In 1974, 445,600 people were busted in the United States for marijuana. An additional 220,000 people were busted for other types of dope—mostly cocaine, psychedelics, heroin and pills. In 1966, there were 21,071 people busted for marijuana; 30,305 for other types of dope.
I have just settled in the States from England, and it’s my first impression that the way you Americans smoke dope is the most inefficient method imaginable short of sticking a pipe out of your ass and farting through it. English dopers almost invariably roll joints out of a mixture of tobacco and dope.
Q: My friend and I are going to Morocco on vacation, and while were there, we want to try some real, authentic kif. What confuses me is how to ask for it. I thought kif was the mixture of dope and tobacco the Moroccans all smoke. But your March issue shows a kif harvest on the cover.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has advocated strict controls on Darvon, a frequently prescribed painkiller, because of evidence implicating it in hundreds of overdose deaths. The committee voted seven to one to recommend that Darvon (propoxyphene hydrochloride) and mixtures containing it be regulated by the Controlled Substances Act.
In an unprecedented decision, a Kenai, Alaska, Superior Court judge has ordered that eight ounces of marijuana must be returned to its rightful owner. Judge James A. Hanson ruled that the Kenai Police Department has to return the grass to the home of Randy McGahan.
Running a country is a problem that’s usually bigger than the people who have that job. The search for solutions, therefore, is usually subcontracted out to consultants—from the Oracle at Delphi to the Brain Trusts of the Thirties to the Think Tanks of the Sixties that employed Herman Kahn as well as Daniel Ellsberg—whose fulminations shape the policies that millions will obey, tolerate or rebel against.
The ex-Marine sergeant and truckdriver turned soldier of fortune who freed 14 Americans from Mexico’s Piedras Negras prison last March is standing trial in Dallas, Texas, on charges of illegal exportation of arms without a license. He has not been charged directly with freeing the American prisoners.
The federal government has been notified by a private researcher that its program of subsidizing communities’ efforts to end crime should be terminated. The federal program, entitled the Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968, has spent $4.4 billion over the last eight years.
BOGOTÁ —In the wake of the Colombian government’s “March Decree,” which decriminalized possession of up to 28 grams of marijuana or ten grams of hashish, the Colombian Ministry of Justice is assuring the public that the move will not initiate a wave of permissiveness but, rather, will “separate the addicts from the drug traffickers.”
The California Senate Subcommittee on Narcotics Trafficking, chaired by George Deukmejian, recently issued an emphatic condemnation of the DEA's system of rewarding zealous narcs with cash payoffs and promotions in accordance with the number and size of busts made.
• Three men —Robert J. Dodds, 25, and Richard M. Hoefs, 25, both of Austin, Texas, and Fred R. Worsham of Crossville, Tennessee—were arrested after a pilot who flew four and a half tons of marijuana from Mexico to a ranch near Balmorhea, Texas, turned out to be working undercover for the DEA. Pilot Clay Simmons offered his services to federal authorities about a month before the flight took place, according to testimony of Dallas DEA agent Michael M. Haberer before a federal magistrate.
Representative F. Edward Herbert of Louisiana has found that some 1,000 weapons were lost or stolen from American military installations in 1975. Herbert said that hundreds of machine guns and rifles are finding their way into the hands of dope runners in Mexico, who pay far more than the weapons are worth in the States.
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to cut off funds for a controversial sex and marijuana study at Southern Illinois University. The provision to withdraw support for the project funded through the Department of Health, Education and Welfare was contained in the fiscal year 1976 Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which passed the House by a vote of 352 to 35.
The Rise and Fall of Florida’s Marijuana Luftwaffe
This story takes place in exotic locations: south Florida; Guadalajara; Vera Cruz; Corpus Christi, Texas; deserted landing strips on Caribbean islands under a smuggler’s moon, crowded Denny’s Restaurants on freeway off ramps under neon eyes.
A visitor entering a Meo village in Laos for the first time would be wise to bring along a quart of Johnny Walker Red or Jack Daniels green label, especially if arriving in January, when the cool season has set in and the chill is upon the highlands.
What do leather lovers in gay bars have to do with soma, the sado-maso-magic of ancient India and Siberia? America, you’re going to love this theory!
This is a story about perverts and how they got that way. As it happens, some of my best friends are. The Anvil Bar is down on the corner of 14th and West Streets in the heart of Manhattan’s meat district. During the day butchers and truckers drink beer there and watch the go-go girls dance.
Seven miles high, the Himalayas were thrown up when India bumped into China a few eons ago. All but inaccessible until recent years, the mountain kingdoms of Kashmir, Tibet and Nepal crowned the world with mystery. Some said Shangri-la was there, the land of earthly paradise.
