While backpacking in the deep woods recently, I came upon this strangely decorated tree, obviously involved in the celebration of some kind of ancient rite. My only explanation is that it might be the work of gnomes or elves of the forest. While I saw no one who fit the description of these little creatures, as I continued on my way I thought I heard an echo of a deep voice that seemed to be saying, “Ho, ho, ho.”
Q: While in Florida last summer, I ate 200 psilocybe mushrooms at one sitting. Needless to say, I refer to the trip as mystical. I wish everyone could do it just once. But I’m curious, is it possible to OD on magic mushrooms? —Jim Meyers, Columbus, Ohio A: These mushrooms are remarkably safe within the limits of human consumption.
New York Doctors Test Michigan Pollution Casualties
Legionnaires Disease: Nickel Carbonyl Poisoning?
Police Test Developed for Grass in Blood
Time-Release Heroin Detox Capsule Developed
Vitamin C Compounds Damage Test Tube Chromosomes
Methadone Patients Go on the LAAM
Over a thousand victims of a 1973 pollution accident were tested in October by two dozen physicians to determine what danger PBB (polybrominated biphenyl) pollution poses to consumers of Michigan farm products. Testees are Michigan farmers whose livestock were poisoned by PBB in animal feed.
Massachusetts Court Allows Dope Search of "Any Person Present"
Colorado Case Dismissed Due to DEA Snooping
Feds Rob Cactus Dealer of Rare Peyote Specimens
Heroin Courier Gets It Up the Ass in California
Florida OKs Bedroom Snooping for Hearing, Not for Trial
Army Court Rejects Prosecution Under Tough Pot Law
The United States Supreme Court on July 6 upheld the conviction of Donald Opperman for possession of marijuana that was found in a search of his car after it was towed away for parking violations in Vermillion, South Dakota. The pot was found in the unlocked glove compartment during a routine police inventory of the car’s contents.
The Mexican congressional proposal is viewed as more symbolic than substantive by top State Department officials who explained that the Congress would have to give its rubber-stamp approval to the Mexican president before he could enter into formal negotiations.
The government’s case was seriously-weakened by the mysterious death of key witness Kenneth Gordon Burnstine, who, acting as a government informant, allegedly introduced the five men to DEA agents posing as marijuana importers. Burnstine was killed when his P-51 race plane crashed in the Mojave Desert on June 16.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives has created a special committee to coordinate the investigation of narcotics abuse and control now under way in seven House committees. The new Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, chaired by New York Congressman Lester Wolff, will have no authority to draft legislation but will investigate trafficking, abuse and the federal decriminalization of marijuana.
The decision of Hoffman and Flowers to plead guilty came as a surprise. Last June prosecutor Fugate was prepared to drop the case for lack of witnesses. “It’s too far away from Christmas to hope that anything will happen," said Fugate last June in reference to the mysterious disappearance of chief prosecution witness Earl Follett.
Computer checks on travelers are set in motion by a customs inspector. If he feels that responses to his questions are inadequate, or if he just wants closer scrutiny of an individual, he begins a simple operation. The officer will first punch out names or license-plate number on his own terminal, like a typewriter keyboard.
The Customs list, which offers a reward for “any information leading to an arrest or seizure," tells the nation’s half-million airport workers that they “are in a position to render invaluable assistance to the Customs Service in its attempt to halt the flow of contraband and drugs into the U.S." The Customs Bureau checklist includes nine points that “when coupled with suspicious behavior by the aircraft operator" should lead one to believe that a marijuana smuggling operation is under way : 1.
But while the governor may still think of marijuana use as a criminal activity, many residents of the Texas capital act as if the wildwood flower were already legal. The drug climate has warmed considerably since 1973, when the legislature amended Texas’s harsh marijuana laws.
After Hutchings purchased the spoon, he uttered a secret word into a concealed microphone attached to his body. Immediately, the back-up team began to break down the door to the duplex. Larson ran to the bedroom and grabbed a double-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun.
During the administration of former Mexican President Luis Echeverria Alvarez, DEA-assisted Mexican narcs confiscated 1.050 kilos of cocaine, 1,213 kilos of heroin. 3,200 kilos of crude opium and 4,500 tons of marijuana. Echeverria’s six-year regime also netted 3.650 vehicles.
Mike Rubin of the Miltex Corporation said his company has been selling over 100,000 a year. Hemostats, which are sometimes used by fishermen to remove hooks from fishes’ mouths, have become popular as the ultimate roach clip over the past few years.
The London research group has also demonstrated that the glands of marijuana leaves act as “well-filled, well-closed containers” and that when they are broken up, the THC is lost somewhat faster. Not too surprisingly, finely powdered pot loses THC faster than coarsely powdered pot.
Morale Drops as Navy Cracks Down on Shipboard Smoke
Changaa, an illegal local drink made of coconut and “something lethal in a glass,” was being passed through the humid, grass-filled atmosphere in the back room of Mombasa’s Florida Night Club. The Kenyan port call had become something of a haven for the sailing smokers aboard the U.S.S .Donald Beary, one of many ships in the Navy’s Middle East Force Fleet that had heeded Washington’s call to crack down on onboard marijuana.
