Dope media followers will recall the case of Marvin Flowers, who had the singularly incredible misfortune to be arrested for drunkenness while in possession of $336,556 in cash. Mr. Flowers had reportedly pulled over to the side of the freeway in St.
Answers to the questions posed in the “Acid Heresy” letter published in your May issue are important not only for understanding “the continuing deterioration in quality and availability of LSD,” but also to counteract the generalized deterioration of the alternative culture.
Q: I’d like to know whether chlorinated tap water might be harmful to my pot plants. If so, can the effects be counteracted by treating it with the pet-shop preparations sold for dechlorinating water for fish tanks? — Rooter Boosters, Eugene, Ore.
Fertility Drops in Rats with Pot-Smoking Grandmothers
Legalizing Pot Sales May Reduce Heroin Addiction
Ounce-Plus Smokers Risk Sperm Loss
Propanolol Effective for Coke OD
Marijuana Serves as Insect Repellent
Smokers Add Tons to Pollution Problem
Feminism Seen as Heart Disease Cause
Canadian research has shown a sharp drop in fertility and sexual drive among second-generation descendants of rats exposed to marijuana smoke during pregnancy. The pregnant females themselves and their first-generation offspring were unaffected, according to Peter Fried of Carleton University in Ottawa.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled five to three that it is constitutional to convict a person for selling drugs even when undercover agents or government informers initially supplied the seller with the drugs and other undercover agents acted as the purchasers.
Michael Stepanian is one of America’s foremost dope lawyers. A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan University and Boston University Law School, Stepanian began practicing law in 1966 in the house where the Grateful Dead lived in the heart of San Francisco’s emerging hippie community, the Haight-Ashbury district.
Ken Burnstine’s death in a Mojave Desert plane crash has forced federal and state prosecuters throughout the country to drop 59 marijuana and cocaine smuggling trials at which Burnstine was to have been the chief witness. Burnstine’s death may have been no accident.
MEXICO CITY—The Mexican government recently proposed a swap agreement with the U.S. whereby American and Mexican prisoners incarcerated in the foreign country would be released to serve the remainder of their sentences in their homelands.
KATMANDU—A killer landslide swept down on the sleeping mountain village of Pahire Phedi in central Nepal, destroying an undetermined amount of hashish acreage in its wake. Reported to be one of the worst in the history of the Himalayan kingdom, the landslide occurred before dawn in this small Nepalese hamlet 90 miles west of the capital city of Katmandu, right in the heart of Nepal’s hash belt.
Doomed Pilot's Last Words: "My God, It's Jammed!" 59 Indictments Dropped
LOS ANGELES—“My God, it’s jammed!” were the last words of Kenneth Gordon Burnstine, 43, internationally renowned air race pilot, marijuana smuggler and chief witness in 59 marijuana and cocaine smuggling conspiracy cases throughout the U.S., before he was killed.
Norman Mailer, Pulitzer Prizewinning author, left court in Barrie, Ontario, expressing surprise at the Canadian judicial system. Mailer was attending the hearing of Robert Wilson Rowbotham, who was arrested for allegedly selling hashish to a Canadian undercover agent.
Capetown police have seized over 1,000 kilos of marijuana in what was described as the biggest haul in the history of South Africa. Two Africans were busted in the raid after two police on their way to testify in court spotted a covered truck about 40 kilometers from Ceres.
Jerry Mitchell, 19, of West Plains, Missouri, was sentenced to 12 years in prison by Circuit Judge Winston Buford after entering a plea of guilty to selling 11 grams of marijuana to Missouri Highway Patrol agent D. W. Lipp on October 30, 1975.
Within the next decade, chemists will be able to profitably synthesize thousands of new drugs. “The potential for illicit mischief here is enormous,” writes Dr. Alexander T. Shulgin, developer of STP, in the August 1975 issue of Clinical Toxicology.
Consider the case of the Honorable Judge A. Less than a decade ago, he sentenced a hoodlum who was guilty of manslaughter to two and a half years and intervened with the parole board to have him released. In his years on the bench, he earned thousands of dollars for such favors, and when caught, angrily denied it all.
Kif as a way of life is destined to disappear, not because of the official proscriptions against it everywhere in the world, but because it belongs to an age when time was still unmeasured, thus unlimited. If one is going to smoke kif, one must be willing to devote at least two hours a day to its preparation.
Moroccan smokers speak of smoking “only the kif of the kif plant.” By this they mean the bract of the female cannabis plant within which the seed develops and ripens. In the last stages of the plant’s growth, these seed bracts emit the most powerful portion of the plant’s resins, and at harvest time, the seed husks, are covered with the fine dust that is the essence of hashish.
and God says he smokes only the best. This man is Bob Marley and he smokes with God.