One way to get a sense of the times is to examine what substances people are using to enhance, escape or obliterate reality. In the late Sixties, mind-expanding drugs seemed to be the order of the day. With the advent of Nixon, droves turned to barbiturates and hypnotics in an effort to blot out their consciousnesses —714 Power!
The small notice on the door of La Riza pulqueria says “No Permisso” to minors, street sellers, military men in uniform—and women! Women are strictly prohibited, even though the pulque swilled inside was discovered by a woman: the Nahuatl Indian goddess Mayahuel.
Federal and local law officers from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, seized 15 tons of high-grade Colombian marijuana and arrested six persons after watching them unload their cargo from the shrimp trawler Gulf Stream at an old river port near the Gulf of Mexico.
The detection of ethyl alcohol molecules in interstellar space has been reported by Dr. Benjamin Zuckerman of the University of Maryland. The discovery was made by searching the radio source Sagittarius B2 with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory precision 36-foot radio telescope at Kitt Peak.
DEA Claims 900-Pound Coke Indictment Is “Largest Ever”
• Thirty-three persons were charged with operating a cocaine ring that imported and sold more than 900 pounds of coke since 1968. The twenty-eight men and five women were held on bail that ranged as high as $1 million. Juan Antonio Alvarez, Angel Rodriguez and Jose Luis Sureda were identified as the three ringleaders.
The recent development of a test to detect cannabis levels in the blood and urine may subject marijuana users to arrests for “driving while intoxicated” Radioimmunoassay, a technique designed to gauge the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol-cross-reacting cannabinoids, was employed by a team of British physicians in their examination of the body of a 19-year-old man killed in a November 1975 car accident.
Ex-Top U.S. Pot Researcher Runs for California State Senate
BERKELEY —A former chief of the National Institute of Mental Health’s marijuana research program, quietly fired in 1967. is currently attacking the United States marijuana research bureaucracy and calling for legalization of pot in his campaign for the California Senate.
Legal Use of THC in Glaucoma Therapy Now Sought by Docs
The same research that led Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ophthalmologist Dr. Frederick M. Blanton to believe that marijuana could be used to cure glaucoma (an eye disease that affects one in every 25 Americans) and that was dubbed “unethical" by the Broward County (Florida) Medical Association, is being quietly endorsed by leading ophthalmologists.
Steve Holmes A 20-year-old Yonkers, New York, youth who had been mistakenly arrested as a marijuana probationer hanged himself in his cell. Yonkers police allege that they stopped Steven Karagianis in his car last April to execute a warrant for his arrest.
The Rolling Bowl is made of high-impact plastic (the kind that went to the moon) and is shaped like an unidentified flying object. When we tried it for cleaning, all the seeds rolled neatly into the rim. but when we gave it the flight test, it failed to return —unlike the conventional frisbee often used for this purpose. You can have one (just like ours that didn't come back) for $5.00 from Good Clean Fun, Box 229. Freedom, Ca. 95019.
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The latest frat pin? Nein! This uncommonly well-crafted decoration for neck or nostril combines spoon and straw in a
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Fruit Cellar Fun
Marijuana stored in a Mason jar looks just like oregano Aunt Betty put up last week. Among the best hermetically sealed cannabis cannikins imaginable, Mason jars can be found in abandoned farmhouses or purchased in better kitchen supply stores everywhere and anywhere. This French model holds a half liter, or about 4 ounces of cleaned herbe.
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If Your Head Wasn’t Clipped to Your Roach You’d Probably Forget It
And boy would you be mad about that after you'd shelled out $15.95 for a sterling silver roach clip and conversation piece from J.M.J. Jewelry Co., 138 West 25th St., New York, N.Y. 10001.
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If Sherlock Holmes Were Alive Today
He would undoubtedly purchase a gold cocaine-crystal chopper from Leeco Knife & Straw. 43 Greenwich Ave.. New York, N.Y. 10014. for only $98.50. And if Freud were alive, he’d probably get his crystal chopper in silver for $19.95.
Amanita muscaria mushroom intoxication is no longer the national pisstime of the Aryans, though beer festivals remain as popular as ever west of the Berlin Wall. The Siberian tribes who still use Amanita are no longer ruled by religious-economic structures based on the mushroom as commodity and mystifier.
RASTAMAN VIBRATION, by Bob Marley and the Wailers (Island ILPS 9383), THIS IS REGGAE MUSIC (Island ILPS 9251), JAMAICAN CULT MUSIC (Folkways Ethnic Library FE 4461). In case you haven't heard. Bob Marley's new album is his best yet. and therefore reggae’s best, slicked up slightly to make his loonier fringes somewhat more palatable to the American market.
Larry Sloman, who wrote “The Case for Valium” (page 52), holds a master’s degree in medical sociology for his unique paper on “Cultural Types at the St. Marks Free Clinic." He’s written for enough rock papers to know what these out-of-town chemical openings are like.