The men—Gerald Amster, 33, of New York City; Paul Brawer, 31, of Philadelphia, and Dennis Robert Bum, 26, of Queens, New York—told the three-judge panel that they smuggled the heroin in false-bottom suitcases on an Aeroflot flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Rome and Milan, like Paris, Amsterdam and London, used to be centers of hashish cultures in the Sixties. From low-grade Moroccan stuff to Lebanese black, with some hash oil thrown in for good measure, it was all brought in by explorers, seekers and adventurers coming back from the Middle and the Far East or North Africa.
Top Marijuana Researcher Contradicts DEA Statement
DEA Marijuana Statement
When smoked, marihuana appears to enter the bloodstream quickly because the onset of symptoms is rapid. It affects the user’s mood and thinking. The drug’s effects on the emotions and senses vary widely, defending on the amount and strength of the marihuana used.
During a pretrial hearing in August 1975, lawyers defending alleged members of a California marijuana ring called two expert witnesses who testified that marijuana does not belong in Schedule I, the federal drug classification carrying the strictest provisions for regulation and enforcement.
Kissinger Aides Yet to Reveal Details on Maritime Search and Seizure
Kissinger’s comments to the conference, the world’s largest and most controversial maritime parley, were mostly diplomatic formalities as the delegates failed to agree on a comprehensive legal code that would give U.N. sanction to the 200-mile exclusive economic zone.
High Times: When did you first get involved in changing the cocaine laws? Lefcourt: It was during a bomb conspiracy trial out in Tucson, Arizona, back in 1970. I got talking to a pharmacologist about drugs. He told me that just about everything written on cocaine was wrong.
A journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Jimmy Buffett decided not to be a police reporter, but to go to Nashville and sing about the things police reporters write about, with a slightly different slant, of course.
The story commences on a flawless day last spring, about 60 miles off Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Coast Guard cutter Dauntless is steaming southwest over a sea so calm that it barely ripples. What does a modern Coast Guard cutter look like?
WHAT DR. MASTERS DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT TRANCE STATES, DOC DUVALIER DID
WE ALWAYS KNEW WALTER CRONKITE WAS GREEN
May 1945. The Soviet Army is closing in on Berlin. As the Nazi leadership awaits its Götterdam merung in the FÜhrerbunker, the citizens of Berlin emerge from their basements and cellars to fight hand-to-hand with the Russians. In a tiny bunker off the Lindenstrasse, a determined group prepares to make a last stand.
Watch out," Bill warned me, "the country's changed. All kinds of new roadblocks along Highway 15, mobile units running down the road, setting up wherever they want, be careful!" "Don't drive the Zijuatenejo highway," Dave said, "patrols of federales all along the route, roadblocks, searches, confiscation of equipment, threats, bribes-be very careful!" “Don’t go to Vallarta,” Bob said, “tons of agents, DEA, undercover nares, Mexican goons, watch out!” "Stay away from Oaxaca if you want to stay out of trouble," Sam said.
pot pilots, aerosmugglers, grasshoppers, brave airmen of the great Marijuana Air Force daily risk prison and death as they fly the Mexican Airlift along the 2,013-mile border between Brownsville and San Diego. Flying low to keep a nation's heads high, these fearless fliers earn no medals for their valor.
NORAD-ADCOM LONG-Range Radar Scopes Used to Detect MAF Pilots
Since 1974, at least 18 agents of the United States Customs Service have been physically staffing North American Air Defense System-Air Defense Command (NORAD-ADCOM) long-range radar sites, baby cousins of NORAD’S Early Warning System Dew Line, in an attempt to stop Marijuana Air Force (MAF) pilots from entering the United States.
Kenya cooks up free love, cheap dope and all-night clubs
In Kenya, on the coast of East Africa, graced by palm trees and drenched in the sun, lieS the ancient Indian Ocean port of Mombasa. Almost everyone in Mombasa is high on either the mellow weed or murungi (also known as maraa and ghat), a natural drug of Ethiopian origin.
Grace Slick scarcely could have known it ,but that toadstool that Alice nibbled in Wonderland was neither the celebrated "magic muchroom" of Mexican origin nor some purely fictitious fungus sprung from the rich humus of Lewis Carroll's imagination.
What the hell makes supposedly sane men-and, possibly soon, women-join the Army, travel to foreign countries, meet interesting people and kill them? Why have 13 Marine recruits died in the Last five years from heart attacks and other injuries sustained from overenthusiastic basic training?
First Experiences of Eating MESCALITO for Pesonal Growth
In My garden
Darkness and Light
"A Proper Extract"
OUR MESCALITO LOVE
En La Tierra Mgáica ael Peyote
What Eating MESCALITO DOES
A Path,New Adventures
A simple Method for Making Home-Brew Proper MESCALITO EXTRACT
Spoiling things when Within anAce of Completing them
Eric Hungry Bear
The author of this confessional memoir is a white native American, born in a midwestern state on the hottest day of that year; my father was once honored by an Amerindian tribe whose members wanted to express their gratitude to him. I have written in the trust of honesty.
