’re not in a hurry, the kit manufacturer is promising that the BD-5 will be produced as a complete airplane one of these days.
Cessna 180 and 182
The Cessna 182 is one of the most popular light planes built today. Thousands of these Chevrolets of the air haul hustling businessmen and clean-cut families all over the place, but there’s no reason high society can’t take advantage of their load-carrying capabilities, too. The 180 and 182 are basically identical, except that the 180 has a tailwheel and the 182, a nosewheel. The 180, though less popular among upright citizens because of its tailwheel, is far superior for rough-field operations. Both aircraft have high wings for good ground clearance and big flaps for short landings. The 180 is a common bush plane in Mexico, so Mexican mechanics are more likely to have parts in stock for emergency repairs.
Cessna 185 and 206
The 185 and 206 are higher-powered versions of the 180 and 182. The bigger engine cuts into range, but more than doubles payload. In fact, the 185 will lift more than its own weight in fuel and cargo. A “stretched” version of the 206, called the 207, is available for low-density, high-volume contraband like dry, loosely packed marijuana. The 207 also has a large rear cargo door. All high-wing Cessnas—180, 182, 185, 206 and 207—offer one nice feature for the dope smuggler. Tiedown hooks are conveniently placed so that smugglers can hang scales from them to weigh dope as it is being loaded aboard.
$10,000 to $75,000
The DC-3 was the mainstay of the world’s airlines for 30 years, and thousands are still flying all over the world. Most are worn out and weary, and some can be picked up for less than the price of a new single-engine Cessna. (Imagine that: an honest-to-God airliner!) It isn’t very fast and won’t fly as far as a Lodestar, but it’s the best bargain you’ll find in terms of payload per dollar. Coming up with a pilot shouldn’t be difficult, and if you want to fly it yourself, there are still plenty of flight schools that offer DC-3 training. Beyond the DC-3, there is a host of old prop-driven transports lying around rotting. Other retired airliners that can be bought cheap and used for smuggling include the DC-4, DC-6 and DC-7, Martin 404, Convair 340 and 440 and Lockheed Constellation. The World War II B-25 bomber also falls into this category. Incidentally, some enterprising chaps crash-landed a fully loaded, four-engine DC-6 on a mountaintop last year; the nares caught them before they could unload the monster. The purchase and use of these aircraft is a specialized business well beyond the scope of this article. Any smuggler interested in a Super Connie or a B-25 will be well advised to know a great deal more about airplanes than appears here.
$8,000 to $40,000
Popularly known as the Twin Beech, the Model 18 was first built in the Thirties and has been out of production for years. It is nevertheless one of the most widely used twinengine bush planes ever, with a reputation as one tough sumbitch with wings. More than a thousand are still flying. The large payload makes it ideal for high-volume operators. One caution: many Twin Beeches have been flying so long and hard that they have developed metal fatigue cracks in the wing spars. In one recent case, a wing simply fell off while a Twin Beech was approaching to land. All aboard were killed. If you do choose a Twin Beech for your smuggling operation, make absolutely sure that the spar has been strengthened or checked by X-rays for cracks. A Twin Beech can be bought for a song, but maintenance and fuel costs are high owing to its old-fashioned radial engines. Most 18’s have been modified to some extent; many have had the conventional landing gear replaced with a tricycle-type gear. But for smuggling operations, however, the original, conventional gear is superior.
THE dope-smuggling pilot become kind of modern folk hero Swashbuckling daredevil and skilled flyer, he can coax an overloaded bush plane off a Band-Aid a Mexican runway while the Federales unload their M-16's at him from the bushes. It takes a special kind of pilot to do that.
Sex-Starved Seedless Supersmoke that Anyone Can Grow
Dope fiends who’ve just been turned on to their first joint of sinsemilla are liable to suspect that a trick’s been played on them, that their benefactor has sprinkled a taste of hash oil on the stuff or cured it in a psychedelic. Not because there’s anything peculiar about its taste or weird about its buzz, but simply because it’s so outrageously stony.
News Item: Dr. Milton Siegel,noted psychophar-macologist and the nation's foremost authority on effects of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, predicts that by the turn of the century sexuality will have undergone its most face-lifting metamorphosis.
See how quickly it fell to the ground? We know the force that pulled it down as gravity, something like the stuff that comes out of magnets. An ignorant Trobriand Islander barely out of the Stone Age might well think that such a fall was the result of magic.
Dropping an empty cigarette pack on the sidewalk in Minnesota now carries a stiffer penalty than being busted for carrying an ounce and a half of grass. Within two hours on March 5, the Minnesota Senate voted to lower the penalty for marijuana possession and to raise the legal drinking age from 18 to 19.
South Dakota’s new marijuana decriminalization law was included in the biggest bill of the 1976 legislature—a 122-page revised criminal code containing 19 pages of the Senate Journal, to begin to enumerate. Although the new pot law has a lag period until April 1, 1977, law enforcement officials are stating privately that as far as they are concerned, in most cases, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana will be discreetly overlooked.
A four-year program designed to help Bolivia find a profitable substitute for the coca plant, the source of cocaine, is being developed at the University of Florida. The program is being sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development, long a cover for CIA operations.
Claiming that the United States government is responsible for the rising toll of heroin-related deaths in low-income areas throughout the country, Frank DeSilva of the New York City Urban Coalition accused the fourth annual convention of the National Drug Abuse Council of “forgetting the nation’s 400,000 addicts” and following “bullshit policies in present treatment and rehabilitation.”
