When Freedom Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Be Free
A terrifying shortage of marijuana has been gradually spreading across the land, the droughts between dope shipments have been lengthening, and fear is in the air. We have previously explained in this space the reasons for the dope shortage: 1) steeply rising demand yet the same acreage planted to marijuana; 2) DEA efforts to defoliate or burn the marijuana fields (à la Vietnam); 3) a DEA-Coast Guard blockade in the Caribbean and a DEA-Border Patrol electronic battlefield along the Mexican border; 4) the devaluation of the dollar has meant mucho marijuana and particularly hashish has been diverted to more profitable markets than the U.S.A. Now, the dope shortage has reached crisis proportions, with no end in sight.
Your July story on sinsemilla was interesting but left much of the fascinating tale untold. Did you know, for instance, that Mexican farmers who specialize in growing seedless won't let their wives tend the plants? They believe the marijuana females are extremely jealous of the presence of other women.
Q: A cousin from New York turned me on to some things I’d never heard of before: DMA and DOB. Can you tell me what they are and their possible dangers? —George, Hamilton Beach, Va. A: Both of these compounds are hallucinogenic amphetamine derivatives and are chemically related to MDA, DOM (STP) and mescaline.
Natural Morphine Substitute Discovered in Human Blood
Indian Bone Export Banned
Speed Side Effects Clues to Schizophrenia Cure
Poppy-Pot Shots Shock Michigan Mainliners
Neither large doses of synthetic THC nor a history of marijuana smoking has any adverse effect on the body’s defenses against disease germs, according to research, by Drs. Reese T. Jones and Neil Benowitz of the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco.
Third-Rate Coke Remains First-Class Felony in Illinois
"Guilty-Bystander" Law Struck Down in Nebraska
Students Get Off on Florida Mystery Load
South Dakota Finds Vehicle Seizure Illegal in Possession Case
Grass Taken in Weapons Search Fair Game in Arizona
Informer’s Identity Ruled New Mexico State Secret
Phoenix Cops Chase Wild Goose down Garden Path
Honolulu Cops Will Not Pursue Stolen Stash
In a landmark ruling, a New York Appellate Court in Brooklyn has voided a drug conviction because of the defending lawyer’s incompetence. David Ramos was arrested for possession of LSD in January 1974. While he was stopped at a red light in Brooklyn, police ordered him out and searched his car because “the gentleman looked fairly young.” The officers testified at the trial that the car was searched only because Ramos’s youthful appearance “aroused our suspicion.” He was convicted of possession of 5.1 milligrams of LSD (5.0 milligrams is the felony amount in New York) and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Of all the people involved in the marijuana culture, from the planter to the smoker, one of the most interesting and elusive is the smuggler. Often dealing only with “connections” at both ends of their runs, smugglers have little opportunity to share their thoughts, as dealers do, and even less chance to become media figures.
And so you think that opium-smoking as seen in the foul cellars of Mott Street and elsewhere is the only form of narcotic indulgence of any consequence in this city, and that hashish, if used at all, is only smoked occasionally and experimentally by a few scattered individuals?" "That certainly is my opinion, and I consider myself fairly well informed."
There may be more to the recently reported death of smuggling ace Ken Burstine than meets the eye. High Times' inside sources report that the DEA is convinced that the body found in the plane crash is not Ken Burnstine. To this end, the DEA is currently conducting an in-depth investigation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in pursuit of evidence that the slippery Burnstine may have outsmarted them once again.
Nov. `761 I No. 15 Drug Corps to Benefit story on page 45 Senate Grills Top D-Man on DEA Drug Bill details on next page Index Watergaters Endorse Decrim . 44 15S. Renorter Missing in Colombia . 46 DEA-CIA Link Confirmed by Senate. 47 Jamaican State of Seige Continues.
WASHINGTON — Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana, a long-time proponent of the federal decriminalization of marijuana, has attempted to insure that Senate Bill 3411 is not aimed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at the pot smoker or local dealer.
WASHINGTON — Thirty-six-year-old British psychiatrist Peter G. Bourne—credited the first to tell Jimmy Carter to run for president—is rumored to be the Plainsman's choice to replace DEA Director Peter Bensinger. Bourne, a long-time advocate of marijuana decriminalization and the restructuring of detoxification programs, describes himself as "very much into radical politics," and his record seems to show it.
Agriculture Dept. Enlists Pharmaceutical Industry in War on Foreign Poppy Production
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested at least $500,000 this year in domestic and foreign research projects designed to cultivate codeine from Papaver bracteatum, a nonopium-containing poppy. The department has planted at least two and one-half acres of experimental poppy plots since 1972 in Maryland, Oregon, Washington and Arizona in its long-range plan to curtail the production of opium-bearing, Papaver somniferum, from which both morphine and heroin are derived.
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SAN Francisco—An American reporter disappeared last July after spending 19½ months in a Colombian prison on political charges of plotting to run guns to guerrilla insurgents. Friends and former news colleagues in San Francisco said the reporter, Emile Heler, has been missing for seven weeks and may be either dead, in solitary confinement or trying to escape the country on foot.
