I feel it’s about time someone brought to your attention the potential harm and jeopardy to which your “HighWitness News” exposes the people mentioned in this section. It is absolutely absurd to me how a magazine that purportedly champions the right to use marijuana and related substances could be so blatantly naive as to risk incriminating those persons directly involved with sales, importation.
Q: As a free-lance photographer, I’m curious about the legal rights of the people who shoot your centerfold pictures. If your lensperson were subpoenaedasa grand jury witness, would he or she be forced to testify as to the source of the dope, other people present, etc.?
While debate rages around the comparative danger of lung cancer from marijuana and tobacco, two independent studies have confirmed that the active ingredient in pot is an effective breathing aid for those suffering from chronic asthma or bronchitis.
Pennsylvania Ripe for Reform as Bicentennial Closes
Spy vs. Spy Equals Zero
ACLU Fights Arbitrary Search in New Jersey
Allied Chemical Pays for Pollution
I Gave at the Office
California Revamps Felony Sentencing
Court Nixes Federal Peeping
California Bell Disconnects Phone Wizard
Canada Kills Decrim
When Robert Randall, 28, was arrested for growing marijuana on his back porch in Washington, D.C., last summer, he stood to lose more than just his plants. For Randall, the bust meant the loss of his vision. A victim of advanced glaucoma, Randall had tried all conventional medications, and his condition still worsened to a point where none were effective.
Due to endless reader requests for information on growing marijuana, High Times is pleased to announce a new monthly column. “Psychoagriculture,” dealing with all aspects of growing your own. And after the great shortage of '76, even city slickers should consider the advantages of do-it-yourself farming.
Michael Kennedy is a radical dope lawyer whose clients have included Dr. Timothy Leary and Nick Sand, a chemist indicted by the U.S. government for allegedly manufacturing enough LSD to turn on the entire world indefinitely. Mr. Kennedy is also one of the top political lawyers in America and had among his clients members of the Weather Underground, the United Farm Workers, GIcoffeehouse organizers, Los Siete de la Raza, Wounded Knee, Jack and Micki Scott, who harbored Patty Hearst, and lately the Puerto Rican Socialist Party.
Enforcement Conspiracy Cripples Trade with Latin America
In fiscal year 1976, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized 1,308,204 pounds of marijuana and 21,079 pounds of hashish in the U.S., enough cannabis to keep America high for 33 days. The two recent high-sea pot busts will inflate federal seizures for 1976 to an all-time record.
A soon-to-be released report by the House Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Jack Brooks of Texas, charges that the CIA and the Justice Department forced a Chicago prosecutor to drop charges against a CIA agent supplying heroin for distribution in the streets of Chicago.
WASHINGTON—High Times has learned that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) —under scrutiny from the Congress and fire from the White House—has offered to share its information about previously unindictable marijuana dealers and importers with the IRS and the FBI. The DEA move is unusual in light of the rivalry that has existed between the Justice Departmentrun DEA and the Treasury Department’s Customs and Internal Revenue services.
The Central Intelligence Agency has tested marijuana, LSD and more than 150 other behavioraffecting drugs for use in clandestine operations, according to documents recently released by Idaho Senator Frank Church’s intelligence committee, and in response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed with the CIA. The documents include an arrangement between the CIA and the Bureau of Narcotics for testing drugs on unwitting U.S. citizens in the 1950s and 1960s.
MAYAGUANA ISLAND, BAHAMAS —In the largest single marijuana haul in history, the United States Coast Guard seized 100 tons of Colombian pot and 40 kilos of hashish from the 400-foot Panamanian freighter Don Emilio. The ship was seized with the special consent of the Panamanian government off Mayaguana Island in the southeastern Bahamas.
DEL Rio. TEXAS—Concluding a trial in which former prisoners in the Piedras Negras prison described horrible conditions they endured, a federal jury has acquitted 14 Americans of most of the charges held against them in the March 1976over-the-border breakout.