It was a scene right out of a Lone Ranger movie, only this time the man who left behind the silver bullet was a bearded stranger. And because the mysterious bullet contained 250 milligrams of cocaine, Ernie Holmes, the mammoth, 270-pound defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is in trouble with the law again.
A consortium of parents, clergy and civil libertarians has filed suit to halt an experimental program of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in four New Jersey schools. Opponents of the program, which is being funded for a one-year trial period by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and is called "Transcendental Meditation/the Science of Creative Intelligence," have assailed it as a "subtle form of Hinduism" that violates the constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state.
Louise Lasser, star of TV’s “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” was arrested in Beverly Hills, California, for alleged possession of cocaine. Lasser, 37, former wife of comedian Woody Allen, was picked up by police after creating a disturbance at a posh Beverly Hills shop.
HighWitness Interview: Rep. Barry M. Goldwater, Jr.
Goldwater, Jr.—Ford Must Help U.S. Prisoners in Mexico
Representative Barry M. Goldwater, Jr., of California has managed to shake forever the spectre of his conservative Republican namesake as he probes the delicate politics of releasing the estimated 532 Americans being illegally held by the Mexican government.
THE WHITE KNIGHT, by Cledus Maggard and the Citizen's Band (Mercury SRM-1-1072). By the time you read this, CB radio will have clogged the airwaves so badly you'll only be able to pick it up clearly if you drive into an electrified fence at 180 mph.
Redneck or deep throat, you'll agree that no noose is as good news as this hand-some silver and vermeil Coke bottle and bullet stash with built-in spoon on chains of the same precious alloy. "It improved my love life, kept the car running all winter and made me a better person for it," writes Miss Greenwich Village of 1968. A fine piece of connoisseur cocaine paraphernalia for the discerning customer, the bullet or the bottle costs $10.00 (with chain) each from Renee Corp., 422 Thirteenth St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215.
But Alice wouldn 't. This sleekly crafted, solid teakwood calabash pipe sits in its own matching stahbox, monarch of all it surveys and happy as a pig in shit, until you take it out, fill it up, tamp it down, put a match in it and stick it in your ear because it looks like Aunt Milly's ear trumpet. You'll figure out what it's really good for when you fork over $7.95 to Hobbit Pipes, 890 Production Place, Newport Beach, Ca. 92660. And send another $7.00 for the stand, because like yourself, the pipe can't stand by itself. The stand also contains a cylindrical compartment ideal for stashing paperclips, rubber bands, French ticklers and other such paraphernalia.
Headshop in a Bottle
You can launch a ship with a bottle, and you can open a bottle with a ship; you can also open a bottle with this portable headshop—or snort coke. clip roaches. pop corks, pick locks or clean your nails with this stainless-steel Pot-Kit Knife by Rana-Pipien Enterprises. Choose red or black—embossed with the world's favorite gold leaf—for only $8.99 including postage and handling from Rare Treasures Ltd., 3030 Norton Blvd., Long Island City, N.Y. 11101.
Take a bauble bath in this bionic bijou and you'll take the battery acid trip of your life when the solid-state necklace turns your tubwater into electric Koolaid. The manmade sparkle of this lucite prism pendant flashes on and off three time a second. The dynamic diode pulses nonstop for 300 hours, and there's no bulb to burn out. Comes in red, blue, green, smoke, silver and amber with on/off switch and one-year guarantee for $39.95. from Grass Roots. Box 729. Glen Cove. N.Y. 11542.
You can't grow hair on a cue ball with this "100% natural" fertilizer, but you can put an end to home groaning when its nutrients, minerals and vitamins go up our roos, through your stems and into your leaves. Marij-Gro can be used indoors or out, and just like the stash of Transylvanian sod count Dracula carried in his coffin when he went abroad, it'll bring the natural herbal organic synergy of Colombian sun and Mexican moon to your south forty. This according to the manufacturer, Nalpac Ltd., 2200 West Eleven Mile Rd., Berkley, Mich. 48072, who promises to cheerfully refund your $2.50 if you're not satisfied with every one-pound can of dirt.
Two for the Nose
From America's leading paraphernalia manufacturer comes this fine new rolling paper for the nose. The 1976 Series D banknote is good for all debts public and private. Feminists will happily note that each cocaine-carrying device bears the signature of Treasury Secretary Francine A. Neff and there's a black man on the back in a crowd scene at Philadelphia's Independence Hall. The new two-dollar bill, however, is not quite as psychoactive as the prewar Treasury Bonds (Series E) which are prized by connoisseur tooters and tokers for their high proportion of hemp content in the paper. Only $2.00 from your local bank.
Eyes Have It
$25 and $20
And they can keep it. These handy coke snakes and pyramid rings give you a third eye that you can hang around your neck or stick up your nose. You'll be the height of fashion (or the depth of it) when you sport these sterling silver Masonic icons. Snake spoon pendants go for $20. eyeball pyramid rings and pendants cost $25 and $20 respectively if you buy them from the Kali Jewell Co., 1848 Thunderbird St., Troy, Mich. 48084.
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. Dope prices vary widely according to region, city, quality, quantity, condition, freshness, market conditions, supply and demand, law enforcement intensity and many other factors.
Aligns with the cosmic force field of the universe and serves four. Prepare one package strawberry gelatin as directed on box. Reserve ½ cup; chill remainder of gelatin in bowl in refrigerator. Using half the reserved mixture, line the bottom of a 3-cup conical mold.