Glue sniffing has suffered a rank reputation in the drug world. The huffing craze, which reached its dizzy heights in early Sixties America and is still going strong in Japan, was dubbed "Instant Insanity" by some and characterized by voluminous myth-information: glue is said to rot the brain, turn the user's bone marrow into silly putty and turn mild-mannered teens into gunk-geeks -whose depravity knows no bounds.
The Yippies, a long-established thorn in the side of the body politic, once again made a conspicuous appearance at the Republican Convention in Kansas City. Led by a contingent of New York Yippies that drove crosscountry on a bus, the demonstrators protested, marched and threatened for the benefit of delegates, politicians and media hacks.
Once upon a time the word “sleaze” meant fabric which was not tightly woven. Costumes made from the fabric that was not tightly woven were therefore sleazy. Back when what one wore was the product of either one’s own skill or wealth, sleazy attire was the mark of low, mean miscreants whose sloppy weaving was the result of gin addiction, tertiary syphilis or idiocy.
Narc Nabbed in Vermont While Ark. Narcs Net Four Tons
A former Vermont undercover narcotics agent has been sentenced to up to ten years following a conviction on charges that he fabricated drug purchases in order to make arrests. Paul Lawrence, 31, made over 100 drug arrests in less than a year in the tiny town of St.
Notorious New England narC Paul Lawrence has been sentenced to ten years in prison for framing at least 106 persons on drug charges. Governor Thomas Salmon, who started the investigation into Lawrence’s illegal activities, dubbed the situation a “sad day for law enforcement” and intends to issue pardons to anyone convicted on Lawrence’s word alone.
Three stockholders of Ms. Magazine are no longer battling in court over stock fraud ... now they’re quarreling about how the case happened to come to an end. Gloria Steinern and fót Carbine, who together hold the major portion of the magazine’s stock, say the case was “thrown out of court’’ because of Harris's “repeated disobedience of the Judge’s order directing her to appear and answer questions under oath.’’ Harris says she didn’t show up because she didn’t have to; she had dropped the case.
Looks like Burt Reynolds may be continuing his MAN fame, this time in the title role of the up-andcoming five million dollar film production of Superman. Sol Harrison, president of D.C. Comics and publisher of “Superman,” says he wants Reynolds to join with Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman, who have already signed up for the Superman cast.
The Fillmore East,once the quintessential rock capitol of the East Coast, has recently accommodated an audience of quite a different sort: Bowery bums. Unlike its peers—Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden—the rock showplace deteriorated with the speed of a meth head.
Mexican narcotics agent arrested Jorge Favela Escobosa, 59, believed to be the country’s most important cocaine importer. Escobosa was arrested late last August in a suburb of Mexico City where he was allegedly holding 35 pounds of cocaine destined for Chicago.
Tattoo impresario Spider Webb has begun a one-man campaign to legalize tattoo parlors in New York City. Webb, outraged over the city’s 1966 Health Code Act that banned his work, has been practicing his profession in Mt. Vernon, New York. “Tattooing has always been a part of man’s unique way of expressing himself.
Sasha had promised me a party when I came to London, so tonight, only 30 hours after stepping off the plane, I find myself regaling old and new friends with details about how much more cheerful New York is these days. Britain appears even more depressing than usual—its parks all parched from the drought, the only visible greenery to be found on cricket fields.
DUKE ELLINGTON'S JAZZ VIOLIN SESSION (Atlantic SD 1688). These exquisite sessions were originally recorded in Paris in 1963, yet never released until this September. When Ellington was asked why, before he died, he lifted his eyebrows and replied, "Not everyone has your interest and good taste,baby."
THEY WENT THATAWAY, by James Horwitz (New York: E. P. Dutton, $8.95). In a hero-scarce Seventies, when the cowboy has been relegated to eat the dust of everyone from rock-and-roll's heavy metal to Elton John's silver boa, the likes of Gene Autry riding into a Colorado high country sunset-with a beautiful girl, a smiling palomino and a melodic Mexican guitar strapped over his shoulder-is a refreshing remembrance to post-World War II baby-boom kids who dreamed of such deeds as fair dealing, fast shootin' and frontier justice.
If you own this Atlas Aircraft converted PBY, the world’s most deluxe amphibious aircraft, nowhere is too remote a vacation spot. Chew yagé in the headwaters of the Amazon, island-hop through Micronesia, catch your own beluga caviar in the Caspian Sea.
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Jerry Kamstra, author of “Highway 15 Revisited," was born in a shack under 35 feet of snow. He grew up in a California town that was halfMexican and lived on the Mexican side of the tracks, where he picked up the language and eight broken arms. In 1957, after reading all the books in his local public library, Jerry set out for San Francisco, where he settled into the capitol of Beatdom, North Beach.