Bob Marley is the fastest-rising, highest-flying star in music today. Like most members of Jamaica’s Rastafarian religion, Bob smokes about a pound of marijuana, or “herb,” a week. High Times visited with Bob on his most recent American tour, and we found a lot of things to talk about.
Ask a dreadlock Jamaican about the Wailers, and he’ll tell you about Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingstone, the Barrett brothers and Bob Marley. That’s because Marley emerged as the leader of the top Rasta band only after the departure of Livingstone and Tosh.
Is Rasta the Way of the Future Like These Guys Say?
Jah says: "Dread is a better head."
“All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.” (Num.6:5). Then again, not all Rastas subscribe to this doctrine, and not all locksmen are peace-loving Rastas.
Forget it. You’ll never talk like a Rasta. Not unless you want to live in Trenchtown for a few years. But you can learn to communicate with Rastas well enough to pick up the Rastaman vibration. But there are several concepts one must grasp before one can begin to speak lik’ did mon.
In Jamaica, music comes in two kinds: uptown and downtown. Uptown is for the dressy middle class, bureaucrats and tourists— in short, Babylon. Downtown is pure dread. Downtown music is Rasta reggae, and listening to it is the best way to pick up the Rastaman positive vibration and escape Babylon.
Can reggae save us from disco? Well, some don’t want to be saved from disco, but hope remains for many. Locksmen don’t bump. They don’t do the Hustle. Rastas do not check for the latest trends in dance-hall sexual persuasion. But Rastas do dance.
Martha Velez does on her new album Escape from Babylon (Sire 7515), with a little help from producer Bob Marley. A veteran of Bobby Vinton and British Blues, Martha took her big voice to Jamaica where she discovered reggae and Rastas and fell right into it.
Rasta is the real Kosher: One of the ways Rastas keep high and healthy is by eating I-tal food. I-tal food is like Kosher—no pork, but different. The menu is from Jah. And no cocktails: He says, “He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes or dried.”
Heavy Jamaican smokers consume approximately 420 mg. of THC per day, compared to 80 mg. for heavy smokers in the U.S. and approximately 200 mg. by such stoned-out groups as Indians, Moroccans and the U.S. Army in Germany. By all indications, Jamaica is the most stoned country in the world.
Rasta is the latest cult religion—but with a big difference. Sex, drugs and having a good time are considered not only part of the religion, but holy precepts. Beginning to make sense already? When slave-trading pirates and His Majesty’s Navy brought slaves to Jamaica, they encountered problems right from the beginning.
Prime Minister Michael Manley is a kind of Jamaican Jerry Brown—an undiagnosed anomaly who could be very big, one way or another. The son of Jamaica’s first prime minister, Norman Manley, Michael is not white, but looks considerably more like it than George Romney.
Rasta is Apocalypse. Apocalypse is now. It’s beginning that is. The culmination of the Apocalypse will be when the scattered tribes of the true Israel are returned to their homeland, the promised land, Africa. When this day comes a fleet of Black Star liners will appear—some say on the sea, some say the sky.
If we may say that the civilized man is clever but not wise, we may say, also, that the prairie is dry but not without water. Upon the prairie there are occasional rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and flooded buffalo wallows. Like the American System itself, most of the prairie ponds and lakes are fly-by-night operations.
Former Mexican Finance Minister to Control DEA Millions
MEXICO CITY—Former Mexican Finance Minister José Lopez Portillo stood unchallenged in Mexico’s July 4 presidential elections and will succeed Luis Echeverria Alvarez as Mexico’s fiftieth president on Dec 1. Echeverria leaves office charged with supporting wealthy landowners at the expense of Mexico’s peasant farmers, who often grow marijuana as a subsidiary crop.
LA PAZ—Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and President Hugo Banzer Suárez of Bolivia agreed on the necessity of stepped-up efforts to cut off the flow of cocaine from Bolivia to the States. The verbal agreement was announced during Kissinger’s recent trip to South America in a communique that also expressed satisfaction at what was termed the “high level of understanding" between the two countries.
Pakistani Hash Exports Up Despite War, Flood, Famine and Official Crackdowns
PAKISTAN—The latest statistics out of Pakistan show that 16½ tons of hashish were seized in 1974, just barely a week’s supply from the Khajuri Plain factories. The hash factories, abounding in the backward tribal areas on Pakistan’s rugged northwest frontier, are beyond the reach of civil law.
Four of the 19 Americans and Mexicans indicted last spring in San Diego for smuggling the anticancer drug laetrile into the United States have been named as members of the John Birch Society. The society has been active in promoting the drug since it was banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963.