WASHINGTON — The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, has blasted the U.S. Drug Enforce-ment Administration (DEA). Charges against the agency include gross failure to combat the flow of heroin into the U.S.
Police have yet to arrest Thomas Joseph Holt, a paid U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) undercover agent. Holt, 35, was indicted last summer by a Broward County, Florida, grand jury on first degree murder charges in at least two deaths.
WASHINGTON—Investigators from the General Accounting Office (GAO) have issued a critical indictment of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pharmaceutical makers, doctors and research scientists, charging them with exposing humans to unnecessary risks in experimenting with new drugs.
At least 200 persons in Mexico died between June and August as a result of U.S.-funded herbicides that have been poisoning the Mexican landscape, according to Ida Honorof, award-winning consumer activist and publisher of the Report to the Consumer.
Americans seeking to enter Mexico with Citizen's Band radios in their cars will now be forced to turn around or surrender their CB units, according to U.S. Embassy officials in Mexico City. Mexico's crackdown on American CBs comes in the wake of reports noting a sharp increase in radio-dispatched pot smuggling activity over the U.S.-Mexico border.
KINGSTON—In an attempt to halt the violence that has been causing a death a day in Jamaica, Prime Minister Michael Manley has declared a continuance of a “state of emergency." "I cannot prove in a court of law that the American CIA is here," said Manley during a rally on a Kingston street.
Peyote Raids Net 575 Pounds, 4 Suspects — Set East Coast Record
Governor Thomas Salmon of Vermont has developed his own decriminalization program—automatic pardons for users convicted of marijuana possession. He has also set up a commission to advise him in granting pardons to victims of former undercover narcotics agent Paul D. Lawrence, whose fraudulent arrest techniques led to his conviction on several counts of perjury in 1975 (see High Times "Law," Aug./Sept.
California Hedges on Decrim: 460,000 Retain Criminal Record
SACRAMENTO—California’s new marijuana law, which went into effect last January, changed simple possession of less than one ounce from a felony to a ticketable offense and entitled those convicted under the old law to have their pot-related criminal records destroyed.
WASHINGTON—On July 15 an unknown man wearing a sports shirt and dress slacks walked into the headquarters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and left $10,000 in cash in the briefcase of Director Keith Stroup.
For the first three months of 1976 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made domestic seizures totaling 461,354 pounds of marijuana, an increase of 200.33 percent from the same quarter last year. The agency also confiscated 8,399 pounds of hashish, an increase of 800.54 percent over the 977 pounds confiscated during the first quarter of 1975.
Top Carter aide-de-camp Dr. Peter G. Bourne, the British physician who heads up Carter's Washington office, has been meeting privately with Keith Stroup, director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The two are attempting to reach an agreement on what role Carter will play in NORML's bid to eliminate feder?l laws pertaining to personal possession of small amounts of marijuana.
In a show of support to Capricorn Records, Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter appeared at the fifth annual Capricorn Barbecue in Macon, the industrial southern town of 125,000 people in the heart of Georgia’s peach belt.
MACON—Gregg Allman's former road manager, John "Scooter" Herring, was sentenced last August to the maximum 75 years in prison on charges of Supplying cocaine to Atlanta, Georgia, musicians. U.S. District Court Judge Wilbur Owens, Jr., said he would review the sentence of Herring, 36, in three months.
Dr. Harris Rubin's planned study of the effects of marijuana on male sexual arousal was always widely publicized. Then, Congress voted last April specifically to deny funds for this research. Rubin, 44, of the University of Southern illinois School of Medicine, has been active for the past ten years in research and treatment programs on aspects of sexual pathology—including rape, child molestation and exhibitionism.
It was my first visit to the garden, and there had just been, it seems, this problem. A youth, a student at Ole Miss, had broken through the perimeter barrier and had been detained while gazing through the fence. Security had been called, and there had been an attempt to find Carlton Turner, without success.
Coffee is a relative newcomer in the world of psychoactive drugs. According to Arab folklore, it was discovered in about A.D. 850 by a melancholy Abyssinian goatherd named Kaldi, who noticed his flock gamboling about the meadow after nibbling the fruit of a glossy green tree.
If Frank Costello were alive today, dopeshortages would be as rare as a cab in the rain. Frank paid no heed to hijackers and blockaders;he was impervious to obstacles like the Coast Guard, the Customs Service, the U.S. Constitution, the nettlesome ambushes of rival bootleggers and the worst obstacles the elements could hurl at him, including icebergs, which he wanted to buy so they couldn’t sink his rumrunners as they had the Titanic.
The harvest is in. Some of the crops are put up for winter; others are still drying in the warm Indiansummer sun. The frost is not yet on the pumpkin— the weather is fine—but summer’s work is done, and now it’s time to sit back and relax and reap the rewards mother nature has put in our picnic basket.
