I want to thank you for your help in getting legal help for my son Jerry, for I have to admit that when I called you on June 30 I didn’t know what I was going to do. I feel that now, with the good lawyers Jerry has, there is hope for the future again. If you are ever in West Plains, you are always welcome at my home.
Q: I was recently arrested in Florida for possession of marijuana. In addition to confiscating pot and bongs for evidence, the police also took my copy of High Times. Can your magazine be considered paraphernalia? —A. E., Tallahassee, Fla.
Eye drops made from synthetic THC have been developed that are effective in reducing pressure within the eyeball in glaucoma cases. The drops are the first drug to produce a high by being absorbed through the eyes. Dr. Keith Green, an ophthalmology teacher, said researchers will continue to work on drops that "hopefully won’t have the euphoric side effects."
Supreme Court Curbs Protection from Illegal Search and Seizure
Mail Checks Ruled Illegal
DEA Sued for Pot by Blind Man
British Court Finds Magic Fungi Legal
Incidental Drug Busts Okayed in New York
Judge Asks Appeals Court to Void His Own Decision
California Sets Double Search Standards
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that prisoners convicted in state courts after arrests that violated Fourth Amendment guarantees against illegal search and seizure can no longer gain an automatic hearing in federal courts to exclude the wrongfully obtained evidence and reverse the conviction.
R. Gordon Wasson is a remarkable man. His father was a tough-minded minister, an outspoken anti-Prohibitionist who wrote a book, Religion and Drink, that refuted religious arguments for illegalizing alcohol. He raised his son to be meticulous and above all else to respect learning.
WASHINGTON—At least 61 of the 607 Americans being held in Mexican prisons on a variety of charges have been physically abused, including torture by electric cattle prods, according to Assistant Secretary of State William H. Leurs.
WASHINGTON—Attorney General Edward Levi has quietly established an internal committee to study the short- and long-term policies of the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is the third top-level federal probe of the DEA. Previous investigations by Senator Henry Jackson of Washington led to the resignation of DEA Director John Bartels in 1975. Results of another probe, known as the DeFeo report, are still being kept secret by the Justice Department.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is being swamped by requests for data under the Federal Freedom of Information Act. Ninety percent of the requests come from prison inmates seeking information about friends who may be under investigation, says Bruce Jensen, chief of the DEA's New York Task Force.
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3,800 Pounds Nabbed Near Atlanta Cairo Hash Bust Nets 400 Keys
• Three thousand, eight hundred pounds of Colombian weed were confiscated at Fulton County’s Charlie Brown Airport near Atlanta, Georgia, after a Lockheed Lodestar made an unauthorized landing to refuel. Prior to its arrival at Charlie Brown, the Lodestar had made another illegal refueling stop in Anniston, Alabama, where local sheriffs alerted officials in Georgia.
Two Tennessee men were shot in the back of the head and killed by a Florida policeman who caught them trespassing in a field of wild psilocybin mushrooms outside Parkland, Florida. Officer William Cobb, 28, fatally shot Donald Everett Eldridge, 22, and Roger Daugherty,24, both from Cookeville, Tennessee.
For the second consecutive year, marijuana arrests in New York State for 1975 exceeded 30,000 at a cost to the taxpayer of $60 million, according to figures released by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Frank Fioramonti, the New York State NORML director commented, “Two very disturbing patterns emerge from these shocking statistics.
Arizona is one of two states where even minor marijuana offenses are classified as a felony (maximum 10 years). However, a decriminalization proposal, Senate Bill 1351, is currently awaiting final action by the state senate, having recently received a favorable recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In 1962, Lenny Bruce published Stamp Help Out! The Pot Smokers as a brochure to sell at his concerts. He also gave copies to poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti to sell at his City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. Stamp Help Out! was a landmark in stoned humor and contains Lenny's only extended discussion of marijuana.
Ma and Pa Kettle grow their own dynamite domestic!
A couple years back, we decided to hang up our nine-to-five east coast routines and go back to the earth in points west. We camped our way through every scenic place imaginable and got really hung up on the California Sierras. But we thought we’d check out the Big Sur coast before four-wheeling it through the forests in search of a likely site for a homestead.
What's wanted is a definitive theory of wild parties that you can put in your back pocket and carry around without any unsightly bulge until you pull it out and empty all six chambers into the other guests.
How to throw a wild party
Wild parties are like the Loch Ness monster. Few will admit witnessing one, and most disagree as to its exact nature, but the majority opinion holds that something is definitely out there. Why try to define it? One reason is that hedonism has become a science, and science always demands precise terminology.
Searching for gold? The wide streets are paved with kilo bricks in the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola, but where are they? Cortez and his band searched across years and thousands of leagues, plagued by unspeakable hunger, unmentionable diseases, unceasing heat and unsmiling Indians, hampered every step by the need to hack through the eight-foot weeds that were everywhere.
The late, great Vaughn Bode believed his own PR. Do you?
If Vaughn were resurrected, it might come as no surprise to hundreds of thousands of his fans. They revered him as a god; hell, they worshiped him like a rock star, if you get right down to it. They bought his work in underground comic books, in Cavalier, in the Lampoon (where, if his monthly “Cheech Wizard” strip ever failed to appear, outraged letters from disappointed fans were sure to follow); they bought Bodé T-shirts, posters, jigsaw puzzles, paperbacks (including French translations).
A medical guide to keeping your head high and your nose clean
Poor Cyrano! He was as worried about the outside of his nose as cocaine users are about the inside of theirs. And perhaps there was more than a casual connection: after all, Cyrano and cocaine were the two most popular entertainments in turn-of-the-century Paris.