WASH I NGTON -Critics of the reluctance to release American prisoners held in Mexican jails have recently contended that most are actually incarcerated on hard drug charges. However, according to the latest State Department figures, marijuana prisoners continue to make up the bulk of the Yankee jailbirds.
WASHINGTON-A rise in cannabis busts here and abroad may be the result of a clandestine DEA program to train foreign narcotics officers. More than $500 million worth of dope was seized last year by agents who attended the sixweek course. U.S. embassies abroad call the program the most successful innovation in drug deterrence in recent years.
WASHINGTON—In an hour-long meeting with reporters after his visit to the White House, Mexican president-elect José Lopez Portillo renewed the official Mexican hard line against poppy and marijuana production. Portillo compared his country’s problems with illicit drug traffic to the United States’ increasing headaches over illegal Mexican aliens.
MEXICO CITY-After a year of bitter feuding, the DEA and its Mexican counterpart have resumed their joint poppy-eradication program south of the border. The DEA had come under increasing criticism from Mexico’s own top D-Man Dr. Alejandro Gertz Manero (“The Mad Doctor”) for its alleged imperialistic policies, and its staff in Mexico was replaced.
MEXICO CITY-The government’s decision to let the peso float on the international money market may pinch American dopers’ wallets in ’77, say Mexican sources close to High Times. The Mexican peso had been pegged to a rate of 12 to the dollar for 20 years when it was suddenly allowed to spiral downward to 18-20 to the dollar.
A major bust occurred when 20 tons of Colombian were confiscated from the 176-foot Panamanian freighter Rio Chagres 16 miles southeast of Pascagoula, Mississippi, in the Gulf of Mexico. The grass-filled ship, out of Cartagena, offered no resistance and was escorted to Gulfport, Mississippi, the site of a 15-ton pot bust last May that resulted in seven arrests and the seizure of the 55-foot shrimp boat Gulf Stream (”Highwitness News,” August 1976).
WASHINGTON —Heroin addiction does not lead to crime and most heroin habits are not supported by robbery, according to a recent report issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The two basic assumptions behind domestic narcotics laws were challenged by the findings of a 23-member panel on drug abuse and criminal behavior chaired by Dr. Robert Shellow.
ATHENS—The Greek government has issued a blistering indictment against foreigners who they claim are responsible for the rise in popularity of marijuana and hashish in this graceful Mediterranean country of 10 million people. In response to the popular upsurge of recreational drugs here, the government has declared an “unrelentless war” against dealers and importers so that the situation “does not reach American and Western European levels.”
LITTLE ROCK—The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will begin a push to decriminalize marijuana in Arkansas beginning January 1, 1977. The Arkansas affiliate of NORML, which has 110 members, will be led by Little Rock lawyer and decriminalization advocate W. Dent Gitchell.
CAIOR—Egyptian police confiscated 3.5 tons of Lebanese hashish after an eight-hour gun battle with nine smugglers near El Alamein — the site of the famous WW II battle. The hash had come to El Alamein via Cyprus and was on its way to Europe and points west when border guards, acting on a tip-off, surprised the smugglers and ordered them to halt.
Over 10,000 pounds of diazepam (Valium) have been stolen from the Hoffman-La Roche Company of Nutley. New Jersey. Corporate officials would not confirm the robbery or release any details, but High Times has learned from an unofficial source close to the pharmaceutical industry that the theft occurred when a company truck was hijacked at a truck stop on Route 80 near Bartonsville, Pennsylvania.
NEW YORK—Calling LSD a “post-terrestrial experience,” former acid advocate Dr. Timothy Leary has embarked on a nation-wide lecture tour to promote the concept of living in gigantic cylinders that orbit the earth. The ex-Harvard psychology professer who pioneered LSD at Milbrook, New York, during the Sixties told his Seventies’ audience of 600 that he does not intend “to lead a charge of the light brigade back to the Sixties.”
LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Michael Harris tried and failed to decriminalize New Hampshire. Now he faces charges of growing marijuana in his garden. Harris, 26, is the New Hampshire state coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and local police and the Merrimack County sheriff's office say they raided his ridgetop acreage near Loudon and uprooted 16 mature cannabis plants about four feet tall.
MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA-Ex-corporate lawyer Ed Frey is publicizing his personal pot patch and daring authorities to charge him with the felony of pot cultivation. In mid-July, the bearded attorney, who once worked in the same firm as presidential advisor Ted Sorenson, entered the office of Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Jondahl toting a brown paper bag.
SAN FRANCISCO—Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown has not moved to release 65 state prisoners still serving time for pot convictions under the state’s old laws. It has been a year since California Adult Authority Chairman Raymond Procunier announced that illegally incarcerated prisoners of weed would be granted an “early release.”
LEXINCTON-Gatewood Galbraith believes American farmers can grow dope just as good as the imported kind. Now he just has to convince the farmers. A third-year law student at the University of Kentucky, Galbraith has organized the Future Kentucky Marijuana Growers Association and has called upon the United States to prevent dope blackmail by overseas powers.
HONOLULU —While Americans everywhere prepared to observe Pearl Harbor Day, Hawaiian pot farmers were the victims of ruthless, sneak aerial attacks as heavily armed police surveillance helicopters swooped down on marijuana farms throughout the Hawaiian islands in an attempt to wipe out the pot harvest.
Walter Foster knows the White Mountains like the back of his own 42-year-old hand. So when he collected his gear for a solitary two-day trek, he didn’t expect to be tripping for a week and a half. An experienced woodsman, Walter followed forest paths he’d roamed before.
With Timothy Leary touring as the self-anointed messiah of acid, little children began taking snacks of sugar cubes. Mother snuffers began copping pleas of biochemical computer malfunction induced by LSD overload. The psychedelic carnival dazzled the American press.
BICENTENNIAL TRIPPING AT VALLEY FORGE The whole trip began with the frozen goose. Or maybe it was the place where I bought the goose. On the 'Steamy afternoon of July 3. 1976, I hadn’t yet decided what to do on the historic morrow. Beyond the Statue of Liberty, where the gala Disneyworld-produced fireworks were being planned: beyond Staten Island, where nothing is planned, and beyond the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, off which I plan to leap one fine day, the Tall Ships luffed in haughty anticipation.
In the late 1940s, psychologists began experimenting with LSD as a “psychotomimetic drug —one that causes the taker temporarily to mime the condition of psychosis. Some experimental subjects, however, and eventually some modern mystics like Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg and Alan Watts, discovered in LSD a shortcut to the ecstasy and egolessness of nirvana.
HOW MEDIEVAL SOCIETY TUNED IN TURNED ON AND BURNED AT THE STAKE
LSD-25 is derived from a variety of rye smut called ergot, or Claviceps purpurea.It is the 25th amide of lysergic id to be developed from got by Dr. Albet Hofmann of Sandoz Laboratories in Switzerland. In 1943, after he had accidentally absorbed some of it through his fingertips and discovered himself absolutely stoned he christened it with the pound-shilling pence acronym (£-s-d) we know so well today.
Somewhere east of Suez where the Bashi-Bazouks play, There's a brand of smoke that Buddha tokes,and it's not what you'd call tay. For it's sticks, Thailand sticks, each five inches long or six, The same the wily Pathan puffs to play his bloomin' tricks.
This is the story of the NWLF, an above, under and around the ground amalgamation of guerrilla bombers, dope dealers, police informers, terrorists, murderers, self-effacing saints and nameless faces in the shadows, anonymous phone callers, ruling-class leeches and deranged dogs.