There is a crime so heinous that merely to be suspected of it is legalgrounds for the wiretapping of your telephone without a warrant. Your every telephone conversation will be tape recorded for as long as it takes to establish your guilt or innocence.
I don’t know whether it’s possible to convey the joy of my discovery of mangoes. I have a passion for mangoes, and although I have traveled in the tropics before, I have never managed to be in a mango-growing region when the fruit was in season.
The New York District Attorney’s office is investigating the possibility that members of New York’s Police Department may be responsible for a series of armed robberies of dealers. So far five policemen have been indicted on 35 charges ranging from armed robbery to assault on dealers, in a continuing investigation that may result in more indictments.
CIA Agent Implicated in Multiton Smuggling Scheme Importer Killed in Gunfight
An attorney for one of 11 defendants standing trial for smuggling in Oklahoma City last July charges that federal narcs set up and ran the entire operation. Bill Ravkind, representing Larry French, 31, of Parthenon, Arkansas, said that DEA agents talked defendants into the operation, describing enormous profits and minimal risks, then procured a DC-6 aircraft, hired the crew-which included an American Airlines flight engineer—renovated an airstrip in the Colombian jungle and arranged for the shipment of 250 sacks of marijuana.
Heads in the Midwest report that people’s plant pathologists have developed a cannabis strain capable of producing high-potency pot in the short growing season of the nation’s fertile breadbasket. The process involves cross-semination between the rugged, fast-growing hemp plants native to the area and the more exotic cannabis imports.
Clinical tests are about to begin in Britain of the contraceptive stamp, a small square of edible paper soaked in the same chemicals that make up birth control pills. The sheets of 21 perforated stamps, a month’s supply, are being produced by Schering Chemicals, a British subsidiary of the Berlin pharmaceutical firm that developed the drug from an idea originating in China.
In a low, white warehouse on an inconspicuous corner in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, stands the best drug information resource center in this country. The Student Association for the Study of Hallucinogens (STASH). It was launched in 1967 by two students at Beloit College in Wisconsin.
The Lincoln Center Library in New York was the scene of a recent symposium on women writers. Elizabeth Janeway moderated, with speakers Cynthia Ozick, poet Muriel Rukeyserand novelists Lois Gould and Jill Robinson rounding out the women-only gathering.
Interstellar Appetizers or the Athlete’s Foot of the Gods?
Argentina has long been a hotbed of UFO sightings—so much so that one widely held theory locates a “UFO base” under the south Atlantic off the Argentine coast. On April 24,1975, the newspaper La Tribuna of Rosario, a city 150 miles up the Parana river from Buenos Aires, ran the following item: STRANGE CRAFT LANDS IN SAN JUAN The growth of giant mushrooms, bushes burned in a broad circle, and tracks of three metallic footbeds resting on the ground were the traces left by the supposed landing of a flying saucer in the district of Jachal, about 160 kilometers northwest of here.
I have been growing marijuana commercially for 15 years. For the past five, I have been planting only strains that I have developed myself. The best so far has been a cross between Thai and Colombian Red; both the parent strains were polyploid varieties produced by colchicine.
"People at the races are accustomed to seeing cars advertise gas and oil. So far as we know this is the first time for marijuana leaves in a race decoration," said Larry Schott, referring to the German-owned BMW, which placed fifth out of 34 qualifiers at the track at Watkins Glen on July 10.
“In days of old when knights were bold and rubbers weren't invented. Men tied socks around their cocks and children were prevented." — old English folk rhyme The rubber is making a rebound. Well, maybe that’s stretching it a little, but there is no doubt the old standbys of back seats and driveins of the pre-pill days are growing in popularity.
340 Pounds of Coke Seized in Guatemala —DEA Clamps Lid on Case
Aided by special agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Guatemalan police seized 340 pounds of cocaine in one of the largest recorded busts in the history of the western hemisphere. A twin-engine airplane, three cars, a ground-air communications center and a clandestine laboratory were discovered along with the coke cache 35 miles north of Guatemala City last June.
SINCERELY, by the Dwight Twilley Band (Shelter SRL-52001). One thing about rock in '76— most of the best of it is straight from the past, and from bands that most people never even heard of. Does this mean that many of the bands people have heard of are unbearably lame?
ROLLING THUNDER, by Doug Boyd (New York: Dell Publishing Co. Inc., $3.45),and SWAMI, by Doug Boyd (New York: Random House, $10.00). As described in the subtitle, Rolling Thunder is a "personal inquiry into the secret healing powers of the American Indian."
These frijoles have nothing to lose. South of the border they are likely to be refried and served up to American tourists. North of the border they are as hot as wetbacks in a San Diego truck spare. These are the famous Mexican jumping beans, fugitive worms in vegetable drag.
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Mary Wanna. Mary Wanna was written by Harry Wasserman and photographed by Howard Berman. They met in Madison. Wisconsin. where they worked on the notorious subversive underground. Takeover. Since moving to New York City. they have worked together on the Yipster Times, the Y.I.P. paper.