Judge Predicts: Legalization Just Around the Corner
Marijuana will be legal soon, predicted "Turn ’Em Loose" Bruce McMarion Wright, a New York City Civil Court judge and an active member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “We’re trying to bring some sense to middle-class white Americans,” said the 57-year-old, outspoken black judge of NORML’s efforts.
Congressman Les Aspin of Wisconsin has called for federal legislation that will “close the obvious loopholes” that permitted the G.I. who laced NATO coffee with LSD during maneuvers in Masweiler, Germany, last year to go free. The story began on February 26, 1975, during NATO’s Wintex maneuvers.
• A record-breaking 183 pounds of cocaine were confiscated by U.S. Customs officials from a banana boat docked in Tampa, Florida. The Liberian-registered ship, the Ea, had just sailed in from Colombia. Officials believe there were eight smugglers involved in the case.
Colombian Justice Minister Declares Marijuana “Magnificent Commerce”
BOGOTÁ—Colombian Minister of Justice, Dr. Samuel Hoyes Arango, who was chiefly responsible for the March decree that reduced the fine and jail sentence for those caught with up to 10 grams of hashish or 28 grams of marijuana, has been discussing the idea of total legalization with Colombian legislators so that the government can control the flow of marijuana.
BOGOTÁ—Colombia’s so-called “decriminalization law” No. 701, the March Decree, which was to have “decriminalized the use and possession of up to 28 grams of marijuana and 10 grams of hashish, is not considered to be a proper marijuana decriminalization law by U.S. standards.
Sears, Roebuck household garbage compactors are being used by smugglers in the Caribbean to compress marijuana into tight bricks for easier shipping. The Sears, Roebuck unit, which is designed to compact kitchen garbage with 3,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, facilitates storage as well as giving the grass more weight in case a cargo is thrown overboard.
VIVA! ROXY MUSIC, by Roxy Music (Ateo SD 36-139). With his workingclass, art-school background, Roxy Music leader Bryan Ferry meets all the qualifications for a typical English rocker. But Ferry is far from typical. Where some blue-collar artistes, such as Ray Davies, Pete Townshend and John Lennon, rose above their backgrounds without undue self-consciousness, Ferry climbed away from his in a way that is all too obvious.
VISIONARY VINE—PSYCHEDELIC HEALING IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON
CRIMES: OR I’M SORRY SIR, BUT WE DO NOT SELL HANDGUNS TO JUNKIES
THE BUTTERFLY CONVENTION
RETURN TO SENDER
MIND IN THE WATERS: A Book to Celebrate the Consciousness of Whales and Dolphins, assembled by Joan McIntyre (Scribner’s/Sierra Club, $6.95). So many startling, even revolutionary, intellectual concepts are offered in this lovely book that no review could possibly do justice to it.
You'd have to tell them not to give away the secret of this planter-stash. The bottom mirror pulls up to reveal a secret drawer large enough to hold several ounces of just about anything. The back is bracketed, so you can hang it on the wall. One bit of advice: if planting directly in the planter, line the bottom or you may find yourself watering your stash. About $65.00 from Aditi Enterprises, 2266 Cambridge St., Los Angeles, Ca. 90006.
Silver $23.95, gold plate $19.95
This silver, abalone and turquoise artifact looks like proof that extraterrestrials visited the Incas. In fact, it is a product of good old Yanqui ingenuity, devised for serving up binostril snorts of the Incas' favorite powder-potion. The Nostronaut also comes in gold or silver and onyx and can be adjusted to fit even the most ridiculous nose. Silver $23.95, gold plate $19.95, from A.D.A. Imports, 20 E. Goethe, Chicago, Ill. 60610.
You’d need an acetylene torch to get this baby burning. That’s because it’s made of solid sterling silver. But it’s a great conversation piece and will help you meet the right people in any crowd. The Perfect Joint is $24.95 plus 75¢ postage and handling. Also available is the 14kt. Acapulco Gold model, which goes for $145.00. Perhaps the most expensive joint in history. From Gary Slocum Designs, 160 D Main St., Flemington, N.J. 08822.
"Nobody for President" buttons and stickers
Who do we endorse for president? Nobody, that’s who! Nobody will lower your taxes. Nobody cares about you. Nobody tells the truth. Nobody is the people’s choice! But Nobody will never make it into the White House without your support. “Nobody for President" buttons and stickers were designed by well-known nobodies and are being distributed by several notorious nobodies. Send $1 for button and stickerto the Nobody for President Committee, 1600 Woolsey, Berkeley, Ca. 94703.
pair of thumb pianos
In Kenya when lovers get together to make beautiful music, they usually do it with a pair of thumb pianos. Handcarved out of soft wood by Kenyan craftpersons and easily tuneable, musical geniuses will have no trouble at all picking out “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” and some nice jazz rhythms can be performed even by those who are all thumbs. $18.00 for a pair from Exclusive Enterprises, 2148 St. Clair, Detroit, Mich. 48214.
Because you smoke it in a dope pipe, dope. These solid aluminum pipes are custom cast at the Lost N Foundry, 9990 Graton Rd., Sebastopol, Ca. 95472. They will make you a pipe saying anything you want for a mere $5 per letter with a three-letter minimum. Maybe that's why they call it dope. A marijuana pipe will cost you $45.
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Contributing Editor Jonathan Ott, who conducted this month’s interview with R. Gordon Wasson, is a graduate of the National University of Mexico, Ott has published many papers on the chemistry, pharmacology and cultural impact of hallucinogenic mushrooms.