High Times Guide to Guerrilla Units (If You Can Find Them)
Weather Underground Organization
Black Liberation Army
George Jackson Brigade
New World Liberation Front
Sam Melville-Jonathan Jackson Unit
Fred Hampton Unit
Emiliano Zapata Brigade
Symbionese Liberation Army
Red Guerrilla Family
Presumably the largest and most disciplined of the underground cadres, the Weather Underground Organization (WUO) was formed after a split in Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1969. Taking its name from a Bob Dylan lyric, the WUO vowed a clandestine struggle against the American government and vanished underground.
As it happens, monsters are my business. One day a few weeks ago I got a call from some friends who were traveling though the back hills of the deep South. They said they were in a town called Davisville, where a number of the local folk had met up with a massive humanlike beast that was scaring them out of their bejejus.
Time was when backgammon wasn’t the national pastime. A few years ago only aged survivors of the last great gammon craze—in the Twenties, never to be forgotten—still wrestled with its mysteries. Today it’s as common a remedy for hip boredom as dope and sin.
Our North American cacti are being hunted to extinction —all cacti, not just the psychoactive ones. They are being dug up by the hundreds of thousands and shipped to nurseries or underground distributors throughout the country. This is just one more example of cold-blooded profiteering with no thought for the future.
A lump under the arm the size of a golf ball and waking up nights in cold sweats that broke high-grade fevers—those were the first symptoms. Then came the diagnosis: Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer that infects the lymph system with its own unique characteristics.
While those of you back in the world worry about where you're going to cop your next ounce of weed, here in West (by God) Virginia all of us never, ever, worry about the lack of cannabis, because there is never (and I mean never) a lack of the golden-green gift from Mother Nature.
A new agreement on aid for narcotics control between U.S. and Colombian governments has been signed, raising the cash value of donated equipment (including helicopters) to around $4 million. U.S. training of local nares is also to be stepped up.
“There are some people who will try to smuggle anything into the United States,” remarked G. R. Dickerson, Deputy Customs Commissioner in Washington. “The amazing thing is that they keep trying to use the same old gimmicks to outsmart our Customs agents.”
Consultation with the stars has long been a trick in the smuggler’s bag. Call it superstition, ego-reinforcement or too much brown rice, but the fact remains that many dope movers—particularly in cultures less secular than American—consider their occupation dependent on Lady Luck.
A very straight-laced member of the Midwest Professional Needlepoint Association opened up a notions shop called “The Happy Hooker” long before there was any other kind. She was mortified when Xaviera Hollander’s book came out;but her embarrassment has worn off now that she gets so many customers who come to her shop out of curiosity as to what’s behind the door.
Bob Dylan, having tasted the film industry’s sugar enough times to like it, is considering the possibility of writing the sound track to the upcoming movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The movie, based on Hunter Thompson’s madcap dope epic about a convention of narcotics officers in Las Vegas, will be in the works next year.
Hoisting the Jolly Roger to a chorus of cheers and oaths, the burly Hell’s Angels abandoned their wheels for a night and took to the decks for an eight-hour “Pirate’s Ball.” The Angels chartered the SS Duchess, stocked it with beer, booze, sundry head and stomach food and heaved to from Battery Park for the cruise up and down the East and Hudson rivers.
The National Coca Enterprise of Peru, the legal front for Peru’s booming cocaine industry, has been given official sanction to grow 10,450 tons of coca leaves on 40,860 licensed acres of land. However, sources in Peru believe that the coca leaf production for 1977 will double the official level—perhaps 22,000 tons, or nearly 70 percent of the world’s coca crop.
Since the Figaro closed, almost a decade ago, there hadn’t been anything like it. The Figaro was a legend. Started by Tommy Ziegler in the early Sixties, it was probably Greenwich Village’s single most important meeting place for the literati of its day.
Jeanne Moreau is really something. There’s this scene where she’s like a chaste schoolteacher superficially, but inside she’s like a barbed wire fence on fire. There’s like this burly Italian Burt Lancaster who walks through the fields with a big gold St.