BRAZILIA—President Ernesto Geisel has sent a law to the Brazilian Congress that will establish preventive and repressive measures against the misuse of clinical drugs as well as marijuana and cocaine trafficking in Brazil. Under the new measure, any person fund importing, exporting, preparing, producing, acquiring, selling, offering or carrying any illegal substance will be subject to 15 years imprisonment.
Four Kilos Busted in New York Voodoo Practiced in Florida Coke Trial
Three men from Queens, New York, were arrested for alleged possession of four kilos of cocaine after TWA mistakenly sent the incriminating suitcase on a flight from San Francisco to Newark Airport instead of its intended destination, New York’s La Guardia Airport.
The Colombian schooner Gloria, which arrived in Miami to help celebrate the Bicentennial, was boarded by U.S. Customs officials not to welcome the crew, but to destroy six pounds of cocaine belonging to two of the crew members. In what appears to be an agreement with the Colombian government, no charges were filed by Customs officials as there was no attempt to bring the cocaine ashore.
Police in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, confiscated a small quantity of grass after utilizing a cherry picker, belonging to the borough’s electrical department, to reach the window of a third-floor apartment, which was reported to be a cocaine center.
SPLIT COCONUT, by Dave Mason (Columbia PC 33698). How many of us know any Englishmen with integrity? Then again, how many of us get to know an Englishman at all? These strange characters handle in so negligent a style that most of them end up forgotten, or making us wish we could forget them.
MARIJUANA: MEDICAL PAPERS 1839-1972, edited by Tod H. Mikuriya, M.D. (Oakland, Ca.: Medi-Comp Press, hardcover, $23.50; paper, $8.45). "Medicine in the Western world has forgotten all it once knew about the therapeutic properties of marijuana," writes Dr. Mikuriya, who has gathered the best of 133 years of research to demonstrate marijuana's medicinal promise as an argument for its legalization and for new research.
If Le Corbusier or any of the Bauhaus set had taken acid and seen a lava lamp, they’d probably have designed something like this the next day. This clock, which looks like a perfectly innocent, ugly ultra-modern clock unplugged, becomes a real mind-blower when turned on. Just watch the polarized color filters turn the background, hands and sweeping-dot second hand all the colors of the rainbow and then some. Better than black and white television at $175. Write to Kirsch/Hamilton Associates, 77 Shuron Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02138 for the name of your nearest distributor.
Sterling silver straws
Sterling silver straws and spoons make Tequila Sunrises a pleasure to mix and sip and make your mucous membrane come out whiter and brighter besides. The serpent-shaped coke spoons feature eyes of red ruby, blue sapphire or green onyx; the straws are grooved to turn corners on straight lines. Spoons $9, Straws $7 from Night Lines, Inc., P.O. Box 568, Lenox Hill Station, 219 East 70th St., New York, N.Y. 10021.
Triple Threat Kit
The SmoKit combines extra-wide rolling papers and matches slit to convert into roach holders in one package, for absent-minded tokers who have problems organizing their workbench and hobby tools. Under $1 from 2nd Generation Industries, 475 Park Ave. So., New York, N.Y. 10016.
The use of human skulls in his handmade jewelry is famous tattoo artist Spider Webb's personal guarantee that your purchase will be cool, permanently. His human bone pipe and pipe stand are a must for the new Story of O look, and his human bone earrings and necklace will get you into any good restaurant in the upper Amazon. The bones come from rugged little Mexico. These priceless items have a price, available on request from H.K.M. Fine Arts, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, N.Y. 10010.
Quimbaya pipes, hand carved from stone in present-day Colombia, look pre-Columbian anyway. In fact, the pipe we tested looked like it could cause immediate fertility in any woman who smoked it. Demons, phallic shapes, fertility goddesses with big tits and tushies—everything you could want in a pipe, lovingly worked in with sand and water and polished with coconut oil by mestizo craftspersons. The pipes are heavy and stay stone cold even on a hot beach. La Quimbaya, 18 centimeters high, sells for $15. La Mujer Soltera, 18 centimeters long, sells for $13. Quimbaya Imports, Box 116, Encitas, Ca. 92024.
Precisely crafted in France, these rosewood stashes snap solidly to assure airtightness. The wood gives off a pleasant aroma, and the lids come in various designs of inlaid metal. “Le Stash”? Why, it means “the stash,” of course. $20 from Morgan Love & Company, 58 West 15th St., New York, N.Y. 10011.
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This month we happen to be presenting two of the greatest cult novelists of our time under one cover. Paul Bowles’s cult includes William Burroughs, Patti Smith and Tennessee Williams. Tom Robbins’s cult includes Thomas Pynchon, Graham Greene and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.