BICENTENNIAL NIGGER,by Richard Pryor (Warner Bros. BS7960). Richard Pryor is America's greatest comedian. This is tantamount to being the greatest comedian in the world, since very few other countries have comedians. In France, for example, Jerry Lewis is considered the greatest comedian.
This story is based on a trip that Woody made with a few members of his family to seek out Jerry P. Guthrie’s lost mine in the Big Bend country. With him were his father Charlie, his uncle Jeff and his older brother Roy. That’s the basis for this rough and ever-ready tale, spun out in pure Guthrie family dialect, in the blunt language of people who live off the land.
hovermarine draws only five feet of water at rest and three feet when hovering, so it can go where other boats can’t. If you like to avoid harbors, this is the boat to do it in. And you can take along more than seven tons of freight and lots of friends. Around $600,000 from Hovermarine Corporation, 3 Gateway Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.
Twenty-Four Karat Booze
For thousands of years alchemists have searched for the aurum potabile, or drinkable gold that endows the drinker with cosmic consciousness and immortality. In fact the alchemists needn’t have gone to all that trouble and expense—because aurum potabile can be had at better liquor stores throughout the world. Yes, Danziger Goldwasser is a clear, potent brandy chock-full of 24-karat gold leaf at $7.55 a pint. As any dentist will tell you, gold is a sterile, nonreactive element, which just passes through the old system. But back in Danzig, drinkers once thought that toping the solar superconductive element might gold plate their nerves, their very thoughts, and so they loaded up their schnapps with heavy metal and tried to drink their way to cosmic consciousness. So, what if they’re right? We’re keeping our options open by drinking the original glitter liquor, from Danzig, the free city where the first shot of World War II was fired. Also available in Silverwasser.
Pad Your Crash in Style
With silky, sexy and snazzola pillows from Janet Girard. Each pillow is an original — hand airbrushed, signed and dated. Some are even scented for aromatic astral traveling. The perfect thing for propping up heads in bed. From $16 for a scented minileaf to $51 for a giant satin blossom. Available from Chains and Things, Department PRM, 225 Fifth Ave., Room 204, New York, New York 10010.
Remember the Bicentennial? Remember “Operation Sail," which rallied the largest sailing vessels the world had to offer in New York on July 4? Now you can be sure to never forget with this sterling-silver commemorative medal of the Colombian ship Gloria. Appropriately enough, the Gloria was busted for trying to smuggle six pounds of cocaine into the U.S. for the Fourth of July celebration. The medal weighs in at one troy ounce and will set you back $23, a small price to pay compared to the unfortunate Colombian crewmen. The Tricentennial is only 100 years away, so act now. From Operation Sail 1976, Box 1976, No. Miami. Florida 33161.
Stick It in Your Ear
The earplug in one, and the radio in the other. Yes, this incredibly tiny transistor radio goes where other radios cannot. On your keychain, in your shirt pocket, in a hamster cage. An incredible 1¼ ounces, this baby operates 100 hours on two hearing-aid batteries. $14.95 from the everpopular Edmund Scientific Catalog, 380 Edscorp Building, Barrington, N. J. 08077.
Hot Yacht If you’re looking for a full-sized yacht with plenty of pep, look no further. Hovermarine is for you. Developed for highspeed ferry runs, the hovermarine floats over the water on a cushion of air, easily outrunning conventional boats, hitting up to 40 knots, but at a fraction of the cost of a completely amphibious hovercraft.
High Times welcomes anonymous reports, but please be specific about the area type, quantity and quality of dope referred to. If you are aware of other prices or have other relevant information or suggestions, please send them in. The THMQ is intended solely for comparative purposes and in no way is meant as an inducement to illegal activity, or as an endorsement of dope usage or trafficking, or as an endorsement of any particular dope.
Bruce Eisner, author of this month’s report on “LSD Purity,” got interested in the subject after a bad trip. A veteran of pure acid tripping in the Sixties, Eisner was disappointed by the decline in quality acid and quality tripping in the Seventies, and finally bummed out.